Teen Workshop Series
DIY Recording & Songwriting

What is Teen Workshop Series?

Learn to write songs using at-home recording techniques! In this 9-week program, teen participants (13-17) will learn about songwriting and do-it-yourself recording with the guidance of local songwriters and audio engineers. We will cover the basic elements of songwriting, including melody, lyric, form, and groove. Participants will learn how to use a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) as a songwriting tool, and the basic concepts and techniques for at-home recording. 

At the end of the program, each participant will share their original recording at a virtual showcase event! The virtual showcase will take place on March 31, 2021.

​Workshops will take place every Wednesday from 5-7pm, beginning February 3rd until March 31, 2021.

TECHNOLOGY ACCESS

BGRC is committed to equity and access We will do our best to support individual technology needs. Let us know if you do not have access to a computer, tablet, or phone -- we will have something you can borrow!

 

There is some particular recording gear you will need for this workshop. Please let us know which of these items you already have access to, so that we can see what everyone needs to borrow!

 

- Over the ear headphones

- Microphones 

-XLR cable/microphone cable

- Instrument cable/ 1/4inch cable

- Your instrument of choice

- Audio interface

TUITION

We offer a sliding-scale tuition rate to ensure ALL rockstars can attend camp. The suggested cost to attend camp is $135.

We offer Full and Partial Financial Aid to keep camp open to everyone; inclusion and accessibility are so important to our camp culture. Please consider donating to our Rock Star program!

We are proud to partner with Guitar Gabby & The TxLips! "TxLips Band, LLC.  is a dynamic group of women whose mission is to challenge the boundaries set for women in the music industry as well as to inspire girls and women worldwide to be an unstoppable force in the music industry. This international touring collective has contributed to pushing the status quo of what the world says women can do. They continue to pursue their callings and are determined to motivate people everywhere by being themselves."

#guitargabby #thetxlipsband #mamatxlip #blackwomenrock

Workshop Hours

​Workshops will take place every Wednesday from 5-7pm, beginning February 3rd until March 31, 2021.

Every camper will receive a care package that includes a camp shirt, stickers, buttons, and "zine workshops" (a library of paper zines with information and activities! Campers do these at home on their own, and bonus material is available online including videos and music to listen to). We have craft kits available to borrow that include glue, scissors, markers, and anything else campers might need to explore their creativity!

CAMP IN A BOX!


Campers will get to borrow an instrument for the two weeks of camp! Camper families come to Rock Camp headquarters to pick up either a guitar, bass, or keyboard. Everything you need will be provided -- strap, pick, tuner, cable, amp, and stand. Campers will be given a short demo on how to use their gear.
 

Instruments

Lessons


Participants choose one instrument to focus on -- bass, guitar, or keyboard. Campers will receive two one-on-one private lessons on their instrument and two group lessons online. Campers will sign up for a one-on-one lesson with their instructor. All lessons are led by experienced and enthusiastic musicians. We will do our best to match you with your first choice, but to form bands we need a certain ratio of instruments. Not everyone will get their first choice of instrument, but every instrument is awesome! 

THEME DAYS & ACTIVITIES
Each day has a theme! And each theme has an activity that goes along with it.
 
Make Friends Monday: Write a note to your penpal! 
Campers will be assigned a penpal. Each Monday campers will write and send a note to their penpal. Campers will send two notes and receive two notes. Pre-stamped and addressed envelopes will be provided!
 
Tuesday: Try something new! 
Campers will be encouraged to try one new thing and document it somehow: take a picture, draw something, write a journal entry, make up a short song or poem, and share it on FlipGrid with other campers and volunteers.
 
Wednesday: Get wacky!
Dress up in a funky outfit, try a new hair do, makeup look, or wear a costume...skies the limit! Campers will be encouraged to share their wacky looks on FlipGrid.
 
Thursday: Thankfulness! 
Write a thank you note to someone you appreciate. Send them an email, give them a call, draw them a picture, or shout them out on FlipGrid.
 
Friday: is for friendship! 
We will be creating a virtual Shout Out on FlipGrid to recognize our friends and mentors!

These virtual meetings will be led by volunteers who share the identities of campers. Caucusing creates a safe environment to explore our identities and experiences with people who share those identities. VRC will host caucuses for campers to talk about their identities as: People of Color, Trans + Gender Expansive, Poor + Working Class, People with Disabilities, and English is Not our First Language.

Caucuses

These virtual meetings will be led by volunteers who share the identities of campers. Caucusing creates a safe environment to explore our identities and experiences with people who share those identities. VRC will host caucuses for campers to talk about their identities as: People of Color, Trans + Gender Expansive, Poor + Working Class, People with Disabilities, and English is Not our First Language.

Caucuses

Workshops
Workshops

At Rock Camp, we offer a series of workshops focused on music, self-empowerment and anti-racism/anti-oppression. Workshops will be provided as hardcopy ‘zines (short for DIY magazine) with information and activities. Supplemental workshop materials will be provided online via YouTube links, listening assignments, and there will be live demos and workshops on Zoom. 

Mentorship

Each camper will be assigned a Camp Counselor/mentor to meet with once a week over video chat. Camp Counselors will talk with campers about their experiences, answer questions about camp, help campers work through conflicts, and facilitate conversations about identity and anti-racism.

Assembly & Band Practice

Assembly is every Saturday via Zoom. This is a chance for the whole camp to be together in one place. There will be games, skits, roses & thorns, and a scream circle, if appropriate for the families homes (recommended campers go outside). Band practice is once a week on Saturday after assembly and will take place on Zoom and using BandLab. Campers will be assigned a band with 3-4 total members and one band coach. Camper bands will work with their coach to write lyrics together, come up with a name for their record label, workshop songs, and recording using BandLab.

Final Showcase

At the end of the camp week, campers present their original songs and creations at the Virtual Saturday Showcase for friends, families, and fans. The Virtual Showcase will be Saturday, August 29 via Zoom and broadcast live on local radio station KZAX. There will be a silent auction with rad items donated from community businesses!

This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Bellingham Girls Rock is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit.

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