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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.

YOUNG ROCKERS

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.

FALL 2018 CLASS SIGN UPS!

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!

Metalheads Unite! Play in A Metal Band!
Rockers Metal Mania is for intermediate to advanced students ages 12-18. We make music education fun.

Rockers Metal Mania is for intermediate to advanced students ages 12-18. We make music education fun.

METAL MANIA

Students in the Metal Mania class will learn and perform songs from all metal genres and will learn how to master the specific techniques commonly found in most types of metal music. With the help of professional instructors, they will assist the student with enhancing their skill level, knowledge, and aptitude for their given instrument(s) or voice in metal music. Open to intermediate and advanced students in guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Metal Mania students will have the chance to learn and perform songs of some of the great metal bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s, including Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, System of a Down, Gojira, Mastodon, and many other heavy hitters of the metal world. Rehearsals Saturdays 2:00-5:00 pm. Starts on September 8th.

FALL 2018 CLASS SIGN UPS!

The Metal Mania program includes a three-hour weekly rehearsal on Saturday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm, a weekly private 30-minute lesson, and two shows over a 12 week season! Over 50 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!

Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy: Adult Rock Class!
Renegades is for adults ages 21+ of all skill levels. We make music education fun.

Renegades is for adults ages 21+ of all skill levels. We make music education fun.

Renegades

Our Renegade Rockers Program is for adult musicians ages 21 years of age and older of all musical abilities from first-time beginners to advanced musicians looking to play in a band once again. Salem Oregon's Rock Academy provides the most unique experience for music lovers and music learners! From beginning musicians to advanced shredders, we provide music instruction in guitar, bass, drums, piano, & vocals. Students learn fast and most of all have fun! Rehearsals Mondays 7:00-9:00 pm. Starts on September 10th.

FALL 2018 CLASS SIGN UPS!

The Renegades program includes a two-hour weekly rehearsal on Monday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm, a weekly private 30-minute lesson, and two shows over a 12 week season! Over 32 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 Rockers Celebrate Woodstock 1969!
Rockers programs are for teens ages 12-18 of all skill levels. We make music education fun.

Rockers programs are for teens ages 12-18 of all skill levels. We make music education fun.

Woodstock

Forty-nine years ago on August 15th-18th, 1969, over 600,00 people showed up at Max Yasgur dairy farm in rural New York for the improbable Woodstock Music and Art Fair. This concert would shape the world's view of youth culture, music, and society for generations to come. Woodstock's "three days of peace and music" showcased 32 of the top performers of the time from folk, pop, soul, and rock, all sharing one incredible stage. From Joan Baez, Sly & The Family Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Santana, The Band, Sweetwater, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, and more! Our 2018 Fall Rockers Tuesday Session will be playing the music of Woodstock! If you love all types of music this is the show for you. Open to all skill levels ages 12-18. Rehearsals Tuesdays 5:30-8:30 pm. Starts on September 11th.

FALL 2018 CLASS SIGN UPS!

The Rockers program include a three-hour weekly rehearsal on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, a weekly private 30-minute lesson, and two shows over a 12 week season! Over 50 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!

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Now Enrolling Fall Music Programs for Kids, Teens, & Adults!
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Fall 2018 Class Sign Ups!

Check out our upcoming Fall Music Programs & Music Lessons for all ages and skill levels! All programs (except for Pop Rocks) include weekly rehearsals, a weekly private 30-minute lesson, and shows over a 12 week season!


TEEN PROGRAMS (AGES 12-18)

Our 2018 Fall Rockers Session will feature the sounds of Indie Rock! Originally used to describe alternative rock, indie rock has grown to also include the sounds of punk, post-punk, grunge, emo, and guitar pop rock. Songs will be chosen from bands such as the Yo La Tengo, Pavement, The Pixies, Moldy Peaches, Arctic Monkeys, St. Vincent, Alvvays, Elliot Smith, Chvrches, the Smiths, Bleachers, The Shins, The Strokes, Death Cab for Cutie, Alt-J, Vampire Weekend, Arcade Fire, Grimes, The xx, Sylvan Esso, The Hives, Japanese Breakfast, Front Bottoms, The 1975, and more! Come rock with us! Rehearsals Saturdays 11:00-2:00 pm. Starts on September 8th.


Our 2018 Fall Rockers Session will be playing the music of Woodstock! The sounds from the famous music festival in the summer of 1969 will include Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jefferson Airplane, The Who, Santana, The Band, Sweetwater, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, and more! Rehearsals Tuesdays 5:30-8:30 pm. Starts on September 11th.


Students in the Metal Mania class will learn and perform songs from all metal genres and will learn how to master the specific techniques commonly found in most types of metal music. With the help of professional instructors, they will assist the student with enhancing their skill level, knowledge, and aptitude for their given instrument(s) or voice in metal music. Open to intermediate and advanced students in guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Metal Mania students will have the chance to learn and perform songs of some of the great metal bands from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s, including Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, System of a Down, Gojira, Mastodon, and many other heavy hitters of the metal world. Rehearsals Saturdays 2:00-5:00 pm. Starts on September 8th.


The Royal Performance Group is an audition-only, skill and experience-based program for advanced students ages 14-20. Students of the Royals group will have a multitude of opportunities to perform at community and private events/parties, in addition to their performance showcases for family and friends. This program is designed to give students the experience of a real working band and further excel their confidence and passion for music. Auditions Monday, September 10th, Rehearsals Mondays 6:00-9:00 pm. Starts on September 8th.


ADULT PROGRAM (AGES 21+)

Our Renegade Rockers Program is for adult musicians ages 21 years of age and older of all musical abilities from first-time beginners to advanced musicians looking to play in a band once again. Salem Oregon's Rock Academy provides the most unique experience for music lovers and music learners! From beginning musicians to advanced shredders, we provide music instruction in guitar, bass, drums, piano, & vocals. Students learn fast and most of all have fun! Rehearsals Mondays 7:00-9:00 pm. Starts on September 10th.


KIDS PROGRAMS (AGES 5-12)

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’s 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.


Our Pop Rocks Program is geared towards young, aspiring and beginning music students ages 5 to 7. During the 6-week program, Pop Rock students will explore music in a comfortable, non-intimidating, creative, and expressive social atmosphere centered around enjoying contemporary pop and rock music of the last 60 years. Classes Thursdays 5:30-6:30 pm. Starts on September 13th.


PRIVATE & GROUP MUSIC LESSONS

In addition to our various music classes, we also provide private and group music lessons in guitar, bass, guitar, vocals, piano, violin, ukulele, and more! Always a free trial lesson! We are not just a rock school we teach and play all styles of music from classical, musical theater, opera, jazz, folk, singer-songwriter, music production, blues, and many more.  Our super talented, enthusiastic, experienced, and professionally trained teachers  at RiverCity are here to provide the best music education experience possible. Check out our team.

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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Welcome Wil Bakula to Team RiverCity!
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Please welcome our other new teacher, Wil Bakula!!

Wil has played classical piano for around 14 years and has studied Jazz at Willamette University for four of those years. His areas of strength and skill lie in playing and composing funk and neo-soul music. Wil also has three years experience working on advanced recording and production techniques in a professional recording studio. In the past two years, he has composed, produced, and released five solo EPs in the genre of electronic music, but most of his time and passion goes towards working with his pop-fusion band Chromatic Colors. In the past, Wil has also played keys for the Rich McCloud band, drums for Baked Goods, and produced an experimental rap album for local rapper MidGame.

He expects to graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Music and Philosophy from Willamette University this May. Wil is available for keys /piano lessons

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Welcome Monica Pomares to Team RiverCIty
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Please welcome our newest music teacher, Monica Pomares!!

Monica Pomares is a Cuban-American singer, born and raised in Miami, Florida. She has had the privilege of attending the prestigious New World School of the Arts (NWSA) High School and College for music.  Monica was a part of the non-profit 'Voices United', where she contributed her talents to create their 1997 musical 'Rea Life'.

From 2001-2005 she sang with the Florida Grand Opera and also had the opportunity to do a high school tour in South Florida, in efforts to educate youth about opera. Over the years since, Monica has made several TV appearances, performing on televised competition shows, such as  WPLG Channel 10's 'Gimme the Mic' (2004) and AmericaTeve's 'Minuto de Fama' (2014). Monica has experience not only opera, but also rock, gospel, pop, choir, and musical theater.

Recently moving back to Salem, she plans to re-immerse herself in the local music scene and hopes to share her many years of performance knowledge, in various styles, with anyone willing to learn. 

Monica is available for (any style) voice lessons.
Contact RiverCity to schedule your free trial lesson and tour.

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