Learn an instrument. Form a band. Write original songs. Play a show. After school!

Ages 11-18, all music levels, girls, non-binary, and gender expansive youth welcome

Girls Rock! DC After-School Program (GR!ASP) is happening Sept 28 to Nov 21, 2020. GR!ASP is an 8-week after-school music education program for girls, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender expansive youth ages 11 to 18 in the DC area. GR!ASPers learn to play an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and perform it at a big end of program concert. They also learn skills they can use to contribute to their community through workshops and group discussions.

Following this summer’s successful Virtual Youth Camp, we are updating our GR!ASP programming to run virtually so as best to serve our youth and take care of our community’s health! Fall 2020 GR!ASP is Sept 28 to Nov 21, 2020.

What’s it like at GR!ASP you ask?!

GR!ASP has three pillars:

1. Instrument instruction: GR!ASPers meet once a week (virtually) after school to receive tailored small group instruction from a local DC musician on electric guitar, electric bass, keyboard, vocals, or drums. Instrument instruction sessions focus on building technical skills, confidence, and music appreciation.

2. Band practice: GR!ASPers also meet once a week with four of their peers to form a band and write original music together, supported by their personal Band Coach. Band practices emphasize collaboration, leadership, and creative expression.

3. Workshops: Every other week, DC community members lead a workshop for GR!ASPers on an issue that matters to them, like racial justice, body image, or entrepreneurship. Workshops bring together music, art, and activism, and help connect GR!ASPers into opportunities to participate in their community.

View the full GR!ASP Fall 2020 schedule here.

Learn vocals, bass, drums, keys, or guitar!

We will teach eighth-12th graders to play the instrument of their choice and offer guidance in songwriting workshops. No music knowledge is needed! We can even provide the instruments! At the end of a GR!ASP session, the youth perform their original music as a show!

GR!ASP is open to all girls, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and gender expansive youth ages 11 to 18 in the DC area. Tuition is $0-350, available on a pay-what-you-can sliding scale.

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Give back to GR!ASP!

GR!ASP is led by volunteer Band Coaches, Instrument Instructors, and Workshop Facilitators. These are local DC musicians and community leaders who serve as role models for GR!ASPers and help them discover their inner rock star.

Request GR!ASP at your school!

We love partnering with schools in all four quadrants of DC!

If you want to bring GR!ASP to your school, please have an administrator reach out to Frankie at Frankie@girlsrockdc.org.

GR!ASP costs a school $3,500-$5,500 per session, depending on length of program.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY: Girls Rock! DC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, body type, physical ability, gender expression, or other individual identities in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, scholarships, and other Camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer policies and activities. All Camp activities will promote and maintain the personal and emotional safety of all campers and staff. We do not tolerate racism, homophobia, sexism, or other discriminatory behavior or expression.