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About School of Rock Chicago West

Welcome to School of Rock Chicago West, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Chicago West has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Chicago West, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Chicago West together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Chicago West today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Chicago West
1913 W Chicago AveChicago, IL 60622
Main Number
(312) 526-3978(312) 526-3978

Hours of Operation

Monday - Wednesday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
ThursdayClosed
Friday
3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Chicago West, 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.

    Chicago West 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 Chicago West’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!

  • School of Rock Chicago West’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 West, 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 West’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 West’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the absolute best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities and a serious talent for amazing teamwork, our AllStars have the skills and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour – complete with tour busses – for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Chicago West musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows across the country. Our AllStars have performed at Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, Namm, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from experienced, larger-than-life legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash – just to name a few. School of Rock’s AllStars program provides an opportunity unlike any other: to learn to rock the stage for real audiences.

    All AllStars at School of Rock Chicago West can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can excel in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Killer jamming and collaboration with their band
    • A summer full of cool, practical learning-on-the-go
    • Development of advanced instrumental techniques
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!"

  • School of Rock Chicago West is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Chicago West, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Chicago West’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Chicago West’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 West 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 West’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Chicago West learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Chicago West Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Chicago West enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Chicago West’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 West’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 West.

    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

At School of Rock Chicago West, 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. Chicago West students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of ...
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At School of Rock Chicago West, 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.

Chicago West 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 Chicago West’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

    • September 25
      5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
      Rookies - Mondays
      Group Class
      Join us every Monday for this 60-minute group music class for kids ages 6-8! Fun, innovative, and full of songs that kids (and parents!) will love to learn! Students will will be introduced to more...
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      Join us every Monday for this 60-minute group music class for kids ages 6-8! Fun, innovative, and full of songs that kids (and parents!) will love to learn! Students will will be introduced to more in-depth instruction on all the major rock instruments (drums, guitar, bass guitar, keys, and vocals) as they discover which instrument they'd like to focus on in their musical journey. Call us at (312) 526-3978 to reserve your spot today!
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    • September 26
      5:45 PM - 6:45 PM
      Rookies - Tuesdays
      Group Class
      Join us every Tuesday for this 60-minute group music class for kids ages 6-8! Fun, innovative, and full of songs that kids (and parents!) will love to learn! Students will will be introduced to mor...
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      Join us every Tuesday for this 60-minute group music class for kids ages 6-8! Fun, innovative, and full of songs that kids (and parents!) will love to learn! Students will will be introduced to more in-depth instruction on all the major rock instruments (drums, guitar, bass guitar, keys, and vocals) as they discover which instrument they'd like to focus on in their musical journey. Call us at (312) 526-3978 to reserve your spot today!
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    • September 27
      5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      Rookies - Wednesdays
      Group Class
      Join us every Wednesday for this 60-minute group music class for kids ages 6-8! Fun, innovative, and full of songs that kids (and parents!) will love to learn! Students will will be introduced to m...
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      Join us every Wednesday for this 60-minute group music class for kids ages 6-8! Fun, innovative, and full of songs that kids (and parents!) will love to learn! Students will will be introduced to more in-depth instruction on all the major rock instruments (drums, guitar, bass guitar, keys, and vocals) as they discover which instrument they'd like to focus on in their musical journey. Call us at (312) 526-3978 to reserve your spot today!
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    • October 4
      5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
      Rookies - Wednesdays
      Group Class
      Join us every Wednesday for this 60-minute group music class for kids ages 6-8! Fun, innovative, and full of songs that kids (and parents!) will love to learn! Students will will be introduced to m...
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      Join us every Wednesday for this 60-minute group music class for kids ages 6-8! Fun, innovative, and full of songs that kids (and parents!) will love to learn! Students will will be introduced to more in-depth instruction on all the major rock instruments (drums, guitar, bass guitar, keys, and vocals) as they discover which instrument they'd like to focus on in their musical journey. Call us at (312) 526-3978 to reserve your spot today!
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Staff

    • Meet Anthony Rubino
      Music Director
      Anthony is a lifelong musician. At the age of eight, he picked up a guitar and found his calling. In the last 13 year he has also become an in-demand bassist, with a feature story in Bass Guitar ma...
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      Anthony is a lifelong musician. At the age of eight, he picked up a guitar and found his calling. In the last 13 year he has also become an in-demand bassist, with a feature story in Bass Guitar magazine. He has been an active member of the Chicago music community for the last 25 years playing with bands such as Thirty Days, U.S., Drag, The High Grass Dogs, The Keith Scott Blues Band, The Last Vegas, Kevin Thista's Red Terror, Dorian Taj, and Rivals Of The Peacemaker. He has toured seventeen countries, playing thousands of gigs, recorded over ten albums, played major festivals (Lollapaloosa 2013,Eagle Rock Music Festival, Wing Ding), and even has a song on Guitar Hero II. For the last ten years he has been an instructor and show director at The School Of Rock Chicago and has loved every minute.
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    • Meet Ashleigh Gocong
      General Manager
      Ashleigh's love for music began when she first watched her grandmother perform onstage with her ukulele. Her grandmother quickly taught her how to play it... and then Ashleigh went on to learn how ...
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      Ashleigh's love for music began when she first watched her grandmother perform onstage with her ukulele. Her grandmother quickly taught her how to play it... and then Ashleigh went on to learn how to play the piano and violin as well. She is an experienced manager at School of Rock, having assumed the duties of Studio Coordinator and interim manager at SoR Chicago until 2015. She has a rare aptitude for working with children of all ages and is delighted to have found in her career the perfect blend of playing music, teaching young people and creating a school that is safe, happy and productive.
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    • Meet Jeffrey Smith
      Instructor
      As a third generation musician, Jeff Smith began his love for music at a very young age, starting drums in fourth grade. As a teenager he picked up the bass and spent all of his free time in his ro...
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      As a third generation musician, Jeff Smith began his love for music at a very young age, starting drums in fourth grade. As a teenager he picked up the bass and spent all of his free time in his room learning to play songs from his favorite bands. Since then he has played in countless rock bands. He has since studied formally at Norhteastern Illinois University and under Greg Sarchet of the Chicago Lyric Opera, deepening his musical understanding theoretically and practically. Although always a primal rocker at heart!, as a bass player Jeff is fluent in many styles of music including rock, metal, funk, soul/r&b, jazz, classical and the sub genres related to these styles. Jeff loves to teach students not only fundamental theories and concepts, but also how to really have fun playing! Jeff continues to perform all over Chicago in settings ranging from live rock permorances, musical theatre, or his college jazz band and orchestra.​
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      • Bass and drum instruction
    • Meet Miranda-Jean Sprague
      Instructor
      Miranda has 8 years experience working with children and teens to help them reach their goals! She is currently involved in Chicago's vibrant music scene and was recently awarded Outstanding Soloi...
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      Miranda has 8 years experience working with children and teens to help them reach their goals! She is currently involved in Chicago's vibrant music scene and was recently awarded Outstanding Soloist at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival. She has been featured in Down Beat Magazine as well as WBEZ radio. She has also featured as a background vocalist for local Chicago bands including Zoo, Elle Casazza, Dashtone, and songwriter Zoie Moser. She posesses a tremendous amount of musical insight, knowledge and passion to share with her students to help them sing and play their best!
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    • Meet Nathan Graham
      Guitar Instructor
      Nathan holds a BA in music performance and production from Columbia College Chicago. He has performed as a professional musician for 13 years and as a teacher for the past 8 years. Nathan has ...
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      Nathan holds a BA in music performance and production from Columbia College Chicago.
      He has performed as a professional musician for 13 years and as a teacher for the past 8
      years.
      Nathan has played and toured with Buddy Guy, Carl Weathersby, Devon Macabre, as well as with his own
      band, The Lucky Dutch. He has been a band leader for the last 7 years and successfully
      produced and released 3 full length albums and an EP.
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    • Meet Maxx McGathey
      Instructor
      Maxx started piano lessons at the age of four (thanks to Mom), studying classical music until his teen years when he discovered rock & roll. Rock led to blues, blues led to jazz, jazz led to funk a...
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      Maxx started piano lessons at the age of four (thanks to Mom), studying classical music until his teen years when he discovered rock & roll. Rock led to blues, blues led to jazz, jazz led to funk and so on, giving Maxx a fascination with a wide array of musical traditions. As the leader, main-composer, and keyboardist for the band Gramps The Vamp, Maxx brings his eclectic interests together into a project which has headlined Chicago venues like Lincoln Hall & Metro, has toured the country from coast to coast, and has gained Best New Band recognitions from the Chicago Reader and Deli-Mag Chicago. Maxx has also performed or recorded with the Chicago groups Secret Colours, Divino Niño, and Maxx’s own Pip Pip. His festival appearances include SXSW, Austin Psych Fest, and Ruido Fest, and his film-composer credits include Demonoid (1971) - a short horror film released in 2016. Maxx believes music is an adventure and wants to pass that excitement along to his students!
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    • Meet Nate Kennedy
      Instructor
      Nate, a Chicago native, was exposed to the rock n roll greats at a young age and he knew very early what he wanted to be in life - a drummer. His father, a professional drummer himself, taught Nate...
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      Nate, a Chicago native, was exposed to the rock n roll greats at a young age and he knew very early what he wanted to be in life - a drummer. His father, a professional drummer himself, taught Nate a few beats early on and from there he began teaching himself through books and listening to his favorite drummers. Since starting his first band in 6th grade Nate has since played in many bands such as Crown Vic, PTA and his most recent project, Crosstown, a rock n roll outfit with a touch of blues and punk. Crosstown has been playing in Chicago and touring throughout America since 2015. They have headlined many Chicago venues including Lincoln Hall, Double Door, Subterranean, and Schubas.
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    • Meet Charles & Peggy Stevenson
      Owners
      Charles is a former associate professor of International Politics and a 21-year veteran of Chicago's tech community, having started, grown and sold several digital agencies to companies like Adobe ...
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      Charles is a former associate professor of International Politics and a 21-year veteran of Chicago's tech community, having started, grown and sold several digital agencies to companies like Adobe and iCiDIGTAL. He started his musical journey when his daughter enrolled at School of Rock in Chicago three years ago. Having a front-row seat to her dozens of concerts, getting to know her teachers, and watching her musical skills explode, he decided it was important to bring School of Rock to more kids in the city. "I knew I had to help as many families as possible experience this amazing program because it is life changing." He sold his latest agency in 2015 and opened SoR Chicago West in West Town. He taught himself to play guitar and sing - very badly - in his early 30s which is partly why he has such admiration for talented musicians today. "I listen to music much better than I play it." Charles's wife of 23 years, Peggy, is also involved in the school's daily vibrations.
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News

    • NEW Fall Classes!

      We've added new Little Wing, Rookies, and Rock 101 classes to our Fall schedule! Check it out below: Little Wing (age 3-5) Mondays 4:30-5:15 PM NEW! Tuesdays 3:15-4 PM Wednesdays 4-4:45 PM NEW! Sa...
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      We've added new Little Wing, Rookies, and Rock 101 classes to our Fall schedule! Check it out below:

      Little Wing (age 3-5)
      Mondays 4:30-5:15 PM
      NEW! Tuesdays 3:15-4 PM
      Wednesdays 4-4:45 PM
      NEW! Saturdays 10:30-11:15 AM

      Rookies (ages 6-8)
      Mondays 5:30-6:30 PM
      NEW! Tuesdays 5:45-6:45 PM
      Wednesdays 5-6 PM
      NEW! Saturdays 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM

      Rock 101 (ages 8+)
      Tuesdays 5-6:30 PM
      NEW! Saturdays 1-2:30 PM
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    • Introducing the world's newest School of Rock...Chicago West!

      This day was a total gas! Local reporters, drones, live music, pizza, cake, raffles and lots and lots of young musicians. A special thanks goes out to all the teachers and staff who worked so hard ...
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      This day was a total gas! Local reporters, drones, live music, pizza, cake, raffles and lots and lots of young musicians. A special thanks goes out to all the teachers and staff who worked so hard to make the day a special one. If you missed it, watch the video below!Read less

    • We're finally open!!

      We're FINALLY open! And we're so stoked to be a part of the West Town/East Village/Ukrainian Village community. We offer a free 30-minute demo lesson for all new students so give us a call today to...
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      We're FINALLY open! And we're so stoked to be a part of the West Town/East Village/Ukrainian Village community. We offer a free 30-minute demo lesson for all new students so give us a call today to schedule your free lesson! For more information about lessons, enrollment and summer camps, call 312-526-3978 or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/SoRChicagoWest.Read less

Testimonials

  • “This is a GREAT new addition to the School of Rock family/franchise. The instructors are fantastic and the staff one of a kind. I HIGHLY recommend your rock star kids to join this location and get in on a rising location. If you're thinking of a camp this summer, do it! They're well run and your kids will play a show at the end of the week!”
    —Arlyne C., parent, Chicago, IL
  • “Personable teacher, Jeff, who can customize the content and pace of guitar lessons to not overwhelm my little girl. Her older sister quit lessons at another school due to how intimidated she felt as just another cog in the teaching method being taught to her.”
    — Matt M., parent, Chicago, IL
  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children. Thank you for everything!”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “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