Let's Rock! CamP

Photo: 2016 Let's Rock! Camp band photo (Asylum Cherries)

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Let's Rock! Camp is an intensive, three-day music and social justice program for adults, a “grown-up” version of Willie Mae’s summer Girls Rock! Camp. The program brings together folks with varying levels of musical experience for a 3-day weekend of instrument lessons, songwriting, band practice, and workshops, all culminating in a showcase concert at a professional music venue. In all activities, collaboration and creative risk-taking are encouraged. Classes are taught by experienced New York City teaching artists and professional musicians in small, focused groups.

*Women (transgender & cisgender) and  gender non-binary individuals who will be 19 or older during the camp session may apply. We offer sliding scale tuition, making the program accessible to people from all income levels. Also, you don’t have to live in New York to register (please see below for more information about out-of-town campers).

Instrument Instruction

Participants choose one instrument to focus on for the weekend. The choices are drums, bass, guitar, keys, or vocals. Instruction is led by highly qualified volunteers, and happens in small groups. All levels of experience are welcome, from “never played music before” to “piano when I was a kid” to “I play guitar in my band but I’ve always wanted to play drums” and everything in between.


Throughout the weekend, workshops are held on a variety of topics, including songwriting, screen-printing, Decolonizing Music History, and Music of the Black Lives Matter Movement.

Band Practice

On the first day camp, WMRC assists campers with band formations in a fun and minimally intimidating way. Band practice every day, and during band practice, campers work together to write a song, and practice playing as an ensemble. Band coaches are available to help bands with the writing process, facilitate the rehearsals, assist with instruments, and answer questions as necessary. On the final night of the program, all bands will have the opportunity to perform their song at the incredible Let's Rock! Camp all-ages showcase concert, which will be held at a professional music venue, not far from the camp site.

Lunchtime Performances

Each day, a visiting performer plays a live set, then sticks around to take questions from the group. Past performers have included prominent musicians such as Tracy Bonham & Kala Brame, teen bands from the summer camp, and talented local artists.

Fun Activities

At Rock Camp, one thing we know is how to have a good time! The camp day is interspersed with loads of fun activities, from warm-up games, to button-making, to impromptu dance party and karaoke!

“I haven’t written or played music since high school, and after camp yesterday I went home and wrote songs until 3am.” – Let's Rock! Camper

“Loved every minute of it. Perfect introduction to drumming and playing as part of a band” – Let's Rock! Camper

Accommodations For Out of Town Campers 

Let's Rock! Camp is a day camp and we do NOT provide lodging. We are able to offer limited assistance with host arrangements. If you are interested in contacting a prospective host and information on available accommodations (including nearby hotels), or if you are local and interested in hosting a camper, please let us know on your registration form.

Cancellation Policy

50% of all tuition payments are non-refundable. Cancellations 3 weeks prior to the camp session will be refunded the other 50%. For cancellations after 3 weeks (and only up to the MONDAY ONE WEEK PRIOR to camp), you may find a replacement for the spot to receive your remaining 50%. Otherwise, this remaining tuition will be used as a donation to the Fairness Fund, which keeps all our programs sliding scale.

Sample Application

Notifications sent on a monthly rolling basis the last Thursday of each month applications are open. 

Non-Discrimination Policy

Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national and/or ethnic origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, mental or physical ability, or gender identity/expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, admissions policies, financial aid, and other camp-related policies and programs, as well as volunteer and employment-related policies and activities.