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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 - Friday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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

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

    • January 21
      2:00 PM
      Early Masters of Metal Show
      Concert
      Do you like loud distorted guitars?!? What about bombastic drums with bass lines that ooze the kind of rhythms and riffs that'll knock your socks off? If you said yes to any of these, join us in ex...
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      Do you like loud distorted guitars?!? What about bombastic drums with bass lines that ooze the kind of rhythms and riffs that'll knock your socks off? If you said yes to any of these, join us in exploring the Early Masters of Metal! You don’t have to be an Iron Man to experience the Good Times Bad Times of early metal music. If you’re feeling Paranoid or a little Dazed and Confused, don’t fret! Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and others will help guide you through the music that paved the way for many of our favorite bands in Rock n’ Roll.

      Show at 210 Restaurant in Highwood.
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    • January 22
      4:00 PM
      Woodstock Show
      Concert
      Woodstock was the grooviest concert of all time! It was, like, three days of peace and music, man! The biggest music festival to date, 400,000 music fans came from far and wide to take in the perfo...
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      Woodstock was the grooviest concert of all time! It was, like, three days of peace and music, man! The biggest music festival to date, 400,000 music fans came from far and wide to take in the performances of acts like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Who, and many more. This show is guaranteed to be far out, so come see it at the Wild Hare.
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    • January 28
      12:00 PM
      Garage Rock Showcase
      Concert
      Garage Rock is made up of beginner to intermediate students. This programs allows our students to build a strong musical foundation through performance based education. Songs in this garage rock sh...
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      Garage Rock is made up of beginner to intermediate students. This programs allows our students to build a strong musical foundation through performance based education. Songs in this garage rock show are chosen to highlight musical skills needed to become a rock star!
      The Monday night 5 pm group will perform at 12, and the 6 pm group will perform right after at 12:30!
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    • January 28
      1:30 PM
      Covering Dylan show
      Concert
      Bob Dylan is arguably the most influential American songwriter of the last 50 years. Hundreds (thousands, likely) of artists have recorded and performed his songs. This show will include songs in a...
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      Bob Dylan is arguably the most influential American songwriter of the last 50 years. Hundreds (thousands, likely) of artists have recorded and performed his songs. This show will include songs in a wide range of styles from the absurd to the sublime. Rockers will perform Dylan covers by Joan Baez, The Byrds, Eddie Vetter, Guns 'N Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Van Morrison, and many more. Try not to sing along!
      Show at 210 Restaurant in Highwood.
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    • January 29
      12:00 PM
      Garage Rock Showcase
      Concert
      Garage rock is made up of beginner to intermediate students. This programs allows our students to build a strong musical foundation through performance based education. Songs in this garage rock sh...
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      Garage rock is made up of beginner to intermediate students. This programs allows our students to build a strong musical foundation through performance based education. Songs in this garage rock show are chosen to highlight musical skills needed to become a rock star!

      Schaefer's Saturday 11 am group will perform at 12 pm, and then the 12 am group will perform next!
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    • January 29
      3:30 PM
      Early Masters of Metal Show
      Concert
      Do you like loud distorted guitars?!? What about bombastic drums with bass lines that ooze the kind of rhythms and riffs that'll knock your socks off? If you said yes to any of these, join us in ex...
      Read more
      Do you like loud distorted guitars?!? What about bombastic drums with bass lines that ooze the kind of rhythms and riffs that'll knock your socks off? If you said yes to any of these, join us in exploring the Early Masters of Metal! You don’t have to be an Iron Man to experience the Good Times Bad Times of early metal music. If you’re feeling Paranoid or a little Dazed and Confused, don’t fret! Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and others will help guide you through the music that paved the way for many of our favorite bands in Rock n’ Roll.

      Show at Subterranean on W North Ave
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    • January 29
      4:00 PM
      Woodstock Show
      Concert
      Woodstock was the grooviest concert of all time! It was, like, three days of peace and music, man! The biggest music festival to date, 400,000 music fans came from far and wide to take in the perfo...
      Read more
      Woodstock was the grooviest concert of all time! It was, like, three days of peace and music, man! The biggest music festival to date, 400,000 music fans came from far and wide to take in the performances of acts like Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Sly and the Family Stone, Crosby Stills Nash and Young, The Who, and many more. This show is guaranteed to be far out!

      Show at 210 Restaurant in Highwood
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    • February 4
      1:00 PM
      Teen Rock Showcase
      Concert
      Teen Rock is made up of beginner to intermediate students. This programs allows our students to build a strong musical foundation through performance based education. Songs in this Teen Rock show a...
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      Teen Rock is made up of beginner to intermediate students. This programs allows our students to build a strong musical foundation through performance based education. Songs in this Teen Rock show are chosen to highlight musical skills needed to become a rock star!

      Including songs by Green Day, Paramore, Jimi Hendrix and many more!

      Show at 210 Restaurant in Highwood
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    • February 4
      1:00 PM
      Covering Dylan Show
      Concert
      Bob Dylan is arguably the most influential American songwriter of the last 50 years. Hundreds (thousands, likely) of artists have recorded and performed his songs. This show will include songs in a...
      Read more
      Bob Dylan is arguably the most influential American songwriter of the last 50 years. Hundreds (thousands, likely) of artists have recorded and performed his songs. This show will include songs in a wide range of styles from the absurd to the sublime. Rockers will perform Dylan covers by Joan Baez, The Byrds, Eddie Vetter, Guns 'N Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Van Morrison, and many more. Try not to sing along!

      Show at the Empty Bottle.
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    • February 4
      4:00 PM
      Adult Band Show
      Concert
      You're never too old to rock and roll! Come on out and see our Rocker Moms and Rocker Dads perform some Southern Rock for you on February 4th!

      Show at 210 Restaurant in Highwood
    • February 12
      3:30 PM
      Songwriting Show
      Concert
      The School of Rock has rolled out its very first Songwriting Program! Students in this program collaborated with each other to write original lyrics and music. The songs they write are recorded, mi...
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      The School of Rock has rolled out its very first Songwriting Program! Students in this program collaborated with each other to write original lyrics and music. The songs they write are recorded, mixed, and mastered in a recording studio. Songwriters will also have one live performance at the end of the season, so come on down to see what they've written!

      Show at the Uncommon Ground on Devon.
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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 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 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 Joe Faught
      Bass and Teen Rock Instructor
      Bassist Joe Faught born and raised in Chicago began playing electric bass at the age of six years old then later starting Double bass at 10. Educated in music at New Trier High School and Loyola Un...
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      Bassist Joe Faught born and raised in Chicago began playing electric bass at the age of six years old then later starting Double bass at 10. Educated in music at New Trier High School and Loyola University as well as taught by some of the best bass players in Chicago, he plays throughout the Chicago Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock, and Jazz scenes. He was a student of the School of Rock Evanston since its opening and now teaches for the School of Rock in addition to live and recorded performances.
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    • Meet Alex Zeravica
      Drum Instructor
      Alex Zeravica was born in Georgia in 1990. He had a bad habit of banging on anything he could find around the house. When his parents realized it wasn't a phase, they bought him a beginner drum set...
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      Alex Zeravica was born in Georgia in 1990. He had a bad habit of banging on anything he could find around the house. When his parents realized it wasn't a phase, they bought him a beginner drum set when he was 5. After moving to Lake Bluff, Illinois at the age of 9, Alex started taking drum lessons, and enrolled in school band. In middle school, Alex joined the jazz band, and also joined Midwest Young Artists, enrolling in their Jazz Ensemble and Advanced Percussion. He continued all of these throughout his time at Lake Forest High School. After graduating, he moved to Boston to study film scoring at Berklee College of Music. Alex currently plays with a handful of different groups, has recorded several albums, and has been teaching music for 8 years.
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    • 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 Sophie Zamojcin
      Social Media and Website Manager
      Sophie has been with the school for over a year now, and fell in love with it the moment she walked through the door. She loves participating in the shows at School of Rock, but House Band is her f...
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      Sophie has been with the school for over a year now, and fell in love with it the moment she walked through the door. She loves participating in the shows at School of Rock, but House Band is her favorite. She’s a multi-instrumentalist, but predominantly sings here at the school. She hopes to stay with the school as long as possible, since it has become her second home.
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  • Holiday 6-Pack of Lessons!

    Our Holiday 6-pack is irresistible! Purchase 6 lessons for a friend or family member for only $250. These 6 lessons are good for any instrument, anytime - take them in a day, take them in a week,...
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    Our Holiday 6-pack is irresistible! Purchase 6 lessons for a friend or family member for only $250. These 6 lessons are good for any instrument, anytime - take them in a day, take them in a week, take them in a month! Email or call 847-864-ROCK or evanston@schoolofrock.com to sign up today!
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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