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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock Arlington Heights’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Arlington Heights music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.

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.

Jerry KingDrum Teacher

Jerry King has been playing and teaching drums and percussion in the Chicago area for the past 25 years. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his students regarding music, improvisation, 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.

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!

Blaine BrownSinging Teacher

Blaine Brown is a professional actor and vocalist. Blaine has been a part of musicals such as "Miss Saigon" at Paramount Theatre and "The King & I" at Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre. As a member of the widely acclaimed Late Night Blue jazz group of Elmhurst College, Blaine performed internationally, in the Chicago area and at the nation's second oldest jazz festival. He received the Outstanding Musician Award at the Greeley Jazz Festival in 2012 and performed in the world premiere of "Final Fantasy Distant Worlds" with the Chicago Pops Orchestra. He recorded the "Distant Worlds II" soundtrack for the hugely popular video game company Square Enix. Blaine has also performed in "A Christmas Carol" on PBS. As of right now Blaine is performing as lead male vocalist with the internationally known band Shout Out. Blaine has been teaching for around three years ranging from international to Midwest area students. Senior year of high school was Blaine’s first intro into his musical career. He quickly found that he has a passion and talent for performing. Blaine graduated Elmhurst College with a degree in Music Business.

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.

Elizabeth MarkhamStudio Coordinator

Studio Coordinator 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 RochaDrum Teacher

Julian has been playing drums since the age of four. Formally self-taught, Julian has been in the Chicago music scene since his late teens. A graduate of Northeastern Illinois University with a History and Music degree (and recently returning from a big band jazz tour of China), Julian is really excited at the prospect of giving back to the musician community by teaching at School of Rock.

Brian ReynoldsDrum Teacher

Brian Reynolds has been drumming since he was just 10 years old. His earliest influence was the jazz great Max Mariash, whom Brian was lucky enough to call his instructor. 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 was selected to perform with the Southern Illinois University Jazz Big Band, Jazz Funk and Fusion Bands and was also honored to be selected to perform with jazz legend and sax player Eddie Harris. Brian has enjoyed performing with two of Chicago’s top jazz guitarists, Chuck Tripp and John Moulder. Brian lives in neighboring Palatine, is an active member of the community and is the proud father of five children, several of whom are professional musicians themselves.

Michael HernandezGuitar Teacher

Mick (Michael) Hernandez is a Berklee master certified, professional musician from Chicago. Mick comes to us from the Bridgeport neighborhood, where he studied for 10 years with the legendary teacher Bob Grebb. Mick has travelled all over the Midwest to play and tour. Mick has played on thousands of stages with many different bands. Drawing from his education at Berklee and with Bob Grebb, and adding to his extensive gigging experience and many years of teaching students one-on-one, Mick comes to us at School of Rock to add to our roster of very strong, experienced teachers.

Collin NordineDrum Teacher

Collin has been playing the drums for 13 years and has had played in funk groups, metal bands, progressive rock bands, bluegrass groups, reggae groups and ska groups. He has toured all over the country with various bands and tours regionally currently. Collin has been teaching for over seven years as a private instructor and as a group leader. His teaching philosophy is to really work on the fundamentals and mechanics of drumming, while at the same time allowing the student to develop their own style.

Kevin FarrisGuitar 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.

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