Mark and the RCRA team having a jam session
Everyone is a musician.

It began with numerous discussions about the tremendous musical talent in Salem and the lack of a place where young musicians could come learn from professionals and play together. Over time those conversations evolved into planning, developing, promoting and starting up a music training program that was educational, rewarding, and fun. As a result, the first-ever RiverCity Rock Star Academy rehearsal commenced on February 3rd, 2015. 

On that day, we walked into our temporary one-room ‘studio’ at the Reed Opera House not knowing if any students would actually show up for a brand new music program with no established reputation. Fourteen reserved but curious teenagers who didn’t know each other walked through our doors to learn from our three teachers. By the end of the first rehearsal, the students were playing the sounds of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Cream.

Since then, RiverCity Rockstar Academy has steadily grown into what it is today, offering multiple classes for all ages and a comprehensive lesson program. Our team of three teachers has grown to a staff of over 20 passionate professionals. We pride ourselves in being a local, family-owned business directly serving the Salem creative community. We will continue to grow and serve our belief that “everyone is a musician.”