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About School of Rock Arlington Heights

At School of Rock Arlington Heights, we teach kids how to rock audiences, melting faces with stellar performances and technical ability. One-on-one instruction is just the beginning, because we get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible. Our immersive method motivates them, speeds up the learning process, and has benefits beyond learning an instrument.

Not only do kids collaborate with students of similar interests at School of Rock Arlington Heights, they get to work with an amazing network of artists and perform at legendary concert venues. Examples include CBGB's, The Trocadero, The Knitting Factory, The Whiskey, The Roxy, The Experience Music Project, The Big Easy and BB King's Blues Club in Times Square. These opportunities teach life skills, build confidence, and help students become better people.

As both rockers and educators, School of Rock Arlington Heights’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping kids rock on stage and in life. Visit School of Rock Arlington Heights today to learn more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Arlington Heights
17 E Campbell StArlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 915-6201

Hours of Operation

Monday
3:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
3:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
3:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
3:30 PM - 10:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Arlington Heights students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Arlington Heights’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Arlington Heights is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Arlington Heights, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Arlington Heights students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Arlington Heights’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • School of Rock Arlington Heights’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Arlington Heights’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Arlington Heights, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Arlington Heights, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Arlington Heights works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Arlington Heights’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Arlington Heights’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our (geomodifer) Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Arlington Heights’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • At School of Rock Arlington Heights, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Arlington Heights enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Arlington Heights’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits. Arlington Heights students will blow your mind with advanced performances choc...
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At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Arlington Heights students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Arlington Heights’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • February 13
      5:30 PM
      House Band Performs at Progressive Motorcycle SHOW
      Progressive MotorCycle Show in Rosemont
      Come to the Donald Stephens Convention Center and enjoy an Awesome Set by School of Rock House Band at the Progressive Motorcycle Show in Rosemont. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!! ...
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      Come to the Donald Stephens Convention Center and enjoy an Awesome Set by School of Rock House Band at the Progressive Motorcycle Show in Rosemont. What a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon!! RAD Cycles, RAD music! We will be one of the many School of Rock bands performing that day!!
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    • February 27
      6:30 PM
      Arlington Heights SOR Benefit Concert
      Fundraiser for Rock School Scholarship FUND
      The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which was created to provide scholarship funds and instruments for children ages 7-17 years of age who want to attend a rock music sc...
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      The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which was created to provide scholarship funds and instruments for children ages 7-17 years of age who want to attend a rock music school. The fund will provide instruments and scholarships to cover tuition expenses based on a student's financial need combined with their desire to actively and passionately participate in a rock school program. Please see www.rockschoolfund.org

      We wanted to step in and help out. We thought holding this Rock Show would be one way to raise funds. We plan on taking on the costs of the event with our staff time, equipment and venue costs and will donate all proceeds to the Rock School Scholarship Fund.

      Here's the details:

      1st EVER Benefit Concert for Rock School Scholarship Fund : We Help Kids Rock!

      Saturday 2/27/16 6:30pm-10:30pm
      at 15 N Hickory Avenue (also known as Knights of Columbus Hall)
      Arlington Heights, IL , 60004
      847-255-4483


      Our Evening of ROCK will feature many acts including:

      Best in Show Performances from Music of Coachella, Glam Rock, Blues Rock and Women that Rock
      Special House Band Arlington Heights Performance
      Best in Show from our Fall/Winter Rock 101 2016 Bands
      Select Student solo performances or small group acts
      Performances from from select Local SOR Instructors
      & Sign up for FREE structured JAM with SOR Instructors

      Savory and sweet items will be on sale as well as a cash bar for those over 21.
      Over 18, $10 pre-sale, Under 18, over 12 $7 pre-saleRead less
    • February 27
      6:30 PM
      Arlington Heights SOR Benefit Concert
      Fundraiser for Rock School Scholarship FUND
      The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which was created to provide scholarship funds and instruments for children ages 7-17 years of age who want to attend a rock music sc...
      Read more
      The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which was created to provide scholarship funds and instruments for children ages 7-17 years of age who want to attend a rock music school. The fund will provide instruments and scholarships to cover tuition expenses based on a student's financial need combined with their desire to actively and passionately participate in a rock school program. Please see www.rockschoolfund.org

      We wanted to step in and help out. We thought holding this Rock Show would be one way to raise funds. We plan on taking on the costs of the event with our staff time, equipment and venue costs and will donate all proceeds to the Rock School Scholarship Fund.

      Here's the details:

      1st EVER Benefit Concert for Rock School Scholarship Fund : We Help Kids Rock!

      Saturday 2/27/16 6:30pm-10:30pm
      at 15 N Hickory Avenue (also known as Knights of Columbus Hall)
      Arlington Heights, IL , 60004
      847-255-4483


      Our Evening of ROCK will feature many acts including:

      Best in Show Performances from Music of Coachella, Glam Rock, Blues Rock and Women that Rock
      Special House Band Arlington Heights Performance
      Best in Show from our Fall/Winter Rock 101 2016 Bands
      Select Student solo performances or small group acts
      Performances from from select Local SOR Instructors
      & Sign up for FREE structured JAM with SOR Instructors

      Savory and sweet items will be on sale as well as a cash bar for those over 21.
      Over 18, $10 pre-sale, Under 18, over 12 $7 pre-saleRead less
    • February 27
      6:30 PM
      Arlington Heights SOR Benefit Concert
      Fundraiser for Rock School Scholarship FUND
      The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which was created to provide scholarship funds and instruments for children ages 7-17 years of age who want to attend a rock music sc...
      Read more
      The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which was created to provide scholarship funds and instruments for children ages 7-17 years of age who want to attend a rock music school. The fund will provide instruments and scholarships to cover tuition expenses based on a student's financial need combined with their desire to actively and passionately participate in a rock school program. Please see www.rockschoolfund.org

      We wanted to step in and help out. We thought holding this Rock Show would be one way to raise funds. We plan on taking on the costs of the event with our staff time, equipment and venue costs and will donate all proceeds to the Rock School Scholarship Fund.

      Here's the details:

      1st EVER Benefit Concert for Rock School Scholarship Fund : We Help Kids Rock!

      Saturday 2/27/16 6:30pm-10:30pm
      at 15 N Hickory Avenue (also known as Knights of Columbus Hall)
      Arlington Heights, IL , 60004
      847-255-4483


      Our Evening of ROCK will feature many acts including:

      Best in Show Performances from Music of Coachella, Glam Rock, Blues Rock and Women that Rock
      Special House Band Arlington Heights Performance
      Best in Show from our Fall/Winter Rock 101 2016 Bands
      Select Student solo performances or small group acts
      Performances from from select Local SOR Instructors
      & Sign up for FREE structured JAM with SOR Instructors

      Savory and sweet items will be on sale as well as a cash bar for those over 21.
      Over 18, $10 pre-sale, Under 18, over 12 $7 pre-saleRead less
    • February 27
      6:30 PM
      Arlington Heights SOR Benefit Concert
      Fundraiser for Rock School Scholarship FUND
      The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which was created to provide scholarship funds and instruments for children ages 7-17 years of age who want to attend a rock music sc...
      Read more
      The Rock School Scholarship Fund (RSSF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit which was created to provide scholarship funds and instruments for children ages 7-17 years of age who want to attend a rock music school. The fund will provide instruments and scholarships to cover tuition expenses based on a student's financial need combined with their desire to actively and passionately participate in a rock school program. Please see www.rockschoolfund.org

      We wanted to step in and help out. We thought holding this Rock Show would be one way to raise funds. We plan on taking on the costs of the event with our staff time, equipment and venue costs and will donate all proceeds to the Rock School Scholarship Fund.

      Here's the details:

      1st EVER Benefit Concert for Rock School Scholarship Fund : We Help Kids Rock!

      Saturday 2/27/16 6:30pm-10:30pm
      at 15 N Hickory Avenue (also known as Knights of Columbus Hall)
      Arlington Heights, IL , 60004
      847-255-4483


      Our Evening of ROCK will feature many acts including:

      Best in Show Performances from Music of Coachella, Glam Rock, Blues Rock and Women that Rock
      Special House Band Arlington Heights Performance
      Best in Show from our Fall/Winter Rock 101 2016 Bands
      Select Student solo performances or small group acts
      Performances from from select Local SOR Instructors
      & Sign up for FREE structured JAM with SOR Instructors

      Savory and sweet items will be on sale as well as a cash bar for those over 21.
      Over 18, $10 pre-sale, Under 18, over 12 $7 pre-saleRead less

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Staff

    • Meet Joe Babiak
      Drum Instructor
      Joe Babiak began his musical career at the early age of five.Joe played in concert and jazz bands all throughout his schooling and was the recipient of numerous awards; the most notable of these wa...
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      Joe Babiak began his musical career at the early age of five.Joe played in concert and jazz bands all throughout his schooling and was the recipient of numerous awards; the most notable of these was performing at Carnegie Hall. Joe attended Elmhurst College in Chicago where he earned his B.A. in Music. Joe takes great pride in being well versed in many genres. His strong understanding of theory, keen melodic and harmonic sense, and excellent pitch makes him unique on the instrument.In 2002, Joe began his long running relationship with renowned guitarist, Michael Angelo Batio. Since then he has toured Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Russia, and India, performed in Michael's music videos, recorded on two of his full length albums, and opened up for Hellyea and Megadeth at the 2011 Dean Guitar NAMM Jam. In 2005, Joe's progressive-rock group Parallel Mind was signed to Unicorn Records of Canada for the release of their album, Colossus ADEA. In the spring of 2006, Joe joined the Chicago based band Kill Hannah for a 5 month national tour in support of the group's second album with Atlantic Records. During that time, he performed in the band's Lips Like Morphine music video, the WGN morning news, and Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival. From 2006-2010, Joe played in the rock band South Of Earth featuring Geno Lenardo (Device, FILTER, Chevelle), Joe Grah (Loser, Jibe), and Bill Gower (Boy Hits Car). While living inLos Angeles, Joe played in the LA based band Cage9, featuring members of Powerman 5000.Most recently, Joe performed with the new project, Altitudes Attitude, featuring David Ellefson ofMEGADETH Frank Bello ofANTHRAX. Joe has also had the honor of appearing in Modern Drummer magazine five times and was also featured in the November 2006 issue of DRUM! magazine. He proudly endorses Sonor Drums, Sabian cymbals, Vater Sticks, Protechtor Cases by Gator, Westone in-ear monitors, and beyerdynamic microphones. After a successful stay in Los Angeles (2007-2011), Joe returned to Chicago where he performs with a few local groups and maintains an active teaching schedule. Joe has been teaching for 15 years to a wide range of students from beginner to advanced. His teaching methods are simple, efficient, and extremely effective. Joe believes in teaching skills that are applicable in real life situations. He understands that no two students learn the same and customizes lessons to theindividual at hand.
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    • Meet Matthew Uribe
      Guitar Instructor, Rock Violin Instructor, Rock 101 Instructor, Performance Group Leader
      Matthew Uribe has been instructing students in Chicago since 2011. He is a versatile guitarist with a passion for fostering musical growth within communities. He is a founding member of Young Camel...
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      Matthew Uribe has been instructing students in Chicago since 2011. He is a versatile guitarist with a passion for fostering musical growth within communities. He is a founding member of Young Camelot, a performance venue and recording studio which has been featured on WXRT and Brave New Art World. Young Camelot Chicago is a small music venue that respects its audience and seeks to give performers a comfortable base from which to express themselves. All shows recorded live. He is most well known for his work in Honey Hole Johnson, a duo that plays traditional southeastern music and has been featured on WBEZ and The Reader.
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    • Meet Joe Schultz
      Studio Coordinator, Rookies & Drum Instructor, Sound and Recording specialist, Guitar instructor
      Joe's mom, dad and grandpa are all musicians. He got started in music when hisy Dad put a guitar in his hand when he was two years old. His 5 th grade band teacher told him to give up on snare dr...
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      Joe's mom, dad and grandpa are all musicians. He got started in music when hisy Dad put a guitar in his hand when he was two years old. His 5 th grade band teacher told him to give up on snare drum after failing to conquer lesson 2 from our instruction book. He is glad he didn't listen to her. He began playing saxophone in school band in 6 th grade, got into punk rock a year later and picked up guitar and drums. In high school, he started playing bassoon and trumpet as well. He contributed saxophone to the school band as well as guitar and bass in the jazz band all 4 years. After high school he began producing electronic music, DJ'ing and delved into the recording arts. He has always been in a band for the past nine years, but currently play drums in a metal/alternative band. Joe has played stages suchs as Mojoe's, The Des Plaines Theater, Penny Road Pub and Clearwater Theater- With a few bigger names, like Hawthorne Heights, For All I Am, Spitalfield, Oceano and Veil of Maya. His wierest gig was when he played a christmas themed jazz concert at a Fuddruckers. For as long as He can remember he has been intrigued by music and sound. Watching musicians perform live, he would think 'that's too cool, I wanna do that!' Eventually his after-school hobby became his passion. Bands that influenced: John Coltrane, The Fall of Troy, and Tera Melos Joe reside in Elk Grove Village, IL. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved here when he was nine. Joe majors in Music Composition at Columbia College Chicago, with a minor in Audio Arts Acoustics. Some additional information on Joe we asked him to share: Interests? Restoring/autocrossing cars, cooking, traveling, and kickin' it with my cocker spaniel Sam. Favorite fast food? Gene n' Judes or Taco Burrito King Final words: Never give up on a dream or passion, as we never know where it may take us one day.
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    • Meet Kevin Decker
      Music Director, Bass ,Upright Bass , Saxophone & Keyboard Instructor, & Performance Group Leader
      Kevin has been playing bass and saxophone in original and cover bands since he was 15 years old. He has written original songs and arranged covers for various instrumentations. He is in a multiple ...
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      Kevin has been playing bass and saxophone in original and cover bands since he was 15 years old. He has written original songs and arranged covers for various instrumentations. He is in a multiple bands playing at many venues around Chicagoland, private events and fundraisers, festivals, backing for theatre performances and video game soundtracks. He has extensive experience plan and running rehearsals.His main instruments are basses (upgright and electric) and saxophones (baritone, tenor, and alto) but has experience playing all the rock instruments and can do electronic programming.He has been giving private lessons in bass, saxophone and beginning keyboards to students of all ages since 2004.Kevin has a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College in Chicago concentrating on Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies and Muisc Composition.
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    • Meet Eric Drazner
      Guitar Instructor, Performance Group Leader
      Eric is an accopmlished professional musician and teacher with over 12 years of being a working music instructor teaching guitar and music theory at places such as Libertyville Music, Music Gallery...
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      Eric is an accopmlished professional musician and teacher with over 12 years of being a working music instructor teaching guitar and music theory at places such as Libertyville Music, Music Gallery in Highland Park and for private students.Eric attended Drake University and graduated with a Bachelor of Music from University of Denver Lamont School of Music.Using his music education and passion, he plays guitar on a professional basis for in a number of genres indlucing progressive rock, heavy metal, blues and funk.
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    • Meet James Bourland
      Guitar Instructor, Rookies Instructor & Rock 101 Instructor
      When James was a kid, he wanted to be a violin player and started playing violin in elementary school. Then he got his first guitar in middle school and quickly realized it was his favorite thing t...
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      When James was a kid, he wanted to be a violin player and started playing violin in elementary school. Then he got his first guitar in middle school and quickly realized it was his favorite thing to do. He was hooked ever since!James played in many bands throughout his highschool and college years. His wierdest gig was being part of pit band for the LGBT Choir and getting on stage to dance the Time Warp with them.J.S. Bach is his favorite musician closely followed by Jim Hendrix and Wu Tang Clan.Other Favorites are cats and motorcycles!James lives in Chicago and is from Ann Arbor Michigan where he was a student at Ann Arbor''s Music Center's Rock Band school (similar to School of Rock) for many years in middle school and highschool. When he turned 18, they hired him as a teacher there. James has been teaching students for 6 years. James is in his final year at Columbia College in Chicago and is an instrumental performance majoy with a focus in guitar.James has
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    • Meet Rachel Quinn
      Vocal Instructor, Little Wing, Rookies Instructor, Performance Leader Studio Coordinator
      Rachl "Raxx" Quinn Frontwoman for Shokker, Hard rock/Melodic Metal Singer. My life and my art are one and the same. I genuinely love what I do. She uses her blog to document her experien...
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      Rachl "Raxx" Quinn

      Frontwoman for Shokker, Hard rock/Melodic Metal Singer.
      My life and my art are one and the same.

      I genuinely love what I do.

      She uses her blog to document her experiences in some small way and share them with her fans. She enjoys connecting with people from all walks of life.

      However, She prefers face to face contact; physical interaction between two spirits.

      Rachel is an accomplished vocalist winnning a number of awards in her young career including: VANAMM 2013 attendee, winning second place in Siren of the Gods competition in impromptu performance with Doug Aldrich of Whitesnake and Dio which was an amazing experience for her.

      While she is a vocalist with over 7+ strong years of singing experience carrying with her extensive voice knowledge, she also can teach some keyboards/piano, bass guiatr and electric guitar.

      Rachel relocated here from Pennsylvania and resides in Niles, IL.
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    • Meet Diane Morrison
      Vocal Instructor, Little Wing, Performance Leader
      Diane studied voice at the University of Northern Colorado majoring in vocal jazz and studied classical and jazz at Elmhurst College majoring in Music Education. She has been teaching private and g...
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      Diane studied voice at the University of Northern Colorado majoring in vocal jazz and studied classical and jazz at Elmhurst College majoring in Music Education. She has been teaching private and group voice lessons for 10 years. Diane sings with Chicago Orchestra’s and Bands performing on the weekends. She has been part of The Connexion Band since 1995 and works for Chicago Music Management as a lead vocalist for ceremonies, weddings and corporate events. She has extensive recording experience and currently has a jingle on the radio for Jennings Chevrolet.
      During her musical career she has performed in the off Broadway Rock Opera Alice In wonderland in Austin, TX, performed at the Cabaret SA in San Antonio, TX and at Lela B’s at the historic Crockett Hotel in San Antonio, TX.
      In Chicago She has performed at the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase and hundreds of other venues in the Chicago Land area performing for Weddings, Corporate and Private Parties.
      She lives in Hoffman Estates with her husband, her 12 year old daughter Samantha and her dog Scooter! Diane also enjoys running, gardening and spending time outdoors.
      But most of all she loves to sing and share her experiences and knowledge with others!
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    • Meet Brian Volleride
      Keyboard Instructor, Group Leader
      Brian got his start in music as a trumpeter in the 4th grade. He almost quit after the first two weeks. After the trumpet , it was the French horn and then Piano and Organ. He has played in numero...
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      Brian got his start in music as a trumpeter in the 4th grade. He almost quit after the first two weeks. After the trumpet , it was the French horn and then Piano and Organ. He has played in numerous bands and with many stars, his music multi keyboard career having taken him to over 74 countries performing as a musician. He is recently off the road and has played, orchestrated, and was MD for Chi-lites, The Drifters, The Classic 4, Sugar Blue, John Lee Hooker, Lonnie Brooks, and Otis Rush. One of his weirdest gigs was ....in the courtyard of a mansion in Mumbai, India… For the country's government elite and Bollywood stars Worst Gig: playing in a Biker Bar. Most recently keyboardist for: Peaches Staten, James Armstrong, Mike Wheeler, Chico Banks and Big Lou (XLM Bluesville)

      Brian has been teaching since 2000 and has worked at Five Hands Piano Studio, Morton Grove Music and Wheeling Park District to name a few of his places before coming to School of Rock.

      Brian likes music because it allows him to express feelings and ideas. He enjoys and has been most influenced by Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. He is well versed in Blues, Jazz, R & B, Soul, Rock, Disco, Reggae, Zydeco & Funk. Brian was born and raised in Chicago… and now resides in Wheaton.

      Outside of his extensive professional experience, Brian also has an Associate in fine arts from Illinois State University and College of DuPage and is sponsored by Nord Keyboards and Barbetta Amplification. Brian believes in the power of music to change a life

      Brian has a seven year-old son, Domenico and his favorite fast food is Popeyes.
      A personal Motto: GET ON STAGE!
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    • Meet Brian Reynolds
      Drum Instructor, Adult Group Leader
      Brian Reynolds has been drumming since he was 10 years old. Early influences and instruction include the jazz great Max Mariash, who played drums with Art Van Damme Quintet. Brian loves all styles ...
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      Brian Reynolds has been drumming since he was 10 years old. Early influences and instruction include the jazz great Max Mariash, who played drums with Art Van Damme Quintet. Brian loves all styles of music and brings a melodic approach to laying down any groove. He played in four working bands full-time to pay for college and loved the challenge of playing various styles of music with a wide variety of musicians and personalities. Brian enjoys sharing his musical knowledge and has been teaching students individually and directing ensembles for over 20 years.

      He has had the pleasure to support many well-known musicians in his performing career and is proud to say that his band’s bass player Darryl Jones, (past Sting and currently with the Rolling Stones) was hired out of his college band by the late great Miles Davis. Brian was selected to perform with the Southern Illinois University Jazz Big Band, Jazz Funk and Fusion Bands and was also honored to be selected to perform with jazz legend sax player Eddie Harris. He has worked with with Angus Thomas who played bass for the great John Mayall, who brought Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck together to form the Blues Breakers. Brian has enjoyed performing with two of Chicago’s top jazz guitarists, Chuck Tripp and John Moulder. Other notable players and Mid-West bands Brian’s performed with: guitarist Robbie Stokes, who recorded with The Grateful Dead, pianist Judy Roberts jazz quartet, Chicago’s busiest bass player Brian Sandstrom, Chicago’s Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, Dr. Bombay and the Rockin Rhythm & Blues of The BBC.

      Brian Plays Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals and pro-mark 707 sticks

      Brian lives in Arlington Heights, is an active member of the community and a father to 5 grown adults (several who are performing musicians)
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    • Meet Jay (Julian) Rocha
      Drum Instructor
      Julian J. Rocha: Son of a Tejano musician, Julian has been playing drums since the age of 4. Formally self-taught, Julian has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene since his late teens. He...
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      Julian J. Rocha:

      Son of a Tejano musician, Julian has been playing drums since the age of 4. Formally self-taught, Julian has been a fixture on the Chicago music scene since his late teens. He has carved out his niche in the music business by being first call for many Chicago based acts in emergency situations. A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a History / Music degree (and recently returning from a Big Band Jazz tour of China) Julian is really excited at the prospect of giving back to the musician community by teaching at the School of Rock.

      Credits: ANIMATION - A Tribute to RUSH
      NEIU Jazz Ensembles / Combos
      Suburban Cowboys (sub) - Country
      Live Band Karaoke (sub) - Over 300 songs to choose from, all styles
      Blue Line - Chicago born, Original Blues Rock
      MMB - Original Music for Music Players

      Gear: Premier Signia Drums or PDP Drums (depending on the type of gig)
      Pearl Snares
      Roland Electronics
      Shure "In Ear" monitors and Drum microphones
      Any cymbal maker...as long as it sounds good.
      Vic Firth Drum Sticks and Mallets
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    • Meet Amber Bowser
      Little Wing Instructor, Vocal Instructor
      Amber found out she could truly sing in 8th grade when she auditioned for the part of the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and She Got the Part! Amber played violin in 4t...
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      Amber found out she could truly sing in 8th grade when she auditioned for the part of the Narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and She Got the Part!

      Amber played violin in 4th grade and held the instrument up very high-she got teased about it but she held it that high so she could see what she was doing!

      She started with violin, then onto flute. She finally decided singing was the way to go. Amber took private voice lessons, choir, show choir all the way through-middle school and beyond. She sang in a special choir that was selected to perform and tour throughout Europe. They got to sing our way through 6 different countries! She then went on to college for Vocal Performance, specifically Opera. It was very intense. Amber was a coloratura soprano-meaning the highest singing soprano there is. Amber attended college at Luther College in Decorah, IA. She majored in Opera Performance and English Literature.

      A funny story about Amber singing: She once had to sing for a wedding reception. She was performing a popular country song, which wasn’t really my norm, and right before She sang it, the DJ played the actual song sung by the famous country singer. Needless to say it was a tough act to follow.

      Thoughts from Amber? “Music makes sense to me-I feel truly alive when I am making music. I love to read, crochet, play softball and swim. My favorite season is Fall. I want to own a 1974 Ford Ranger someday.”

      Favorite Quote:
      “Almost anybody can lean to think or believe or know, but not a single human being can be taught to feel. The moment you feel, you’re nobody-but-yourself”. ee cummings

      Favorite Junk Food?
      Culvers-great ice cream.

      Amber’s favorite artists? Renee Fleming is an amazing Operatic Soprano, Indigo girls, The Who, First Aid Kit, on and on and on…

      Amber lives in Mount Prospect, she grew up in Sheboygan, WI.

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      • Luther College IA, BA Music and English Literature
      • Early Childhood Ed Certificate
    • Meet Leslie Stollenwerk-Gleason
      Studio Coordinator
    • Meet John Periaswamy
      Guitar & Drums Instructor, Rock 101 Leader
      At the age of 9, John wanted to play drums so bad, but didn’t have a real drum set. John had a toy kit that John wore down to the ground but saved the cymbal that had rivets. John somehow discove...
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      At the age of 9, John wanted to play drums so bad, but didn’t have a real drum set. John had a toy kit that John wore down to the ground but saved the cymbal that had rivets. John somehow discovered by putting the cymbal on his bed, a Planters Peanuts tin container with the plastic lid on and placed the can on the cymbal, when John hit the tin can, it sounded like a snare drum. So his “hi-hat” was the muted cymbal on the bed, the snare was the tin can, and hitting the mattress was the kick drum energy. Somewhere there are cassette recordings of me playing his “kit.”


      1978- Started taking piano lessons at Karnes Music in Glenview
      1980- Got his first electric guitar, a Global, for $25. John used this through Junior High.
      1981- Formed his first band with his best friend who played drums. We would have concerts in his garage as a two-piece.
      1983- Got his second electric guitar, a Hondo with one pick-up just like Edward Van Halen. Played his 8th grade talent show. This was his first real time playing in front of his peers. This when John really became obsessed with guitar and Van Halen. We played “Moby Dick”, and instrumental versions of “Whole Lotta Love” and “Spirit of Radio.”
      1986- Formed his first “real” band, “Wildfire” in high school. Johnt was Chris McKim on drums, hisself on guitar and bass, Dan Fink on guitar/bass/keys, and his older brother Pius on lead vocals. We played current and classic rock using keyboards which was “advanced” at the time for a garage band.
      1993- Formed a Beatle cover band with some friends. John got to play bass on the rhythm guitar players Hofner bass. He and John did the John and Paul two part harmonies, with me taking the Paul parts. John was in heaven. Johnt was where John learned how to sing tight two-part harmonies and also hold down bass parts while doing so. Played Beatlefest with this lineup.
      1996-2002- Played in numerous cover bands, open jams. One in particular was at a bar called Weeds in the city. This was when John really was “woodshedding” learning Steve Vai, Eric Johnson, and Jow Satriani material. This is where John gained a lot of experience playing to a crowd.
      2000- studied drums with Steve Snodgrass, learning many of the styles that John still use today.
      2002-2004- Studied with Dave Uhrich. This is where John took his playing to another level understanding skill.
      2003-2005- Played with Sensei, an original rock band, playing many the bars in the city and recording a CD
      2004- Played with “Band on The Run” a Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band. We did many bar gigs and one of the highlights of his career so far. We played both Summerfest and Taste of Chicago that summer, with his entire family there to support me. Played Beatlefest and was runner-up.
      2005-current- put together a home studio using Pro Tools and working on recording originals and covers. Studied drums with Brad Schlueter, taking his drumming to another level.
      2008- Played Beatlesfest with his 8 year old nephew, 14 year old niece and nephew and another nephew. Johnt was their first time playing a gig, let alone in front 1500 people. We played “She Love You” which John just taught them a month prior. They were amazing. John think we almost took it.
      2008-current- Play guitar with Live Band Karaoke, having to learn upwards of 500 songs, gigging regularly at many bars in Chicago, corporate events, festivals, and colleges and universities.
      2011-2015- played with various wedding and cover bands. Studied with more instructors Drums and Guitar.

      John’s thought: No matter what life throws at you, how down and out or alone you’re feeling, you will never be alone with music. Johnt is truly food for the soul. Johnt will never go away.
      Bands for John:

      The Beatles, The Beatles, and the Beatles. Then Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and The Rolling Stones, Eric Johnson, Carlos Santana, Paul McCartney.
      John was born in Chicago in Lincoln Park, grew up in Des Plaines. Just moved back to the city.

      Was educated at Columbia College for recording, Oakton Community College, private instruction on guitar and drums.

      John rides a motorcycle, a Kawasaki Vulcan, John has a cat Ariel, an orange tabby. John can cook some of his mom’s dishes pretty darn well.

      Portillos
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    • Meet Sara Coughlin
      Vocal, Keyboard, Rookies and Little Wing Instructor
      Sarah's Educational Philosophy_______________________________________________ Students should get the chance to create and express themselves through music. Music has the ability to promote cultu...
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      Sarah's Educational Philosophy_______________________________________________
      Students should get the chance to create and express themselves through music. Music has the ability to promote cultural understanding and an appreciation for diversity. I am eager to have the chance to impact the lives of my future students.
      Formal Education:____________________________________________________
      I
      llinois State University, Normal, IL
      -Graduated in May 2015
      -Bachelors degree in Music Education (K-12)

      Uppsala Universitet, Uppsala, Sweden
      - studied abroad for one semester
      - Winter/Spring 2012

      Teaching Experience________________________________
      Current: Middle School Music Teacher, Chicago, IL
      Past:
      Student Teacher, Hawthorne Middle School North, Vernon Hills, IL
      - responsible for directing middle school choir
      - March- May 2015
      Student Teacher, Woods Creek School, Crystal Lake, IL
      - responsible for teaching all elementary music classes
      - January- March 2015
      Music Teacher, Metcalf Music Academy, Normal, IL
      - taught private piano lessons before and after school
      - September 2010 through December 2014


      Related Experience_____________________________________________

      Au Pair, Sydney, Australia
      - looked after 3 children, helped with housework, and taught music lessons
      - May 2014- August 2014

      Camp Counselor, YMCA Camp Duncan, Ingleside, IL
      - supervised and planned summer activities for children ages 5-14
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    • Meet Sam Gutsmiedl
      Drum Instructor, Rookies & Little Wing Instructor
      Sam's Music Experience: Drum Instructor 2006-Present Antioch Upper Grade, Antioch Community High school, Gr...
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      Sam's Music Experience:


      Drum Instructor 2006-Present

      Antioch Upper Grade, Antioch Community High school, Grayslake North High School
      - I teach drum lines how to better their technique and how to play better as an ensemble.

      Creator of drumgeek.net & Drum Geek Clothing Co.
      -I use my web design skills to blog about my interest in drumming. I also use my graphic design skills to design clothing that suit drummers of all kinds.

      Professional Drummer
      I have been performing as a drum set player and percussionist since 2006. I have played with various Rock bands, Jazz bands , I have also participated in marching band and theatre . Currently I am playing in a New Orleans Brass band.

      ADDITIONAL WORK EXPERIENCE
      Day Care Teacher December 2012 – Present
      Celebration Day Care, Libertyville Il.


      Studied :

      MCNALLY SMITH COLLEGE OF MUSIC
      Associates of Percussion performance April 2012
      Associates of Music Business April 2014

      RELATED COURSEWORK
      Music Marketing and Merchandising-Focused on the Market Identification, demographics, product marketing, market research , distribution and the use of internet and social media and marketing process.

      Web Design- Focused on creating website and search engine optimization to create an internet following.’

      Artist Management and Representation- Studied the music industry from a manager’s point of view. Examined case studies and record contracts, as well as creative considerations when representing and artist.
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    • Meet Jeremy Graf
      Guitar Instructor
      Jeremy Graf Jeremy is a life-long, seasoned guitarist with years of experience playing, recording, touring and teaching. He has been playing guitar since he was eleven. Following high school...
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      Jeremy Graf

      Jeremy is a life-long, seasoned guitarist with years of experience playing, recording, touring and teaching.

      He has been playing guitar since he was eleven. Following high school, he hit the road with fellow Knoxville guitarist Jerry Riggs for a few years of nonstop playing on the Southeastern rock club circuit with the band Lynx.

      After years of playing cover music, Jerry and Jeremy settled in Atlanta to concentrate on originals and formed the band Raggedy Anne. They opened for many great rock acts of the time (AC/DC with Bon Scott, Judas Priest, Rush, UFO with Michael Schenker, The Babys, Sammy Hagar, etc).

      The band evolved into Riggs and was signed to Irving Azoff's Full Moon/Warner Brothers label. They recorded 2 songs for the Heavy Metal movie soundtrack, produced by Roy Thomas Baker (Queen, Cars, Foreigner, Journey, etc). The album
      went Platinum.

      Soon after, the Riggs album was recorded and produced by Andy Johns. (Stones, Zeppelin, etc.) It was released to good reviews and the band played many dates to promote it, including a Southern tour with Rush.

      After Riggs disbanded, Jeremy moved to Los Angeles, and for the next 9 years played with countless bands stalking record deals. Between that and a cool job at the Virgin Record Company in Beverly Hills, heI was happily immersed in the music industry.

      Upon returning to Atlanta with his future wife, Karrie, he joined old friends the Georgia Satelittes for a couple of years of extensive touring in the States and Europe (festivals in Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium and Sweden). They also recorded an album in Denmark.

      At the end of the nineties, they moved to Arlington Heights where he continued with all things music. In addition to playing in a blues band at the House of Blues Hotel in Chicago, he managed the guitar department of Sam Ash for several years, followed by a stint at Guitar Center.

      For the past 10 years Jeremy has been fortunate to be a stay-at-home Dad with his 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son, both of whom are naturally immersed in music (piano, drums, percussion, guitar, bass, ukulele). Jeremy has been happily teaching private lessons in guitar (and some ukulele) to both kids and adults of varying levels of experience. He finds great satisfaction being able to share his love of playing guitar with others who are interested in learning.

      He is still actively playing in various configurations as well as with his band, The InstruMentalists (www.theinstrumentalistsband.com).
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Promotions

News

    • Awesome ALL AGES Benefit Concert Coming UP!! Tickets on Sale NOW!!!

      School of Rock Arlington Heights will be hosting an AWESOME ROCK Show to raise funds for the Rock School Scholarship Fund. Arlington Heights Benefit Concert for Rock School Scholarship Fund : ...
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      School of Rock Arlington Heights will be hosting an AWESOME ROCK Show to raise funds for the Rock School Scholarship Fund.

      Arlington Heights Benefit Concert for Rock School Scholarship Fund : We Help Kids Rock!

      Saturday 2/27/16 6:30pm-10:30pm
      at 15 N Hickory Avenue (also known as Knights of Columbus Hall)
      Arlington Heights, IL , 60004
      847-255-4483

      Tickets: 18 or over $12 at door, $10 in advance
      12-18 $10 at door, $7 in advance
      12 and under free (family discounts available)
      For Tickets: https://www.tix4cause.com/donations/tickets/3654/


      Our Evening of ROCK will feature many acts including:

      Best in Show Performances from Music of Coachella, Glam Rock, Blues Rock and Women that Rock
      Special House Band Arlington Heights Performance
      Best in Show from our Fall/Winter Rock 101 2016 Bands
      Select Student solo performances or small group acts
      Performances from from select Local SOR Instructors
      & Sign up for FREE structured JAM with SOR Instructors

      Savory and sweet items will be on sale as well as a cash bar for those over 21.
      We are accepting donations of raffles prizes, food for sale, silent auctions and volunteer time to make this event ever SO special! Contact us at 847-915-6201 to discuss!
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    • Arlington Heights House Band to Rock Out at Progressive Motorcyle Shows! 2/13/16

      Our scheduled Performance time is 5:30pm on Saturday at the Donald Stevens in Rosemont IL. Supporting our next generation of prospective riders, the School of Rock returns for a 3rd tour season, f...
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      Our scheduled Performance time is 5:30pm on Saturday at the Donald Stevens in Rosemont IL. Supporting our next generation of prospective riders, the School of Rock returns for a 3rd tour season, featuring high-energy, live performances fusing the perfect mix of music and motorcycles. Live performances features the next generation of superstars — student musicians bursting with talent from the School of Rock Performance Program, the premier music education experience for youth across the United States.
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    • Chicago Tribune: Music School Rocks Arlington Heights

      Check out the link to read about the article about our school:http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/community/chi-ugc-article-music-school-rocks-its-way-into-arlington-hei-2014-09...
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      Check out the link to read about the article about our school:http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/arlington-heights/community/chi-ugc-article-music-school-rocks-its-way-into-arlington-hei-2014-09-09-story.html
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Testimonials

  • “It is hard to articulate the pride you feel as a parent when you see your kid perform on-stage. As a music teacher for fifteen years, it is easy to say that choosing the Downingtown School of Rock for our fifteen year-old son, was indeed, the best parenting decision we have made yet. ”
    — Susan B., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “When we decided to send our daughter to SOR, we never imagined what a positive impact that one decision would have on her life. She transformed from a shy, quiet kid to a confident, incredible musician, with an active social life and many close friends she considers her second family. The amazing memories she’ll always have of touring and performing with the All-Stars at world-renowned venues and festivals are just icing on the cake. ”
    — Karla D., parent, Unionville, PA
  • “I wish I had School of Rock when I was growing up. ”
    — Nearly Every Parent Who Walks Through Our Doors
  • “School of Rock has been a great community for these kids. It is an alternative to extracurricular activities that a lot of these kids can really fit into where they might feel out of place in other arenas. ”
    — Andrew, parent, San Diego, CA