Archive for the ‘guitar lessons’ Category

Limited Space In Our Free Online Guitar Lesson

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, September 11, 2020

Enrich Your Child’s Life With Music As a new school year gets underway, it is undeniable that this school year will be very different for children across the country. Parents who want to keep their children safe while the effects of the Coronavirus COVID-19) pandemic linger may find themselves wondering how they can ensure enrichment […]

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 […]

A Personal Journey To Music

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, September 26, 2019

We’ve all heard about the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument. For example, I can point to studies that have found the following benefits for students who play a musical instrument: Enjoy greater thinking skills such as the ability to apply knowledge, visual solutions, and abstract reasoning (Rauscher, 2000). Have higher SAT scores […]

Three-Chord Rock Guitar Songs

Posted by Brian Parham on Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sure, there are a million things you can learn on the guitar. And if you love the guitar enough, you’ll spend the rest of your life discovering some of those things. But the truth is, you don’t need to be Eddie Van Halen if you want to rock! Three-chord shapes, a dash of courage, and […]

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 […]

Which Guitar Should I Get? Acoustic vs. Electric

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, August 29, 2019

  It’s official: Back-to-school 2019 is here in Portland, OR! That means the Rock Dojo after-school group guitar lessons are in full swing! At the start of each school year, the number one question parents ask us when they sign up their kids for our after-school guitar lessons is this: “Should I buy an acoustic […]

How To Convince Your Friends You’re A Guitar God In 5 Easy Steps

Posted by Brian Parham on Thursday, August 22, 2019

It takes years of hard work, sweat, and toil in the practice room and on the bandstand to master guitar! There are no shortcuts to mastery, and I’m not here to tell you any different. That being said, you can still learn enough in a few weeks—or even a few days —to convince your friends […]

The Rock Dojo Student of the Month | August 2019

Posted by Brian Parham on Friday, August 16, 2019

    At the Rock Dojo, we love to reward our students’ hard work, positive attitude, and musical progress on the guitar. Whether they’re helping other students during the Rock Dojo after-school group guitar classes in Portland, OR, or meticulously tracking their progress in the practice room, our students of the month have excelled in […]

Award-Winning Guitar Lessons For Kids — Enroll Today!

Posted by Rock Dojo on Thursday, August 1, 2019

There is something special about Portland and music. Some of the best indie bands and songwriters from the 90s and 2000s call Portland home. This list includes The Decemberists, The Dandy Warhols, Everclear, Modest Mouse, and Pink Martini. Who will be the next generation of musicians that will inspire Portland and beyond? It could be […]

How to Set Up the Perfect Guitar Practice Space for Kids

Posted by Brian Parham on Tuesday, July 30, 2019

  When it comes to guitar lessons for your kid, a great practice space can inspire your child to practice longer, work harder, and achieve more on the guitar than you ever imagined. That’s why I put together five easy tips for setting up the perfect guitar practice room for your son or daughter. Tip […]

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 […]

New Musical Prodigies Are Born Every Day—Is Your Kid Next?

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, April 1, 2019

BEYOND MOZART and CHOPIN When we think of musical child prodigies, most of us travel back 300 years to Mozart. He started playing the piano at three and composed his first composition for a string trio at five. In fact, even when we think of “modern” child prodigies we still go back over a century […]

5 Famous First Guitars and How They Learned to Play Them

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, March 1, 2019

The benefits of learning the guitar go far beyond being fun and looking cool. When taught a young age, it gives kids an advantage in the ability to learn and socialize with others. Leaders in any industry or culture have strength in the ability to grasp concepts and read social cues from their peers. Learning […]

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

Posted by Rock Dojo on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Most parents would want a magic wand that makes your 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 […]

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 […]