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Update in response to COVID-19

In view of current federal, state and local government policies and recommendations, and out of an abundance of caution, the Northwest Rock Academy has decided to temporarily move all private lessons online.

We’re expanding our online lessons to all of our students for two reasons;  

  • to add a measure of continuity to their lives in times when all of us have likely experienced disruption in our daily routines
  • and to do this in a manner that helps protect the most vulnerable in our community.

Now, in the midst of difficult times, is a great opportunity to enrich our lives, study music, and experience the joy of discovering and strengthening our talents.  We’re taking these measures now in the hopes that they will contribute to minimizing the threat that COVID-19 poses, and that we all return to the full vigor of our communal activities as soon as possible.


Congratulations Summer 2 2019!

The students of the Academy’s Summer 2 2019 session spent two weeks in intense three hour rehearsals, and then followed them with three great performances each day from Sunday to Tuesday. On Wednesday they went into the studio and laid down Huey Lewis’s “Heart of Rock and Roll”. They wrapped up the session by shooting a music video to the track on Friday. They worked hard, put on great shows, and shot one of our best music videos ever. Congratulations to the students of Summer 2. Great job!


Love nerf guns, wanna be in a music video?

If your grade school child loves Nerf guns (and who doesn’t), and they’d love to be in a rock video, do we have an opportunity for you!  The Northwest Rock Academy is shooting a music video next weekend, and we need extras with nerf guns.  The extras get to fire nerf darts at the band while they perform their song.  The video shoot will be at be at Music World in Battle Ground (502 E. Main Street, Battle Ground, WA 98604) next Saturday, May 27th, from 1:30-4:00 pm.  All extras will need to have a release form signed by their legal guardian before they can participate.  Extras will need to bring their own nerf guns.  Please wear solid colors; no plaids or logos/images.  Please contact us before Saturday May 27th to let us know you’re coming.

Download release form


March 2017 Alumni Jam

We’re having another March Alumni Jam the weekend of March 18-19.  It’s open to any student who has ever participated in a Rock Academy program. Rehearsal will be Saturday the 18th from 1:00-3:00 pm at Music World in Battle Ground. The performance will be Sunday the 19th at Billy Blues in Hazel Dell.   It’s always fun, and the cost is only $25?  Contact us to sign up!


Congratulations to the class of Fall 2016

The students of the Fall 2016 took the stage at Billy Blues Bar and Grill in Hazel Dell, and burned through a six song set.  They spent eight weeks learning new songs and, for some, new instruments.  Two of the songs were even in mixed meter (unusual counts of 6, 7, and 8, instead of the usual 4).  Congratulations on a job well done!


NW Rock Academy in The Columbian

The NW Rock Academy was featured in today’s edition (Sunday, August 21, 2016) of The Columbian in an article about the Invitational Youth Jam at Billy Blues Bar and Grill in Hazel Dell.  We have been privileged to participate in the youth jam for over a year, and were excited to be a part of that evening’s events.  The students did great, and the Rock Academy is proud of their performance.  The article highlights the guitar work of student Kristian Pedersen and mentions Zoe King as the only female member of the group.  The Rock Academy would also like to note the following about the students performing that evening:

Jackson Golik – awesome hard core rock vocals and solid bass playing

Brayden Sofianos – solid grooves and drive from the drums

Aaron Tuchardt – great guitar work, and patient instruction of the students in his role as summer intern

Zoe King – not only the only female of the current group, but a new Academy student with only six weeks of rehearsals keeping up with students who have been involved with the Academy for three to five years

This was a great group of students, and the Academy is thankful that Scott Hewitt and the The Columbian shared their efforts, alongside those of Kerry Movassagh, Federico Pol, Billy Blues Bar and Grill, and Music World with the rest of their readership.



Congratulations to the Class of Spring 2016

The students of Spring 2016 just finished a record setting session.  They gave four performances from a setlist of twelve songs!  After performing at Billy Blues, Front Porch, and Dozer Days, they wrapped up the session back at Billy Blues last night.  They performed an eleven song set, and when the audience demanded more, they played two again for an encore.  Congratulations on a job well done!


Now Registering for the Summer Programs

What are you doing this summer?  We have some great plans this summer for Rock Academy students.

Our Summer 1 program will have the students perform aboard a float in the Battle Ground Harvest Days parade.  Last year’s students did this, and it was a blast for them to watch the crowd sing along to the music as they performed from a moving stage.

Our Summer 2 program is opening the Academy to horn players for the first time.  In addition to vocals, guitars, keyboards, drums and bass, we’re looking for trumpets, trombones, and sax.

Space in there programs is limited, so check them out and sign up today!


NW Rock Academy on KPTV News!

Tune in to KPTV News, Channel 12, at 6:50 a.m. Friday, November 21,  to see the Rock Academy students perform a selection from their 5:00 pm set at the Holiday Gift fair.