Girls Rock After School Program
The Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) is a 10-week program for youth 8-18 years old. Students attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase.
GRASP will take place Tuesday and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm* from January 9th to March 15th. Students have the option of attending one day per week, Tuesdays or Thursdays only.
The showcase for all participants will take place on Saturday, March 17th from 2-5pm.
WHO: Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is open to self-identified girls and gender expansive youth ages 8-18 (3rd-12th grade). All musical experience levels are welcome at GRASP and we provide all of the instruments. No prior musical experience is necessary.
WHEN: GRASP has a new flexible schedule! Tuesday and/or Thursday attendance. Junior High and High School students arrival time is between 3:30 and 5:00. Third through sixth grades may arrive as late as 4:30. GRASP ends between 6:15 and 6:30.
WHERE: GRASP is located at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in downtown Oakland @ 1428 Alice Street. Malonga is fully accessible with access to elevators. There will be some optional off-site field trips.
TUITION: Full tuition for GRASP is $450. Tuition for one day per week is $350. We offer full and partial financial aid upon request, and no one is turned away for lack of funds. To apply, please fill out the financial aid application in addition to the student application. Transportation stipends are available to eligible families.
Activities at GRASP:
- Instrument instruction: At BAGRC, we offer a curriculum that encourages creative exploration with an emphasis on process. Girls learn to compose, arrange, and improvise music on the instrument of their choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, or vocals. No musical experience is required and we provide instruments for everyone (but students are welcome to bring their own guitars or basses). Tuesdays
- Band practice: Students form bands with their peers during the third week of GRASP, and work together to collaboratively write an original song. Each band works with a female mentor (their "band manager") who provides guidance, encouragement and instrument support throughout the songwriting process. There is optional instrument instruction available, if students can arrive at 3:00. Thursdays
- Workshops: Students attend workshops during every session of GRASP. Workshops are geared toward increasing music skills, self-expression and building confidence, while challenging gender stereotypes and addressing discrimination. Workshops at GRASP are catered to each age group and may include Music Herstory, Zine & Comic Making, Screenprinting, Vocal Intensive, Using Pedals to Modify Your Sound, Video-making, Songwriting, How to Book a Show, Breakdancing, Self-Defense, Percussion and more. Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Showcase: Each band performs its original song for an audience of adoring friends, family and fans.
Benefits of attending the Girls Rock After School Program
- Music increases self-confidence, cognitive ability, hand eye coordination
- Collaboration builds communication skills, strengthens compassion, and increases problem solving abilities
- Fun yet structured and productive after school time
- Ten weeks to deepen instrument skills and practice with a band
- High school students become eligible for a paid peer-mentorship position after attending two BAGRC programs
- Acquire skills in many elements of the music industry including recording, production, touring, merchandise and performing
- High volunteer to student ratio for personalized and attentive instruction
Why Bay Area Girls Rock Camp?
- At BAGRC music is a tool to build community, increase self-esteem and promote equity
- BAGRC challenges harmful gender stereotypes, fosters empowerment, encourages collaboration and tolerance among peers, and provides a comfortable space for people of all backgrounds to express themselves
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