What is Beats By Girlz?

Beats By Girlz is a non-traditional, creative and educational music technology curriculum and innovative designed by Erin Barra that was initially developed at The Lower Eastside Girls Club in NYC. Beats By Girlz is designed to empower marginalized youth in music technology by providing them with the guidance, access, tools and role-support to develop their interest in music production, composition, engineering, etc. Beats by Girlz also has other chapters worldwide!

Find out more at beatsbygirlz.com


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What is Beats By Girlz - MN?

Beats by Girlz Minnesota is a chapter of Beats by Girlz and has been a program of She Rock She Rock since 2016. We offer youth and adult electronic music production classes (with Ableton Live and Push MIDI controllers) as well as other standalone workshop on other aspects of music technology. Past workshops have included DJing, drum machines, and live performance.  

Ableton has donated hardware and software for our programming. Slam Academy generously donates space for our classes, and we also partner with local schools, libraries and community organizations. Our lead teaching artists currently are Tanya Leigh, Christine Hoberg, and Krysta Rayford (K.Raydio), and we also have guest musicians and workshop teaching artists.  

Beats by Girlz Minnesota program is collectively run by Christin Light - Electronic Music Director (christin@sherocksherock.com) and Sam Stahlmann - Co-Executive Director (sam@sherocksherock.com). Contact either or both of us to get involved with the program or to learn more!

There is also a Beats by Girlz chapter (not a program of She Rock She Rock) in Duluth, Minnesota run and taught by Shaunna Heckmann.

Upcoming Classes

Produce or Die!*
Instructors: Christine Hoberg & Christin Light
*Inspired by Beats by Girlz - Copehagen.

Calling all producers with previous experience in Ableton Live!  Do you need some dedicated time and guidance to finally finish a track? Ideally bring in a demo project you’ve been tinkering on to polish for 8 HOURS over 2 DAYS. Have access to a sample library of transition fx, get peer and instructor feedback on your arrangement, track and sample vocals, play with iZotope Nectar and Vocal Synth to add next level processing, add external instruments like a Bass Station II, organize your project and print stems!

Previous beginner-level Ableton experience in our class or another learning environment (e.g. Erin Barra's Coursera) is required. All equipment provided, but you are welcome to use your own laptop. Classes are held in a stimulating environment with approximately eight learners and two teachers. A typical class starts with a group lesson and is followed by individual work time. 

Who:   Women (cis and trans) and nonbinary folks, ages 14+. This class is designed for returning students.

Where: Slam Academy, 1121 Jackson St NE, Ste 142, Minneapolis, MN 55413

Tuition: $0-150; Full class price is $150, but scholarships and sliding scale tuition are available (details are below)

When: New Weekend Date TBD

Interested in Youth Beats By Girlz classes?
Please sign up for our waiting list here! Once we have enough interest in youth classes, we will schedule more classes!


Tuition & Scholarship Information

As an intersectional feminist organization, we continually work to recognize and help dismantle the ways in which systems of oppression impact our work and the lives of our program participants, their families and the larger community. We strive to make Beats By Girlz accessible to all applicants, regardless of their economic resources. Through annual fundraising and donations from grants, sponsors and individuals, we work to keep tuition as low as possible by using a “sliding scale” model for program tuition. In the sliding scale model, you determine your tuition based on your resources available.  

The chart below offers suggested tuition rates based on a household’s shared annual income, assuming 1-3 folks in the household. Tuition may also be made in installments. We know that some folks face financial challenges for which they are under- or unsupported, such as extreme medical costs, costs to support those with disabilities, costs related to transitioning, and more, and that all folks’ resources, and access to resources, look different. Please select the tuition that is most appropriate, given your situation. At the same, time, please be thoughtful about paying what you can — we rely heavily on tuition to make our programs happen and to provide the best instructors possible.  It is in the spirit of the sliding scale model, and in the spirit of community, to pay what we can, when we can. We also offer a scholarship that is outlined below.

Yearly Household Income Suggested Tuition Amount Tuition Example (numbers displayed are assuming the class tuition is $299)


Full Tuition + Fairness Fund Contribution $399

Full Tuition



65-85% of Tuition $200-$250


40-65% of Tuition $120-$200

$30k and under

10-40% of Tuition $0-$120

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are able to, we invite you to contribute to our Fairness Fund by paying a little more. Any amount beyond the highest tuition rate is considered a gift that is tax deductible, and will help another participant attend through our scholarships. 

We See You Scholarship

This scholarship is open to all campers who identify as any of the following:

  • people of color
  • indigenous
  • trans
  • genderqueer
  • gender nonconforming
  • nonbinary
  • people with disabilities

We are offering this new scholarship in order to better serve and reflect our Twin Cities community. To apply for this scholarship, please email Christin (christin@sherocksherock.com) to let us know why you are interested in this scholarship. Then, register for the class, choosing 'check' as your payment option.

If you have any questions or concerns about the sliding scale or scholarship process, please email Christin (christin@sherocksherock.com) or Sam (sam@sherocksherock.com).

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