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New Rockers Program Announced - All Originals for Spring Season!

Check out our newest Rockers program where students will write, compose, arrange, perform, and record their own songs. Learn more about this exciting all originals new program that starts in April. Sign up now and check out all of our music classes and private lessons for kids, teens, and adults. More new programs and camps to follow so stay tuned.

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RockFest 2 @ Capitol Saturday, July 8th, 3:00 pm - FREE!

We continue our FREE end of Spring season show this year at the Oregon State Capitol's Wilson Park (flag area on west side of the Capitol). All of our bands perform the songs they have been working on for this past season: Young Rockers, Legends-Green Day, Rockers-1970s, Royals, and our Adult program the Renegades. Enjoy the sun, shade, park, beautiful Capitol grounds, Food Truck (Island Girl's Lunchbox) and rock and roll! More Info Here! 

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Summer Programs & Private Lessons

Our Summer Session begins Monday, July 10th with a new season of our Adult Program and then Tuesday, July 11th we start our Summer Mix-Tape Mini Session for 8 weeks. This program is for students ages 10-18 of all abilities for guitar, drums, bass, piano/keys, and/or vocals. Summer also is a good time to start or continue with private lessons. We provide lessons for all ages and abilities for guitar, bass, drums, piano, vocals, and ukulele. Sign up for a FREE TRIAL LESSON or book the entire Summer. Enrolled students receive special pricing for continuing private lessons. Lessons are available Mondays, Tuesday,s Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays! 

Fall Season Programs Announced

We begin our Fall Season Saturday, September 9th with our Legends of Rock Program which will focus on the Monsters of Rock: AC/DC, Black Sabbath, & Led Zeppelin for ages 10-18. Our Young Rockers program for beginners ages 8-14 begins on Monday, September 11th. Our performance band the Royals, will have auditions for advanced musicians ages 14-20 on September 11th. The Adult Program for Ages 21+ called Renegades for beginner through advanced musician begins later that Monday evening September 11th. The Rockers program ages 12-18 will focus on Bands from the United Kingdom from the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s through today on Tuesday, September 12th. All of the programs are 12-weeks in length and include a final season show in December. We are also happy to announce that Pop Rocks will be back due to popular demand for ages 5-7. This 6-week program will be offered on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (9/14 - 10/19) and also on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (9/16 - 10/21). As always, private & group lessons are available for guitar, drums, bass, piano, vocals, and ukulele. Legends of Rock, Young Rockers, and Rockers include a weekly 30-minute private lesson in addition to band rehearsal in the cost of tuition. Pop Rocks, Renegades, & Royals programs do not include a weekly private lesson in the cost of tuition but we offer this at a substantial discount. For all of our programs, we provide discounts for families, payment in full, and referrals for our programs. Keep rocking Salem!

Play the Music of Green Day - Sign Up Now for Next Season & Save 20%




Our Legends of Rock Program will feature one band each season. The upcoming Spring 2017 Season will feature the works of Green Day. This 12-week  Legends of Rock Program is for kids and teens ages 10-18 from beginners, intermediate and advanced students on instruments including guitar, bass, piano, drums and vocals (For Beginner and Intermediate students we would highly recommend adding a weekly private 30 minute lesson at a significant discount for enrolled students*). This program will focus on one legendary band in Rock and will meet every week to learn, study and perform a diverse catalog of songs written by that band. Students will be instructed and guided through the history of the band, the members and equipment they used. At the end of the 12-week program, the students will perform for their family and friends at a local venue. This is a great introductory class for students interested in what we do at RiverCity Rock Star Academy.  REGISTER HERE

Jarred Venti - the face of bass

Jarred Venti - the face of bass

Salem's Music Man

It is our pleasure to officially announce that Jarred Venti has joined the RiverCity Rock team! Jarred is a major force in the Salem music scene, and his passion, dedication, and commitment to everything music are a true inspiration. Jarred is an incredible and versatile bass player able to play Rock, Blues, Funk, Metal, Jazz, Reggae, Soul, Country, Pop and anything else that you can imagine. Jarred will be teaching in our upcoming Beatles program as well as teaching bass lessons for kids, teens and adults starting on Saturday, January 7th, 2017.  You can sign-up for Legends-The Beatles Program and/or if you would like to schedule a bass lesson on Saturdays, please give us a call at (503) 689-8372 or send us an email at Please read his brief bio below and welcome Jarred to the team. 

Jarred Venti is a professional musician with vast performance, recording, and studio experience. Jarred started playing music at age 7 and decided at age 14 that the bass would be his primary instrument. In addition to bass, Jarred sings, plays drums, piano, and guitar. Jarred’s first band was Crossing 13th which turned into Groove Thief. He has recorded albums with Crossing 13th, Groove Thief, Still Water Vibes, Gabriel Cox, and Jaskamon, among others. Jarred regularly plays with Gabriel Cox, Chris Jones, Jake Blair, our teacher Rich McCloud, and a wide variety of other projects.  If you have been to any Salem Jam Session over the past three years, Jarred probably hosted, played, organized or did all three. Jarred has either formed or joined tribute bands to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Radiohead, Stone Temple Pilots, and David Bowie over the years. Some of his major bass influences are John Paul Jones, Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, Jack Bruce, Roger Waters, and Flea. Jarred will bring his many years of performance and studio experience to teach students proper tone, techniques, and tools to his music students.