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About School of Rock Elmhurst

Welcome to School of Rock Elmhurst, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Elmhurst’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst
105 N Maple AveElmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 750-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Elmhurst, 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.

    Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst’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 Elmhurst’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 Elmhurst, 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 Elmhurst’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 Elmhurst’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 Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst 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!

  • School of Rock Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst, 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 Elmhurst’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 Elmhurst’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 Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst’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 Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst’s Little Wing Program can expect:

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

At School of Rock Elmhurst, 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. Elmhurst students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by ...
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At School of Rock Elmhurst, 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.

Elmhurst 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 Elmhurst’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 6
      6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
      Barbecue for a Cause at Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry
      This event is at Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry (125 W. Church St. Elmhurst, IL 60126). School of Rock Elmhurst will be hosting an Instrument Petting Zoo and our House Band will perform at "Cue for a Ca...
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      This event is at Elmhurst Walk-In Ministry (125 W. Church St. Elmhurst, IL 60126). School of Rock Elmhurst will be hosting an Instrument Petting Zoo and our House Band will perform at "Cue for a Cause!"
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    • September 12
      12:00 PM
      Rock The Block
      House Band Event
      This event is at Downtown Elmhurst (York and Second St. Elmhurst, IL 60126). Join the House Band's of School of Rock Elmhurst, Hinsdale and Naperville and they all perform at the City of Elmhur...
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      This event is at Downtown Elmhurst (York and Second St. Elmhurst, IL 60126).

      Join the House Band's of School of Rock Elmhurst, Hinsdale and Naperville and they all perform at the City of Elmhurst's annual Rock the Block event!
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    • September 26
      3:00 PM
      Old Skool - Summer Season Show
      Performance
      Come out and watch our Old Skool programs from School of Rock Elmhurst, Naperville and Hinsdale perform the songs they have been working on this summer! They will be immediately followed by one of...
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      Come out and watch our Old Skool programs from School of Rock Elmhurst, Naperville and Hinsdale perform the songs they have been working on this summer! They will be immediately followed by one of Chicago's finest cover band's... High Infidelity! It's going to be a great night!

      Saturday, September 26th
      Tailgater's Bar and Grill
      431 W Boughton Rd.
      Bolingbrook, IL 60440
      $10 (10 & under free)
      All Ages!!
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Staff

    • Lenny Vertucci
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Lenny brings over 20 years of stage and teaching experience. He started playing guitar at the age of 15, and spent most of his late teen years locked away in his room practicing with friends like E...
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      Lenny brings over 20 years of stage and teaching experience. He started playing guitar at the age of 15, and spent most of his late teen years locked away in his room practicing with friends like Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, David Gilmore, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Michael Schenker to name a few. By the age of 19 Lenny was playing in original bands in and around the Chicago area working his way up to playing in touring bands opening for acts such as Ozzy Osbourne and Testament. By his late 20's Lenny was a songwriter for Nash Publishing and house session player at Tanglewood Studios in Brookfield, IL; which afforded him the opportunity to work with many artists that has helped shape his style and sound today. Currently Lenny is writing music in his home studio and performing all over the Chicago area and midwest in the cover / original band Almost Famous .
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    • Justin Canavan
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Justin Canavan is a professional guitarist residing in the Chicago area. He recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Music with a focus in Jazz Studies. While at Columbia, ...
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      Justin Canavan is a professional guitarist residing in the Chicago area. He recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Music with a focus in Jazz Studies. While at Columbia, he joined the Advanced Jazz Guitar Ensemble and played guitar for their vocal jazz ensemble where he performed alongside 6-time Grammy nominee, jazz-fusion guitarist Mike Stern, jazz pianist/educator Barry Harris, and jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas. Through Columbia, he was also offered numerous private party gigs and recently helped run a master class for incoming freshman in the Jazz Studies program. Towards the tail end of his college career, he helped start up a 9 piece hip-hop/funk band, Dashtone, which was selected to perform at Columbia College's 2012 Convocation and Manifest Festival. He now plays and composes for two funk/rock groups, J-Roc and the Biz and Low Spark, both of which are consistently gigging in the Chicago area. Justin has performed at esteemed Chicago venues and music festivals such as Concord Music Hall, The Jazz Showcase, Martyr's, City Winery, Infrasound Equinox Festival, Hullabaloo Music Festival, plus many more. Along with that he has recently recorded a self-released EP with Low Spark and has recorded alongside Get Down Entertainment artist, bassist Mike Zabrin.
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    • Lizzy Zyburt
      Keys, Guitars & Vocals Instructor
      Lizzy Zyburt is a singer/ songwriter from the suburbs of Chicago. At an early age, she began playing piano and soon found that singing along to whatever she played was a great next step. In high sc...
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      Lizzy Zyburt is a singer/ songwriter from the suburbs of Chicago. At an early age, she began playing piano and soon found that singing along to whatever she played was a great next step. In high school, she joined up with her friends, forming the band Fairview. Lizzy continues to sing and play piano for the band, as well as contributing to the songwriting, as she continues to broaden her music background as a music major at Columbia College Chicago.
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    • Tommy Evans
      Guitar, Bass, Keys & Vocals Instructor
      Emanating from the windy city of Chicago, IL, USA, Tommy Evanshas been immersing himself in rock n roll culture and technique for 10 years, striving to conquer any instrument in front of him. In 20...
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      Emanating from the windy city of Chicago, IL, USA, Tommy Evanshas been immersing himself in rock n roll culture and technique for 10 years, striving to conquer any instrument in front of him. In 2009 he Conceptualized the rock band Secret Colours. Since then he has lead themaround the US landscape preforming at notable venues such as 1st Ave in Minneapolis, Lincoln Hall in Chicago, to Pianos on the lower east side of Manhattan. He has gigged festivals such as Austin Psych Fest and SXSW. The songs he has written has landed spots on TV shows such as Graceland, Royal Pains, and Californication. Concurrently he worked with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Gomez, Sage Francis, Iron Wine) to sharpen the edges of Secret Colours' sophomore album, Peach. He graduated from Colombia College with a BA in Audio Design and Production. There he worked in real studio environments becoming efficient in a range of analog and digital recording platforms.
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    • Matt Richardson
      Guitar, Bass & Keys Instructor
      Matt Richardson is a current student at Columbia College Chicago where he has received a singer/songwriter scholarship to attend. He has been playing piano since he was 7 years old and guitar since...
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      Matt Richardson is a current student at Columbia College Chicago where he has received a singer/songwriter scholarship to attend. He has been playing piano since he was 7 years old and guitar since he was 12. He has been performing since he was 13 years old and has a thorough background in both the stage and music theory. At the age of 14 he started a band called Fairview who have gone on to tour the states and build a bigger and bigger following year after year.
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    • Matt Orenstein
      Bass, Guitar, Keys & Vocals Instructor
      Matt Orenstein is a bassist, guitarist, composer, sound designer and vocalist active in the Chicago music scene. A Midwest music lifer, he spent time playing in bands around the Twin Cities (MN) be...
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      Matt Orenstein is a bassist, guitarist, composer, sound designer and vocalist active in the Chicago music scene. A Midwest music lifer, he spent time playing in bands around the Twin Cities (MN) before relocating to Oberlin Conservatory in 2006. For the next five years, he studied upright bass with Peter Dominguez and Eddie Gomez, and cut his teeth playing in bands of all kinds. Since moving to Chicago in 2011, Matt has continued to test himself and explore the farthest edges of the scene. He has spent time playing in noise bands, chamber groups, punk bands, jazz groups, and innumerable other music projects. In addition to his work as a bass player, Matt logs time as a multi-instrumentalist, lyricist, singer, and composer for Lionel O. Since 2006, he has released five albums, with a sixth coming in early 2015. Matt has twice toured the country under the Lionel O banner, and plays shows in Chicago as often as possible. Music in general has been a steadying force in Matt's life; he's made lasting friends, been given access to a larger world, and learned life skills that have proven invaluable outside of the practice room and off the stage. And he's done all of it while doing something fun. He's excited to usher that experience into the lives of others.
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    • Steven Rutledge
      Drums, Guitar, Bass, & Keys Instructor
      Steven Rutledge is a Chicago-based freelance musician and music instructor with a strong, dedicated passion for playing and teaching music. Before coming to Chicago, Steven was playing music profes...
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      Steven Rutledge is a Chicago-based freelance musician and music instructor with a strong, dedicated passion for playing and teaching music. Before coming to Chicago, Steven was playing music professionally in Portland, OR, his hometown, and spent time studying Sociology and Education at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR. He established a consistent music career, playing shows and giving music lessons around the Portland area in a variety of genres, including Jazz, Rock, Blues, RB, Hip-Hop, and Pop. Rutledge also has a classical percussion upbringing, and has participated in marching bands, chamber music ensembles, and pit orchestras for theatre productions. He moved to Chicago in 2010, and graduated in spring of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Drum set and Percussion Performance, with a minor emphasis in Music Business at Columbia College Chicago. While in school, he spent 3 years studying privately with Chicago-based musician Tom Hipskind, who is currently one of the most sought-after drummers in Chicago. He also played with various ensembles at Columbia, including the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble, Advanced Jazz Guitar Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and many others. Since being in Chicago Steven has been playing consistently as a freelance musician, playing venues, clubs, and musicals. Steven recently played percussion on Woo Park's debut album, a Chicago Neo-Soul band, that is set to release in December 2014. He also is currently playing with Chicago funk band Nasty Snacks, folk/rock group Doug Shotwell and the Right Hand Band, a pop/rock quartet called Lighten Up, as well as various other chicago-based projects.
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    • Julian Daniell
      Drum Instructor
      Julian has followed a deep passion for music since adolescents. He is a drummer and a singer songwriter/guitar player. A believer that hard work is synonymous with talent, he worked towards his dre...
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      Julian has followed a deep passion for music since adolescents. He is a drummer and a singer songwriter/guitar player. A believer that hard work is synonymous with talent, he worked towards his dream of being a performer at Columbia College Chicago Music Department. He has diverse musical inspirations from Zeppelin to Miles Davis and has been actively performing in chicago for the last 5 years. Julian also works at Fort Knox Studios, a rehearsal and recording facility in addition to School of Rock. He is determined to teach and inspire the next generation of free thinking musicians.
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    • Patrick McKenna
      Regional Operations Manager, Interim General Manager
      McKenna has been playing guitar, bass, piano, and drums as long as he can remember. Currently he fronts the Chicago power pop outfit THE PUNCH where he sings and plays guitar.This band features al...
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      McKenna has been playing guitar, bass, piano, and drums as long as he can remember. Currently he fronts the Chicago power pop outfit THE PUNCH where he sings and plays guitar.This band features all School of Rock instructors including Sean Walker from Hinsdale, and Evan West and Joanna Vassilatos from SoR Naperville. McKenna's bands have gigged throughout Chicago at some of the great venues in the city including: The Metro, The Double Door, Schuba's, Subterranean, Bottom Lounge, The Cubby Bear, The Beat Kitchen, Martyrs and many more from NYC to Detroit. McKenna has played in many bands over the years including: shoe. , girls on bicycles , Fire City Limits and others.McKenna has been working at SoR DuPage county since the first school was opened in Naperville in 2011. He started as a guitar teacher, and over time has held various positions like show director, house band director, Music director, General Manager of the Hinsdale location, and currently Regional Operations Manager for SoR DuPage County (Hinsdale, Elmhurst, Naperville).McKenna likes to focus on teaching his students improvisational soloing skills and ear training, helping budding rockers to be themselves and allowing them to jump into many diverse musical situations with the knowledge they've learned. McKenna currently lives in downtown Chicago, but grew up in Burr Ridge, where his parents still reside. He attended elementary school in Hinsdale (St Isaac's), and has earned a degree in Management from DePaul University.
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    • Joanna Vassilatos
      Regional Sales & Marketing Manager
      Joanna is a Chicago native who moved out to Los Angeles in 2000 to pursue a career in music. Throughout her tenure in LA she covered a lot of ground both as a musician and as a music industry execu...
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      Joanna is a Chicago native who moved out to Los Angeles in 2000 to pursue a career in music. Throughout her tenure in LA she covered a lot of ground both as a musician and as a music industry executive. On the music side, she toured all over the world as a drummer for the all-girl progressive rock band Radio Vago, playing and touring with such acts as the Mars Volta, The Breeders, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Distillers, Sleater-Kinney and many more. On the industry side, she worked for Diane Warren, the most successful and prolific female songwriter in history, also regarded by many as the most important songwriter in the world as her songs have received six Oscar nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, including one win, and seven GRAMMY nominations, including one win. She was then the senior production manager at MMA, an event production firm handling tastemaker events for Gwen Stefani, Motorola, DKNY Jeans, Quiksilver, and more. After spending 3 years with MMA, Joanna moved on to work side by side with the Director of Programs and Events at the GRAMMY Foundation. Working for the GRAMMY's, she was exposed to and interacted with the biggest names in the music industry, including artists such as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, 3 Doors Down, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Josh Groban, Radiohead, Mumford Sons, and many more.Joanna currently plays drums and sings in the band THE PUNCH who actively records and gigs in Chicago.
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    • Collin Bullock
      Studio Coordinator
      Collin A. Bullock was born in Champaign, IL back in the dark, synth-laden days of the 1980's. He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen in an attempt to impress girls. The results have been m...
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      Collin A. Bullock was born in Champaign, IL back in the dark, synth-laden days of the 1980's. He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen in an attempt to impress girls. The results have been mixed. He played in rock and roll bands through high school and college, toured the Midwest in a van that smelled terrible, and played more power chords than you can shake a stick at. He once knew how to play the entirety of Angel Of Death by Slayer, but he has since forgotten it. His favorite guitarists are Billy Corgan, David Gilmour, and Johnny Greenwood. Collin likes effects pedals and teaching kids how to rock! Collin currently plays bass in the band bloodmoney who actively gigs and records in Chicago
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News

    • Central sophomore organizes charity concert for UNICEF

      The Doings Hinsdale Pioneer Press staff - Oak Brook resident Anisha Advani is helping raise money for UNICEF by organizing a charity rock concert August 19th in Darien. The Hinsdale Central sopho...
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      The Doings Hinsdale Pioneer Press staff - Oak Brook resident Anisha Advani is helping raise money for UNICEF by organizing a charity rock concert August 19th in Darien. The Hinsdale Central sophomore formed Musicians for Charities, which in partnership with the School of Rock, will host the Kids Rock'in for Kids concert from 3-6:30 p.m. Aug. 19th at Q-Bar in Darien. Advani, whose mission is 'changing the world with music,' started her charity to organize local bands to play music and raise money for charitable groups. She has decided to focus her efforts on charities that support children and their families. UNICEF, the United Nations Children Fund, is a global organization that seeks to protect the world's most vulnerable children. UNICEF is directly fighting the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. More than 9,000 cases have been reported since March, and at least 4,500 people have died. Nearly 4,000 children have been orphaned, many of them shunned by their communities. UNICEF is at work on the ground across West Africa airlifting supplies, training health workers and caring for children and their families. UNICEF and its partners have reached at least 5.5 million people in West Africa, distributing critical information and essential supplies to health workers and affected communities. School of Rock has been inspiring kids to rock on stage and in life for over a decade. Founded as a single school in Philadelphia in 1998, School of Rock has become a growing international franchise, operating 100 schools included locations in Hinsdale, Elmhurst and Naperville.

      Q-Bar is located at 8109 South Cass Avenue in Darien, IL.
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    • SUMMER FESTIVAL 2015 PHOTOS!

      Take a look at some photos from the Summer Music Festival!
      Everyone ROCKED IT!
      Check it out at http://on.fb.me/1L8KJ6Z

    • Jake Deutschman, Dummer Boy

      Check out this awesome interview with Jake Deutschman, sharing how he has grown as a musician and how his band, Stellar, was formed at School of Rock Naperville! Written by Julie Simmons-Trapp (for...
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      Check out this awesome interview with Jake Deutschman, sharing how he has grown as a musician and how his band, Stellar, was formed at School of Rock Naperville! Written by Julie Simmons-Trapp (formerly Julie Simmons). She’s been published in The Chicago Tribune, Paste magazine, UTNE Reader, Harp magazine and other publications.
      http://bit.ly/1Plrc4I
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    • Joanna on The Busy Guy Show

      Check out this interview of Joanna our Marketing Guru as she spoke about School of Rock on the local access cable show, The Busy Guy hosted by Vince LoCascio. Joanna provides a detailed rundown of ...
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      Check out this interview of Joanna our Marketing Guru as she spoke about School of Rock on the local access cable show, The Busy Guy hosted by Vince LoCascio. Joanna provides a detailed rundown of all our programs, how they work together and the ways in which they impact the students. Check it out!
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Testimonials

  • “Our son was never into sports or the other activities that most boys were involved in. Then The School of Rock opened and we discovered he is passionate about music. As parents, we feel so lucky because instead of spending hours every weekend watching sports, we get to watch our son play on stage in a rock band at cool venues all around the area!”
    — Kirsten, Mother of School of Rock Elmhurst student
  • “It brings me to tears to see my daughter within her own community. There's a light in my daughter that I haven't seen in years. She's really found her place at the School of Rock. I think the kids have a mutual respect for each other because they have a mutual respect for the music.”
    — Cassie, Mother of School of Rock Elmhurst Student
  • “In grade school, our son lost interest in hanging out with other kids and doing pretty much anything other than playing video or computer games by himself. Then he started going to the School of Rock, and he discovered music was his passion. Now that's all he wants to do! He shows up early to practice, wants to be there as much as possible, and loves being with his friends at School of Rock that share his same interests.”
    — Mother, Elmhurst, IL
  • “As kids, we're used to trying new things and we quit if we're not good at it. By the time we're adults, we only practice what we're good at. So, we rarely allow ourselves to be totally vulnerable and learn something new in a short amount of time. For me, playing the drums has been a great challenge and also a way to express my individuality. And talk about a 'Bucket List'! I have friends who sometimes introduce me as their 'rocker friend,' and I chuckle.”
    — Parent and Adult Student in Old Skool, School of Rock Elmhurst's Adult Program