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Welcome Ronan Baker Our Newest Music Teacher!

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.

Student of the Week - Liam Stanley

The student of the week is...
Liam Stanley
7th Grader at Blanchet Catholic School
RiverCity Legends of Rock
Guitar, Bass, and Vocals
Started at RiverCity Rock Star Academy in April 2017

When did you start playing music and why? 
I started playing guitar around a year ago to deal with some struggles in my life. Playing music allows me to express myself. 

What is your favorite song you've ever played at RiverCity? 
My favorite song I’ve performed is ‘Paranoid’ by Black Sabbath. 

What do you like about RiverCity? 
RiverCity is a place I can get away from anything else that might be going in my life and just concentrate on music. 

What are your favorite bands/artists right now? 
Amon Amarth, Slayer, Mountain Man, Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeath, System of a Down, Scars on Broadway, and Inkvisitor. 

What things do you like to do when you’re not at RiverCity? 
When I’m not hanging out at RiverCity, I’m usually practicing my instruments and writing music.

Guitar/Bass Tech Workshop Sunday February 25th
guitar bass tech workshop


During Guitar/Bass Tech Time Workshop, students will learn and perform basic care and maintenance of their guitar/bass including:
🎸Cleaning (how to, how often and what supplies to use) 
🎸Restringing (how to, how often and sting options) 
🎸Guitar/bass issues or damage (how to recognize, what can be done by the student and when to take it to a repair shop)
Workshop Fee
🤘🏻Currently enrolled students in a program – FREE + cost of supplies (supply costs listed on registration form) 
🤘🏻Others - $10 + cost of supplies (supply costs listed on registration form)