ABOUT GROUP LESSONS

* REGISTRATION FOR WINTER SESSION IS NOW OPEN *

This winter, Girls Rock! Rhode Island is offering a variety of classes for youth and adults. All classes run for 10 weeks and 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). The winter session will start January 20 and run through the first week of April, culminating with a final concert on April 7.

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.

CLASS SCHEDULE

The following classes start the week of January 20-25 and run for 10 weeks, culminating with a community concert on Saturday April 7th:

Intro to Vocals with Emily Goldstein
Saturdays 4:30-5:30pm (starting January 20) – Youth (ages 11-18)
Mondays 6:30-7:30pm (starting January 22) – Adults (18+)

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 Keyboard (Instructor TBA)
Tuesdays (starting January 23)
Youth (ages 11-18) 4:30pm-5:30pm
Adults (18+) 6:00-7:00pm

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 or piano 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.

Beginner/Intermediate Guitar with Karen Orsi
Wednesdays (starting January 24)
Youth (ages 11-18) 5:15pm-6:15pm
Adults (18+) 6:30-7:30pm

This class is for all 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 Bass Guitar with Ash Russell
Thursdays (starting January 25)
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 Drums with Rachel Blumberg
Sundays (starting January 21)
Youth (ages 11-18) 12:00-1:15pm
Adults (18+) 1:30-2:45pm

This class is for drummers who have just begun playing, as well as for those who have been playing for a few years. In this class we will be learning a wide variety of beats and fills, and putting them into song structures. You’ll learn about improvising, how to teach yourself new beats by developing your listening skills, how to compose music and write songs, how to rock with a band, and much more.

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.

Intro to Ukulele with Laila Aukee
Saturdays (starting January 20)
Youth (ages 11-18) 10:00-11:00am
Adults (18+) 11:30am-12:30pm

In this class you will learn the basics of ukulele playing – chords, picking and strumming patterns, and musicianship skills like dynamics to get you playing expressively! The ukulele can be a great song writing tool. We’ll spend some time studying the parts of a song, learning covers together, and writing our own song(s)! 

Max 6 students per class

A note about gear: You will need your own ukulele to bring to class each week and practice at home. We do not currently have ukuleles available to borrow through our Gear Loan Program. However, you can purchase a beginner ukulele for as little as $30 at a guitar shop or online – we can refer you to where you can buy one.

DATES and WEATHER

All classes during the Winter Session will be held on a weekly basis, starting January 20-25, and run through the first week of April. Exact dates/times depend on the specific class (see Class Schedule above). Please note, there will be a required community concert at the end of the session, on Saturday April 7th, 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 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

 

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

REGISTER YOUTH

 

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

REGISTER ADULT

 

TUITION and PAYMENT

Tuition for our Winter Group Lessons is $250 per class for guitar, bass, ukulele, 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 Winter group lessons is due by January 12.

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

WINTER GROUP LESSONS 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