Rock Dojo is an award-winning online guitar program for kids. We don’t just teach kids about the guitar; we teach kids how to rock out on the guitar! We help students set goals, establish practice routines, and build momentum through our martial arts-inspired belt system. All you need is an internet connection, and your children will become rock ninjas in no time! Sign up for our newsletter below to receive our free introductory guitar course for kids.
My goal is to inspire a lifelong love for music.
Sophie Parham is the co-founder of the Rock Dojo. She grew up in France, where she began playing the violin at age three. Sophie is classically trained in violin and piano and discovered rock guitar later in life. Today she loves rocking on the guitar and shares her passion for classic rock with her online and Portland-based after-school students. Her empathic and positive teaching style focuses on developing complete musicianship and encouraging her students’ lifelong love for music.
BRIAN “GUITAR SENSEI” PARHAM
I help kids rock out on the guitar! I do that by helping students set goals, establish practice routines, and build momentum through a series of small wins.
I had two dreams as a kid: rockin’ out on the guitar and kickin’ butt in the martial arts. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to music lessons or martial arts instruction as a kid. Fate, however, intervened, placing a guitar in my hands at the tender age of twenty-six, and I have never looked back!
In short, I approached the guitar like a mad scientist immersing myself in every guitar bit of guitar instruction I could get my hands on and studying with some of the finest teachers on the planet.
The Rock Dojo is the culmination of all my studies and experiments in music education combined with my passion for the guitar and my love for the martial arts.
Over the years, I won numerous awards for my work with the Rock Dojo, including:
- The 2021 Steve Vai Scholarship from Berklee College of Music.
- The 2018 Rising Star of Oregon Award from the Small Business Administration.
- The 2018 Teacher of the Year Award from Lessons.com.
Without a doubt, my life would not be the same without the guitar. Learning to play the guitar taught me about the power of discipline, goal setting, and grit. It turns out those are the same life skills I needed to succeed in music, in business, and every other area of my life.