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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!

  • At School of Rock Shorewood, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Shorewood enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Shorewood’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

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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Staff

    • 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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    • 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 22 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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    • 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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    • Cody Calderon
      Drum Instructor
      With over 15 years of private lessons from the Drum Instructors Guild under his belt, Cody has turned his young love of drums into touring, recording and performing. He is new to teaching and is ve...
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      With over 15 years of private lessons from the Drum Instructors Guild under his belt, Cody has turned his young love of drums into touring, recording and performing. He is new to teaching and is very excited to teach students what he has been taught and share the love of drums.Cody plays in several bands. In 2010, one of his bands, Herman Astro, won an 88.9 Radio Milwaukee award for "Catchiest Song of the Year". They were also nominated for several Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards. Cody's bands have been direct support for several national acts including Blues Traveler, Alabama Shakes, and Fitz and the Tantrums.Cody currently is in three bands that all have songs on Milwaukee's independent radio stations 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, 90.7 WUWM and 91.7 WMSE. Cody is very excited to be a part of School of Rock.
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    • Emily Zimmer
      Guitar Instructor
      Emily Zimmer has been performing and recording music locally, nationally, and internationally since 2001. Since 2008, Emily has taught private lessons and ensembles to students of various ages and ...
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      Emily Zimmer has been performing and recording music locally, nationally, and internationally since 2001. Since 2008, Emily has taught private lessons and ensembles to students of various ages and skill levels. She specializes in acoustic and electric guitar, but also has experience with bass guitar, piano, drums, vocals, and trumpet. Though she has studied and played a wide variety of musical styles, Emily's heart is in Rock and Roll. She has an Associate Degree in Music Occupations from Milwaukee Area Technical College, and a Bachelor Degree in Music with a Business Emphasis from Carroll University. Emily loves to help students discover music and realize their potential.
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    • Janet O'Mahony
      Vocal Instructor
      Janet Marie O'Mahony is an American vocalist known for her interpretations of R B, Blues, Jazz and Folk classics. It's an artist's sound that will set them apart, and Janet demonstrates power, pas...
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      Janet Marie O'Mahony is an American vocalist known for her interpretations of R B, Blues, Jazz and Folk classics. It's an artist's sound that will set them apart, and Janet demonstrates power, passion and grace all wrapped up into one voice. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and moved to Central Florida in her teens.While attending college in Gainesville at the University of FL, Janet took center stage. Her first band opened for Grand Funk Railroad and since 1987, she has toured throughout the United States and abroad. She has shared the stage with numerous headline acts, some including Bo Diddley, Paul Schaffer CBS's Late Night Band, Kenny Rogers, Ben E. King, and The Coasters. Janet's dynamic and soulful voice along with an engaging stage presence has made her in constant demand for live performances all over the world. She has sailed the seven seas as a headliner and with bands for Princess, Norwegian, and Cunard Cruise Lines. In fall of 2014, Janet was asked to record a song that is featured in "E.O.B.", a short film that has been accepted into the Sundance Film Festival.
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    • Nick Shubert
      Keyboard Instructor
      Nick Schubert is a multi-instrumentalist and recording artist with a degree in Audio Engineering from McNally Smith College of Music (Saint Paul, MN). Born and raised in Milwaukee, Nick moved back ...
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      Nick Schubert is a multi-instrumentalist and recording artist with a degree in Audio Engineering from McNally Smith College of Music (Saint Paul, MN). Born and raised in Milwaukee, Nick moved back to the city to work as an Assistant Engineer at Bobby Peru Recording (West Allis, WI) when he finished his degree. Nick is very involved in the Milwaukee music scene, and has been performing and recording music around the nation for over 10 years.
      Though Nick dabbles in many instruments, his forte is keys. His latest Milwaukee project is performing as keyboardist for Milwaukee band GGOOLLDD. Nick has opened for many national acts such as Passion Pit, Empire of the Sun, Death From Above 1979, YELLE, and Lizzo and has also performed at many notable music festivals including SXSW in Austin, TX and Milwaukee’s own Summerfest.
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News

    • BAND COACHING!

      Have a band that needs direction on the road to rock? Call now to set up having your band coached by one of our amazing instructors now and get rockin'!

    • 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. Let your friends know we still have a few sea...
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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. Let your friends know we still have a few seats available. Remember, current students receive a $50 credit for referrals!
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    • New Performance Groups Started In April (21st Century Roxx)

      We have started our new Performance Groups in April, one on Tuesday night and one on Saturday Morning. We are excited for you to see them! Thinking of joining? Call us about them!

    • Summer Camps! Enroll before May 1st Get 25% off!!

      June 15th-The BeatlesJune 22nd- Women Who RockJune 29th- Scorchin' LeadsJuly 6th-Songwriting and RecordingJuly 13th- History of PunkJuly 20th- Beginning GuitarJuly 27th- Drums and PercussionAug 3rd...
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      June 15th-The BeatlesJune 22nd- Women Who RockJune 29th- Scorchin' LeadsJuly 6th-Songwriting and RecordingJuly 13th- History of PunkJuly 20th- Beginning GuitarJuly 27th- Drums and PercussionAug 3rd- The Beatles 2Aug 10th- Rockin' Vocals
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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