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About School of Rock Shorewood

Welcome to School of Rock Shorewood, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Shorewood’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Shorewood has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Shorewood full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Shorewood
4050 N Oakland AveMilwaukee, WI 53211
(414) 332-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Shorewood's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Shorewood's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Shorewood’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Shorewood, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Shorewood’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Shorewood’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Shorewood musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Shorewood can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Shorewood, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Shorewood, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Shorewood works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Shorewood’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Shorewood’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Shorewood Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Shorewood’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

School of Rock Shorewood's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others...
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School of Rock Shorewood's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Shorewood's Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

  • June 4
    4:00 PM
    School of Rock Shorewood House Band @ St. Robert's Fair
    Rock & Roll Show
    It's our incredible House Band playing their first show with the new lineup of kids after Spring's round of auditions. This band is truly spectacular to see and all we can say is prepare to be WOWE...
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    It's our incredible House Band playing their first show with the new lineup of kids after Spring's round of auditions. This band is truly spectacular to see and all we can say is prepare to be WOWED.

    St. Robert's Fair is held on the grounds of St. Robert's Parish in Shorewood (4019 N. Farwell Ave) and is a family friendly 2-day event full of music, fun, activities, great food, and the infamous racing minnows! For more information visit:

    http://www.strobert.org/Roberts_Evangelization_Ministry_0042/Parish_Fair_0314.htmlRead less
  • June 16
    5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
    School of Rock Shorewood House Band @ Kraut Fest
    Rock & Roll Show Music Festival
    WOW this is such a cool festival you need to check it out and what better reason than to hear our amazing House Band --our by-audition-only performing group-- rockin' the crowd and making that part...
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    WOW this is such a cool festival you need to check it out and what better reason than to hear our amazing House Band --our by-audition-only performing group-- rockin' the crowd and making that party ROAR!

    It's more than just a celebration of sauerkraut, it's a full on family-friendly community event with music, so much food you'll go nuts, carnival rides and games, and of course the Kraut Eating Contest and the Kraut Queen & Kraut Princess Competition.

    Get on down to Franksville (bordering Racine) for a great day and night! For more info visit:

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Staff

    • Meet Todd Richards
      General Manager
      Todd Richards is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards) and musical artist who has been performing and educating in the Midwest for over 20 years. In addition to teaching private and en...
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      Todd Richards is a multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass, keyboards) and musical artist who has been performing and educating in the Midwest for over 20 years. In addition to teaching private and ensemble lessons for both kids and adults in guitar, bass and piano, Todd has taught music and core subjects in the Milwaukee Public Schools and local Montessori schools. Todd has performed in a wide array of groups, including Brazzaville, The Tropics, Recycled Future, Dr. Science, the Afro Drum Ensemble, and his eponymous band. He has recorded and toured extensively as a musician throughout the United States and Europe, and has shared the stage with acts such as Dengue Fever, The Roots and The Greyhounds. Todd has performed at music festivals locally and throughout the country, and has appeared with Brazzaville on NPR's World Cafe with David Dye. Todd produces and engineers for musicians, tv/film and theater, most recently for David Arthur Brown (Brazzaville, Beck), Chris Vos (The Record Company), and Lisa Gatewood. A Milwaukee native, Todd studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and holds a BFA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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    • Meet Tom Riddle
      Voice Instructor
      With a background spanning from marching to metal bands, Tom Riddle brings a unique perspective to vocal instruction. Blending both traditional and modern vocal methods, Tom's mission is to provide...
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      With a background spanning from marching to metal bands, Tom Riddle brings a unique perspective to vocal instruction. Blending both traditional and modern vocal methods, Tom's mission is to provide a solid foundation through proper breathing and technique while encouraging his students to discover and develop their own distinct voice to share with the world. Over the past 25 years, Tom has shared the stage with the likes of Korn, Marilyn Manson, Sevendust, and Chevelle. He has worked closely with industry veterans like Eric Greedy (Hurt, Kelly Clarkson) and Brian "Big Bass" Gardner (Metallica, Rush, Linkin Park, Eminem). But most of all he truly believes everyone can sing.
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    • Meet Blackie Bishop
      Guitar Instructor
      Blackie Bishop is a professional Midwestern musician who sticks to what he knows best: riff-oriented hard rock blues guitar reminiscent of Jimmy Page, Frank Moreno, Slash and Rick Derringer. He is ...
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      Blackie Bishop is a professional Midwestern musician who sticks to what he knows best: riff-oriented hard rock blues guitar reminiscent of Jimmy Page, Frank Moreno, Slash and Rick Derringer. He is heavily influenced by old-school rock, mixed with a taste of L.A.'s glam/punk scene.Blackie has penned a wide range heavily riff-oriented rock tracks. His material has been played on the Hard Rock Nights radio show, which airs on 88 stations in 14 countries. Blackie's experience on stage and in the studio has given him a solid reputation as a serious, respected player in the Midwestern music scene. He holds an associate's degree in occupational music, teaches guitar and bass in the Milwaukee area, and plays with his band The Black Saints, who are recording their third album (designed to deliver to the masses a full-throttle dose of hard-driven Rock 'n' Roll).
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    • Meet Erik Radloff
      Studio Coordinator, Drum Instructor
      “It’s not about playing drums, it’s about communicating, speaking, talking with other living creatures. I’m not a Drummer, I just so happen to find these particular man made implements to b...
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      “It’s not about playing drums, it’s about communicating, speaking, talking with other living creatures. I’m not a Drummer, I just so happen to find these particular man made implements to be most effective. The whole point to drumming is to make yourself invisible; you become the groove. Play what the moment asks you to play. No more, no less. If it makes it easier for you to understand, I play the drums. But that’s not really what it is.”

      Erik Radloff has been speaking through drums since his Grandmother bought him a toy Animal from The Muppet Show drum kit when he was in 3rd grade. He studied drumset and orchestral percussion with great teachers including Harold Jones (Count Basie, Sarah Vaughn, Jimmy Smith, Joe Williams, and 1,000 other All Time Greatest Musicians) and Pavel Burda (Brazil Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Da Camara). Erik has an extensive list of professional studio work as well as production management experience for nationally touring recording artists. He has recorded, travelled and performed across the US and in Spain at outdoor festivals, in theaters, and at venues both large & intimate with an impressively diverse roster of bands and ensembles including a live performance on NPR’s World Cafe program. It would be easier to list the styles/genres of music he has NOT played. His Brag List includes: The Pacers, Brazzaville, The Tropics, The Stellanovas, Salt Creek, Recycled Future, the Ultra Infidels, Klassik, Robert Allen Jr., and (fellow SoR instructor) Todd Richards.
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    • Meet Keshena Armon
      Keyboard Instructor
      Keshena Armon was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Her father was a musician and singer from Mississippi who moved to Milwaukee in the 70’s. “I absolutely adored my father’s musicianship and...
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      Keshena Armon was born and raised in Milwaukee, WI. Her father was a musician and singer from Mississippi who moved to Milwaukee in the 70’s. “I absolutely adored my father’s musicianship and my mother’s singing voice and grace,” Keshena remembers.

      Her roots are deep in gospel music where she started singing and playing organ and drums at church around 6 years old, teaching choir around 13, and was Music Director for over 20 years.

      Keshena left corporate work to pursue a music career and began teaching private lessons and performing full time around 2003. She gleaned from Milwaukee band Christopher’s Project (featuring vocalists Ameerah Tatum, Joe Jordan and musicians including Darryl Thomas and Theo Merriweather), and began attending the Wisconsin Conservatory studying under jazz vocalist Adekola Adedapo. Furthering her studies, she enrolled at MATC and earned an Associate Degree from the Music Occupations program with instructors Robbi Heighway, Hal Miller, Ben Hans and Steve Peplin. “[They] were instrumental in my growth. These were very difficult years in my personal life but the support from these relationships were key to my survival.”

      Keshena has played in various bands of ranging types of music including reggae, jazz, rock, blues, soul, and motown and has traveled throughout the states to perform at festivals. She has recorded vocals, keys and drums for James Murphy’s Vedic Eden, Jonny T-bird and the MP’s, Joe Jordan, Iberia and Soul City, David James and One Consecration, Maurice Cotton and Cotton Gin Records and other various projects

      Keshena is a member of MATC’s Music Advisory Board, and is on the JCPAA Board of Directors.

      “I’ve tried to walk away from music many times but the force is strong within. After much fighting, I had to accept it’s not only what I love, but it is a gift. And I love sharing my gift. What I’ve experienced as a working musician, and the relationships that have been gained, are priceless.”
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    • Meet Ezekiel Plevin
      Guitar, Bass, Keys, Drum Instructor
      Ezekiel Plevin has a lifetime of music education under his belt starting with piano at the age of 4. He studied drums and guitar at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee, WI then next at...
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      Ezekiel Plevin has a lifetime of music education under his belt starting with piano at the age of 4. He studied drums and guitar at Roosevelt Middle School of the Arts in Milwaukee, WI then next at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts he studied Jazz Guitar, Drums, Bass and Piano. He attended the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee where he Majored In Music Composition and Technology and additionally studied Jazz Guitar at M.A.T.C.

      Ezekiel has recorded sound libraries for Native Instruments Software, and worked in the studio with various artists including notably with members of the Sun Ra Arkestra and Parliament Funkadelic. Ezekiel is a former Music Director of The Boys & Girls Club and has played in many local rock bands that have shared the stage with nationally touring acts such as Muse and At the Drive In. His teaching style tends to lean more towards music theory and composition, giving students the ability to create art with their music as well as learning to read and understand proper notation.

      Ezekiel teaches Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Keyboards at the School Of Rock Shorewood.
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    • Meet Blake Akers
      Drum Instructor
      Blake Akers grew up in the small town of Charleston, Il where he established his love for music. At the age of 13, he established a passion for percussion and began a lifetime affair. He completed ...
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      Blake Akers grew up in the small town of Charleston, Il where he established his love for music. At the age of 13, he established a passion for percussion and began a lifetime affair. He completed a degree of music education with a specialization in percussion from Eastern Illinois University in 2014. During his tenure at Eastern, Blake studied under the exceptional performer and educator Jamie V. Ryan. He excelled at a variety of percussion themes and methods ranging from afro-cuban percussion, four mallet marimba, and elaborate drum set grooves.

      Though the years, Blake has played in jazz combos, classical orchestras, concert bands, marching bands, percussion ensembles, church worship bands, and nearly every type of band imaginable. He continues his love and study of percussion methods in Milwaukee by pushing his skills in every facet of musicality ranging from playing music, to the mixing of live sound, to recording production essentials.

      Blake counts Carter Beauford, Tony Thaxton, and David Garibaldi as some of his main drum set influences. His current musical influences include pop artist Taylor Swift, mathcore/metal band Between the Buried and Me, pop-punk band Motion City Soundtrack, and funk group Tower of Power. Blake is ecstatic to be apart of the School of Rock team and to share his passion for making music with everyone.
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News

    • Rock 101 & 102

      Rock 101 & 102 are the cornerstones of what we do here. It's the first band experience program for kids ages 8-12 who are interested in learning an instrument and making it rock on stage! Kids lear...
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      Rock 101 & 102 are the cornerstones of what we do here. It's the first band experience program for kids ages 8-12 who are interested in learning an instrument and making it rock on stage! Kids learn a set of songs and rehearse once a week for an hour & a half with their group and then get a 30 minute private one-on-one lesson once a week. Groups meet Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. At the end of the season they perform a gig right here at the School of Rock. It's super fun, you'll make new friends, and you'll gain confidence and pride in your creative spirit. Stop by for a tour & a FREE trial lesson to find out what we're all about. Call TODAY (414) 332-7625Read less

    • ROOKIES!

      Our Rookies program is off and rockin'. It's the perfect program for 1st and 2nd graders to explore their musical interests in a fun group environment. Rookies class meets on Thursdays & Saturdays ...
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      Our Rookies program is off and rockin'. It's the perfect program for 1st and 2nd graders to explore their musical interests in a fun group environment. Rookies class meets on Thursdays & Saturdays Let your friends know we still have a few spots available. Remember, current students receive a $100 credit for referrals!Read less

    • NEW PERFORMANCE GROUPS STARTING

      We have started our new Performance Group season in May: Pearl Jam "Ten" (the entire record!) on Tuesdays (4:30-7:30) and Foo Fighters on Saturdays (11a-2p). We also just started a new Monday group...
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      We have started our new Performance Group season in May: Pearl Jam "Ten" (the entire record!) on Tuesdays (4:30-7:30) and Foo Fighters on Saturdays (11a-2p). We also just started a new Monday group that is learning the Roots of Rock & Roll, Music of the 1950's. Monday's group is ideal for kids ready to move from Rock 101 & 102 or for kids who are less experienced. This is really a powerful season of material that will challenge & grow our students. Thinking of joining? Call us at (414) 332-7625. There's still spaces open, but hurry because the spots are filling up fast.Read less

    • SUMMER CAMPS!

      Here we are in Spring and there's no better time to start thinking ahead towards warmer days and school-less times. Our Summer Camps are up and running and just waiting for you to join. There's the...
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      Here we are in Spring and there's no better time to start thinking ahead towards warmer days and school-less times. Our Summer Camps are up and running and just waiting for you to join. There's the popular Rock Drums intensive with Cody, AC/DC & Aerosmth 2 week immersion, various vocal camps, even a camp to learn how to make your own guitar and more! That's right. You learn how to and actually make your own guitar. When you sign up NOW before May 31st, 2016, you can get 20% OFF the normal fees. Take a look, plan ahead, and start your awesome rock in' Summer TODAY. *Prices listed on website already set to 20% off*Read less

Testimonials

  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything! ”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “Carlson's time at School of Rock helped her recruit most of her current bandmates. It spurred her to apply to Berklee which, unlike other colleges that offer music majors geared mainly toward classical and jazz, offered the opportunity to train as a well-rounded musician. ”
    — Chelsea Carson, student from Long Valley School of Rock
  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn self-confidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical age-barrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming. ”
    — Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA