Author: Rock Dojo

New Year, New Skills: 5 Surprising Benefits of Guitar Lessons for Kids

Most parents want a magic wand that makes their kids kinder, smarter, learn faster, appreciate discipline, develop patience, and adopt new social and leadership skills. While there is no magic wand, there is something that educators agree contributes to all those great traits you want for your kids; music lessons. Music lessons and specifically Rock […]

Practice Before Bed for Maximum Guitar Power

Believe it or not, sleep plays a vital role in your ability to learn and master difficult subjects like learning to play the guitar. Practice Guitar Before Going to Bed for Maximum Results As Dr. Barbara Oakley, Oakland University professor of engineering and author of A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If […]

5 Easy Tips for Enjoying Your Guitar This Thanksgiving

Just because it’s Thanksgiving, doesn’t mean you should stop playing guitar! In fact, the holidays are a perfect time for sharing your passion for rock guitar with the people you love most. So what’s the best way to inject some ROCK guitar into your Thanksgiving? Well, we compiled five easy tips to help you and […]

Generic Guitar Teacher vs. Remarkable Guitar Teacher

“Every artist has a special set of tools. When you really use those tools, and you make yourself feel really good about the product you create, I think you’ll find an audience for it.”– Steve Vai Over the course of my life, I have come to realize one simple truth: Our mission on this planet […]

Celebrating an Awesome Quarter of Group Guitar Lessons!

The Rock Dojo is celebrating an awesome quarter of after-school group guitar lessons at ACCESS Academy, Beverly Cleary, Laurelhurst, and Irvington Schools. Group Guitar Lesson Highlights this Quarter This quarter, my students brought their A-game to the Rock Dojo after-school group guitar lessons. In particular: The ACCESS Academy students spontaneously composed an original song with […]

5 Tips to Help Your Child Develop the Guitar Practice Habit

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ―Aristotle Hearing your child play a musical instrument is every parent’s dream. Getting him/her to practice, however, can be a nightmare if you don’t have a plan. That’s why I put together five scientifically proven tips to help your child […]

A New Hope Arises: The Future of Guitar Lessons

If you read The 4 Greatest Challenges Facing Guitar Teachers, you know the music education industry is rapidly changing. Guitar sales are slumping, online learning platforms like YouTube are becoming better organized, and traditional guitar lessons are competing with more after-school activities than ever. To make matters worse, too many guitarists invested far too much of […]

The 4 Greatest Challenges Facing Guitar Teachers

The music education industry is rapidly changing. Online learning tools like YouTube are reshaping the industry. In the coming years, independent guitar instructors unable to adapt to these changes will be out of business while those teachers savvy enough to adapt to the changing landscape will win big! In this article, I’ll overview the greatest […]

The Guitar Can Save the World: A New Type of Hero is Born

The guitar can save the world. I know this because the guitar saved me, and it can save you or members of your community too. A Kid Without a Guitar I grew up in Exeter, PA, a modest coal miner’s town nestled on the banks of the Susquehanna River. While the winters were frigid, springtime brought the […]