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About School of Rock Chicago

Welcome to School of Rock Chicago, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Chicago’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Chicago has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Chicago full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Chicago
3043 N Ashland AveChicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-3804

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Programs

  • School of Rock Chicago's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Chicago'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
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Chicago’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Chicago, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Chicago’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

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

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Chicago’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Chicago musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues 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 and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Chicago can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Chicago, 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 Chicago, 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 Chicago works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Chicago’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 Chicago’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Chicago Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Chicago’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 Chicago, 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 Chicago 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 Chicago’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!

School of Rock Chicago's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others. ...
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School of Rock Chicago's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Chicago'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
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

  • September 19
    12:00 PM
    SOR Chicago presents Live Aid 2015 - Saturday
    Season Show
    Join us for an epic day of live music performed by the students of School of Rock Chicago! To mark the 30th anniversary of this legendary event, our students will be performing Live Aid in its enti...
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    Join us for an epic day of live music performed by the students of School of Rock Chicago! To mark the 30th anniversary of this legendary event, our students will be performing Live Aid in its entirety at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago. Portions of the proceeds will go directly to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. So come out, enjoy the music, and give back to the community!
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  • September 20
    12:00 PM
    SOR Chicago presents Live Aid 2015 - Sunday
    Season Show
    Join us for an epic day of live music performed by the students of School of Rock Chicago! To mark the 30th anniversary of this legendary event, our students will be performing Live Aid in its enti...
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    Join us for an epic day of live music performed by the students of School of Rock Chicago! To mark the 30th anniversary of this legendary event, our students will be performing Live Aid in its entirety at Hard Rock Cafe Chicago. Portions of the proceeds will go directly to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. So come out, enjoy the music, and give back to the community!
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Staff

    • Adam Mackintosh
      Regional General Manager
      Adam Mackintosh is a unique American songwriter born and raised in Fremont, CA. 2010 came with several major mile stones including a performance of "Forbidden Fruit" by The Portland Symphony and St...
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      Adam Mackintosh is a unique American songwriter born and raised in Fremont, CA. 2010 came with several major mile stones including a performance of "Forbidden Fruit" by The Portland Symphony and Storm Large as well as a featured placement of "Steamtrain" in Westbound. After six European tours, five years in New Orleans, six years in Portland and three years in Wisconsin writing with some of the nations best writers, Adam has shared stages and recordings with James Hall of The Pleasure Club, Damon Ranger, Eric McFadden, Storm Large, Jackson Browne, Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown's Funky Drummer), Lynda Kay Parker and a multitude of industry professionals. An artist on American Icon (Austin, TX) and Alone Records/The Stone Circle (Spain-EU), Adamhas performed at over 500 concerts in the US and Europe. His style of songwriting has been compared to modern music such as Delta Spirit, Iron and Wine, Band of Horses, Wilco, Cold War Kids, Radiohead, Ryan Adams,My Morning Jacket and many of the classics, Harry Nillsson, David Bowie, John Lennon, Faces, George Harrison, Jellyfish, Old 97's, Big Star and The Kinks. Adam c urrently resides in Chicago, IL. and performs as lead singer of The Last Dancers and as collaborating writer and performer with Ruby James . .. Film Credits include: "Steam Train" and additional Music in Westbound by Arketype Inc. "All Alone", "Overdosed" and additional music in Damaged Goods By David Walker
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    • Andy Levenberg
      Music Director/Show Team Director & Guitar Instructor
      Andy Levenberg has been with the Chicago School of Rock since it opened in 2006. With his once notorious local country-rock band Old No. Eight, he recorded four albums and performed more than 500 s...
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      Andy Levenberg has been with the Chicago School of Rock since it opened in 2006. With his once notorious local country-rock band Old No. Eight, he recorded four albums and performed more than 500 shows around the country. He also fronted the short-lived sci-fi conspiracy-rock band Chemtrails. Andy's written hundreds of songs, a couple of which received nationwide airplay on stations including NPR and WXRT. Last year, he performed more than 150 solo gigs, but this year he's taking it easy. Andy would tell you, if you pressed him, that his four favorite guitar players are Neil Young, J Mascis, David Gilmour and Dickey Betts.
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    • Andrew Doney
      Keyboard/Vocal Instructor
      A graduate of Sonoma State University in Northern California, Andrew moved to Chicago in 2009 to pursue a career in music. Playing and studying Jazz, Rock and Classical Piano and Voice in college l...
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      A graduate of Sonoma State University in Northern California, Andrew moved to Chicago in 2009 to pursue a career in music. Playing and studying Jazz, Rock and Classical Piano and Voice in college lead to the discovery of his life-long passion: teaching music. Since 2010, Andrew has been sharing his love for music with all of the awesome students at School of Rock. Andrew has played with bands from a wide variety of genres, from Jazz to Rock; Latin to Classical. Influences early in life such as Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, Neil Young, and The Who solidified his love for music. Influences later in life like Tom Waits, The Bad Plus, and Brad Mehldau have fostered a deep passion for complex, cerebral listening and playing. "I've always thought that traditional music education is too formal and over complicated. 150 years ago, everyone played an instrument--and now people seem to think that playing music is only for a select few 'talented' individuals. Music is for everyone, and everyone is talented! All it takes is some good tunes, a helpful teacher, and some practice." Andrew takes this philosophy about music into his position as the director of our Little Wing program -- a set of classes designed specifically to encourage the inner musician in everyone to thrive from ages as young as 3-5 years old. Through School of Rock, Andrew has found a perfect outlet for pursuing his life-long goal: to show the world that, with some basic skills and a handful of good songs, anyone can be a great musician. Andrew recently moved to Chicago after completing his Bachelor's degree in jazz composition and piano performance at Sonoma State University in Northern California. His first major interest in music was classic rock and blues with key interests ranging from The Who to Neil Young to Muddy Waters which lead him to pick up the blues harmonica. As his tastes shifted towards a more complex sound, he decided to pursue a career in Jazz Piano but has never lost his roots in rock and roll. He now plays regular Jazz gigs in the Chicago area and teaches private lessons to students of all ages and genres. Music is something that everyone, with the proper guidance and a little inspiration, should be able to play competently and Andrew's main passion in life is teaching people that very thing. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing someone make a major breakthrough on their instrument, and find out that they don't need to be a naturally gifted virtuoso to have fun playing music for the rest of their lives. Andrew finds the energetic and enthusiastic environment at School of Rock to be a perfect venue for showing kids that music is fun, and practice shouldn't be seen as a chore.
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    • Anthony Rubino
      Bass/Guitar Instructor
      Anthony Rubino is a lifelong musician. At the age of eight, he picked up the guitar and found his calling. In addition to his guitar skills, Anthony has become an in-demand bass player, with a feat...
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      Anthony Rubino is a lifelong musician. At the age of eight, he picked up the guitar and found his calling. In addition to his guitar skills, Anthony has become an in-demand bass player, with a feature story in Bass Guitar magazine. He was a founding member of Chicago bands Thirty Days, U.S. Drag, and The High Grass Dogs. From 2005 to 2009, he was the bassist for international recording artists The Last Vegas. With The Last Vegas he recorded four albums, toured seventeen countries, and has a song on the Guitar Hero II video game. Over the years he has been lucky to share the same stage with Thin Lizzy, Jason Bonham, The Supersuckers, Giant Sand, Buckcherry, Roky Erickson, and Robin Trower. He currently plays with The Keith Scott Blues Band, Kevin Thista's Red Terror, Dorian Taj, Rivals Of The Peacemaker, and an unnamed project with other SOR faculty members. He has been an instructor at The School Of Rock since 2007 and has loved every minute.
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    • Ashleigh Gocong
      Assistant General Manager
      Ashleigh's love for music began when she first watched her grandmother perform onstage with her ukulele. Her grandmother taught her how to play that and then Ashleigh went on to learn the piano and...
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      Ashleigh's love for music began when she first watched her grandmother perform onstage with her ukulele. Her grandmother taught her how to play that and then Ashleigh went on to learn the piano and violin. She has an aptitude for working with young children and is delighted to have found the perfect blend of playing music and teaching kids via the Little Wing program.
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    • Barrett Tasky
      Project Studio Director & Bass/Guitar/Keyboard/Vocal Instructor
      Lifelong musician, proficient (stage/recording quality) on 12+ instruments, and audio engineer. Barrett's always been focused on music and sound since he was 3 and began his journey on piano. Class...
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      Lifelong musician, proficient (stage/recording quality) on 12+ instruments, and audio engineer. Barrett's always been focused on music and sound since he was 3 and began his journey on piano. Classically trained, Barrett then turned his attention to horns (baritone, trombone, tuba) then strings (upright bass, electric bass, guitar) in orchestra, band, and jazz environs. Knowing his limitations as a 'jack of all trades' musician, Barrett needed more knowledge of the field to know how he could develop himself as a viable asset for employment by labels, studios, production houses/venues, and bands. He turned his attention to sound, sound design, critical listening, studio design, tape and computer recording, and live sound reinforcement. After years of working for one of the nation's top live music buyers, Barrett refocused his goal towards his own music; developing a band, beginning work in studios, and freelancing in live venues as an audio engineer and stagehand. Currently, Barrett has clients that cover all aspect of the music industry - a label, developing artists, a podcast company, running a studio, studio engineer, hired musician, producer, arranger, composer and music instructor. Name drop? He has worked for or played with Jack Johnson, Prince, Cheap Trick, Sammy Hagar, Jim Peterik, Chicago, Keller Williams, David Gray, Radiohead, 311, No Doubt, and James Brown, among others. The highlight of his music career is still the priviledge of playing George Harrison's Magical Mystery Tour guitar with Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick. Pro Tools certified since 1995! Life-long musician turned sound engineer, Barrett has now found a home at School of Rock. Barrett has performed on big and small stages (from Taste of Chicago to his folk's house) on a variety of instruments - guitar, bass, upright bass, piano, organ, voice, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, sax, trombone, percussion, trigger/samplers - you name it. If it makes noise, he'll find a way to make a song and jam with it. Classically trained on piano from 3-16 years old, Barrett is deeply knowledgeable in all facets of music theory. Years of training and mixing on the job, Barrett has been the audio engineer for countless events in many many places (Aragon Ballroom, Park West, and Riv to country club gigs) for a varieties of needs - small jazz shows, weekend long suburban festivals, rock bands, to string quartets. As an engineer and musician the studio is becoming on of his greatest passions - both sides of the microphone; producer, recording engineer, overdub musician, arranger, you name it. Taking all of these experiences and understanding of music, music buisness, sound, studio work, and entertaining crowds, he has started his own company, Super Hero Audio. Barrett's proudest moment was his production this past February, when he and his wife (singer/songwriter in her own right) welcomed their 'future drummer' Nathan into the world. (Then quickly got back into double checking the Iron Maiden vs. Judas Priest charts!)
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    • Charles Williams
      Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Keys/Drum Instructor
      Charles Williams is quite the accomplished musician. He sang on a platinum gospel album at the age of 5. He has been classically trained on the piano, viola, and voice respectively. In high school,...
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      Charles Williams is quite the accomplished musician. He sang on a platinum gospel album at the age of 5. He has been classically trained on the piano, viola, and voice respectively. In high school, he was selected to sing with the Illinois all-state jazz, and honors choirs. While studying vocal music education at Illinois Wesleyan University, Charles toured eastern Europe and the Baltic's with his 60 voice a capela choir. Currently, he is performing with the Localvores, the Bellfry Hollers, and others. With over 20 years of experience, his attitude is really what makes him outstanding. He works very well with youth and is extremely patient. His relaxed personality and his patience make him an awesome fit for Chicago SOR!
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    • Cheryl Lawson
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Cheryl grew up listening to the current hard rock while also singing in children's church choirs and writing songs as early as age 6.She began formal instrument training in 1992 on the flute and pl...
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      Cheryl grew up listening to the current hard rock while also singing in children's church choirs and writing songs as early as age 6.She began formal instrument training in 1992 on the flute and played in concert and marching band.Inspired by the Riot Grrrl movement and the rise of all-female and female-fronted bands in the 1990's, she learned guitar in 1994 and formed her first all-girl band playing guitar and singing her original songs.At age 15, Cheryl was recording her music and immersing herself into the punk scene on the east coast.Triggered from the backlash and downplay of female rockers that she experienced, Cheryl decided to dedicate her life to rock 'n' roll and spreading equality within it and quickly expanded her formal musical training to voice, piano, violin, and drums.Her studies eventually lead her to Chicago to pursue her Bachelors in Music in Classical Guitar at Loyola University Chicago. Cheryl has been teaching music around Chicago for almost 10 years and has been rocking out solo and in female-centric bands around the city for almost 15 years. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of female connected music and women's rock history with organizations like Girls Rock! Chicago, Everybody Rocks, and Chicago Youth Centers.Cheryl has made it her mission to teach people of all genders, races, and ages that they can truly rock and excel on any instrument. Her emphasis is in establishing good habits early on in order to build a solid foundation of confidence and musicianship.She feels truly at home at School of Rock with so much focus being on her first love'¦rock 'n' roll.
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    • Chris Palmerin
      Drum Instructor
      Beginning as a young drummer, Chris Palmerin has always been actively involved with the Chicago music scene. Palmerin keeps busy with many projects, mainly within the Rock genre. Much of Palmerin...
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      Beginning as a young drummer, Chris Palmerin has always been actively involved with the Chicago music scene. Palmerin keeps busy with many projects, mainly within the Rock genre. Much of Palmerin's technical background experience comes from orchestral training and private drumming ranging in Rock, Jazz, Latin, Middle Eastern, and electronic/ambient. Despite his differential background, Palmerin has always focused in the Rock genre with tasteful Rock songwriting methods. Palmerin is an extreme contributor to many of his musical projects. Any of his musical peers can assure you that he loves a good songwriting challenge. His passion and determination makes him a vibrant factor as a great drummer and excellent songwriter. To Chris, the musical balance is whats most important about any project. Palmerin has appeared on numerous TV and Radio Media shows such as NBC's upcoming artists program Nbeat, Chicago Public access 24/7, Chicago Redeye Newspaper, WKQX Q101.1 FM, WXRT 97.9 FM, and WXAV 88.3 FM. On the Road, Palmerin performs the Midwest region and frequently appears at some of the top Chicago venues like House of Blues, The Metro, and majority of Chicago's small club and bar venues. Palmerin currently resides in Chicago, IL as a rock drummer for two bands. (Comasoft, Antony and The Tramps). Between touring and local gigging, Palmerin spends time crafting his technique, collaborating among peers and instructing at the Chicago School of Rock. Palmerin is also working with film director Juan Montelongo on an independent documentary film his career.
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    • Desmond "Dez" Davis
      Drum Instructor
      Desmond 'Dez' Davis is a drummer from the west side of Chicago. Desmond's passion for playing the drums sparked at the age of one, he played his first song and received his first drum set at th...
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      Desmond 'Dez' Davis is a drummer from the west side of Chicago. Desmond's passion for playing the drums sparked at the age of one, he played his first song and received his first drum set at the age of three. Since that time, Desmond's talent and passion has been unwavering. Desmond's skills where honed in the Baptist church playing gospel music however he is well rounded with the ability to play just about any genre known. Those genres include but are not limited to; rock, pop, country, hip hop, jazz, RB, reggae, funk, and blues. Throughout his career, Desmond has worked with a plethora of Stellar Award Nominee artists such as; Joshua's Troop, Todd Delaney, Apostle Donald L. Alford, The Brown Sisters, and Pastor DeAndre Patterson. Desmond has also worked with Donald 'Buster' Woods groups (God Gets the Glory 'G3' and His People), Church Boyz of Chicago, Time White, R.O.E. (Rising Over Envy), Reshanda Henderson Stage Plays, Ju'ma Stage Plays, Valencia Lacy Unquenchable, Megan Williams, Joey Wolfolk, Preashea Hillard, and Tyler Stannard.
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    • Edward Yeo
      Guitar Instructor
      Edward has been playing guitar professionally in area restaurants, events and local clubs since 1978. Starting as a rock guitarist in Stations and moving to 4XY, Edward realized he needed more form...
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      Edward has been playing guitar professionally in area restaurants, events and local clubs since 1978. Starting as a rock guitarist in Stations and moving to 4XY, Edward realized he needed more formal training to realize his full musical potential, so he received jazz guitar instruction and music theory from two local guitar teachers and later became the guitarist for the Wright College Jazz Band, where he was able to use his knowledge in a real jazz situation. Edward taught his first guitar lessons in early 2002 and has kept giving lessons privately, in music stores and for the last three years at the School of Rock. Currently Edward is composing his own music, teaching, collaborating with a partner on a children's music project and playing in a jazz duo.
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    • Jason Milbank
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Jason Milbank hailing from Boston first picked up the guitar at the age of 12 when his mom introduced him to Led Zeppelin. Shortly after he stumbled upon Paul Gilbert and it was all over. Spending ...
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      Jason Milbank hailing from Boston first picked up the guitar at the age of 12 when his mom introduced him to Led Zeppelin. Shortly after he stumbled upon Paul Gilbert and it was all over. Spending countless hours of studying the fretboard in his bedroom he has since graduated from Columbia College Chicago, performed all over the country and at basically every venue in Chicago with the numerous acts he's involved with. Despite the fact he has recorded and performed with country, jazz, RnB, and pop acts he is a metal head through and through. His heavier original outfit 'So Many Ways' has toured the entire US and dipped into Canada multiple times. As well as a guitar player he is also a very strong vocalist, lending his voice to a number of various projects. As a teacher he has been teaching for over 10 years from private lessons to group lessons and all age ranges and styles. When he is not at School of Rock or playing out he can more often than not still be found sitting in his bedroom practicing his instrument.
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    • JC Brooks
      Vocal instructor
      " ENVELOPING STAGE PRESENCE AND PALPABLE CHARISMA. '“ ROLLING STONE" JC Brooks is a musician, poet, and actor whose main pastime is writing love letters to the Chicago arts scene. He is th...
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      " ENVELOPING STAGE PRESENCE AND PALPABLE CHARISMA. '“ ROLLING STONE" JC Brooks is a musician, poet, and actor whose main pastime is writing love letters to the Chicago arts scene. He is the energetic frontman of Chicago band JC Brooks The Uptown Sound (a post-punk soul outfit), and also the K.i.D. He sits-in and writes with various bands around the city including Dead River Revival, Chicago AfroBeat Project, Sidewalk Chalk, and Akasha to name a few. He is a consummate professional who is trained in theatre and vocal pedagogy and who has toured internationally with his music buoyed by radio support both domestically and abroad, and he has shared stages with Corey Glover, Fred Armisen, Lisa Loeb, Maroon 5, Flogging Molly, Peter Bjorn John, Fitz The Tantrums, Aloe Blacc, Jeff Tweedy, Mavis Staples, Steve Albini, and Robert Plant.
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    • Katie Kadan
      Vocal/Keyboard Instructor
      Katie Kadan came into this world singing, and by God, she will leave singing!From the time she could talk she could sing.Since the age of three Katie sang not only melody lines but three and four-p...
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      Katie Kadan came into this world singing, and by God, she will leave singing!From the time she could talk she could sing.Since the age of three Katie sang not only melody lines but three and four-part harmonies.Katie began performing with her mom and sisters in churches and toured with professional choirs since a very early age. She now plays with her own band, Katie Kadan The Rockwells, all over Chicago singing her soulful originals along with reinvented covers.'Ya see,I don't stick to one genre of music, it's whatever song speaks to me andI role with it. If it is gospel, folk, country, opera or rock n'roll , I'm gonna make that song proud and give it my all.' Katie was classically trained in piano and voice and has taught voice and keyboard for eight years along with directing self - written musicals for children's theatre. It is her passion and excitement of music that encourages her students to pursue their own musical goals.'It's never too early or too late to feel like a Rock Star!' Katie is pumped about being on the School Of Rock team and is ready to train and encourage young people to express themselves through the love of music.
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    • Keith DaProza
      Music Director/ Rock 101 Director & Drum Instructor
      Keith DaProza has been an active participant in the professional music scene in Chicago for about 20 years. He is a founding member of Think Floyd USA and travels with the band regularly. Perform...
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      Keith DaProza has been an active participant in the professional music scene in Chicago for about 20 years. He is a founding member of Think Floyd USA and travels with the band regularly. Performing with a cover/tribute outfit has earned Keith the prestige of playing many esteemed venues including Park West Chicago, Summer Fest in Milwaukee (2004-2013) the legendary Surf Ball Room in Clear Lake Iowa and not to mention, Schwagstock in the Ozarks of Missouri and Shank Hall in Milwaukee, Wi. Keith is also involved in a long-term recording project 'WorkShopJones' which evolved from a group of friends with a mutual interest in woodshedding, writing and recording. Keith joined SOR shortly after the very first show season in 2006 and hasn't looked back. He enjoys the duties and responsibilities of music direction, drum set instruction and grooming the new young talent in Rock 101. Keith DaProza has been an active participant in the professional music scene in Chicago for about 20 years. He is a founding member of Think Floyd USA and travels with the band frequently. Performing with a cover/tribute outfit has earned Keith the prestige of playing many esteemed venues including Park West Chicago, Summer Fest in Milwaukee (2004-2010) the legendary Surf Ball Room in Clear Lake Iowa and not to mention, Schwagstock in the Ozarks of Missouri and Shank Hall in Milwaukee, Wi. Keith stays current with a variety of Singer/Song Writers and session players around town. Keith is also involved in a long term recording project, Hot Soup. Which evolved from a group of friends with a mutual interest in woodshedding, writing and recording, hangin out and being cool. Most recently Keith can be found around the region playing for Railway Records, an independent group of local acoustic artists. Keith joined SOR shortly after the very first show season and hasn't looked back. Scaling back his performance schedule to focus on SOR, he enjoys the duties and responsibilities of music direction and drum set instruction. He is also responsible for directing and developing Rock 101.
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    • Kyle Greer
      Vocal/Keyboard Instructor
      Kyle Greer is a southern boy with classical training turned northern lad. He has an extensive background in both music and theatre. He's been an instructor at the School of Rock since October, 2011...
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      Kyle Greer is a southern boy with classical training turned northern lad. He has an extensive background in both music and theatre. He's been an instructor at the School of Rock since October, 2011. In Chicago, he has performed with theatres such as the Jeff Award-winning Theo Ubique and The National Pastime Theatre. He's also performed as a solo singer/songwriter and with his band, Fatally Cool (who were asked to audition for America's Got Talent!) at venues such at Mary's Attic, Red Line Tap, Ace Bar, Park West, and The Abbey Pub.As a teacher, he's taught in a wide range of settings from private lessons to group/classroom settings working with a wide variety of students from special needs kids to professional adults. Part theatre rock, dark cabaret, and chamber pop, he combines them all for your viewing, listening, and teaching pleasure.
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    • Nick Mizock
      Guitar Instructor
      Nick Mizock was born on the North-Side of Chicago. He began playing guitar at the ageof 11 with Chuck Berry being the ultimate inspiration. Experience in rock bands,orchestras, classical guitar ens...
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      Nick Mizock was born on the North-Side of Chicago. He began playing guitar at the ageof 11 with Chuck Berry being the ultimate inspiration. Experience in rock bands,orchestras, classical guitar ensembles, and jazz bands in high school had him alreadyplaying professionally at such venues as Symphony Center, Navy Pier, and MilleniumPark.While studying at Northern Illinois University, Nick enveloped himself in his studieswith Fareed Haque who is known for playing with Sting, Dave Holland, and PaquitoD'Rivera. He would also play in a wealth of different ensembles there ranging from aBaroque Guitar Duo to a Latin Jazz band. In the latter he would get an amazingopportunity to play with Valarie Naranjo, a Saturday Night Live band member.Nick returned to the Chicago scene already playing in several groups. He currently leadshis own bands Zock and the Zock Organ Trio, and is an in-demand sideman with: theDMR Trio, the Porterhouse Trio, Borrowed Eldorado, the ConnexionBand, Brad Cole,NOJO, Scott DuBose, and plays countless solo guitar gigs throughout Chicago.''¦a Virtuoso' -Fareed Haque (Dave Holland, Sting)''¦a Great Player' -Valerie Naranjo (SNL Band)
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    • Ryan Farnham
      Drum Instructor
      After being able to sing all of the lyrics to entire Beatles and Guns Roses records by the age of 5, young Ryan could not wait to start playing drums in fifth grade band class. He went on to lead ...
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      After being able to sing all of the lyrics to entire Beatles and Guns Roses records by the age of 5, young Ryan could not wait to start playing drums in fifth grade band class. He went on to lead his schools' Symphonic, Marching, Pep and Jazz bands - but always knew that Rock Music was his true calling. After spending most of his high school years playing and releasing vinyl with Punk outfit The Valentines (and turning down his acceptance to Berklee College of Music), he andtwo friends started a rock band called Catfish Haven; despite receiving offers from several major labels, Catfish Haven signed to the elite independent label Secretly Canadian records. They lived in a van paying 150 shows a year in North America and Europe, sharing the stage with Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, North Mississippi All-Stars and Band of Horses. In Chicago, Catfish Haven played at prestigious venues (including Ravina, The Riviera Theater, House of Blues, Park West, Metro andLincoln Hall) and at the music festival Lollapalooza. Their music was in regular rotation on 93.1WXRT, The BBC and MTV2. Today, he is focused on teaching music to the next generation, as well asperforming and recording withseveral different Chicago bands(such asPaleo, Michelles, and The Kickback).
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    • Zach Drummond
      Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vox/Drum Instructor
      Zach Drummond , from Huntington, West Virginia, began his musical journey formally as a piano and organ student at the age of 7. A true performer by 10, he began studying trumpet, and while conti...
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      Zach Drummond , from Huntington, West Virginia, began his musical journey formally as a piano and organ student at the age of 7. A true performer by 10, he began studying trumpet, and while continuing to grow as a musician, added drum-set and guitar to his musical arsenal in high school. A move to Chicago to attend Columbia College in 2001 brought Zach and a handful of instruments to the city. He quickly began playing and writing music with a couple of roommates and formed Mad Hornet After Hour, an original rock music/occasional improv comedy project that went on to rock some of the Midwest's best venues and festivals. Amidst all the fun playing lead guitar in a rock band, Zach rediscovered his love for trumpet and piano while studying Music Education at Northeastern Illinois University. Before becoming a music teacher, however, he learned the ropes of music engineering and production as a session musician with TrackForce Productions (a collaborative team that has provided music for the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, MTV's Sixteen and Pregnant, and other nationally syndicated programs). A music teacher since 2009, Zach is happy to be a part of the staff and teach with the Little Wing program, private lessons, and now as an Assistant Director in the performance program!
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Testimonials

  • “School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with self-confidence. ”
    — Dan, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island. ”
    — Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We’ve already recommended the program to several friends. ”
    — Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA
  • “Our son explored many other extra-curricular activities prior to SOR, and no other activity was able to keep his interest. He has been challenged with new material, gained a foundation in theory and songwriting, as well as learned how to work in a group with other students to put on phenomenal rock 'n roll concerts in real" concert venues." ”
    — Trisha Ybarra-Peters, Leesburg, VA