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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 girlsguitarschool@gmail.com.  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 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 girlsguitarschool@gmail.com.

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 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!

October

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.

Schedule:

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!

Fall Events, Classes, and Open House

Highlights:

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.

Special Four-Week Session: November 4 – December 2*

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 girlsguitarschool@gmail.com.

You can also find us on YouTube for interviews, artist playlists and instruction:  GGS Channel

We look forward to hearing from you.

Summer Session Starts July 8!

Guitar 101 for Women on Sundays 2:00 – 3:00 (see Classes page for description)

What’s Cookin’:

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 girlsguitarschool@gmail.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 back!

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 Open House on Sunday, March 4

Wild Flag Live (photo by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

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.

Happy New Year!

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 girlsguitarschool@gmail.com.

From the small but mighty team here at GGS,  may you have a rockin’ new year and we’ll see you in class!