Roland Corporation U.S. and Girl Scouts of the USA have announced a New York City stop on May 21st, in conjunction with the national tour of the new Girl Scouts Rock! Initiative, which includes workshops designed to inspire and empower girls through music. Girl Scouts Rock! is designed to provide girls ages 8-14 with a hands-on experience playing popular music, an opportunity fewer girls are receiving due to school music budget cuts.
At each workshop, Roland is bringing the Rockin’ Roland Girls Band for an electric performance of popular songs to introduce girls to their inner musician and to the instruments they play. Former Girl Scout and Disney star Shelby Spalione, previous lead singer of the all-girl teen rock band KSM, will also be on hand to sing with the Rockin’ Roland Girl’s Band. Spalione, 17, who opened for the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato last year as lead singer of KSM, is currently working on a solo project.
Girls will then be led into break-out sessions featuring activities utilizing Roland’s Lucina AX-09 Shoulder Synthesizer, HD-1 V-Drums® Lite, Rock Band 3, an interactive instrument display, and karaoke station. The curriculum is based on the latest Girl Scout leadership journey It’s Your Story –Tell It!, which uses a storytelling theme in fun and relevant ways to help girls understand themselves and their potential. Building a strong sense of self is an underlying goal of the series, which was made possible by a generous grant from Dove. The Girl Scouts Rock! Tour stopped off in Chicago over the weekend–WCIU TV Channel 26 reports.