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About School of Rock Elmhurst

Find your place in the music at School of Rock Elmhurst. We have a unique approach to learning music that helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. Students are not only being taught an instrument—they’re learning to deal with life situations, building confidence, and becoming better people.

At School of Rock Elmhurst, learning music in a lesson room is just the beginning. We get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible, teaching them to play as soloists and as part of a team. This immersive method motivates them to be their best, helping them learn skills faster and more thoroughly.

As both rockers and educators, School of Rock Elmhurst’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping your kids succeed in music and beyond. Visit School of Rock Elmhurst today to learn more about our creative community.

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 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 Elmhurst.

    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 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 10
    11:00 AM
    Rock The Block
    Concert / Instrument Petting Zoo
    Join us at Elmhurst's annual Rock the Block festival hosted by the Elmhurst City Centre! We will be hosting our popular Instrument Petting Zoo from 11am-5pm on Saturday and our amazing House Band ...
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    Join us at Elmhurst's annual Rock the Block festival hosted by the Elmhurst City Centre! We will be hosting our popular Instrument Petting Zoo from 11am-5pm on Saturday and our amazing House Band will perform from 11a-1:15pm. They will be immediately followed by the region's best Beatles cover band "American English"! It's going to be an awesome day of music, food and fun so get ready to hang with us!!Read less

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Staff

    • Meet Aditya Sharma
      Keys, Vocals, Guitar, & Bass Instructor
      Hi there! My name is Aditya Sharma and I am a pianist/composer/producer. I received my Bachelors in Music from Elmhurst College, IL in May 2016. I've been playing the piano and producing music for ...
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      Hi there! My name is Aditya Sharma and I am a pianist/composer/producer. I received my Bachelors in Music from Elmhurst College, IL in May 2016. I've been playing the piano and producing music for more than 10 years and have had the opportunity to work with some incredible people who have shaped and honed my creative vision. I'm a classical music fanatic but produce electronic music too. I recently released my first EP that is now on sale worldwide. I believe that good technique can be developed over time and that it only helps articulate a deeper, more meaningful truth that the performer is trying to share through his music. To be passionate about playing and performing is therefore imperative to continued musical success. It is in establishing that deeper relationship with music around which I base my teaching.
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    • Meet Robert Campbell
      Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocal, & Drum Instructor
      Guitarist and composer Robert Campbell moved to Chicago in 2010 from Arkansas, where he first learned to love all music rooted in groove and improvisation from his organist father and singer mother...
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      Guitarist and composer Robert Campbell moved to Chicago in 2010 from Arkansas, where he first learned to love all music rooted in groove and improvisation from his organist father and singer mother. His favorite performance to date was playing a packed gymnasium at a women’s prison with his family’s R&B band — talk about a captive audience that couldn’t wait to bust loose! While still in AR, he was tutored in music theory and composition by Philip Schroeder, bassist and modern classical/ambient composer. Robert received his first commission for The Lost Year, a film about the little-known story of what happened in Little Rock after the infamous 1957 integration of Central High.

      After coming to the best city in the world, Robert founded Holy Barbarians, a jazz collective dedicated to exploring the balance of order and chaos in improvised music. He has continued his love of composition in his trio, Iron City, and as a founding member of Jazzsquatch, a funk outfit dedicated to the mighty Hammond organ! He has become a go-to guitar man for the city’s musical theatre community, working for and with Underscore Theatre, Refuge Theatre, Windy City Music Theatre, and various cabarets. In 2015 he was made an Artistic Associate of Underscore Theatre Company. He cites Charles Mingus, Grant Green, and The Blues Brothers as influences, but his favorite Chicago guitarist is Andy Brown.
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    • Meet Naomi O’Dowd-Ryan
      Keys & Vocals Instructor
      Naomi O’Dowd-Ryan graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Music but she has been studying music all her life. She started singing classical and contemporary music early when she ...
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      Naomi O’Dowd-Ryan graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Music but she has been studying music all her life. She started singing classical and contemporary music early when she was in the Chicago Children’s Choir. She then approached the singer/songwriter style of performing and at this point, from being in countless choirs, ensembles and bands she’s sung every style under the sun. She has been singing and accompanying herself on piano since she was in her early teen years and has played most of the major venues in Chicago including The Metro, The Hard Rock Café, City Winery, and Chicago Blues Fest (all three days) and continues to grow that list. She plays piano, writes songs and sings in her original group Giantess as well as studies classical Indian music. She has taught ensembles with the Blues Kids of America Foundation, which allowed her to teach at the Fender Center and University of Irvine California. Her main teaching focus is that a good foundation of technique and health will best allow students to grow in creativity and musical ability and allow the student to connect with the music and other musicians with ease.
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    • Meet Mark Florence
      Guitar Instructor
      Mark Florence is a multi-instrumentalist raised in the backwoods of Kentucky. He migrated to Chicago in 2002 to pursue music professionally. Mark started playing the guitar at age 11 after being ra...
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      Mark Florence is a multi-instrumentalist raised in the backwoods of Kentucky. He migrated to Chicago in 2002 to pursue music professionally. Mark started playing the guitar at age 11 after being raised in a house full of bluegrass and gospel music. After becoming familiar with the guitar he branched out onto other instruments such as bass, drums, banjo and various synthesizers. After arriving in Chicago, he developed a deep interest in the sitar and studied classical Indian music for several years. His musical palette is extremely versatile, exploring everything from bluegrass and classical music to classic rock, funk and improvisational music. Mark has performed around Chicago with various groups at venues such as The Congress Theater, The Bottom Lounge, The Abbey Pub, The Dock at Montrose Beach and many others. He currently performs with his duo Trees and the Chicago based reggae band Kings in Waiting. Mark has also taken the world of visual art and brought it to the concert arena, building and running custom live projection video rigs at concerts. His band Trees strives to provide a full on multi-media experience by bringing their music to life not only through sound but sight.
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    • Meet Daniel Tamillow
      Drum Instructor
      Daniel Tamillow is an enthusiastic drummer in the Chicago area. Originally from Virginia, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in music while also following his love of teaching. He has been in...
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      Daniel Tamillow is an enthusiastic drummer in the Chicago area. Originally from Virginia, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in music while also following his love of teaching. He has been in multiple bands and has played many venues in the city. Daniel strives to help students gain a love and appreciation for their instrument and thrives on a fun learning environment. He studied music for two and half years at the College of DuPage under Mike Folker and has personally taken private lessons from drummer Charles Heath (Ramsey Lewis) for two years. Dan is always looking to learn and grow as a musician to become the best teacher and influence he can be!
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    • Meet Jake Anderson
      Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocal, & Drum Instructor
      Jake Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist that is active in the Chicago music scene. He started playing guitar when he was 8 years old and since then has picked up various other instruments to add t...
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      Jake Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist that is active in the Chicago music scene. He started playing guitar when he was 8 years old and since then has picked up various other instruments to add to his repertoire. His list of instruments include guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, ukulele, banjo, various percussion instruments and vocals. At 12 years old he started his first band. He has played around the country and has toured Europe with his former band Future Monarchs. This same band has recorded an EP and LP that was produced by Pat Sansone, a member of Wilco. Currently, he is working on recording a solo album at his studio in Logan Square. Some of his favorite artists are The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Zombies, Curtis Mayfield, Tame Impala, UMO, Human League, Talking Heads, OMD, Radiohead, The Impressions, The Ramones, Agent Orange, The Pixies, Simon and Garfunkel, Curt Boettcher and Al Green.
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    • Meet Tommy Evans
      Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocals Instructor, & Music Director
      Emanating from the windy city of Chicago, IL Tommy Evans has been immersing himself in rock and roll culture and technique for 10 years. striving to conquer any instrument in front of him. In 2009,...
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      Emanating from the windy city of Chicago, IL Tommy Evans has been immersing himself in rock and 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 them around the US landscape preforming at notable venues such as 1st Ave in Minneapolis, Lincoln Hall in Chicago, and Pianos on the lower east side of Manhattan. He has gigged in the festivals Austin Psych Fest and SXSW. Some of his songs have been featured in the TV shows Graceland, Royal Pains, and Californication. Concurrently, he has 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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    • Meet Lara Jenkins
      Vocal Instructor
      This talented and gifted teacher has been singing all of her life. Music has always been her passion and her love for jazz and harmonies prompted her to get a BA in vocal performance from Columbia ...
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      This talented and gifted teacher has been singing all of her life. Music has always been her passion and her love for jazz and harmonies prompted her to get a BA in vocal performance from Columbia College as well as completing most of her coursework for a MAT degree from Concordia University. Lara has a vast amount of experience as a singer and has been a teacher and choral director for over 25 years which has taken her all over the country. She is currently the worship leader and choral director at the Chicago Church of Christ and sings with the Tina Jenkins Crawley worship band. She has sung in multiple jazz ensembles, cover bands and wedding orchestras all across the city. She has taught everyone from children to adults and fully believes that music is a universal "peace" woven into the fiber of every person. Lara is excited to share her gifts, knowledge and love for teaching with her students at the School of Rock.
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    • Meet Rudy Bless
      Bass, Guitar & Keys Instructor
      Having grown up in Switzerland, Rudy moved to Chicago in the summer of 2009 in order to attend Columbia College Chicago. 4 years later he walked out with a Bachelors of Music, with a concentration ...
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      Having grown up in Switzerland, Rudy moved to Chicago in the summer of 2009 in order to attend Columbia College Chicago. 4 years later he walked out with a Bachelors of Music, with a concentration in Instrumental Performance for Bass. He’d had the opportunity to study under a slew of great musicians in that time (and learn a number of other instruments including guitar, piano and drums), and was fortunate to be offered a position playing bass for Australian blues artist Michael Charles. His time on the road with this band gave him a lot to think about when it came to actually applying what he’d learned over the years. He’s currently playing all around Chicago with his bands The Lulabelles and The Devilish Winks, and slowly working on some small projects of his own. Rudy is always ready to talk music with anyone who’ll listen!
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    • Meet Jordan Lemasters
      Guitar, Bass & Keys Instructor
      Jordan Lemasters is a freelance guitarist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist originally from St. Louis, Missouri. While in St. Louis, Jordan studied classical guitar at Lindenwood University (201...
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      Jordan Lemasters is a freelance guitarist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist originally from St. Louis, Missouri. While in St. Louis, Jordan studied classical guitar at Lindenwood University (2010-2011). Along with his guitar studies, he also studied Double-Bass and Cello and performed on both instruments in the Lindenwood symphony orchestra. Outside of his work in school, Jordan recorded and composed his own music while also performing and touring with St. Louis heavy-metal group "Icon and Anchor". During this time Jordan discovered a new interest in Jazz guitar, and auditioned at Columbia College Chicago in 2011. He was soon after awarded a scholarship to finish his degree in Chicago with a focus in Jazz Guitar. After moving to Chicago in the summer of 2011, Jordan began sitting in on sessions in several Chicago Blues and Jazz clubs and quickly began garnering attention from seasoned blues professionals. He has performed with several blues and jazz artists in Chicago including Mike Stern, Carlos Johnson, John Primer, Jimmy Burns and many others. He currently performs weekly lunch sets at Buddy Guy's Legends with singer/guitarist Anthony Moser, and plays in several bars and clubs in the downtown area. In December of 2013, Jordan will have completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Performance.
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    • Meet Lenny Vertucci
      Guitar, Bass Instructor, & Music Director
      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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Tim Mack
      Drum Instructor
      Tim Mack started playing drums at eight years old and has played in bands throughout the Chicagoland area since the age of 12. He has played for and recorded with a variety of bands spanning multip...
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      Tim Mack started playing drums at eight years old and has played in bands throughout the Chicagoland area since the age of 12. He has played for and recorded with a variety of bands spanning multiple genres. His bands have performed at Chicago venues The Beat Kitchen, Subterranean, Reggies, Schubas, The Fireside Bowl, and more. A few tracks Tim recorded drums on for American Wolf were featured on Chicago's radio station 97.1 The Drive. Now, Tim hopes to pass on the knowledge he obtained studying music at Loyola University Chicago and touring across the country to others as he pursues his passion for teaching drums.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Collin Bullock
      General Manager
      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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    • Meet Patrick McKenna
      Regional Operations 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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    • Meet 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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News

    • Elmhurst's School of Rock teaches life skills through music lessons

      ELMHURST – A child can learn a lot about life by picking up an electric bass and playing a concert alongside other musicians in front of hundreds of people. At least that’s the philosophy of S...
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      ELMHURST – A child can learn a lot about life by picking up an electric bass and playing a concert alongside other musicians in front of hundreds of people.

      At least that’s the philosophy of School of Rock, 105 N. Maple Ave., a performance-based music instruction organization in Elmhurst that is celebrating four years since it opened for business.

      “What I have found is that with this program, music is just the vehicle; it’s not really about the music,” School of Rock Regional Sales and Marketing Manager Joanna Vassilatos said. “What it’s really about here is building the kids’ self esteem, building their confidence and building their social network. Those are the big three pieces.”

      Vassilatos has been in the music industry for more than 20 years. Before working at School of Rock, she played drums and toured with the all-girl progressive rock band Radio Vago. She also has worked with prolific songwriter Diane Warren and at the Grammy Foundation. But as rewarding as those experiences were, Vassilatos believes they were preparing her for School of Rock.

      “I feel like I was led here in a lot of ways,” Vassilatos said. “ I feel like this is more of a calling than anything else. I feel passionate about this because I see the impact it has on kids.”

      To illustrate this point she uses the story of a shy boy who discovered what it was like to be confident.

      “The first day he came in, he couldn’t look me in the eye,” Vassilatos said. “In order to have a conversation he would tell his mother and then his mother would relay whatever he said to me. When the kid came in without his mother, he was so shy that while he was waiting for his lesson he would go and read a book while facing a corner.”

      Although he was there to learn how to play the drums, he wanted to give singing a try, so he was given the chance to sing one song in a concert.

      “On the very first show he played – it gives me chills still to think about it – he is singing the song and then at one point drops the mic, gets on the ground, and does the worm in front of 500 people,” Vassilatos said. “The whole place was cheering for him.”

      Besides building confidence, School of Rock students develop other kinds of life skills. Because these kids are learning to play instruments in a band, they have to collaborate and work together for the song to sound good.Read less

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    • Jake Deutschman, Drummer 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.
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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! Read less

Testimonials

  • “LOVE LOVE LOVE it here. My daughter won't stop talking about it. Great space, everyone is friendly and I love the vibe. ”
    - Judith B., 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
  • “I like the personal attention my daughter gets during their lessons, and I like the team work skills she learns from being a part of the performance group. She always has fun and has the chance to make friends with similar interests from other schools.”
    -Lory L., Mother of School of Rock Elmhurst Student