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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 Arlington Heights 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

    • July 28
      6:30 PM
      House Band Play at The Wire w/School of Rock ALLSTARS
      concert
    • August 15 - 18 2016
      Rookies Motown Theme Camp
      4 Day Camp 6 & 7 Year olds
      ROOKIES:ROCK STAR 4 DAY CAMP MOTOWN THEME CAMP DATES: 8/15/16-8/18/16 & 9am-12:00pm $250 4 Day Camp Ages 5-7 yrs. Working together in daily group lessons and workshops, students will be introd...
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      ROOKIES:ROCK STAR 4 DAY CAMP MOTOWN THEME
      CAMP DATES: 8/15/16-8/18/16 & 9am-12:00pm $250 4 Day Camp
      Ages 5-7 yrs. Working together in daily group lessons and workshops, students will be introduced to each of the core rock instruments, guitar, bass, drums keyboard and vocals. Campers will learn some basic fundamentals of each instrument and what makes it unique. If you have a budding musician who is unsure of what instrument they'd like to pursue, this camp will give them a great introduction to a variety of instruments, aid them in their decision and increase their music appreciation. Rock games and activities will be used to explore genres, song structure, learning some rock star stage presence and experience being in a Rock Band rookie style! Introductions will be made to the sound of MoTown and its famous artists and sounds. No experience necessary / Some experience is okay too!
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    • August 15 - 18 2016
      Rookies Motown Theme Camp
      4 Day Camp 6 & 7 Year olds
      ROOKIES:ROCK STAR 4 DAY CAMP MOTOWN THEME CAMP DATES: 8/15/16-8/18/16 & 9am-12:00pm $250 4 Day Camp Ages 5-7 yrs. Working together in daily group lessons and workshops, students will be introd...
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      ROOKIES:ROCK STAR 4 DAY CAMP MOTOWN THEME
      CAMP DATES: 8/15/16-8/18/16 & 9am-12:00pm $250 4 Day Camp
      Ages 5-7 yrs. Working together in daily group lessons and workshops, students will be introduced to each of the core rock instruments, guitar, bass, drums keyboard and vocals. Campers will learn some basic fundamentals of each instrument and what makes it unique. If you have a budding musician who is unsure of what instrument they'd like to pursue, this camp will give them a great introduction to a variety of instruments, aid them in their decision and increase their music appreciation. Rock games and activities will be used to explore genres, song structure, learning some rock star stage presence and experience being in a Rock Band rookie style! Introductions will be made to the sound of MoTown and its famous artists and sounds. No experience necessary / Some experience is okay too!
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    • August 15 - 18 2016
      Rookies Motown Theme Camp
      4 Day Camp 6 & 7 Year olds
      ROOKIES:ROCK STAR 4 DAY CAMP MOTOWN THEME CAMP DATES: 8/15/16-8/18/16 & 9am-12:00pm $250 4 Day Camp Ages 5-7 yrs. Working together in daily group lessons and workshops, students will be introd...
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      ROOKIES:ROCK STAR 4 DAY CAMP MOTOWN THEME
      CAMP DATES: 8/15/16-8/18/16 & 9am-12:00pm $250 4 Day Camp
      Ages 5-7 yrs. Working together in daily group lessons and workshops, students will be introduced to each of the core rock instruments, guitar, bass, drums keyboard and vocals. Campers will learn some basic fundamentals of each instrument and what makes it unique. If you have a budding musician who is unsure of what instrument they'd like to pursue, this camp will give them a great introduction to a variety of instruments, aid them in their decision and increase their music appreciation. Rock games and activities will be used to explore genres, song structure, learning some rock star stage presence and experience being in a Rock Band rookie style! Introductions will be made to the sound of MoTown and its famous artists and sounds. No experience necessary / Some experience is okay too!
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    • August 15 - 18 2016
      Rookies Motown Theme Camp
      4 Day Camp 6 & 7 Year olds
      ROOKIES:ROCK STAR 4 DAY CAMP MOTOWN THEME CAMP DATES: 8/15/16-8/18/16 & 9am-12:00pm $250 4 Day Camp Ages 5-7 yrs. Working together in daily group lessons and workshops, students will be introd...
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      ROOKIES:ROCK STAR 4 DAY CAMP MOTOWN THEME
      CAMP DATES: 8/15/16-8/18/16 & 9am-12:00pm $250 4 Day Camp
      Ages 5-7 yrs. Working together in daily group lessons and workshops, students will be introduced to each of the core rock instruments, guitar, bass, drums keyboard and vocals. Campers will learn some basic fundamentals of each instrument and what makes it unique. If you have a budding musician who is unsure of what instrument they'd like to pursue, this camp will give them a great introduction to a variety of instruments, aid them in their decision and increase their music appreciation. Rock games and activities will be used to explore genres, song structure, learning some rock star stage presence and experience being in a Rock Band rookie style! Introductions will be made to the sound of MoTown and its famous artists and sounds. No experience necessary / Some experience is okay too!
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    • August 15 - 18 2016
      Rookies Motown Theme Camp
      4 Day Camp 6 & 7 Year olds
      ROOKIES:ROCK STAR 4 DAY CAMP MOTOWN THEME CAMP DATES: 8/15/16-8/18/16 & 9am-12:00pm $250 4 Day Camp Ages 5-7 yrs. Working together in daily group lessons and workshops, students will be introd...
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      ROOKIES:ROCK STAR 4 DAY CAMP MOTOWN THEME
      CAMP DATES: 8/15/16-8/18/16 & 9am-12:00pm $250 4 Day Camp
      Ages 5-7 yrs. Working together in daily group lessons and workshops, students will be introduced to each of the core rock instruments, guitar, bass, drums keyboard and vocals. Campers will learn some basic fundamentals of each instrument and what makes it unique. If you have a budding musician who is unsure of what instrument they'd like to pursue, this camp will give them a great introduction to a variety of instruments, aid them in their decision and increase their music appreciation. Rock games and activities will be used to explore genres, song structure, learning some rock star stage presence and experience being in a Rock Band rookie style! Introductions will be made to the sound of MoTown and its famous artists and sounds. No experience necessary / Some experience is okay too!
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    • August 17 - 18 2016
      2 Day Vocal & Recording Workshop
      workshop
      2 DAY VOCAL & RECORDING WORKSHOP Let it Shine!! 2 day camp allows all levels of vocalists to bring on their inner STAR and enhance their vocal skills! Will work with MIC/Headphones, vocal warm ups...
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      2 DAY VOCAL & RECORDING WORKSHOP
      Let it Shine!! 2 day camp allows all levels of vocalists to bring on their inner STAR and enhance their vocal skills! Will work with MIC/Headphones, vocal warm ups/cool downs, how to get better performing and all sorts of vocal exercises designed to improve vocal ability. Will rehearse solo and in harmonies. Campers will leave with a recording of themselves singing their favorite song. Extended hours available for additional fee. Lunch included.
      CAMP DATES: 8/17-8/18/16 9am-3pm $199
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    • August 17 - 18 2016
      2 Day Vocal & Recording Workshop
      workshop
      2 DAY VOCAL & RECORDING WORKSHOP Let it Shine!! 2 day camp allows all levels of vocalists to bring on their inner STAR and enhance their vocal skills! Will work with MIC/Headphones, vocal warm ups...
      Read more
      2 DAY VOCAL & RECORDING WORKSHOP
      Let it Shine!! 2 day camp allows all levels of vocalists to bring on their inner STAR and enhance their vocal skills! Will work with MIC/Headphones, vocal warm ups/cool downs, how to get better performing and all sorts of vocal exercises designed to improve vocal ability. Will rehearse solo and in harmonies. Campers will leave with a recording of themselves singing their favorite song. Extended hours available for additional fee. Lunch included.
      CAMP DATES: 8/17-8/18/16 9am-3pm $199
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    • September 17
      2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      Summer Season Shows!
    • September 18
      2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      Summer Season Shows
      FREE ROCK CONCERT

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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 such as PitchFork, backing for theatre performances and video game soundtracks as well at large festivals like South by Southwest. 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 Music Composition.
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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. By day, Diane is an Elementary and Middle School Music teacher. 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. His band, the Mike Wheeler Band was recently awarded the distinction of Best Blues Band in the City of Chicago at the 2015 Chicago Music Awards. And Brian is being inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in October 2016!! We are very proud of him!

      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 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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    • Meet Ryan Yueill
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Ryan was always listening to music as a kid and discovering new albums, but never played any instruments. When he was about six years old he got a fender telecaster for Christmas, and a group of pr...
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      Ryan was always listening to music as a kid and discovering new albums, but never played any instruments. When he was about six years old he got a fender telecaster for Christmas, and a group of private lessons. After about two lessons he was hooked, and has not put down the guitar since.
      Once he became more comfortable playing and developing his skill, he really wanted to join a band. All the way from junior high to the end of high school he was joining different bands and playing as a solo artist. Ryan was in a blues band and an instrumental jam band throughout high school. One of the hardest challenges was trying out and making the high school jazz band. That really pushed him in a field that he knew nothing about. Ryan since has studied and played all different types of guitar including jazz, folk, bluegrass, classical and rock. Ryan had the pleasure of being able to learn a lot of different styles from people all over. He studied for years at the Old Town School of Folk Music and he went to Columbia College Chicago. Over the years he has taken numerous classes and lessons studying different styles of music.
      Ryan still plays out as a singer-songwriter around the Chicago area. One of the coolest gigs he had was opening for Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins.

      One of the weirdest shows he played was at a venue in Chicago. He was booked to play, and when he got there he realized he was opening for multiple rap groups. It was awkward because it was not the right setting for his music.
      When asked why Music? Ryan responded: It’s something that you can get lost in and do for yourself. You can be free to create what you want and escape everyday life . Music is very powerful and connects people in more ways than I can count.
      Ryan’s interests: movies, Horror movies Halloween favorite time of year. Chipotle go to place.
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    • Meet Lucas Roehrborn
      Guitar Instructor, Keys & Sound Engineering
      Lucas started playing the trumpet at age 10. He played it all the way through high school in the marching band and the symphonic band. Lucas picked up guitar at age 12, where he started teaching ...
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      Lucas started playing the trumpet at age 10. He played it all the way through high school in the marching band and the symphonic band. Lucas picked up guitar at age 12, where he started teaching myself. In high school, he took guitar lessons from his local music store. He was exposed to a variety of music styles such as classical, jazz, rock, metal, etc. In college, Lucas was a music major who studied classical guitar. Lucas performed in many ensembles, and he performed in many solo recitals as well. Lucas was a music major at Harper College. He received an Associate’s Degree in Fine Arts with a Music Emphasis. He also went to school in Franklin, TN. There, He received a Certification in Audio Engineering.
      His first rock band started in high school. Since then, he has performed in and recorded with many rock/metal bands throughout the Chicagoland area.

      A funny story about Lucas:
      “I was playing a gig at Congress Theater in Chicago for a Battle of the Bands contest. There were risers in front of the stage that the band could step on to be closer to the audience. I attempted to go on to one of these risers, but I did not know that my guitar cable was not long enough to perform such as task. As I walked on to the riser, my cable flew out of my amplifier. It was embarrassing, yet hilarious.”

      Lucas has learned how to play the guitar, piano, and trumpet throughout his musical career. His current band is called Westgate. They are a progressive metal band that records and performs original music in Chicago. They have two music videos out on Youtube, and they are currently working on writing and recording our first full length album.
      Lucas feels the bands that had the most influence on him are Alter Bridge, Rush, Periphery, and Don Broco. Each of these bands has had a very special place in his heart for different reasons. Alter Bridge is a band that writes very heavy, yet catchy songs that stick with him musically and lyrically. Rush, in his opinion, is the band that has probably influenced most generations on progressive rock and metal. In their prime time, there were not many bands that could recreate a full and rich sound with only three members. Periphery is a band that definitely influenced his current band’s sound. In the progressive metal world, they were one of the first to write music for a style called “djent.” Don Broco is a rock band from the UK, which writes songs that are heavy, catchy, and funky. He also really likes them because they are one of the few modern bands, in his opinion, that perform live with great intensity, energy, and communication with the audience.
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    • Meet Jerry King
      Drum Instructor
      Jerry King comes to us with a wealth of experience, from professional gigs, to Music Theatre, to a tenure of a music instructor with strong educational background. Some of his professional exper...
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      Jerry King comes to us with a wealth of experience, from professional gigs, to Music Theatre, to a tenure of a music instructor with strong educational background.

      Some of his professional experience includes:

      Groups, Recordings, & Musical Activities

      Moxy Blue: Original Rock
      Albums: Powder Blue EP, 2001

      The Woodrows: Original Alt-Country
      Albums: The Woodrows, 2003

      The Sound and the Fury: Big Band and R&B

      Pheromone: Original Metal
      Albums: Pheromone, 2003

      Frank Tribes Band: Rock
      Albums: Gallery, 2006
      Blade EP, 2005
      By All Means, 2004
      Frank Tribes, 2002

      Karen Hart Band: Classic Rock Cover Band

      The Cosmic Playboys: Original Rock
      Albums: The Cosmic Playboys, 2015

      Squid Pro Quo: Original Ska
      RD Roth and the Issues: Indie Rock
      Albums: A Minute’s Worth of Sand, 2007
      Kill the Story EP, 2005
      Fear Not the Break Down, 2004
      From the Ears Down, 2002

      Blues Savant: 60’s Era Blues
      Albums: Blues Savant, 2004

      Fred Prellberg: Original Rock/Garage Rock
      Albums: The Last of the Rock Stars, 2005
      Ten Pennies Make a Dime, 2008

      David “Chainsaw” Dupont: Blues
      Albums: Live at Bill’s Blues, 2005

      Black Hole Trio: Fusion
      Albums: Black Hole Trio, 2011

      Epicycle: Original Rock

      Ellis Clark and the Big Parade: Original Rock

      He is well educated in music and the arts.
      He graduated from DePaul University, Chicago in 1993 with a BA with multiple concentrations. He has also studied with privately with mutliple industry greats such as : James Robl, Madison Scouts, Michael Green, DePaul University Music School, Principal Percussionist for Grant Park Symphony & Lyric Opera, Joel Spencer, Jazz Studio Musician, David Bloom, founder of Bloom School of Music, Samba Ogengule, West African Master Drummer, & Kenny Aronoff Studio Musician.

      Jerry has had experience since 1993 in music instruction in private lessons and groups, teaching in various settings.
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    • ASK ABOUT CAMP PROMOTIONS!!!!

      END OF SUMMER CAMPS IN AUGUST! We have End of Summer Camps for: 3-5 yrs Little Wing American Rock Star 8/15-8/17/16 3 Day Camp 9-11am 5-7 yrs: Rookies Rock Star 4 Day Camp 8/15-8/18/16 4 D...
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      END OF SUMMER CAMPS IN AUGUST!

      We have End of Summer Camps for:

      3-5 yrs Little Wing American Rock Star 8/15-8/17/16 3 Day Camp 9-11am

      5-7 yrs: Rookies Rock Star 4 Day Camp 8/15-8/18/16 4 Day Camp 9-12pm

      2 Day Vocal Recording Workshop 2 Day Camp 9-3pm
      8/17-8/18/16




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    • Band "As You Were" Takes 1st Place Honors in Battle of Band at Frontier Days 7/1/16!!!

      We are so proud to celebrate and cheer for "As You Were", featuring a few of our AH HouseBand members Kelly Cronin, Liam Lynne, Owen Blackburne and Andy Vaughn (on their own). First place in Front...
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      We are so proud to celebrate and cheer for "As You Were", featuring a few of our AH HouseBand members Kelly Cronin, Liam Lynne, Owen Blackburne and Andy Vaughn (on their own). First place in Frontier Days Battle of the Bands!!!!! Congrats and well done!
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    • NEW STUDENT PROMO

      30% OFF First month of a Performance Program (NEW STUDENT PROMO)

    • 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.htmlRead less

Testimonials

  • “Gillian truly feels so confident and self-assured the minute she walks through the front door at SOR. As we watch her confidence soar, we also watch her talent emerge and shine! She is experiencing a whole new world and is contagiously excited about all that she is instructed. Thanks! ”
    — Dawn C. parent.Hoffman Estates
  • “ It's a really fun experience for young and old! Doesn't matter if you haven't played for years. I haven't played for around two decades and still have a lot of fun. Having a goal makes practicing more enjoyable and music is meant to be a shared experience. Plus the owner Jim is great! Get out and play!”
    — Jeffrey M, Adult member. Barrington, IL
  • “Our son loves taking drum lessons and playing with his band here. Excellent instructors, fun and welcoming environment. ”
    —Alisa S. parent, Arlington Heights, IL
  • “My son is really enjoying the performance group he is in. He has a renewed excitement about his instrument and music in general. Music is just more fun when you are playing with other people.”
    —Karen F. parent, Township of Dundee