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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
Main Number
(815) 246-3400(815) 246-3400

Hours of Operation

Monday - Thursday
1:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
3:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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

    • June 3
      12:00 PM - 7:30 PM
      School of Rock 4th Annual Plainfield Summerfest!
      Festival
      On June 3rd and 4th our 4th Annual SoR Plainfield Summerfest will take over Settlers' Park Amphitheater. Join us for the best jams from our American Music Cities! Sponsored by: Me Tu Bella, Baby...
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      On June 3rd and 4th our 4th Annual SoR Plainfield Summerfest will take over Settlers' Park Amphitheater. Join us for the best jams from our American Music Cities!

      Sponsored by: Me Tu Bella, Baby Q's and Follis Insurance Agency.

      Saturday, June 3rd:

      Rock 101 (Saturday): 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
      Monday Adult Group: 12:40 PM - 1:10 PM
      San Francisco: 1:20 PM - 2:30 PM
      St. Louis: 2:40 PM - 3:55 PM
      Detroit: 4:05 PM - 5:15 PM
      New York: 5:25 PM - 6:35 PM
      Chicago: 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
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    • June 4
      12:00 PM - 7:30 PM
      School of Rock 4th Annual Plainfield Summerfest!
      festival
      On June 3rd and 4th our 4th Annual SoR Plainfield Summerfest will take over Settlers' Park Amphitheater. Join us for the best jams from our American Music Cities! Sponsored by: Me Tu Bella, Baby...
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      On June 3rd and 4th our 4th Annual SoR Plainfield Summerfest will take over Settlers' Park Amphitheater. Join us for the best jams from our American Music Cities!

      Sponsored by: Me Tu Bella, Baby Q's and Follis Insurance Agency.

      Sunday, June 4th:
      Rock 101: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
      Wednesday Adult Group: 12:40 PM - 1:10 PM
      St. Louis: 1:20 PM - 2:30 PM
      New York: 2:40 PM - 3:55 PM
      Chicago: 4:05 PM - 5:15 PM
      San Francisco: 5:25 PM - 6:35 PM
      Detroit: 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
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    • June 6
      6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
      Kick off Cruise Night!
      Street Fair
      HouSe Band will be helping Plainfield to kick off the first Cruise Night of the Summer!! We will be performing in the PACC parking lot. Come check us out!!
    • June 16
      2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      Oswego PrairieFest
      Festival
      House Band will be making their debut at the Oswego PrairieFest! HB will be on the main stage from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM!!
    • June 17
      12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
      Taste of Bolingbrook
      festival
      SoR House Band will be playing at the Taste of Bolingbrook from 12pm - 1pm. Come out and enjoy the food and music!
    • June 25
      12:00 PM
      Taste of Joliet
      festival
      SoR House Band will be making their first appearance at the Taste of Joliet!
    • July 2 - 9 2017
      SOR CLOSED
      closed
      SOR will be closed from 7/2- 7/9! HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!!
    • July 6
      12:00 PM
      House Band Plays at Lincoln Hall in Chicago~
      concert
      More details to come!
    • July 7
      12:00 PM
      House Band plays @ Milwaukee Summerfest Welcome Party
      concert
      More details TBA
    • July 8 - 9 2017
      SoR House Band Plays Milwaukee Summerfest!
      festival
      More details TBA
    • July 15
      3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      Plainfield Festival
      Festival
      Join House Band for another awesome performance at the main stage for Plainfield Festival! We will be rocking from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM.
    • July 18
      6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
      Cruise Night
      Street fair
      Downtown Plainfield's Cruise night! House Band will be performing at the PACC parking lot from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • August 12
      5:00 PM
      Senior Concert
      Concert
      Say Fairwell to our High School Seniors as they perform their last concert as SoR students. Featuring The SoR Adult Band and House Band. At The Brauerhouse in Lemont IL
    • August 22
      6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
      Cruise Night
      community
      Join Sor House Band for the last cruise night of the summer!

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Staff

    • Meet 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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Colin Edmunds
      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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    • Meet Mike Curran
      Drum Instructor/Show Director
      Mike Curran is a Chicago area drummer, percussionist, and educator. An extremely versatile player,Mike works with a variety of artists and groups that include the funk band Agents of Change, rapper...
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      Mike Curran is a Chicago area drummer, percussionist, and educator. An extremely versatile player,Mike works with a variety of artists and groups that include the funk band Agents of Change, rapper Add-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. Mike also 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,Mike became interested in music while listening to his father play keyboards.Mike's uncle played blues guitar at most family events and let Mike borrow hundreds of jazz CD's, which had a huge impact on Mike's understanding of music composition and arrangement. Throughout high school and college,Mike developed 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 of Mike'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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    • Meet Bailey Poczos
      Guitar/Bass/Piano Instructor/Show Director
      Bailey is primarily a guitarist, bassist and orchestral string player. She was raised in two polaropposite worlds of music'”the classical world of orchestra and its antithesis, the undiscipli...
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      Bailey is primarily a guitarist, bassist and orchestral string player. She was raised in two polaropposite worlds of music'”the classical world of orchestra and its antithesis, the undisciplined world of punk rock. Growing up in a family of musicians, she picked up guitar at age 8, viola at age 10, and throughout 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 world famous 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 her musical abilities. She was the only choir girl who did not step up and try out for solos, and was never forward about asking for her shining moments. Punk rock became the musical outlet that changed all of that. Around the age of 14, she became actively involved as a guitarist and bassist in local bands in the Chicagoland 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 of recording vocals on a solo industrial album.
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    • Meet Martin Farrell
      Guitar/Bass/Keys/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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    • Meet Kimberly Goss
      Little Wing Director/Vocal Instructor
      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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    • Meet 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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    • Meet Tim Daniels
      Drum Instructor/Show Director
      Tim plays drums, bass, guitar, and piano. He learned how to play the drums at 8 years old, and has been performing live over 20 years. His influences include Travis Barker, Joey Jordison, Lars Ulri...
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      Tim plays drums, bass, guitar, and piano. He learned how to play the drums at 8 years old, and has been performing live over 20 years. His influences include Travis Barker, Joey Jordison, Lars Ulrich, Mike Portnoy, Ben Harclerode, and Justin Foley. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Therapy from Illinois State University, and has performed in ensembles such as the ISU Wind Symphony, Symphonic Orchestra, Big Red Marching Machine (drumline captain), and Pep Band (head drumset player). He currently plays drums in the Chicagoland metal band Fools’ Brew and has opened for national acts such as Korn, Butcher Babies, Soulfly, Kill Devil Hill (ex-Pantera’s Rex Brown and ex-Type O Negative’s Johnny Kelly), Kyng, December In Red, Hed pe, Bridge to Grace, Crobot, Upon A Burning Body, and Green Jelly. Tim has 5+ years of experience in working with children and adults with Special Needs, including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Emotional/Behavior Disorders.
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    • Meet Eve Bowman
      Vocal Instructor
      Eve's interest in music started early do to her upbringing. She was introduced to a wide variety of music, and attended many concerts with her family. She loved singing along to her favorite songs,...
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      Eve's interest in music started early do to her upbringing. She was introduced to a wide variety of music, and attended many concerts with her family. She loved singing along to her favorite songs, and so in elementary school she joined the school's choir. Her experience in choir lasted through college, ending after 13 years of participation. Eve competed in choral and A Capella competitions with her school, and in 2011 participated in the IMEA All-State Honors Choir. Overall, Eve has 6 years of Classical vocal training, and 3 years of Musical Theatre vocal training. She has also achieved a Bachelor's degree from North Central College in Theatre, with a minor in Music. Classes for her higher education studies included music theory, musicianship, vocal pedagogy and diction, and performance experience. Along with her studies, an integral part of her college experience was Co-Creating and Tour Managing the college's A Cappella group Sonata Problem. Eve definitely has a passion for music and performing, and is excited everyday to share this passion with her students!
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    • Meet Aaron Opon
      Drum Instructor
      Aaron has over 15 years of experience playing percussion starting at the age of 9. Aaron's biggest influences are Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ringo Starr, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet. His favorite bands are...
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      Aaron has over 15 years of experience playing percussion starting at the age of 9. Aaron's biggest influences are Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ringo Starr, and the Dave Brubeck Quartet. His favorite bands are Beck, Radiohead, Weezer, and Animal Collective. His background has been primarily Jazz. But over the years he has played a variety of different styles from rock to funk to bossa nova. Aaron is no stranger to performing. He has played at Taste of Chicago twice and he has also played in a variety of classical ensembles, most notably Moraine Valley's percussion ensemble. This has given him experience with all facets of percussion including solo snare and mallet instruments. Currently, Aaron and his friends are working on forming a new band. Aaron is a great addition to the School of Rock family.
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    • Meet Nick Kemp
      Guitar/Vocal/Keys/Drums Instructor
      Nick Kemp-Bystrzycki is guitarist based out of the Chicago Suburbs. He had always been singing since he was young but when he turned 12 he gained an interest in the electric guitar from watching hi...
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      Nick Kemp-Bystrzycki is guitarist based out of the Chicago Suburbs. He had always been singing since he was young but when he turned 12 he gained an interest in the electric guitar from watching his father play. He since then has been obsessed with the instrument. Nick continued his music education in high school through their Guitar Studio. After graduating Nick attended Joliet Junior College. There he was part of many groups including their guitar ensemble, Jazz Band, and Chamber Singers. He also played in their productions of Grease, Tommy, and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Nick also leads the blues-rock band Fixed Emotion where he sings and plays lead guitar. Nick can't wait to start showing the next generation on how to express their own musical voice!
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    • Meet Katie Turrisi
      Drum Instructor
      Katie Turrisi is an artist, musician, and yogi from Chicago, Illinois. When she was 15 years old, she decided to take drum set lessons. Her teacher believed in her natural talent and enrolled her i...
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      Katie Turrisi is an artist, musician, and yogi from Chicago, Illinois. When she was 15 years old, she decided to take drum set lessons. Her teacher believed in her natural talent and enrolled her in the high school drumline at Lincoln Way Central. She primarily played marimba her first year and by her senior year she was the center snare leading the marching band in parades, half time shows, and performances! Her favorite music is reggae, classic rock, indie rock and eastern music.

      After several years studying under Keith Tulk and the Lincoln Way Central drumline, she continued her education at UIC with a major in Photography. While living in the city, she pursued drumming in local drum circles and jam groups and eventually joined an indie rock band. Meanwhile, she became certified to teach yoga and in 2012, she moved to Miami to teach yoga full time. Her passions for yoga and music merged and within a couple years, Katie introduced live music in her yoga classes. She shared her musical talent in special classes and workshops at some of the most popular spas, hotels, and studios in Miami. Her main inspiration was healing others through body movement and sound.

      In 2016, Katie moved back to the Chicagoland area and continued to share these practices. She currently teaches yoga privately, offers yoga workshops with sound healing, and offers one-on-one drum lessons at School of Rock!
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    • Meet Simone Branch
      Piano Instructor
      Simone grew her love for piano from an early age. Beginning in preschool her passion for music and live performance continued and expanded to include swing choir, musicals, and piano accompanimen...
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      Simone
      grew her love for piano from an early age. Beginning in preschool her passion for music and live performance continued and expanded to include swing choir, musicals, and piano accompaniment in junior high. In high school she began teaching piano lessons at
      Montessori schools, daycares, and eventually in private homes. As a senior she was an active participant in show choir, inspirational choir, and varsity honors choir. While attending the University of Miami, Simone was able to join a theater group and participate
      in vocal performance as a member of collegiate debate. Her last two years at UM she became a music production assistant at the Revolution Live and the Culture Room in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. After experiencing the excitement and confidence that comes with
      performing on stage, she returned to Chicago to audition for keys and lead vocals in an all male local metal band. After getting the part, headlining a few shows, and getting some material recorded, they went their separate ways. She decided to return to piano
      teaching and expand her focus to include older and more experienced students. Piano has been a part of her life for over 25 years! She is more than excited to continue her passion for teaching at the School of Rock.
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    • NEW SHOW SEASON SIGN UPS!!!

      Sign ups start on Thursday, May 11th at 5:00 PM You MUST receive a show recommendation from your instructor!! Sign ups begin at 5:00 PM and will be first come first serve. You will receive a ti...
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      Sign ups start on Thursday, May 11th at 5:00 PM
      You MUST receive a show recommendation from your instructor!!

      Sign ups begin at 5:00 PM and will be first come first serve. You will receive a ticket with a number for your place in line. Once you receive a ticket, you cannot leave!

      Students or legal gaurdians MUST sign up in person.
      Friends/other parents CANNOT sign up other students!Read less

    • School of Rock 4th Annual Plainfield Summerfest!

      Join us on June 3rd and 4th at Settler's Park Richard A. Rock Amphitheater in Downtown Plainfield for School of Rock's 4th Annual Plainfield Summerfest. Sponsored by Me Tu Bella, Baby Q's Food truc...
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      Join us on June 3rd and 4th at Settler's Park Richard A. Rock Amphitheater in Downtown Plainfield for School of Rock's 4th Annual Plainfield Summerfest. Sponsored by Me Tu Bella, Baby Q's Food truck and Follis Insurance Agency.

      We will be taking over Settler's Park from 12:00 PM to 7:30 PM. With rockin tunes from America's Music Cities featuring Rock 101 and our Adult bands. Grab the lawn chairs and family for a great weekend. Food trucks will be available as well.

      Call or email School of Rock Plainfield for more details!Read less

Testimonials

  • “Five years ago I walked through the halls of School of Rock for the first time. I had a year of 'experience' under my belt as a guitar student, and was presently taking vocal lessons from a woman whose idea of a fun song to sing was "I Enjoy Being a Girl" from Flower Drum Song. (And before you ask, no, there is no video of me dreadfully singing that.) When my mom had offered up the idea of trying the brand new "Rock School" that was opening, I was skeptical; I mean come on, to a thirteen year old whose after-school hobby was learning Green Day's entire discography note-for-note, the idea of a “Rock School” sounded too good to be true. I was a nervous wreck while making my first entrance into Jason Fein's lesson room. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect but I had dressed in a Ramones shirt and bright red checkered pants to make a point to everybody around and to nobody in particular – “No more choir music and no more showtunes!” Much to my surprise the man I found staring back at me in that room was not an old man ready to teach me Phantom of the Opera, but was the lead singer of a successful punk band. I can't describe the relief I felt in that moment. Jason spent the next half hour working with me on I Want to be Sedated, which was easily the most fun I had ever had in a music lesson to that point. I reluctantly left my first-ever Rock Music lesson and returned to the lobby. Without missing a beat, I spoke the only words that came to mind; “I want to take lessons with Jason.” I had never connected with a teacher right away, so my eagerness had surprised my mom. ”
    — Sam 18. Aurora, IL
  • “The way the performance programs teach the kids how to play and perform is great. The practices build their confidence so that when they do their show they kill it. ”
    -Ron G, Plainfield, IL
  • “These guys are awesome. They are music focused but people centric. These guys and gals are the real deal...they know music and they know how to teach. I'm a new student and I am looking forward to years of learning. ”
    — Michael Slocum, Plainfield, IL
  • “Some of the greatest people in the area pass through these halls and practice rooms. Great teachers that understand each person learns differently. It's all about the music. Highly recommended!”
    -Ron Mescall, Plainfield, IL