Chicas Rock Music Camp for girls ages 8-13 empowers girls through music and self-expression. The girls will perform at House of Rock Sunday, July 16, 2017.
Savannah Hilliard, 11, has a new found love for playing the ukulele.
A year ago, she was given one to practice with at the Chicas Rock Music Camp.
Now Savannah is doing open mic night performances and plans to start writing her own songs, she said.
This is her third year at the music camp and she joined 21 other girls, some of whom had never touched a musical instrument.
“(The camp) is really fun. You can be yourself here and no one will judge you,” Savannah said. “You get to play a lot of instruments.”
The week-long music camp for girls, ages 8-13, allows the girls to express themselves through music and discover their talents.
In a week, the girls get to form a band, write a song and create a band logo and merchandise.
By the end of the week, the girls get to perform on stage for friends and family at House of Rock.
Sammy Flores (front) teaches summer students a dance routine during the Chicas Rock Summer Camp on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, in Corpus Christi. (Photo: Gabe Hernandez/Caller-Times)
Cecy Trevino, the camp’s executive director, said the camp can be empowering for the girls because some of them start out shy and self-conscious.
The camp’s classes are more intensive compared to the Chicas Rock Music Camp after school program.
The girls participate in workshops led by speakers in the community that focus on leadership, education, self-defense and different career opportunities, she said.
“The girls always say, ‘there’s no way I can learn how to play in a week’ but they do and it’s great to see them own it,” Trevino said. “It’s also empowering because at first, they don’t want to be on stage, they’re shy, and by the end of the week they speak up. They learn that their voice is their weapon.”
Elizabeth Martinez, 11, said she is ready to perform with her band, ‘The Katastic Four’ on Sunday at House of Rock.
Elizabeth will be singing this time, although she typically plays the guitar.
“What I like the most about this camp is that I get to be in a band and I like that we can express ourselves and no one will make fun of us,” Elizabeth said. “Not at a lot of people get the opportunity to learn to play so many instruments like we do.
“Joining this organization is like being in cheerleading. You get to do something that you love,” she said.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Chicas Rock Music Camp concert
WHEN: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, July 16
WHERE: House of Rock
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