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About School of Rock Evanston

Find your place in the music at School of Rock Evanston. 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 Evanston, 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 Evanston’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping your kids succeed in music and beyond. Visit School of Rock Evanston today to learn more about our creative community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Evanston
1311 Sherman PlaceEvanston, IL 60201
(847) 864-7625

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Evanston, 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 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’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 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, 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 students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Evanston’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’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 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 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, 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, 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 works with you to help you reach your goals.

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

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

  • School of Rock Evanston’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 Evanston.

    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 Evanston’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 Evanston 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 Evanston’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • At School of Rock Evanston, 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 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’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, 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 students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by ...
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At School of Rock Evanston, 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 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’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 25 - 29 2016
      Songwriting Summer Camp
      Summer Camp - 2016
      Let your inner songwriter come out! Campers will compose, rehearse, and record their own original music in a pro recording studio. Campers will learn song form, song arrangement, how to create a gr...
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      Let your inner songwriter come out! Campers will compose, rehearse, and record their own original music in a pro recording studio. Campers will learn song form, song arrangement, how to create a groove, and how to develop mood. There will be clinics on lyric writing, harmonies, and how to develop all the musical elements found in rock and pop songs. The last day of the camp will be spent at the studio laying down tracks in this real world experience of songwriting.

      9am-3pm.
      Cost: $550.
      Sign-Up Today: 847-864-ROCK
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    • July 27
      9:15 PM
      SOR Evanston’s Houseband Opening for SOR All Stars
      House Band Performance
      School of Rock Evanston’s House Band has gotten the opportunity to open for School of Rock All Stars at the House Cafe in DeKalb, IL - a "Chill coffeehouse/wine bar with a menu of wraps & pita pi...
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      School of Rock Evanston’s House Band has gotten the opportunity to open for School of Rock All Stars at the House Cafe in DeKalb, IL - a "Chill coffeehouse/wine bar with a menu of wraps & pita pizzas, live music & open-mike nights”. Each Summer the AllStars embark on a tour complete with tour buses and multiple live shows throughout the country. Come out and support our talented House Band performers as they share the stage with some of the best SOR has to offer!

      Location: The House Cafe, 263 E Lincoln Highway, DeKalb, IL 60115.
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    • July 29
      2:00 PM
      SOR Evanston’s Houseband Opening for SOR All Stars
      House Band Performance
      School of Rock Evanston’s House Band has gotten the opportunity to open for School of Rock All Stars on the Main Stage of the House of Blues, Chicago as a part of the SOR All Star’s 2016 Summer...
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      School of Rock Evanston’s House Band has gotten the opportunity to open for School of Rock All Stars on the Main Stage of the House of Blues, Chicago as a part of the SOR All Star’s 2016 Summer Tour. Each summer the AllStars embark on a tour complete with tour buses and multiple live shows throughout the country. Come out and support our talented House Band performers as they share the stage with some of the best SOR has to offer!

      Location: House of Blues Chicago, 329 N Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60654
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    • August 1 - 5 2016
      Green Day / Nirvana Summer Camp
      Summer Camp
      If you like hard rock, this camp is for you! Green Day and Nirvana are all about the 90's! Green Day's new age punk and Nirvana's garage grunge were all the craze in the 1990's. Campers will put to...
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      If you like hard rock, this camp is for you! Green Day and Nirvana are all about the 90's! Green Day's new age punk and Nirvana's garage grunge were all the craze in the 1990's. Campers will put together a set list of hits like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "When I Come Around" to be performed at the end of the week for friends and family.

      9am-3pm.
      Cost: $550.
      Sign-Up Today: 847-864-ROCK
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    • August 6
      1:00 PM - 1:45 PM
      SOR Evanston’s HOUSE BAND @Edgefest
      Concert
      Music, karaoke, food, art, dogs…the essentials of the perfect festival, what could be better? Now in its fifth year, the 2016 Edge Fest will take over the lakefront in Chicago’s historic Edgewa...
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      Music, karaoke, food, art, dogs…the essentials of the perfect festival, what could be better? Now in its fifth year, the 2016 Edge Fest will take over the lakefront in Chicago’s historic Edgewater neighborhood. The 2016 celebration of all things Edgewater will feature flavorsome cuisine, award-winning entertainment, family fun and three-dozen local artists. This year, School of Rock's House Band will be playing at 1 PM on the main stage. You don't want to miss it!
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    • August 20
      2:30 PM
      SOR Evanston’s HOUSEBAND @I AM Fest
      Concert
      The Elbo Room, a local Chicago music venue, is proud to announce the 6th annual I AM FEST: "Independent Arts & Music Festival" on Saturday AUG 20th, 2016 at the House of Blues. Our Houseband will b...
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      The Elbo Room, a local Chicago music venue, is proud to announce the 6th annual I AM FEST: "Independent Arts & Music Festival" on Saturday AUG 20th, 2016 at the House of Blues. Our Houseband will be performing around 2:30 pm along with a performance from SOR Highwood's houseband - ON THE MAIN STAGE!
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    • August 26
      12:00 PM
      Reggae/Ska Show @27 Live
      Full Summer Show Performance
      FULL SUMMER SHOW: Reggae/Ska (June thru August) Rehearsals: Fridays 3pm - 6pm, Starting June 10th Director: Gordon and Bob Show Dates: Friday, August 26 at 27 Live AND Sunday, August 28 at ...
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      FULL SUMMER SHOW: Reggae/Ska (June thru August)
      Rehearsals: Fridays 3pm - 6pm, Starting June 10th
      Director: Gordon and Bob
      Show Dates: Friday, August 26 at 27 Live AND Sunday, August 28 at Wild Hare
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    • August 27
      12:00 PM
      Epic Album: Toys in the Attic Show @210 Greenbay Rd (The Alley)
      Epic Album Summer Show Performance
      SESSION TWO: July 18th thru August 27th Epic Album: "Toys in the Attic" by Aerosmith Rehearsals: Tuesdays 5pm - 8pm, Starting July 18th Directors: Justin and Schaefer Show Date: August 27 a...
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      SESSION TWO: July 18th thru August 27th
      Epic Album: "Toys in the Attic" by Aerosmith
      Rehearsals: Tuesdays 5pm - 8pm, Starting July 18th
      Directors: Justin and Schaefer
      Show Date: August 27 at 210 Highwood
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    • August 28
      12:00 PM
      Reggae/Ska Show @The Wild Hare
      Full Summer Show Performance
      FULL SUMMER SHOW: Reggae/Ska (June thru August) Rehearsals: Fridays 3pm - 6pm, Starting June 10th Director: Gordon and Bob Show Dates: Friday, August 26 at 27 Live AND Sunday, August 28 at ...
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      FULL SUMMER SHOW: Reggae/Ska (June thru August)
      Rehearsals: Fridays 3pm - 6pm, Starting June 10th
      Director: Gordon and Bob
      Show Dates: Friday, August 26 at 27 Live AND Sunday, August 28 at Wild Hare
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Staff

    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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, blues, metal, rock, pop and classical settings. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2006. In 2008 he studied and performed Indian Classical music with tabla master Sandip Burman. In 2015 he toured with Nigerian- vocalist NNEKA. In regards to music instruction, Matt's approach involves working with students on songwriting and improvisational skills, and applying them to rock repertoire, which helps develop ear training, creativity and technique.
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    • Meet 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!
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    • Meet Zach Kritzer
      Guitar Instructor and Show Director
      Zach Kritzer is a guitarist and songwriter who plays frequently in the Chicago area. He can be seen performing with soul/R&B powerhouse Willy Dynomite, as well as with acoustic and cover acts. Zach...
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      Zach Kritzer is a guitarist and songwriter who plays frequently in the Chicago area. He can be seen performing with soul/R&B powerhouse Willy Dynomite, as well as with acoustic and cover acts. Zach is an expert Rock, R&B, 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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    • Meet Justin Eisenbraun
      Guitar Instructor
      Chicago guitarist, Justin Eisenbraun, has been performing professionally for years as a soloist and in groups throughout the US. He was a founding member of the band Scattered Trees and is currentl...
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      Chicago guitarist, Justin Eisenbraun, has been performing professionally for years as a soloist and in groups throughout the US. He was a founding member of the band Scattered Trees and is currently performing with both the Lyra Guitar Quartet and Ancient Seas. He has composed for film, television, and recorded with a variety of artists on dozens of albums. He also teaches guitar at UpBeat Music and Arts and After School Matters.

      ​Eisenbraun holds a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Northeastern Illinois University where he studied with Dr. Brian Torosian and participated in master classes with, among others, David Russell and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.
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    • Meet Joe Babiak
      Drum Instructor
      Joe Babiak began his musical career at the early age of five. He first started with the piano and soon after began the trumpet. Joe played in concert and jazz bands all throughout his schooling and...
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      Joe Babiak began his musical career at the early age of five. He first started with the piano and soon after began the trumpet. 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 attended Elmhurst College in Chicago where he earned his B.A. in Music.
      Joe has been playing drums since 1994, and due to his previous musical training, drumming came to him very naturally. His strong understanding of theory, keen melodic and harmonic sense, and excellent pitch makes him unique on the instrument. With years of live, studio, and touring experience, Joe takes great pride in being well versed in many styles and genres.
      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 with Michael. Joe has also 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 in 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). Joe also played with the LA based band, Cage9, featuring members of Powerman 5000. Most recently, Joe performed with the group Altitudes & Attitude featuring David Ellefson of Megadeth and Frank Bello of Anthrax. Joe has had the honor of appearing in Modern Drummer magazine five times and was featured in the November 2006 issue of DRUM!magazine.
      After a successful four years in Los Angeles, Joe returned to Chicago to join the faculty at Elmhurst College where he taught a music business course in the Spring of 2012. He performs with a few local groups and maintains an active teaching schedule.
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    • Meet Justin Radtke
      Rock 101 Director and Guitar Instructor
      Justin has always had a deep love and appreciation for music throughout his life. He started playing guitar in 1998, and has over 12 years of experience teaching guitar lessons to people of all age...
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      Justin has always had a deep love and appreciation for music throughout his life. He started playing guitar in 1998, and has over 12 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. 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Jesus Perez
      Drum Instructor
      Jesus Perez, a former student of school of Rock, has gained a lot of knowledge from his experience at the school and now pays it forward to his drum students. Besides teaching drums, he also assist...
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      Jesus Perez, a former student of school of Rock, has gained a lot of knowledge from his experience at the school and now pays it forward to his drum students. Besides teaching drums, he also assists with the Garage Rock program. He has been playing drums for ten years now and is currently playing in various band projects with his friends, as well as studying music at Oakton Community College. His musical influence came from soul and Motown music, which he started listening to when he was only eight years old. He hopes to further his musical career and one day start a soul band of his own.
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    • Meet Macklin Suhre
      Drum Instructor
      Macklin Suhre was born July 21st, 1991 in Lake Bluff, Illinois. He attended Lake Forest Highschool studying music and drumming in the jazz band and wind ensemble. In 2009, he was accepted to Berkle...
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      Macklin Suhre was born July 21st, 1991 in Lake Bluff, Illinois. He attended Lake Forest Highschool studying music and drumming in the jazz band and wind ensemble. In 2009, he was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston as a drum set principle, where he spent 4 years studying with celebrated faculty members such as Mitch Haupers, Mike Mangini, Kim Plainfield, and many more. Macklin graduated from Berklee in 2013 with a degree in Professional Music, and continues to perform with his band the Relevant Elephants who will be releasing their debut album 'Paper Walls' in spring 2016.
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    • Meet Megan Fletcher
      Voice and Piano Instructor
      Megan is a vocalist, pianist, and teacher currently living the Chicago area. She has a bachelors degree from Butler University and a masters degree from DePaul University, both in classical vocal p...
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      Megan is a vocalist, pianist, and teacher currently living the Chicago area. She has a bachelors degree from Butler University and a masters degree from DePaul University, both in classical vocal performance. Here in Chicago, she sings vocals with the soul band Willy Dynomite. (Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/willydynomite/!!)
      Megan also performs in many different musical scenes in Chicago including jazz, musical theatre, and opera.
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    • Meet Jonah Brooks
      Guitar Instructor
      Jonah Brooks has been a music lover since he was 10 years old when he first picked up the guitar, and hasn't put it down since. He can be seen performing around Chicago, channeling a wide range of ...
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      Jonah Brooks has been a music lover since he was 10 years old when he first picked up the guitar, and hasn't put it down since. He can be seen performing around Chicago, channeling a wide range of influential players from George Benson and Wes Montgomery to B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix. He is currently finishing a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago in Music Business Management, previously majoring in performance at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and has studied jazz with Henry Johnson from the legendary Ramsey Lewis group. He also has experience singing, playing drums, bass, and trumpet.
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    • Meet Sam Hudgens
      Keys, Vocal, Saxophone, and Guitar Instructor
      Sam Hudgens was born and raised in Evanston IL. He started playing saxophone in 4th grade and from there learned guitar and piano. After going through the music program at ETHS he studied jazz at N...
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      Sam Hudgens was born and raised in Evanston IL. He started playing saxophone in 4th grade and from there learned guitar and piano. After going through the music program at ETHS he studied jazz at North Park university. Currently Sam plays in a couple local Chicago bands and writes and produces original music.
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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Ashley Downing
      Manager
    • Meet Joe Faught
      Bass Instructor
    • Meet Drew Bunge
      Bass Instructor, Garage Rock, Summer Camps
      Drew Bunge is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, but most predominantly plays the bass. He has been a student at the School of Rock for years and understands the ins and outs of SOR. Drew loves a ...
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      Drew Bunge is a multi-instrumentalist and singer, but most predominantly plays the bass. He has been a student at the School of Rock for years and understands the ins and outs of SOR. Drew loves a wide variety of music, but his favorite type of music to play is soul/r&b. He plays in multiple bands around the north shore area and really loves teaching and being at SOR.
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    • Meet Anne Debre
      Vocal Instructor
      Anne Debre is a musician, producer, and educator living and playing in Chicago. She holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Performance with a concentration in Vocal Jazz. Anne has been singing since ...
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      Anne Debre is a musician, producer, and educator living and playing in Chicago. She holds a Bachelors of Music degree in Performance with a concentration in Vocal Jazz. Anne has been singing since she could talk, began taking classical piano lessons at age 5, and began to write original music not long after. Anne picked up the Clarinet at age 11, and pursued it seriously for 7 years. At age 12, she began to play guitar (as well as a bit of bass guitar), writing/recording songs and playing for fun. Her career began as an instrumentalist, which blessed her with the ability to understand music theory and read music from an early age--it wasn't until High School that she joined the choral program and began to seriously pursue singing, even though it was something she had always done with no instruction. Anne has a plethora of experience playing and performing at many notable venues on many instruments. Music has always and will always be the most important part of her life. She is thankful for every moment she is allowed to share her love of music with the world.
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News

    • SUMMER CAMPS 2016!

      Our Summer Camp themes and dates are in! If you would like to sign up, please email evanston@schoolofrock.com or call 847-864-ROCK and let us know which camp you would like to join. Sign-Up Forms...
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      Our Summer Camp themes and dates are in! If you would like to sign up, please email evanston@schoolofrock.com or call 847-864-ROCK and let us know which camp you would like to join. Sign-Up Forms are also available at the school!

      Songwriting
      Evanston: 7/25-7/29
      Highwood: 6/20-6/24
      Recommended Age: 12-17
      Let your inner songwriter come out! Campers will compose, rehearse, and record their own original music in a pro recording studio. Campers will learn song form, song arrangement, how to create a groove, and how to develop mood. There will be clinics on lyric writing, harmonies, and how to develop all the musical elements found in rock and pop songs. The last day of the camp will be spent at the studio laying down tracks in this real world experience of song writing.

      Rock 101
      Evanston: 6/20-6/24
      Highwood: 8/1-8/5
      Campers will "pledge allegiance to the band" in this intro to Rock camp! Campers will be schooled on the roots and progression of Rock and Roll music through the years. Campers will form a band, pick a band name, and learn how to play Rock classics by bands like The Beatles, AC/DC, The White Stripes, and The Rolling Stones. The week will culminate in a live in-house performance for friends and family.

      Taylor Swift
      Evanston: 6/13-6/17
      Highwood: 7/25-7/29
      Recommended Age: 7-11
      With the school year finally over, it's time to Shake It Off! In this camp, the mega-hit artist Taylor Swift is the theme. Campers will follow the singer-songwriter's musical journey from her earlier days in Country Music through her most current Pop material. Campers will put together a Taylor-made set list that will culminate in a live in-house performance for family and friends.

      Green Day/Nirvana
      Evanston: 8/1-8/5
      Highwood: 6/13-6/17
      Recommended Age: 12-17
      If you like hard rock, this camp is for you! Green Day and Nirvana are all about the 90's! Green Day's new age punk and Nirvana's garage grunge were all the craze in the 1990's. Campers will put together a set list of hits like "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and "When I Come Around" to be performed at the end of the week for friends and family.Read less

    • 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

  • “My kids' lives have always revolved around School of Rock and their family of friends they have made there - and now my wife too!”
    — Jordan Cramer, Rocker Dad & Husband, School of Rock Evanston
  • “Because the SOR curriculum focuses on Rock, Pop, and Soul, we parents have a lot we can share with our daughter about the the social and political context of artists or songs, and our own memories and nostalgia. We've had some great conversations about artists like Janis Joplin, Beyonce, Aretha, Freddie Mercury, Blondie, and David Bowie, the last of whom she researched for an oral report for her elementary school class. Need I say that she was the hippest kid in the room?”
    — Joel H, Rocker Dad, School of Rock Evanston
  • “My daughter has been taking lessons and performing with School of Rock for over a year now. Their instructors are all professionals who relate well with the students and encourage them while onstage with their bands. I've seen my daughter grow not only as a musician, but as a team member. Her overall confidence onstage has definitely improved and she's made some great friends. All in all, a wonderful experience for her.”
    — Terri Klauke, Rocker Mom, School of Rock Evanston
  • “Get over your fears of playing in a band on stage and check out the school! The trained musician staff with diverse backgrounds and heavy performing experience makes learning instruments fun and deep.”
    — Matt B, School of Rock Evanston