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About School of Rock Plainfield

Welcome to School of Rock Plainfield, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Plainfield’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Plainfield 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 Plainfield 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 Plainfield
24026 W Lockport StPlainfield, IL 60544
(815) 246-3400

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Plainfield, 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.

    Plainfield 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 Plainfield’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 Plainfield’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 Plainfield, 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 Plainfield’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!

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

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

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Plainfield can expect:

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

  • At School of Rock Plainfield, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Plainfield, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Plainfield works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Plainfield’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

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

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

    All students in Plainfield’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 Plainfield, 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 Plainfield 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 Plainfield’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 Plainfield, 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. Plainfield students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits...
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At School of Rock Plainfield, 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.

Plainfield 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 Plainfield’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 1
      6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
      Cruise Night
      This event is at Downtown Plainfield (Des Plaines Plainfield, IL 60544). Performing in front of the fire house on Des Plaines street in Downtown Plainfield, as part of cruise night.
    • September 12
      10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
      Back to School Open House Party
      Open House
      We all want our children to succeed. What's better then building a foundation of success with music education? Studies have shown children with music education develop better self-confidence. Stude...
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      We all want our children to succeed. What's better then building a foundation of success with music education? Studies have shown children with music education develop better self-confidence. Students who play a musical instrument not only tend to have stronger confidence, but also develop a greater sense of achievement. Music education is also likely to cultivate better; interpersonal communication, coordination, fine-tuned auditory skills, spatial intelligence, development in creative thinking, self-discipline, SAT scores and teamwork skills.

      School of Rock Plainfield will be hosting a Back to School Open House Party. Saturday September 12th starting at 10:30 AM until 2:00 PM. Enjoy free demos, free trial lessons, a special performance from our House Band!

      Little Wing Demo (3 to 5 year olds) - 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
      Rookie Demo (5 to 7 year olds) - 11:45 PM -12:30 PM
      Free Trial Lessons (7 years and older)- 10:30 AM - 2:00
      House Band performance- 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

      Come have some fun and see first hand how much music can contribute to a child's development. We will be offering discounts for any new students who sign up during the month of August. Enter for a chance to win a free School of Rock party, tickets to our upcoming show and more!

      Email us at plainfield@schoolofrock.com to sign up for the Little Wing or Rookies demos
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    • September 19
      1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      Annual End of Summer Concert!!!
      Concert
      Come check out these amazing kids rock out with; The History of Punk, The Doors, ZZ Top and White Stripes meets The Black Keys. With opening performances from our Rock 101 bands and our Adult Progr...
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      Come check out these amazing kids rock out with; The History of Punk, The Doors, ZZ Top and White Stripes meets The Black Keys. With opening performances from our Rock 101 bands and our Adult Program! Concert will be held at The Tree Joliet! (22 Cass Street Joliet, IL 60432)

      Tickets go on sale in September. $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.
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    • September 20
      1:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      Annual End of Summer Concert!
      Concert
      Come check out these amazing kids rock out with; The History of Punk, The Doors, ZZ Top and White Stripes meets The Black Keys. With opening performances from our Rock 101 bands and our Adult Progr...
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      Come check out these amazing kids rock out with; The History of Punk, The Doors, ZZ Top and White Stripes meets The Black Keys. With opening performances from our Rock 101 bands and our Adult Program! Concert will be held at The Tree Joliet! (22 Cass Street Joliet, IL 60432)

      Tickets go on sale in September. $7.00 in advance and $10.00 at the door.
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Staff

    • Jason
      Owner/Manager/Vocal Instructor/Show Director
      Jason's musical journey started very early. He started piano lessons at the age of seven and it wasn't long after that he decided he wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Still not feeling like h...
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      Jason's musical journey started very early. He started piano lessons at the age of seven and it wasn't long after that he decided he wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Still not feeling like he had found his true musical calling he decided to give his school chorus a try when he entered High School. Things started moving fast from there. He formed his first band as the lead singer and by the time he graduated High School he went away to college on a vocal performance scholarship. While in college he formed his first touring band called Next Best Thing. They had some success including two albums and a song placed in a very popular Motorcycle DVD that pressed over 500,000 copies. After college NBT broke up and Jason was left searching for a new musical outlet. Little did he know he would soon find it in multiple forms. He co-founded The Run Around. In the seven years The Run Around has been together they have played shows all across this country, sold thousands of albums, have asuccessfulmusic video and shared the stage with such national acts as Tom Petty, Blues Traveler, Alien Ant Farm, Head Automatica, Lucky Boys Confusion, Nine Days, Gavin Degraw and many, many more! In The Midst of all this, Jason was hired on as a vocal instructor at another School of Rock in the area. It wasn't long before he was recognized for his ability to direct and put on an impressive live show and was asked to direct the performance program at the SOR. From there he went on to be the General Manager. He learned that he loved The School of Rock mission and everything it represented and decided he wanted to make School of Rock his life. Plainfield has always been a favorite town of his and just minutes away from where he grew up so he thought it was a great place to set up shop and start the next great chapter of his life. He can't wait to help mold the next generation of Rock n Roll Royalty!
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    • Maggie Follis
      General Manager
      Maggie Follis is the friendly face of our front desk operations and General Manager. One of her favorite musicians is Janis Joplin. Maggie appreciates Joplin's message of female empowerment. Her po...
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      Maggie Follis is the friendly face of our front desk operations and General Manager. One of her favorite musicians is Janis Joplin. Maggie appreciates Joplin's message of female empowerment. Her powerful voice inspired Maggie and a few of the School of Rock instructors to start a bluesy rock, cover band. Before Maggie joined us, she was heavily involved with roller derby. But after five years of playing semi professional roller derby, Maggie decided to retire from the fast paced sport to focus on raising her children. Her undying passion for music and today's youth is extremely evident in her radiant smile and diligent work behind the desk. Although Maggie has two children of her own, she supports, cares and helps shape all of our students here at School of Rock.
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    • Pearl Perez
      Studio Coordinator
      Pearl Perez is the friendly face of our front desk operations. She is currently attending school to achieve her dream of becoming a graphic designer. As an artist, Pearl specifically works with oil...
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      Pearl Perez is the friendly face of our front desk operations. She is currently attending school to achieve her dream of becoming a graphic designer. As an artist, Pearl specifically works with oil paints and enjoys spending her free time creating custom pieces for her family. Pearl developed her love of the arts from her very musical and artistic family. When Pearl is not attending school or rocking out with us, she does volunteer work. She has volunteered with many organizations but the most memorable experience, was her time in New Orleans. There, she not only assisted with providing families with food and water she also was involved with the reconstruction of numerous homes that were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Prior to her experienced at School of Rock, Pearl was employed at another music school. During her time at Des Plaines School of Music she developed meaningful friendships with the students and parents. She is passionate about the musical journey students are on and is happy to assist the School of Rock family in all its needs.
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    • Matt Gaudiano
      Piano Instructor/Show Director
      Matt has played piano for 13 years. Though he teaches Keyboard, he is an avid vocalist and plays ukulele.He has had classical vocal training, as well as piano training and performance experience. ...
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      Matt has played piano for 13 years. Though he teaches Keyboard, he is an avid vocalist and plays ukulele.He has had classical vocal training, as well as piano training and performance experience. He currently tours with his band, Marina City, playing keyboards and singing back-up vocals. He has been on multiple east coast tours, and has played sold out venues, such as the House of Blues and the Metro in Chicago. Matt has recently signed a deal with The Hammond Organ Company as an endorsed artist, as well as being a demonstrator for the SK-1 88 keyboard. He is one of the youngest endorsed artists on the Hammond team as well as the first artist of his kind to be on the Hammond Company roster. Matt looks forward to teaching kids how to rule the stage with a keyboard! Matt definitely will help spread his passion of music to any student that comes his way, and will love every second of it.
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    • Colin
      Guitar/Bass Instructor/Rock 101 Instructor/Show Director
      Colin Edmunds is a multi­instrumentalist from St. Louis, MO, specializing in Guitar. Sincebeginning at age 10, he has been constantly involved with music, starting his firstband at age 14, only...
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      Colin Edmunds is a multi­instrumentalist from St. Louis, MO, specializing in Guitar. Sincebeginning at age 10, he has been constantly involved with music, starting his firstband at age 14, only to branch into jazz ensembles and a youth music program not unlike School ofRock for all four years of high school. From 2006­2009 he was a live guitarist for Lamar Harrisand the L, a soul/hip­hop fusion group from St. Louis. In addition to guitar, he also plays bass,ukulele, saxophone and piano.His passion for music transcends genres, and is limited only by imagination. Drawingfrom elements of surf rock, thrash metal and jazz theory, he currently plays guitar in theexperimental hardcore band GRMLNZ. His motto: 'The 'wrong' note in the right place is the mostpowerful weapon a musician can have' He also makes hip­hop oriented psychedelic music underthe alias Kill Bosby.In addition to his musical endeavors, he is a freelance audio engineer with an Associate'sDegree in Applied Sciences (Audio Engineering) from Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, with aspecialty in music recording. He has acted as both engineer and producer in the studio for his ownprojects as well as bands such as Flatfoot 56, Mother Meat, The Kreutzer Sonata and Stinkbomb.
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    • Mike Curran
      Drum Instructor
      MikeCurranis a Chicago area drummer, percussionist, and educator. An extremely versatile player,Mikeworks with a variety of artists andgroups that include the funk band Agents of Change, rapperAdd-...
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      MikeCurranis a Chicago area drummer, percussionist, and educator. An extremely versatile player,Mikeworks with a variety of artists andgroups that include the funk band Agents of Change, rapperAdd-2 (signed by 9th Wonder and co-signed by Chicago rapper Common),Sublime tribute band Secondhand Smoke, blues guitarist Hector Anchondo, and the rock bands Soul Vistas and My Magic Shoes.Mikealso plays percussion in a ska band Evil Empire and has produced live/recording remixes with DJ Hector Guerrero and Johnny Eichem called We Make It Better. As a boy,Mikebecame interested in music while listening to his father play keyboards.Mike's uncle played blues guitar at most family events and letMikeborrow hundreds of jazz CD's, which had a huge impact onMike's understanding of music composition and arrangement. Throughout high school and college,Mikedeveloped expertise in jazz, orchestra, and percussion band performance.Mike's love for all music has made him an open-minded, versatile, patient, and fun teacher. He is able to work with all music tastes, with a particular passion for rockin'! A student ofMike's can expect to learn the styles of such drummers as Mitch Mitchell (Jimi Hendrix), Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters), Travis Barker (Blink 182, Transplants), Joey Jordinson (Slipknot), John Bonham (Led Zeppelin), Cindy Blackman-Santana (Lenny Kravitz, Santana), Neil Peart (Rush), and many more!
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    • Bailey
      Guitar/Vocal/Piano Instructor
      Bailey is primarily a guitarist, bassist, orchestral string player and vocalist. She was raised in two polaropposite worlds of music'”the classical world of orchestra and its antithesis, the ...
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      Bailey is primarily a guitarist, bassist, orchestral string player and vocalist. She was raised in two polaropposite worlds of music'”the classical world of orchestra and its antithesis, the undisciplined world ofpunk rock. Growing up in a family of musicians, she picked up guitar at age 8, viola at age 10, andthroughout her youth picked up all orchestral string instruments as well as bass guitar. She played in twoof the most renowned youth orchestras in the Midwest, and eventually went on to play with worldfamous musicians such as violinist Midori Goto and the rock band NYCO.The disciplinary nature of the orchestra setting had initially created a sense of introversion in hermusical abilities. She was the only choir girl who did not step up and try out for solos, and was neverforward about asking for her shining moments. Punk rock became the musical outlet that changed all ofthat.Around the age of 14, she became actively involved as a guitarist and bassist in local bands in theChicagoland area and sought to broaden her range of music, studying blues, rock, gypsy jazz, folk, and general music theory, while learning the basics of piano. Bailey currently is the lead guitarist in the indierock/punk band Verb the Noun, performs in a gypsy folk viola-banjo duet, and is in the process ofrecording vocals on a solo industrial album.
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    • Charlie Thornton
      Drum Instructor/Show Director
      Charlie Thornton began drumming at age 4 when a family friend bought him a drum set. At age 11 he started drum lessons under Dan Crandall, author of "Drumdamentals: The First Step." He started h...
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      Charlie Thornton began drumming at age 4 when a family friend bought him a drum set. At age 11 he started drum lessons under Dan Crandall, author of "Drumdamentals: The First Step." He started his first band in 6th grade with his close friends. This band would later become "The Obstacles," which stayed together until the age of 19. They toured around the US and played prestigious venues around the Chicagoland area. During this time Charlie won back to back 1st place titles at the Geneva Drum Competition in 2007 and 2008. After The Obstacles he filled in for several bands when bands were in between drummers. One of those being "Valaska," in which he recorded debut and sophomore albums with Tooth and Nail signed Copeland's lead singer Aaron Marsh. In 2011 he tried something different by teaching himself guitar and started writing his own music, starting the band "Radar." Although Charlie is still very active in the music scene he can't imagine anything more rewarding than helping mold the next generation of Rockers!
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    • Martin Farrell
      Guitar/Bass/Rock 101 Director/Show Director/Rookies Instructor
      Martin is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, bass, sax, piano, organ, harmonica, vocals and percussion. A high-energy rocker with infectious enthusiasm, he is passionate about music and devote...
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      Martin is a multi-instrumentalist playing guitar, bass, sax, piano, organ, harmonica, vocals and percussion. A high-energy rocker with infectious enthusiasm, he is passionate about music and devotes his heart and soul to teaching kids to rock! Martin has 24 years of professional stage and recording experience. Martin started his musical journey as a jazz saxophone player at 10 years old. An all-state saxophonist, Martin worked with elite directors gaining a solid foundation. Picking up the guitar at 16, he acted as lead guitarist in cover bands throughout High School. After High School, Martin switched to bass and began his 24 year professional career as the primary songwriter and booking manager in the band Marble. Marble recorded with Ministry producer Fluffy at Chicago Trax and became a staple at Cabaret Metro in the 90s. Marble was a heavy, grunge act notably headlining FreeFest in front of 10,000 fans. Martin then joined up with The Bennett Brothers Band, recording the timeless album Spy Boogie (see iTunes) . BBB played many sold out shows, ultimately treating a huge crowd at Taste of Chicago. The Bennett Brothers Band was southern rock and traditional blues. Playing with the underground band Creepy D (see iTunes) , Martin entertained Mancow several times on national radio, appeared on the nationally syndicated Dave Attel show at Chicago Recording Company, and opened for Zwan at a sold out show at Cabaret Metro. Martin also played lead guitar in the jam band Planet Gello as well as recording with various artists as a studio musician. Martin currently plays in the Chicago blues band: Cousins' Band as organist, bassist, vocalist, rhythm and lead guitar player. A music industry veteran, Martin is also an accomplished Graphic Designer having designed albums for Marble, Creepy D and The Bennett Brothers Band. Martin is an avid martial artist belting up in Combat Hap Ki Do and Tae Kwon Do.
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    • Scott Evans
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Scott Evans has been playing guitar for over 24 years and performing professionally for over 22 years. Completely conversant in all styles of guitar, Scott has played in everything from acoustic et...
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      Scott Evans has been playing guitar for over 24 years and performing professionally for over 22 years. Completely conversant in all styles of guitar, Scott has played in everything from acoustic ethnic music, jazz ensembles, Top 40 cover bands, blues, rock, metal, and even country bands - he has even shared the stage playing Beethoven note for note with the lead violinist of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Always a student of guitar, Scott likes to consistently challenge himself with new concepts, techniques, and styles of music. As a teacher, Scott believes strongly in not just teaching the techniques, but to also teach a love of music that will last a lifetime. Many of his former students contact him years later to thank him for instilling a passion for their music (and some have even gone on into music education careers themselves!). "I love to teach music, especially at those moments when the 'light bulb' goes on for the students. I believe that the School of Rock curriculum helps those light bulbs to go on faster and more often as it pairs the student with real music, in real situations. It helps the students to practice more consistently when they're playing something from a favorite artist compared to some random finger exercise or scale practice. One of my favorite moments is when they learn the song and THEN I explain how they just learned a new scale or chord or technique," he says. Currently as a frontman in the Maxwell Mojo Blues Band, Scott can be seen all around the Chicagoland area playing numerous venues. Having been on stages since the age of 14, he's comfortable in the spotlight performing as a guitarist and vocalist. Aside from guitar, Scott also plays bass, mandolin, ukelele, lap steel, piano, and percussion. He lives just minutes away from the School of Rock Plainfield with his wife and two children.
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    • Kimberly Goss
      Little Wing Director
      Kimberly grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and has been playing in bands since the age of fifteen. She moved to northern Europe at seventeen to pursue a career in Scandinavia's thriving metal...
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      Kimberly grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago and has been playing in bands since the age of fifteen. She moved to northern Europe at seventeen to pursue a career in Scandinavia's thriving metal music scene and soon found herself playing in some of the region's most famous bands. She's toured the world several times over as both a keyboardist/backing vocalist and as a lead singer in a number of chart topping metal acts. For well over a decade she played in some of the most legendary rock venues across 5 continents and has also performed at many of the world's biggest music festivals for crowds of 75,000-120,000 people. She has been featured on countless albums from not only her own projects, but also as a guest musician and/or writer for several other successful bands. After the birth of her daughter, Kimberly took a hiatus from music and eventually relocated back to the Chicagoland area. Her career in music has since shifted to better suit her life as a parent. In the summer of 2011, she was asked to have a song she had written years prior, to be featured in an episode of the ABC Family hit series, Pretty Little Liars. From there she has steadily been writing and scoring background music for a variety of TV shows on a number of networks. Already having teaching experience to kids ages 3-17 and raising a young child herself, it was an obvious choice to have Kimberly head our early childhood music program, Little Wing. Her enthusiasm and dedication will get your toddlers well on their way to becoming the next generation of rockers! For more details, take a look at her Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimberly_Goss
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    • Ryan Ashe
      Guitar/Bass/Vocal Instructor
      Ryan is a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist. He Ironically decided to pick up the guitar after seeing the film School of Rock upon its theatrical release. He has been playing for over 12 years, perf...
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      Ryan is a guitarist, bassist, and vocalist. He Ironically decided to pick up the guitar after seeing the film School of Rock upon its theatrical release. He has been playing for over 12 years, performing in bands since high school, and won the Naperville Battle of the Bands in 2008. He has opened for Huey Lewis and the News, gigged around Naperville, Iowa City, and recently Chicago. He currently co leads the band Common Allies with his twin brother. His favorite bands are Pink Floyd, The Who, and the Grateful Dead.
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    • Carl
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Carl began playing at the age of eight when given an acoustic guitar by his father who also played. He immensely enjoyed it and continued on to get his first electric guitar at age 11. The music re...
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      Carl began playing at the age of eight when given an acoustic guitar by his father who also played. He immensely enjoyed it and continued on to get his first electric guitar at age 11. The music really took off from there as Carl was in and out of little local bands since he was 14. Being drawn to the styles of music his father grew up listening to, he began getting into rock and classic country genres. Having a love for both styles, Carl became well trained in both electric and acoustic guitar being comfortable on either instrument. As time progressed he as well picked up bass guitar at age 16 and banjo at age 18. Carl has since been starting and leading several acoustic country bands covering music from Merle Haggard to Eric Church. Carl is currently leading an acoustic duo in which he both plays guitar and covers vocals. He is also in the midst of recording original music for a solo career as well as his current acoustic duo.
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    • Alif Muhammad
      Piano/Vocal Instructor
      Alif Muhammad is a Chicago-born musician, composer, and educator, providing keyboard and vocal classes at School of Rock Plainfield. Giving professional performances since the age of 15, he has per...
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      Alif Muhammad is a Chicago-born musician, composer, and educator, providing keyboard and vocal classes at School of Rock Plainfield. Giving professional performances since the age of 15, he has performed clarinet, piano, drums, and mallet percussion music in youth ensembles for Chicago's Symphony Center and Ravinia Park. After his tenure as the resident jazz pianist of the Plaza Club, Muhammad has composed over 75 original compositions while teaching music and general education to hundreds of public school students for ten years. He currently performs with the band Walsher Clemons, an ensemble that has entertained audiences at such venues as the House of Blues, Beat Kitchen, and WLS' Windy City Live.
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    • Andrew Wilson
      Keys/Guitar/Drum Instructor
      Andrew Wilson first entered the music realm at age 9 taking piano lessons from aprivate instructor down the street. After 3 years he grew tired of classical music andtook a break from piano. At 12 ...
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      Andrew Wilson first entered the music realm at age 9 taking piano lessons from aprivate instructor down the street. After 3 years he grew tired of classical music andtook a break from piano. At 12 he began teaching himself the drums. Throughouthigh school Andrew excelled at drums, played in several high school bands, and taught himself to play guitar on the side.Andrew graduated from Naperville North H.S. and attended Southern IllinoisUniversity Carbondale to study Audio Production and Music. While at SIU he learnedthe art of classical guitar, furthered his knowledge of music theory, and learned toplay the accordion. Andrew graduated from SIUC in 2012 with a BA in AudioProduction and a Music Minor.Since July 2014 Andrew has been playing accordion in the Naperville cover band'Folkified', which plays every Wednesday night at Club Mamalu. He has also beenteaching private piano and guitar lessons to several young musicians in hiscommunity. Andrew's philosophy is based on teaching students the fundamentals andkey components of music through songs they want to learn. This keeps kidsentertained and focused, and enhances progress. Andrew has beenan instructor at School of Rock since December 2014.
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    • Joel Janchenko
      Drum Instructor
      Joel Janchenko is a drummer and vocalist. He picked up sticks at the age of 6 and never looked back. Consistently involved in music, his journey took place from one garage to the next. After high s...
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      Joel Janchenko is a drummer and vocalist. He picked up sticks at the age of 6 and never looked back. Consistently involved in music, his journey took place from one garage to the next. After high school he went on to study at Berklee College of Music. Under the guidance of amazing musicians, Joel studied the information he hopes to pass on to his students. Striving to help his students feel comfortable on their instruments, he teaches the importance of metronomic time and the value of true practice. He wants his students to listen to what they love and wants to help them play it to the best of their abilities. His main project is his band Splor, where he plays drums. He is also involved in a wide variety of bands that play different genres.With a love for dance music, his ideal style to play is funk music. Trained in jazz, he can play anything that swings. His main goal is to help students find the pocket and groove of the songs they are learning.Joel wants to teach kids to follow their dreams and never give up. To keep their ears open and their eyes alive. He wants to show them how to love their instrument and how to find joy in playing and listening to music.
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    • Jake
      Guitar/Bass/Keys Instructor/Show Director
      Jake FitzenreiderAKA Kenny Masters is a multi-instrumentalist from Chicago that has worked as a performer and recording-artist since 2004. After spending five years touring the country playing 150+...
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      Jake FitzenreiderAKA Kenny Masters is a multi-instrumentalist from Chicago that has worked as a performer and recording-artist since 2004. After spending five years touring the country playing 150+ shows a year with alt-rock band After the Crash (which found him sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Drowning pool to Eddie Money) he has settled back down in the Chicagoland area. Though primarily an electric guitarist, Jake has a rich musical pedigree that includes a youth spent studying classical piano and jazz trumpet with some of the area's most respected instructors. As for the process of learning, he stresses maintaining open-mindedness... "I've performed, taught and studied everything from Avenged Sevenfold to TheRamonesto Miles Davis... and even some country!" he says, "...and I firmly believe every bit of that process has made me the person I am today. I love the School of Rock approach! Not only does the performance focus keep students interested, but it helps expose the students to such a wide variety of great music that might otherwise be overlooked. I believe that factor is invaluable in helping a student become not only a well-rounded musician, but a well-rounded individual."
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    • Patrick Walsh
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Patrick Walsh began playing guitar at the ripe age of 13. After years of lessons he developed his skill enough to begin performing for live audiences. His favorite bands include, Phish, Dave Matthe...
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      Patrick Walsh began playing guitar at the ripe age of 13. After years of lessons he developed his skill enough to begin performing for live audiences. His favorite bands include, Phish, Dave Matthews and Drake. His favorite music inspires his own band's music. A mixture of funk, rock jam and pop. Throughout his career Patrick has performed hundreds of times with his band "Walsher Clemons". The band recently recorded their debut album "Dancing & Praying", which was co-written by Walsh. Patrick strives to spark passion among his students. Focusing on the fundamentals while simultaneously incorporating the flair and confidence that go hand in hand with live performance.
      Walsh currently resides in Hinsdale Illinois. Attending Benedictine University and performing frequently with Walsher Clemons. Patrick's still dreams of becoming a rock star and is actively pursuing his career as a professional musician.
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News

    • AC/DC vs. Green Day Performance Rocks Mojoes!

      School of Rock Plainfield puts on an amazing Green Day and AC/DC show at the iconic Mojoes Joliet!Opened by the Rock 101 group, the crowd of over 200 was floored by the awesome 2 1/2 hour performan...
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      School of Rock Plainfield puts on an amazing Green Day and AC/DC show at the iconic Mojoes Joliet!Opened by the Rock 101 group, the crowd of over 200 was floored by the awesome 2 1/2 hour performance!If you missed this one, you missed a great show.
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    • Summer Camps at School of Rock Plainfield

      Come check out our Summer Camp listings and Amplify your Summer https://plainfield.schoolofrock.com/camp-signup?promocode=sor20

    • Adult Performance Program Rocks Tailgaters!

      Our Adult Program is taking off! We Rocked Tailgaters in Bolingbrook this past weekend. What a great show. Come join the fun. What are you waiting for? Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 8pm...
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      Our Adult Program is taking off! We Rocked Tailgaters in Bolingbrook this past weekend. What a great show. Come join the fun. What are you waiting for? Rehearsals are on Wednesday evenings from 8pm-10:00pm. We will be working on a wide range of music. You don't need to be experienced because you will be cast on songs and parts that reflect your current ability. Besides, you will get good very quickly. Students will have a weekly private 45 minute lesson in addition to their weekly rehearsal. Call today to enroll.
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    • 2015 Summer Season Shows

      Don't miss out on our mindblowing Summer show season! Our Performance Program students will be studying the History of Punk Rock, as well as the music of ZZ Top, The Doors, the White Stripes, and t...
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      Don't miss out on our mindblowing Summer show season! Our Performance Program students will be studying the History of Punk Rock, as well as the music of ZZ Top, The Doors, the White Stripes, and the Black Keys. History of Punk Rockhas been the lifeblood of expressive music since the mid 1970s. Throughout the years, bands like Minor Threat, The Ramones, The Clash, The Sex Pistols, The Misfits, Green Day, Black Flag, Operation Ivy, Pennywise, Bad Brains, Fugazi, and more have changed the way we think about mainstream music, by completely flipping it on its head. Punkbands typically use short, fast-paced songs, with hard-edged melodies and singing styles, stripped-down instrumentation, and often political,anti-establishment lyrics. Punk embraces a DIY ethic; many bands self-produced recordings and distributed them through informal channels. Punk music contains a tremendous amount of energy. This show is perfect for the angsty kid that needs to let it all out! For a taste, listen to: The Misfits , The Sex Pistols , Green Day , and The Clash . Rehearses on Mondays from 5pm - 8pm. The Doors are considered to be one of the most creative bands in history. From Robbie Krieger's psychedelic guitar playing, to Ray Manzarek's beautiful piano and organ playing, mixed with Jim Morrison's low, raspy voice created a sound unheard of in the 60's. Add on Jon Densmore's odd, but funky rhythms and you have yourself a one of a kind rock band. The Doors were notorious for getting into trouble, pushing the envelope further and further with each performance. This kind of attitude helped sculpt a driving sound that no one else could recreate. For a taste, listen to ' Light My Fire ', ' L.A. Woman ', ' Riders on the Storm ', and ' Roadhouse Blues '. Rehearses on Tuesdays from 4:15pm - 7:15pm. ZZ Top began their career in 1969, but when they released their breakthrough album 'Tres Hombres' in 1973, they essentially defined the term "cool". Their long beards, tasty slide guitar licks, incredibly tight rhythm parts, and lyrics about life in Texas cemented them into Rock Roll history. ZZ Top songs have been a staple of classic rock radio. This show is perfect for all students. For a taste, listen to ' La Grange ', ' Jesus Just Left Chicago ', and ' Gimme All Your Lovin .' Rehearses on Wednesdays from 5pm - 8pm. The White Stripes meet The Black KeysThese two bands easily represent the stripped down, soulful, bluesy side of rock and roll from the early 2000s to today. The White Stripes broke out in 2002 as part of the Garage Rock Revival scene that was growing. From Detroit, they encompassed elements of hard rock, blues, and even small amounts of punk rock in their sound. Once they released their hit song ' Seven Nation Army ,' they became a household name. The White Stripes will easily go down in history as one of Rock Roll's greatest duos.The Black Keys formed in Akron, Ohio in 2001, creating a "garage rock" sound unlike any other. The duo, friends since high school, began recording music in basements and DIY studios until they eventually rose to recognition within the Garage Rock scene in the early 2000's. Fast forward to 2010, when they released their unbelievably famous album called "Brothers," which along with their single called ' Tighten Up , ' won three Grammy awards. Today The Black Keys consistently tour and release new music. The most recent album titled 'Turn Blue,' released in 2014, earned the band their first number-one album in the U.S. and Australia.For a taste, listen to ' Fell In Love With a Girl ,' ' Blue Orchid ,' ' Fever ,' and ' Next Girl .' Rehearses on Saturdays from 2pm - 5pm.
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Testimonials

  • “School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with self-confidence. ”
    — Dan, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island. ”
    — Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We’ve already recommended the program to several friends. ”
    — Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA
  • “Our son explored many other extra-curricular activities prior to SOR, and no other activity was able to keep his interest. He has been challenged with new material, gained a foundation in theory and songwriting, as well as learned how to work in a group with other students to put on phenomenal rock 'n roll concerts in real" concert venues." ”
    — Trisha Ybarra-Peters, Leesburg, VA