Archive for the ‘Guitar Teachers’ Category

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 4 Greatest Challenges Facing Guitar Teachers

Posted by Rock Dojo on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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

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 […]

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 […]

Grow Your Teaching Studio with Group Guitar Lessons

Posted by Rock Dojo on Monday, October 16, 2017

If you’re a guitar instructor interested in leveraging your time, reaching more students,  and maximizing your impact, then this article is perfect for you! Private Lessons: A Flawed Business Model When I first started teaching guitar, I followed the usual path filling my schedule with private lessons. As my reputation grew, my student roster quickly ballooned. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Power Tips for Super Music Teachers

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The school year is about to kick off. The kids are ready to rock, and you’re on the starting blocks, rested, relaxed, and ready to change the world one music class at a time. But even everyday heroes need strategies to maintain their super powers during the school year, so I put together three tips […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three Must Have Apps or Software for Guitar Teachers

Posted by Rock Dojo on Friday, June 2, 2017

It’s never been a better time to teach guitar. With a wide variety of apps and music software available today, guitar lessons can be more engaging than ever. Here are three apps and/or software I use for every private lesson and group class I teach. Anytune Slow-it-down, speed-it-up, loop it, and so much more! Anytune […]

Music Theory for Beginners: The Musical Alphabet

Posted by Rock Dojo on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

      What is Music Theory? Music theory is the study of harmony, melody, and rhythm and how they interact with one another to make the music you love. A thorough understanding of music theory can help you write better riffs, improvise with greater confidence, and deepen your appreciation for the music you listen to every […]