Our mission is to empower girls, women, trans and gender nonconforming folks through the art of music.
Unlike traditional music programs, She Rock She Rock programming focuses on creating a non-competitive and supportive culture, with curriculum designed specifically to help girls, women, trans and gender nonconforming youth and adults find their voice. Although music and workshops are the vehicle, the result is that participants ultimately gain a sense of self-agency, find themselves in an inclusive, life-changing community and are able to create positive social change for themselves and the world around them. All programs offer financial aid options and welcome participants of all ability levels, including those with no musical experience. Our current programs include:
Girls Rock n’ Roll Retreat (GRRR) is a five-day summer day camp for girls, gender nonconforming and trans youth ages 8-18. At camp, participants learn an instrument, form a band, write their own songs, take workshops on topics such as how women are portrayed in the media, body image, and activism, create their own band merchandise and perform two live shows. GRRR's programs are designed to increase self-esteem and to foster collaboration between girls. Campers are provided with self-empowerment, self-advocacy, teamwork and leadership skills via workshops and activities focusing on media literacy, self-defense, anti-oppression, social activism and more! In 2017, we served 217 participants through this program. Those participants formed 36 bands and wrote and performed over 60 original songs!
Beats by Girlz (BBG) is a beat-making, songwriting and production class held at Slam Academy in Northeast Minneapolis. Through this innovative new program, participants ages 8-18 will have the opportunity to experiment with and learn Ableton Live, the industry standard in recording and production software. So far in 2017, we have served over 20 participants.
Ladies Rock Camp (LRC) is a three-day, weekend music camp offered to women, gender nonconforming and trans folks ages 19 and older. At camp, participants receive instrument and songwriting instruction, form a band, participate in various workshops covering a wide range of topics, collaboratively write original songs and play a live rock show. At our 2017 camp, we served 23 participants who formed four bands and wrote and performed 7 songs!
Open Jams & Open Mics are held monthly at different venues in the Twin Cities. These events encourage performers of all ages and skill levels to step up on stage and sing or play an instrument with the lady house band. All done in a safe, welcoming environment.
- Year Round Classes are held throughout the school year for participants of all ages to further their technical skills, collaborate, create community and have fun! Many classes culminate in a concert at a local venue. Some of the classes we've offered in the past are: Mother/Daughter Guitar Class, Music Theory With The Beatles, Songwriting Classes, Rock Band, Jamshops, and more!