CAMPERS + PARENTS
"I thought it was so awesome last year. I made a lot of new friends and learned a lot." - Penelope, 9
"I learned about different notes and stuff in school, but I learned about really playing music last summer at Girls Rock!. It was awesome." - Alina, 9
"I feel proud to be a girl when I'm around the counselors and other campers." - Lucy, 11
Girls Rock! Iowa City is open to all female*, gender non-conforming, and trans-identified youth ages 8-16. No previous musical experience is required to attend; the majority of campers are beginners. All musical instruments and required equipment are provided for campers during camp and performances.
Tuition is based on a sliding-scale, and is pay-what-you-can; about 30% of our campers attended for free in 2017, and the average camper paid about $130 to come to camp. We also offer free lunch and before- and after-care to all campers.
Our summer camp program is one week long, with lessons and practice Monday-Friday, and our showcase and recording on Saturday and Sunday. Monday-Friday, campers will attend small-group lessons on the bass, guitar, keyboard or drums, followed by workshops in areas like songwriting, self-defense, and the history in women in music. Campers will work Monday-Friday with their band as they write an original song. On Saturday afternoon, campers will perform their original song at the showcase, which is open to the public. On Sunday morning campers will record their songs in the studio at the United Action for Youth.