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

RIOT RI offers one-on-one individual music lessons for youth ages 10-17 and adults!

In lessons, students will learn to play an instrument (guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, vocals, or keyboard), and use that instrument to write an original song with the guidance of an experienced instructor.

At RIOT RI, we believe that self expression > perfection. Our instructors help students overcome the fear of making a mistake, and encourage them to use what they’ve learned to make their voices heard.

Eight youth participants will also have the opportunity to be paired with a Music Mentor at no additional cost. Click here for more information!

Needs-based financial aid is available for Individual Music Lessons. No participant is turned away for lack of funds.

Our Instructors


Willy Kubas: Vocals

Willy Kubas (they/them) is a sound and visual artist. Their work revolves around exploring the location and dislocation of the voice in sound, and the relationship between the voice and gender.

When they aren’t making work - one can find them practicing make-up, or spending too much time on eBay.


Crikkett Young: Bass and Ukulele

Crikkett Young (they/them) has been a musician and educator in the Providence area since 2004. They have been coaching bands and teaching lessons with RIOT RI since 2013; in addition, Crikkett is the founding principal oboist of the Narragansett Bay Symphony Community Orchestra, a member of the RI Philharmonic Music School applied music faculty, and an alto saxophonist in Providence’s Extraordinary Rendition Band. Through professional and volunteer work they are constantly working to increase equity and belonging for people of all identities, especially in music and technology programs. They have taught music, math, and other STEAM topics in classroom settings and through nonprofit programs in Rhode Island for over 15 years, and they love encouraging youth and adults to grow their own confidence and self-expression through music!


Lucy Coykendall: Drums, Ukulele, and Beginner Guitar

Lucy Coykendall (she/her) began drumming the very first time she participated in Youth Rock Camp and has now come full circle to become an instructor for the individual music lesson program! She is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, but her primary instrument is drums. 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.


Aloe Russell: Guitar, Bass, Beginner Keyboard

Aloe (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 RIOT RI at the first drop-in sessions in 2016, then at the camps, and finally began teaching group bass guitar lessons and individual lessons as a part of the RIOT RI staff. She is also an active member for the RIOT RI board. She is excited to have the opportunity to help people express themselves. As an instructor, she tries to make the most positive and nonjudgemental environment possible.


Singer Joy: Beginner Keyboard

Singer Joy (she/her) is a queer musician and writer originally hailing from Big Rapids, Michigan. She makes flowery theatre and spiritual music with Water House Collective, where she runs a (currently virtual) campfire sing each full moon. She’s a zinester, a cat person, and a Gemini.


Rates are determined on a sliding scale based on self-reported household income. To apply for a scholarship, simply indicate so on the registration form.

Base cost: 30 mins - $25 // 1 hr - $50

20% Scholarship: 30 mins - $20 // 1 hr - $40

50% Scholarship: 30 mins - $12 // 1 hr - $25

80% Scholarship: 30 mins - $5 // 1 hr - $10

Instruction during the Pandemic

All lessons will take place via Zoom until the vaccine is widespread and the spread of COVID-19 is under control.

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