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Zeitgeist Immersive Workshop Series

70 Years of Life-Changing Music Comes to Life

Dive into the rich, deep history of popular music!  This 7-session workshop series takes you on a journey through the greatest rock and pop songs from the 1950s to the modern day.

Not only will you learn the history and culture for pop and rock through these decades, you'll play them!  

What is a Zeitgeist immersive workshop?

We do stuff differently here.

If we're going to teach you something, we're going to make sure you don't just hear it from us.

You do it, you dive in head first and make it yours!

We're not just going to tell you that when people started moving into the cities, the blues beat sped up and became rock and roll.  

You're going to play it!

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We immerse ourselves directly in the social, economic, technological, and artistic movements of the time and directly relate those themes to what is going on in the music. We talk about WHY Elvis was such a phenomenon, WHY Beatlemania shook the world, and WHY MySpace forever changed the landscape for artists of today.

We're not afraid to explore the nitty-gritty: in fact, we love it! And here's the cool thing:

It really doesn't matter what level player you are!

Pinky swear! We know this music inside and out, and the ONE thing that qualifies you to join is an enthusiasm for the music!

Our instructors

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Ed Kopp has spent the last 40 years playing, recording, and teaching. His expertise as a teacher and performer includes: 


  • rock

  • blues 

  • jazz 

  • funk

  • folk

  • ... and more!


His enthusiasm is contagious, his knowledge is overflowing, and his skill is undeniable.

Ed Kopp

Ed has a BFA in Jazz Guitar from Ithaca College. He has been professionally performing since the age of 14 and has performed in clubs and studios in New York, London and across the U.S. and Europe.

During this course, Ed will contexualize decades of pop and rock music from the perspective of a professional musician and performer.  He will also give you personalized coaching on improving your own playing, whether you have only recently picked up your instrument or have been playing for years.

Morgan Roe

Morgan received B.A.s in Music and Anthropology from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.


Since her graduation she has been merging these fields to create her expertise in the role culture plays in the creation of music.


Her performing experience encompasses solo and ensemble concerts across the US and around the world, with artists including Andrea Bocelli, the Oregon Symphony and Amber Wagner.


During this course Morgan will facilitate discussions on cultural phenomena from social movements and demographics to technology and economics, all of which contribute to the creation of megahits and every superstar artist of the last century.

What people are saying...


The Zeitgeist... sessions are easygoing and great fun. Upbeat people, playing a wide variety of rock music, learning all the while -- what's there to not like? I feel like my playing has really improved.

~ Martin, electric bass

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Details you need to know


This course is run in Morgan's home in Eastmoreland, Portland.  

Each session is 2 hours long.  During that time we dive into the essential songs from different social currents in a particular decade.  We'll play them, talk about them, learn some riffs, learn some theory, learn some history, and play them again. 


As the course progresses, we'll bring back songs we've played before, especially when we notice threads connecting them!

Dates for the upcoming session start February 17 and continue every other week until May 12.

A university course in Portland on the History of Rock costs $624. 14 hours of private lessons, based on the area average, costs $980.   


What are we charging?  $249 for the entire series. Not only do you get the contents of both a university class and private lesson, you also get the added benefit of accelerating your learning by playing with like-minded peers in a comfortable environment!

About the Zeitgeist Academy

Zeitgeist means "spirit of the times."  It is an energy that pervades every culture and era!


The mission of the Zeitgeist Academy is to promote musical literacy and joyfulness for all. We are dedicated to creating healthy arts communities around the world.

A small amount of education goes a long way in creating a lasting joy and appreciation for a piece of music, and all our programs—from music reading to sea shantys—are comprehensive and historically contextualized.

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