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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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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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Pop Rocks Music Class for Ages 5-7: Enroll Now for Only $120!
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The Pop Rocks Program is geared towards young, aspiring and beginning music students ages 5 to 7. During the 6-week program. Pop Rocks focuses on the foundations of music such as rhythm, sound, basic music theory of notation, tempo, pitch, dynamics, timbre, song structure, and developing listening skills. Students explore a variety of accessible instruments, as well as vocal activities with an emphasis on active, participatory, dancing, and movement exercises. Students can continue the Pop Rocks Program multiple sessions and will be prepared for more formal music education. Sign up before October 15th and SAVE 20%! Pop Rocks Class is on Thursday's 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Starting October 26th. Enrolled students can also take private guitar, bass, drum, piano or vocal lessons for a significant discount. 

Music Class for Ages 5-7: Enroll Now for Only $120!
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The Pop Rocks Program is geared towards young, aspiring and beginning music students ages 5 to 7. During the 6-week program. Pop Rocks focuses on the foundations of music such as rhythm, sound, basic music theory of notation, tempo, pitch, dynamics, timbre, song structure, and developing listening skills. Students explore a variety of accessible instruments, as well as vocal activities with an emphasis on active, participatory, dancing, and movement exercises. Students can continue the Pop Rocks Program multiple sessions and will be prepared for more formal music education. Sign up before September 5th and SAVE 20%! We have two different classes to offer, Thursday's 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Starting September 14th OR Saturday's from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Starting September 16th. Enrolled students can enroll in private guitar, bass, drum, piano or vocal lessons for a significant discount. 

Back to Cool: Now Enrolling Fall Music Classes & Music Lessons
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RiverCity Rock Star Academy combines excellence in music education, performance, and fun each and every day. Check us out and join our community.

Make Back to School Cool Again

We offer music classes for Kids, Teens, and Adults of all skill levels. From first-time beginner musicians to advanced accomplished players and singers. We have 6 programs to choose from Pop Rocks (ages 5-7), Young Rockers (ages 8-14), Rockers (ages 12-18), Legends of Rock (ages 10 -18) AC/DC, Black Sabbath, & Led Zeppelin, Royals (performance band-audition only ages 14-20), and Renegades (adults ages 21+). We also offer private lessons in guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, and vocals. Check out the RiverCity difference. 

 

Live Your Rock 'N' Roll Dreams With Us! Rock School for Adults
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Ever dreamed of playing in a rock band? Miss your days of playing in a band? If you answered yes to either question, we have the solution to making this a reality this Fall. Join our Renegade Program for Adults 21+ is the perfect place to start playing music again in a real band with professional instructors, friendly people, supportive environment, and most of all have fun with music. Learn fast and play the music that you know and love then perform a couple of shows for your family and friends.  Sign up before August 15th and SAVE 15%!  Enroll Here

SIGN UP FOR SUMMER CAMP NOW!

Do something different this Summer

Summer Rock Camp is a week-long summer camp for the beginner, intermediate and advanced musicians ages 6-17. Students will explore music in a comfortable, non-intimidating and expressive social atmosphere centered around rock music. Guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals. This is a great way for students to explore what instrument they might like to further pursue in the future. Summer Camp is scheduled for Monday, June 26th through Friday, June 30th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. On the evening of Friday, June 30th the campers will perform their original songs as well as the cover rock songs they learned during the week. To find out more click here or sign up here before it's too late. 

ROCK STAR OF THE WEEK - LISA MILLER
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LISA MILLER!
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When did you start playing music and what was/is your influence for playing music? 
 I’ve always loved music and never dreamed of playing it myself. After discovering RiverCity and watching my daughter perform, I decided it was time to jump in and experience it myself.

Tell us about your musically journey. 
Not knowing how to play any instrument AT ALL when I started, I picked up the guitar first. Then I discovered DRUMS. I bought a drum kit last December and absolutely love it. I really can't play anything very well yet, but it's so much fun!

What is your favorite song you've played at RiverCity? 
‘Cut the Cord’ by Shinedown. So much energy and so much fun to play.

What are your favorite bands or artists right now? 
Fav band of all time is Journey - always and forever. (I also secretly listen to Breaking Benjamin, Kidd Rock and Eminem...but usually when no one is around to complain about it).

What is your ‘day job’ (besides a Rock Star at RiverCity)? 
I’m the Volunteer Services Coordinator for Marion County