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

Location Specifics

We're 1.5 blocks north of Oakland Ave. and Capital Dr.

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  • Monday: 4 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Shorewood combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Shorewood, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Rookies music program for children
Ages 4-7

At School of Rock Shorewood, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 4 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Shorewood, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Shorewood's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Shorewood have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Milwaukee are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Shorewood who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 11-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Ages 11-17

The Performance Program at School of Rock Shorewood is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Shorewood Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Milwaukee music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Shorewood's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Milwaukee music venue.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Shorewood, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Milwaukee is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Shorewood who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Shorewood's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Shorewood is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Milwaukee.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Shorewood Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Milwaukee.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 11-17

The School of Rock Shorewood House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Shorewood's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at WI rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Milwaukee and the rest of WI. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Shorewood

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Shorewood, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Shorewood is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Milwaukee guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Shorewood's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Shorewood, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Milwaukee venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Shorewood offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Milwaukee guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Shorewood is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Shorewood we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Milwaukee, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Shorewood, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Milwaukee. Unlike other Milwaukee drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Shorewood, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Milwaukee drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Shorewood offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Shorewood, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Shorewood teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Shorewood, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Milwaukee.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Shorewood offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Milwaukee and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Shorewood, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Milwaukee students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Shorewood, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Milwaukee. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Shorewood, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Milwaukee area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Shorewood Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Milwaukee area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Milwaukee music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Shorewood, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Milwaukee, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Shorewood’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Drum Teacher

Xavier Schaetzke Drum Teacher

Xavier has been playing drums for a little over 11 years now. He first found passion for the instrument playing along to bands like Franz Ferdinand, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Metallica and more. In later years he's taken a serious turn, taking the time to learn the ins and outs of the instrument. You can find some examples of his work on Human After All's second EP, "Don't Worry, It Only Gets Worse." Always willing to help his students reach their next breakthrough in their playing, Xavier had been giving one-on-one lessons for about two years before starting at School of Rock in 2017.

Steven Savarino Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Steven Savarino (aka Medavon) bought Motley Crue's "Shout At The Devil" and got "Pyromania" by Def Leppard for Christmas one year. He wanted to play in a band ever since he cranked those tapes on his boom box radio. His best friend taught him a bunch of metal cover songs and he slowly developed his own writing style and learned how to create his own music. Guitar is his primary instrument that he teaches, along with bass. Medavon also sings, plays drums, programs music and produces. He played in his first band when he was 17 and started studying music at MATC when he was 22 with Jack Grassel (Milwaukee jazz legend). The primary band he has played in for the last 20 years is called Lockjaw, in which he sings and plays lead guitar. Lockjaw was direct support for Marilyn Manson. They also have a song on the Xbox 360 game "Dead Rising." He's released 13 albums. His newest recording project is a goth rock band called In OrgAnic who released their debut album called "Darkest Places." His earliest influences were the "Tommy" and "Jesus Christ Superstar" musicals. Later he found a love for classic rock, then metal, thrash, grunge, industrial, trip-hop, etc. He is currently finishing a new Lockjaw album called "Drowner."

Medavon is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Shorewood. He's been so grateful for the opportunity and wishes there had been a school like this when he was first getting into music. It is such a place of inspiration that it keeps him excited to be teaching and having an effect on today's youth. He has had the opportunity to perform with some of the groups he has taught or helped to direct. It was an amazing experience that is on the top of his list with performing as an opener for some of his idols. When Medavon's not teaching he is doing work as a recording artist.

Blackie Bishop Guitar Teacher

Blackie Bishop is a professional musician here in the Midwest who sticks to what he knows best, hard rock/blues, and riff-oriented guitar playing reminiscent of Jimmy Page, Frank Moreno, Slash and Rick Derringer. Old school rock influenced, with a taste of L.A.'s glam/punk scene, he adds tasteful licks, fueled by hard edge riffs and a dark undertone in his music. He has written a wide range of compositions that consist of heavy riff-oriented rock tracks.

His experience on stage, as well as in the studio, has given him a solid reputation as a serious, well respected player on the scene. Both ambitious and driven to succeed, he possesses the tools needed to work alongside and accompany other professional musicians throughout the region. He holds an Associate's Degree in Occupational Music, and is a guitar teacher and Performance Group teacher at School of Rock Shorewood. He is currently playing with his band The Black Saints, who are recording their third album. Aside from teaching and band rehearsals, Blackie spends his time with his one-year-old boy and his dog taking walks in the park.

Lisa Maxfield Vocal Instructor

Lisa Maxfield fell in love with singing from an early age and began singing in choirs, performing in musical theater and taking voice lessons at 12 years old. She decided that her calling in life was to share her love of music with young people while she was singing in her high school choir. She went on to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music from North Central College, and a Master of Music Degree from Northern Illinois University, with a special emphasis in education and world music. Her career includes performing as a classical soloist, performing leading roles in musicals, teaching within public schools for 15 years, and conducting youth and children's choirs within the Milwaukee area.

Although classically trained, Lisa enjoys performing diverse styles of music, ranging from opera, jazz, classic rock, alternative, Celtic, Middle Eastern, Indian ragas, or Balinese Kecak. While her tastes are eclectic, she ultimately loves performing songs that tell stories. Lisa teaches rookies classes at School of Rock Shorewood and is a vocal instructor and group teacher too. What she enjoys most about working with young musicians is the growth they show over time and the relationships built with them and their families.

Jeff Scheider Drum Teacher

Jeff Schneider has been a professional drummer and instructor for over 30 years in the Milwaukee area. He first started playing drums at the age of 12 after seeing a local high school jazz ensemble perform at his grade school. Jeff has studied privately with Myron Strong, Don Terkel and Bob Koska. He played throughout high school until an argument with the band director over an Iron Maiden concert caused him to quit. Jeff currently plays with The Menomonee Falls Symphony, West Allis Suburban Concert Band and the instrumental surf rock band The Revomatics.

Jeff has an enormous amount of influences, some of which include. Frank Zappa, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Robert Johnson and The Beatles. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Shorewood. Jeff loves working with kids and adults both and loves seeing their improvement. When Jeff’s not teaching, he enjoys sports, seeing concerts, and spending time with friends and family.

Joe Holtan Studio Coordinator

Joe Holtan is a singer/songwriter hailing from Port Washington, WI. He began composing and arranging music in high school, where he founded his first a cappella group. While attending the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire, he joined the group Fifth Element, where he served as music director before becoming the president of the University Concert Choir. Joe continues arranging a cappella music for high school, collegiate and professional groups. His arrangements have been recognized nationally at events like the ICHSA Championships, and he was published in "Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella" in 2009.

After graduating college, Joe had the opportunity to sing with groups featured on NBC’s "The-Sing Off" like Street Corner Symphony and The Cats Pajamas, which he joined in 2012. With The Cats, Joe performed as a guest entertainer on Norwegian, Royal Caribbean and Disney Cruise lines, toured internationally and headlined at the Andy William's Moon River Theater in Branson, Missouri.

While in Branson, Joe co-founded an a cappella show called "EVOC" with D&D Entertainment, which has performed at AM Resorts in beautiful Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Joe continues to perform with various a cappella groups and has recently started performing as a solo artist on the keys. He is a Studio Coordinator and group teacher at School of Rock Shorewood.

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My kids are having fun, making friends and working as a team. They've been practicing and getting better. Their confidence has grown considerably and our whole family enjoys the experience.

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They are so passionate about teaching kids music.

I love everything about School of Rock.

I like the availability of adult lessons. However, I especially like what is done with the kids. They are amazing performers!

Lessons really work for my son.

My son LOVES his guitar lessons! They listen to his questions, apply lessons to his concerns and challenge him.