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About School of Rock Oak Park

Welcome to School of Rock Oak Park, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Oak Park’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Oak Park 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 Oak Park 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 Oak Park
219 Lake StreetOak Park, IL 60302
(708) 298-0002

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Oak Park, 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.

    Oak Park 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 Oak Park’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!

  • School of Rock Oak Park’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Oak Park, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Oak Park’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

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

  • School of Rock Oak Park’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 Oak Park’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 Oak Park 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 Oak Park, 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 Oak Park’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 Oak Park’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 Oak Park’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 Oak Park 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 Oak Park Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Oak Park 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 Oak Park’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 Oak Park, 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. Oak Park students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by ...
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At School of Rock Oak Park, 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.

Oak Park 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 Oak Park’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

    • September 12
      12:00 PM
      SOR Oak Park presents Sweet Home Chicago
      Summer Season Show
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 12th @ 12pm and Sunday, Sep. 13th @ 2pm School of Rock - Oak Park pays homage to the great artists old and new ...
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      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 12th @ 12pm and Sunday, Sep. 13th @ 2pm

      School of Rock - Oak Park pays homage to the great artists old and new who paved the way or continue to keep our music scene thriving. We will not ignore the blues but we've made room to show you that Chicago is still a big star on the music map!
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    • September 12
      2:00 PM
      SOR Oak Park presents Shippin' Up to Boston
      Summer Season Show
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 12th @ 12pm and Sunday, Sep. 13th @ 2pm School of Rock takes you to college town to get down and dirty with som...
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      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 12th @ 12pm and Sunday, Sep. 13th @ 2pm

      School of Rock takes you to college town to get down and dirty with some punk (Dropkick Murphys. Mission of Burma), left of the dial bands that pushed music into the future (The Pixies, Magnetic Fields) and classic rock that left an imprint on American music (Aerosmith, The Cars).
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    • September 13
      12:00 PM
      SOR Oak Park presents Shippin' Up to Boston
      Summer Season Show
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 12th @ 2pm and Sunday, Sep. 13th @ 12pm School of Rock takes you to college town to get down and dirty with som...
      Read more
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 12th @ 2pm and Sunday, Sep. 13th @ 12pm

      School of Rock takes you to college town to get down and dirty with some punk (Dropkick Murphys. Mission of Burma), left of the dial bands that pushed music into the future (The Pixies, Magnetic Fields) and classic rock that left an imprint on American music (Aerosmith, The Cars).
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    • September 13
      2:00 PM
      SOR Oak Park presents Sweet Home Chicago
      Summer Season Show
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 12th @ 12pm and Sunday, Sep. 13th @ 2pm School of Rock - Oak Park pays homage to the great artists old and new ...
      Read more
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 12th @ 12pm and Sunday, Sep. 13th @ 2pm

      School of Rock - Oak Park pays homage to the great artists old and new who paved the way or continue to keep our music scene thriving. We will not ignore the blues but we've made room to show you that Chicago is still a big star on the music map!
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    • September 19
      2:00 PM
      Rust Belt Rock
      Summer Season Show
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sept. 19th from 2-4pm (1:30 doors) and Sunday, Sept. 20th from 2-4pm Cleveland Rocks! Detroit Rock City! School of ...
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      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows!
      Saturday, Sept. 19th from 2-4pm (1:30 doors) and Sunday, Sept. 20th from 2-4pm

      Cleveland Rocks! Detroit Rock City! School of Rock takes on two post-industrial, working class towns that have been an incubator for great, weird and wild rock-n-roll! From Motown and Iggy to Devo and Pere Ubu to the blues-rock resurgence led by Jack White and The Black Keys! All the good stuff from cities that no band skips on tour!
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    • September 19
      4:00 PM
      Outlaws & Angels of Nashville
      Summer Season Show
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sept. 19th from 4-6pm and Sunday, Sept. 20th from 12-2pm (11:30 doors) School of Rock takes you back to the golden ...
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      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows!
      Saturday, Sept. 19th from 4-6pm and Sunday, Sept. 20th from 12-2pm (11:30 doors)

      School of Rock takes you back to the golden age of country when guys who did time and ladies who threw punches ruled the airwaves and no one needed a second name! Willie, Merle, Johnny, Waylon, Dolly, Loretta, Tammy, Emmylou will all get their due!
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    • September 20
      12:00 PM
      Outlaws & Angels of Nashville
      Summer Season Show
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sept. 19th from 4-6pm and Sunday, Sept. 20th from 12-2pm (11:30 doors) School of Rock takes you back to the golden ...
      Read more
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows!
      Saturday, Sept. 19th from 4-6pm and Sunday, Sept. 20th from 12-2pm (11:30 doors)

      School of Rock takes you back to the golden age of country when guys who did time and ladies who threw punches ruled the airwaves and no one needed a second name! Willie, Merle, Johnny, Waylon, Dolly, Loretta, Tammy, Emmylou will all get their due!
      Read less
    • September 20
      2:00 PM
      Rust Belt Rock
      Summer Season Show
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sept. 19th from 2-4pm (1:30 doors) and Sunday, Sept. 20th from 2-4pm Cleveland Rocks! Detroit Rock City! School of ...
      Read more
      Wire | 6815 Roosevelt Rd | Berwyn
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows!
      Saturday, Sept. 19th from 2-4pm (1:30 doors) and Sunday, Sept. 20th from 2-4pm

      Cleveland Rocks! Detroit Rock City! School of Rock takes on two post-industrial, working class towns that have been an incubator for great, weird and wild rock-n-roll! From Motown and Iggy to Devo and Pere Ubu to the blues-rock resurgence led by Jack White and The Black Keys! All the good stuff from cities that no band skips on tour!
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    • September 26
      1:00 PM
      SOR Oak Park presents From the Muddy Banks of the Great Northwest
      Summer Season Show
      Cobra Lounge | 235 N Ashland | Chicago $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 26th @ 1pm and Sunday, Sep. 27th @ 2pm Seattle and Portland have had a 25 year run of being on top of new ...
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      Cobra Lounge | 235 N Ashland | Chicago
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 26th @ 1pm and Sunday, Sep. 27th @ 2pm

      Seattle and Portland have had a 25 year run of being on top of new sounds. Grunge stalwarts made way for Fleet Foxes and we will celebrate it all! School of Rock utilized this rainy summer to keep it weird!
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    • September 26
      3:00 PM
      SOR Oak Park presents LA's Sunset Strip
      Summer Season Show
      Cobra Lounge | 235 N Ashland | Chicago $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 26th @ 3pm and Sunday, Sep. 27th @ 12pm Not much beats a School of Rock show dedicated to big hair, spande...
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      Cobra Lounge | 235 N Ashland | Chicago
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 26th @ 3pm and Sunday, Sep. 27th @ 12pm

      Not much beats a School of Rock show dedicated to big hair, spandex and the awesome power of Flying V guitars! Pump your fists with us to LA's finest from the 80s metal scene!
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    • September 27
      12:00 PM
      SOR Oak Park presents LA's Sunset Strip
      Summer Season Show
      Cobra Lounge | 235 N Ashland | Chicago $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 26th @ 3pm and Sunday, Sep. 27th @ 12pm Not much beats a School of Rock show dedicated to big hair, spande...
      Read more
      Cobra Lounge | 235 N Ashland | Chicago
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 26th @ 3pm and Sunday, Sep. 27th @ 12pm

      Not much beats a School of Rock show dedicated to big hair, spandex and the awesome power of Flying V guitars! Pump your fists with us to LA's finest from the 80s metal scene!
      Read less
    • September 27
      2:00 PM
      SOR Oak Park presents From the Muddy Banks of the Great Northwest
      Summer Season Show
      Cobra Lounge | 235 N Ashland | Chicago $10 adv/$12 day-of Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 26th @ 1pm and Sunday, Sep. 27th @ 2pm Seattle and Portland have had a 25 year run of being on top of new ...
      Read more
      Cobra Lounge | 235 N Ashland | Chicago
      $10 adv/$12 day-of

      Two shows! Saturday, Sep. 26th @ 1pm and Sunday, Sep. 27th @ 2pm

      Seattle and Portland have had a 25 year run of being on top of new sounds. Grunge stalwarts made way for Fleet Foxes and we will celebrate it all! School of Rock utilized this rainy summer to keep it weird!
      Read less

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Staff

    • Jennifer Malone
      Music Director, Vocal Instructor
      Joining School of Rock in Oak Park after 5+ years at the Chicago school, Jennifer is thrilled to bring the ROCK to the community she also lives in. Jennifer has big plans to build our school into a...
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      Joining School of Rock in Oak Park after 5+ years at the Chicago school, Jennifer is thrilled to bring the ROCK to the community she also lives in. Jennifer has big plans to build our school into a force within the region and the School of Rock system by bringing simply the best in popular music education to our young people. In Chicago, she built a successful voice program, directed shows (Best of the 90's, Queen. Punk, The Clash, Rock Operas) served as summer camp director and organized fundraisers. Jennifer also draws from her vast experience as a performing and recording artist and background in theater education. She has developed a rock vocal process that enables her students to grow their voices and their ability to perform at a high level. Her lessons concentrate on freeing the natural voice, breathing techniques, power sourcing and understanding song structure, dynamics and interpretation. Her curriculum is designed to reach younger students as well as prepare mature students for professional programs and beyond. Jennifer holds a BFA in Acting from Kent State University and an M.Phil in Irish Theatre Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Her study and experience teaching performance skills, styles and stagecraft help her rock vocals students gain a better sense of freedom onstage. As a working musician herself, Jennifer helps her students understand the professional aspects of the music industry. She serves on the SOR Instrument Advisory Group and is an active member of CAEF (Chicago Arts Educators' Forum). Jennifer brings a wicked sense of humor and formidable energy to all of her work and is passionate about the School of Rock program. She lives in Oak Park with her husband, Aaron Walters, an actor, and her young son, Desmond, a Lightening McQueen enthusiast. Jennifer has been seen and heard on stages and recordings for many years and has played about every club in the city. From duos to small bands to jobbing bands, tribute acts and a ten-piece orchestra, both lead and back-up singing, she has gained knowledge of the industry. One of her career highlights was getting to play CBGB before they shuttered. Her musical alter-ego, 'Eva Destruction', was once heralded as 'the purest punk rock artist alive today' by a music critic who seemed to forget Joe Strummer was still breathing at the time. So, she's got that going for her.
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    • Dave Vazzano
      Drum Instructor
      Dave began his musical journey playing in concert and marching bands throughout grade school and college at Western Illinois University. His passion for rock music started when he bought his first ...
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      Dave began his musical journey playing in concert and marching bands throughout grade school and college at Western Illinois University. His passion for rock music started when he bought his first drum set at age 12. Shortly after he started a punk rock band with fellow School of Rock Instructor Adam Instefjord and never looked back playing in rock bands since. Dave is currently playing in a handful of bands in Chicago. He is the founding member of the the female fronted alt rock band Lights Alive as well as playing drums for the Chicago punk rock outfit The Mizzerables and The Student Body ( cover band that features rock tunes from the 50's to today). This year his drumming will be featured on a series of EP's from Lights Alive and on the debut album "Every Last Stitch" from The Mizzerables.
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    • John Lewis
      Guitar Instructor
      John Lewis, Masters in Jazz Pedagogy, University of Miami, is a full-time performing musician/ guitarist/ teacher, based in the Chicago area, and has performed extensively, coast to coast, across t...
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      John Lewis, Masters in Jazz Pedagogy, University of Miami, is a full-time performing musician/ guitarist/ teacher, based in the Chicago area, and has performed extensively, coast to coast, across the country, and abroad. He`s appeared on the Oprah Show, at Presidential Inaugural Balls, toured the U.S. and Europe and played at corporate events in dozens of states and several countries. He has published several compositions both as a songwriter and composer of contemporary instrumental music. Currently John is performing regularly with Guitarola and The Tom Fuller Band and freelancing with a number of organizations in the Chicago area.
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    • Adam Instefjord
      Guitar & Bass Instructor, Rock 101 Director
      Adam Instefjord is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Hailing from the NW suburbs of Chicago, Adam first picked up a guitar around the age of 12. After mastering the art of the pow...
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      Adam Instefjord is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Hailing from the NW suburbs of Chicago, Adam first picked up a guitar around the age of 12. After mastering the art of the power chord, he devoted most of his free time to learning every song on every album he had. As a child of mid-90s punk, those first albums consisted of Green Day, Rancid, Offspring, Weezer, etc. Adam started his first band in the 8th grade and never looked back. He has since learned how to sing, play bass and drums, played countless shows with many bands, spent four years in Los Angeles, and toured the country. Adam also studied Audio Recording and Production at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH. He uses those skills at his recording studio The Space, located at Music Garage Chicago, where he records, produces and mixes a variety of artists as well as his own bands. His latest projects include pop-rock band Lights Alive (songwriter / guitar / backing vocals) punk-rock band The Mizzerables (guitar / backing vocals / producer), and rock cover band The Student Body (bass / vocals).
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    • Ian Wilson
      Director of Education & Outreach, Keys and Vocals Instructor
      Ian has been with School of Rock since joining the Chicago staff in 2009 as a keyboard and vocal instructor. In addition to teaching private lessons, he has directed summer camps, served on SOR's c...
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      Ian has been with School of Rock since joining the Chicago staff in 2009 as a keyboard and vocal instructor. In addition to teaching private lessons, he has directed summer camps, served on SOR's company-wide Keys Advisory Group, and developed new programs in songwriting and recording, including the launch of Project Studio in 2012. Ian has also used his experience working with SOR's insanely talented students to push for the inclusion of more contemporary/popular music in K-12 schools and music conservatories'”an area of advocacy that formed the basis of his graduate research at Columbia College's Master's of Arts Management program. Ian studied classical piano until the middle of his freshman year of college, when he scored third row seats to a Tori Amos concert and witnessed, up close and personally, what dropping out of classical music could do for one's chops, career, and wardrobe. Now, he performs in and around the midwest as a singer-songwriter, belonging to a new breed of solo artists like Andrew Bird, Feist, and Owen Pallett who accompany themselves with live loop pedals instead of large backing bands. In between his solo records The Crater EP (2008) and This is Water (2012), Ian was a member of the orchestral-pop sextet Canasta. His tenure with the band culminated in its sophomore album, The Fakeout, the Tease and the Breather (2010), which was released to a wave of critical superlatives including 'one of the best Chicago albums of the year' ( Chicago Red Eye ) and 'so perfect'¦that you'll swear you've heard it before' ( Chicago Reader ). Outside of teaching and performing, Ian contributes piano/keys to as many side projects as he can handle without interrupting his Netflix queue of sci-fi TV shows and documentaries about Asia and/or food.
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    • Dennis Keith Johnson
      Bass Instructor
      Dennis has made a lifelong career as a bass player and currently leads the Dennis Keith Experience. He has been tirelessly touring and recording for many years and is thrilled to be able to share h...
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      Dennis has made a lifelong career as a bass player and currently leads the Dennis Keith Experience. He has been tirelessly touring and recording for many years and is thrilled to be able to share his expertise with the students at School of Rock. In addition to all of his band leading responsibilities, Dennis has performed and/or recorded with bands and artists such as: Chase (Epic Records), Survivor (Scotti Brothers Records), Software (Head First Records), Dennis DeYoung (AM Records), Jerry Butler (Motown Records), B.B. King, Jim Peterik (Epic Records), and Steve Dahl; in venues that include Carnegie Hall, The Tonight Show, Newport Jazz Festival, Hollywood Bowl, Budukan (Tokyo), Radio City Music Hall, Chicagofest, Summerfest (Milwaukee), Poplar Creek and Holiday Star Theater. Dennis may also be heard playing on hundreds of TV/Radio jingles such as Sears, State Farm Insurance, United Airlines, McDonald's, 7-11, Miller Beer, Anheuser-Busch, Old Style Beer and Nintendo.
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    • Matt Rosenberg
      Bass and Guitar Instructor
      Matt grew up in Oak Park, IL. He began playing guitar at age 11, but quickly switched his focus to bass guitar. Most of his childhood was spent trying out playing different genres with different ba...
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      Matt grew up in Oak Park, IL. He began playing guitar at age 11, but quickly switched his focus to bass guitar. Most of his childhood was spent trying out playing different genres with different bands. After being self-taught for a couple of years, he began taking private guitar, bass guitar, and music theory lessons. Matt has completed courses in music theory on the high school and college level. He has been in the band India By Rail and, after playing the DIY music scene around the midwest for a couple of years, he began producing and recording music. He is currently working on two different albums and collaborations. He is skilled in specialty techniques such as tapping, slapping, and the use of harmonics.
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    • Thor Bremer
      Drum Instructor
      Thor was born in Madison, WI, and raised in Portage, WI. After studying piano as an elementary student, he joined the school band. In junior high, Thor joined the jazz band, and it was there where ...
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      Thor was born in Madison, WI, and raised in Portage, WI. After studying piano as an elementary student, he joined the school band. In junior high, Thor joined the jazz band, and it was there where he first discovered, by accident, that he had quite an affinity for playing drums. It was also in jazz band where he was invited to play with his first rock band, Blindspot. In high school, Thor continued playing drums in school band as well as in outside rock groups. Thor then enrolled at UW-Milwaukee for film, but soon changed his major to music, and spent 5 years learning classical art percussion. While in school, Thor played at many venues around Milwaukee: night clubs, festivals, concert halls, parties, weddings, and more. After school, Thor spent some years working as a musician, teaching and playing music. Thor had the great opportunity to play and record with many great Milwaukee artists, including Tyler Traband, The Dark Clan, The Love Is Loud, Tammy Ann Winn, KatieBeth, and others. In 2010, Thor released his first album, "Altitudes Catari Ariyasaccani" at the Miramar Theatre in Milwaukee. It is an all-instrumental album, featuring two long pieces. While the album was very well-received, Thor wanted to discover what he could do with vocal music, and began work on a vocal album. In 2011, Thor released "The Multitude" at Shank Hall. In January, 2012, Thor and his wife, violinist Stephanie Young, moved to Chicago, IL. Since moving to Chicago Thor has played in diverse groups such as: The Dennis Keith Experience, Zero to Zeno, About Nothin, and the Anila Sinha Foundation. In September, 2013, Thor also released his third album as a composer, arranger, lyricist, drummer, percussionist, singer, etc. It's called Great Stone Stories and can be found at CD Baby, iTunes, and Amazon. Thor is very excited to be in Chicago and at School of Rock, where he eagerly anticipates many new musical adventures!
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    • Kathleen James
      Little Wing Instructor
      Over the past ten years, Kathleen James has made a name for herself as quite the Renaissance woman. Born in Detroit, Michigan, coming from humble beginnings, Kathleen has proven to inspire both fam...
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      Over the past ten years, Kathleen James has made a name for herself as quite the Renaissance woman. Born in Detroit, Michigan, coming from humble beginnings, Kathleen has proven to inspire both family and friends, as well as colleagues. A mother first, she has put much effort into following the dreams of her heart, while making sure to provide a safe and comfortable home in Oak Park for her two deserving, young children. With a background in sales, marketing, promotions, modeling, massage therapy, preschool education, as well as service as a breast-feeding peer counselor in the well-respected AmeriCorps program, Kathleen never ceases to amaze with her ingenuity and resourcefulness. While assistant teaching at Pilgrim Community Nursery School, Kathleen acquired her associates degree in graphic design in 2008 from The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, leading her into to an amazing career as an experimental artist. Aside from her art, raised in a very musically talented family, her passion for music comes as second nature. With a voice of a true song bird, and a natural ability to pick up any instrument and figure out how to play it within minutes, Kathleen has taken her musical talents, as well as her experience and passion for preschool education, and put her best foot forward as the director of the Little Wing preschool music program at the School of Rock Oak Park.
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    • Chris Kimmons
      Guitar Instructor
      Chris Kimmons moved from West Virginia 5 years ago to pursue a music career in Chicago. In that short amount of time, he has covered ground in many genres including rock, metal, traditional folk, j...
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      Chris Kimmons moved from West Virginia 5 years ago to pursue a music career in Chicago. In that short amount of time, he has covered ground in many genres including rock, metal, traditional folk, jazz, fusion, and electronic. Having studied music composition at Columbia College Chicago for his first two and a half years in the city, he has studied with many of Chicago's finest musicians. His bands, Can I Get An Amen and Actual Rhinoceros, show his diverse musical interests and his dedication to preserving music history while not allowing the past to inhibit the future.
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    • Annette Fritts
      Beginner Guitar Instructor, Rookies Director
      Annette grew up in a music loving family and has no earlier childhood memories than of The Beatles, A Hard Days Night and Sundays spent cruising the streets of Logan Square with three teenage uncle...
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      Annette grew up in a music loving family and has no earlier childhood memories than of The Beatles, A Hard Days Night and Sundays spent cruising the streets of Logan Square with three teenage uncles to the sounds of British Invasion, Motown, Jim, Jimi and Janis.It was to no one's surprise that most of her boyfriends had a guitar strapped to them, and eventually weary of watching, she picked up an instrument and began playing herself.She has an extensive background in Theatre, both performing and producing. Together with her director husband, they founded, built and operated one of the first commercial venues in the Bucktown area; a 100 seat performance space and art gallery.The very definition of ROCKER MOM, Annette organized and directed a fundraiser concert of her daughter's second grade class performing hits of the 60's, including a medley from 'Hair', was immediately offered a position teaching guitar and over the past 7 years, has developed her own technique to start even the youngest guitar enthusiasts rocking. She's taught hundreds of kids through Park District programs she initiated in Oak Park, River Forest, and Elmwood Park as well as privately in her home studio.Annette is the creator of 'Guitar Cat' and has been seen over the years performing with her band of students, 'The Cat Pack'.She couldn't be happier to join the band at The Oak Park School Of Rock.
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    • Ethan Loafman
      Drum Instructor
      Born and bred in Oak Park, Ethan grew up to rock n' roll classics and found his placebehind a drum kit at ten years old.While soaking up information from drum magazines between school and privatele...
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      Born and bred in Oak Park, Ethan grew up to rock n' roll classics and found his placebehind a drum kit at ten years old.While soaking up information from drum magazines between school and privatelessons, Ethan began playing in performing bands at the age of 13. With experience from indie rock, to thrash metal, to funk grooves,Ethan has a broad '¨range of drumming in several rock bands. He wrote, recorded and toured with Indie Rock outfit India By Rail for a couple years.As a recent graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Audio Design and '¨Production, Ethan has been working in recording studios in the Chicagoland area. Having a heavy focus on electronic and analog studio music production, Ethan isvery excited about upcoming projects as well as seeing new talent emerge.
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    • Cherryl Fonfara
      Vocal Instructor
      On top of being a vocalist with The Dennis Keith Experience, Cherryl has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists including Sweetening, Angela Bofill, Michael Bolton, Vic Damone, Patti A...
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      On top of being a vocalist with The Dennis Keith Experience, Cherryl has performed and/or recorded with a variety of artists including Sweetening, Angela Bofill, Michael Bolton, Vic Damone, Patti Austin, Morris Chorus, Spunk, Freda Payne and Wayne King, as well as performing with her own group Cherryl Fonfara and Company at venues like Chicagofest. She has also sung jingles for products such as Illinois Bell, Sears, Kellogg's, McDonald's, Old Style Beer, Henniger Beer, Busch Beer, Illinois Lottery, and RCA; and has performed as a television and radio voice-over for products such as Betty Crocker Easy Delicious Desserts, Mutual of Omaha, Thorspring Mineral Water, Great Frame'‘Up, Village Saucerie, Safeway, Ford, Cash Carry, Westin River North, St. Paul Federal, and US West.
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    • Amy Renzulli
      Amy Renzulli, rocker mom and corporate marketer, is the owner of the School of Rock Oak Park. Starting at an early age, Amy recognized a tension between art and business. It began when her doctor-d...
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      Amy Renzulli, rocker mom and corporate marketer, is the owner of the School of Rock Oak Park. Starting at an early age, Amy recognized a tension between art and business. It began when her doctor-dad left his medical practice to pursue a career in art and her stay-at-home mom went off to law school and started her own successful career. As a result, Amy has spent most of her work life, blending the two sides, building her career in Sales and Marketing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield and at the same time, pursuing artistic interests. While she developed her business skills in Web marketing, sales strategy and technology adoption, she also hosted art shows, crafted and sold jewelry in local boutiques and galleries and generally sought opportunities that would enable her to marry her business skills with her love of art. When her daughter, at the time, only 12 years old, attended summer camp at the Chicago School of Rock, Amy suggested that they should consider opening a school in Oak Park. Amy learned that the School of Rock was a franchise opportunity and a light bulb went off. She knew that she would be the person to make it happen. In early December, 2012, Amy and her ever-supportive husband, Bob Miller, converted a 50-year-old combination warehouse and office building into the vibrant home of the School of Rock Oak Park.
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    • Brandon Taylor-Sides
      Keys and Vocals Instructor
      Brandon graduated Columbia College Chicago, with a concentration in Music Composition for Film. Even though Brandon's original concentration was music education, Brandon has always had passion for ...
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      Brandon graduated Columbia College Chicago, with a concentration in Music Composition for Film. Even though Brandon's original concentration was music education, Brandon has always had passion for music. Brandon's primary instruments are piano,oboe and mallet percussion but is also known for his amazing voice. With experience in many different Genres of music such as Gospel, Jazz, Classical, Pop and RB. Brandon is very versatile with styles of music and has and understanding and willingness to learn more. On top of Brandon's passion and love of music Brandon has a passion for people and caring. Having much experience of being verbal for human rights. Brandon speaks at many different events and for different student led organizations Brandon is very verbal speaking out for Human sexuality, Religious theology and Self Development.
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    • David Ladon
      Early Childhood Director
      David Ladon David Ladon joined the School of Rock community in the spring of 2014, workingwith a team of educators to develop new content for the Little Wing Curriculum. Shortly thereafter, he beg...
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      David Ladon David Ladon joined the School of Rock community in the spring of 2014, workingwith a team of educators to develop new content for the Little Wing Curriculum. Shortly thereafter, he began his role as Little Wing Director at SOR Oak Park. Additionally, David is a teaching artist with Columbia College's Community ArtsPartnership (CCAP). He has a minor in music from The University of Rochester,which included studying jazz bass at The Eastman School of Music.David moved to Chicago in September 2013 from Boston, MA, where he worked as amusician and educator for six years. In addition to working in public schools andmusic programs, he has developed a range of activity-based curriculum for pre-Kand elementary school student. His band, The Doctors Fox (for which David wroteall of the songs), put out two albums, gigged throughout the Northeast, and for yearswas a mainstay in the Boston music scene.Now in Chicago, David plays bass for ahalf dozen projects at any time, supporting singer-songwriters, theatre productions,and rock bands. Additionally, he sings and plays guitar with the band Animal Farm,a project that blends original music and sketch comedy into an interactive show forchildren and their families.
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    • Matt Tate
      Guitar Instructor
      Matt Tate is a Chicago-based Chapman Stick artist, Guitarist, Composer and Instructor. For the last 10 years he hasbeen dedicated to mastering the Chapman Stick and performing Solo and in bands. Cu...
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      Matt Tate is a Chicago-based Chapman Stick artist, Guitarist, Composer and Instructor. For the last 10 years he hasbeen dedicated to mastering the Chapman Stick and performing Solo and in bands. Currently, he is composing musicfor a Solo Stick record (M@T8) to be released this Fall, launching a new website, touring, and working on multiplerecording/performing collaborations (metal-math-prog-experimental). His current musical leanings are in the vein ofthe technical-death-shred of Blotted Science to the rhythmic madness of Frank Zappa, the interlocking poly-rhythmicspiderwebs of King Crimson and the stark, overwhelming beauty of Arvo Part. He has played in: - Destroyer Or Liberator (relentlessly pulsating, destructively harmonious, melodically chaotic, and alwayscut with blistering humor, wit, and spontaneity) Debut album, 'Incoming!' released in January 2013.( www.DestroyerOrLiberator.bandcamp.com ) - DjM Trio ('Jungle-Bop!!' If Mulatu Astatke, Squarepusher, Fela Kuti, King Crimson, Charlie Hunter, Lee 'Scratch'Perry, Postal Service, Miles and Coltrane played the soundtrack for The French Connection in 2015) Debut album'The Intrigue' released in Fall 2010. The followup album will be posthumously released later this Summer/Fall.( www.DjMTrio.com ) - The Odd Trio (King Crimson meets Mr. Bungle meets Sleepytime Gorilla Museum meets the World's ethnic musics). - Currently composing for debut Solo Album "M@T8". - Matt Tate is a member of Overtōn Amps "Artist Roster!" Playing the Featherweight 500 Bass Amp (x2) and OBN-410 + OBN-210 Bass Cabinets. ( www.OvertonAmps.com )
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    • Steve Edwards
      Guitar, Bass, Keyboard Instructor
      Steve Edwards began playing piano at the age of five and began studying guitar at age elevenafter hearing a classical guitar recital at his church on Easter Sunday. Since then, Edwardshas concertiz...
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      Steve Edwards began playing piano at the age of five and began studying guitar at age elevenafter hearing a classical guitar recital at his church on Easter Sunday. Since then, Edwardshas concertized throughout the United States and Europe as a recitalist, chamber musician,and soloist'”as well as half of the renowned Edwards-Simmons Guitar Duo. After receivinghis bachelor's degree on a scholarship to DePaul University, where he studied with legendaryguitarist Leon Borkowski, He pursued his Master's degree at DePaul under the instructionof Mark Maxwell. Steve has studied and worked with such world-famous guitarists as PepéRomero, Christopher Parkening, Denis Azabagic, Douglas Niedt, and Robert Guthrie. Anexceptionally talented classical guitarist, Steve Edwards received the distinguished honor ofrunner up in the Society of American Musicians Guitar Competition.A versatile chamber musician, Mr. Edwards's preeminent performance career has includedcollaborations with many notable artists, including flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya, legendaryjazz pianist George Shearing, and violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer. Mr. Edwards' extensive theatrecredits include The Goodman Theatre's production of Fecerico García-Lorca's 'Yerma' andLight Opera Works' production of 'Man of La Mancha.' Recordings of Mr. Edwards have beenfeatured on national broadcasts by Chicago's fine arts radio station, 98.7WFMT as well as onRadio France. Having played in bands since the age of eleven, Mr. Edwards formed the Steve EdwardsOrchestra in 1994. He has devoted a lifetime of experience to performing and has appeared inconcert with Dave Mason, Buddy Guy, and George Shearing.Mr. Edwards is a prolific composer and arranger for film and live theatre. His compositionson Guitarra Azul's debut CD Mariposa have received great acclaim as well as enthusiasticreception from audiences nationwide.
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    • Tim Johnson
      Guitar Instructor
      Tim Johnson first picked up the guitar over 20 years ago, at age 13, and hasn't put it down since. In 2001, he earned a BA in Music Business from Elmhurst College. He has been teaching private guit...
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      Tim Johnson first picked up the guitar over 20 years ago, at age 13, and hasn't put it down since. In 2001, he earned a BA in Music Business from Elmhurst College. He has been teaching private guitar and bass lessons consistently since 2000 in the western suburbs and running rock band programs for kids since 2010. When outside of lessons, Tim evenly divides his time between practicing, rehearsals and a plethora of varying live performance situations, including everything from Chicago street festivals to weddings to large events like Riot Fest to big and small club shows to performing on the street. Trying to stay as busy as possible, he has held tenure in countless bands. This constant real world performing experience enriches every lesson. In addition to several original projects that Tim has in the works, he also currently performs extensively in and around Chicago with The Student Body (party rock covers).
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    • Holly Quirk
      General Manager
      Bio coming soon!
    • Andy Quirk
      Studio Coordinator
      Bio coming soon!
    • Chris Connelly
      Vocal Instructor
      Chris Connelly has been a force in independent music since the inception of his f irst band FINI TRIBE in his native Edinburgh, Scotland in 1980. During his 8 years w ith the band they released se...
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      Chris Connelly has been a force in independent music since the inception of his f irst band FINI TRIBE in his native Edinburgh, Scotland in 1980. During his 8 years w ith the band they released several singles, played extensively around the U.K. and recorded a radio session for the legendary B.B.C. program THE JOHN PEEL SHOW. Going on to score a massive European hit with 'Detestimony' before leaving to move t o CHICAGO at the invitation of Ministry's Al Jourgenson to sing with the band and collaborate on many musical side projects. Chris went on to be featured as a singer and composer on 3 hit albums for ministry on Sire records as well as recording regularly for the Chicago based WAXTRAX! Records and INVISIBLE records. He has maintained an incredibly prolific career to this day, recently completing his 15th solo album, he has over 300 published songs both as a sole composer and a co writer. Chris is a vital part of the Chicago music scene, a scene that he adores and remains loyal to whilst at the same time never shying away from casting his net to other places for collaborators. In the last few years he formed 'Sons of the Silent Age' with Morrissey drummer Matt Walker, another Chicagoan, to perform the music of David Bowie along with other notable Chicago musicians. Amongst the musicians Chris has collaborated with over the years are Meshell Ndegeocello, Shirley Manson, Robert Fripp, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Killing Joke, Jah Wobble (Public Image Limited), Cabaret Voltaire, Rebecca Pidgeon, Steve Albini, Tim Kinsella, Duane Dennison (Jesus Lizard), David Sim (Jesus Lizard), Ruby, Bill Rieflin (King Crimson, R.E.M.), Chris Bruce (Seal, Wendy Lisa), and Bill Laswell.Chris has also been interviewed extensively on NPR's SOUND OPINIONS, TONY SARABIA'S MORNING SHIFT, as well as with STEVE EDWARDS and has been a guest at several WBEZ live events.
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    • Gingi Lahera
      Gingi Laherais a lively, loving ball of heart and humor energy with the voice of a jazz angel. She has been performing professionally for nearly three decades, and is still wowing music lovers of a...
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      Gingi Laherais a lively, loving ball of heart and humor energy with the voice of a jazz angel. She has been performing professionally for nearly three decades, and is still wowing music lovers of all ages.As a music educator and an Early Childhood classroom teacher, she is thrilled to be able to combine her passion for music and children. The instruction she received from the Center for Intentional Living (a three-year personal and professional training program based in the attachment theory of childhood development, psychological and spiritual awakening, and compassionate communication), Music Together®, the Orff Music and Movement method, her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education, and Bachelor's degree in Applied Behavioral Science at National Louis University are put to good use at the School of Rock in Oak Park!
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      Oak Park Patch:http://oakpark.patch.com/articles/school-of-rock-opening-in-oak-park-this-mayOak Park Wednesday Journal: http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/3-18-2014/Kids-rock-at-Oak-Park's-School-of-Rock/ http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/2-19-2013/Residents-to-bring-School-of-Rock-to-Oak-Park/Oak Leaves:http://oakpark.suntimes.com/news/rockschool-OAK-08012013:articlehttp://oakpark.suntimes.com/news/rockschool-OAK-08082013:article
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Testimonials

  • “School of Rock provides opportunities not just for kids to learn the classic material and techniques of rock and roll, but also provides them with fantastic lessons in problem solving, team building, and the rewards of hard work while building their self esteem and confidence (all while having a blast). The SoR experience creates not only rock stars on stage, but it transfers into other areas of the kids lives as well! ”
    — Rocker Mom, Salt Lake City, UT
  • “You are transforming my child into someone who knows that she "can." She doesn't hope for the "I can" anymore - she KNOWS she can now. Our daughter is learning how to come out of herself, take risks, close her eyes and just fly. We are so grateful. More than you can ever know. ”
    — Francine & Lou, Fort Washington, PA
  • “School of Rock has prepared me for the world because it is an environment that constantly challenges my creative abilities. ”
    — Jake, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock has taught me to work hard for things that I want to get (like being an AllStar), and it's taught me to work really well with others, and has improved my communication skills. ”
    — Adam, 18, School of Rock Rochester