Feb. 10, 2021

School of Rock: Married musicians turned entrepreneurs discuss landing the best gig of their lives

School of Rock: Married musicians turned entrepreneurs discuss landing the best gig of their lives

Vanessa and Tory Ridder share their pandemic pivots in a challenging time for live music, what it takes to run a successful business as a married couple and takeaways on staying true to your authentic self when setting your career compass.


How did Vanessa and Tory Ridder take the leap from more traditional business careers to running a profitable School of Rock together? Musicians that met in college, they always planned to shake up music education for their two young boys. But the Ridders took it to the next level by opening a unique music school in Mamaroneck, NY for kids and adults with live performance at the core of the curriculum.  They share their pandemic pivots in a challenging time for live music, what it takes to run a successful business as a married couple and takeaways on staying true to your authentic self when setting your career compass.