ABOUT GROUP LESSONS

* REGISTRATION FOR FALL SESSION IS NOW OPEN *

This fall, Girls Rock! Rhode Island is offering a variety of classes for youth and adults. Classes run for 10 weeks and all classes will be held at Girls Rock! Rhode Island’s Headquarters, located at 769 Westminster Street on the west side of Providence (right across the street from Classical High School).

Registration is first-come, first served. We welcome girls, women, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals in our programming. To learn more about our drop-in classes (no registration required) for youth and adults, visit our Camps & Classes page.

CLASSES

The following classes run for 10 weeks starting the first week of October 2 and culminating with a community concert on December 16th:

Intro to Vocals with Emily Goldstein
Mondays
Youth (ages 11-18) 5:15pm-6:15pm
Adults (18+) 6:30-7:30pm

In this class we will explore vocals, including good vocal technique, expanding and accessing your range, using your voice as an instrument, basic music theory and literacy, sight singing and ear training, song-writing, turning those conversations in your head into lyrics, harmony and backups, rhythm, getting to know mics, and so much more!

Max 12 students per class

A note about gear: No gear required! Your voice is your instrument! Just bring yourself.

Intro to Bass Guitar with Ash Russell
Tuesdays
Youth (ages 11-18) 4:30pm-5:30pm
Adults (18+) 6:00-7:00pm

Bass is the place! In this class, you’ll learn the magic of the bass guitar, which is the key to holding together the rest of the band. You’ll learn how bass combines rhythm and melody through introductory music theory and through learning songs by your favorite artists. Bass technique, bass gear, bass scales, and bass lines will all be a part of this class. Then, you’ll combine this knowledge to write your own song, which you will perform live with your class!

Max 6 students per class

A note about gear: During class, each bassist will play through an amp (provided by Girls Rock! RI) and participants are asked to bring their guitars (personal or through Gear Loan) to class; it is recommended that you have a bass at home to practice on, as well. Girls Rock! RI has a limited number of basses and amps that you can borrow through our Gear Loan Program for a small deposit if you do not have one at home.

Beginner/Intermediate Guitar with Karen Orsi
Wednesdays
Youth (ages 11-18) 5:15pm-6:15pm
Adults (18+) 6:30-7:30pm

This class is for all youth guitar players, from beginner to intermediate. Beginners will learn open chords, barre chords, and power chords to gain skills and confidence on the electric guitar. Students who have you been playing guitar for a while will learn more advanced techniques on the guitar to write catchy guitar riffs, such as scales, intervals, chord progressions, and arpeggios, as well as how to improvise on lead guitar (slides, bends, hammer-ons and pull-offs). All students will put techniques learned in class to use and write their own songs by the end of the session!

Max 8 students per class

A note about gear: During class, each guitarist will play using an amp (provided by Girls Rock! RI) and participants are asked to bring their guitars (personal or through Gear Loan) to class; it is recommended that you have a guitar at home to practice on, as well. Girls Rock! RI has a limited number of guitars and amps that you can borrow through our Gear Loan Program for a small deposit if you do not have one at home.

Intro to Keyboard with Khym Carmichael
Thursdays
Youth (ages 11-18) 4:15pm-5:45pm
Adults (18+) 6:00-7:30pm

Learning keyboard will keep you from being bored! In this class, we’ll learn keyboard basics, such as one and two-hand technique, notes and scales, major and minor chords, and intro to theory. Plus, we’ll learn our way around all of the cool buttons on the keyboard, with sounds ranging from a standard piano to ’80s synth to the sound of an alien landing from Mars! We’ll also learn a few popular songs and the foundations of song-writing so we can express ourselves and write our own!

Max 6 students per class

A note about gear: During class, each keyboardist will play on a keyboard (provided by Girls Rock! RI); it is recommended that you have a keyboard at home to be able to practice. Girls Rock! RI has a limited number of keyboards that you can borrow through our Gear Loan Program for a small deposit if you do not have one at home.

Drum Classes with Rachel Blumberg
Sundays
Beginner Youth (ages 11-18) 12:00-1:15pm
Beginner Adults (18+) 1:30-2:45pm
Intermediate Adults (18+)  3:00-4:15pm (see description of “intermediate” below)

In this class you will learn how to play beats and fills, and how to put them together to play songs. We will do all sorts of fun, creative activities to develop your skills as a musician and drummer including reading music, listening to music, improvising, writing our own beats, and learning different ways to play with other instruments. Intermediate students are those who already have some experience with drums and know a number of basic drum beats and fills already. (In order to create the easiest experience for all participants, please sign up for the class that best fits your experience- thanks!) 

Max 5 students per class

A note about gear: During class, each drummer will play on a kit (provided by Girls Rock! RI); it is recommended that you have a drum kit or at least a snare drum or practice pad at home to be able to practice. Girls Rock! RI has a limited number of drum kits that you can borrow through our Gear Loan Program for a small deposit if you do not have any drums at home.

DATES and WEATHER

All classes during the Fall Session will be held starting October 2nd-December 16th. Exact dates/times depend on the specific class (no class on Thanksgiving). Please note, there will be a required community concert at the end of the session, which is usually done as a whole class or small groups within the class, so your attendance is very important for writing and practicing with your team! If there are any cancellations due to weather, instructor illness, or other unforeseen circumstances, we will reschedule the workshop/class based on instructor and participant availability.

LOCATION

All Group Lessons will be held at Girls Rock! Rhode Island’s program and office space: 769 Westminster Street in Providence, RI (across the street from Classical High School). Street parking on Westminster Street is metered until 9pm. There is also a free parking lot behind our building — enter from Washington Street.

REGISTRATION

Registration is now open for Fall workshops and classes! Registration is first come, first served.

Click here to register as a YOUTH (ages 11-18):

REGISTER YOUTH

 

Click here to register as an ADULT (must be 18 years of age or older):

REGISTER ADULT

 

TUITION and PAYMENT

Tuition for our Fall Group Lessons is $250 per class for guitar, bass, vocals, or keyboard. Drum classes are $280 per class.

We have need-based financial aid for those who are unable to pay full tuition. Partial pay participants will pay what they can based on their ability; participants receiving a full scholarship will have their tuition covered by Girls Rock! RI. If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please indicate on the registration form in the “payment and financial aid” section.

Payment for all fall programs is due by September 25th.

To pay safely and securely online with a credit/debit card or PayPal account, please click the button below:

FALL PROGRAMS PAYMENT

 

You can also write a check to “Girls Rock! Rhode Island” (write the name of the workshop or class on the memo line) and mail to:
Girls Rock! Rhode Island
769 Westminster St
Providence, RI 02903

GEAR LOAN

As a participant, you can borrow an instrument to practice at home with through our Gear Loan program. A small deposit is required, which is refunded when you return the instrument. If you are interested in Gear Loan, make sure to check the box on the registration form for Gear Loan.

CAPACITY and ADMISSIONS

There is limited capacity for each class and registration is first-come, first-served for each tuition category. Registration must include enough paying participants (determined by staff) for class to run. We rely on tuition fees to run this program, which requires a certain minimum of paying students. If registration is low, classes may be cancelled and participants will be contacted by GRR! staff.

Questions?  Contact our Program & Operations Coordinator, Johanna Walczak, at johanna@girlsrockri.org or 401-443-2873