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About School of Rock Winnipeg

Welcome to School of Rock Winnipeg, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Winnipeg has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Winnipeg, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Winnipeg together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Winnipeg today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Winnipeg
657 Corydon Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3M0W3
CA
(204) 615-7625(204) 615-7625

Horas de funcionamento

Day of the WeekHours
Segunda - Quinta3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
SextaFechado
Sábado9:30 AM - 6:00 PM
DomingoFechado

Programas

  • At School of Rock Winnipeg, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Winnipeg students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Winnipeg’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
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Winnipeg’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 Winnipeg, 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 Winnipeg’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 Winnipeg’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the absolute best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities and a serious talent for amazing teamwork, our AllStars have the skills and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour – complete with tour busses – for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Winnipeg musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows across the country. Our AllStars have performed at Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, Namm, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from experienced, larger-than-life legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash – just to name a few. School of Rock’s AllStars program provides an opportunity unlike any other: to learn to rock the stage for real audiences.

    All AllStars at School of Rock Winnipeg can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can excel in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Killer jamming and collaboration with their band
    • A summer full of cool, practical learning-on-the-go
    • Development of advanced instrumental techniques
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!"

  • School of Rock Winnipeg is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Winnipeg, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Winnipeg’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Winnipeg’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 Winnipeg 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 Winnipeg’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Winnipeg learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Winnipeg Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Winnipeg enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Winnipeg’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!

At School of Rock Winnipeg, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Winnipeg students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Winnipeg’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
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Próximos Eventos

  • December 17
    6:30 PM

    School Of Rock Winnipeg Presents Rock The Halls!

    Live Concert
    It's that time of year to spread Christmas Cheer and also reach out to help those less fortunate! Sunday, December 17th West End Cultural Centre 586 Ellice Ave Doors 630pm General Admission ...
    It's that time of year to spread Christmas Cheer and also reach out to help those less fortunate!

    Sunday, December 17th
    West End Cultural Centre
    586 Ellice Ave
    Doors 630pm
    General Admission $15

    A great night of music from our School Of Rock students joined on stage by various local Winnipeg Musicians!

    Proceeds from this event will be going to the United Way Winnipeg

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Funcionários

    • Photo of Darrel Drachenberg
      Darrel Drachenberg
      Owner, President, CEO
      His goal with School of Rock is to make people passionate about music and make them want to keep music a part of their lives. He also wants to instill a love of music in his five-year-old daughter ...
      His goal with School of Rock is to make people passionate about music and make them want to keep music a part of their lives. He also wants to instill a love of music in his five-year-old daughter and give her an avenue for expression. He is Dr. Darrel Drachenberg, a urological oncologist in Winnipeg, not the most likely CEO of a School of Rock. He’s a very busy surgeon by day (and very long days), but an avid musician on weekends.
      School of Rock, scheduled to open in January, will offer music lessons to students of all ages and will emphasize group instruction and performance.

      Drachenberg developed a love of music from his mother while growing up in Saskatchewan. He picked up the guitar, but, disillusioned by the solitude of his classical guitar lessons, formed a band in grade eight with his schoolmates. They started playing at coffee houses and school dances. “That’s when my music really started to take form for me and that’s where my love of music started growing,” he said, in conversation in the Atrium of St. Boniface Hospital. Meanwhile, as a student, he was also interested in the sciences. Medicine ultimately won out, but it was his experience as a musician that ultimately led to his choice of profession. He was in third year doing a rotation with a surgeon. She asked him to close a hernia repair, and she observed him for teaching purposes. She was astonished at his ability with his hands. She also recognized him as the guitar player in the medical school band who had performed over the weekend. She convinced him that it would be an injustice not to go into surgery with the dexterity of his hands, a skill he attributes to his incessant guitar-playing.

      While searching out a music school for his daughter, Drachenberg stumbled upon School of Rock, a franchise based in the US that is just starting to make inroads in Canada. Impressed with the philosophy and curriculum, he decided to bring it to Winnipeg. What’s key to the School of Rock is that it is performance based. Students will have the opportunity to play in bands, according to their age and level, and perform in public. “Performance-based learning really makes them life-long students of music,” he said. “Not necessarily that they want to play music for the rest of their lives, but they get the intangible benefits of learning music in a way that’s non-threatening, that’s engaging. And we all know the benefits of music education for people in sciences and mathematics.” Students come out of their shell, learn to work as a team, and learn to improvise. They become fearless on stage.

      School of Rock is located at 657 Corydon, where a recording studio, rehearsal rooms and individual lesson rooms have been built. Musician and music lover Mike Reis is the general manager. Classes will be held five to six days a week, mainly in the evenings. All ages are welcome, from three to 83. Students will be grouped according to age.
      Instruction will be offered in core instruments, like keyboard, vocals, bass guitar, electric guitar and drums, with more instruments added in the future, depending on interest. Parents supply the instruments, but the school is outfitted with some larger basics like keyboards and drum kits. Drachenberg himself has donated 20 guitars from his collection. A roster of some of Winnipeg’s finest musicians has been lined up as teachers.

      Drachenberg is very excited about the project. For him, “playing in front of the audience and having the feedback from the crowd and that kind of enjoyment from performing live in public was really what stimulated that life-long desire to play music,” he said. “So I think I’d love to be the person that brings that to the city.” Source: Winnipeg Women and Men Magazine - Andrea Ratuski
    • Photo of Mike Reis
      Mike Reis
      General Manager/Music Director
      Mike Reis has been playing guitar and bass for over 20 years and has been in various bands for the last 16. During that time, he was a vocalist and took some piano training as well. He was even a s...
      Mike Reis has been playing guitar and bass for over 20 years and has been in various bands for the last 16. During that time, he was a vocalist and took some piano training as well. He was even a successful touring musician for 14 of those years travelling all over North America. He lived the dream.

      As touring became more serious and “Musician” became an actual job title, Mike took over the roles of Management, Booking, Marketing and Promotions for his longest band, The Afterbeat. His relentless grind landed them on commercial and college radio, various college music charts all over North America and in various television shows, movies and most notably, an appearance on a 2010 NFL Superbowl Budweiser Beer commercial.

      Aside from the band's busy schedule, Mike found time to co-run a record label and freelance as a producer and song writer. He co-piloted the project “We Need an Anthem”, in which he wrote songs for purchase on iTunes in order to raise proceeds for varied charities spanning across different cities - Canadian and abroad. You may remember the song “Fuelled by Passion” which the Winnipeg Jets used at home games in their 2012-2013 season.

      You think that would’ve been enough for most people. Not Mike. Amidst all this Rock N’ Roll, he also helped run two successful restaurants in Winnipeg. Mike is now ready to pass the performance torch along, share his knowledge and use his experience to move full steam ahead with School of Rock! He’s ready to create a positive community in Winnipeg that he definitely wishes had been around when he was younger.
    • Photo of John Profiti
      John Profiti
      Music Director
      John Profiti has been playing guitar for 18 years. Initially self taught and focusing on mostly the rock, punk and metal genres. John attended high school in Toronto, ON at Rosedale Heights School ...
      John Profiti has been playing guitar for 18 years. Initially self taught and focusing on mostly the rock, punk and metal genres. John attended high school in Toronto, ON at Rosedale Heights School of the Arts took up the trumpet and performed in several musical theatre pit groups for productions of Cabaret, Anything Goes and Chicago while also performing in small and experimental jazz ensembles in addition to the school's touring big band. During his studies in high school John took his first teaching position at a local music conservatory teaching guitar, trumpet, piano and bass to children and adults ages 4-40.

      John then relocated to Brandon University to study music education and classical guitar performance. During his studies at Brandon university John took part in a classical guitar ensemble, chamber choir and completed classes in classical guitar pedagogy.

      During his studies and subsequent career in business John has remained an active musician, most recently with the 80's hair metal tribute act Van Jovi that has been active since 2011 and has played many shows around Winnipeg and its surrounding area. A few notable performance highlights for John have been opening for Canadian heavy metal stalwarts Anvil and has also having the pleasure of performing improvisational jazz music with Trevor Dunn of Mr. Bungle fame. While guitar is John's primary instrument he has experience teaching not only guitar but also bass, vocals and piano. John is extremely excited to be a part of the Winnipeg School of Rock team and sincerely wishes that this had been available to him when he was growing up and learning Nirvana and Green Day songs on a boombox in his bedroom!
    • Photo of Justin Alcock
      Justin Alcock
      Drums, Bass and Guitar Instructor/Show Director
      Raised in Kenora, Ontario, Justin is a bassist/drummer/guitarist currently playing with Winnipeg's Slow Spirit. Though having studied Jazz at Brandon University School of Music, he works and has pe...
      Raised in Kenora, Ontario, Justin is a bassist/drummer/guitarist currently playing with Winnipeg's Slow Spirit. Though having studied Jazz at Brandon University School of Music, he works and has performed in many styles ranging from Rock, Folk, R&B, Ska, Latin, Funk, to Punk and Hardcore. Throughout his academic time at Brandon University, Justin taught individual guitar, bass and drum lessons at Faders Music. Justin has since relocated to Winnipeg where he currently instructs drum and guitar lessons at School of Rock Winnipeg!
    • Photo of Kelsey Rosentreter
      Kelsey Rosentreter
      Vocal and Keyboard Instructor
      Always singing or humming something, Kelsey Rosentreter has been learning and performing music since she was very young. Growing up, she was surrounded by the music of Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye an...
      Always singing or humming something, Kelsey Rosentreter has been learning and performing music since she was very young. Growing up, she was surrounded by the music of Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye and Aerosmith! She takes inspiration from the great jazz singers but her sound is heavily shaped by a deep love of soul music and the blues. Her voice is full-bodied and emotive, exuding passion and raw power. Kelsey is currently is in her last year studying in the Jazz Studies Program at the University of Manitoba.
      • University of Manitoba
    • Photo of Jay Mymryk
      Jay Mymryk
      Drums and Rookies Instructor/Rock 101 Instructor
      Jay Mymryk knows how to keep life in harmony. Juggling family life with being a musician can take some serious coordination, groove and rhythm. Most important to Jay are his wife and two sons. Rais...
      Jay Mymryk knows how to keep life in harmony. Juggling family life with being a musician can take some serious coordination, groove and rhythm. Most important to Jay are his wife and two sons. Raising the boys on a steady diet of proper music (and enrollment at School of Rock) are a must! When he's not keeping tempo on the homefront, Jay can be found behind a drumkit with local rockers The Proud Sons, who just recently signed to Coalition Music (Simple Plan, Our Lady Peace, Tom Cochrane).

      Jay knew through his countless years of drum lessons that he was heading in one direction only. That determination has lead him through about 20 years of drumming and touring with various bands. It has landed him on local stages at the MTS Centre and Burton Cummings as well as recording in such famous studios as the legendary Sun Studios (Memphis, TN). Jay brings a lot of experience to the SOR Winnipeg team and looks forward to teaching kids how to make live beats on an actual drum kit. No programming necessary!
    • Photo of Tyler McDuffe
      Tyler McDuffe
      Guitar and Keyboard Instructor
      Tyler McDuffe has been playing guitar for over 14 years. He began taking lessons for rhythm guitar before teaching himself lead guitar through the music of Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, and Yngwie Ma...
      Tyler McDuffe has been playing guitar for over 14 years. He began taking lessons for rhythm guitar before teaching himself lead guitar through the music of Jason Becker, Paul Gilbert, and Yngwie Malmsteen. In high school, he played guitar in the Jazz band while also studying classical guitar and music theory through the Royal Conservatory of Music. He quickly rose through the conservatory’s grade levels, often earning awards for the highest provincial marks in his examinations. Through the conservatory he earned enough high school credits to graduate early and began preparing for his entrance into the music program at Brandon University.

      Enrolled in the classical guitar performance program at Brandon University, Tyler studied music theory, music history, pedagogy, conducting, and aural skills. Tyler also performed in the university’s chamber music ensemble, guitar ensemble, and choir while building an individual performance repertoire and performing regularly. During his time at BU he taught guitar lessons to students from the ages of 8-80. In 2011, Tyler finished the final year of his degree with a 3.99 GPA and became the first student in the university’s history to finish the guitar performance degree within 4 years.

      After finishing his degree, he moved to Winnipeg to form the 80’s hard rock tribute band Van Jovi alongside fellow School of Rock instructor and BU alum John Profiti. At this point Tyler decided to add keyboards to his repertoire of instruments. During Van Jovi shows he would switch between guitar and keyboards, sometimes playing both simultaneously. In his spare time, Tyler took up electrical engineering as a hobby. He then designed and built his own guitar amplifiers, which he continues to tinker with and perfect. Recently, Tyler has been honing his abilities on drums, adding to his growing library of instruments.

Notícias

    • School of Rock on The Word Of Wheeler!

      General Manager Mike Reis stopped by 92.1 Citi FM to hang out with Dave Wheeler and chat about the school. Check it out!

    • SOR Winnipeg on Wheeler in the Morning

      Mark Neufeld and Erica Natividad from Wheeler In The Morning stopped by the school, hung out with us and interviewed the House Band. Check out some footage from the day!

    • The Winnipeg Free Press checked things out!

      We had the pleasure of hosting Jen Zoratti from the Winnipeg Free Press in our school. See what she had to say.

    • Great article written about School of Rock opening in Winnipeg!

      Darrel and Mike sat down with Danielle Da Silva to talk all things SOR and to indulge their personal reasons for this venture.

Depoimentos

  • “"The confidence, creativity, friendships and teamwork are only a few of the non-musical rewards my daughter experiences every time she walks through the doors. The teachers are all so talented in their own area of expertise and know how to bring the best out of their students. The love of music, the community of like minded people sharing their passion and building each other up in this way is inspiring and worth every penny! My daughter looks forward to every lesson, thoroughly enjoys practicing all week and I enjoy listening to the music she's practicing. An added bonus!" ”
    — Stacey Iwanchuk, Mother of School of Rock Winnipeg student
  • “"My son Ron has been going to School Of Rock for about 3 months and absolutely loves it! The teachers are wonderful. This school provides musical education in a format that kids love! Highly recommended for anyone!"”
    — Irina Gulyarin, Mother of School of Rock Winnipeg student
  • “"Best thing I've ever done for my kid!"”
    — Jay Mymryk, professional drummer in The Proud Sons and father of School of Rock Winnipeg student
  • “"My 3 year old son started attending the little wing program last month. He absolutely loves it and looks forward to it all week. Great teachers and people running the place. I wish there had been something like this when I was his age. Great program for teaching fundamentals of music in a fun way to keep kids engaged."”
    — Chas Vokey, Father of School of Rock Winnipeg student