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    The Music Cafe has won the Simply the Best Award 2014 for Best Lesson Studios and Best Instrument Sales!

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    Alan Arber has also been nominated for the WAMI 2014 Best Drummer award. Winners will be announced April 27th.

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    Craig Friemoth has been nominated for WAMI 2014 People's Choice Music Teacher of the Year award. Results will be announced April 17th.

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Mukwonago, WI 53149

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Mukwonago's Midnight Magic!

Midnight Magice 2015

December 5th, from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m

Win a beautiful hand-made electric guitar by Dave Dohearty and hand-painted by Jesse Goodden and 4 free lessons!! Raffle tickets are $8.00 each, with all proceeds being donated to the Mukwonago Food Pantry. The winning ticket will be drawn the evening of Midnight Magic, December 5th!! Only 200 tickets will be sold!! 262-378-4641


We will have live music from 11-9pm, including The Music Cafe student performances, Mukwonago High School Jazz Band, Park View Middle School band students directed by Jenny Peterson, Rock Shop of Mukwonago Bands directed by Mike Murphy. Please join us for festive holiday fun, frolic, and fabulous music!!

Mukwonago's Midnight Magic 2015!

THE MUSIC CAFE – Mukwonago's Midnight Magic lineup
11:00 - 1pm The Music Cafe students
2:00 - 2:30 Park View Middle School Band Students, directed by Jenny Peterson
3:00 - 3:30 Mukwonago High School Jazz Combo
5:00 - 7:00 Rock Shop Bands, directed by Mike Murphy:
Little Red (country and classic rock)
Bullit (hard rock)
Nightmare Cinema (hard rock)
Brian Radway
7:10 - 7:45 Savana Schraeder, Singer/Guitarist
8:00 - 9:00 The Kingfishers, Classic Rock Band

Mukwonago Fall Fest September 26 10-5!

The Music Cafe is hosting the Mukwonago Fall Fest on September 26 from 10 to 5 with live music performances in front of our store. Among the performers will be The Music Cafe students, Mukwonago High School Jazz Band students, directed by Emma Angoli, Mukwonago High School String Ensemble, directed by Dale Wimer, Sergio Castillejo, 6 Rock Shop Bands, directed by Mike Murphy, Savana Schraeder, The Kingfishers, and Press Play. Don't forget to mark your calendars!

Music Cafe welcomes new teacher Tomas Dominguez

Tomas Dominguez

Tomas received his Bachelor of Music from University of Wisconsin Eau Claire and Master of Music from DePaul University in Chicago . In addition to his school choral experiences, he has been involved in 11 opera productions, including lead roles. He has experience with the Grant Park Music Festival as a member of the Festival Chorus under the direction of Christopher Bell. He has studied and performed in the three major singing languages as well as English, Latin, and Russian. In addition to his vocal studies, he also received basic piano training during his undergraduate degree. He has also played the trumpet for 16 years, participating in concert bands, jazz bands, pep bands, and marching bands in all levels of schooling and in the community. He teaches private voice lessons and gives master classes throughout Wisconsin. Tomas enjoys sharing his love of music with his students, and believes that singing increases confidence and social skills as well as every day communication skills. View Tomas's Resume.

Music Cafe welcomes new teacher Mackenzie Wiley

Mackenzie is a graduate of UW Whitewater with a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She is a Piano Academy teacher, and has taught both private and group lessons for both piano and violin. She performs as a former fellow with the Lake Geneva Symphony Orchestra. She has served on the executive board of NafME, Delta Omicron, and ASTA. She has worked with the UW Whitewater High School Honors Orchestra, Wisconsin State Solo and Ensemble, and UW Whitewater Young Musician's Day. Mackenzie has had a lifelong love of music and enjoys sharing that with her students. She prefers to tailor her lessons to each individual student based upon interests and learning styles. View Mackenzie's Resume.

Simply the Best 2015

Simply The Best

The Music Cafe won Simply the Best 2015 for Music Lessons and Music Instruments!!

Music Cafe's Kelly Kuhl performing in Milwaukee Symphony Chorus

Midnight Magice 2014

Mukwonago's Midnight Magic!

Midnight Magice 2014

December 6th, from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m
We will have live music from 4:00 until 9:00, including The Music Cafe student performance, Mukwonago High School Jazz Band, directed by Emma Anjoli, Park View Middle School Jazz Band, directed by Jenny Peterson, Rock Shop of Mukwonago Bands: Shiver; Wayward; and White Knuckles, and Bullseye. Please join us for festive holiday fun, frolic, and fabulous music!!

Mukwonago Fall Fest 2014!

Fall Fest 2014

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014

10:30 The Music Cafe students

1. Liz – Carol Alms
2. Kyama – Carol Alms
3. Violet – Carol Alms
4. George – John Knurr
5. Karrie – Allison Hertweck
6. Emily (accompanied by Mike Campbell) – John Knurr
7. Matt Schneider – Mike Campbell

11:00 Willoh Alternative
11:30 Savana Schraeder Pop Acoustic
12:00 Bullseye – Classic Rock Band
12:30 Sergio Castillejo
1:00 Sergio Castillejo – Acoustic Contemporary guitarist/singer, entertainer
1:30 Sergio Castillejo -
2:00 Lost in Stereo
3:00 Hour 25
4:00 White Knuckles

Simply the Best Award 2014

The Music Cafe has won the Simply the Best Award 2014 for Best Lesson Studios and Best Instrument Sales!

Simply Best 2014

Music Cafe welcomes new teacher Dale Wimer

Dale has been teaching orchestra within the Mukwonago School District for four years. He is the Pit Orchestra Director for the musicals at the Mukwonago High School and is also the Tri-M Music Honors Society’s advisor. Dale is a founding member of the Echelon String Quartet, which performs regularly in the Wisconsin and Illinois area and can also be found in Branson Missouri every summer. He has also been a music director at the UW-Whitewater String Camp and has coached small ensembles for the Chamber Music Retreat held at UW-Whitewater. Dale has been a guest performer for the Palmyra/Eagle Community Band as well as the Grace Notes Orchestra. His philosophy of teaching is to enhance the lives of students and the community through music and music performance. He will teach the foundations necessary to enable students to be individualized learners through improvisation and other techniques that will enhance their lives through music.

Closed 4th of July week

The Music Cafe will be closed Monday June 30th through Saturday July 5th. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns, or if we may help in any way.

WAMI 2014 Best Drummer Award

The Music Cafe's amazing percussion teacher, Alan Arber has been nominated for the WAMI 2014 Best Drummer award. Winners will be announced April 27th.

WAMI 2014 People's Choice Music Teacher

Craig Friemoth has also been nominated for WAMI 2014 People's Choice Music Teacher of the Year award. Results will be announced April 17th.

Guitar teacher, Craig Friemoth of the Wisconsin Guitar Academy, has been recognized in several SE Wisconsin publications for his exceptional teaching skills and unique approach to his craft. An article featuring Craig's exceptional teaching approach and success was published March 27th in the Mukwonago Times, as well as 11 other publications. Click Here

A current student's mother also wrote an article about her son's experience as Craig's student that was published in 2013: Click Here

2014 Mukwonago Summerfest

Rock Shop Mukwonago bands will be performing at Mukwonago Summerfest, June 14th from noon to 4:00 p.m. Lineup to be announced soon!

Rock Shop

Be a REAL Guitar Hero and play in a REAL Rock Band! Join with friends or by yourself and be matched with other musicians of your age, ability and style to form a Real Live Rock Band.

Join A Rock Band

Mukwonago Fall Fest

Join us Saturday September 28th at Music Cafe 105 Fox St. downtown Mukwonago for Fall Fest!

10:00 Mukwonago High School Jazz Band
11:00 Cereal Killers
11:30 Breakdown
12:00 Hour 25
12:30 Sergio Castillego
1:00 Bucket Brigade
1:10 Honest Liars
1:30 All Roads Lead To One
2:00 Monochrome
2:30 Reckless Abandon
3:00 White Knuckles

Sign up for Rock Shop this Fall.

Music In The Park, August 3rd!!

Music In The Park

It is August 3rd at Indian Head Park in Mukwonago. Rock Shop Bands from 2 to 6 and Hoi Polloi from 6 to 9. Kay's Dance Academy dancers will be dancing before the Rock Shop Bands perform. Free inflatable jumping for kids 6 and under. Mukwonago Band Boosters are running concessions, and Pop's Kettle Corn will be there as well. Special thanks to all our sponsors! Oh, did we mention this event is FREE?!! So bring your lawn chairs, blankets and enjoy a musical summer day with us!


White House Lease to Learn

The Music Cafe works with White House of Music for instrument rentals. White House of Music has been proudly serving the needs of school bands and orchestras in Southeast Wisconsin for over 60 years. School music directors trust us to provide quality instruments to all of their students, which we do by only renting the best in student-line instruments from director-approved brands. Parents can lease these instruments with confidence, knowing that White House of Music's professional repair staff carefully cleans and checks every rental instrument for superior playability before it is rented.

Please click HERE for information from White House's website. White House Lease to Learn

Music Cafe welcomes new teacher Carol Alms

Carol Alms

I am a current member of the National Federation of Music Clubs and the Milwaukee Music Teachers Association. I have two piano performance degrees and have worked in many musical settings. I have taught as many as 50 students weekly, with some being from music studios in Connecticut. Curriculum focuses on how to read music/chord charts, improvise, arrange/compose, transpose, sightread/sightsing and accompany other musicians. I teach dictation, aural/written theory and some piano/singing technique using tonal and rhythmic solfege. Students respond to or are strengthened with techniques used for different learning styles-visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic. I make accompaniment recordings that can be burned to c.d. or sent through email. These recordings can be used for singers and or pianists to help with practice or performance. I use Finale music writing software to write arrangements or original compositions for choirs, students or other musicians.

I have directed, performed, arranged, or composed, music for colleges, high schools, events, professional and community musical theater, and churches. I have attended, taught, and performed in workshops, concerts, and musical theater productions in a continuing effort to better understand music and the mechanics necessary for a more intelligent interpretation. My professional goal is to continue teaching, performing, arranging, composing and learning music in all possible genres while revising these experiences to meet the needs of today’s student and performer. I also offer new students a complimentary first lesson. View Carol's Resume.

Music Cafe welcomes new teacher Allison Hertweck

Allison's primary instrument is viola. She is currently playing viola in the Beliot Janesville Symphony Orchestra, Kettle Moraine Symphony Orchestra, Watertown Area Chamber Orchestra, Lake Country Orchestra and the Waukesha Choral Union Orchestra. She also plays string bass in the Oconomowoc Legion Band. Allison taught Orchestra and Band at Hartford Union High School for the last two years and subbed in the Mukwonago School District for two years prior.

Music Cafe Teachers nominated for Wami Awards

WAMI Award

Craig Friemoth was just nominated for a WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award for Peoples Choice Music Teacher of the Year in the SouthEast Region!
Alan Arber has been nominated for the 2013 WAMI Best Drummer Award! Congratulations!!

Wish I Were My Son’s Guitar Teacher
By Claudia Felske - Read the full article here

Not just because that would mean I would be really good at guitar (musicality being something I’m sorely lacking).Not just because it would be a major ego stroke, knowing that a year and a half ago, my son couldn’t play a note and now he sounds like this.

Not just because I would be teaching him something I know will deeply enrich his learning, his appreciation of beauty, creation, and (dare I suggest) life itself.

The real reason I wish I were my son’s guitar teacher is that it would mean I have arrived as a master educator; it would mean I have achieved what I’ve been trying to achieve in the classroom for 19 years; it might even mean we as educators may be close to bottling the elixir we have been trying to concoct for the past two centuries, namely effective, creative, authentic, self-directed learning.

Allow me to explain.

Performance and recording opportunities are part of his instruction

Backtrack to my son’s first guitar lesson. When Eliot came home that first day, I was a bit surprised he hadn’t been taught what a scale was, or the parts of a guitar; instead, he had learned how to play “Smoke on the Water” on one string. We heard a lot of “Smoke on the Water” that week; it sounded to Eliot and it sounded to us like we had a 9-year-old rock star living in our house. Instead of learning a basic scale, he had been given the belief that he can create music, that he is a musician. That was lesson one.

Fast forward a year and a half to Christmas Morning this year when Eliot gave me the best gift a mother (who also happens to be a teacher) could receive. In the past, he’d given me a myriad of gifts: painted vases, home-made cards, crocheted bookmarks. I’d always looked forwarded to unwrapping his original creations. This time, though, there was nothing to unwrap.

“Mom, are you ready?” he asked, running into the room with my iPad in hand. I watched as he plugged it into the stereo and started playing my favorite song. Okay, cool, but where’s my present, right? What I quickly discovered was that he had uploaded my favorite dance song into Garage Band, and then added original guitar parts that he’d created, recorded, and remixed into the song.

“So you’re playing the guitar parts?” my husband asked (I was smiling too big to talk). “Well, kind of…there are no guitar parts. I made them up and put them where I thought they’d sound good.’

He wasn’t watching me for my reaction (as ordinarily is the case when I open his presents). He was tapping, concentrating, the gears were moving, “I’m a tad off here,” he’d add…or “wait, wait here it is.”The next day, he called me upstairs as he was practicing, and I was taken behind the scenes. He asked me to pick a song. I chose the most over-played song of 2012: “Gangnam Style” (sorry, that’s how I roll). Then, he listened, listened some more, struck a few notes over and over and then a scale, and then, spent the rest of the song improvising over the melody.

Elliot at play

He explained to me that Craig (his guitar teacher) taught him to listen a song and locate its “root note.” “Play it like the worst bass player in the world,” Eliot quoted Craig, emphasizing the need to test out the root note over and over to make sure it’s right. Then, match it to a major or minor pentatonic scale and “it’ll all sound good cause it’s based on the root note.” It made sense to Eliot, and it made sense to me. “Then, you can have fun with it, adding cool stuff, riffs, frets, bending notes, trilling,” Eliot explained while demonstrating each.

After years of declaring to Eliot that “this is the best present anyone ever made for me” and meaning it every time, this year when I said it, I meant it with an authenticity that transcended my role as a parent and entered that as an educator. What Eliot had done in addition to customizing a Christmas gift he knew I’d love was demonstrate ALL levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, the gold standard for higher level learning.

Benjamin Bloom’s (Revised) Taxonomy of Learning
Benjamin Bloom’s (Revised) Taxonomy of Learning

He was remembering notes and scales, understanding how they work together to create a melody, but then he was operating at a much higher level: applying a concept his teacher had taught him: analyzing the song, listening for the root note; evaluating which it was and which pentatonic scale should be applied; and then, creating and performing improvisational solo parts. What’s more, there was no teacher in the room; he had internalized the process, all levels of it, becoming his own teacher in a new situation, with a new song. And then evaluating his own performance afterwards. Basically, an educator’s dream come true.

And right now, as I write this, he’s upstairs doing the same to ACDC’s “T.N.T.” – not my favorite song, not my favorite genre, but his process is music to my ears. He’s beginning to read the world as music. When we’re eating dinner and he hears a “cool riff” in a song, he runs upstairs to try to replicate it. Clearly the much larger gift here was the one Eliot received from his phenomenal guitar teacher.

And so, aside from my best Christmas gift to date, I’m left with a slew of questions as an educator: How can we do this on a larger scale? How can we get our students to run upstairs (not because of the homework we assigned, but out of sheer excitement) to apply what we’ve taught them? Is this just a moment in time orchestrated by a gifted teacher with a motivated student in a small group setting, or are there generalizable truths here we can extract and sprinkle into classrooms across the country?

Should the Gates Foundation be visiting Wisconsin Guitar Academy in Mukwonago, Wisconsin? Should Craig Friemoth be giving a TED Talk on the power of improvisational music and learning?

Whatever the case, this gift has me feeling grateful and has me thinking...

Meet Us At Midnight Magic!
Saturday, Dec. 3rd 2011

White House of Music will join our friends at the Music Café, 105 Fox Street in Mukwonago, for Mukwonago’s annual Midnight Magic! Shop late and visit Music Café to try some of White House of Music’s exceptional band instruments! Great financing and rebate offers on select brands make this the perfect time to upgrade your instrument!

The Music Cafe building has now moved! Our new address is 105 Fox Street, on the square in the old Box Office video location.

We are ready for Band instrument rentals! Please click the link below for details on Band and Orchestra Instrument Rentals.
Band and Orchestra Instrument Rentals

Please click the link below for details on the Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce's upcoming events.
Mukwonago Area Chamber of Commerce - Upcoming Events


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