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School of Rock Arlington Heights
17 E Campbell St
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
(847) 915-6201

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Hours
  • Monday: 3 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 3 PM - 10 PM
  • Wednesday: 3 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 3 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Friday: 3 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Music programs at School of Rock Arlington Heights combine one-on-one lessons with group band practices

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 4-5

At School of Rock Arlington Heights our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Arlington Heights, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Arlington Heights, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Arlington Heights's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Arlington Heights have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Arlington Heights are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Arlington Heights who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 12-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens
Performance
Ages 12-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Arlington Heights is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Arlington Heights Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Arlington Heights music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Arlington Heights's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Arlington Heights music venue.

Adult music program for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Arlington Heights's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Arlington Heights is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Arlington Heights.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Arlington Heights Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Arlington Heights.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 13-18

The School of Rock Arlington Heights House Band music program gives students Ages 13-18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Arlington Heights's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at IL rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Arlington Heights and the rest of IL. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
AllStars
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Arlington Heights

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock
Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Arlington Heights, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Arlington Heights is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Arlington Heights guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Arlington Heights's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Arlington Heights, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Arlington Heights venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Arlington Heights offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Arlington Heights guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock
Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Arlington Heights is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Arlington Heights we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Arlington Heights, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Arlington Heights. Unlike other Arlington Heights drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Arlington Heights, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Arlington Heights drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.

 

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock
Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Arlington Heights offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Arlington Heights teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Arlington Heights.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock
Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Arlington Heights offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Arlington Heights and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Arlington Heights students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock
Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Arlington Heights. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Arlington Heights area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Arlington Heights Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Arlington Heights area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Arlington Heights music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Arlington Heights, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Arlington Heights, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Arlington Heights’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Ryan Yueill Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Ukulele Teacher

Ryan has been playing guitar for 15 years and has turned his passion into his life. While studying music performance at Columbia College Chicago, Ryan has turned teaching into his full-time job. Ryan has studied and has played all different types of guitar including jazz, fold, bluegrass, classical and rock. Ryan has been a guitar teacher locally for eight years which has allowed him to give unique, fun lessons that cater to each and every student. He also performs as a singer-songwriter in the Chicago area, with three recorded albums of original music. Ryan is a guitar teacher, a bass teacher and a ukulele teacher, as well as a mandolin teacher. Ryan has led numerous successful performance groups, covering music from every genre. Ryan has taught at School of Rock Arlington Heights for over four years.

Rachel Quinn Vocal Instructor, Assistant General Manager

Rachel Quinn is one of our school’s primary vocal teachers and is an Assistant General Manager at School of Rock Arlington Heights. Rachel is a singer and songwriter specializing in voice training for contemporary music. She started her musical journey at the age of five and has performed with various rock and metal groups in and around the Baltimore and Chicago metropolitan areas. Her projects have given her the opportunity of performing with Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio), and opening for acts such as Queensryche, Warrant and Saxon.

She is an accomplished musician with eight collective years of training and is well-versed in all genres. She currently performs with Chicago heavy metal band Shokker, and has a love for hard rock and heavy metal music. Rachel loves her position as an instructor and is open to teaching people of all backgrounds and levels of experience. Rachel loves developing student’s skills and watching them grow professionally and personally. Rachel has been successfully teaching vocal students for over 10 years and has run several successful performance groups as well as songwriting workshops and camps.

Kevin Decker Bass Guitar Teacher

Kevin has been teaching and performing professionally in original and cover bands since he was just 15 years old. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College in Chicago, concentrating on Instrumental Performance, Jazz Studies and Music Composition. You can catch Kevin’s multiple original and cover projects playing venues around Chicagoland, and at festivals including PitchFork and South by Southwest. Kevin’s work even includes theatre performances and video game soundtracks. Although Kevin is a guitar teacher and keyboard instructor and plays each of the main rock instruments, he truly specializes in bass and saxophone. Kevin has now been teaching at School of Rock Arlington Heights for over five years.

Jerry King Drum Teacher

Jerry King is an awesome drum teacher at School of Rock Arlington Heights. Jerry has had years of experience playing and taking music lessons in various instruments, and studying the history and culture surrounding rock music in Chicagoland. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his students regarding music and improvisation, and playing percussion and drum set. Jerry is well-versed in playing and instructing for an orchestral setting as much as he is for the drum set, supporting hard rock, pop and electronic music. Jerry regularly works in the Chicago area, playing everything from musical theater to street festivals, as well as in many of the most well-known clubs and studios throughout Chicago.

Ben Abney Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Ben Abney is a guitar, bass, keys and ukulele teacher at School of Rock Arlington Heights. After earning his B.A. in Music Theory and Performance, Ben recorded and toured, playing lead guitar and keys for such acts as Randy Stonehill, Samantha Crain, Liza Day and many others. Ben surprisingly found success performing as Bob in Lonesome Highway: A Tribute To Bob Dylan, but he is by far more passionate about his original project Swell Suburbia, a power-pop quartet. Ben’s greatest influences include The Beatles, Big Star, Badfinger, Wilco, The Velvet Underground and Elliot Smith. Ben is a practicing guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and recording artist in Chicago. Ben has a great passion for teaching and has been doing so for over a decade. Ben is very excited to work with his new students at School of Rock Arlington Heights.

Brian Volleride Piano Teacher

Brian Volleride is our school’s primary piano teacher. He has played in numerous bands and with many stars. His music multi-keyboard career has taken him to over 74 countries performing as a musician. He has played with the likes of Chi-lites, The Drifters, The Classic 4, Sugar Blue, John Lee Hooker, Lonnie Brooks and Otis Rush. His band, The Mike Wheeler Band, was recently awarded the distinction of Best Blues Band in the City of Chicago at the 2015 Chicago Music Awards. Brian was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in October 2016. Brian loves listening, playing and teaching music of all different kinds, and believes in the power of music to change a life.

Nick Fane Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Nick is a versatile bass and guitar teacher, skilled in many different styles of popular music. Nick has been teaching students for over eight years and brings his understanding of music theory and bass to School of Rock Arlington Heights in Illinois. Nick graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelor of Music in 2013.

Nick is a practicing bass and guitar player with professional touring musician experience, giving him a large pool of insight to bring to any and all applicable situations. He also is involved in recording music. He has been playing with various local artists across various genres and has toured with The Nick Moss Band, as well as played with with artists such as Gary Clark Jr., Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Elvin Bishop and countless others.

Tandaleria Roland Vocal Instructor

Tandaleria Roland is one of our vocal instructors at School of Rock Arlington Heights. She has been a vocal instructor with us for over three years. She is a practicing singer, songwriter, producer and concert event coordinator from the westside of Chicago. She loves listening, playing and teaching music of all different kinds with her students. Tandaleria has been writing music since she was in the fourth grade and has been coordinating indie events since 2012. Tandaleria has had years of experience playing and taking vocal lessons and has been classically trained vocally since 2006. In 2016, she created an online music series entitled "Sessions With Tandaleria" where she invites up-and-coming indie artists to perform songs live in the studio written and produced by herself, accompanied by a group of local musicians who she named The Sessions Band.

Elizabeth Markham Vocal Instructor, Studio Coordinator

Studio coordinator and vocal instructor Elizabeth Markham puts her experience in event coordinating to use at School of Rock Arlington Heights. A musician herself, Elizabeth has been singing professionally since she began her studies in opera at The University of Toledo. She has experience in teaching vocals lessons to all ages as well as leading our pre-school music program called Little Wing. After graduating in 2014 with her B.A. in Music, Elizabeth cofounded the duo Pony Bang Bang.  Pony Bang Bang has since transplanted from Toledo to Chicago-land and has grown to be a four-piece band that you can catch playing such venues as H.O.M.E., Courtland’s Garage and Arlington Ale House. Elizabeth also performs in the folk duo Lazer Kale.  

Julian Rocha Drum Teacher

Julian (Jay) Rocha is a talented drum teacher who has now been teaching at School of Rock Arlington Heights for over four years. A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a History and Music degree (and recently returning from a big band jazz tour of China), Julian loves teaching and the act of giving back to the musician community by teaching young artists. Julian is in high demand as a practicing drummer and is executing his craft in bands and musical experiences throughout Chicago and its suburbs.

Brian Reynolds Drum Teacher

Brian Reynolds is a drum teacher at School of Rock Arlington Heights and has been working there for over five years. Brian loves all styles of music and brings a melodic approach to laying down a groove. Brian enjoys sharing his musical knowledge and has been teaching students individually and directing ensembles for over 20 years. Brian is a practicing drummer and plays around the area. Brian has a strong background in jazz, jazz funk and fusion bands. Brian lives in the community and is the proud father of five children, several of whom are professional musicians themselves.

Michael Hernandez Guitar Teacher

Mick (Michael) Hernandez is a Berklee master certified, professional musician and is a vocal instructor and a guitar and bass teacher at School of Rock Arlington Heights, IL. Due to drawing from his education at Berklee and with studies under Bob Grebb, and adding in his extensive gigging experience and many years of teaching students one-on-one, Mick is a strong, experienced teacher. He loves teaching new students and working with more experienced students, bringing them to a higher level of competency.

Alexandra Tenuta Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Alexandra Tenuta is an amazing guitar teacher and piano teacher, and is so happy to be joining us at School of Rock Arlington Heights. She recently graduated with a BA in Music and is releasing her first album, "Boardwalk." She also enjoys performing live acoustic sets around town. She is a great songwriter and enjoys producing her own music and singing/playing covers of songs she loves. Alexandra’s favorite rock bands are Coldplay and U2. She is looking to bring her enthusiasm and skill set to students to help them grow and achieve their goals.

Kevin Farris Guitar Teacher

Kevin Farris is a singer/songwriter and teaching artist from Mount Prospect, IL. His musical pursuits began at the age of 10, not unlike many of our School of Rock students. Since then, he's toured with his music and performed at some of Chicago's most well known venues such as Metro, House of Blues, Double Door and The Cubby Bear. Kevin is also a music specialist at Chicagoland preschools, park districts and elementary schools, and performs "kindie rock" for kids at libraries across the Midwest. Kevin aspires to stay connected to his creativity and self-expression and aims to inspire kids to do the same.

Colleen Kanowsky Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Colleen Kanowsky is a guitar and bass teacher and also teaches piano at School of Rock Arlington Heights. She graduated from Columbia College in Chicago in May 2017, receiving her Bachelors of Arts in Music degree. She is a practicing guitarist enjoying various genres such as rock, jazz, ambient/post-rock, classical and avant-garde. She is a lead guitarist and a singer/songwriter and plays and leads in many bands. Alternatively, Colleen enjoys jazz band and classical guitar. Colleen loves listening and a calm, zen-like approach to her lessons with her students. She loves to build confidence and see her younger students grow with competency by challenging her more skilled students in ways they did not know was possible.

Jeremy Graff Guitar Teacher

Jeremy Graff is a lifelong guitarist with extensive experience in recording and touring with professional bands, and even holds a gold record. Jeremy gets great pleasure out of sharing his knowledge of the music industry
and guitar playing with music enthusiasts of all ages. Jeremy is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Arlington Heights and is happy to tailor his lessons to the specific areas of interest, needs and ability of beginners to long-time players.

Joshua Reynolds Vocal Instructor

Joshua Reynolds works at School of Rock Arlington Heights as a vocal instructor and studio coordinator. He attended Berklee College of Music for Music Business and Vocal Performance and graduated with honors from Columbia College. Josh has years of experience playing and taking music lessons in vocals and bass guitar. Josh loves listening, playing and teaching music of all different kinds and sharing his experiences to help young musicians grow and develop. Josh recently relocated to the Arlington Heights area after being an accomplished recording artist and touring professional musician. He is also an experienced yoga instructor and loves vegan cooking.

John Lauler Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

John Lauler is a bass guitar teacher, guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Arlington Heights. John is a graduate of Columbia College in Chicago. John enjoys teaching and has been teaching for several years in and around Chicagoland. John's style delivers a refreshing take on classic soul, blues, jazz and rock. He is currently working extensively as the bassist and arranger for Chicago Soul Spectacular, a tribute to the classic soul era of the late 60s and early 70s. In addition to the band’s cover material, Soul Spectacular will be releasing a full-length record of all new original music this summer, featuring collaborations with some of Chicago's finest soul singers. John is also a member of The Cash Box Kings, and will be featured on their upcoming record "Hail To The Kings." John also loves and has experience in Jazz Studies as well.

Will Gingrich Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Will Gingrich is a wonderful multi-instrumentalist and a drum teacher, guitar teacher and piano teacher at School of Rock Arlington Heights. He has been enjoying teaching students in the northwestern suburbs and has quite a following. He loves inspiring drum students who want to succeed in all genres and helping our students reach their potential. He is a composer who is concentrating on drum set and classical percussion. William began pursuing his music education with the Glenbrook South marching band during his senior year of high school, and, from his late entrance into the musical world, he has risen in the ranks. William has distinguished himself with his eclectic style and multi-faceted musicianship. He has performed with legendary jazz musicians such as Jon Faddis and Rufus Reid, while currently being an exceptional percussionist taking on the role of principal percussionist in several symphonic ensembles. He was also the recipient of UIC’s prestigious conducting apprenticeship, in which he led the UIC Symphonic Band in a live performance at The Logan Center for the Arts at The University of Chicago.

Jack Victor Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher

Jake Victor has been a drum teacher and piano teacher for over six years, and is now teaching at School of Rock Arlington Heights. Jake is also an accomplished recording artist in many genres and an active performing musician in Arlington Heights and Chicagoland. Jake’s varied career includes performances at the Chicago Cultural Center, Aon Grand Ballroom, Navy Pier, The Refuge and performances for former mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chaz Ebert, Tom Hurvis, Michael Brown and others. Jake is a graduate from Lawrence Conservatory of Music in 2018 with a major in Percussion Performance and a minor in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. During his studies, he spent four months studying jazz piano abroad at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Rob van Bavel and Hans Vroomans.

One of his greatest strengths is finding ways to be relatable to all ages and types of people and abilities, drawing them into wanting to put the work in to reach their full potential, not only as musicians but in all facets of their lives. His influences range far and wide, including Bach, Ambrose Akinmusire, The Bad Plus, Keith Jarrett, Glenn Kotche, Oliver Messiaen and The Beatles. Jake has a limitless passion for music and inspiring and teaching the next generation to harness that within themselves as well.

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Awesome Music Program!

We were fortunate to find School of Rock for our son. He has really stuck with it and looks forward to lessons and rehearsals every week. He’s learning so much musically but he’s also come so far personally!

More than Music Lessons!

My daughter truly feels so confident and self-assured the minute she walks through the front door. As we watch her confidence soar, we also watch her talent emerge and shine!

Such an important program.

"My 11-year-old has been going for almost a year now and it is amazing how quickly his drum skills have progressed! All the lessons and performance rehearsals are definitely worth the price.

My Little Rocker is So Happy!

Great teachers! Group band lessons are fun and kids start playing popular music on day one. It's the best way to learn.

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