ABOUT GROUP LESSONS

* REGISTRATION FOR SPRING SESSION IS NOW OPEN *

This spring, Girls Rock! Rhode Island is offering a variety of workshops and classes for youth and adults. Classes run for six weeks, while the workshops run as either a one-day intensive or a multi-day series. You can sign up for one or multiple classes/workshops! All programs 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).

Please note that some of the classes/workshops offered this spring are combined age groups, with youth (14+) and adults learning together. For this reason, those classes are only open to youth ages 14 and up. The Band Class has different sessions for youth (11-18) and adults (18+).

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.

WORKSHOPS

Songwriting Intensive with Laila Aukee
Saturdays April 22, April 29, and May 6 from 11am-2pm
Participants must attend all three days
Youth (14+) and adults together

In this three part workshop series we will explore songwriting techniques and exercises to grow your creative process, help you express your ideas, and finish a song by the end of the workshop! Come with ideas you want to work on, or ready to start something new. This is your time to create and collaborate in a supportive and inspiring environment.

Some music experience recommended. Geared toward people who are looking to get deeper into writing their own songs, or are looking for new inspiration/motivation for expressing their ideas.

Max participants: 12

Performance & Stage Presence with Courtney Swain
Saturday April 8th from 11am-2pm
Youth (14+) and adults together

The moment of “performance” is often a rushed, nervous blur. After feeling like everything happened so quickly, some of us don’t look back on our performances at all, and some of us might look back and think… “what was that…?”

In this workshop, we will approach performance like we approach an instrument or our songwriting. We will approach it like it’s something we can practice, improve on, and have a method to the madness. We’ll identify some common mishaps, and discuss ways to present our work better in front of an audience. Participants should bring one prepared song to be sung a capella. If you’re an instrumentalist, bring something you can play acoustically, or with minimal setup. The song should not be an original, and you should prepare a minute or so of it (maybe a verse & chorus) so that you can sing it without looking at the lyrics. Additionally, participants are welcome to bring an original piece if they want. If we have extra time we can work on those as well.

Max participants: 15

Intro to DJing with Rachel Sholly (DJ RedDawn)
Sunday April 23rd from 1pm-3pm
Youth (14+) and adults together

Have you ever wished you were a DJ? Well, you can be! This 2-hour workshop is designed for women and girls (14+) with little or no DJ experience who want to learn the basics of how to DJ. Led by local DJ RedDawn, this small group workshop will cover the history of DJing, types of equipment and how to use it, and basic mixing techniques. Each participant will also have the opportunity to practice mixing using professional DJ equipment and software. You do not need to own DJ equipment to participate. Just bring yourself and your love of music!

Max participants: 10

CLASSES

The following classes run for 6 weeks starting the first week of April through mid-May

Intro to Music Theory with Reba Mitchell
Wednesdays April 5, 12, 26, May 3, 10, 17 from 6:00-7:00pm
Youth (14+) and adults together

This class is for those who are totally mystified by music theory and want to learn its magical secrets. We will focus on the very basics of reading music, including understanding rhythm and sight reading simple melodies. Where did the rules of music theory come from? Why do they matter? How does music theory relate to the differences in music across cultures and time? Over our 6 meetings, we will answer these questions and more.

Max participants: 12

Band Class with Karen Orsi
Thursdays April 6, 13, 27, May 4, 11, 18
Youth (ages 11-18) 4:15pm-5:45pm; Adults (18+) 6:00-7:30pm
Separate youth & adult classes

Do you play an instrument but you’ve never jammed with other people? Have you always wanted to play in a band but never managed to get a group together? Have you played in a band before but you want to try something different and meet new people? If you answered “yes!” to any of those questions then this class is for you! Each class during this six week session will include a “mini lesson” to learn some musical skills that are useful no matter which instrument you play. We’ll do some activities and exercises to get you playing together as a group and spend plenty of time jamming together with an experienced band coach. We’ll also learn how to write a song together and ROCK OUT!

Experience playing at least one instrument (guitar, bass, vocals, keyboard or drums) is required for participation in this class (if you have attended Girls/Ladies Rock Camp or Group Lessons before, that totally counts!). You do not need to be an advanced player, but you should be able to play at least a few chords/beats and transition between them.

Max 6 students per class

DATES and WEATHER

All workshops and classes during the Spring Session will be held during the months of April and May. Exact dates/times and frequency varies depending on the specific workshop or class. Please note, there will NOT be a required community concert at the end of the session as there has been in the past with group lessons. However, we will provide all current and past program participants with the opportunity to perform at an (optional) Open Mic Night if they want, on Friday May 19th at the Girls Rock! RI Headquarters. 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 Spring workshops and classes! Registration is first come, first served.

Click here to register as a YOUTH (please note, most workshops/classes this session are for ages 14+; the youth band class is for 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 spring programs varies from class to class based on total number of hours and other factors.

Here is a complete tuition fee schedule for our spring programs:
—$250 for Songwriting Intensive (3 day workshop series)
—$55 for Performance & Stage Presence (one day workshop)
—$40 for Intro to DJing (one day workshop)
—$150 for Intro to Music Theory Class (6 week class)
—$175 for Band Class (6 week 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 spring programs is due by March 24th.

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

SPRING 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 workshop/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