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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 […]

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

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, October 28, 2017

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 […]

5 Awesome Values Kids Acquire Learning to Play Guitar

Posted by Rock Dojo on Tuesday, October 24, 2017

I’m on a mission to change the world. Group guitar lessons are the tool I use to change it. Let me explain: When I created the Rock Dojo a few years ago, I had two goals: First, I wanted to design a guitar program for kids that students would adore! No Yankee Doodle in this guitar […]

The Guitar Can Save the World! Here’s How.

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, October 21, 2017

“Music is the moonlight in the gloomy night of life.” ― Jean Paul Friedrich Richter It’s no secret the world is in some trouble. Climate change. Inequality. Mass shootings. The rise of neo-fascism and the threat of nuclear war. These days, the headlines read like a recipe for the apocalypse. As a result, people are […]

The Guitar is a Vehicle for Success

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, October 14, 2017

  Learning to play the guitar is about much more than mastering a few chord grips, memorizing some music theory concepts, or playing popular songs. Rather, I believe the guitar is a vehicle which can teach anyone learning to play it the skills he/she need to be successful in music or in life. This belief […]

80/20 Guitar Part Two: Minimal Practice for Maximum Results

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, September 30, 2017

  I. 80% of your practice time leads to 20% of your total progress on the guitar. & II. 20% of your practice time leads to 80% of your total progress on the guitar. Believe it or not, you can get more results playing the guitar with less effort in the practice room! I know […]

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. […]

Harness the Power of Leverage to Grow Your Teaching Business

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, September 4, 2017

When I first launched my guitar teaching business as a student in 2012, I was just like every other private guitar instructor. I filled my schedule with one private lesson after another. I buckled under the pressure of my students’ requests and subsequently spent all my time learning songs I didn’t like for students who […]

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 […]

Apply These Three Secrets from Project Management to Get Crazy Sick at the Guitar

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, August 25, 2017

      A few weeks ago, I picked up a copy of Dan Roam’s The Back of the Napkin, and it blew my mind. In it, Roam provides a complete toolkit for solving complex business problems. So I did what any guitar geek would do, I immediately borrowed the lessons I learned from The […]

3 Weird Tricks for Unleashing Your Creative Genius

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, July 22, 2017

Creativity is a lens through which the every day holds within the spark of magic. Like a conjurer’s incantation, creativity transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Fortunately, you don’t need to be a magician—or a genius—to be inventive because the spark of creative genius is inside of you right now. These three weird tricks will help […]

Three Flow Principles for Teaching Effortless Group Guitar Classes

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, June 30, 2017

Imagine for a moment you’re teaching a room full of guitar students paying rapt attention to your every word. The students are buzzing with curiosity and enthusiasm, and joy is clearly written in the smiles on their face. You lose yourself in the moment, and time melts away. That state of consciousness is known as […]

Zombie Boy Wednesday Guitar Joke

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Three Kickass Values Music Teachers Can Borrow From Karate

Posted by Rock Dojo on Saturday, June 17, 2017

                In the summer of 2014, Zoe canceled her third guitar lesson that month volunteering to dust her karate studio when I realized martial arts was doing something I should know about. Like so many music teachers, I struggled with last minute cancellations, no-shows, and a reliable system for rewarding […]

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 […]

80/20 Guitar Part One: Minimal Practice for Maximum Results

Posted by Rock Dojo on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I. 80% of your practice time leads to 20% of your total progress on the guitar. & II. 20% of your practice time leads to 80% of your total progress on the guitar. If you’re unfamiliar with the 80/20 Rule, get ready because it’s going to change your guitar playing game for life! Business 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 […]

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