MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WMOT) -- The annual Southern Girls Rock & Roll Camp is a “musical day camp” for girls ages 10-17. Campers come from all over the Southeast to attend.
The camp is organized by the non-profit group YEAH!: Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities. YEAH! tries to build musical skill along with self-esteem.
The camp is held on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University and is the brain-child of MTSU grad Kelley Anderson.
“The more deeply involved in the technical side of music ... the fewer and fewer and fewer women role models there were or people out doing it and really just wanted girls to know how much fun it is to play music.”
The campers take workshops in categories like instrumental practice, songwriting and music history. The staff and volunteers seem to enjoy the camp as much as the campers do. Carson Kehrer is a first time volunteer.
"I love my advanced drum class and seeing them throughout the week get better and better.”
The girls worked hard all week to get ready for a “showcase concert.” Caiti Long is a third year camper.
"I love being in a band. I love creating my own music and that's why I come back every single year."
Planning for next year’s camp is already underway. For more information, check out YEAH’s! website at : sgrrc.com