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School of Rock Chicago
3254 N Lincoln Ave
Unit B
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 857-3804
  • Monday: 12:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 12:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 12:30 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: 11 PM - 4 PM

Upcoming Closures:

  • 12/25/2020: Closed
  • 01/01/2021: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Chicago, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Chicago 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

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 Chicago, 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
Ages 5-7

At School of Rock Chicago, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 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

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 Chicago, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. 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 8-18

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Chicago'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 Chicago have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Chicago are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Chicago 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 18-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
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Chicago 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 Chicago Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Chicago music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Chicago'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 Chicago music venue.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Chicago, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Chicago is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Chicago who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

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

School of Rock Chicago'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 Chicago 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 Chicago.

What To Expect

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 Chicago 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 Chicago.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 12-18

The School of Rock Chicago House Band music program gives students under 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 Chicago'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

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 Chicago 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
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

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.

Music Lessons in Chicago

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Chicago, 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 Chicago is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Chicago 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 Chicago'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 Chicago, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Chicago, 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 Chicago, 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 Chicago. Unlike other Chicago 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

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 Chicago, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago, 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 Chicago 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

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Chicago, 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 Chicago.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago, 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
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Chicago 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 Chicago, 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 Chicago. 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 Chicago, 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 Chicago 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 Chicago Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Chicago 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 Chicago music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Chicago, 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 Chicago, 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 Chicago’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.

Manager of Music Education

Andy Levenberg Manager of Music Education

Andy Levenberg has been with the Chicago School of Rock since it opened in 2006, and currently has a dual role as Manager of Music Education for School of Rock and Music Director for the Chicago location. With his once notorious local country-rock band Old No. Eight, he recorded four albums and performed more than 500 shows around the country. He also fronted the short-lived sci-fi conspiracy-rock band Chemtrails. Andy's written hundreds of songs, a couple of which received nationwide airplay, including on stations such as NPR and WXRT, and has performed well over 1,000 shows with various bands, as a solo performer and as a sideman. Andy tells everyone who will listen that his favorite guitar players are Neil Young, J Mascis, David Gilmour and Dickey Betts.
Drum Teacher

Keith DaProza Drum Teacher

Keith DaProza has been an active participant in the professional music scene in Chicago for about 20 years. He is a founding member of Think Floyd USA and travels with the band regularly. Performing with a cover/tribute outfit has earned Keith the prestige of playing many esteemed venues including Park West Chicago, Summerfest in Milwaukee (2004-2013), the legendary Surf Ball Room in Clear Lake, Iowa, Schwagstock in the Ozarks of Missouri and Shank Hall in Milwaukee, WI. Keith joined School of Rock shortly after the very first show season in 2006 and hasn't looked back. He enjoys the duties and responsibilities of music direction, drum set instruction and grooming the new young talent in Rock 101.

Karolina Prus Piano Teacher

Karolina Prus is a multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger from Chicago. She was first inspired to take piano lessons at the age of five after hearing her kindergarten teacher play and has been at it ever since. Growing up, she was heavily influenced by her father’s obsession with classic rock, her mother’s love for dance and pop music, and the classical music she was studying in her private lessons. She picked up the clarinet in fifth grade and then added the tenor saxophone in seventh when she started getting into jazz and Latin music.

Karolina has a Bachelor of Music degree from Columbia College Chicago through which she got many opportunities to play with jazz greats such as Gerald Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Lee Konitz and many more. In addition to playing jazz and classical music Karolina has experience playing Latin, musical theater, rock, pop, funk, and R&B in a variety of settings and ensembles. So far, her favorite venue she has played at was the Chicago Theater (what an incredible space!).

Her favorite musicians/composers (to name a few) are Stan Getz, Joao Gilberto, Frederic Chopin, Stan Kenton, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Anderson Paak and Disclosure (as you can tell, her musical interests span the whole range of the spectrum). She is currently working as a freelance musician and arranger, teaching at School of Rock and loving life being a student of the music.

Rae Amitay Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Drums Teacher

Rae Amitay started her musical journey as a pianist raised on classic rock, and her love for heavier genres of music drew her to drums at the age of 14. Three years later, she was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. While pursuing her degree in Professional Music, she studied with drumming legends such as Rod Morgenstein (Winger, Dixie Dregs), Mike Mangini (Dream Theater, Extreme) and Dave DiCenso (Cro-Mags, Duran Duran, Josh Groban).

While at Berklee, Rae was a drummer and vocalist for Berklee's metal ensemble and string metal ensemble. She performed material by Gojira, Megadeth, Periphery and more, honing her ability to learn challenging songs by ear as well as with charts and notation.

Graduating a year early to begin her professional drumming career in the "real" world, she immediately began touring with the Polaris Prize-nominated sludge metal band Mares of Thrace in 2012. Following her move to Chicago, she embarked on several national tours with the thrash/doom band Castle. In 2013, she formed her own band, Immortal Bird. They have toured extensively, playing shows and festivals around the world and sharing the stage with bands such as Darkest Hour, Magrudergrind, Rotten Sound, Immolation, Pelican and many more.

In 2016, Rae recorded drums for the experimental rock band Eight Bells, then toured with them as direct support for Vektor and Voivod. In addition to her work in Immortal Bird and as a session/touring drummer, she also plays in Thrawsunblat, a blackened folk metal band based in New Brunswick, Canada. Rae's entire world revolves around music, and she is so excited to be furthering her musical life by teaching at School of Rock Chicago.

Ryan O'Toole Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Ryan O'Toole has been working at School of Rock Chicago since September of 2016. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May of 2016 with a BA in Contemporary, Urban and Popular Music, studying vocal performance, songwriting, music business and many other facets of the music world. Currently, Ryan is playing shows and recording his debut album with his band, Flora, which he fronts and writes songs for. Some of Ryan's biggest influences include The Beatles, The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Janelle Monae, Frank Ocean and endless others. When he's not doing musical activities, he can be found watching the Cubs, reading about the Cubs or talking about the Cubs. He also really loves pizza.

Thair Thompson Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Thair (pronounced Tie-Air) Thompson is a 24-year-old vocalist who brings people together through the honesty of his music. You may have heard his voice on Chicagoland commercials or around the city with his alternative band Astro Samurai. He is a conservatory-trained musician who plays piano, percussion and guitar and is an accomplished live looper. His passion for educating comes from a long line of teachers in his family. He wants to help all students unlock their potential and exact pitch, expand their range and make them adaptable to all types of music.

Jamie Dull Drums Teacher

Jamie Dull is a Chicago-based musician, producer and drum instructor. Jamie has played drums, guitar, keys, bass, mandolin, percussion and provided vocals on over 200 recorded songs and has been playing live shows since 1998. Jamie currently play drums with Smoker, Stampy, Mr. World, Of Evermore: The Music of Led Zeppelin and Uncle Jesse and the Rippers: A Tribute to the 90s. Jamie has self-produced roughly 10 full-length albums throughout his career and has performed on over 20. He played live with and/or recorded with Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake/Trans Siberian Orchestra/Night Ranger/Rock of Ages), Jim Peterik (Survivor/Ides of March), Jimi Jamison (Survivor) and Klem Kayes (Survivor/Van Ghost) to name a few.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.


The skill of the instructors is top-notch.

The staff is the most helpful and accommodating ever and the support and love that radiates through the entire community there as a whole is like no other.


He is constantly learning and growing here.

I love that my son has a lesson and then a rehearsal each week. He has amazing teachers and it's like a team sport. You have to play your position so that your group delivers a great performance.


The enthusiasm of the instructors is fantastic.

It is what keeps my kids interested and excited to practice and get ready for the next lesson. The structure is also great. I'm confident my kids are learning valuable music skills.


My kid is having so much fun!

She's getting a sense of her capability, and there is room for everyone. School of Rock is just terrific.