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 and piano at age three. Sophie graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2021 with a professional rock guitar certificate. Today, she loves rocking on the guitar, composing, and sharing her passion for classic rock with her 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 world’s finest teachers.
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 martial arts.
Over the years, I won numerous awards for my work with the Rock Dojo, including:
- The 2023 IFCC Artist-in-Resident Portland Parks & Recreation.
- 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.
- D’Addario Company, Inc. Endorsing Artist.
- Band-in-a-Box Endorsing Artist.
Without a doubt, my life would not be the same without the guitar. Playing the guitar taught me the power of discipline, goal-setting, and grit. Those are the life skills I needed to succeed in music, in business and every other area of my life.