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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 - Thursday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
FridayClosed
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 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 (geomodifer) 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

    • June 3
      8:30 PM
      Wild Kingdom Show @27 Live
      Show
      How many great bands were named after members of the animal kingdom? More than you think! From the jungle: Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Def Leppard, The Monkees From the skies: The Eagles, The Black...
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      How many great bands were named after members of the animal kingdom? More than you think!
      From the jungle: Arctic Monkeys, Gorillaz, Def Leppard, The Monkees
      From the skies: The Eagles, The Black Crowes, Hawkwind, The Byrds
      From the seas: The Turtles, Phish, Seal, Blue Oyster Cult, and more!
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    • June 6 - July 11 2016
      Epic Album Show: "Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N' Roses
      Summer Performance Program
      SESSION ONE: June 6 - July 16
      Epic Album: "Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N' Roses
      Show Date: July 16 @ The Empty Bottle
      Rehearsals Mondays 6-8pm
    • June 9 - August 25 2016
      Full Summer Show: Reggae/Ska
      Full Summer Performance Program
      FULL SUMMER SHOW: June 9th - August
      Theme: Reggae/Ska
      Show Dates: Friday, August 26 @ 27 LIVE and Sunday, August 28 @ Wild Hare
      Rehearsals Thursdays: 6-8pm
    • June 10
      7:00 PM
      Power Trios Show @27 Live
      Show
      We had so much fun with our Dynamic Duos show a few seasons back so it's time for a tribute to the great trios of rock. There will be music from The Police, Cream, ZZ Top, Green Day, Triumph, Rush,...
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      We had so much fun with our Dynamic Duos show a few seasons back so it's time for a tribute to the great trios of rock. There will be music from The Police, Cream, ZZ Top, Green Day, Triumph, Rush, Ben Folds Five, and more!
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    • June 11
      3:30 PM
      2000'S Show @210 Greenbay Rd (The Alley)
      Show
      We've done the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.
      Now it's time to feature the best rock n roll from the first decade of the 21st Century!
    • June 12
      1:00 PM
      2000'S Show @The Wild Hare
      Show
      We've done the 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's.
      Now it's time to feature the best rock n roll from the first decade of the 21st Century!
    • June 13 - 17 2016
      Green Day / Nirvana
      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: 847-433-ROCK
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    • June 20 - 24 2016
      Songwriting
      Summer Camp
      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: 847-433-ROCK
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    • July 16
      12:00 PM
      Epic Album: "Appetite for Destruction" Show @The Empty Bottle
      Summer Program Performance
      SESSION ONE: June 6 - July 16
      Epic Album: "Appetite for Destruction" by Guns N' Roses
      Show Date: July 16 @ The Empty Bottle
      Rehearsals Mondays 6-8pm
    • July 18 - August 22 2016
      Epic Album Show: "Dookie" by Green Day
      Summer Performance Program
      SESSION TWO: July 18 - August 27
      Epic Album: "Dookie" by Green Day
      Show Date: August 27 @ 210
      Rehearsals Mondays 6-8pm
    • July 25 - 29 2016
      Taylor Swift
      Summer Camp
      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 earli...
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      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.

      9am-3pm.
      Cost: $550.
      Sign-Up Today! 847-433-ROCK.
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    • August 1 - 5 2016
      ROCK 101
      Summer Camp
      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, pi...
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      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.

      9am-3pm.
      Cost: $550.
      Sign-Up Today! 847-433-ROCK
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    • August 20
      2:30 PM
      SOR Highwood’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 Evanston's houseband - ON THE MAIN STAGE!
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    • August 26
      12:00 PM
      Reggae/Ska Performance @27 Live
      Full Summer Performance Program
      FULL SUMMER SHOW: June 9th - August
      Theme: Reggae/Ska
      Show Dates: Friday, August 26 @ 27 LIVE and Sunday, August 28 @ Wild Hare
      Rehearsals Thursdays: 6-8pm
    • August 27
      12:00 PM
      Epic Album: "Dookie" Show @210 Greenbay Rd.
      Summer Performance Program Show
      SESSION TWO: July 18 - August 27
      Epic Album: "Dookie" by Green Day
      Show Date: August 27 @ 210 Greenbay Rd.
      Rehearsals Mondays 6-8pm
    • August 28
      12:00 PM
      Reggae/Ska Performance @Wild Hare
      Full Summer Performance Program Performance
      FULL SUMMER SHOW: June 9th - August
      Theme: Reggae/Ska
      Show Dates: Friday, August 26 @ 27 LIVE and Sunday, August 28 @ Wild Hare
      Rehearsals Thursdays: 6-8pm

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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 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 the greater part of her life, and thrives in live performance. ...
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      Michelle Hallman performs, records, writes/arranges songs and tours with many different projects. She has been a working musician for the greater part of her life, and thrives in live performance. She is a well versed singer in a variety 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 has played the piano since age 3, and took lessons for many, many years. Michelle has sung and played with the likes of Gregg Allman, Darryl Jones, Mr. Blotto, Umphree's McGee, Richard Marx, Vince Welnick, Freddie Jones Band, and The Bodeans. Her bands have opened for Kansas, Steven Stills, and Jazz is Dead. She has 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: Chicago Groove Collective , Goodfoot, Ladies of the Canyon.
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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
      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 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, 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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Promotions

News

    • SUMMER CAMPS 2016!

      Our Summer Camp themes and dates are in! If you would like to sign up, please email highwood@schoolofrock.com or call 847-433-ROCK and let us know which camp you would like to join. Sign-Up Forms a...
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      Our Summer Camp themes and dates are in! If you would like to sign up, please email highwood@schoolofrock.com or call 847-433-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

    • OUR VERY OWN ADAM MICHAELS IS STARRING IN DEE SNIDER'S ROCK 'N ROLL CHRISTMAS!!

      Our beloved Adam Michaels is starring in Dee Snider's Rock Roll Christmas Tale. We know its only October, but if you're already making family holiday plans, include this show!! We were told he has ...
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      Our beloved Adam Michaels is starring in Dee Snider's Rock Roll Christmas Tale. We know its only October, but if you're already making family holiday plans, include this show!! We were told he has to dye his pretty long hair PLATINUM BLOND! The sacrifices rockers make for their fans...GO ADAM!Read less

    • Save Money on Parking at House of Blues

      Are you as excited about our Garage Rock Showcase at House of Blues Chicago as we are? We've got some good news for you! Greenway Self Park has an "Click and Park" program that can save you A LOT o...
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      Are you as excited about our Garage Rock Showcase at House of Blues Chicago as we are? We've got some good news for you! Greenway Self Park has an "Click and Park" program that can save you A LOT of money. All you have to do is get on their website and purchase your parking in advance. You'll need to choose the date and times you need parking for, pay for it, and print out a ticket with your system generated barcode on it. It's really straightforward and will save you about half of the money you'd need to spend if you showed up on May 31st and paid the standard hourly rate. You've gotta be quick, though! Spots are disappearing quickly!Read less

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