Q: What is Girls Rock Vermont?
A: Girls Rock Vermont is a one-week summer day camp. Campers learn how to play musical instruments, write songs, perform their own music, and participate in workshops and activities.
Q: What happens at a typical day at camp?
A: Each day welcomes campers with a morning assembly. Campers then attend classes including instrument instruction and songwriting. A portion of each day is also dedicated to band practice and the creation of an original song under the supervision of a band manager. Workshops and seminars on topics relevant to girls and young women are woven in throughout the day. Each day ends with a brief wrap-up assembly.
Q: Do you offer instruction in music genres other than rock?
A: Yes! We call it “Girls Rock Vermont” because we know girls rock! Our camp encourages all forms of musical expression, including country, reggae, folk, hip hop, metal, or any other genre you can think of or invent.
Q: Do I have to have experience playing music?
A: No experience necessary, just a willingness to try something new, work together, make some noise, and (most importantly) be heard.
Q: Do I have to bring my own instrument?
A: No, camp provides the musical instruments. However, if you have an instrument you would like to bring, please do!
Q: What if I don’t live in Vermont?
A: You don’t have to live in Vermont to attend camp, but you do need to make your own plans for where to stay if you’re unable to commute daily.
Q: Who are the teachers and counselors?
A: Camp classes and workshops are taught by talented female and non-binary identifying folks who volunteer their time. Counselors guide campers through the assemblies, facilitate band communication, coach bands through the songwriting process, and accompany them to activities and workshops throughout the day.
Q: Why is “Girls Rock Vermont” just for girls, female identifying and non-binary folks?
- Because they are far too often the spectator.
- Because they should be HEARD, not just seen.
- Because it’s time for more female identifying and non-binary folks to play instruments, write music, work the soundboard, run record labels, produce records, or anything else they want to do in the music industry or any other field.
- Because making music makes you feel good about yourself.
- Because writing original music in a supportive, non-male space can be an incredibly empowering experience.
- Because it’s fun!