GGS students featured with Halsey for Billboard’s Women in Music Awards airing on Lifetime TV Dec. 12.
GGS welcomed pop singer-songwriter Halsey to our studio last week. The private mentoring session was captured on film for Billboard’s upcoming Women Music Awards which will air on Lifetime TV Monday, Dec. 12 where Halsey will be given the “Rising Star” award. The show won’t air until next week, but you can see a sneak preview of it here:
Halsey met with GGS students to answer questions about the music industry and song writing among other things. A few GGS students even got a chance to play for the special guest. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to welcome Halsey to our studio and thank her for taking the time to stop by and share her experience and insight with us.
Behind the scenes:
I would like to extend my personal thanks to Halsey, Jessica Rovniak and Billboard for bringing this inspirational opportunity to GGS students. Welcome to our small but mighty tribe of girl guitar goodness, Halsey. Keep doing what you’re doing and know the girls at GGS got your back. We hope to see you again soon. – October
To find your own inspiration on the guitar, email us at email@example.com to schedule a lesson in person or online.
Be sure to check out the GGS YouTube channel, too! : http://www.youtube.com/user/girlsgtr
Happy New Year! Did you get a guitar during the holidays? Or maybe you’ve made the resolution that 2016 will be the year you finally learn how to play guitar. If so, we’ve got great news for you, especially if you live in the Glendale, La Canada Flintridge area. We’ve partnered with the Community Center of La Canada Flintridge to offer group classes for teens and adults throughout the year. These classes are open to both women and men. The first session begins Tuesday, January 12 with The Power of Three and Thursday, January 14 with Guitar 101. All classes are taught by GGS founder, October Crifasi.
For class information and to register, please see:
Instruments are not provided.
The Girls Guitar School program has shifted to private, semi-private instruction both in the studio (Sherman Oaks location) and via Skype. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (818) 903-7763 for rates and availability.
2015 saw our first collaboration with the legendary McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica for a one-day workshop on the stylings of Taylor Swift. We are in the midst of planning more female-centric workshops and classes with McCabe’s for 2016 so be sure sign up to receive our updates to ensure you get a seat.
Going to NAMM at the end of the month? Stop by the Lessonface booth on Thursday and say howdy.
As always, please feel free to contact us with your questions, and have a wonderful and musical new year.
We know it has a been a quiet summer for GGS announcements and wanted to let you know that while GGS group class program is currently on hold our private studio is open and currently accepting new students. Days with most availability are Mondays-Wednesdays. For rates and scheduling information, please call (818) 903-7763 or email us at email@example.com. Don’t live in the Valley? October Crifasi is teaching private and group instruction online at LessonFace.com. Click here for more information about LessonFace and October’s current availability .
October will also be leading several group classes through the Glendale Community College Community Services Education program beginning October 11. Classes are open to teens and adults as listed, to register click link.
Blues 101 for Adults:
|Dates:||October 11-25, 2014|
|Meets:||Sa from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM, 3 sessions|
|Location:||Garfield Campus, Tropico Building TR 204|
Students will learn the rhythms and chords used to play and write a standard 12-bar blues song, using open chords, a simple blues shuffle and more. Each week will introduce a new group of chords and rhythms that can be used together to create an original composition by week three. Acoustic and electric guitars are welcome (instruments not provided, bring your own). Beginners and intermediate players welcome! A $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor at first class meeting. Register
The Power of Three course has been cancelled.
Just added! A special eight-week introduction to the Ukulele for teens and adults at the fabulous Clockwork Couture in Burbank.
Unfamiliar with this wonderful store and community? Well, look no further: www.clockworkcouture.com October will be teaching this introductory class on Saturdays from October 11 – November 29, 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Tuition is $150 is paid in full, $20.00 per class. Instruments not provided. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
And last but not least, be sure to pick up the current issue of Acoustic Guitar Magazine. Not only does it include a wonderful interview with guitarist and songwriter, Ani DiFranco, but it also includes an introduction to using Bandcamp.com.
As always, please feel free to contact us with questions or to schedule a lesson in our private studio. Happy playing.
March 21; 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. $20
Prerequisite: Knowledge of open chords and simple strumming.
Saturday, March 22 & Sunday, March 23
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. each day
Prerequisite: Knowledge of basic open chords, power chords, partial F and B chords, and basic strumming.
We are thrilled to announce that GGS is picking up and taking it on the road (for a few days). Chicago, Illinois we’ve got you in our sights next month.
In partnership with the Old Town School of Folk Music, GGS founder, October Crifasi, leads a two-day songwriting intensive workshop for women the weekend of March 22, 2014 and a workshop for teens on Friday, March 21. Registration opens March 1.
Tuition and registration information will be posted in the next few days, so please check back or see
Also making its debut this month is October’s first column for Acoustic Guitar Magazine, with the article, “It’s a Family Affair”. Culled from feedback during GGS Parents & Practice Nights, the article suggests several ways guitarist parents can encourage their daughters to play. This article is a part of the “Here’s How” section of the magazine and will continue to have October at helm for the rest of the year.
Don’t live in Los Angeles and would like to get private instruction? GGS has partnered with LessonFace.com to offer one-on-one private lessons via the internet. Please contact us for details or see http://www.LessonFace.com . Read a recent review from mom Renee Bergeron of A Baker’s Dozen and Apollo XIV by clicking here http://bakersdozenandapolloxiv.com/2014/02/26/lesson-face-review/
Happy Spring, Everyone. Updates on GGS local programming coming soon.
Join us this Sunday for our Fall Open House & Free Intro to Guitar class. No prior experience necessary, all you need to bring is the guitar. Girls will learn parts of the instrument, how to read a chord chart, how to play three simple chords and leave with a song they can play at home. All that in just 45-minutes! Our classroom space is limited, please send us an email at email@example.com to reserve a seat.
Class starts at 1:00 p.m.
Stay after class and meet current students and families of both the private and group programs. There will be student performances and light refreshments, too. Outside the store, the Sherman Oaks Street Fair will be going strong, so please, join us for a fun day of guitar playing and community.
We are located inside Baxter Northup Music, 14534 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA, just look for the pink GGS banner once inside the store. Guitars and related accessories are available for purchase before and after class. Parking can be limited during this event, please plan travel times accordingly.
Other upcoming events
Fall Session 2 gets underway with Guitar 101 for Teens at 2:00 p.m. and Guitar 102 for Girls Ages 8-10 at 3:15 p.m.
Parents & Practice Night 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Girltopia, Los Angeles Covention Center, October and current girl scout students will be in the Leadership Cafe to talk about playing music and how to empower other girls to do the same. More information www.girltopiala.com times TBA
Have questions? Please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (818) 903-7763. See you in class!
School is back in session and so are we! Six-week classes run Sept. 8 – Oct. 13. Tuition is $180.00. Please contact us at (818) 903-7763 or by email at email@example.com for more details or to register for classes.
Guitar 101 Sundays, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. The perfect class for absolute beginners. Girls will learn simple chords, strumming and melody playing songs they know and songs they create together. No prior experience necessary.
Guitar 102 Sundays, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. This class picks up where Guitar 101 left off, with more complex strumming, simple leads and introduction to reading music. Some prior experience with chords and strumming required.
Our classroom and private studio are located in Sherman Oaks, CA at 14534 Ventura Blvd. Limited private, Skype and semi-private lessons on guitar and ukulele also available year-round.
Did you know that practicing a musical instrument increases brain function and enhances learning? According to the Children’s Music Workshop, “Recent studies have clearly indicated that musical training physically develops the part of the left side of the brain known to be involved with processing language, and can actually wire the brain’s circuits in specific ways. Linking familiar songs to new information can also help imprint information on young minds.” Click link to read more from the PBS article: The Benefits of Music Education .
Happy playing, we’ll see you at the studio!
Fall Session, September 8 – October 13 (see schedule above)
Free Intro Guitar Class
Sunday, October 20, 12:30 p.m. All ages welcome.
Sherman Oaks Street Fair – Strum Along and Performance
Sunday, October 20, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Join us for an afternoon of outdoor student performance and strum-along. We’ll be outside of Baxter Northup Music playing our favorite female-created music and answering your questions about the GGS program. Come meet our students and make some music (or just learn more about what we do and how you can become involved).
Beginner classes abound this Sunday with Guitar 101 for Girls Ages 8-teen. Girls will learn chords, strumming and simple melody using songs they know and songs they create together. Limited room available for the 8-10 age group.
Session runs 7/14 – 8/25, no classes on 7/21. Tuition is $180.00 and is due in full by the first class. Reservations via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 818-903-7763 recommended.
Guitar 101 for ages 8-10 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Guitar 101 for teen girls 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Coming up – our Parents & Practice Night, Weds., July 24 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Geared specifically to the questions and concerns of parents, this free class goes through how to tune a guitar, read a chord chart, inspire practice and other related topics requested by those attending. Please r.s.v.p. at email@example.com as seating is limited.
Did you know we also offer private lessons on guitar and ukulele all summer long Monday – Wednesdays and on Saturdays. Please call us to find out availability.
See you at the studio!
P.S. We would like to extend our deepest thanks to Jen Levinson of Jen’s List for her help and support of our program. If you found us through Jen’s List, please let us know. Jen’s List is a fantastic resource for family activities and businesses in and around the Los Angeles area. For more information, please click here Jen’s List . Thank you, Jen!
Our summer session schedule is up. New session starts July 14 with Guitar 101 for Girls and Teens. Please see Classes & Private Instruction for times. Registration via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 818-903-7763 is recommended. Tuition for six-week session is $180.00 and is due in full on first day of class.
We also offer private and semi-private lessons all summer long. Discovered our website and don’t live in Los Angeles? Have no fear – Skype is here! We offer private lessons via Skype as well. Please contact us for pricing and availability.
Coming this week – our recommendations for great summer reads, female bands/artists on tour and ideas to make this summer a rocking one. Stay tuned or follow us at @girlsgtrschool or http://www.facebook.com/GirlsGuitarSchool .
See you at the studio!
The new schedule is up! Check out the new Uke and Learn-at-Lunch classes. Here’s a quick overview of the schedule. Registration via email at email@example.com recommended. Tuition is due in full on by first class of session. All classes must meet minimum enrollment to run. Guitars, Ukuleles and related accessories are available for purchase at Baxter Northup Music/Girls Guitar School prior to class. Instruments are not provided.
Saturdays, 6/1/13- 7/6/13 *New*
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Ukulele 101 for Girls Ages 8-10, $135.00
Sundays, 6/2/13 – 7/7/13
1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Guitar 102 for Teens (some playing experience required), $180.00
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Guitar 101 for Girls Ages 10 – 11, $180.00
Mondays, 6/3/13 – 7/8/13 *New*
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Teen Guitar Ensemble (prior playing experience and approval from instructor required), $180.00
Tuesdays, 6/4/13 – 7/9/13 *New*
1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Guitar 102 for Women (knowledge of basic open chords and strumming required, please contact us for more information). Tuition $135.00
Please contact us with your questions – we’ll see you at the studio!
What do you call the things that tune the guitar? Come to our free intro guitar class and find out. This class is open to girls and women of all ages, all you need to bring is the guitar. Students will learn a few easy chords and a song in under an hour! The perfect time to find out about our summer schedule, sign up for lessons or to simply meet other aspiring female players (and their families). Our next session starts June 2. The event is free, all we ask is that you register via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guitars and related accessories will be available for purchase before and after the event. See you there! Map and directions click here.
2013 Registration for Guitar 101 for Teens extended to January 13!
Guitar 101 for Teens, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
We have a limited amount of seats available for this class. Please contact us at 818-903-7763 to register or hold a seat.
NEW! (By student request) Guitar 102 for Women starts Sunday, January 27 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
This is the perfect class for women with some experience with open chords and basic strumming. Class runs for six weeks.
Tuition for all courses $180.00 Due in full by first class of the session. Please contact us to hold your seat. Students must provide their own instruments.
What are your playing goals for this year? Follow us on Twitter at @girlsgtrschool and join the conversation. One big one for us is to reach and support more girls and women ready to play guitar in Los Angeles. Sign up for our email list to receive updates on our programming, practice tips and inspiration.
Did you see Karen Packer’s recent article on GGS for Patch.com? Take a peek: Local Musician Changes the Face of Music One Girl at a Time.
Have more questions? Please contact us by phone at 818-903-7763 or by email at email@example.com.
Please note: All Rights Reserved (c) 2013 October Crifasi/Girls Guitar School except where noted.
Big thanks to Karen Packer, writer, educator and musician, for featuring GGS in today’s issue of the Sherman Oaks news on Patch.com. Article can be found by clicking here.
Things are winding down here at the ole GGS homestead as we get ready to say goodbye to the incredible year that was 2012. I would personally like to thank all of the GGS students, families and supporters for their time, talent, support and dedication. It has been an honor to work with and give witness to such a brave and creative tribe of girls and women! I can’t wait for the many new things and progress the new year will bring. In the meantime, happy holidays – we’ll see you in January. (Next session begins Sunday, January 6. Please see Calendar of Events for schedule.)
Here’s to girls and women in music!
Guitar 101 starts this Sunday. Session runs Nov. 4 – Dec. 2 (no class 11/25).
Limited spots available for both levels, please call 818-903-7763 to register before Sunday, Nov. 4. Classes located at 14534 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA.
Tuition is $120.00 and is due in full by Sunday, November 4.
Guitar 101 for Teens at 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Guitar 101 for Ages 10 – 11 at 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
We’ll see you in class!
Free Intro to Guitar Class – Sunday, October 28 11:00 – 11:45 a.m., Open House 12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
It’s time again for our free intro class for girls and women of all ages. This is open to the public and will include a brief overview of the instrument and chords. This is the perfect opportunity to get a taste of our group classes without the commitment of a full session. Instructor will be free for questions afterward or to register students for the November session. Please join us – all you need is a guitar! This day will also feature performances by faculty and students of both Baxter Northup Music School and GGS. Always a great time! No prior registration needed.
FALL GROUP CLASSES (Special Four-Week Format) November 4 – December 2 (no class 11/25) Tuition $120.00
Guitar 2b for Girls Ages 8-9. 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Picks up where Guitar 2 left off. This special mini-session will focus on ensemble arrangement of 2 songs using skill sets and technique learned in Guitar 101 – Guitar 2. Prior experience and approval of instructor required to join.
Guitar 101 for Teens. 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Students will learn basic open chords, rhythm and single note melody using songs by female artists and their own compositions. Acoustic and electric guitars welcome. Absolute beginners welcome! (Small/practice amps required of electric guitar students.)
Guitar 101 for Girls Ages 10-11. 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Students will learn basic open chords, rhythm and single note melody using songs by female artists and their own compositions. Acoustic and electric guitars welcome. Absolute beginners welcome! (Small/practice amps required of electric guitar students.)
Private lessons in-person and via Skype available all year. Please contact us for availability.
GGS is dedicated to the education and empowerment of girls through music and especially on the guitar. We offer girls of all ages a multi-dimensional guitar program that teaches technical skills, self-expression, creativity and professionalism so that students develop confidence as musicians and young women.
*Special Four-Week Session: November 4 – December 2 (no class November 25)* Schedule to be announced – please sign up for our emails to get the latest news.
For more detailed information and tuition please click here: Classes & Private Instruction
We are located at 14534 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks, CA. We also offer private and semi-private lessons on guitar and ukelele year-round.
Have more questions or would like to schedule a lesson? Please call us at 818-903-7763 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also find us on YouTube for interviews, artist playlists and instruction: GGS Channel
We look forward to hearing from you.
Guitar 101 for Women on Sundays 2:00 – 3:00 (see Classes page for description)
Guitar 102 for Girls 8 & 9 (prior experience required) Sundays 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Guitar 101 for Women Sundays 2:00 -3:00 p.m.
Girls with Guitars Level 1 (open to new students with advanced beginner/intermediate skills) Day and time TBA soon
Please see Classes page for more detailed information and tuition. Reserve your spot by calling 818-903-7763 or email at email@example.com.
Please help us spread the word about our program – share this with your friends and family. We are also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GirlsGuitarSchool and Twitter @girlsgtrschool .
More exciting news coming soon! See you in class.
Guitar 101 is the perfect class for absolute beginners. Students will learn simple chords and rhythm as well as melody.
Special six-week session for girls ages 8-10 on Sundays, May 6 – June 17 (no class Memorial Day Weekend) 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Tuition is $180 and due by the first class. Students must provide their own instruments. Please email or call us for more information or to hold your place. Class size is limited to five students.
We will be adding additional age groups as minimum enrollment is met (three students).
This is just the beginning of our group programming for the season. Please sign up on our email list for upcoming classes, workshops and performances.
Special thanks to the students and families that came to our open house in March. Kudos to private students Annie and Tracy for taking to the stage and sharing their talents with us! What a great day of music and performance.
More classes and a special performance by GGS faculty on the way.
Happy spring everyone – we’ll see you in class!
Spring is on its way and what better way to celebrate its arrival?
Our first open house/free introductory guitar class of 2012 will take place on Sunday, March 4 at 11:30 a.m. This free 45-minute class is a friendly guitar how-do-you-do for girls (ages 7+) and women of all ages.
Class is taught in our group class space nestled in the heart of our favorite Valley music store, Baxter Northup Music, 14534 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA.
Come on by and say hello to your inner guitar player! There will also be live performance at 1:00 p.m. featuring GGS adult students as well as a mini-set by rock cellist (and GGS collaborator), Helen Money with her students.
This event is in conjunction with the Baxter Northup Music open house and will feature other live performances of both students and teachers alike. Always a fun day and a great way to support local music. We hope you will join us.
In other news…
We are in the midst of putting together a new group curriculum to provide ensemble experience for those students already studying the guitar. If this is something of interest to you or your favorite female player, please drop us a line and let us know. We will be putting groups together based on experience and age of students. We hope to have the details nailed down and ready for roll out in March. This will include group programming for classes beyond guitar 101. We will be in touch via email with 101 students this week with days and times of 102 programming.
As always, please contact us with your questions, ideas, and suggestions for our YouTube channel, Links page or like-minded organizations to partner with. Thank you for your continued support of women in music, especially instrumentalists. We are changing the face of music one girl at a time. See you in class.
We wish you all a wonderful new year filled with an abundance of creativity, joy and MUSIC (of course). Thank you all so very much for your continued support. We could not have made it this far without you.
What a year 2011 turned out to be with ensembles writing and performing their own compositions, the debut our own YouTube Channel and our first instructional workshop. What will 2012 bring? Here is what we have planned so far:
Sunday, January 15 marks the beginning of our winter session. All classes run for eight consecutive weeks unless noted otherwise.
Guitar 101 for pre-teens
Guitar 102 (current students only, or by permission of instructor)
Girls with Guitars ensemble, levels 1 and 2
and Ladies Guitar School!
February will feature another afternoon workshop with bassist, Terry De Castro.
Full schedule with times and tuition will be posted January 1. Have an idea for an afternoon workshop or an artist you’d like to hear more about? Please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
From the small but mighty team here at GGS, may you have a rockin’ new year and we’ll see you in class!
GGS proudly presents our first workshop:
The Power of 4 Strings: Bass Basics for Guitarists & Beginners
Sunday, November 13; 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
$35.00 | Seats available 6
Our classroom space in Baxter Northup Music, 14534 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA
Terry de Castro, bass player extraordinaire for British Indie bands The Wedding Present and Goya Dress, leads this 90-minute introduction to the world and power of the bass. Explore simple bass lines and rhythm. Learn about female players rockin’ the bass universe. Bring your bass or acoustic guitar and be ready to have a heckuva lot of fun!
Students are required to provide their own instruments, small practice amps are encouraged.
Contact us today to reserve your spot. Space is limited and will fill quickly.
For more in the exciting news column…GGS students were featured on Everett True’s blog, Collapse Board! Our deepest thanks to Joyce Raskin for including our work in her article. Check out the Reckless Pretties doing their thing at the Stories Cafe event in July right here.
As always, feel free to drop us a line with questions or referrals. Information on our next session of group classes soon on the way. Next up this month is a four-week Ukelele class! Sundays- 2:00 – 2:45 p.m., starting 11/27. Be sure to sign up for our email updates so you don’t miss it.
See you at the workshop!
Stories Books & Cafe, July 2011 (Photo by Frank Guttler)
The Fall session is almost here!
Only a few seats left for classes beginning this Sunday, September 18.
This class offers students a solid introduction to open and power chords, simple scales and all things rock! Material drawn primarily from female artists and songwriters.
Pre-Teen (girls ages 8-10) Sundays, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Pre-Teen/Teen (girls ages 11- 14) Sundays, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Ladies Guitar School version (older teens and women): Sundays, time to be determined, please contact us directly, we are dedicated to making this part of our program happen and we need your help!
Please see our Class & Registration page for tuition and registration information.
We also have big news! Our guitar and bass instructional videos will soon start production and be uploaded to the official GGS YouTube channel by the end of September. Please email us with questions, songs or any other guitar/bass-related tips you’d like to see.
Did we say bass? Yup. That’s right. Coming soon – bass workshops and oh, my! Bass 101. Details to follow. Curious? Please email us.
As always please feel free to contact us with your questions. We’ll see you in class (and on YouTube!)
It is that time again! GGS is happy to announce we will be offering a free introductory Guitar 101 class for girls and women of all ages at Baxter Northup Music on Sunday, September 11 at noon. If you’ve been wondering if the group or guitar thing is for you or your favorite female player, this is the perfect opportunity to test the waters without any sort of commitment to full session. All students need to bring with them is a guitar, we’ll take care of the rest.
Our Fall session is scheduled to begin Sunday, September 18.
All classes are taught at Baxter Northup Music, 14534 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks, CA (just West of the Van Nuys Blvd. and Ventura Blvd. intersection).
Tuition for any of our eight-week courses is $250.00 and is due in full by September 18 (September 11 is free!).
Thinking private lessons might be more your thing? We encourage you to contact us soon as our weekly schedule is almost fully booked.
Please sign up on our email list to get the latest GGS updates. Exciting news coming soon about a new class and instructor…look out!
Happy fall everyone – we’ll see you in class.
August is here which means a new session is soon on its way.
Group and ensemble classes will start up again on Sunday, September 18. Click here for full class listing.
Can’t wait until then? We also offer private lessons. Sneak in a few lessons before the school year kicks into full gear. Click here for more information and rates.
GGS programming is taught at Baxter Northup Music, located at 14534 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA. Map here.
Big thanks to Joyce Raskin, Scarce, Terry de Castro, Cool Moms, Exene Cervenka and Stories Books and Cafe for an incredible gathering of female rocking music and power last weekend. The GGS girls guitar ensemble made their first public debut at the event playing an original composition and stealing the show with their poise, confidence and talent. We could not be more proud. Pictures from the event to soon follow.
Inspiration for the month: Every day sit down and write a song using the chords G C D or D G A. Start with 12 blank measures. Put the chords in any order (without thinking too much about it) and then play your results. Try out a different strum pattern for each song you write and see what happens.
Be sure to check out the GGS YouTube Channel , for inspiration, instruction and even interviews with a variety of female players. We are always on the lookout for things to add, so please drop us a line with your suggestions.
Make some music this August and have fun. We’ll see you class!