Our Mission

We believe every child has the spark of greatness in them.

That’s why we developed an achievement-based musical curriculum designed to inspire and empower kids to do great things in music and in life.

The Rock Dojo is an award-winning guitar program based in Portland, OR. Our after school programs are designed to teach kids the transferable skills they need to be successful on the guitar or in the classroom. Based on a rewarding belt system, students begin at the white belt level progressing through five stages of skill and achievement. At each stage of their musical education, students master the skills necessary to play, perform, and compose with confidence.


As a kid, I had two dreams: rockin’ out on the guitar and kickin’ butt in the martial arts. Unfortunately for my dreams, I grew up in rural Pennsylvania and lacked access to both the martial arts and music education. Later, fate intervened placing a guitar in my hands at the tender age of twenty-six, and I have never looked back!

Approaching the guitar like a mad scientist, I immersed myself into a world of music, reading every method book I could find, watching every instructional video I could get my hands on, and studying with some of the finest teachers on the planet including legendary guitarists Mimi Fox, Paul Gilbert, Patrick Greene, and Johnny Nitro.During that time, I became obsessed with developing the most effective and engaging system for teaching kids to play rock guitar.

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 music. Over the last five years, I won numerous academic awards and grants for my work with the Rock Dojo including a 2017 Regional Arts and Cultural Council Project Grant. Without a doubt, my life would not be the same without the guitar. Learning to rock taught me about the power of discipline, goal setting, and grit, exactly the same life skills I needed to be successful in every other area of my life.

Brian Parham, Founder of the Rock Dojo
Sophie Parham is the Co-founder of the Rock Dojo. She grew up in France where she began playing violin at age three and fell in love with the guitar later on. She has been teaching music in Northeast Portland and shares her passion for the guitar with students between ages 6 and 12.

Have you seen the DojoMobile?

If you see us around Portland, OR, stop by to say hello or take a picture and tag us on facebook @kidsrockdojo


The Rock Dojo rocks Portland after-schools from 3 PM to 4 PM at Access Academy, Forest Park Elementary, Laurelhurst School, Beverly Cleary, & Irvington School.

We organize workshops for guitar beginners (Multnomah County Library, Portland’s Children’s Museum, RACC workshop in partnership with Multnomah County), and events (Apple Store field trip).
Families host group guitar classes and private guitar lessons at home.

We are the authors of guitar methods for kids and beginners: The Ultimate Rock Guitar Dojo for Kids: White Belt Edition, Guitar for Beginners: Yellow Belt Edition, and Guitar for Kids: Rock Dojo The Complete Belt System.