The Importance of Encouraging Your Child Musically

By, Jessica Walter

t is important for all people to feel as though they are not only equal, but valued. Teaching young girls empowerment through musical education, performance and creative expression is all a part of this, and Girls Rock Santa Barbara are proud to be a part of this effort.

With a safe space to express themselves in, girls from all backgrounds can acquire skills that will benefit them throughout their lives. This might include taking musical lessons to learn how to play an instrument like a guitar. It could also mean attending workshops designed to encourage musical collaboration, or even a fully-fledged performance once they’re feeling comfortable and confident. Whether they wish to perform solo, or strike up a band, any young girl can feel safe and secure in their learning.

Take a look at this guide to discover how to choose a guitar for your child, and watch them begin their musical journey.

GRSB 2016 Week 1: Recap

The first week of Amplify Sleepaway Camp 2016 was a success! From self-defense workshops, to karaoke nights, to band practices and instruments swaps, it was an incredible week of female empowerment, encouragement and love. 
As the staff photographer this week, I had 4 campers in the Photo Track. They learned how to operate a DSLR and the basics needed to get the right exposures, they played around in Photoshop and learned simple tools for post-production, and most importantly, they learned how to put themselves out there and capture the moments!
Throughout the week we roamed around band practices and workshops, documenting a day in the life at camp with Girls Rock SB.

Here are the photos taken by our photo track students during Week 1!

-Shab Ferdowsi

MEET THE PHOTOGRPHERS

Nyah, age 13

Nyah, age 13

Abigail, Age 12

Abigail, Age 12

Marissa, age 11

Marissa, age 11

Jalyn, age 14

Jalyn, age 14


Throughout the week, in addition to leading the Photo Track students, I roamed along through the camp and captured the magic that took place on that mountain in Ojai. Here are my favorite shots:

DAY 1

DAY 2 +3

Day 4 + 5

Final Showcase!