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About School of Rock Highwood

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

Contact Information

School of Rock Highwood
9 Prairie AvenueHighwood, IL 60040
(847) 433-7625

Hours of Operation

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

Programs

  • School of Rock Highwood's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Highwood'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
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals 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 Highwood 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 Highwood, 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 Highwood students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Highwood’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!

  • School of Rock Highwood’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows 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 with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Highwood’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Highwood is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Highwood, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Highwood’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Highwood’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 Highwood.

    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 Highwood’s Rookies Program offers a gateway to understanding music for first and second graders. Using proprietary set-ups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard, as well as other tools, we introduce our Rookies to music fundamentals in a fun way. The skills and passion for music that our Rookies learn prepares them for Rock 101 and a lifelong love of music.

    With exercises, tools and games customized to their age group, our Highwood Rookies learn the concepts of music theory, rhythm, pitch, form and dynamics as they play alongside their friends. We encourage our students to explore various instruments and play styles so they begin to understand how individual contributions form a band; even the best solo keyboard players or vocalists need to understand how an ensemble works.

    All students in Highwood’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 Highwood, 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 Highwood 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 Highwood’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!

School of Rock Highwood's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others....
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School of Rock Highwood's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Highwood'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
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

  • October 8
    8:00 PM
    SOR Highwood House Band at the Highwood Pumpkin Festival
    Live Music
    School of Rock Highwood House Band, an audition-only part of School of Rock, performs at 8 pm at the annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest. Come carve pumpkins, hop on some carnival rides, eat some fo...
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    School of Rock Highwood House Band, an audition-only part of School of Rock, performs at 8 pm at the annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest. Come carve pumpkins, hop on some carnival rides, eat some food, and dance to the music!
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Staff

    • Meet Bryan Resendiz
      Music Director and 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. The Hello Dave Band also headlined at the House of Blues, Park West, and the Vic Theater in Chicago. The band 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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    • Meet John Siegle
      Guitar Instructor and Adult Rock Director
      John Siegle is a singer/songwriter who grew up in Peoria, Illinois. He learned to play guitar with high school buddies and was soon playing at dances and at local bars. John and some friends moved ...
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      John Siegle is a singer/songwriter who grew up in Peoria, Illinois. He learned to play guitar with high school buddies and was soon playing at dances and at local bars. John and some friends moved to the college town of Champaign-Urbana in the mid '70s. They formed the power-pop band Screams. John started writing material for the group. Screams was soon signed to MCA's Infinity label.They released an album and hit the road, headlining for national acts, at one point touring with Van Halen through most of the United States and Canada. The Infinity label was dropped by MCA as the band was in the middle of a tour of England, and Screams went back to Champaign to regroup. John moved to Chicago after meeting singer/songwriter Gary Yerkins to play in the band Garrison (a fine band that didn't pan out).John played a stint with local and regional favorites Mike Jordan and the Rockamatics, a glorious rock and roll roadhouse band, before re-joining with Gary to form Insiders. Insiders were signed to Epic Records and produced a successful album that featured the MTV hit, "Ghost On The Beach".Although the Epic deal only lasted for one album, the Insiders remained a Chicago mainstay for over ten years, self-produced three more albums, and were regularly played on station WXRT 93 FM. John is still in Chicago, still playing with a couple of bands, and still writing music.
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    • Meet Bob Wolkotte
      Guitar Instructor
      Bob has been playing guitar professionally since the age of 12. With over 30 years of experience, he teaches all styles of music from Jazz to Classical, World Music and of course, Rock. "I love all...
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      Bob has been playing guitar professionally since the age of 12. With over 30 years of experience, he teaches all styles of music from Jazz to Classical, World Music and of course, Rock. "I love all kinds of music, but rock music is great because there's so much you can do with it. Groups from Yes to Elvis to the Sex Pistols to the Police all fit under that banner. It's a great palette from which you can paint all kinds of interesting pictures.'Bob has toured the US and Europe with punk-metal buffoons, TORG, performed all over the Chicagoland area with groups as diverse as the eclectic cover band Off High Road to pop-music professionals the Lisa Rene Band, and is the musical force behind the art-rap duo, Central Ave. 'I like being able to use what I've learned over the years to act as a musical chameleon, changing and adapting to whatever the situation needs.' Bob has been a part of the jazz duo, Now and Then, performing sets of modern and past standards with a soothing yet vibrant jazz flavor.Bob's highly successful style of teaching is very informative yet approachable, with a lesson plan that is specifically designed with the student's goals in mind. 'I can teach the student whatever he or she wants to learn. If you want blistering chops, I can get you there. If you want tasteful economy, I can get you there. No matter what your skill level, I can get you there and make you the player you've always wanted to be.'
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    • Meet Jon Allegretto
      Guitar Instructor
      Jon Allegretto is a Chicago-based guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and lyricist who has been writing and performing for nearly 20 years. A versatile musician, Jon enjoys a wide variety of sounds fr...
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      Jon Allegretto is a Chicago-based guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and lyricist who has been writing and performing for nearly 20 years. A versatile musician, Jon enjoys a wide variety of sounds from many eras but his major interests are rock, blues, metal, and folk. He believes that music is as much about having fun and harnessing emotional energy and feeling as it is about technical ability and understanding and emphasizes this in his teaching.As a young child Jon would air guitar to his first favorite musician, Elvis. He received his first guitar at age 12 and quickly developed a love for such artists as Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, and Social Distortion. 'Playing guitar is just something I always knew I wanted to do. It was something I was born with and something I knew I'd never stop doing - if I could help it, of course. I couldn't imagine my life without it. That would be weird...and certainly a lot less interesting!'While in his native Williamsburg, Virginia, Jon studied under Greg Eide and Gerald E. Lewis, and worked as guitar instructor and store manager at Authentic Guitars Inc. until his move to Chicago in 2006. Jon earned a Master's degree in Arts, Entertainment Media Management with a Music Business concentration at Columbia College Chicago in 2009.Jon has performed hundreds of shows including six U.S. tours with his current rock trio A Friend Called Fire, which he is lead guitarist, lead vocalist, and chief songwriter. He has shared stages with many gifted artists including Gary Clark Jr., Bachman Turner, Shinedown, Korn, and Sevendust to name a few, and also works as an acoustic solo artist, music photographer and writer, commercial music composer, and voice-over artist.
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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 Anne Debre
      Voice 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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    • Meet Scott Balmoos
      Vocals
      Scott is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and music educator. He started on his path in music while in middle schoolwhen he fell in lovewith the sound of The Beatles. He decided he must learn to sin...
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      Scott is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and music educator. He started on his path in music while in middle schoolwhen he fell in lovewith the sound of The Beatles. He decided he must learn to sing and play guitar and what followed was the forming of his first rock and roll band. Music grew in his heart and he continued to pursue his passion by studying at the Eastman School of Music with a focus in vocal performance. While at Eastman, along with singing opera, art songs and musicals, and against his teacher's wishes, he continued rockin' out with his band The Shift. This energy eventually provided the spark to move to Chicago.For the past 12 years, Scott has been performing, writing and recording in Chicago, most notably with the roots reggae band Akasha and as a solo artist. As a lover of all types of music, he believes that you can learn about yourself, how to use your voice and reach out to the world from almost any song as long as it cries out with love from your heart.
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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 Sam Hudgens
      Keys, Vocals, 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 Collin Clauson
      Keys Instructor
      Collin Clauson is from Minneapolis, MN and has now become a transplant to the Chicago area. He previously studied at Northern Illinois University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 2012 in Music Pe...
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      Collin Clauson is from Minneapolis, MN and has now become a transplant to the Chicago area. He previously studied at Northern Illinois University earning a Bachelor’s Degree in 2012 in Music Performance, Jazz Studies. Collin is an in demand piano player who regularly works both in the Chicago area and all over the country playing jazz, R&B, funk, rock, gospel, pop, and anything he can get his hands into. He has performed with such artists as Nick Colionne, Euge Groove, Norman Brown, Rick Braun, Richard Elliott, and many more artists on the smooth jazz scene. He is also a member of the experimental rock group Monobody, a 5-piece band blending their different influences into a unique sound. Collin continues to write his own music on piano, guitar, and many other instruments, and is continually building his solo work. Without music in his life, he would not know where he would be!
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    • Meet Tommaso Moretti
      Drum Instructor
      Tommaso Moretti is a drummer, composer, and educator born and raised in Italy where he began to play drums at the age of 10. As a teenager, he played in different rock bands in his small hometown, ...
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      Tommaso Moretti is a drummer, composer, and educator born and raised in Italy where he began to play drums at the age of 10. As a teenager, he played in different rock bands in his small hometown, but his musical career officially started when he moved to Rome and became a part of the city's vibrant music scene as a young adult. He has since published many albums and has toured internationally with many bands, most notably: Thrang (an avant/rock quartet), Tribrarco (a punk/jazz trio), The Orange Man Theory (a noise-core combo), and Underdog (an indie jazz rock/world music ensemble). While being busy as a musician and music educator in Italy, he also worked to cultivate international collaborations: in Chicago, where he founded the math rock band Tasty Gasoline and became a part of Ben Lamar Gay's project "Tones for Tales" - and in London, where he joined (with Tribrarco) the "Match and Fuse" project (a European network of experimental musicians and bands promotion) and founded the Italian/British jazz-rock quartet Bulldog Drummond. In late 2013, he moved permanently to Chicago where he's now freelancing as a jazz drummer and artistically involved with several local music projects - spanning from jazz, avanguarde, rock, and Brazilian music. He frequently collaborates with local musicians such as: Ben Lamar Gay, Rob Frye, Rene Baker, Mark Hardy, Will Farber, Andrew Longaker, Matt Piet, Jake Wark, Steve Kaiser, Aaron M Frison, Msaciej Barabasz, Moacyr Marchini, Denis Anderson.
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    • Meet Zoey Witz
      Guitar Instructor
      Zoey has been playing guitar since 1987, playing music professionally since 1997, and teaching guitar since 2001. He has played all over the country and in Mexico at clubs, festivals, concerts, the...
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      Zoey has been playing guitar since 1987, playing music professionally since 1997, and teaching guitar since 2001. He has played all over the country and in Mexico at clubs, festivals, concerts, theaters, and private events playing jazz, rock, country, r&b, bluegrass, blues, zydeco, and pop. Over the years he has played with local and national artists like Maggie Speaks, Tributosaurus, the Jersey Boys, Nicholas Barron, Cathy Richardson Band, CJ Chenier, and many, many others. Venues played among others: Buddy Guy's, Rosa's, House of Blues, Aragon Ballroom, Double Door, Symphony Hall, Park West, City Winery, Fitzgerald's, blues stage at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and so on. Zoey is thrilled to be a part of the teaching staff at School of Rock!
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    • Meet Joe Faught
      Bass 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
    • 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 & Highwood. 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 Rucsandra Maria Cretu
      Highwood Manager
    • Meet Anna Marlow
      Vocals
      Anna Marlow was born and raised in Rogers, Arkansas and enjoyed many years as a performer and teacher with The Young Americans. She has studied and performed improv and musical improv at The Second...
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      Anna Marlow was born and raised in Rogers, Arkansas and enjoyed many years as a performer and teacher with The Young Americans. She has studied and performed improv and musical improv at The Second City and iO. She enjoys singing, playing piano and writing music, and is so excited to be a part of the School Of Rock team!
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Promotions

News

    • NOW ENROLLING FOR FALL!

      SONGWRITING PROGRAM Directors: Scott and Bob Rehearsals: Thursdays 6-8 pm (First Rehearsal September 15) Want to be the next Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, or Eric Clapton? We have the program for...
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      SONGWRITING PROGRAM
      Directors: Scott and Bob
      Rehearsals: Thursdays 6-8 pm (First Rehearsal September 15)

      Want to be the next Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, or Eric Clapton? We have the program for you! The School of Rock is rolling out its very first Songwriting Program! Students in this program will collaborate with each other to write original lyrics and music. The songs they write will be recorded, mixed, and mastered in a recording studio. Songwriters will also have one live performance at the end of the season. This program is geared toward intermediate/advanced students 14 and older.

      RIOT FEST
      Directors: Mack and Alex
      Rehearsals: Fridays 4-7 pm (First Rehearsal September 16)

      This show will focus on artists who have participated in the Chicago born music festival: Riot Fest and Carnival. Specializing in Alternative Rock and Punk this show will satisfy your hunger for loud guitars, up-tempo rhythms, and a lot of attitude. Rockers will perform songs by The Offspring, Blink 182, My Chemical Romance, Rise Against, Paramore, Rancid, and many more.

      MOTOWN/STAX
      Directors: Bryan and Scott
      Rehearsals: Saturdays 4-7 pm (First Rehearsal September 17)

      Time to get the funk/soul going with a tribute to two of the most important soul record labels in music. These two record labels catalyzed the popularity soul music in the late 1950s and into the 1960s. Artists under Motwon and Stax Records included the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and many more.

      GRATEFUL DEAD
      Directors: Bryan and Schaefer
      Rehearsals: Sundays 3-6 pm (First Rehearsal September 18)

      This will be our very first attempt at a Grateful Dead show! Notoriously known for touring for over 30 years, the Grateful Dead have acquired an extensive song catalog that spans many styles. The pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world, their music is heavy on skilled improvisation. This show is geared for our most experienced Dead Heads. Songs will include Sugar Magnolia, Scarlet Begonias, Estimated Prophet, Truckin, and many more.
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    • ALL NEW! Songwriting Program!

      Want to be the next Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, or Eric Clapton? We have the program for you! The School of Rock Highwood is rolling out its very first Songwriting Program! Students in this progra...
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      Want to be the next Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, or Eric Clapton? We have the program for you! The School of Rock Highwood is rolling out its very first Songwriting Program! Students in this program will collaborate with each other to write original lyrics and music. The songs they write will be recorded, mixed, and mastered in a recording studio. Songwriters will also have one live performance at the end of the season. This program is geared toward intermediate/advanced students 14 and older.
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    • Rockit for Your Preschooler! Taking Toddler 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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Testimonials

  • “I can’t tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything! ”
    — Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “Carlson's time at School of Rock helped her recruit most of her current bandmates. It spurred her to apply to Berklee which, unlike other colleges that offer music majors geared mainly toward classical and jazz, offered the opportunity to train as a well-rounded musician. ”
    — Chelsea Carson, student from Long Valley School of Rock
  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn self-confidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical age-barrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming. ”
    — Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “School of Rock has helped develop my daughter's self confidence. She just lights up when she is on stage. I just love watching and seeing her growth as a person and as a musician. SOR is her second family. ”
    — Lori H., parent, Downingtown, PA