Girls: Summer Sessions

Girls: Summer Sessions

Girls Rock Boston is a week long summer program for girls ages 8 to 17 working to empower girls and encourage positive self esteem through music education and performance. During each session, girls receive instrument instruction (guitar, bass, drums, vocals or keyboards), form a bandwrite an original song, and perform at a sold out rock venue- in just one week. As well as band formations, band coaching, and band practice- we include workshops such as self-defense, songwriting, women in rock history and screen printing.

GIRLS Summer session INFO & FAQ

GRCB’s summer programs are about way more than just rocking out! Our mission is to empower girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through music education and performance. In week-long summer sessions run by adult female community volunteers, girls gain meaningful life skills of collaboration, problem solving, and positive self-expression in a creative, supportive environment.

During each session, girls meet and form bands, learn how to play an instrument (guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, or vocals), compose original songs and perform live to hundreds of family, friends, and community members at a prominent local rock venue – all in one week’s time. Throughout each session, GRCB also provides daily workshops geared towards building self-esteem and encouraging self-expression and awareness.

At GRCB, we have cultivated a supportive community of peers and positive female mentors that encourage and teach girls to be their own rock heroes, allowing them to think differently about limits that may be placed upon them by our society. Our programming provides unique opportunities that are rarely found elsewhere: we use music as a vehicle to eradicate limiting myths about gender and age; we increase access and exposure to music education and technical, hands-on learning; and our programming encourages collaboration, leadership skills, and self-confidence.

When will the GRCB Summer Sessions take place?
Our next sessions will take place in July and August of 2018. Applications will be available on April 1, 2018.

Where are GRCB Summer Sessions held?
We will be holding both of our week-long sessions of GRCB Summer programming in 2017 at Berklee College of Music’s Fordham Road Facility in Allston, MA.

How do I apply for GRCB Summer Sessions?
Applications will be available online starting April 1, 2018.

If you work with a school or organization who works with youth/families who need assistance with applications, or need a printable application, please contact Nora Allen-Wiles at prior to April 1st.

The application has three steps that must all be completed for your application to be considered.

Who can attend GRCB Summer Sessions?
GRCB is for girls ages 8-17. There is no musical experience necessary and we will provide all instruments for girls who attend. While our programming is guided by the experiences of girls and women, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment that supports and welcomes a wide range of marginalized gender identities and expressions. We welcome girls, women, trans, and gender nonconforming youth and adults.

Where are GRCB Summer Sessions located?
GRCB Summer Sessions will be held at Berklee College of Music’s Fordham Road Facility in Allston, MA.

How much is tuition for a GRCB Summer Session?
The tuition for each session will be $375 with Financial Aid available.

Do you offer Financial Aid?
Yes! Financial Aid is available to anyone who applies to GRCB’s programs for girls. GRCB does not consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission, therefore applying for financial aid will neither increase nor decrease your chances of getting into a program. We strive to grant all requests for assistance in full and supply sufficient aid to meet each family’s need. We encourage families to ask for assistance if needed. The financial aid request form is within the program application.

What is the GRCB Intern Program?
Interns at GRCB are young women, ages 16-18, who have previously participated in GRCB for two or more summers, demonstrate exceptional maturity and commitment to the mission of GRCB, and are interested in experiencing GRCB in a new way.

How do you determine who gets into each session?
We accept participants on a first come, first served basis. Applicants are in no way accepted or wait-listed based on personal content in the applications. Our process is solely based on the date the application was received and spaces available per age group.

We offer five different instrument groups: Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocals and Drums. Each instrument group is evenly divided into three age groups, Picks (8 – 10 year olds/3rd – 5th grades), Sticks (11-12 year olds/6th – 7th grades), Strings (13-17 year olds/ 8th grade and above), to ensure that we have an equal number of bands in each age group.

Our capacity is 60 girls per session. We receive more applications than we have spots, so we will not be able to accept everyone who applies.

My girl was on the waiting list in 2017, does she get preference in 2018?
Due to an overwhelmingly positive response to our programming, and commitment to accommodate new participants, this year we will be offering a priority period to girls who were wait-listed for 2016 programming. If you applied in 2016 but were wait-listed due to lack of space, you will be given priority if we receive your completed application before April 10, 2017. Please be sure to indicate this status in you application.

Please know that we are making an effort to accommodate girls who were wait-listed last year but we still cannot guarantee acceptance. There are limited spaces available for each age and instrument group and we cannot exceed our capacity. Please also know, applicants are in no way accepted or wait-listed based on personal content in the applications. Our process is solely based on the date the application was received and spaces available per age group.

What happens if my girl is placed on the waiting list this year?
If our spaces are full, you will be placed on a waiting list. While we cannot guarantee that spaces will become available, we will alert you to any developments in your girl’s application status.

Girls Rock Campaign Boston is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to empower girls to believe in themselves by providing a supportive community that fosters self-expression, confidence, and collaboration through music education and performance. While we are continuing to grow our programming and community each year, we are at an organizational capacity in holding two summer sessions and may be unable to accommodate the number of applications that we receive.

Will lunch be provided for girls?
No. While we will provide snacks each day, girls need to come with a packed lunch.

Do you only teach Rock Music?
NO! Rock is in our name, but we support all the ways girls want to “rock” — whatever that means to them! We teach, listen to, and love all sorts of music from rock to hip-hop, jazz to folk, pop to punk! Girls are encouraged to explore and create any kind of music that they feel passionate about!

Daily Schedule:
The Monday-Friday portion of GRCB runs from 8:30AM-5:30PM. The showcase takes place on Saturday afternoon and runs approximately two and a half hours. Girls must arrive at least an hour and a half before the show begins. Girls are required to be at GRCB all hours, all days, including Saturday.

Sample Day at GRCB Summer Sessions:

8:30-8:45 Girls Dropped Off
9:00-9:30 Morning Assembly
9:30-11:30 Instrument Instruction
11:30-12:30 Lunch & Visiting Band Performance
12:30-2:00 Workshop
2:00-2:45 Quiet Band Practice & Songwriting
2:45-5:00 Band Practice
5:00-5:30 Afternoon Assembly

What are the THREE STEPS that must be completed for an application to be considered?

The GRCB Summer application process has three steps. All three steps MUST be completed before your application will be considered. This information is detailed in the application and will be sent out along with confirmation of application receipt:
Step 1: Completed Program Application (Online or via Mail) available April 1, 2018.
Step 2: $20 Non-Refundable Application Fee * Application fee can be waived, info in the application.
Step 3: Express Yourself Piece (EYP): As part of this application, each girl is asked to submit a creative piece explaining why she would like to attend GRCB.

Further questions about attending GRCB Summer Programming?

Complete our Contact Us Form or contact Nora at with any further questions! Don’t forget to sign up for our mailing list to receive updates on events, application, and sessions.