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Start Your Amps! Guitar 101 for Girls Ages 8 – Teen Kicks Off This Sunday (7/14).


GGS private students warm up before the big recital. (Photo: Girls Guitar School, May 2013)

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 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 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!

Summer is Here. Let’s Get Playing! July 14 – August 25

In-store open house (Photo: Baxter Northup Music, Used with Permission) April 2013

In-store open house (Photo: Baxter Northup Music, Used with Permission) April 2013

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 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 .

See you at the studio!


GGS Summer Session Starts Sat., June 1 – Uke 101, Learn-at-Lunch and More!


Songwriting Workshop with special guest, Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde, April 2013 (Photo Ana Ramos/Girls Guitar School)

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 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!

Free Intro Guitar Class, Monday, May 13, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

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  Guitars and related accessories will be available for purchase before and after the event.  See you there! Map and directions click here.

Resolve to play more guitar.

2013 Registration for Guitar 101 for Teens extended to January 13!

Theresa, Jenny, Stella, and Emily of Warpaint

Absolute beginners:

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  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

Please note:  All Rights Reserved (c) 2013 October Crifasi/Girls Guitar School except where noted.

Girls Guitar School featured in Sherman Oaks Patch!

Big thanks to Karen Packer, writer, educator and musician, for featuring GGS in today’s issue of the Sherman Oaks news on  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!


Fall Session Starts this Sunday, November 4

GGS students rocking at the Sherman Oaks Street Fair (Photo: October Crifasi/Girls Guitar School)

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!