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  • Mukwonago's Midnight Magic

    December 6th, from 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Please join us for festive holiday fun, frolic, and fabulous music!!

  • Mukwonago Fall Fest 2014

    Saturday, September 20th from 10:00am-4:00pm. Located in the heart of downtown!

  • Simply the Best Award 2014

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

  • Closed 4th of July Week

    The Music Cafe will be closed Monday June 30th through Saturday July 5th.

  • April 2014

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

  • March 2014

    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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105 Fox Street
Mukwonago, WI 53149

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Music Cafe's Kelly Kuhl performing in Milwaukee Symphony Chorus

Midnight Magice 2014

Music Cafe welcomes new teacher Kristin Cudzewicz

Kristin is a current Elementary Band Director for the Mukwonago Area School District, working at Prairie View, Rolling Hills, and Section Elementary. She has been teaching private lessons for 6 years and also worked as a band director for Argyle Schools near Monroe, WI. She has also worked for 7 years as a professional performing musician. She is an active flutist in the New Berlin community Band, as well as a pit orchestra musician.

Kristin has a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from Wartburg College in Waverly IA. Kristin is a member of the National Association for Music Education and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association. Her teaching philosophy is to augment students' lives through music and to inspire them to develop a lifelong love of music.

Music Cafe welcomes new teacher Emma McAlister

Music is a beautiful, fun, and fulfilling activity for students. Regardless of what each student’s goals are by taking lessons, I believe it is important that they enjoy their learning process to gain a love of music. I enjoy teaching if a student brings in their orchestra music and that is all they wish to work on, just as I love helping a student prepare a challenging solo for a recital. I love sharing music with all students. Seeing students become excited about music is what I love about teaching. I love the challenge of figuring out what will make each unique student have as much fun as I do when I play my violin. View Letter of recommendation 1, View Letter of recommendation 2

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.

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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 welcomes new teacher Justin Guzman

Justin Guzman

Justin's primary instrument is clarinet, which he has been playing for 11 years. He plays first clarinet, second chair for the UW Whitewater Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and was invited to play as the showcase band at the National Wind Band Festival at Carnegie Hall in New York. He finished in the top 8 musicians, receiving an honorable mention, in the Music Department's Concerto Competition which is open to the whole department including both winds and strings. He can also teach beginning saxophone, flute, oboe, and bassoon. In an educational setting, he has ranged from teaching one student, to teaching a big group. He has also participated in sectionals at Park View Middle School for both 7th and 8th graders. He has also worked in the summer at UW-Whitewater band camp, where he worked with a partner to instruct a 20+ clarinet chamber group for the entire week. He enjoys sharing his knowledge with students, and is excited to expand his teaching opportunities at The Music Cafe!

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.
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