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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.


The NW Rock Academy has a new location!

Our lessons and rehearsals are now located near downtown Vancouver.  Our rehearsals and lessons take place in our comfortable, secure, and well-equipped studio, which allows for a more immersive experience in music education.

For over a decade, the studio has served as the home for the HiCap Records record label, and it’s now open available to our students.  It’s a sound-treated space that features a baby grand piano and several other acoustic and electronic instruments.  It also functions as a recording studio with a 40-channel digital mixer, outboard processing, and a variety of microphones.

There’s comfortable seating, free WIFI, and a library of books and magazines for waiting parents and students.  As we head into spring and better weather, parents and students will be able to enjoy our garden area while they wait for their lessons.  There are also several businesses within a few blocks for shopping, food, and coffee including Safeway, Dairy Queen, and Latte Da Coffee House and Wine Bar.  For parents of young children, Shumway park with its playground and grassy areas is a few blocks south on F Street.

We believe our new location will allow us to focus serving the community of Downtown Vancouver in addition to greater Clark County.  We also believe our integration with the community will lead to more opportunities for our students to grow and perform.


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.


Congratulations Fall 2019

The students of Fall 2019 wrapped up their session in December with a nine song set at the Invitational Youth Jam at Billy Blues Bar and Grill. They worked hard, had fun and rocked the house. Congratulations! Way to go!

Music Video

We’ve made a new music video!

The Rock Academy just released its second music video. The students of Spring 2017 have made a new music video to Pat Benatar’s “Hit Me With Your Best Shot”. The video shows what happens when a bratty little brother tries to disrupt his sister’s rock band rehearsal (hint: it involves devices that shoot soft projectiles). The students had a lot of fun making it. Be sure to tell us if you like it (or not). Feel free to leave a comment on YouTube, and subscribe to our channel if you want to see what we put up next.

This is our second music video.  To see our first video, click here.


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