Archive for the ‘After-School’ Category

Save Music Education for Kids. One Kid at a Time. Your Kid!

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, January 1, 2020

  Music education is usually the first target when it comes to deciding what to cut. 2008 saw the biggest cut in music education and it has continued to drop over the last decade. While the debate among policymakers spans several interests and arguments, most agree that music is important. Music lessons and specifically Rock […]

Arts In Education Week

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, September 12, 2019

  On September 5, 2019, Oregon State Governor, Kate Brown, proclaimed this week Arts in Education Week!   Why is Arts Education So Vital to Today’s Kids?   According to State Governor, Kate Brown, arts education helps students: Promote creative self-expression enabling meaningful individual expression. Engage their creative imagination through whole-child learning. Improve their ability […]

After-School Group Guitar Lessons At Capitol Hill Elementary School

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, September 3, 2019

  The Rock Dojo is now offering after-school group guitar lessons at Capitol Hill Elementary School! The first day of class begins on October 3, 2019, from 2:15 P.M. – 3:15 P.M. in room 203. Capitol Hill Elementary does not sponsor the Rock Dojo, but it will host our after-school guitar lessons.   During the […]

Why Portland Kids Are Signing Up For These New Award-Winning Guitar Lessons

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Portland, Oregon is no different when it comes to loving music. Portland also does not have a shortage of kids who want to learn guitar. What Portland does have are unique guitar lessons that are exclusively taught at 10 local Portland schools. Children who learn and graduate through the Rock Dojo method graduate with skills […]

After-School Group Guitar Lessons at Abernethy

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, June 14, 2018

  The Rock Dojo is now offering group guitar lessons at Abernethy! About Abernethy  Abernethy has been a gathering and learning place in inner SE Portland for nearly 80 years. Abernethy was built in its present location at SE 14th Avenue and Orange Street in 1925. Abernethy believes that a strong neighborhood school creates a […]

After-School Group Guitar Lessons at Irvington School

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Rock Dojo after-school group guitar lessons for kids return to Irvington School on October 5, 2017! About Irvington Elementary School Originally constructed in 1905, Irvington Elementary School was named after Captain William Irvington who owned a racetrack near Irvington Park in NE Portland, OR. Irvington School is famous for its vaunted murals by artist […]

Three Fantastic Reasons to Sign Up Your Child for Group Guitar Lessons!

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, September 18, 2017

Now that back-to-school is in full swing and students—and their parents—have adjusted to the hustle and bustle of everyday school life, it’s time to start scheduling after-school activities.  With so many after-school activities to choose from, it’s no wonder parents feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of choices!  That’s why I put together a list […]

After-School Group Guitar Lessons at ACCESS Academy

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, September 15, 2017

The Rock Dojo is now celebrating three-years of group guitar lessons at Rose City Parks for ACCESS Academy and Beverly Cleary students. About ACCESS Academy Located in NE Portland, ACCESS Academy is a school for gifted students testing in the 99th percentile on nationally normed tests in reading, math, or general intellect. The curriculum is […]

After-School Group Guitar Lessons at Beverly Cleary School

Posted by Rock Dojo on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Rock Dojo is now celebrating its third year of offering group guitar lessons at Beverly Cleary School! About Beverly Cleary School Located in the Hollywood District of Portland, OR, Beverly Cleary School bears its namesake after the famed American writer of children’s and young adult fiction. In 1950, Beverly Cleary published her first book. […]

Rock Back-to-School with Four Simple Chords!

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

As atoms are the ‘stuff of life,’ so too are chord progressions the basic building blocks of all music. Chord Progressions From Bach and Beethoven to Rihanna and Taylor Swift, every song you’ve ever heard can be reduced to a set of repeating chord changes known as chord progressions. Although chords can be combined in […]

Interstellar Overdrive – For Group Guitar Classes & Private Lessons

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, August 9, 2017

  In this lesson, you’re going to learn how to play all four guitar parts of Interstellar Overdrive. If you’re  a guitar instructor interested in leveraging your time and reaching more students teaching group guitar classes for kids, this lesson is perfect for you! Interstellar Overdrive: A Group Guitar Study for Kids Interstellar Overdrive features a simple […]

Meet The Rock Dojo’s First Black Belt Student

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, June 16, 2017

  The Rock Dojo is proud to introduce its first black belt student: Rose, 12-years old. Rock Dojo History Two years ago, we launched the Rock Dojo dreaming of sharing our passion for the guitar with kids. We designed the most innovative guitar learning system on the planet to reward our students with colored stripes and […]

How I Cut My Guitar Teaching Time in Half, Doubled My Income, & Increased Student Engagement & You Can Too

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, June 9, 2017

“It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave!” Two-and-a-half years ago, I was teaching private lessons around the clock, spending all of my free time learning to play songs I didn’t enjoy and undercharging for my services. In short, I was miserable, and I desperately needed to change […]