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About School of Rock Hinsdale

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

Contact Information

School of Rock Hinsdale
116 South Washington StHinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 936-4742

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Saturday - SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Hinsdale, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Hinsdale students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Hinsdale’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale, 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 Hinsdale students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Hinsdale’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • Our top performers can audition for School of Rock Hinsdale’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Hinsdale musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Hinsdale can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale, 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 Hinsdale’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 Hinsdale’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 Hinsdale.

    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 Hinsdale’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Hinsdale Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Hinsdale’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Hinsdale learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Hinsdale Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Hinsdale enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Hinsdale’s Little Wing Program can expect:

    • Exploration of hand percussion and other tools to spark their imagination
    • Unique and engaging music games
    • Teamwork, cooperation, and group music activities
    • Fundamental skills for music and life
    • Fun and practical learning combined, perfectly tailored to growing minds!

At School of Rock Hinsdale, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits. Hinsdale students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by ...
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At School of Rock Hinsdale, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Hinsdale students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Hinsdale’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!
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Upcoming Events

    • October 27
      6:00 PM
      SOR opens for Dalton Rapattoni
      concert
      School of Rock Naperville's House Band is going to be opening up for American Idol superstar Dalton Rapattoni during his upcoming tour stop at Wire in Berwyn!!! We love Dalton and we are thrilled ...
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      School of Rock Naperville's House Band is going to be opening up for American Idol superstar Dalton Rapattoni during his upcoming tour stop at Wire in Berwyn!!! We love Dalton and we are thrilled to be participating!!

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    • December 10
      11:00 AM
      School of Rock Hinsdale's Fall Show 2016
      Rock Concert
      Come and see our performance group students perform the songs they've been rehearsing all season long! The show will be at BaseCamp Pub in Lisle. You are sure to love this show with tributes to Pin...
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      Come and see our performance group students perform the songs they've been rehearsing all season long! The show will be at BaseCamp Pub in Lisle. You are sure to love this show with tributes to Pink Floyd, British Invasion Era Beatles, Metallica, Rush, and Motown!

      ALL AGES WELCOME

      BaseCamp Pub
      5750 Lakeside Dr
      Lisle, IL 60532

      More information coming soon!!
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    • December 11
      5:00 PM
      Fall 2016 Adult Performance Program Show
      Rock Concert
      Come out and watch the students in our Adult Performance Program rock at BaseCamp Pub in Lisle!

      BaseCamp Pub
      5750 Lakeside Dr
      Lisle, IL 60532

      More information coming soon!!

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Staff

    • Meet Jake Anderson
      Jake Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist that is active in the Chicago music scene. He started playing guitar when he was 8 years old and since then has picked up various other instruments to add t...
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      Jake Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist that is active in the Chicago music scene. He started playing guitar when he was 8 years old and since then has picked up various other instruments to add to his repertoire. His list of instruments include guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, ukulele, banjo, various percussion instruments and vocals. At 12 years old he started his first band. He has played around the country and has toured Europe with his former band Future Monarchs. This same band has recorded an EP and LP that was produced by Pat Sansone, a member of Wilco. Currently, he is working on recording a solo album at his studio in Logan Square. Some of his favorite artists are The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Zombies, Curtis Mayfield, Tame Impala, UMO, Human League, Talking Heads, OMD, Radiohead, The Impressions, The Ramones, Agent Orange, The Pixies, Simon and Garfunkel, Curt Boettcher and Al Green.
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    • Meet Naomi O’Dowd-Ryan
      Keys, & Vocals Instructor
      Naomi O’Dowd-Ryan graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Music but she has been studying music all her life. She started singing classical and contemporary music early when she ...
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      Naomi O’Dowd-Ryan graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Music but she has been studying music all her life. She started singing classical and contemporary music early when she was in the Chicago Children’s Choir. She then approached the singer/songwriter style of performing and at this point, from being in countless choirs, ensembles and bands she’s sung every style under the sun. She has been singing and accompanying herself on piano since she was in her early teen years and has played most of the major venues in Chicago including The Metro, The Hard Rock Café, City Winery, and Chicago Blues Fest (all three days) and continues to grow that list. She plays piano, writes songs and sings in her original group Giantess as well as studies classical Indian music. She has taught ensembles with the Blues Kids of America Foundation, which allowed her to teach at the Fender Center and University of Irvine California. Her main teaching focus is that a good foundation of technique and health will best allow students to grow in creativity and musical ability and allow the student to connect with the music and other musicians with ease.
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    • Meet Rudy Bless
      Bass, Guitar & Keys Instructor
      Having grown up in Switzerland, Rudy moved to Chicago in the summer of 2009 in order to attend Columbia College Chicago. 4 years later he walked out with a Bachelors of Music, with a concentration ...
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      Having grown up in Switzerland, Rudy moved to Chicago in the summer of 2009 in order to attend Columbia College Chicago. 4 years later he walked out with a Bachelors of Music, with a concentration in Instrumental Performance for Bass. He’d had the opportunity to study under a slew of great musicians in that time (and learn a number of other instruments including guitar, piano and drums), and was fortunate to be offered a position playing bass for Australian blues artist Michael Charles. His time on the road with this band gave him a lot to think about when it came to actually applying what he’d learned over the years. He’s currently playing all around Chicago with his bands The Lulabelles and The Devilish Winks, and slowly working on some small projects of his own. Rudy is always ready to talk music with anyone who’ll listen!
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    • Meet Dan Beasley
      Drum, Bass, Keys & Guitar Instructor
      Dan graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009 and moved immediately to Chicago to pursue the richest music scene in the country here in the Windy City! He has been actively playing, writing, ...
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      Dan graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009 and moved immediately to Chicago to pursue the richest music scene in the country here in the Windy City! He has been actively playing, writing, and recording around Chicago ever since. He had the privilege, at Berklee, to study under the likes of Mike Mangini, Kim Plainfield, Skip Hadden, Dave DiCenso, and many others. Dan has always relished the opportunity to pass the joy of music on to others, and to share in the magic of others' music as well. He has never shied away from any playing situation, and has a very diverse and unique musical background because of it. He currently plays drums, writes, and sings in Old Grand Dad , and Chicago rockabilly band as well as playing with Scotch Hollow , and Imposter Radio.
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    • Meet Daniel Tamillow
      Drum Instructor
      Daniel Tamillow is an enthusiastic drummer in the Chicago area. Originally from Virginia, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in music while also following his love of teaching. He has been in...
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      Daniel Tamillow is an enthusiastic drummer in the Chicago area. Originally from Virginia, he moved to Chicago to pursue a career in music while also following his love of teaching. He has been in multiple bands and has played many venues in the city. Daniel strives to help students gain a love and appreciation for their instrument and thrives on a fun learning environment. He studied music for two and half years at the College of DuPage under Mike Folker and has personally taken private lessons from drummer Charles Heath (Ramsey Lewis) for two years. Dan is always looking to learn and grow as a musician to become the best teacher and influence he can be!
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    • Meet David Rader
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      David Rader was first inspired to pick up a guitar after listening to a Ramones album when he was 15. He played in a punk band throughout high school that used to rip through twelve songs in eight ...
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      David Rader was first inspired to pick up a guitar after listening to a Ramones album when he was 15. He played in a punk band throughout high school that used to rip through twelve songs in eight minutes and then would fill the rest of their allotted time by making fun of people in the audience. As he grew older, David grew to appreciate the technical aspects of playing instruments and also learned that you shouldn't tease strangers. His favorite guitarists include Dick Dale, Leadbelly, Kurt Cobain and Jack White. He received a bachelor's degree in English Studies in 2012 and currently resides in Oak Park, which is only an hour's drive away from his parents and their washing machine.
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    • Meet Raleigh Kathman
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Raleigh Kathman is a guitarist and songwriter from Chicago who has been playing in the city’s funk, rock, and blues scenes for the past six years. An early music student, he studied piano at a yo...
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      Raleigh Kathman is a guitarist and songwriter from Chicago who has been playing in the city’s funk, rock, and blues scenes for the past six years. An early music student, he studied piano at a young age and then tried a new instrument every year before finally deciding on the guitar in high school. While in high school, he joined the jazz band and started listening to as much classic rock as possible. These early experiences eventually led him to study instrumental performance at Columbia College Chicago where he was able to play in all styles of bands and form his first original project. Since then, he has toured the country as an instructor for the Blues Kids of America Foundation and performed all three days at Chicago Blues Fest, and has also performed at many of the city’s premier venues (House of Blues, Elbo Room, Township, etc.) in his own original bands and others. Most recently, Raleigh has been studying personally with members of the Guitar Craft founded by Robert Fripp, and is dedicating his time to learning the U8 Touch Guitar invented by Markus Reuter. He hopes to apply this new instrument to songwriting, arranging, and performing in his original projects.
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    • Meet Matt Richardson
      Guitar, Bass, & Keys Instructor
      Matt Richardson is a current student at Columbia College Chicago where he has received a singer/songwriter scholarship to attend. He has been playing piano since he was 7 years old and guitar since...
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      Matt Richardson is a current student at Columbia College Chicago where he has received a singer/songwriter scholarship to attend. He has been playing piano since he was 7 years old and guitar since he was 12. He has been performing since he was 13 years old and has a thorough background in both the stage and music theory. At the age of 14 he started a band called Fairview who have gone on to tour the states and build a bigger and bigger following year after year. His band Fairview recently opened for hometown international superstars, the Plain White Tees at the House of Blues in Chicago in 2015.
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    • Meet Pete Ford
      Vocal, Guitar, & Keys Instructor
      Midway through his second year in business school at Miami University, Pete Ford had a sudden epiphany to become a professional songwriter. Upon leaving Miami, he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina ...
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      Midway through his second year in business school at Miami University, Pete Ford had a sudden epiphany to become a professional songwriter. Upon leaving Miami, he moved to Buenos Aires, Argentina where he began his musical journey and learned how to speak Spanish very poorly! He eventually moved back to the States to get his music degree, graduating with honors at Columbia College in Chicago.

      After graduating, Pete moved out west to Santa Cruz, CA where he began teaching and playing music full-time. He eventually started his own business, 'The Serenade Store,' where he still writes, records and performs personalized songs for special occasions.

      His motto for Music and Life is simple: Do what you have to do to keep the dream alive! Pete has an extraordinary passion for sharing his unique musical perspectives with anyone that is eager to listen. His goal in teaching is to find out what drives each individual student and help guide them along their individual path.

      Feel free to check out his website at www.projectpeteford.com
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    • Meet Danielle Brown
      Assistant Manager & Little Wing Instructor
      Danielle Brown is the Assistant Manager and Little Wing instructor at the School of Rock Hinsdale. Danielle grew up in Mount Prospect, Illinois where she fondly recalls waking up every morning to t...
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      Danielle Brown is the Assistant Manager and Little Wing instructor at the School of Rock Hinsdale. Danielle grew up in Mount Prospect, Illinois where she fondly recalls waking up every morning to the sound of her dad playing songs by James Brown. Like a lot of people who are passionate about music, Danielle has woven her way in and outside of the industry. Starting at the College of DuPage, she became involved in organizing monthly concerts for local bands. From there, Danielle relocated herself to Nashville which was the place to be "before it was the place to be." Once in Nashville, she continued to pursue music-related jobs (including one at Clear Channel) as well as a Bachelor's degree. Danielle's BA in Organizational Leadership as well as her current Master's program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling have both found purpose at the School of Rock Hinsdale. Here, she applies her business skills as she fields incoming calls and sits in on staff meetings. And as a Little Wing instructor, she's able to apply her knowledge of "play therapy." Recognizing differences and how to motivate each student is one of her greatest strengths and personal rewards. Danielle's story is a reminder to anyone who loves music that there is a place for everyone, especially at the School of Rock DuPage County.
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    • Meet Lenny Vertucci
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Lenny brings over 20 years of stage and teaching experience. He started playing guitar at the age of 15, and spent most of his late teen years locked away in his room practicing with friends like E...
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      Lenny brings over 20 years of stage and teaching experience. He started playing guitar at the age of 15, and spent most of his late teen years locked away in his room practicing with friends like Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, David Gilmore, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Michael Schenker to name a few. By the age of 19 Lenny was playing in original bands in and around the Chicago area working his way up to playing in touring bands opening for acts such as Ozzy Osbourne and Testament. By his late 20's Lenny was a songwriter for Nash Publishing and house session player at Tanglewood Studios in Brookfield, IL; which afforded him the opportunity to work with many artists that has helped shape his style and sound today. Currently Lenny is writing music in his home studio and performing all over the Chicago area and midwest in the cover / original band Almost Famous
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    • Meet Sean Walker
      General Manager
      Born a creative soul, Sean began playing music at the age of 15 in Southern, IL. Originally a drummer, Sean has learned music through performing with multiple bands over the past ten years and even...
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      Born a creative soul, Sean began playing music at the age of 15 in Southern, IL. Originally a drummer, Sean has learned music through performing with multiple bands over the past ten years and eventually added Guitar, Bass, and Vocals to his resume of rock. A showman at heart, Sean places an emphasis on listening and reacting to the music when teaching. Students should expect to learn warm-up techniques, and how to listen for pitch and style approaches; all while looking good and getting the crowd moving!Sean currently resides in Chicagoland where he is currently writing and gigging with his bands bloodmoney THE PUNCH . So, whether you're a Freddie Mercury, Alison Mosshart or anything in between, get ready to rock!
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    • Meet Collin Marks
      Guitar Instructor
      Collin has been writing and performing around Chicagoland for over ten years. He started playing piano at a very young age, and now sings, plays the guitar, banjo, and harmonica. Collin started pla...
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      Collin has been writing and performing around Chicagoland for over ten years. He started playing piano at a very young age, and now sings, plays the guitar, banjo, and harmonica. Collin started playing gigs in his teens and has had the opportunity to play a variety of stages, not only in Chicago but around the Midwest. His compositions have been used in advertisements and have been performed by local orchestras. With an emphasis on ear training, music theory, as well as improvisation, Collin has experience performing and teaching in a variety of traditions, including blues, jazz, country, and rock and roll. He looks forward to passing on these traditions to his students.
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    • Meet Patrick McKenna
      Regional Operations Manager
      McKenna has been playing guitar, bass, piano, and drums as long as he can remember. Currently he fronts the Chicago power pop outfit THE PUNCH where he sings and plays guitar.This band features al...
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      McKenna has been playing guitar, bass, piano, and drums as long as he can remember. Currently he fronts the Chicago power pop outfit THE PUNCH where he sings and plays guitar.This band features all School of Rock instructors including Sean Walker from Hinsdale, and Evan West and Joanna Vassilatos from SoR Naperville. McKenna's bands have gigged throughout Chicago at some of the great venues in the city including: The Metro, The Double Door, Schuba's, Subterranean, Bottom Lounge, The Cubby Bear, The Beat Kitchen, Martyrs and many more from NYC to Detroit. McKenna has played in many bands over the years including: shoe. , girls on bicycles , Fire City Limits and others.McKenna has been working at SoR DuPage county since the first school was opened in Naperville in 2011. He started as a guitar teacher, and over time has held various positions like show director, house band director, Music director, General Manager of the Hinsdale location, and currently Regional Operations Manager for SoR DuPage County (Hinsdale, Elmhurst, Naperville).McKenna likes to focus on teaching his students improvisational soloing skills and ear training, helping budding rockers to be themselves and allowing them to jump into many diverse musical situations with the knowledge they've learned. McKenna currently lives in downtown Chicago, but grew up in Burr Ridge, where his parents still reside. He attended elementary school in Hinsdale (St Isaac's), and has earned a degree in Management from DePaul University.
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    • Meet Joanna Vassilatos
      Regional Sales & Marketing Manager
      Joanna is a Chicago native who moved out to Los Angeles in 2000 to pursue a career in music. Throughout her tenure in LA she covered a lot of ground both as a musician and as a music industry execu...
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      Joanna is a Chicago native who moved out to Los Angeles in 2000 to pursue a career in music. Throughout her tenure in LA she covered a lot of ground both as a musician and as a music industry executive. On the music side, she toured all over the world as a drummer for the all-girl progressive rock band Radio Vago, playing and touring with such acts as the Mars Volta, The Breeders, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Distillers, Sleater-Kinney and many more. On the industry side, she worked for Diane Warren, the most successful and prolific female songwriter in history, also regarded by many as the most important songwriter in the world as her songs have received six Oscar nominations, five Golden Globe nominations, including one win, and seven GRAMMY nominations, including one win. She was then the senior production manager at MMA, an event production firm handling tastemaker events for Gwen Stefani, Motorola, DKNY Jeans, Quiksilver, and more. After spending 3 years with MMA, Joanna moved on to work side by side with the Director of Programs and Events at the GRAMMY Foundation. Working for the GRAMMY's, she was exposed to and interacted with the biggest names in the music industry, including artists such as Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, 3 Doors Down, Sheryl Crow, Maroon 5, Josh Groban, Radiohead, Mumford Sons, and many more.Joanna currently plays drums and sings in the band THE PUNCH who actively records and gigs in Chicago.
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    • Meet Robert Campbell
      Guitar, Bass, Keys, Vocals, & Drums Instructor
      Guitarist and composer Robert Campbell moved to Chicago in 2010 from Arkansas, where he first learned to love all music rooted in groove and improvisation from his organist father and singer mother...
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      Guitarist and composer Robert Campbell moved to Chicago in 2010 from Arkansas, where he first learned to love all music rooted in groove and improvisation from his organist father and singer mother. His favorite performance to date was playing a packed gymnasium at a women’s prison with his family’s R&B band — talk about a captive audience that couldn’t wait to bust loose! While still in AR, he was tutored in music theory and composition by Philip Schroeder, bassist and modern classical/ambient composer. Robert received his first commission for The Lost Year, a film about the little-known story of what happened in Little Rock after the infamous 1957 integration of Central High.

      After coming to the best city in the world, Robert founded Holy Barbarians, a jazz collective dedicated to exploring the balance of order and chaos in improvised music. He has continued his love of composition in his trio, Iron City, and as a founding member of Jazzsquatch, a funk outfit dedicated to the mighty Hammond organ! He has become a go-to guitar man for the city’s musical theatre community, working for and with Underscore Theatre, Refuge Theatre, Windy City Music Theatre, and various cabarets. In 2015 he was made an Artistic Associate of Underscore Theatre Company. He cites Charles Mingus, Grant Green, and The Blues Brothers as influences, but his favorite Chicago guitarist is Andy Brown.
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News

    • Glancer Magazine recognizes local Ladypreneurs

      According to Entrepreneur.com women are starting an average of 1,200 businesses a day – up from 740 a day the year prior. The growth of women-owned firms continues to outpace the national average...
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      According to Entrepreneur.com women are starting an average of 1,200 businesses a day – up from 740 a day the year prior. The growth of women-owned firms continues to outpace the national average, plus they now lead growth in eight of the top 13 industries. On top of that, ladies are dominating the crowdfunding space, regularly outperforming their male counterparts. Meet these Local Ladypreneurs to Know......
      ANNE DILLS
      Franchise Owner, School of Rock (Naperville, Hinsdale, & Elmhurst)
      Anne grew up in Burr Ridge and Hinsdale as a child, so it made since when the opportunity came to open up her first School of Rock location in Naperville with her partner (and mom) Denise Dills back in 2010. She currently lives in Western Springs with her husband and the couple is expecting their first child in fall.
      Anne has since opened up two additional School of Rock locations in both Hinsdale and Elmhurst. When venturing out and starting her own business, Anne loved the idea of creating something from nothing. “I find it exciting and meaningful to create jobs that didn’t exist before and give people an opportunity to grow and develop,” she shares.

      School of Rock is a performance based music school, where both kids and adults can receive a great musical education. Anne also emphasizes the creation of a caring community within her School of Rock locations, where all students feel inspired and are supportive of one another. “Our faculty is a close knit group of professional rock musicians, who are still actively creating, recording and performing music,” she adds.

      As for her biggest inspiration and advocate to become a ladypreneur? That would be her mom, Denise Dills, who became a ladypreneur herself in her 50’s after her children were grown.

      1. Favorite motivational speaker? Dale Carnegie.

      2. #1 reason for being a ladypreneur? I decided to start my own company, so no one else could dictate to me the values I feel that it is important to live out in my family life and my professional life.

      3. The one thing you wish you had known when starting your business? Ensure that you feel so passionately about the service or product you are creating that the journey of having it brought to fruition is worth the effort regardless of if you succeed financially.Read less

    • Jake Deutschman, Drummer Boy

      Check out this awesome interview with Jake Deutschman, sharing how he has grown as a musician and how his band, Stellar, was formed at School of Rock Naperville! Written by Julie Simmons-Trapp (for...
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      Check out this awesome interview with Jake Deutschman, sharing how he has grown as a musician and how his band, Stellar, was formed at School of Rock Naperville! Written by Julie Simmons-Trapp (formerly Julie Simmons). She’s been published in The Chicago Tribune, Paste magazine, UTNE Reader, Harp magazine and other publications.
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    • SUMMER FESTIVAL 2015 PHOTOS

      Take a look at some photos from the Summer Music Festival!
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    • Joanna on The Busy Guy Show

      Check out this interview of Joanna our Marketing Guru as she spoke about School of Rock on the local access cable show, The Busy Guy hosted by Vince LoCascio. Joanna provides a detailed rundown of ...
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      Check out this interview of Joanna our Marketing Guru as she spoke about School of Rock on the local access cable show, The Busy Guy hosted by Vince LoCascio. Joanna provides a detailed rundown of all our programs, how they work together and the ways in which they impact the students.Read less

Testimonials

  • “The Hinsdale location is really convenient. It's so close to the schools and for a lot of people, it's within walking distance from their house. And because it's downtown, kids feel like they can hang out at the School of Rock a little before their lesson. Then, if there's space they can practice in an empty room or if there isn't space they can grab something to eat then come back for rehearsal. Going there is part of their routine.”
    — Melinda H., Mother of School of Rock Hinsdale student
  • “What they're basically doing at the School of Rock is the Suzuki Method for rock 'n roll and it works. I never, ever thought I'd be doing this.”
    - Trinka R., Parent and Adult Drum Student in Old Skool, School of Rock Hinsdale's Adult Program
  • “I'm really not an extrovert. But when I joined Old Skool and I saw that there were two other moms that were going to sing with me that also didn't have music experience, I thought, "We're going to do this together.' And now, it's weird, I no longer need other singers on stage with me because I know I can do this. It's like you do everything for your kids but performing for Old Skool is something you can actually do for yourself.”
    — Amy B., Romeoville, IL
  • “I love that the Instructors and Management encourage kids of all skill levels. I love that they challenges the kids to take chances without fear of consequences. I love that experienced kids get a change to be mentors to newer members. I love the faces of the kids coming off the stage after just killing a set. I love the variety of the music that the kids are introduced to. I love seeing kids playing multiple instruments. I could go on and on, I love what School of Rock is all about.”
    — Parent of School of Rock Hinsdale student