Rock Dojo Testimonials

Alton has developed high levels of confidence, skill and love of guitar.”  

“I have been in Brian’s class for two years, and I have really learned a lot. The songs he makes and teaches me are amazing! I have had an amazing experience and admire his belt system. He has inspired me a lot, and if I didn’t have him as a guitar teacher, then I don’t think I would be playing the guitar right now.”

-Ethan, Rock Dojo Student (Portland)

“My previous experience with my kids and instruments is that it can take a lot of convincing to get them to stick with it. Not so with the Dojo! My 12 year old son has taken after school guitar lessons with Brian for over a year and a half. He is ASKING me to continue signing him up for URGD session after session (we might be on our 6th or 7th session?). If my child is ASKING me to take music lessons that is a win in my book! What’s more, Brian’s enthusiasm and positivity are contagious. I’ve watched my son develop confidence and pride in his guitar skills (and performance skills) and I attribute that to the great encouragement he gets from Brian.”

-Katie, Rock Dojo Parent (Portland)

  “The Rock Dojo is an awesome and unique way to learn the guitar. The program inspires children to play great music together and to compose with their unique creative voice.”
“I think the author is really onto something and understands the foundation that kids need to get which will lead to a lifetime of musical enjoyment.”  

“My son is a BIG fan of his Rock Dojo lessons with Brian. He is only in 1st grade, but has already been a budding guitarist for a year with Rock Dojo. Brian is super positive and motivating for the students. He is patient and uses positive feedback continuously throughout his lessons. My son has done mostly group lessons, but also a 1:1 and the pacing of the lessons has been perfect for him. We appreciate Brian’s enthusiasm for what he is doing! It shows in his relationships with his students. Thank you, Brian, for introducing my son to the guitar!!”

-Gretchen, Rock Dojo Parent (Portland)

“Eren (and my) guitar teacher lights up our living room and our souls weekly with his kindness and mad teaching skills. If any of you Portland parents are considering guitar lessons, I can’t say enough good things.”

-Gulgun Ugur Mersereau, Irvington School Parent (Portland)

  I have had an amazing experience and admire his belt system.”
She has exploded in her learning. Brian is teaching her music theory, ear training, rhythm, chords and songs. The lessons are always fun and Ingrid loves to practice between lessons. She is enjoying getting together with friends who sing and play other instruments in order to play music.”  

“Brian has been bringing the gift of music love and knowledge to Alton for three years! He became Alton’s guitar teacher when Alton was in the 2nd grade. In that time, Alton has developed high levels of confidence, skill and love of guitar. He can read music, play by ear, play chord patterns, power chords and scales and compose music as well. Brian truly has the knowledge required to deliver the technical aspects of playing guitar and what he also has – what sets Brian apart from others– is his ability to reach a child, connect with a kid, to meet them where they are at. He wants a child to develop a love of music, a connection with the instrument, and honors the pace at which any child can do this. It’s Brian’s endless positivity that’s contagious – always encouraging, always nudging forward, always celebrating progress and keying into what keeps him eager tolearn – that keeps Alton engaged. Brian teaches guitar guided by an intuition for mentoring others that he must have been born with. I’m excited to see how far Alton will go with his guitar skills under Brian’s guidance! I want to see other kids experience this transformation; other kids deserve this inspiration and opportunity.”

-Diane Lechner, Irvington School Parent (Portland)

“This book is great for kids and for people who teach kids guitar. I love the belt system and how each level emphasis rhythm as well as song writing. I think the author is really onto something and understands the foundation that kids need to get which will lead to a lifetime of musical enjoyment.”

-Cole, Guitar Teacher (Portland)

  “Brian is a fantastic teacher who understands the needs of the kids he teaches and helps them develop based on their stregnths.”