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Beginning Rock Band Class - Young Rockers (Ages 8-12)
Young Rockers is for beginning music students ages 8-12. We make music education fun.

Young Rockers is for beginning music students ages 8-12. We make music education fun.


Our beginning rock band program the Young Rockers is for aspiring and beginning musicians ages 8-12 to experience the thrill of making music in a rock band. RiverCity Rock Star Academy combines weekly band rehearsals with a private lesson in an instrument of their choice — guitar, drums, bass, piano, and/or vocals! Young Rockers learn music fundamentals and learn how to work as a team with band members. Students learn how to play songs from the greatest popular and rock bands of the last 60 years such as The Beatles, Nirvana, Ramones, Green Day, and much more! Rehearsals Mondays 5:30-7:00 pm. Starts on September 10th.


The Young Rockers program includes a 90-minute weekly band rehearsal on Monday evenings from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm, a weekly private 30-minute lesson, and a final season ending show over a 12 week season! Over 25 hours of professional music instruction playing in a band for the price that some charge just for music lessons. Check out our upcoming Fall Music Programs & Music Lessons for all ages and skill levels!

RiverCity RockFest 3 - July 7th at Keizer Rotary Amphitheater

The season-ending show featuring all of the RiverCity Rock Star Academy program bands including the Renegades, Young Rockers, Rockers - 90s, Rockers - Metal Mania, Rockers - Emo vs. Pop Punk, and Royals will be performing a FREE, ALL AGES and OUTSIDE show at Keizer Rotary Amphitheater! The concert starts at 4:00 pm so bring your chairs or blankets and enjoy the music!

RiverCity Rock Academy at Make Music Day Salem
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Shout out to all of our RiverCity family that rocked Make Music Day - Salem! We want to thank all the teachers, students, parents, friends, and RiverCity family that made Make Music Day a success. It was a long day for many of us that started at 7:00 am and finished up at 1:00 am. Thanks to our interns Mackenzie Rolf and Hunter Winnen, as well as student volunteer John Watson in helping us set up early in the morning and assisting throughout the day and evening.

Thanks to all of our teachers and staff Kaylee Bonatakis, David AizussRebecca McDadeMonica PomaresDouglas HoffmanTopher Miguel RodriguezJarred VentiWil Bakula, as well as staff Brian HartAbby KingKaren Hart GreenDanielle Green and Mark Green. Not only did our teachers help with gear set-up and break-down and directing our program performances, they also performed with their own bands or as solo acts Including the M69'sLords of BlackpoolSleep MillenniumCity of PiecesMARC & the HorsejerksMr. Frederick's product production co., Ukuladies, Center Mass String Quartet, Gabriel Cox Band, Sousapalooza, Percy Lounge, and Rebecca McDade

Huge kudos to everyone for helping to make it a great Make Music Day Salem!

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Student of the Week - Jane Herb!
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Jane Herb!
RiverCity Renegades
Keys and Vocals
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in September 2017

When did you start playing music and what is your influence for playing music? My mom started me on the piano at age 7. She plays piano, organ and sings and was a member of a singing trio with two of her high school friends; they performed at all sorts of functions, and I loved listening to their beautiful harmonies. She currently sings in our church choir, as well as a community singing group called "Just for Fun Singers”. She has been the primary influence on my participation in music.

Tell us about your musical journey? 
In addition to piano lessons, I played the clarinet in elementary school, played piano for the jazz band in middle school, and sang in choir for throughout all of high school. I'm lucky to have grown up in the Salem school district with an outstanding music program. I grew up solidly in the 80s -- started high school in 1980 and finished college in 1988 -- music from this decade is embedded in my soul. Scorpions, Cars, Pat Benatar, Heart, and Fleetwood Mac are some of my favorites.

As an adult, I got back into music several years ago by playing in the bell choir at my church and singing in the choir. One of my little boys (I have 3 -- twins who are 9, and an 8-year-old) started playing the piano a year ago and plays for many hours a day. I just happened upon RiverCity through a friend of a friend on Facebook and enrolled him in the summer camp last summer. He loved it and learned so much that I enrolled him in the Fall Young Rockers program. Seeing him have all this fun inspired me to join the Renegades!! My son, Christian, has now also joined Young Rockers. Those two hours with the Renegades each week are a salve to my hectic life; everything else fades away while I'm playing music with the talented and wonderful musicians at RiverCity.

What is your favorite song you've played at RiverCity? 
I have a lot of fun playing keys on ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ by Johnny Cash.

What are your favorite bands or artists right now? 
These days I'm a country girl -- so my favorite artists right now are Chris Stapleton, Maren Morris, Little Big Town, Zac Brown Band, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, and Eric Church.

What is your ‘day job’ (besides a Rock Star at RiverCity)? 
I have had the privilege of working in the book world since I graduated from Oregon State. I moved from Oregon to New York to join a marketing team at Bantam Doubleday Dell, then to San Diego to Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. From there I went to a book/video/music wholesaler called Baker & Taylor as a field sales person. I've been with the company for 18 years, and currently I'm in a small software division called collectionHQ where I work with new customers to implement the product. I'm lucky to do my job from my home, which works well with young kids. I travel on occasion; this particular division is based in Scotland, so I get to visit Glasgow every now and again!

Student of the Week - Sloan Donofrio!
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Sloan Donofrio!!!
First Grader at Abiqua Academy Abiqua School
RiverCity Young Rockers
Vocals and Guitar
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in April 2017

When did you start playing music and why? 
I started playing music when I was 5. I always wanted to play and thought it looked fun.

What is your favorite song you've ever played at RiverCity? 
My favorite song that I've gotten to sing was “Best Day of My Life” by the American Authors. 

What do you like about RiverCity? 
I love all the teachers. They are there to help you learn and I love that!

What are your favorite bands/artists right now? 
Justin Bieber.

What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity? 
Cheerleading, playing with my dolls, and of course singing!

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Enroll in two (or more) 12-week programs during the same session and SAVE 30% on the second (or more) program(s)! Enrollment does not need to be for the same person and can be for any family member! Check out all of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults! Guitar lessons, bass lessons, drum lessons, piano lessons and vocal lessons!