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Private Lessons Resource for Choir, Band, Orchestra, and Musical Theater Students

Salem-Keizer School District Parents and Students

Salem-Keizer public and private schools all excel at music and drama programs. Each year our schools and students routinely compete and win state and even national titles in choir, band, orchestra, and musical theater. Most area middle and high school choir and band directors strongly suggest that students take additional private lessons throughout the year. What you might not know is that RiverCity has been serving many students over the last four years with preparing for auditions, challenging pieces, competitions, and scholarship auditions. With our newly expanded studio and amazing teaching staff, we would be happy to help with your musical journey. We provide voice and singing lessons for choir, opera and musical theater, and we also provide private music lessons in violin, saxophone, trumpet, percussion, clarinet, and  piano for all skill levels. Learn more about RiverCity lesson programs.

Welcome Ronan Baker Our Newest Music Teacher!
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Ronan Baker is a new instructor at RiverCity Rock Star Academy specializing in vocal performance, piano, guitar, and flair.

Recently, this musical troubadour has been making his way playing guitar and singing with multiple groups such as Sleep Millennium, Light Treason, Business Socks and formerly Allies From Nowhere, The Minute Hand Ballet, and Jackson Blair. 

Throughout the years Ronan has taken on quite a few different roles. Anywhere from band leader, to studio session player, a tribute performer with Heroes and Rebels: A Tribute to David Bowie to even roles as The Pirate King in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance and Feuilly in Les Miserables.

In 2010, after he graduated Cum Laude from Western Oregon University with a BA of Music with an emphasis in audio engineering and film scoring Ronan worked as a server for one year and saved enough money to start his own private recording studio. In December 2011 Humannequin Studios was opened and Ronan immediately set to work producing records for dozens of different artists  ranging from Jared Mees & The Grown Children, to the Western Oregon Singers, and even his own recording projects.

Ronan expanded his production company from simply studio recording to include live sound reinforcement in 2015 as he became partners with Nick Wixom and All That Sound.

His musical journey started during his teen years when Ronan’s father taught him how to play the viola and piano and it got to the point when it was not going well. There are tantrums, tears, and wailing... And eventually Ronan announced that he was going to teach himself how to play guitar and learn how to play music that he actually liked. “This is it! I am going off on my own and I am going to be a rock star!”

And at the ripe age of 14, Ronan got his first guitar, a silver Ibanez RG-220B Series Mik Floyd Rose Licensed 24 Fret Locking Nut Shredder. Later on he would prefer the sounds of thinline Fender Telecasters and the boutique grit from pedals by PettyJohn and Electroharmonix but this silver fox of an axe marked the beginning of a long musical journey.  

At age 18, Ronan sat in front of a classroom of 8th graders with a black acoustic guitar cradled in his lap ready to teach. He started with a D chord, the basis for the fingerpicking part to the song that a student wanted to learn by Creed.

And thus Ronan started down the winding road as a music instructor. A long thoroughfare that would eventually lead right to the doors of RiverCity Rock Star Academy and the amazing workers and students there. He knows there is much more on the horizon and he can’t wait to discover what he can find right alongside you.

Music is fun! Except when it is hard work... Then it is fun again! – Ronan

Ronan is available for private lessons in vocal performance, piano/keys, guitar, and bass (and flair). Schedule your free trial lesson and tour of RiverCity today.

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Learn To Play AC/DC, Black Sabbath, & Led Zeppelin!
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Play In A Band & Rock (Legends of Rock Ages 10-18) - Class Starts Saturday

Our Legends of Rock Program is a twelve-week session for beginning-advanced musicians ages 12-18 which focuses on influential groups in music history. Our Fall 2017 session will feature three ‘Monsters of Rock’: AC/DC, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin! These quintessentially influential bands contributed much to blues, hard rock, metal, stadium rock, and more, and through learning songs by these staples of music, our students will be able to play with their peers in a fun and supportive environment which encourages teamwork, musicianship, and music appreciation. Twice during the twelve weeks, the Legends will have the opportunity to play onstage for their families and friends.

The Saturday morning band rehearsals are also accompanied by weekly lessons. Here, our students can hone in on basic music theory and fundamental skills in the instrument of their choice through focusing on chords, scales, notes, rhythm, riffs, rudiments and the likes. Be it guitar, drums, bass, piano, or voice; they can take these skills and apply them not only to the group, but to their own individual musical pursuits.

Through learning about these bands, their history, and the way they performed, our Legends will accrue essential knowledge regarding performance etiquette and equipment. They will be able to play and perform with other kids and teens their age while learning fundamental skills and practical knowledge regarding performing in a professional setting with their bandmates.

Total Eclipse Sale!
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25% OFF all merchandise!

15% OFF any new program enrollment! 

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!

Music Lessons: Guitar, Drums, Bass, Piano, & Voice
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Free Trial Lessons

Our staff come from a whole variety of musical backgrounds and are versed in everything from classical, jazz, and folk, to punk, rock, and metal. Their professional experience in guitar, piano, drums, voice, and bass allow for flexible lessons catered towards each individual student, and the opportunity to get instruction in the fundamentals of their instrument in their particular style of interest. Be it drum lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, bass lessons, or piano lessons, the RiverCity staff is delighted and excited to work with any student – young or old, novice or advanced – to help them feel comfortable and confident in their instrument(s).

Not quite sure whether or not music lessons are something you’d like to dive into straight away? No worries. Come and give us a visit - the first lesson is on us. We’ll pair you up with the teacher who best matches you or your student’s skills and interests, and we hope that you’ll keep playing music with us! Schedule Your Lesson Today!