Girls Rock After School Program (Grasp) 2016

Girls Rock After School Program (Grasp) 2016

Girls Rock After School Program (Grasp) 2016

Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) is a 10-week program for girls 8-18 years old.

TheMinors_BAGRC2014Session3Students attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in workshops, and perform with their band at a live showcase.

 GRASP 2016:

January 5th, 2016 – March 10th, 2016

WHO: Bay Area Girls Rock Camp is open to self-identified girls and trans youth aged 8-18 (3rd-12th grade). No music experience necessary! All musical experience levels are welcome at GRASP and we provide all of the instruments.  No prior musical experience is necessary.

WHEN: January 5th, 2016 – March 10th, 2016.  We have two programs available.  Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-6:30pm or Thursdays only from 3:30-6:30pm.  The last day of programming is March 10th followed by a showcase on Saturday March 12th, each band will perform an original song.

WHERE: GRASP is located at the Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in downtown Oakland @ 1428 Alice Street.

The GRASP showcase will take place on Saturday March 14th at The New Parish in downtown Oakland. All students will participate in the showcase.

HOW: Please click on the links below to complete the Student Application and Financial Aid Application (optional).

Student Application
Financial Aid Application

Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis. We will respond to applications beginning the first week of November.

Full tuition for GRASP is $450.  Tuition for Thursdays only 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.

If you have any questions, feel free to call our office at (510) 267-1808 or email

For inspiration, check out past GRASP band recordings on our Music Page, and the band photos on our Photo Page.

Activities at GRASP:

Instrument instruction: Students sign up to learn bass, drums, guitar, keyboards, or vocals, and attend one-hour lessons in groups of 3-5 students.  No musical experience is required and we provide instruments for everyone (but students are welcome to bring their own guitars or basses).

Band practice: Students form bands with their peers on the first day 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 technical support throughout the songwriting process.
Workshops: Students attend workshops in place of instrument instruction for two weeks of the session.  Workshops are geared toward 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, Image & Identity, Healthy Relationships, Video-making, Songwriting, How to Book a Show, Breakdancing, Self-Defense, Alternative Instruments and more.

Showcase: Each band will perform its original song at a live showcase, attended by 300-400 friends, family and adoring fans.

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