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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
(630) 206-4990

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 12:00 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 music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Chicago.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

  • 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

    • December 11
      12:00 PM
      WINTER SEASON PREVIEW SHOW
      Concert
      Join us for our Winter Season Preview Show on Sunday, December 11 from 12:00-4:00! We will be announcing our Spring Shows so don't miss out!
    • December 26 - 30 2016
      History of Punk Winter Break Camp
      Winter Break Camp
      Oi! Oi! Punk erupted in the mid-70s as a response to the bloated orchestral arrangements that had become commonplace in rock music at the time. Bands like The Ramones, Sex Pistols, and The Clash be...
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      Oi! Oi! Punk erupted in the mid-70s as a response to the bloated orchestral arrangements that had become commonplace in rock music at the time. Bands like The Ramones, Sex Pistols, and The Clash became the leaders of a musical movement whose influence has lasted for decades. This camp will trace the history of punk, from its basement beginnings to its arrival in the arenas, as bands like Green Day, The Offspring and Rise Against carried the genre into the mainstream. Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance on Friday.
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    • January 2 - 6 2017
      Rock Gods Winter Break Camp
      Winter Break Camp
      From Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to Radiohead and the White Stripes, legends from throughout rock and roll history will be featured in this awesome winter break camp. Students will get lessons in ...
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      From Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to Radiohead and the White Stripes, legends from throughout rock and roll history will be featured in this awesome winter break camp. Students will get lessons in musical instruction and working together towards a goal by learning classic songs from the rock canon, culminating in a live performance for family and friends. What better way to spend winter break than shredding to some of the greatest songs ever written? Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance on Friday.
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Staff

    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Casey Pilkenton
      Studio Coordinator
      Casey Pilkenton's parents raised her in rural Georgia on a healthy diet of deep fried foods and rock music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Since 2007, Casey has filled her days and nights as a writer...
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      Casey Pilkenton's parents raised her in rural Georgia on a healthy diet of deep fried foods and rock music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Since 2007, Casey has filled her days and nights as a writer, actor, and live theater producer here in Chicago-- her current focus is theater for young audiences. You can also catch her at the occasional live lit event reading one of her original pieces. She sings, sometimes rather well, and played the clarinet in her middle school band (never ask her to do that again). Casey is skilled at multitasking, a ruler of logistics and Google calendars, a serious Harry Potter fan, and completely charmed by the talents of the students and teachers at School of Rock. She's seen Fleetwood Mac live (Twice!) and it was life changing, but her heartbeat is David Bowie-- now and forever.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Jordan Brzezinski
      Voice Instructor
      Music has been Jordan's lifelong passion. She is a classically trained, award winning vocalist and front-woman of Chicago's genre-busting psychedelic synth quartet Sexy Fights. The band released th...
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      Music has been Jordan's lifelong passion. She is a classically trained, award winning vocalist and front-woman of Chicago's genre-busting psychedelic synth quartet Sexy Fights. The band released their debut album 'Too Far Out' in 2016. She gravitated towards singing and performing at a very early, always begging to stay up late past her bedtime to listen to records with her dad. By elementary school, she was singing solos and participating in choir music classes. She urged her parents to sign her up for voice lessons and began attending a performing arts school for private instruction. In middle school, she began competing as a solo vocalist for the Illinois Music Association focusing on pop, classical, jazz, and broadway. She participated in a wide range of traditional choirs, show choirs, gospel choir, private lessons, and musical theater. She spent any free time at home singing, dancing, learning new songs, and recording onto an old karaoke machine her parents bought her. She received many awards and accolades for her vocal achievements throughout school. She began going to local shows and getting involved in the Chicago music scene early in high school. Upon graduating, she moved to Chicago and immediately started writing and performing with Sexy Fights. She lived in two underground DIY music venues and was surrounded by many talented local artists and musicians that continued to inspire her philosophy of performance. She loves music of all genres and cultures and is constantly on the look out for new influences. Jordan is knowledgable about music production and has begun working with synthesizers, drum machines, and Ableton to continue to improve her musicianship. She is thrilled to begin her career as a vocal instructor with the School of Rock and hopes to provide students with a lifelong outlet in which they can find joy and freely express themselves as musicians.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Nick Mizock
      Guitar Instructor
      Nick Mizock was born on the North-Side of Chicago. He began playing guitar at the age of 11 with Chuck Berry being the ultimate inspiration. Experience in rock bands,orchestras, classical guitar en...
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      Nick Mizock was born on the North-Side of Chicago. He began playing guitar at the age of 11 with Chuck Berry being the ultimate inspiration. Experience in rock bands,orchestras, classical guitar ensembles, and jazz bands in high school had him already playing professionally at such venues as Symphony Center, Navy Pier, and Millenium Park.While studying at Northern Illinois University, Nick enveloped himself in his studies with Fareed Haque who is known for playing with Sting, Dave Holland, and Paquito D'Rivera. He would also play in a wealth of different ensembles there ranging from a Baroque Guitar Duo to a Latin Jazz band. In the latter he would get an amazing opportunity to play with Valarie Naranjo, a Saturday Night Live band member.Nick returned to the Chicago scene already playing in several groups. He currently leads his own bands Zock and the Zock Organ Trio, and is an in-demand sideman with: the DMR Trio, the Porterhouse Trio, Borrowed Eldorado, the ConnexionBand, Brad Cole,NOJO, Scott DuBose, and plays countless solo guitar gigs throughout Chicago.'' Virtuoso' -Fareed Haque (Dave Holland, Sting)''¦a Great Player' -Valerie Naranjo (SNL Band)
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    • Meet Ryan Canfield
      General Manager
      Ryan started with the Chicago School of Rock in January, 2016. Prior to this, Ryan worked at two other School of Rock locations, including our neighbors in Oak Park. Ryan loves how inspiring, humbl...
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      Ryan started with the Chicago School of Rock in January, 2016. Prior to this, Ryan worked at two other School of Rock locations, including our neighbors in Oak Park. Ryan loves how inspiring, humbling, and downright awesome it is to watch kids rock! Growing up playing drums in bands throughout high school, School of Rock has allowed him to tap back into his love of music and share the experience with kids and their families. Prior to School of Rock, Ryan worked at a wilderness therapy program in Utah backpacking with troubled teens.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Tessa Hoffman
      Voice Instructor
      Tessa Hoffman is a recent transfer to Chicago after receiving a Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She has been singing and acting on stage for over ten years an...
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      Tessa Hoffman is a recent transfer to Chicago after receiving a Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She has been singing and acting on stage for over ten years and is looking forward to see what amazing performance opportunities Chicago has to offer. Currently she lives with her dog, Bear, and works in a Jazz restaurant on Michigan avenue. When she's not working she likes to spend time playing video games and taking classes at the Second City. Most recently Tessa performed the Vanessa Williams track of Sondheim on Sondheim at the University of Iowa. Some of her favorite musical artists are The Alabama Shakes, Bob Dylan, Daughter, Hozier, The Killers, Laura Marling, Sia, Shovels and Rope, Two Door Cinema Club, and many more. She is very excited to be teaching at the School of Rock and can't wait to see the students rock their shows!
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    • Meet 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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News

    • School of Rock Chicago Kicks Out the Jams on ABC7 Morning News!

      Check out members of our Show Team on the ABC7 Morning News! Click the link to see the full video! http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/school-of-rock-jams-out-at-riot-fest/1514260/

    • WINTER BREAK CAMPS!

      We are so excited to offer two 5-Day Camps this winter break! History of Punk December 26-December 30, 2016 Oi! Oi! Punk erupted in the mid-70s as a response to the bloated orchestral arrangemen...
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      We are so excited to offer two 5-Day Camps this winter break!

      History of Punk December 26-December 30, 2016
      Oi! Oi! Punk erupted in the mid-70s as a response to the bloated orchestral arrangements that had become commonplace in rock music at the time. Bands like The Ramones, Sex Pistols, and The Clash became the leaders of a musical movement whose influence has lasted for decades. This camp will trace the history of punk, from its basement beginnings to its arrival in the arenas, as bands like Green Day, The Offspring and Rise Against carried the genre into the mainstream. Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance on Friday.

      Rock Gods January 2-January 6, 2017
      From Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to Radiohead and the White Stripes, legends from throughout rock and roll history will be featured in this awesome winter break camp. Students will get lessons in musical instruction and working together towards a goal by learning classic songs from the rock canon, culminating in a live performance for family and friends. What better way to spend winter break than shredding to some of the greatest songs ever written? Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance on Friday.Read less

    • Season Preview Show December 11

      Join us at Reggie's for our Winter Season Preview Show! Sunday, December 11 12:00-4:00

Testimonials

  • “The instructors are true rock professionals, and the students are given the opportunity to perform like rock stars!”
    —Anthony M, Chicago, IL
  • “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
  • “This program provides an outstanding outlet for my son outside of home and school. He has flourished in the program and is much more outgoing and social. He also has a lot more confidence. The teachers are working musicians and mentors to the kids.”
    — Jeff H, Chicago IL
  • “I can't say enough good things about SOR-Chicago. The teachers are first-rate. They not only teach music, but also teamwork and professionalism. They're a well-oiled machine. A great place for a kid to learn how to play an instrument and build confidence with an incredible support system of other students and caring teachers and staff. Truly a second home to my 15 yo son. Love you, SOR-Chicago. You're changing lives!”
    — Nancy H, Chicago, IL