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Enroll in the Best Music Classes for Teens in Salem
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Our Rockers music classes for ages 12-18 develop teen musicians through a unique combination of band rehearsal, private lessons, and live performances. The progress and confidence that our students gain in just 12 weeks will amaze. Our supportive, passionate teachers and the fantastic studio is simply the best place to enjoy learning music. Rockers classes start the week. Check out our Rockers classes. All skill levels from beginners to advanced musicians are welcome.

Rock 'n' Roll & Mud Wrestling Benefit for Academy Music Scholarships

Mud Wrestling for a Cause! That’s right, your favorite RiverCity teacher will be wrestling it out at the Monarchs of Mud benefit event with proceeds going to provide a student a scholarship to attend RiverCity Rock Star Academy! Come out to cheer on The Flying Pickle (teacher Doug), Opera Mom (teacher Monica), Poison (teacher Juliene), Brown Covfefe (teacher Topher) and The Green String Bean Fighting Machine (teacher Kaylee), as they take on those that dare to challenge them! Saturday, September 22nd, 7pm at the The Space Concert Club. Music by RiverCity students and the Monarchs of Mud wrestlers! All ages until 10pm. $8 pre-sale and $10 at the door. Buy Your Tickets Now!

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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!

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 RockFest 3 - July 7th at Keizer Rotary Amphitheater
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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!

Please Welcome Juliene Soltwisch Our Newest Music Teacher!
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An Illinois native, Juliene Soltwisch (pronounced SALT-WITCH) is our new Violin and Guitar instructor at RiverCity Rock Star Academy.  She has been playing violin since the age of 5 years old and has toured extensively with the Chicago Concert violin group in China, England, and France in the early 2000's and has performed in coveted recital halls such as the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois before the age of 16. 

At age 18 Juliene received a full-ride to Western Illinois University, to study violin performance and music theory.  She studied with Romanian Violin Competition prizewinner Dr. Julieta Mihai, who has won numerous other competitions, including the Concerto Competition of the Summer Festival Orchestra in Urbana-Champaign, Il and has sat as concertmaster for the Illinois Symphony Orchestra for 11 years.  In 2014, she shared the stage with Mark Wood, (Tran Siberian Orchestra Concertmaster), in leading the Orchestra in "Bohemian Rasphody". In the summer of 2008, Juliene was invited for a German tour with the school of music to perform the Opera "A Midsummer Nights Dream".  A few years later Juliene also acquired her degree in Music Therapy and is now a board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) practicing in Salem, Oregon.  She has studied extensively in working with adults with various mental and physical disabilities and has completed a 6-month internship at Oregon State Hospital.  

A metal enthusiast, Juliene enjoys playing her Jackson Rhodes electric guitar (affectionately called "Ms. Jackson") and hosts her metal radio show DARK MATTER Thursday nights on 100.7 KMUZ.

Juliene is available for private lessons in violin and guitar. Contact RiverCity for free trial lesson and tour.

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Juliene Soltwisch guitar and violin teacher
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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Rock Right Into June With Live Music!
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We start off June with three shows right out of the gate. On Friday, June 1st the RiverCity Royal's play at West Salem High School at 5:30 pm to start the annual Powder Puff Game. On Sunday, June 3rd our Mid-Season Show begins at 3:00 pm at the Half Penny featuring the Renegades, 90s Rockers, Emo vs. Pop Punk, and Metal Mania. Finally on Monday, June 4th at Wright Elementary School for Music In The Park at 6:00 pm.

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