South Sound Rocks! immerses girls (cis and trans) and gender expansive youth ages 8 to 17 in a safe, empowering, music-based environment that fosters leadership, encourages creativity, and cultivates a supportive community of peers, mentors and role models. Our week-long South Sound Rocks! day camp in Tacoma uses music education and positive aspects of rock music culture—like loud and visible confidence, overt expression and sonic experimentation—to provide a safe and welcoming space for campers to learn more about themselves, the creative process and their potential to be heard.

COVID-19 UPDATE: We have been carefully following the course of the COVID-19 outbreak hoping that we would still be able to hold our summer programs in person. But, after considering all of the information currently available, we have decided that the best way to protect the health and safety of the RCRC community is to switch Summer Camp, South Sound Rocks and our Advanced Music Program (AMP) to a virtual format. We are sad that we won’t get to see our amazing campers in person this year, but we’re also excited to explore new ways of gathering together online to support each other, express ourselves and make some music! Since geographic location doesn’t matter in a virtual setting, we’ll be combining South Sound Rocks! and our Seattle Summer Camp into one big Virtual Summer Camp serving campers from the Tacoma and Seattle areas!

Location: Online
Date: Session One: July 13–17, 2020| Session Two: July 20–24, 2020

Workshops to Inspire and Empower

  • Songwriting: How do you get started writing a song? Work with local musician Rani Weatherby to learn where songs come from, how to write them as a collaborative team, and how to make them come alive on stage!
  • Media and Our World: How are womxn, girls (cis and trans) and gender nonconforming folx portrayed in the media? How have they been portrayed in the past? And how can we work to make sure they’re represented in the most accurate and positive light now and in the future? 
  • Consent and Boundaries: Aretha Franklin said, “R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me.” If we’re going to Rock It Like We Talk It, we have to think about the limits we set for ourselves and others. We all deserve respect. Consent and boundaries help us care for ourselves and teach others how to care for us.
  • Identity and Activism: What is an identity, and how do you best live your genuine life? This workshop will look into what an identity is, what makes it and defines it, and how to use your identity to make change happen in the world.
  • Body Power! Ready to be a confident presence in the world? In this age-appropriate workshop, you’ll practice integrating focus and emotional well-being with empowering physical movements like body language, using your voice, and basic self-defense techniques. 
  • Express Yourself: This workshop is about our favorite person … YOU! What do you want to bring to your performance? What do you want to share with the audience? We’ll explore fierce style—t-shirt mods!—and moves to empower you to ROCK the stage.

Music Instruction for Every Level

  • Individual Instrument Instruction: Learn the basics of how to play and care for your instrument. Already know a little? Our instructors will help boost you to the next level!
  • Songwriting: We’ll be using Soundtrap to facilitate collaborative songwriting guided by one of our talented local teaching musicians.

Creative Fun On- and Offline

  • Sound Escape: What sounds are in your environment and how can you use your creativity to represent and respond to them.
  • Make Your Own Zine: Exercise your voice! Learn how to create a homemade zine expressing your unique perspective.
  • Rocker Scavenger Hunt: Find rock-related objects in your own home that inspire you to be fierce and write about why they represent you.
  • Talent Show: We know you’re a ROCKSTAR. But what other hidden talents do you have? 
  • Design Your Band Logo: Design your own vinyl record label for your band’s debut album!
What Happens After I Apply for South Sound Rocks!?

There are plenty of camper slots for Virtual Summer Camp, so your application is considered an automatic admission into VSC! We’ll be in touch as soon as possible with more information on waivers and technology support.

Who May Apply to South Sound Rocks!?

All girls (cis or trans) and gender expansive youth 8 to 17 years of age are welcome to apply for camp. No music experience is necessary, and you don’t have to live in Seattle or Washington State to apply. People of color and gender expansive individuals are encouraged to sign up!

How Much Does South Sound Rocks! cost?

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to have their voice heard. That’s why our tuition is on a sliding scale from $425 to $25. We appreciate your support in paying what you are able, and any amount over $425 is a tax-deductible donation that will continue to help us rock the world!

What Is This Year’s Express Yourself Piece?

We can’t wait to learn more about this year’s campers through the Express Yourself Piece! For 2020, we’ll be asking applicants to create something that exemplifies who you are and what the camp theme #OneHeartBeat means to you. Tell us what makes your heart beat loud, and how that helps you contribute to your community’s heartbeat. The EYP can be in any format you choose—painting, song, video, collage, or anything else you like. The more creative, the better! We are so excited to see what you come up with and may even feature your EYP on the RCRC Instagram page!