Article Club is a weekly group for women, trans, and gender non-conforming adults (18+) to talk about issues important to their lives through short readings. An “article” could be a newspaper piece, an article shared online, a journal article, or a short story and articles can be fiction or non-fiction. Facilitation and article selection is shared/rotated between group members, though a Girls Rock! RI staff person or volunteer will be there to help make sure the group is running smoothly.

Gender Discussion Group will be held every Monday from 7-9pm at our program space at 769 Westminster Street on the West Side of Providence starting April 9th. We will follow the Providence Public School Calendar (no discussion group on Monday holidays or when school is canceled due to weather).

Article Club is free (donations accepted!), however, we encourage you to fill out the short form below to help in program planning.

Click here to register for Gender Discussion Group:





This spring, Girls Rock! Rhode Island is offering a variety of workshops for youth and adults — see offerings and schedule below. All workshops 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 required and is first-come, first served. Need-based financial aid and gear loan available. We welcome girls, women, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals in our programming. To learn more about our weekly music drop-in program for youth (no registration required), visit our Camps & Classes page.

Registration for Spring Workshops

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



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


Workshop Schedule

GEAR 101 w/ Hilary Jones
Sunday, April 15th, [Rescheduled to June 3rd] 1-3pm
Youth and adults ages 11+

What ARE all those knobs? How do I make that sound (or not make that other sound)? What are all those pieces in a drum kit? We’ll go over the basics of music gear for a full band, including guitars, basses, amps, drums, keyboards, and mics. We’ll talk about parts, how they work, how to adjust your sound, basic set-up, and trouble-shooting (dealing with feedback, making sure your hi-hats open/close, etc.). You’ll have a chance to get hands-on experience with a variety of gear, plus you can bring your own if you have questions!

A note about gear: No gear required!

YOUTH ACTIVISM w/ Providence Student Union Youth
Saturday, April 28th, 1-2:30pm
Youth ages 11-18

Want to make change in your community, but not sure how? Experienced youth organizers from Providence Student Union will lead this workshop introducing oppressive systems and powerful organizing strategies. Participants will dive into a running definition of organizing, the constructs of power and privilege, and different ways and applications of organizing, such as political advocacy, social media, and within schools.

A note about gear: No gear required!

Sunday, April 29th, [Rescheduled to June 10th] 1-4pm
Youth and adults ages 14+

This workshop will teach participants a few basic principles which are applicable to all synthesizers including analog, stand-alone digital, and software. Students will leave the workshop better equipped to realize the tones they imagine using any synthesizer they encounter. The focus of this workshop will be on the practical usage of synthesizers in a musical context. It will not include much technical information about how they work. No experience necessary!

A note about gear: No gear required!

RECORDING YOUR MUSIC w/ Karen Orsi and Skylar Batz
Saturday, May 5th, 12th, 19th (changed from 3 sessions to 1), 10am-12pm
Youth and adults ages 11+

In this workshop, students will learn how to record their own music! From recording on the simplest of devices (smartphones, handheld devices) to recording and editing a more complex multitrack recording (using laptop computers, audio interfaces and recording/mixing software), students will become knowledgeable in many different aspects of recording.

Students will learn about working with microphones, audio interfaces, as well as the different software that is available for audio editing in a fun and collaborative environment. They will get to record a live song together, and work in teams to edit, arrange and mixdown the recording into final versions of the song. From there, they will learn how to get their music out into the world on Soundcloud and Bandcamp.

A note about gear: No gear required, but students will be asked to work on some sort of recording device between workshops. This could be on a phone, computer, handheld device, or standalone 4-track.

Sunday, May 6th, 1-4pm
Youth ages 11-18

In this workshop, youth will write lyrics to a song about their community and the impact of living in a racially-biased culture. Students will be asked a series of questions to help prompt their thinking about race, power, privilege, and oppression. They will also talk about different parts of songs and the lyric-writing process. In addition, they will discuss how they can use writing and music to express their emotions and to make change in the world. Most importantly this workshop will let them know that their voice and words are powerful, and that they can and should be heard.

A note about gear: No gear required!

Saturday, May 19th, 26th, and June 2nd (3 sessions), 1-3pm
Adults 18+

Participants in this workshop will start with simple group songwriting activities including lyric writing, rhyme schemes, 12 bar blues progressions, and discussing song structures (both traditional and non-traditional). This will build up to the creation and performance of a group song with the opportunity to workshop and perform individual songwriting ideas as well.

A note about gear: No gear required, but it will be useful to able to do some writing at home!

GUITAR CARE & REPAIR w/ Jacqueline James
Sunday, May 20th, 1-4pm
Youth and adults ages 14+

Want to know more about caring for your beloved 6-stringed or 4-stringed instrument? This workshop will deal with the basics of maintaining your guitar or bass. We will cover simple repair and upkeep such as restringing, adjusting the truss rod, fixing the intonation, and more. You will leave this workshop knowing how to isolate issues and how to keep your instrument in working order.

A note about gear: No gear required, but feel free to bring your instrument if you want to work on it!

Sunday, May 27th, 2-4pm
Youth and adults ages 11+

Rhythms! Beats! Sounds! Spend an afternoon learning and playing rhythms and beats in a small group. Explore different ways to improvise with rhythm and compose percussion-based music together using snares, toms, cymbals, and other percussion instruments. No experience necessary!

A note about gear: No gear required!

Dates and Weather

If there are any cancellations due to weather, instructor illness, or other unforeseen circumstances, we will reschedule the class based on instructor and participant availability.


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.

Tuition and Payment

Cost for each class varies– see above.

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 Spring Workshops is due one week prior to start date.

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



You can also write a check to “Girls Rock! Rhode Island” (write the name of the 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 through our Gear Loan program to practice at home. 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 Interim Program & Operations Coordinator, Rachel Sholly, at or 401-443-2873.