Tag: NW Rock Academy


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.


Now registering for Winter 2020

The Northwest Rock Academy is now accepting registration for our Winter 2020 session. We have openings for vocalists, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, and drummers. Students will learn a set of songs that they help choose themselves and put on two performances at Billy Blues Bar and Grill. Good friends, good music, great fun and great memories. To find out more, click here.


Free intro lesson Sept. 17-28

The Northwest Rock Academy is offering a free introductory music lesson to new and prospective students. Lessons will be offered between the dates of September 17 and September 28. It’s an opportunity to learn more about music and what we do here at the Rock Academy. To schedule your lesson, please contact us.


Congratulations Summer 2 2018

The 9 students of Summer 2 2018 (4 rhythm, 4 horns, 1 vocal) had only three weeks to prepare 8 songs for all three shows.  In fact they only had two weeks to prepare for their first two shows.  Calling themselves “10 Degrees Below and the Windchill Horns”  they took to the Columbian Stage at the 150th Clark County Fair after noon on a Tuesday, rocked the crowd, and then performed that same set again later that evening at Kiwanis Park in Battle Ground for National Night Out.  Within a week, they had learned two new songs and performed them on stage at Billy Blues Bar and Grill in Hazel Dell.  That evening they were treated to a special performance by veteran rocker Tommy Heath of  Tommy Tutone, who had been in the audience during their set.  Congratulation, students of Summer 2 2018.


Congratulations Summer 1 2018

The students of Summer 1 2018 spent four weeks through June and July learning a set of 8 tunes, some of which were quite challenging (pro musicians were impressed that they tackled these tunes).  They played two shows at Billy Blues Bar and Grill, and rocked the Battle Ground Harvest Days parade aboard Music World’s float, all in the space of one week.  Congratulations, students of Summer 1 2018.


New “Intro to Rock” Program for Spring 2018

The Northwest Rock Academy is excited to announce it’s new “Intro To Rock” program for spring 2018.  All great musicians have to start somewhere, and our new program is designed to give beginning rock musicians their entry into live rock music.  They’ll have the opportunity to join a group of other beginning musicians, learn a setlist, and play rock live from a stage, helping to prepare them to pursue more advanced material in our other programs.  The program is open to beginning vocalists, guitarists, bassists, keyboardists, and drummers.  To find out more information and register, click here.


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.