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About School of Rock Naperville

Welcome to School of Rock Naperville, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Naperville’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Naperville has the right teachers, instruments, and programs your student needs to jam their way to success.

School of Rock isn’t just about creating killer musicians with a lasting love for all things rock. Because life isn’t a solo act, we’re equally focused on creating awesome bands of friends and musicians. We’re as much about orchestrating a community in Naperville full of cool experiences as we are about building confidence, extraordinary teamwork, and achieving excellence through our unique teaching method.

Everyone deserves to feel like a rock star. Welcome to a place where students learn to create face-melting music while developing the skills they need to do so much more.

Contact Information

School of Rock Naperville
220 N Washington StNaperville, IL 60540
(630) 922-5400

Hours of Operation

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

Programs

  • School of Rock Naperville'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 Naperville'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 Naperville 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 Naperville, 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 Naperville students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Naperville’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 Naperville’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 Naperville’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 Naperville 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 Naperville, 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 Naperville’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 Naperville’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 Naperville’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 Naperville, 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 Naperville 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 Naperville’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 Naperville'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 other...
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School of Rock Naperville'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 Naperville'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

    • February 13
      12:00 PM
      Progressive International Motorcycle Show
      House Band Performance
      Supporting our next generation of prospective riders, the School of Rock returns for a 3rd tour season, featuring high-energy, live performances fusing the perfect mix of music and motorcycles. Liv...
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      Supporting our next generation of prospective riders, the School of Rock returns for a 3rd tour season, featuring high-energy, live performances fusing the perfect mix of music and motorcycles. Live performances features the next generation of superstars — student musicians bursting with talent from the School of Rock Performance Program, the premier music education experience for youth across the United States.

      All three School Of Rock DuPage County Schools will be rocking out at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show! Here is the tentative set times:
      School Of Rock Naperville - 4:00 - 4:25 pm
      School Of Rock Hinsdale - 6:30 - 6:55 pm
      School Of Rock Elmhurst - TBA


      DONALD E. STEPHENS CONVENTION CENTER
      5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

      Ticket Prices
      Adults - $17.00
      Kids - 11yr and under - FREE

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    • March 9
      6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
      STAGE Summer Activities Fair
      Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm. Kennedy Junior High School 2929 Green Trails Drive Lisle 60532 The Supporters of Talented and Gifted Education (STAGE) for Naperville CUSD 203...
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      Wednesday, March 9th, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm.
      Kennedy Junior High School
      2929 Green Trails Drive
      Lisle 60532

      The Supporters of Talented and Gifted Education (STAGE) for Naperville CUSD 203 organization would like to invite you to participate in the STAGE Summer Activities Fair. This annual fair brings together vendors offering summer enrichment activities and families and children from the Naperville area. This event draws over 300 parents and children to gather information from over 35 organizations.

      If you ever wanted to find out what School Of Rock Naperville has in store for summer come stop by this amazing event! Our summer camps will rock your socks off!Read less
    • March 12
      10:00 AM
      St. Patrick's Day Parade in Naperville
      ROCKING PARADE
      Come walk with us in the Naperville St. Patrick's Day Parade! Our house band will be performing on our float alongside all of the little leprechauns of the School Of Rock DuPage County family! ...
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      Come walk with us in the Naperville St. Patrick's Day Parade!
      Our house band will be performing on our float alongside all of the little leprechauns of the School Of Rock DuPage County family!

      Email us or give us a call if you plan on walking with us with the amount of people in your crew! elmhurst@schooloforock.com 630-750-7625

      2016 St. Patrick's Day Parade
      Downtown Naperville
      Saturday March 12, 2016
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    • March 19
      10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
      HOPPY EASTER FEST @ Naperville Safety Town!
      Instrument Petting Zoo & Community Outreach
      Stop by our Instrument Petting Zoo to jam out, Get some candy and see the Easter Bunny! Admission is a non-perishable food item to benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry We ask each child to donat...
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      Stop by our Instrument Petting Zoo to jam out, Get some candy and see the Easter Bunny!

      Admission is a non-perishable food item to benefit Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry We ask each child to donate a non-perishable food item. Wouldn’t it be great if every child brought more than one!?

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      1320 Aurora Ave
      Naperville, IL 60540Read less

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Staff

    • Meet Liz Miller
      Guitar and Vocal Instructor
      Liz Miller is a vocalist and guitarist with an eclectic and lifelong experience with music. She is a singer/songwriter hailing from the New Hamp Shire. Currently attending Columbia College Chicago ...
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      Liz Miller is a vocalist and guitarist with an eclectic and lifelong experience with music. She is a singer/songwriter hailing from the New Hamp Shire. Currently attending Columbia College Chicago as a Contemporary Urban and Popular Music with experiences in both Guitar and Vocal concentrations. At school she studies Jazz guitar and has had a wide variety of vocal experiences from musical theatre to Gospel choirs to hard rock bands. Presently Liz is actively pursuing an experimental solo career pulling from her Blues and Jazz backgrounds. She’s played around at venues in Chicago and at the Blues fest.
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    • Meet Adam Krier
      Guitar, Bass, Keys & Vocals Instructor
      Adam was 17 years old and attending high school in Naperville when he formed the Chicago punk rock band Lucky Boys Confusion. The group signed to Elektra Records and cut 2 LP's, one of which genera...
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      Adam was 17 years old and attending high school in Naperville when he formed the Chicago punk rock band Lucky Boys Confusion. The group signed to Elektra Records and cut 2 LP's, one of which generated a Billboard Top 40 Modern Rock single in May, 2001. In the years to follow, 'LBC' toured non-stop across the US, Canada and Japan and appeared on several national Television programs for CBS and HBO. In 2007, Adam formed AM Taxi and signed with another major: EMI / Virgin Records. His original compositions have been featured on several major motion picture soundtracks, national television commercials and video games.
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    • Meet Windy Lawlor
      Vocal & Guitar Instructor
      Windy Lawlor is a singer/songwriter based in Chicago, IL. Raised on the shores of the Long Island Sound, Windy has been singing and performing since the age of five. Windy started playing guitar an...
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      Windy Lawlor is a singer/songwriter based in Chicago, IL. Raised on the shores of the Long Island Sound, Windy has been singing and performing since the age of five. Windy started playing guitar and writing her own music in 2005. Windy recently graduated from Columbia College Chicago where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in Contemporary, Urban and Popular Music. She has shared the stage with amazing artists such as Joan Osborne (One Of Us), Charlie Sexton (Bob Dylan), Fred Wesley (P-Funk, James Brown). While studying at Columbia College Windy managed her own band Overnight Fire, an eight piece RB and pop group, one of whose songs was adopted as part of the Columbia College graduation concert. As a pioneer exchange student from Columbia, Windy found successful collaboration at Popakademie in Mannheim, Germany, one of the very best and only institutions of higher learning focused solely around original popular music. That experience led Windy to co-write and produce with pop-legend Herbie Crichlow (Quit Playing Games With My Heart and Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely), Universal Music Publishing's Michelle Leonard and many other wonderful international artists. Windy has been writing and recording jingles for commercial advertising for about a year and continues to focus on licensing her music. Windy is currently working on finishing a contemporary hip-hop album with her project WWIII, to be digitally released this fall.Influences include Joni Mitchell, Nora Jones, Incubus, John Mayer, Bonnie Raitt, Kate Nash, The New Pornographers, Fiona Apple, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beatles, Imogen Heap, Julie London, Erika Badu, Janis Joplin, Feist and countless others.
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    • Meet Jordan Lemasters
      Guitar, Bass & Keys Instructor
      Jordan Lemasters is a freelance guitarist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist originally from St. Louis, Missouri. While in St. Louis, Jordan studied classical guitar at Lindenwood University (201...
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      Jordan Lemasters is a freelance guitarist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist originally from St. Louis, Missouri. While in St. Louis, Jordan studied classical guitar at Lindenwood University (2010-2011). Along with his guitar studies, he also studied Double-Bass and Cello and performed on both instruments in the Lindenwood symphony orchestra. Outside of his work in school, Jordan recorded and composed his own music while also performing and touring with St. Louis heavy-metal group "Icon and Anchor". During this time Jordan discovered a new interest in Jazz guitar, and auditioned at Columbia College Chicago in 2011. He was soon after awarded a scholarship to finish his degree in Chicago with a focus in Jazz Guitar. After moving to Chicago in the summer of 2011, Jordan began sitting in on sessions in several Chicago Blues and Jazz clubs and quickly began garnering attention from seasoned blues professionals. He has performed with several blues and jazz artists in Chicago including Mike Stern, Carlos Johnson, John Primer, Jimmy Burns and many others. He currently performs weekly lunch sets at Buddy Guy's Legends with singer/guitarist Anthony Moser, and plays in several bars and clubs in the downtown area. In December of 2013, Jordan will have completed his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Music Performance.
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    • Meet Jimmy Osbourne
      Drums, Bass, Guitar & Keys Instructor
      James "Jimmy-Jam" Osborne began his performance career at age 16. He was a touring member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corp. Since then he has been an active member of the music community b...
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      James "Jimmy-Jam" Osborne began his performance career at age 16. He was a touring member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corp. Since then he has been an active member of the music community being part of a variety of groups and ensembles. Jimmy attendedDePaulUniversity with a emphasis on Classical Guitar performance studying with Mark Maxwell. While attending school in Chicago he performed and taught on a regular basis, working with manydrum lines, drummers, guitarist, and anyone interested in advancing their musical knowledge from beginner to advanced. He has played at venues such as Howl at the Moon, The Underground Lounge, The Double Door, and many others, with gigging bands as well as personal projects. Jimmy uses his students love for music in any genre to relay the basics of music theory, timing, performance, and preparation. He also challenges his students to expand their musical library, as well as remaining open minded to playing any style. Jimmy has had over 10 years as a performing musician on multiple instruments, and 7+ years as an instructor in theChicagolandarea.
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    • Meet Anthony Krecioch
      Drums, Bass, Guitar & Keys Instructor
      Anthony Krecioch is a musician based in Chicago, IL. Raised in Tinley Park, Anthony has been playing music since 4th grade. He started performing, recording, and writing music early on in High Scho...
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      Anthony Krecioch is a musician based in Chicago, IL. Raised in Tinley Park, Anthony has been playing music since 4th grade. He started performing, recording, and writing music early on in High School, which led to his future of touring, recording, and band management. Anthony graduated from Columbia College Chicago where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Arts Entertainment and Media Management. He has been able to tour the country, play the Vans Warped Tour, and perform in some of Chicago's most popular venues. Anthony was given a drum endorsement from Brotherhood Drums in 2010, and has been able to record on five albums throughout the Chicago land area.He currently lives in Chicago where he continues to play and record with his band The Damn Tracks.
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    • Meet Andrew Pilacoutas
      Drum Instructor
      Andrew Pilacoutas started playing the drums at the age of 9 when he joined his middle school band, and received his first drums set one year later. By the time he got to high school he had been pla...
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      Andrew Pilacoutas started playing the drums at the age of 9 when he joined his middle school band, and received his first drums set one year later. By the time he got to high school he had been playing in a lot of bands that ranged from blues groups to heavy metal bands. During high school he focused his time on cultivating a versatile and consistent style, which has helped him progress his playing through out the years. After leaving high school he attended Landmark College in Putney, Vermont for a year. During that time he realized that he wanted to pursue his passion of music, and transferred to Columbia College of Chicago and entered the Music performance program. Since graduating from Columbia Andrew has pursued a career in teaching as well as furthering his playing career.
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    • Meet Dave Bowers
      Guitar & Bass Instructor
      Dave began playing guitar at age 11 inspired by the dazzling fretwork of playerslike Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. He went on to earn bachelor's degree in jazzstudies at North Central College stud...
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      Dave began playing guitar at age 11 inspired by the dazzling fretwork of playerslike Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. He went on to earn bachelor's degree in jazzstudies at North Central College studying with jazz guitarist John McLean. He hasperformed and recorded with Chicago rock groups Oucho Sparks, Kazy, NYCO,and Umbra and the Volcan Siege. He has also recorded commercial music for MTVand Energizer. Dave currently plays with Gipsy Trio and Chanson Du Chat, twobands whose music is largely inspired by the works of guitarist Django Reinhardt.
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    • Meet Scott Grigoletto
      Scott Grigoletto is a multifaceted music educator, performer, arranger, and composer in the Chicagoland area. He attended Illinois State University where he double majored in Music Education and Pe...
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      Scott Grigoletto is a multifaceted music educator, performer, arranger, and composer in the Chicagoland area. He attended Illinois State University where he double majored in Music Education and Percussion Performance. He is currently a licensed percussion instructor at York High School in Elmhurst as well as Prairie Central High School in Fairbury Illinois. In addition to his education career, Scott is also an avid performer on Percussion, Guitar, Bass, and Piano, once even playing a Half-time show at Soldier Field. Scott also has experience as a studio musician for professional recordings.
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    • Meet Emily Goodell
      Little Wing, Rookies, & Keyboard Instructor
      Emily Goodell started playing piano at the age of 7 and percussion at the age of 10. Throughout high school and college, Emily played in concert band, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble,...
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      Emily Goodell started playing piano at the age of 7 and percussion at the age of 10. Throughout high school and college, Emily played in concert band, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble, and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra. Emily graduated from Lewis University with a degree in Music Business and a minor in Marketing. Although classically trained, Emily uses influences from all genres of music in teaching. She loves teaching kids and watching them grow musically.
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    • Meet Jackson Shepard
      Jackson Shepard began his career in music at age 9 through private guitar lessons. He soon began working on his songwriting, singing, and took up piano and voice lessons at age 14. Shepard particip...
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      Jackson Shepard began his career in music at age 9 through private guitar lessons. He soon began working on his songwriting, singing, and took up piano and voice lessons at age 14. Shepard participated in the school band but frequently put most of his efforts towards forming his own bands. His first legitimate group was the Lonely Hearts- a Beatles Tribute band that evolved into an all across-the-board psychedelic rock cover band.

      During his time at Arrowhead Union High School, Shepard discovered a love of hip hop, jazz, soul, neo-soul, experimental, fusion, and electronic music. He also joined his high school’s jazz band, the jazz program at MYSO (Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra), and took part in many local jazz clinics and competitions. In his junior year, he also began making electronic music with the software, Ableton.

      His current band, Human Bloom, is a rich culmination of styles and is constantly earching for more ways of original expression. The band formed at Columbia College Chicago during his freshman year of school. Some of the artists that he calls most influential on his music are Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Herbie Hancock, Marvin Gaye, James Blake, Robert Glasper, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Radiohead, Wayne Shorter, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Madlib.

      Some highlights of his musical career include: writing and recording an original score to the independent film- The Wayward Sun, receiving 2nd place at the David Bloom Minor Jazz Blues Storytelling Contest, delivering a paid solo performance at the request of the Wisconsin Music Educators Annual Meeting to highlight creative use of technology, voted Outstanding Jazz Musician at the University of WI ­Stevens Point Jazz Festival, solo performance at Summerfest Music Festival with the Wisconsin Area Music Industry Youth Showcase (WAMI), receiving the 2nd place award for Columbia College Chicago’s Biggest Mouth competition with Human Bloom & Charlie Curtis-Beard at the Metro.

      Jackson plans to take his work very far through composing, performing and recording music. He his currently working on what will be the full-length debut Human Bloom album.
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    • Meet Jeffery Michael Bella
      Jeffrey Michael Bella began playing music at the age of 9. Since 1988, he has played professionally with all manner of ensembles in all manner of venues in nine different countries.
    • Meet Lauren Wilcox
      General Manager
      Lauren Wilcox is a singer/songwriter from the Chicago suburbs. She began taking classical voice lessons when she was 10 years old and continues to learn every day. In 2013, Lauren graduated from Co...
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      Lauren Wilcox is a singer/songwriter from the Chicago suburbs. She began taking classical voice lessons when she was 10 years old and continues to learn every day. In 2013, Lauren graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Music degree with a concentration in Vocal Performance where she explored various styles of music including rock, pop, blues, and jazz. She was also fortunate enough to perform on stage at very prestigious venues and events such as the Auditorium Theater, Buddy Guy's Legends, the Field Museum, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, as well as many others. After graduation, Lauren was hired at School of Rock Hinsdale as a vocal, guitar, and keys teacher and also held such positions as show director, Little Wing Assistant Director, and Assistant Manager (Hinsdale). Most recently, Lauren was named the General Manager of School of Rock Naperville.

      Lauren currently plays bass and sings background vocals in the Chicago power pop band, THE PUNCH. She is also one half of the acoustic jazz/pop singer/songwriter duo, Fonder Estates.

      Although Lauren has not yet achieved her dreams of becoming the newest member of Green Day or being the face of a Disney princess, she is beyond grateful for her musical journey so far. She believes wholeheartedly that music has the ability to change lives and hopes to continue to educate kids about the positive power that music holds."
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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 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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News

    • 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!

      http://bit.ly/1Plrc4I

    • School Of Rock Naperville's Fall Show Reviewed on Chicago Music News!

      From Chicago Music News: Mid December, I joined a crowd quite unlike any other I had ever seen. Packed with parents, siblings, friends, and fellow musicians, I witnessed the incredible talent ...
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      From Chicago Music News:

      Mid December, I joined a crowd quite unlike any other I had ever seen. Packed with parents, siblings, friends, and fellow musicians, I witnessed the incredible talent of Naperville’s School of Rock musicians.

      The showcase took place at Bottom Lounge and featured music from famous recording studios like Abbey Road, Electric Lady, Motown, and Muscle Shoals. I was there to see the Sound City set which featured artists who recorded at the legendary studio prior to its 2011 demise. Their set included songs by Nirvana, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young, Blind Melon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, War, and more.

      I’m not sure what I was expecting of them, but I was blown away by their full sound and skillful playing. I, a 27 year IMG_1170old who wishes she were musically gifted, was in awe of how young and accomplished they all were. These up and
      coming musicians moved fluidly between instruments like seasoned pros with each new song. Armed with a killer setlist and rotating musicians as they went, their fifty minute set went by quickly.

      School of Rock is doing amazing things. They are helping young musicians develop and further their skills while giving them the experience of performing in front of a live audience. For more information on Naperville’s School of Rock, go to http://locations.schoolofrock.com/naperville.

      For more photos, go to http://chimusicnews.com/2015/12/14/from-the-pit-napervilles-school-of-rock/
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    • SUMMER FESTIVAL 2015 PHOTOS

      Take a look at some photos from the 3rd Annual School of Rock DuPage County Summer Music Festival!
      Everyone ROCKED IT!
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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. Check it out!
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Testimonials

  • “We knew SOR was the right place for him when on a 3rd grade writing assignment he wrote, " I feel most at home at School of Rock." "I love to stay late after my lesson and read my book while I wait for my Mom". To know that our son feels like he fits in and that he feels so comfortable there is very reassuring to us.”
    — Mother of School Of Rock Naperville student
  • “In Little Wing, my son learns scales and fundamentals but unlike other music programs, he loves the songs. Also, the children get to move around a lot and the teachers follow the musical interests of the children so they're always engaged.”
    — Marta S., Mother of School Of Rock Naperville student in Little Wing, School Of Rock's early childhood program
  • “At first, my daughter didn't want to go because we had just moved and she didn't think she could handle starting at yet another new 'school.' But, I really felt School of Rock was right for her because when you walk in, there's just a feeling of acceptance and so much passion in that building. A year later, she still loves it! Besides being able to play guitar (which is great), I know she has these priceless experiences and she's capable of taking creative risks. Recently, she said to me, "Mom, thank you so much for bringing me to School of Rock.' It just brings tears to my eyes. ”
    — Julie C., Mother of School of Rock Naperville Rock 101 student
  • “I don't know how they screen for teachers -- I imagine it's an extremely rigorous process -- but they do an amazing job of hiring professionally trained musicians that know how to teach kids at different skill levels. I knew that School of Rock puts a lot of emphasis on performance. But, I was pleasantly surprised that the teachers instill the importance of reading music and exposing them to different aspects of f world music, jazz and blues in addition to playing rock.”
    James D., Father of School of Rock Naperville Performance Group student