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About School of Rock Evanston, IL

Welcome to School of Rock Evanston, IL, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Evanston, IL’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Evanston, IL 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 Evanston, IL 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 Evanston, IL
1311 Sherman PlaceEvanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Evanston, IL, 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.

    Evanston, IL 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 Evanston, IL’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!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Evanston, IL is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Evanston, IL, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Evanston, IL students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Evanston, IL’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • 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 Evanston, IL’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 Evanston, IL 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 Evanston, IL can expect:

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

  • At School of Rock Evanston, IL, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Evanston, IL, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Evanston, IL works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Evanston, IL’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • At School of Rock Evanston, IL, we teach preschoolers in our Little Wing Program the creativity, confidence, and knowledge they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Music is the gateway to childrens’ growth, whether it’s in the form of great friendships from shared musical experiences or the joy of hearing an inspirational song for the first time.

    Our Little Wing students at Evanston, IL enjoy a unique variety of music-minded games based on some of the most popular music in rock and roll history. Through great music and a foundation of fun, our students refine their motor skills, coordination, pre-literacy, and group cooperation in a safe and inclusive environment.

    Young rockers in Evanston, IL’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 Evanston, IL, 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. Evanston, IL students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of ...
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At School of Rock Evanston, IL, 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.

Evanston, IL 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 Evanston, IL’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

    • July 20 - August 30 2015
      Summer Session Two
      This event is at School of Rock Evanston (1131 Sherman Place Evanston, IL 60201).
    • August 30
      1:30 PM
      Reggae Show
      Live Concert!
      Come check out our Performance Program kids put on the last Reggae show of the Summer at The Empty Bottle!
    • August 30
      3:00 PM
      The Police - Regatta de Blanc
      Live Concert!
      Come check out the Performance Program kids perform The Police's EPIC ALBUM: Regatta de Blanc! A great way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Check them out at The Empty Bottle!
    • September 17
      6:00 PM
      Evanston Charity Wine Walk
      Live Show in the Parking Lot!
      Come check out the Evanston House Band while sipping on some delicious wine from Vinic! The House Band performs in the lot just south of the school on the Chicago Ave. end of the lot. We will be ...
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      Come check out the Evanston House Band while sipping on some delicious wine from Vinic! The House Band performs in the lot just south of the school on the Chicago Ave. end of the lot. We will be raffling off a School of Rock gift basket, and pouring wine all night!
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    • September 19
      4:00 PM
      Evanston Art and Big Fork Festival
      This event is at Downtown Evanston (800 Church St Evanston, IL 60201). Arriving the final week of September for its inaugural debut, Evanston Art Big Fork Festival introduces a weekend-long celebr...
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      This event is at Downtown Evanston (800 Church St Evanston, IL 60201). Arriving the final week of September for its inaugural debut, Evanston Art Big Fork Festival introduces a weekend-long celebration of local art and flavorful fare. Kicking off 5PM Friday with live music and tasty fare, the Evanston Art Big Fork Festival will feature local fare, beer, and wine from Farmhouse, Stained Glass and more! Live music will fill the streets of Evanston for more fun! Headlining 7PM on Friday night will be Sixteen Candles, one of Chicago's best 80'²s cover band! 'Dance like an Egyptian' to all your favorite 80'²s songs. The brand-new festival will feature original high-end work from 130 artists will be available for purchase, perfect for gifts or a signature addition to a personal collection. Traditional mediums such as painting, sculpture, and photography will be showcased alongside unique, usable art, including handmade jewelry, one-of-a-kind furniture, and home accessories.
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    • October 10
      5:30 PM
      The Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest
      House Band Show!
      Come check out both Evanston and Highwood's House Bands at the best Pumkin Fest on the North Shore! All the pumkins, cider, and Rock and Roll you could ever want!

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Staff

    • Bryan Resendiz
      Drum Instructor
      Bryan Resendiz is a Music Director at the Highwood School. He teaches drums and manages the ensemble rehearsals. Bryan is from Evanston, Illinois. His path through the world of rock 'n' roll began ...
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      Bryan Resendiz is a Music Director at the Highwood School. He teaches drums and manages the ensemble rehearsals. Bryan is from Evanston, Illinois. His path through the world of rock 'n' roll began when Bryan got his first drum set in the 3rd grade. Bryan's musical inspiration came initially from his older sister's record collection of "The Police" and "Led Zeppelin." By age 12 and throughout his teens, Bryan performed live in bands and in studio settings. In the summer of 1995 as a part of the Hello Dave band, Bryan played in venues from San Francisco and New York to Key West, while also headlining at the House of Blues, Park West, and the Vic Theater in Chicago. The band also performed on numerous radio and television programs including WGN-TV, WXRT, and WCKG. In 2002, Hello Dave was asked by the U.S.O to entertain American servicemen and servicewomen overseas. Between 2002 and 2005, Bryan played rock 'n' roll in the Pacific Islands, Asia, Europe, Africa, and across the Middle East, culminating in an intense tour across Iraq. Bryan recorded a full-length album for Hello Dave's "Perfect Day" in 2003. An opportunity to work closely with producer, Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, REM, Bruce Hornsby) and engineer Mark Dearnley (Paul McCartney, ACDC, XTC) made a lasting impression on how to create powerful music and capture great performances. Bryan left the Hello Dave band in 2005 in order to focus on freelance music projects and a successful teaching practice at Kevin Connelley Drum Instruction in Skokie. Bryan continues to maintain a busy gigging schedule with a number of Chicago bands.
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    • Gordon Patriarca
      Music Director and Bass Instructor
      Bassist Gordon Patriarca has been a lifetime resident of Chicago. As a child in the 1960's a transistor radio was a constant companion (under the pillow at bedtime) this radio would be tuned to one...
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      Bassist Gordon Patriarca has been a lifetime resident of Chicago. As a child in the 1960's a transistor radio was a constant companion (under the pillow at bedtime) this radio would be tuned to one of the AM powerhouses WLS or WCFL and the gloriously diverse Top-40 sounds were the soundtrack of his childhood. The physical relationship with the electric bass began at age 16, this was fueled by the inevitable sibling rivalry with a younger brother who had become an above-average guitarist in only 3-4 years of playing. Not to be outdone (and using Cream bassist Jack Bruce as a role model) Patriarca picked the 4-stringed instrument and circumnavigated any comparisons with his junior kin. High School bands followed (now the radio was tuned to FM, Hard- Rock, Blues-Rock, Prog-Rock etc. it was the '70's) There was a bit of formal study with (now L.A. studio bassist) Paul Zibits. After High School there was a couple of years of college (Northern ILL. University) where he was in an African percussion ensemble, and took various oddball music classes. The highlight of this college experience was probably his twice weekly shows as a DJ at the campus radio station. Leaving school to pursue the life of a working musician, Patriarca began his 25 year career with a "Who's Who" of Chicago musicians spanning Rock, Pop, Blues,and Country. Patriarca has played in at least 50 local bands (Remainders, Bad Examples, Anna Fermin, Cathy Richardson,Robbie Fulks, Satyagraha, Yardsale, Word Bongo, Urban Djinn, Jan James, Icos et.al) In the Blues/RB arena he has gigged with Sugar Blue (harmonica on "Miss You"- the Rolling Stones), Matt "Guitar" Murphy (Memphis Slim, Blues Brothers), Johnny Johnson (Chuck Berry's pianist in the 1950's), Jimmy Johnson (Delmark and Alligator recording artist), Screaming Jay Hawkins ("I Put a Spell on You"), Dave Spector (Delmark) and others. Patriarca has also worked with national acts doing tours with Survivor ("Eye of the Tiger"), Spirit ("I Got a Line On You"), and gigs with the Coasters, Drifters, Martha Reeves, the Shangri- Las, and Sam Moore (Sam Dave). In addition he has appeared on over 25 recordings including recent discs with James Burton ( session guitarist extrordanaire and Elvis Presley's guitarist 1970-'77), songwriters Josh Verbenets and Cameron McGill, roots-rocker Bucky Halker, instrumental combo, the Nitecallers and Honky-Tonk legend Urban Dijinn. Other recording highlights include the Icos CD "At the Speed of Life" recorded at Abbey Road studios in London. He has toured Europe twice with Blues-Rock chanteuse Jan James. At this point he calculates he has done close to 4000 gigs and remains active in the Chicago music scene.
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    • Michelle Hallman
      Voice Instructor
      Michelle Hallman performs, records, writes/arranges songs, and tours with many different projects. She has been a working musician for a greater part of her life, and thrives in the live performanc...
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      Michelle Hallman performs, records, writes/arranges songs, and tours with many different projects. She has been a working musician for a greater part of her life, and thrives in the live performance! She is a well versed singer perfecting a plethora of styles and genres. Even though she's a rocker at heart, she has always loved choral music and is extremely knowledgeable in vocal harmonies.Michelle is also an accomplished percussionist. She plays congas, bongos, djembe, and all kinds of assorted hand percussion instruments. She can Whistle! She has played the piano since age 3, and took lessons for many, many years! She also plays the guitar and is striving to get better. Michelle has sung/played with the likes of Gregg Allman, Darryl Jones, Mr. Blotto, Umphree's McGee , Richard Marx, Vince Welnick, Freddie Jones Band, The Bodeans... Her bands have opened for Kansas, Steven Stills and Jazz is Dead.She's also been the voice of national commercial jingles. Michelle loves teaching at the School of Rock, and is thrilled to share her knowledge and experience. She is so excited to see what the next generation of talent will bring.Check out Michelle's different projects: Matt Lewis and the Union, Goodfoot, Ladies of the Canyon, Whiskey Jezebel.
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    • Matt Berger
      Guitar Instructor
      Matt Berger brings to School of Rock over 20 years of guitar playing experience. His musical endeavors include touring and performing at hundreds of schools and concert halls as a clinician, record...
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      Matt Berger brings to School of Rock over 20 years of guitar playing experience. His musical endeavors include touring and performing at hundreds of schools and concert halls as a clinician, recording as a session musician and performing in diverse jazz, rock, metal, soul, pop, and classical settings. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2006, where he studied with guitar masters such as Tim Miller and Mark White, and was fortunate to attend master classes and clinics with Mike Stern, Pat Metheny and Frank Gambale amongst others. Afterwards, he had the great opportunity to study and perform Indian Classical music while touring as a student of tabla master Sandip Burman. In regards to music instruction, Matt's approach heavily involves working with students on improvisational skills and applying them to their rock repertoire, which helps develop ear-training, creativity and technique
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    • Steve Kentala
      Drum Instructor
      Steve Kentala drums for the Chicago 90's/Pop cover band The Personnel. He currently performs 100+ shows a year ranging from clubs, bars, festivals and private events. Steve has been teaching with t...
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      Steve Kentala drums for the Chicago 90's/Pop cover band The Personnel. He currently performs 100+ shows a year ranging from clubs, bars, festivals and private events. Steve has been teaching with the School of Rock since 2009. Lessons are structured to cover technique, music concepts and drum set playing. He is an advocate for goal setting and playing with intention. Becoming a good drummer does not require talent '“ it is developed through patience and persistence. Let your drumming become a cymbal of your personality. Bad puns always welcome! See more at: http://www.stevekentala.com/
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    • Zach Kritzer
      Guitar Instructor and Show Director
      Zach Kritzer is a guitarist and song writer who plays frequently in the Chicago area. He can be seen performing with soul/rb powerhouse Willy Dynomite, as well as with acoustic and cover acts. Zach...
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      Zach Kritzer is a guitarist and song writer who plays frequently in the Chicago area. He can be seen performing with soul/rb powerhouse Willy Dynomite, as well as with acoustic and cover acts. Zach is an expert Rock, RB, and blues player, and is experienced with Jazz as well. He is very adept at teaching all levels of music, from basic chords to practical use of advanced techniques.
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    • Justin Eisenbraun
      Guitar Instructor
      Justin Eisenbraun is a guitarist and composer from Chicago, IL. He holds a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Northeastern Illinois University where he studied with Dr. Brian Torosian and ...
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      Justin Eisenbraun is a guitarist and composer from Chicago, IL. He holds a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Northeastern Illinois University where he studied with Dr. Brian Torosian and took master classes with, among others, David Russell and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Eisenbraun has been performing professionally for years as a soloist and in groups throughout the US and in Europe. He was a founding member of Scattered Trees, The Personnel, and is currently performing with Ancient Seas. He has composed for film, television, and recorded with a variety of artists on dozens of albums.
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    • Letty Garcia
      Voice / Saxophone / Keyboard Instructor
      Letty is a Chicago singer, songwriter, and saxophonist. She has been involved with music since the age of 4. She started her music career performing in bars and venues at the age of 18. Letty has a...
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      Letty is a Chicago singer, songwriter, and saxophonist. She has been involved with music since the age of 4. She started her music career performing in bars and venues at the age of 18. Letty has a B.A. in Music Performance from Northeastern Illinois University. She has studied with Ted Hogarth, Jim Barbick, Jared Bulmer, Mayo Tiana, and Dave Reminick. Her style ranges from Funk, Motown, RB, Jazz, Soul, to Indie. Letty has performed with many respected artists: Mark Colby, Victor Garcia, Steve Huffstetler, Luis Bonilla, Bill Reichenbach, Mark Levine, Sean Jones, and more.
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    • Joe Babiak
      Drum Instructor
      Joe Babiak began his musical career at the early age of five. Joe played in concert and jazz bands all throughout his schooling and was the recipient of numerous awards, the most notable of these w...
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      Joe Babiak began his musical career at the early age of five. Joe played in concert and jazz bands all throughout his schooling and was the recipient of numerous awards, the most notable of these was performing at Carnegie Hall. Joe takes great pride in being well versed in many genres. His strong understanding of theory, keen melodic and harmonic sense, and excellent pitch makes him unique on the instrument. Joe attended Elmhurst College in Chicago where he earned his B.A. in Music. In 2002, Joe began his long running relationship with renowned guitarist, Michael Angelo Batio. Since then he has toured Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Russia, and India, performed in Michael's music videos, recorded on two of his full length albums, and opened up for Hellyea and Megadeth at the 2011 Dean Guitar NAMM Jam. In 2005, Joe's progressive-rock group Parallel Mind was signed to Unicorn Records of Canada for the release of their album, Colossus ADEA. In the spring of 2006, Joe joined the Chicago based band Kill Hannah for a 5 month national tour in support of the group's second album with Atlantic Records. During that time, he performed in the band's Lips Like Morphine music video, the WGN morning news, and Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival. From 2006-2010, Joe played in the rock band South Of Earth featuring Geno Lenardo (Device, FILTER, Chevelle), Joe Grah (Loser, Jibe), and Bill Gower (Boy Hits Car). Most recently, Joe played in the LA based bandCage9, featuring members of Powerman 5000.Joe has also had the honor of appearing in Modern Drummer magazine five times and was also featured in the November 2006 issue of DRUM! magazine. He proudly endorses Sonor Drums, Sabian cymbals, Vater Sticks, Protechtor Cases by Gator, Westone in-ear monitors, and beyerdynamic microphones.After a successful stay in Los Angeles (2007-2011), Joe returned to Chicago where he performs with a few local groups and maintains an active teaching schedule.
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    • Stephanie Stahl
      Voice Instructor
      Stephanie Stahl (Stella) has been part of Chicago's music scene for the past 11 years. Originally from Cudahy, WI, she moved to Chicago in 2003. She attended NEIU studying Trombone performance and ...
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      Stephanie Stahl (Stella) has been part of Chicago's music scene for the past 11 years. Originally from Cudahy, WI, she moved to Chicago in 2003. She attended NEIU studying Trombone performance and political science. She has been with the school of rock for the past 6 years. Stephanie teaches voice and songwriting. Her singing palate extends anywhere from Rock to soul, blues to swing, and Jazz to pop. For singing samples visit her soundcloud: www.soundcloud.com/stephaniestahl Stephanie can be found performing in multiple bands under the stage name of Stella; Willy Dynomite: https://www.facebook.com/willydynomite https://soundcloud.com/willydynomitemusic Girlband: https://www.facebook.com/girlbandrock http://www.girlbandrock.com/
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    • Justin Radtke
      Rock 101 Director and Guitar Instructor
      Justin has always had a deep love and appreciation for music throughout his life. He has been playing guitar for 15 years, and has over 10 years of experience teaching guitar lessons to people of a...
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      Justin has always had a deep love and appreciation for music throughout his life. He has been playing guitar for 15 years, and has over 10 years of experience teaching guitar lessons to people of all ages. Some of Justin's guitar idols include Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, John Williams, and Joe Pass. Justin started off playing rock, blues, and folk guitar. At Valparaiso University, he studied classical guitar and played in classical guitar ensembles and various bands. In Chicago, Justin studied jazz with Rob Block and played in a Latin jazz ensemble. He loves playing with local musicians and writing original music. Justin has a passion for teaching guitar and passing on the gift of music to his students. He likes to focus on technique, improvisation, and theory so that students build a basis in music that allows them to play any style they wish. While teaching, Justin aims to inspire a life-long love for music and the guitar.
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    • Bob Long
      Keys Instructor
      Bob Long began his professional career as a jazz pianist forty years ago. He first recorded in Chicago with the jazz fusion band Streetdancer in 1974. He and his friend, saxophonist Brian Gephart, ...
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      Bob Long began his professional career as a jazz pianist forty years ago. He first recorded in Chicago with the jazz fusion band Streetdancer in 1974. He and his friend, saxophonist Brian Gephart, have had their quartet together in Chicago for over twenty years recording six CDs for the Birch Tree label. Bob has performed at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, and Chicago Jazz Festival twice. He has also released two solo CDs on Birch Tree, Bird of Aragón and Retratos and is presently working on a CD of duos for release in the summer of 2015. In 2006, Bob began graduate school to study Modern European history at the University of California in San Diego, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2011-12 for research in Spain, and recently received his PhD in history this last June. He now has moved back to the Chicago area from California to perform musically and to teach. He is presently an adjunct in the History Department of Elmhurst College, as well as on staff as a piano teacher at the School of Rock, Evanston.In terms of piano instruction at the School of Rock, although he has studied in conservatory, Bob emphasizes learning by ear and memorization first, rather than by note. The technical exercises he with students serve as lessons in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation, all of which are essential in the building up a vocabulary of tunes that can be put in play through the various groups that the school offers. It is this final part of the School of Rock, the integration of the private lesson with hands on group performance that Bob believes is one of the tremendous advantages over other types of instruction.
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    • Rachel Quinn
      Vocal Instructor
      Rachel Quinn is a singer, performer, and songwriter. She started her musical journey at the age of five and has performed with various hard rock groups in and around the Baltimore and Chicago metro...
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      Rachel Quinn is a singer, performer, and songwriter. She started her musical journey at the age of five and has performed with various hard rock groups in and around the Baltimore and Chicago metropolitan areas. Her projects have given her the opportunity of performing with Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) and opening for guitar legend Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions).She is an accomplished singer with seven collective years of training, and is well versed in all genres. She currently performs with Chicago group Shokker, and has a love for rock n' roll and heavy metal music. Rachel loves her position in the School of Rock and is open to teaching people of all backgrounds and levels of experience.
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    • Sophia Williams
      Rock-It Instructor
      Sophia is the Rockit Instructor at School of Rock Evanston. She has been playing music for many years, starting with piano lessons more than twenty years ago. With a love for music and a natural in...
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      Sophia is the Rockit Instructor at School of Rock Evanston. She has been playing music for many years, starting with piano lessons more than twenty years ago. With a love for music and a natural intuition for performance, Sophia studied Classical Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her time at UIC, Sophia studied clarinet performance, music history, theory, and composition under many great Chicago musicians.After graduating from university, Sophia received a job as an early education teacher. She enjoyed teaching children and used musical techniques to help the students learn and stay entertained during lessons. She incorporated singing, dancing, instrument recognition, and rhythm into her classes.At this time, Sophia began to branch off from playing classical music and began to play the music that she listened to and loved: rock n' roll. She started to learn the acoustic guitar, and began to practice many different genres of music, including rock, folk, and blues. She slowly started expose herself to different performance styles, and began to play piano in a rock band. Sophia continues to expand her musical abilities and draw inspiration from artists such as Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Neil Young, and Cat Stevens.Sophia uses her background of classical music to learn and teach the techniques of rock music. She believes that children can learn the foundations of music by learning from music that they already know and love!
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    • Maggie Weber
      General Manager
      Maggie was born and raised with an undeniable ear for music. Singing has always been her passion. Her mother told her that she sang before she ever spoke. Maggie has always had a knack for music. W...
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      Maggie was born and raised with an undeniable ear for music. Singing has always been her passion. Her mother told her that she sang before she ever spoke. Maggie has always had a knack for music. When she was 18 months old, she would hum to songs happily in key. Maggie believes that everyone has music inside of them, no matter what the age. She has been involved in many projects and studio recordings including The Rip Chords (University of Illinois), Molehill, and Willy Dynomite. Her passion for music, paired with her obsessive organization has lead her to be the General Manager of the School of Rock Evanston. Maggie hopes to open the door to musicians in a way that she never experienced. No recitals. No stuffy, boring lessons. Just good music, great teachers, and live performances. That's the way music should be.
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News

    • 2015 FALL SHOW THEMES ARE UP AND ROCKIN'!

      I Love the 90's: Tuesdays 5-8 pm with Rachel START DATE: Tuesday, September 8 at 5 pm When thinking of 90's music, one most often thinks of grunge and boy bands. In this show, we will instead be...
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      I Love the 90's: Tuesdays 5-8 pm with Rachel
      START DATE: Tuesday, September 8 at 5 pm
      When thinking of 90's music, one most often thinks of grunge and boy bands. In this show, we will instead be focusing on the pop and rock genres of that decade. This show will definitely encompass the wide array of music styles throughout the 90's. We will be performing songs by artists such as Alanis Morisette, Fiona Apple, No Doubt, Lisa Loeb, Bare Naked Ladies, Blink 182, Third Eye Blind, Blues Traveler, Jamiroquai, and perhaps a boy band song might slip in to the set.

      CBGB: Saturdays 1-4 pm with Justin R.
      START DATE: Saturday, Spetember 12 at 1 pm
      Probably the most famous small rock venue in the world. One way to explain CBGB would be its motto "Home to Underground Rock", written on its awning. In the late 70's, it was home base and spawning ground for some of the most famous punk and new wave bands that were part of the seminal New York scene. Artists such as The Ramones, Blondie, Television, The Talking Heads, and Patti Smith played CBGB. The Police played some of their first American gigs at CBGB.

      British Invasion: Saturdays 4-7 pm with Gordon
      START DATE: Saturday, September 12 at 4 pm
      Everyone knows the most famous British Invasion bands - The Beatles and The Rolling Stones - but this era (1963-1968) produced dozens of great bands and singers. A short list would include: The Animals, The Zombies (Gordo's fave!), The Dave Clark 5, The Searchers, The Kinks, The Yardbirds, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, Manfred Mann, Spencer Davis, Dusty Springfield, and Gerry and the Pacemakers.
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    • Preschool Rockit Classes! Taking Toddler Music Education to another world!

      This exciting group class for ages 3-6 introduces them into the world of music and rock & roll in a cool way! The weekly one hour class offers offers a fun introduction to the world of ROCK AND RO...
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      This exciting group class for ages 3-6 introduces them into the world of music and rock & roll in a cool way! The weekly one hour class offers offers a fun introduction to the world of ROCK AND ROLL! Kids learn classic rock songs and play games that utilize music. Activities include everything from Rock and Roll "Simon Says" to a Rock and Roll "Petting Zoo". They learn names of instruments, how to properly hold and play instruments, how to keep rhythm with their bodies and with instruments, and of course sing in the mic. Ask us about joining a demo, or call or email us to sign up today!
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    • School of Rock T-shirts Are Here!

      Stop in and ask Maggie about getting your very own School of Rock t-shirt! We even have one specially made for our ROCKER MOMS!

Testimonials

  • “School of Rock was a great “internship” for Clayton’s life.”
    — Holly Kyle, Rocker Mom, School of Rock Highwood
  • “You are transforming my child into someone who knows that she "can." She doesn't hope for the "I can" anymore - she KNOWS she can now. Our daughter is learning how to come out of herself, take risks, close her eyes and just fly. We are so grateful. More than you can ever know. ”
    — Francine & Lou, Fort Washington, PA
  • “School of Rock gives their students constant opportunities to lead, to make decisions, to create freely and to have so much fun doing so! Madeline’s “real life” music performance experiences with School of Rock taught her things that cannot be learned in a classroom or directly from a teacher. She learned by taking risks and going for it. Madeline was gifted the ability to sing, School of Rock helped her find her voice. ”
    — Sally Miller, Rocker Mom, School of Rock Highwood
  • “There’s no question that School of Rock accelerated Greg’s musicianship, broadened his exposure and appreciation across genres, and built his understanding of music production. While it’s led him to pursue a career in the music and entertainment industry, it’s also provided him with a strong sense of teamwork, confidence and comradery to succeed in most any field. ”
    — Greg's Parents, School of Rock Highwood