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

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR GROUP LESSONS

This Winter, RIOT RI is offering a variety of group music lesson opportunities for youth and adults — see offerings and schedule below. All lessons will be held at RIOT RI’s Headquarters, located at 763 Rear Westminster Street on the west side of Providence (right across the street from Classical High School) and start the week of February 3rd. Classes run for 10 weeks culminating in a final community concert on April 25th at AS220.

Registration is required and is first-come, first-served. Need-based financial aid and gear loan available. We welcome girls, women, trans, and gender non-conforming individuals in our programming. To learn more about our Band Booster program, or other programs visit our Camps & Classes page.

Registration for Winter Group Lessons

Click here to register for WINTER GROUP LESSONS as a YOUTH (ages 11-18):

REGISTER YOUTH GROUP LESSONS

Click here to register for WINTER GROUP LESSONS as an ADULT (must be 18 years of age or older):

REGISTER ADULT GROUP LESSONS

Group Lessons Schedule

KEYBOARDS

  • w/ Jacqueline James (Large Group)
  • Mondays
  • Youth- 4:30-5:30pm
  • Adults- 6:00-7:00pm

Learning keyboard will keep you from being bored! In this class, we’ll learn keyboard basics, such as one and two-hand technique, notes and scales, major and minor chords, and intro to theory. We’ll learn the foundations of song-writing, so we can express ourselves and write our own!

A note about gear: No gear required! You can use our keyboard during class (though we recommend you have a keyboard or piano at home to practice).

VOCALS

  • w/ Jasmina Gill de Leon (Large Group)
  • Tuesdays
  • Youth- 4:30-5:30pm
  • Adults- 6:00-7:00pm

For both youth and adult classes: we will explore VOCALS, including good vocal technique, expanding and accessing your range, using your voice as an instrument, basic music theory and literacy, sight singing and ear training, songwriting, turning those conversations in your head into lyrics, harmony and backups, rhythm, getting to know mics, loops and pedals, and so much more! A note about gear: No gear required!

GUITAR

  • w/ Ash Russell
  • Wednesdays
  • Youth Intermediate (Small Group)- 5:00-6:00 pm
  • Adults (Large Group) – 6:15-7:15pm

  • w/ Natalie Hinojosa
  • Thursdays
  • Youth Intro (Large Group) – 5:00-6:00pm

First, we will start at the absolute beginning: you’ll get to know all the parts of the guitar from frets to strings, tuning, healthy playing habits and technique. In addition to learning chords and strumming you’ll also learn about the basic elements of rhythm and lead guitar that will have you jamming out in no time. We’ll also cover the learning of songs, reading tablature and notation for guitar and some helpful introductory music theory concepts! Finally, all of this knowledge will be contextualized by diving into the songwriting process as a group. We will move at a friendly, comfortable pace and ultimately give you more tools to take your guitar to the next level of awesomeness!

Take intermediate classes if you have done an intro class and want to take your practice to the next level!

A note about gear: We ask you to bring your guitar to class (Gear Loaned or otherwise), and we will provide an amplifier.

DRUMS

  • w/ Lucy Coykendall
  • Thursdays
  • Youth- 4:00-5:00pm
  • Adults Intro- 5:15-6:15pm
  • Adults Begintermediate 6:30-7:30pm

In this class you will learn how to play beats and fills, and how to put them together to play songs. We will do all sorts of fun, creative activities to develop your skills as a musician and drummer including reading music, listening to music, improvising, writing our own beats, and learning different ways to play with other instruments.

A note about gear: No gear required! You can use our kit during class (though we recommend you have a drum kit, or at least a snare, at home to practice).

UKULELE

  • w/ Crikkett Young
  • Wednesdays
  • Youth 4:30-5:30pm

  • w/ Ash Russell (small group)
  • Sundays
  • Adult 11:00am-12:00pm

Want to accompany yourself as a singer songwriter? Want to start a family band? In this class, you’ll get to know all the parts of the ukulele, from frets to strings, and then learn the proper technique for playing ukulele. In addition to learning chords, strumming and tuning, you’ll also learn about the basic elements of rhythm and lead playing that will have you jamming out in no time. We’ll also learn about reading tablature and notation for the ukulele and some helpful introductory music theory concepts. All of this will be contextualized by diving into the songwriting process as a group. This is a great first instrument to start on, you’ll be shredding in no time!

A note about gear: We ask you to bring your own ukulele to class. Unfortunately, we cannot provide or loan out ukuleles, but we can point you towards some affordable options!

BASS

  • w/ Mariana Cuellar
  • Fridays – Youth 4:00-5:00pm

  • Crikkett Young
  • Wednesday – Adult 6:00-7:00pm

Bass is the place! In this class, you’ll learn the notes, rhythm, scales, and techniques needed to get you started on the bass guitar. You’ll also learn about the important role of the bass in a band. In this class, you’ll learn improvisation as a tool for songwriting, and the basics of music theory too! Popular songs will act as a gateway to all of your own musical inspiration, as you hold down the low end as a brand new bass guitarist.

A note about gear: We ask you to bring your bass to class (Gear Loaned or otherwise), and we will provide an amplifier.

Dates and Weather

If there are any cancellations due to weather, instructor illness, or other unforeseen circumstances, we will reschedule the class based on instructor and participant availability.

Location

All Group Lessons will be held at RIOT RI’s program and office space: 763 Rear Westminster Street in Providence, RI (across the street from Classical High School). Street parking on Westminster Street is metered until 9pm. There is also a free parking lot behind our building — enter from Washington Street. Please note our new entrance is behind the building!

Tuition and Payment

  • Cost for all 10-week classes has changed:
  • Youth Pricing:
  • Small Group Classes $250.00 Large Group Classes $170.00
  • Adult Pricing: $250.00 All classes** Our adult programming helps pay for youth’s scholarship and in this spirit we are no longer able to offer a 100% subsidy. We will however still be offering need-based financial aid available to offset the cost for those who are unable to pay full tuition.

We have need-based financial aid for those who are unable to pay full tuition. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds! If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please indicate on the registration form in the “payment and financial aid” section.

Payment for Winter Group Lessons is due one week prior to start date. To pay safely and securely online with a credit/debit card or PayPal account, please click the button below:

WINTER GROUP LESSONS PAYMENT

You can also write a check to “RIOT RI” (write the name of the class on the memo line) and mail to:

  • RIOT RI
  • 763 Rear Westminster St
  • Providence, RI 02903

Gear Loan

As a participant, you can borrow an instrument through our Gear Loan program to practice at home. A small deposit is required, which is refunded when you return the instrument. If you are interested in Gear Loan, make sure to check the box on the registration form for Gear Loan.

Capacity and Admissions

There is limited capacity for each class and registration is first-come, first-served for each tuition category. Registration must include enough paying participants (determined by staff) for class to run. We rely on tuition fees to run this program, which requires a certain minimum of paying students. If registration is low, classes may be cancelled and participants will be contacted by GRR! staff.

Questions? Contact Denise at denise@riotri.org or 401-443-2873.