The School Of Music And Mayhem

The School Of Music And Mayhem

5.0 (20)
3 hires on
1 employee
33 years in business

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Here at The School of Music And Mayhem we study rock/pop/country/blues electric and acoustic guitar, drum set, bass, and ukulele. When students are ready, we join together with other students for jam sessions and songwriting projects. Songwriting projects are then recorded in Pro Tools as students learn recording techniques along the way.

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Stillwater, MN 55082
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20 Reviews


  • Vicki DeWitt

    Joe provides quality instruction and a unique approach to learning an instrument and improving skills. Several times a year he will arrange for multiple students to meet and play band style! This encourages collaboration and improvisation. I succeeded in encouraging my husband to take up drums again with Joe, so now my husband and son will play songs and riffs together. Joe puts adult students together for jam sessions as well!

  • Kira Warden

    Our high-energy twin boys started with Joe when they were 8 years old. We were looking for a nontraditional guitar teacher, someone who would keep music exciting and go with the learning styles of our kids. That is EXACTLY what we got! Joe has followed their interests and even helped them learn the basics to songs they hear on the radio. They have gained confidence and skill faster than we could have ever imagined. He connects with the boys well and explains things in ways they can understand. They are learning drums, guitar, and explore the synthesizer too. They are learning song writing and to analyze music. He also does jam sessions with them where they can let go and be creative. We are so happy to have found Joe!

  • Phyillis Jaworski

    Our entire family has loved our experience with School of Music and Mayhem! Our young son has not as of yet picked an instrument to focus on, but Joe has been wonderful about fostering his love of music and encouraging him to play all of the instruments Joe has in his arsenal. Our older son in now playing the drums too! We highly recommend Joe and the School of Music and Mayhem!

  • Amy Irwin

    My daughter loves her lessons at School of Music and Mayhem. It has been a great opportunity for her to learn to play music she enjoys. I would recommend Joe and this program to anyone. We feel very lucky!

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

When working with new students I find out which musical artists the student loves. We will then learn songs by those artists. This helps keep the students motivated to learn more because they are excited and proud to play songs by musicans they love!

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

35 years of songwriting experience, 20 years of performing experience and bachelors degree in commercial music recording and performance.

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages. From 5 to 60, young children to grown adults.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I'm most fond of the experience that we, the teacher and student, get to go through together when we have a jam session that developes into a full fledged song... so much fun, and so very rewarding!!!

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find a teacher that you connect with, relax, and enjoy the experience. Music is awesome. We're really lucky to be able to play an instrument... Life is short, it's paramount that we enjoy the ride!