Girls Rock campers take musical skills to next level

Girls Rock Camp Houston

August 1, 2012 2:45:01 PM PDT
About 70 girls are spending the week learning how to take their musical talents to the next level. Even though I'm a guy, they allowed me in to see how Girls Rock Camp Houston really jams out.

They're young girls on a mission this summer to take music to new heights.

Camper Kalina Hieshima said, "Ever since I was little I loved music. I went into middle school and I learned to play flute. And then when I graduated from middle school I took up a little guitar."

These ladies are taking part in Girls Rock Camp Houston. It's a week-long summer camp at Rice University, empowering girls from ages 8 to 18 through the art of music.

"There are different teachers to teach different instruments," explained camper Maya Long. "There are guitar, bass, vocals drums and piano."

Some of these girls rocking out are picking up instruments for the first time.

"We provide all of the instruments," said Anna Garza with Girls Rock Camp Houston. "They take musical instruction and then they immediately are formed into bands and they immediately begin writing a song."

The campers are learning basics and gaining inspiration in classes turned jam sessions, with talented local female musicians, like drummer Marcia Chapa, who has played in a band with Houston's own Beyonce.

She said, "They see other women doing it, and so they don't feel like it's impossible."

These campers say for them, it's all about creative expression.

Kalina said,"Everyone is so supportive, and it's a good place to be."

Girls Rock Camp Houston will end the week with a special showcase that's open to the public at Warehouse Live. Get details on their website.