Ryan YueillGuitar 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. Teaching locally for eight years 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. He teaches a wide group of instruments including guitar, ukulele, mandolin and bass. He has lead numerous successful performance groups covering music from every genre.
Rachel QuinnSinging Teacher, Assistant General Manager
Rachel Quinn 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 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 DeckerBass Guitar Teacher, Music Director
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 his multiple original and cover projects playing venues around Chicagoland, and festivals including PitchFork and South by Southwest. Kevin’s work even includes theatre performances and video game soundtracks. Although the multi-instrumentalist plays each of the main rock instruments, he truly specializes in bass and saxophone. Kevin is the acting Music Director at School of Rock Arlington Heights and is a seasoned Rock 101 and Performance Leader.
Olivia GentileGuitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Olivia Gentile is a multi-instrumentalist with great talent in voice, keys, guitar and ukulele. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education along with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Studies. She is a certified teacher for K-6. Olivia has been teaching music lessons for over five years during college and beyond. She was a performance leader at Rockstar Music Academy and also ran music camps for over 50 children each week in the summer. She has taken her excellent organizational skills and educational background, combined with a passion for music and children, and brings them to our School of Rock Arlington Heights!
James BourkandGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
When James was a kid he wanted to be a violin player and shortly after started playing violin in elementary school. Then he got his first guitar in middle school and quickly realized it was his favorite thing to do. He has been hooked ever since! James played in several bands throughout his high school and college years. James's greatest influences include J.S. Bach, Jimi Hendrix and Wu Tang Clan. Though James now calls Chicago home, he grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he was a student at Ann Arbor's Music Center's rock band school. When James turned 18 he was hired as a teacher at his former school and has been teaching ever since. In 2016, James graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a BA in instrumental performance with a focus in guitar. James performs in multiple bands in the city of Chicago and has multiple recordings in different genres.
Ben AbneyGuitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Ben Abney is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from Chicago, IL. 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. He currently lives in Chicago where he continues to play out, write and record. Ben also plays solo full-time at numerous venues, as well nursing homes all around the Chicagoland area. 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 VolleridePiano Teacher
Brian got his start in music as a trumpeter in the fourth grade and almost quit after the first two weeks. After the trumpet it was the French horn, and then piano and organ. 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. 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! Not so long ago, Brian was on the road playing with the likes of Chi-lites, The Drifters, The Classic 4, Sugar Blue, John Lee Hooker, Lonnie Brooks and Otis Rush. One of his weirdest gigs was in the courtyard of a mansion in Mumbai, India for the country's government elite and Bollywood stars. Brian was born and raised in Chicago and now resides in Wheaton. Brian believes in the power of music to change a life.
Nick FaneGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Nick was born in the west suburbs of Chicago and took a deep interest in music in his early teens. He fostered this interest by learning bass guitar, which took him to Columbia College Chicago's music program. Soon after graduating, and after playing with various local artists across various genres, he was picked up to be the bass player for touring blues outfit The Nick Moss Band. Since then he has shared the stage/bill with artists such as Gary Clark Jr., Kim Wilson of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Elvin Bishop and countless others. He has recorded two studio albums with The Nick Moss Band (with one currently on the way) and has played for audiences of thousands of fans. Nick is a versatile guitar and bass player, skilled in many different styles of popular music. He brings eight years of higher level education and professional touring musician experience, giving him a large pool of insight to bring to any and all applicable situations. He has been teaching students for over eight years and brings his understanding of music theory and bass to School of Rock. Nick graduated from Columbia College in Chicago with a Bachelor of Music in 2013.
Tandaleria RolandSinging Teacher
Tandaleria is a singer, songwriter, producer and concert event coordinator from the westside of Chicago. Tandaleria has been writing music since she was in the fourth grade and has been coordinating indie events since 2012. Tandaleria has been 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 has been inviting 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.