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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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Student of the Week - Liam Stanley
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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
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OPEN TO ALL AGES

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)

 

Guitar/Bass Tech Workshop Saturday December 9th
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OPEN TO ALL AGES

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)
Register for the Guitar/Bass Tech Time Workshop https://goo.gl/forms/LyCvQX5puRsEPaYK2
 

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!

Rock Star of the Week - Olivia Pereyra
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The RiverCity Rock Star Academy Student of the Week is...
OLIVIA PEREYRA!

Sophomore at Sprague High School
RiverCity Royals, and Rockers
Vocals & Guitar

When did you start playing music and why?
I've been singing since third grade and I just started guitar this year. I started choir because I saw my sister, Marlo in choir and just wanted to be like my sister. I also really enjoyed Hannah Montana and the thought of being a rock star was so cool to me.

What is your favorite song you ever played?
My favorite song I've done was ‘Working Man’ by Rush, ‘Sweet Leaf’ by Black Sabbath and ‘Foreplay/Longtime’ by Boston.

What do you like about RiverCity?
I love the creative energy that RiverCity has - everyone seems to have so much talent and skills when they are playing. It always makes me smile just watching the songs fall into place.

What is your favorite band right now?
I love Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and Modern Baseball.

What other music projects are you working on?
I am not working on any side music products for the time being. Right now I’m focused on high school.

Save 25% on Summer Rock Camp!

Register now for Summer Rock Camp and save 25% to celebrate our 2nd Anniversary! Offer good until Sunday, February 12th. Summer. Summer Rock Camp is open to students of all skill levels ages 6-17. Students learn to perform songs, write their own music, record songs, and finish off the week with a camp show at a local venue for family and friends. Summer Rock Camp is Monday, June 26th through Friday, June 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information and/or to register please visit Summer Rock Camp.

Welcome Rebecca McDade to Team RiverCity!
Rebecca will be teaching in all of our RiverCity classes as well as providing private music lessons for vocals, guitar, and ukulele. 

Rebecca will be teaching in all of our RiverCity classes as well as providing private music lessons for vocals, guitar, and ukulele. 

Rebecca McDade 

Rebecca is a Scotland-born turned Oregon-native songwriter and folk musician. From a young age, Rebecca used music as a means of acclimating to the trans-national moves her family so often made; they may have jumped between countries often, but she could always find a home where there was music.

She spent much of her childhood performing in musical theatre. She initially took this up in Ireland and upon her arrival in Oregon in 2006, she became an active performer in Portland's theatre scene, eventually earning a Portland Area Musical Theatre Award (PAMTA) for Best Young Performer in 2008. She also has been performing with various choral groups from a young age.

However, writing and performing songs has always been a passion of hers. She picked up a guitar when she was seven years old and has been in love with it ever since. Now her specialty is in folk music. Rebecca has extensive performance experience both around Oregon and Scotland.  She has worked with Marv Ross and Gregg Williams of Quarterflashand was involved with a project featuring Peter Buck (R.E.M.), and Jenny Conlee and Nate Query (Decemberists). She thinks there is no better way to bring people together than with music and she is incredibly excited to be a part of the RiverCity team and share her passion with others who share it as well.

Rebecca is currently a senior at Oregon State University studying Psychology.

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