Due to the safety concerns regarding COVID-19, RIOT RI has suspended in-person programming.

You can rock out all year long with RIOT RI’s Group Lessons! Group Lessons are taught by our experienced instructors at our space at 763R Westminster Street in Providence. Classes run in the winter/spring and in the fall. We are currently offering group lessons for youth and adults in vocals, guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and ukulele for the Winter 2020 session. Classes start the week of February 3rd and run for 10 weeks.

Instructors

Rosie Gripton

Rosie Gripton

Guitar
Rosie (she/her) is a Canadian musician and artist currently residing in Providence, Rhode Island. Her creative pursuits lie at the intersections of punk-rock feminism, D.I.Y, social justice and living everyday with joie de vivre. As an instructor she seeks help her students develop a great breadth of tools to use to express their musical selves. She instructs music in an inclusive, friendly, and comfortable atmosphere to students from all walks of life, focusing on each student’s individual goals and creative visions.

Jasmina De Leon Gill

Jasmina De Leon Gill

Voice
Jasmina Victoria de Leon Gill (they/them) has been living and working in Providence since 2017, and started working with Girls Rock in the summer of 2019 as a band coach and vocal instructor. They are a trained classical singer, but currently prefer screaming in bratty punk bands such as their band Drooly. Jasmina’s goal within music education is to open space to explore vulnerability through vocalization. They work to make music education accessible to people from diverse backgrounds and identities by rejecting western modes of teaching that emphasize theory and discipline, and by instead incorporating conversation, playfulness, and fun. They hope that their classes will help people with marginalized identities become comfortable with using their voices however they want, and move past the shame we are taught to feel around vocal expression.

Lucy Coykendall

Lucy Coykendall

Drums
Lucy (she/her) has been involved with GirlsRock! RI for over 4 years. Since beginning, she has been a camper, GRIT, VIT and drum instructor at camp! She began drumming the very first time she participated in Girls Rock Camp. She believes that drumming opens up new pathways to understanding music, and acts as a gateway to learning other instruments as well. She hopes to aid her students in developing their skills, and guiding them with her personal experience to become fully-fledged drummers.

Jacqueline James

Jacqueline James

Keyboard
Jacqui (she/her) is a musician from Rhode Island with a background in multiple genres and styles of music. Whether she is writing in a classical style or for her punk band, it is always through a feminist lens with a focus towards LGBTQIA+ issues. As a trans woman who has the energy and privilege to be out spoken, she uses her creative platform to try and challenge cis-centric society views. She teaches using accessible language and takes the approach that anyone can learn how to play an instrument.

Ash Russell

Ash Russell

Bass & Ukulele
Ash (she/her) is multi-instrumentalist, composer and music educator living and working in Providence since 2016. She is involved in several local projects including the What Cheer? Brigade, Martha Martha Martha and Wolf’s Milk. She began volunteering with Girls Rock! at the first drop-in sessions in 2016, then at the camps, and finally began teaching group bass guitar lessons. She is excited to have the opportunity to help people express themselves. As an instructor, she tries to make the most positive and non-judgemental environment possible.

Crikkett Young

Crikkett Young

Bass
Crikkett Young (they/them) has been a musician and educator in the Providence area since 2004. In addition to their work with bands and bass players through RIOT RI, Crikkett is the founding principal oboist of the Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra and a member of the RI Philharmonic Music School applied music faculty, and they play alto saxophone with Providence’s Extraordinary Rendition Band. Through professional and volunteer work they have worked to increase equity and inclusion for LGBTQIA+ folx, people of color, and women and girls, especially in music and technology programs. They love encouraging youth and adults to grow their own self-expression through music and to learn to share their voices confidently.

Luna Hinojosa

Luna Hinojosa

Guitar
Luna (they/them) is a musician and producer based in RI. They have dedicated their time to teaching youth of all ages in play based learning in various organizations throughout the state. Last year they created a found sound EP for the Providence Children’s Museum that captures the essence of six exhibit featured in the museum. Their passions include sound production and strengthening their local community through education and direct action.