Rock Dojo

Rock Dojo

7 years in business

About this pro

Rock Dojo is an award-winning online guitar program for kids. We don’t just teach kids about the guitar; we teach kids how to rock out on the guitar! We help students set goals, establish practice routines, and build momentum through our martial arts-inspired belt system.

All you need is an internet connection, and your kids can become rock guitar ninjas in no time!

I had two dreams as a kid: rockin’ out on the guitar and kickin’ butt in the martial arts. Unfortunately, I didn’t have access to music lessons or martial arts instruction as a kid. Fate, however, intervened, placing a guitar in my hands at the tender age of twenty-six, and I have never looked back!

In short, I approached the guitar like a mad scientist immersing myself in every guitar bit of guitar instruction I could get my hands on and studying with some of the finest teachers on the planet.

The Rock Dojo is the culmination of all my studies and experiments in music education combined with my passion for the guitar and my love for the martial arts.

Over the years, I won numerous awards for my work with the Rock Dojo, including:

  • The 2021 Steve Vai Scholarship from Berklee College of Music.
  • The 2018 Rising Star of Oregon Award from the Small Business Administration.
  • The 2018 Teacher of the Year Award from

Without a doubt, my life would not be the same without the guitar. Learning to play the guitar taught me about the power of discipline, goal setting, and grit. It turns out those are the same life skills I needed to succeed in music, in business, and every other area of my life.

If you're ready to give your child the same life-changing opportunity, contact me today!

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Portland, OR 97218
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

During the first lesson, I assess the students':

- Musical goals.

- Musical ability.

- Individual needs.

When working with children, I use the first few lessons to work with parents to:

- Cultivate a musical environment.

- Access gear for kids (if necessary).

- Build a practice routine.

The goal is find out where the student currently is, where he/she woudl like to go, and to co-create a plan to get there with engaging and educating the student and his/her parents.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I am recognized expert in the industry. 

I have written three top-rated guitar method books for kids.

I am the 2021 Steve Vai Scholarship winner at Berklee College of Music for guitar excellence.

I am the co-winner of the 2021 Share the Green contest for my work making music education more diverse, equitable, and accessible for kids.

I am the 2018 Rising Star of Oregon from the Small Business Administration.

I studied with legendary guitarists Paul Gilbert, Mimi Fox, and Dave Celentano.

I have a professional certification from Berklee College of Music in advanced guitar performance.

I have a professional music certificaiton from Portland Community College.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

My prices vary depending on the services. I offer:

- Live Online Private Lessons.

- Live Online Group Classes.

- E-Course.

- E-Books.

How did you get started teaching?

I transformed my passion for playing the guitar into a full time business in 2015. In the process, I ran 18 after-school guitar programs for kids across Portland Public Schools teaching hundreds of elementary school students each week.

What types of students have you worked with?

My ideal student is between 6 and 12-years old, loves classic rock, dreams of playing the electric guitar, and is willing to put in the work in the practice room.

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