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About School of Rock Highwood

Welcome to School of Rock Highwood, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Highwood has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Highwood, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Highwood together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Highwood today.

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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Staff

    • 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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    • Gordon Patriarca
      Music Director and Bass Instructor
      Bassist Gordon Patriarca has been a lifetime resident of Chicago. As a child in the 1960's a transistor radio was a constant companion (under the pillow at bedtime) this radio would be tuned to one...
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      Bassist Gordon Patriarca has been a lifetime resident of Chicago. As a child in the 1960's a transistor radio was a constant companion (under the pillow at bedtime) this radio would be tuned to one of the AM powerhouses WLS or WCFL and the gloriously diverse Top-40 sounds were the soundtrack of his childhood. The physical relationship with the electric bass began at age 16, this was fueled by the inevitable sibling rivalry with a younger brother who had become an above-average guitarist in only 3-4 years of playing.Not to be outdone (and using Cream bassist Jack Bruce as a role model) Patriarca picked the 4-stringed instrument and circumnavigated any comparisons with his junior kin. High School bands followed (now the radio was tuned to FM, Hard- Rock, Blues-Rock, Prog-Rock etc. it was the '70's) There was a bit of formal study with (now L.A. studio bassist) Paul Zibits. After High School there was a couple of years of college (Northern ILL. University) where he was in an African percussion ensemble, and took various oddball music classes. The highlight of this college experience was probably his twice weekly shows as a DJ at the campus radio station. Leaving school to pursue the life of a working musician, Patriarca began his 25 year career with a "Who's Who" of Chicago musicians spanning Rock, Pop, Blues,and Country. Patriarca has played in at least 50 local bands (Remainders, Bad Examples, Anna Fermin, Cathy Richardson,Robbie Fulks, Satyagraha, Yardsale, Word Bongo, Urban Djinn, Jan James, Icos et.al)In the Blues/RB arena he has gigged with Sugar Blue (harmonica on "Miss You"- the Rolling Stones), Matt "Guitar" Murphy (Memphis Slim, Blues Brothers), Johnny Johnson (Chuck Berry's pianist in the 1950's), Jimmy Johnson (Delmark and Alligator recording artist), Screaming Jay Hawkins ("I Put a Spell on You"), Dave Spector (Delmark) and others. Patriarca has also worked with national acts doing tours with Survivor ("Eye of the Tiger"), Spirit ("I Got a Line On You"), and gigs with the Coasters, Drifters, Martha Reeves, the Shangri- Las, and Sam Moore (Sam Dave). In addition he has appeared on over 25 recordings including recent discs with James Burton ( session guitarist extrordanaire and Elvis Presley's guitarist 1970-'77), songwriters Josh Verbenets and Cameron McGill, roots-rocker Bucky Halker, instrumental combo, the Nitecallers and Honky-Tonk legend Urban Dijinn. Other recording highlights include the Icos CD "At the Speed of Life" recorded at Abbey Road studios in London. He has toured Europe twice with Blues-Rock chanteuse Jan James. At this point he calculates he has done close to 4000 gigs and remains active in the Chicago music scene.
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    • Michelle Hallman
      Voice Instructor
      Michelle Hallman performs, records, writes/arranges songs and tours with many different projects. She has been a working musician for 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Mac McNeilly
      Drum Instructor
      Mac grew up in Atlanta, bursting onto the rock scene in 1970, while playing along to The Beatles' White Album on his toy drum. Upgrading to a full trap kit at the age of 12, his musical influences ...
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      Mac grew up in Atlanta, bursting onto the rock scene in 1970, while playing along to The Beatles' White Album on his toy drum. Upgrading to a full trap kit at the age of 12, his musical influences would come to include everything the 70's had to offer. Graduating from playing covers to writing original music, Mac helped form Atlanta art-rock band 86.In 1989, Mac received a call from David Yow, asking if he would try out as the drummer for his new band, The Jesus Lizard. Mac and the band formed an immediate bond, and left Atlanta for Chicago. The band recorded four albums and a string of singles with Steve Albini, released on Chicago independent label, Touch and Go Records, including a split-single with Nirvana. In 1994, the band signed with Capitol Records, releasing the album Shot, which was produced by Garth Richardson.In 1996, Mac left the band to pursue projects which would keep him closer to his wife and children. In 2009, the Jesus Lizard was invited to play All Tomorrow's Parties in the UK, leading to a full reunion that lasted most of the year. The band toured the US and Europe, culminating in a New Year's Eve show at the Metro in Chicago. A book on Jesus Lizard is now available, with photos and commentary from various music personalities.
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    • Patrick Jennings
      Keyboard Instructor
      Patrick is from Atlanta, GA and has been a musician for 25 years. His music career started with his high school rock band Scenic Void;songwriting and performing as a multi-instrumentalist. After ye...
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      Patrick is from Atlanta, GA and has been a musician for 25 years. His music career started with his high school rock band Scenic Void;songwriting and performing as a multi-instrumentalist. After years of studio sessions, writing music for the band and touring, Patrick chose to focus on composition, songwriting and sound design in his formal education, and now works asa professional composer.Having graduated from Columbia College Chicagoin music composition, heshows a deft hand in classical piano, and composing for film and musical theatre.Patrick is currently continuing his studies in jazz and composition and specializes in rock, psychedelic, ragtime, classical and minimalistic genres of music.
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    • 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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    • Joe Babiak
      Drum Instructor
      Joe Babiak began his musical career at the early age of five. Joe played in concert and jazz bands all throughout his schooling and was the recipient of numerous awards. One of his most notable per...
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      Joe Babiak began his musical career at the early age of five. Joe played in concert and jazz bands all throughout his schooling and was the recipient of numerous awards. One of his most notable performances of that period was on the stage at Carnegie Hall. Joe takes great pride in being well versed in many genres. His strong understanding of theory, keen melodic and harmonic sense, and excellent pitch makes him unique on the instrument. Joe attended Elmhurst College in Chicago where he earned his B.A. in Music. In 2002, Joe began his long running relationship with renowned guitarist, Michael Angelo Batio. Since then he has toured Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taiwan, Russia, and India, performed in Michael's music videos, recorded on two of his full length albums, and opened up for Hellyea and Megadeth at the 2011 Dean Guitar NAMM Jam. In 2005, Joe's progressive-rock group Parallel Mind was signed to Unicorn Records of Canada for the release of their album, Colossus ADEA. In the spring of 2006, Joe joined the Chicago based band Kill Hannah for a 5 month national tour in support of the group's second album with Atlantic Records. During that time, he performed in the band's Lips Like Morphine music video, the WGN morning news, and Chicago's Lollapalooza music festival. From 2006-2010, Joe played in the rock band South Of Earth featuring Geno Lenardo (Device, FILTER, Chevelle), Joe Grah (Loser, Jibe), and Bill Gower (Boy Hits Car). Most recently, Joe played in the LA based bandCage9, featuring members of Powerman 5000. Joe has also had the honor of appearing in Modern Drummer magazine five times and was also featured in the November 2006 issue of DRUM! magazine.After a successful stay in Los Angeles (2007-2011), Joe returned to Chicago where he performs with a few local groups and maintains an active teaching schedule.
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    • Adam Michaels
      Vocal Instructor
      Adam was born a Gemini in Illinois and moved about between there and Indiana where he listened to the Killer Queen album and the Aladdin soundtrack quite often. Soon he decided he wanted to play th...
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      Adam was born a Gemini in Illinois and moved about between there and Indiana where he listened to the Killer Queen album and the Aladdin soundtrack quite often. Soon he decided he wanted to play the guitar as it would allow him to channel the awesomeness of bands he later grew to love. In seventh grade he strolled into career day with his guitar, ripped jeans a black shirt and a too-tightly-fitting tweed blazer. He played it for the class and announced that he had hopes of making music for a living. His teacher said "you're going to have to think of an actual career"... Adam moved to Arizona where he continued to play guitar, sing and most importantly- song write. He educated himself and tried things and failed and often found himself having to question and steer clear of the way he was told things had to be done.

      Adam was in many bands & played many shows and of course there was that one time when he did the talent show in high school repping 3 different acts where he won honorable mention, first place and was also disqualified. At the age of 17, Adam left school to sing, write and play bass for the band Pummel. He toured for a year and even turned down a record deal because sometimes first draft record deals aren't that awesome. At the age of 19, he parted ways with the group and tracked down the vacation home of a major music industry manager. For months, Adam drove past his house until one day there he was. Adam said "hi I'm not crazy or anything I just have my guitar and wanted 5 minutes of your time". The manager responded naturally with "....alright help me take my trash cans out and come inside". Adam played an original song and the now excited manager (let's just call him John Reese) asked him to play another. Reese asked for Adam to start a band and introduced him to the new producer and drummer of The Used, Braden Steineckert.

      He moved to Las Vegas and snagged up three dudes and dished out his songs. They became known as Searchlight. While in the group Adam wrote the song Contagious, inspired by the video game Resident Evil. While it was being recorded, Milla Jovovich heard the song, and it was placed in the end credits and soundtrack of Resident Evil: Extinction. Soon, the band was opening for bands such as Our Lady Peace, Sick Puppies, Fly Leaf, Gavin Rossdale (Bush). They performed a New Year’s Eve concert at Mandalay Bay with The Goo Goo Dolls (one of Adam's biggest inspirations) and also performed at Sturgis with the epic band KISS in front of a sensible 36,000 people. Legend has it, it was pretty cool. In 2009 the band parted ways just after the release of their debut album "Until The End and After".

      Around then, Adam found himself tugged by the acting gods again. He started out with an exciting bang where he played Chad in the Las Vegas premier of All Shook Up and Riff Raff in the Las Vegas premier of The Rocky Horror Show (he still wonders to this day how The Rocky Horror Show was never performed in Vegas of all places). In January 2011 he moved back here to the Chicago land area where he has now performed throughout its circuit in shows such as HAIR, Route 66 and Smokey Joes Cafe. Adam’s most recent stage production was Paramount Theatre's RENT where he played the role of Roger.

      He has been writing and recording brand new music as well as multiple original contemporary musicals. His next production will be this winter at the Chicago Broadway Playhouse where he will lead the new original show, Dee Snider's Rock-n-Roll Christmas Tale. Adam also is the lead singer and creator of Chicago's newest country cover band, Cowboy Jukebox. Other miscellaneous endeavors include his art career where he shows and sells in galleries to conventions and is the creator of art and t-shirt lines for Ghost Adventures Aaron Goodwin. His work can be found at www.adamsartbox.com. He is also an accomplished film actor, writer and director. He is currently in production of the short film based on Marvel Comic's: Morbius.
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    • 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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    • 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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News

    • KIDS AREN'T THE ONLY ONES WHO ROCK AT SOR HIGHWOOD!

      School of Rock is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program where adult students get individual lessons on guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals along with weekly band rehearsals. Whether you ...
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      School of Rock is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program where adult students get individual lessons on guitar, bass, drums, keys and vocals along with weekly band rehearsals. Whether you are an experienced musician looking to get back on stage or just learning for the first time, it's time to grab your guitar, warm up those vocals, and prepare to rock! With School of Rock's Adult Program, you will learn from our amazing staff of professional musicians, meet cool people, and take the stage at a great rock venue in your community. The Adult program at SOR Highwood proves that you don't have to be a kid to show off your Rock skills! The Stage is now yours! Get started today. Call now to book a FREE trial lesson! Enrollment is NOW! Secure your spot before the season starts SEPTEMBER 8!
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    • 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!
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    • CHECK OUT HOW YOU CAN STAY COOL AT SOR HIGHWOOD THIS SUMMER! SUMMER CAMP THEMES ARE REVEALED!

      Our Summer Camp themes are sure to please this year! We've got something for every rocker, and we're offering each camp TWICE! We want to make sure you don't miss out on your favorite camp because ...
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      Our Summer Camp themes are sure to please this year! We've got something for every rocker, and we're offering each camp TWICE! We want to make sure you don't miss out on your favorite camp because you're taking the family to the Rock Hall of Fame that week. Click on the image above to check out what we've got shakin' this Summer at SOR Highwood!
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    • 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!
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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