Category: Student Compositions

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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 […]

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

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?

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 […]

Write a Great Guitar Riff in Two Minutes or Less!

It doesn’t matter whether you’ve been playing the guitar for 10 days or 10 years, you can write a great guitar riff if you follow this simple guide to writing great guitar riffs! 1. Choose a Rhythm for Your Guitar Riff A great guitar riff begins with a great rhythm. If you’re beginning guitarist, I […]

Celebrate the Solar Eclipse with Two Terrifying Intervals on Guitar

Throughout human history, a solar eclipse was a harbinger of terror. Early civilizations believed the gods were angry, and the world would soon end after a solar eclipse. For today’s guitar lesson, we’re going to capture the horror and terror solar eclipses wrought on early civilizations in sound. The Minor Second Interval If you’ve ever […]

3 Weird Tricks for Unleashing Your Creative Genius

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 […]

Music Theory for Beginners: The Musical Alphabet

      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 […]