School of Rock Chicago
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About School of Rock Chicago

Welcome to School of Rock Chicago, where students learn to rock their worlds. Perfectly poised in the heart of Chicago’s bustling music ecosystem, School of Rock Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago
3043 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
US
Main Number
(630) 206-4990(630) 206-4990

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Friday2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Chicago's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Chicago'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
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Chicago’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 Chicago, 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 Chicago’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 Chicago’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 Chicago 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 Chicago 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 Chicago, 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 Chicago, 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 Chicago works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Chicago’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 Chicago’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 Chicago 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 Chicago’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 Chicago, 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 Chicago 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 Chicago’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!

  • School of Rock Chicago’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Chicago.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

School of Rock Chicago's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Chicago'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
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Upcoming Events

    • June 2
      12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

      Allman Bros VS. Lynyrd Skynyrd Show

      Motown & Allman Bros VS. Lynyrd Skynyrd Saturday, June 2 Allman VS. Skynyrd 12:00 PM Motown 2:00 PM Sunday, June 3 Motown 12:00 PM Allman VS. Skynyrd 2:00 PM $10 All Ages Chop Shop 2033 W...
      Motown & Allman Bros VS. Lynyrd Skynyrd

      Saturday, June 2 Allman VS. Skynyrd 12:00 PM Motown 2:00 PM
      Sunday, June 3 Motown 12:00 PM Allman VS. Skynyrd 2:00 PM
      $10
      All Ages
      Chop Shop 2033 W North Ave.
    • June 2
      2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      Motown Show

      Motown & Allman Bros VS. Lynyrd Skynyrd Saturday, June 2 Allman VS. Skynyrd 12:00 PM Motown 2:00 PM Sunday, June 3 Motown 12:00 PM Allman VS. Skynyrd 2:00 PM $10 All Ages Chop Shop 2033 W...
      Motown & Allman Bros VS. Lynyrd Skynyrd

      Saturday, June 2 Allman VS. Skynyrd 12:00 PM Motown 2:00 PM
      Sunday, June 3 Motown 12:00 PM Allman VS. Skynyrd 2:00 PM
      $10
      All Ages
      Chop Shop 2033 W North Ave.
    • June 3
      12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

      Motown Show

      Motown & Allman Bros VS. Lynyrd Skynyrd Saturday, June 2 Allman VS. Skynyrd 12:00 PM Motown 2:00 PM Sunday, June 3 Motown 12:00 PM Allman VS. Skynyrd 2:00 PM $10 All Ages Chop Shop 2033 W...
      Motown & Allman Bros VS. Lynyrd Skynyrd

      Saturday, June 2 Allman VS. Skynyrd 12:00 PM Motown 2:00 PM
      Sunday, June 3 Motown 12:00 PM Allman VS. Skynyrd 2:00 PM
      $10
      All Ages
      Chop Shop 2033 W North Ave.
    • June 3
      2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      Allman Bros VS. Lynyrd Skynyrd Show

      Motown & Allman Bros VS. Lynyrd Skynyrd Saturday, June 2 Allman VS. Skynyrd 12:00 PM Motown 2:00 PM Sunday, June 3 Motown 12:00 PM Allman VS. Skynyrd 2:00 PM $10 All Ages Chop Shop 2033 W...
      Motown & Allman Bros VS. Lynyrd Skynyrd

      Saturday, June 2 Allman VS. Skynyrd 12:00 PM Motown 2:00 PM
      Sunday, June 3 Motown 12:00 PM Allman VS. Skynyrd 2:00 PM
      $10
      All Ages
      Chop Shop 2033 W North Ave.
    • June 9
      1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      Jimi Hendrix Show

      Frank Zappa & Jimi Hendrix Shows Saturday, June 9 Jimi Hendrix 1:00 PM Frank Zappa 3:00 PM Sunday, June 10 Frank Zappa 1:00 PM Jimi Hendrix 3:00 PM $10 All Ages Cobra Lounge 235 N. As...
      Frank Zappa & Jimi Hendrix Shows

      Saturday, June 9 Jimi Hendrix 1:00 PM Frank Zappa 3:00 PM
      Sunday, June 10 Frank Zappa 1:00 PM Jimi Hendrix 3:00 PM
      $10
      All Ages
      Cobra Lounge
      235 N. Ashland
    • June 9
      3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

      Zappa Show

      Frank Zappa & Jimi Hendrix Shows Saturday, June 9 Jimi Hendrix 1:00 PM Frank Zappa 3:00 PM Sunday, June 10 Frank Zappa 1:00 PM Jimi Hendrix 3:00 PM $10 All Ages Cobra Lounge 235 N. As...
      Frank Zappa & Jimi Hendrix Shows

      Saturday, June 9 Jimi Hendrix 1:00 PM Frank Zappa 3:00 PM
      Sunday, June 10 Frank Zappa 1:00 PM Jimi Hendrix 3:00 PM
      $10
      All Ages
      Cobra Lounge
      235 N. Ashland
    • June 10
      1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

      Zappa Show

      Frank Zappa & Jimi Hendrix Shows Saturday, June 9 Jimi Hendrix 1:00 PM Frank Zappa 3:00 PM Sunday, June 10 Frank Zappa 1:00 PM Jimi Hendrix 3:00 PM $10 All Ages Cobra Lounge 235 N. As...
      Frank Zappa & Jimi Hendrix Shows

      Saturday, June 9 Jimi Hendrix 1:00 PM Frank Zappa 3:00 PM
      Sunday, June 10 Frank Zappa 1:00 PM Jimi Hendrix 3:00 PM
      $10
      All Ages
      Cobra Lounge
      235 N. Ashland
    • June 10
      3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

      Jimi Hendrix Show

      Frank Zappa & Jimi Hendrix Shows Saturday, June 9 Jimi Hendrix 1:00 PM Frank Zappa 3:00 PM Sunday, June 10 Frank Zappa 1:00 PM Jimi Hendrix 3:00 PM $10 All Ages Cobra Lounge 235 N. As...
      Frank Zappa & Jimi Hendrix Shows

      Saturday, June 9 Jimi Hendrix 1:00 PM Frank Zappa 3:00 PM
      Sunday, June 10 Frank Zappa 1:00 PM Jimi Hendrix 3:00 PM
      $10
      All Ages
      Cobra Lounge
      235 N. Ashland
    • June 16
      1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

      Nirvana Show @ Beat Kitchen

      Nirvana Show + CBGB Show @ Beat Kitchen
      Saturday, June 16 1:30 PM CBGB 3:30 PM
    • June 16
      3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

      CBGB Show @ Beat Kitchen

      Nirvana Show + CBGB Show @ Beat Kitchen
      Saturday, June 16 1:30 PM CBGB 3:30 PM
      $10
      All Ages
      Beat Kitchen
      2100 W Belmont Ave.
    • June 17
      3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

      CBGB Show @ Subterranean

      Nirvana Show + CBGB Show @ Subterranean
      Sunday, June 17 CBGB 3:30 Nirvana 5:30
      $10
      All Ages
      Subterranean
      2011 W North Ave.
    • June 17
      5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

      Nirvana Show @ Subterranean

      Nirvana Show + CBGB Show @ Subterranean
      Sunday, June 17 CBGB 3:30 Nirvana 5:30
      $10
      All Ages
      Subterranean
      2011 W North Ave.
    • June 23
      12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

      Folk Rock Show

      Folk Rock + No Doubt Shows @ Reggie's
      Saturday, June 23 Folk Rock 12:00 No Doubt 2:00
      Sunday, June 24 No Doubt 12:00 Folk Rock 2:00
      $10
      All Ages
      Reggie's
      2105 S State St.
    • June 23
      2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      No Doubt Show

      Folk Rock + No Doubt Shows @ Reggie's
      Saturday, June 23 Folk Rock 12:00 No Doubt 2:00
      Sunday, June 24 No Doubt 12:00 Folk Rock 2:00
      $10
      All Ages
      Reggie's
      2105 S State St.
    • June 24
      12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

      No Doubt Show

      Folk Rock + No Doubt Shows @ Reggie's
      Saturday, June 23 Folk Rock 12:00 No Doubt 2:00
      Sunday, June 24 No Doubt 12:00 Folk Rock 2:00
      $10
      All Ages
      Reggie's
      2105 S State St.
    • June 24
      2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

      Folk Rock Show

      Folk Rock + No Doubt Shows @ Reggie's
      Saturday, June 23 Folk Rock 12:00 No Doubt 2:00
      Sunday, June 24 No Doubt 12:00 Folk Rock 2:00
      $10
      All Ages
      Reggie's
      2105 S State St.
    • June 25 - 29, 2018

      Rock Gods Summer Camp

      Summer Camp
      From Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to Radiohead and the White Stripes, legends from throughout rock and roll history will be featured in this awesome summer camp. Students will get lessons in musica...
      From Led Zeppelin and the Beatles to Radiohead and the White Stripes, legends from throughout rock and roll history will be featured in this awesome summer camp. Students will get lessons in musical instruction and work together towards a goal by learning classic songs from the rock canon, culminating in a live performance for family and friends. What better way to spend summer break than shredding to some of the greatest songs ever written? Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance at a rock venue on Friday. Ages 8+

      Sign Up: https://chicago-sor.pike13.com/courses/157929
    • July 9 - 13, 2018

      Rock N Roll Face Off: Beatles Vs. Stones Summer Camp

      Summer Camp
      The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones. Which one is the greatest rock band of all time? The students of this Beatles vs. Stones summer camp will explore and perform the songs of both of these iconic b...
      The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones. Which one is the greatest rock band of all time? The students of this Beatles vs. Stones summer camp will explore and perform the songs of both of these iconic bands. They will not only get to make their own decision on the answer to that age old question, but also gain an appreciation for both bands’ discographies. Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance at a rock venue on Friday.
      Campers will meet and interact with other young musicians to learn a set of songs all leading up to a final live performance! Programs are taught by our staff of amazing musicians who combine years of technical expertise and knowledge with extensive experience working with kids. Students gain music appreciation, song structure, music fundamentals and teamwork in an amazing rock n' roll environment! New to an instrument? No Problem! We also offer private lesson packages leading up to camp

      Sign Up: https://chicago-sor.pike13.com/courses/157938
    • July 23 - 27, 2018

      Modern Rock Summer Camp

      Summer Camp
      Bands like Foo Fighters, Green Day, Twenty One Pilots, The Killers, and Portugal The Man are keeping the rock and roll tradition alive and well in the modern era. Students in this camp will receive...
      Bands like Foo Fighters, Green Day, Twenty One Pilots, The Killers, and Portugal The Man are keeping the rock and roll tradition alive and well in the modern era. Students in this camp will receive music instruction and lessons in teamwork and achieving goals all while rocking out to great songs by the best modern bands. Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance at a rock venue on Friday.

      Campers will meet and interact with other young musicians to learn a set of songs all leading up to a final live performance! Programs are taught by our staff of amazing musicians who combine years of technical expertise and knowledge with extensive experience working with kids. Students gain music appreciation, song structure, music fundamentals and teamwork in an amazing rock n' roll environment! New to an instrument? No Problem! We also offer private lesson packages leading up to camp!

      Sign Up: https://chicago-sor.pike13.com/courses/157945
    • August 6 - 10, 2018

      Rock N Roll Face Off: Led Zeppelin VS. The Who Summer Camp

      Summer Camp
      Led Zeppelin vs. The Who: Two legendary rock bands, one epic summer camp! Students will receive lessons in musical instruction and working together towards a goal by learning songs from these two c...
      Led Zeppelin vs. The Who: Two legendary rock bands, one epic summer camp! Students will receive lessons in musical instruction and working together towards a goal by learning songs from these two classic bands, culminating in a live performance for family and friends. What better way to spend summer break than shredding to some of the greatest songs ever written? Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance at a rock venue on Friday.

      Campers will meet and interact with other young musicians to learn a set of songs all leading up to a final live performance! Programs are taught by our staff of amazing musicians who combine years of technical expertise and knowledge with extensive experience working with kids. Students gain music appreciation, song structure, music fundamentals and teamwork in an amazing rock n' roll environment! New to an instrument? No Problem! We also offer private lesson packages leading up to camp!

      Sign Up: https://chicago-sor.pike13.com/courses/157952
    • August 13 - 17, 2018

      Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Summer Camp

      Summer Camp
      From classic rock to punk to metal to R&B, this camp will offer songs for every students' tastes as they learn from the best bands in rock history. Students will get lessons in musical instruction ...
      From classic rock to punk to metal to R&B, this camp will offer songs for every students' tastes as they learn from the best bands in rock history. Students will get lessons in musical instruction and working together towards a goal by learning classic songs from the rock canon, culminating in a live performance for family and friends. What better way to spend summer break than shredding to some of the greatest songs ever written? Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance at a rock venue on Friday.

      Campers will meet and interact with other young musicians to learn a set of songs all leading up to a final live performance! Programs are taught by our staff of amazing musicians who combine years of technical expertise and knowledge with extensive experience working with kids. Students gain music appreciation, song structure, music fundamentals and teamwork in an amazing rock n' roll environment! New to an instrument? No Problem! We also offer private lesson packages leading up to camp!

      Sign Up: https://chicago-sor.pike13.com/courses/159715
    • August 20 - 24, 2018

      Rock N Roll Face Off: Tom Petty VS. Neil Young Summer Camp

      Summer Camp
      Tom Petty vs. Neil Young: This camp celebrates two iconic singer-songwriters and their huge musical legacies. True masters of the craft, Tom Petty and Neil Young wrote amazing, accessible songs - b...
      Tom Petty vs. Neil Young: This camp celebrates two iconic singer-songwriters and their huge musical legacies. True masters of the craft, Tom Petty and Neil Young wrote amazing, accessible songs - but also knew how to rock! Students will receive lessons in musical instruction and working together towards a goal by learning songs from these two classic artists, culminating in a live performance for family and friends. Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance at a rock venue on Friday.

      Campers will meet and interact with other young musicians to learn a set of songs all leading up to a final live performance! Programs are taught by our staff of amazing musicians who combine years of technical expertise and knowledge with extensive experience working with kids. Students gain music appreciation, song structure, music fundamentals and teamwork in an amazing rock n' roll environment! New to an instrument? No Problem! We also offer private lesson packages leading up to camp!

      Sign Up: https://chicago-sor.pike13.com/courses/159716
    • August 27 - 31, 2018

      Songs of Summer Summer Camp

      Summer Camp
      Got the Summertime Blues? We've got good news - the Dog Days Are Over! Students in this camp will receive music instruction and lessons in teamwork and achieving goals all while rocking out to grea...
      Got the Summertime Blues? We've got good news - the Dog Days Are Over! Students in this camp will receive music instruction and lessons in teamwork and achieving goals all while rocking out to great rock songs united by a common theme - celebrating summertime. Camp runs M-F 9 am to 3 pm, with a live performance at a rock venue on Friday.

      Campers will meet and interact with other young musicians to learn a set of songs all leading up to a final live performance! Programs are taught by our staff of amazing musicians who combine years of technical expertise and knowledge with extensive experience working with kids. Students gain music appreciation, song structure, music fundamentals and teamwork in an amazing rock n' roll environment! New to an instrument? No Problem! We also offer private lesson packages leading up to camp!

      Sign Up: https://chicago-sor.pike13.com/courses/159717

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Staff

    • Photo of Andy Levenberg
      Andy Levenberg
      Music Director/Show Team Director & Guitar Instructor
      Andy Levenberg has been with the Chicago School of Rock since it opened in 2006. With his once notorious local country-rock band Old No. Eight, he recorded four albums and performed more than 500 s...
      Andy Levenberg has been with the Chicago School of Rock since it opened in 2006. 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 on stations including NPR and WXRT. Last year, he performed more than 150 solo gigs, but this year he's taking it easy. Andy would tell you, if you pressed him, that his four favorite guitar players are Neil Young, J Mascis, David Gilmour and Dickey Betts.
    • Photo of Casey Pilkenton
      Casey Pilkenton
      Studio Coordinator
      Casey Pilkenton's parents raised her in rural Georgia on a healthy diet of deep fried foods and rock music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Since 2007, Casey has filled her days and nights as a writer...
      Casey Pilkenton's parents raised her in rural Georgia on a healthy diet of deep fried foods and rock music from the 60's, 70's and 80's. Since 2007, Casey has filled her days and nights as a writer, actor, and live theater producer here in Chicago-- her current focus is theater for young audiences. You can also catch her at the occasional live lit event reading one of her original pieces. She sings, sometimes rather well, and played the clarinet in her middle school band (never ask her to do that again). Casey is skilled at multitasking, a ruler of logistics and Google calendars, a serious Harry Potter fan, and completely charmed by the talents of the students and teachers at School of Rock. She's seen Fleetwood Mac live (Twice!) and it was life changing, but her heartbeat is David Bowie-- now and forever.
    • Photo of Charles Williams
      Charles Williams
      Guitar/Bass/Vocals/Keys/Drum Instructor
      Charles Williams is quite the accomplished musician. He sang on a platinum gospel album at the age of 5. He has been classically trained on the piano, viola, and voice respectively. In high school,...
      Charles Williams is quite the accomplished musician. He sang on a platinum gospel album at the age of 5. He has been classically trained on the piano, viola, and voice respectively. In high school, he was selected to sing with the Illinois all-state jazz, and honors choirs. While studying vocal music education at Illinois Wesleyan University, Charles toured eastern Europe and the Baltic's with his 60 voice a capela choir. Currently, he is performing with the Localvores, the Bellfry Hollers, and others. With over 20 years of experience, his attitude is really what makes him outstanding. He works very well with youth and is extremely patient. His relaxed personality and his patience make him an awesome fit for Chicago SOR!
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      Cheryl Lawson
      Guitar/Bass Instructor
      Cheryl grew up listening to the current hard rock while also singing in children's church choirs and writing songs as early as age 6.She began formal instrument training in 1992 on the flute and pl...
      Cheryl grew up listening to the current hard rock while also singing in children's church choirs and writing songs as early as age 6.She began formal instrument training in 1992 on the flute and played in concert and marching band.Inspired by the Riot Grrrl movement and the rise of all-female and female-fronted bands in the 1990's, she learned guitar in 1994 and formed her first all-girl band playing guitar and singing her original songs.At age 15, Cheryl was recording her music and immersing herself into the punk scene on the east coast.Triggered from the backlash and downplay of female rockers that she experienced, Cheryl decided to dedicate her life to rock 'n' roll and spreading equality within it and quickly expanded her formal musical training to voice, piano, violin, and drums.Her studies eventually lead her to Chicago to pursue her Bachelors in Music in Classical Guitar at Loyola University Chicago. Cheryl has been teaching music around Chicago for almost 10 years and has been rocking out solo and in female-centric bands around the city for almost 15 years. She enjoys sharing her knowledge of female connected music and women's rock history with organizations like Girls Rock! Chicago, Everybody Rocks, and Chicago Youth Centers.Cheryl has made it her mission to teach people of all genders, races, and ages that they can truly rock and excel on any instrument. Her emphasis is in establishing good habits early on in order to build a solid foundation of confidence and musicianship.She feels truly at home at School of Rock with so much focus being on her first love'¦rock 'n' roll.
    • Photo of Claire Corriveau
      Claire Corriveau
      Voice & Keyboards & Guitar Instructor
      Claire Corriveau has been making a living as a touring/gigging musician for the last ten years. She studied music performance and production at Columbia College Chicago and has played in a variety ...
      Claire Corriveau has been making a living as a touring/gigging musician for the last ten years. She studied music performance and production at Columbia College Chicago and has played in a variety of styles, both solo and as part of a band. She currently splits her time between tours with roots rock band, The Lucky Dutch and teaching private lessons full time. She does metal smithing and embroidery on the side.
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      Jamie Dull
      Drum Instructor
      I'm a Chicago based musician, producer, and drum instructor. I have played drums, guitar, keys, bass, mandolin, percussion, and or provided vocals on over 200 recorded songs and have been playing l...
      I'm a Chicago based musician, producer, and drum instructor. I have played drums, guitar, keys, bass, mandolin, percussion, and or provided vocals on over 200 recorded songs and have been playing live shows since 1998. I currently play drums with SMOKER, Stampy, Mr. World, Of Evermore: The Music of Led Zeppelin and Uncle Jesse & the Rippers: A Tribute to the 90's. On August 18th, 2016 I released the debut album from Electric Villain, an "electronic-ish" psychedelic album featuring special guest appearances from Laura Zielinski and Tony Lee of The Blind Staggers, Zachary Drummond, and Joel Hoekstra of Whitesnake.

      I have self-produced roughly 10 full length albums throughout my career and have performed on over 20. I have played live with (either on stage or a shared bill) and or recorded with Joel Hoekstra (Whitesnake/Trans Siberian Orchestra/Night Ranger/Rock of Ages), Jim Peterik (Survivor/Ides of March), Jimi Jamison (Survivor), Klem Kayes (Survivor/Van Ghost), Jason Schimmel (Estradasphere/Secret Chiefs 3), Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine/The Hue/Stratosphere All-Stars), Mike Keneally (Dethklok/Steve Vai/Frank Zappa/Joe Satriani), Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats/Dethklok/Steve Vai/Joe Satriani), Howard Levy (Bela Fleck & the Flecktones), Fred Breitberg, Rik Emmett (Triumph), Reverend Horton Heat, Bailiff, Don Barnes (.38 Special), Murder By Death, The Heavy Hearses, Ideamen, The Dancehall Twigs, Radiofix, The Blind Staggers, Lobster Newberg, Jim Ward (Sparta/At the Drive-in), Lisa McClowry and Josh Woodward among others.
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      Karolina Prus
      Keyboard & Saxophone Instructor
      Karolina Prus is a multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger from Chicago. She was first inspired to take piano lessons at the age of 5 after hearing her kindergarten teacher play and has been at it ...
      Karolina Prus is a multi-instrumentalist/composer/arranger from Chicago. She was first inspired to take piano lessons at the age of 5 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 5th grade and then added the tenor saxophone in 7th 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 the SoR, and loving life being a student of the music!
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      Katie Kadan
      Vocal/Keyboard Instructor
      Katie Kadan came into this world singing, and by God, she will leave singing!From the time she could talk she could sing.Since the age of three Katie sang not only melody lines but three and four-p...
      Katie Kadan came into this world singing, and by God, she will leave singing!From the time she could talk she could sing.Since the age of three Katie sang not only melody lines but three and four-part harmonies.Katie began performing with her mom and sisters in churches and toured with professional choirs since a very early age. She now plays with her own band, Katie Kadan The Rockwells, all over Chicago singing her soulful originals along with reinvented covers.'Ya see,I don't stick to one genre of music, it's whatever song speaks to me andI role with it. If it is gospel, folk, country, opera or rock n'roll , I'm gonna make that song proud and give it my all.' Katie was classically trained in piano and voice and has taught voice and keyboard for eight years along with directing self - written musicals for children's theatre. It is her passion and excitement of music that encourages her students to pursue their own musical goals.'It's never too early or too late to feel like a Rock Star!' Katie is pumped about being on the School Of Rock team and is ready to train and encourage young people to express themselves through the love of music.
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      Keith DaProza
      Music Director/ Rock 101 Director & Drum Instructor
      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. Perform...
      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, Summer Fest in Milwaukee (2004-2013) the legendary Surf Ball Room in Clear Lake Iowa and not to mention, Schwagstock in the Ozarks of Missouri and Shank Hall in Milwaukee, Wi. Keith is also involved in a long-term recording project 'WorkShopJones' which evolved from a group of friends with a mutual interest in woodshedding, writing and recording. Keith joined SOR 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. 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 frequently. Performing with a cover/tribute outfit has earned Keith the prestige of playing many esteemed venues including Park West Chicago, Summer Fest in Milwaukee (2004-2010) the legendary Surf Ball Room in Clear Lake Iowa and not to mention, Schwagstock in the Ozarks of Missouri and Shank Hall in Milwaukee, Wi. Keith stays current with a variety of Singer/Song Writers and session players around town. Keith is also involved in a long term recording project, Hot Soup. Which evolved from a group of friends with a mutual interest in woodshedding, writing and recording, hangin out and being cool. Most recently Keith can be found around the region playing for Railway Records, an independent group of local acoustic artists. Keith joined SOR shortly after the very first show season and hasn't looked back. Scaling back his performance schedule to focus on SOR, he enjoys the duties and responsibilities of music direction and drum set instruction. He is also responsible for directing and developing Rock 101.
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      Kyra Leigh
      Vocal & Keyboard Instructor
      Kyra Leigh is a southerner with classical training who finally made it across the Mason/Dixon Line. She has an extensive background in both music and theatre. She's been an instructor at the School...
      Kyra Leigh is a southerner with classical training who finally made it across the Mason/Dixon Line. She has an extensive background in both music and theatre. She's been an instructor at the School of Rock since October, 2011. In Chicago, she has performed with theaters such as the Jeff Award-winning Theo Ubique and The National Pastime Theatre and acts as the music director for the Theatre of Western Springs. She's also performed as a solo singer/songwriter and with her former band, Fatally Cool (who were asked to audition for America's Got Talent!) at venues such at Mary's Attic, Red Line Tap, Martyr's, Park West, Davenport's Piano Bar & Cabaret, and The Abbey Pub. She's also a singer, pianist, and composer for North Shore Baptist. As a teacher, she's taught in a wide range of settings from private lessons to group/classroom settings working with a wide variety of students from special needs kids to professional adults. Part theatre rock, dark cabaret, and chamber pop, she combines them all for your viewing, listening, and teaching pleasure.
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      Paul Wandtke
      Drum Instructor
      Paul Wandtke is an accomplished drummer, singer/songwriter, producer and educator. Most recently Paul drummed for the world famous metal band Trivium and the world famous musical Rock of Ages. Paul...
      Paul Wandtke is an accomplished drummer, singer/songwriter, producer and educator. Most recently Paul drummed for the world famous metal band Trivium and the world famous musical Rock of Ages. Paul has taken the world stage in over 48 countries playing in front of 40,000 to 100,000 capacity crowds at such festivals as Belgiums’s Graspop Metal Meeting 2016, Download France 2016, Chicago Open Air 2016 and many many more. Currently, Paul can be seen with his own band, Bedlem, and the national Nirvana cover band, Smells Like Nirvana. He also manages the audio/media production company, SYFTS. Paul studied at Berklee College of Music, and is a columnist for Modern Drummer and Sick Drummer Magazine.
      Find out more at www.paulwandtke.com.
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      Ryan Canfield
      General Manager
      Ryan started with the Chicago School of Rock in January, 2016. Prior to this, Ryan worked at two other School of Rock locations, including our neighbors in Oak Park. Ryan loves how inspiring, humbl...
      Ryan started with the Chicago School of Rock in January, 2016. Prior to this, Ryan worked at two other School of Rock locations, including our neighbors in Oak Park. Ryan loves how inspiring, humbling, and downright awesome it is to watch kids rock! Growing up playing drums in bands throughout high school, School of Rock has allowed him to tap back into his love of music and share the experience with kids and their families. Before starting with School of Rock, Ryan worked at a wilderness therapy program in Utah backpacking with troubled teens.
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      Ryan Farnham
      Drum Instructor
      After being able to sing all of the lyrics to entire Beatles and Guns Roses records by the age of 5, young Ryan could not wait to start playing drums in fifth grade band class. He went on to lead ...
      After being able to sing all of the lyrics to entire Beatles and Guns Roses records by the age of 5, young Ryan could not wait to start playing drums in fifth grade band class. He went on to lead his schools' Symphonic, Marching, Pep and Jazz bands - but always knew that Rock Music was his true calling. After spending most of his high school years playing and releasing vinyl with Punk outfit The Valentines (and turning down his acceptance to Berklee College of Music), he andtwo friends started a rock band called Catfish Haven; despite receiving offers from several major labels, Catfish Haven signed to the elite independent label Secretly Canadian records. They lived in a van paying 150 shows a year in North America and Europe, sharing the stage with Kings of Leon, My Morning Jacket, North Mississippi All-Stars and Band of Horses. In Chicago, Catfish Haven played at prestigious venues (including Ravina, The Riviera Theater, House of Blues, Park West, Metro andLincoln Hall) and at the music festival Lollapalooza. Their music was in regular rotation on 93.1WXRT, The BBC and MTV2. Today, he is focused on teaching music to the next generation, as well asperforming and recording withseveral different Chicago bands(such asPaleo, Michelles, and The Kickback).
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      Ryan O'Toole
      Vocal & Keyboard Instructor
      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, study...
      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. The record will be out in the summer followed by their first tour! 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.
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      Tessa Hoffman
      Voice Instructor
      Tessa Hoffman is a recent transfer to Chicago after receiving a Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She has been singing and acting on stage for over ten years an...
      Tessa Hoffman is a recent transfer to Chicago after receiving a Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She has been singing and acting on stage for over ten years and is looking forward to see what amazing performance opportunities Chicago has to offer. Currently she lives with her dog, Bear, and works in a Jazz restaurant on Michigan avenue. When she's not working she likes to spend time playing video games and taking classes at the Second City. Most recently Tessa performed the Vanessa Williams track of Sondheim on Sondheim at the University of Iowa. Some of her favorite musical artists are The Alabama Shakes, Bob Dylan, Daughter, Hozier, The Killers, Laura Marling, Sia, Shovels and Rope, Two Door Cinema Club, and many more. She is very excited to be teaching at the School of Rock and can't wait to see the students rock their shows!
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      Zach Drummond
      Guitar/Bass/Keys/Vox/Drum Instructor
      Zach Drummond , from Huntington, West Virginia, began his musical journey formally as a piano and organ student at the age of 7. A true performer by 10, he began studying trumpet, and while conti...
      Zach Drummond , from Huntington, West Virginia, began his musical journey formally as a piano and organ student at the age of 7. A true performer by 10, he began studying trumpet, and while continuing to grow as a musician, added drum-set and guitar to his musical arsenal in high school. A move to Chicago to attend Columbia College in 2001 brought Zach and a handful of instruments to the city. He quickly began playing and writing music with a couple of roommates and formed Mad Hornet After Hour, an original rock music/occasional improv comedy project that went on to rock some of the Midwest's best venues and festivals. Amidst all the fun playing lead guitar in a rock band, Zach rediscovered his love for trumpet and piano while studying Music Education at Northeastern Illinois University. Before becoming a music teacher, however, he learned the ropes of music engineering and production as a session musician with TrackForce Productions (a collaborative team that has provided music for the Oprah Winfrey Show, The Dr. Oz Show, MTV's Sixteen and Pregnant, and other nationally syndicated programs). A music teacher since 2009, Zach is happy to be a part of the staff and teach with the Little Wing program, private lessons, and now as an Assistant Director in the performance program!

News

    • School of Rock Chicago Kicks Out the Jams on ABC7 Morning News!

      Check out members of our Show Team on the ABC7 Morning News! Click the link to see the full video! http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/school-of-rock-jams-out-at-riot-fest/1514260/
    • School of Rock Chicago on WZRD 88.3 FM!

      School of Rock Chicago played on WZRD 88.3 FM! You can stream our set here https://www.mixcloud.com/WZRDChicago/chicago-school-of-rock-live-on-wzrd-883fm-chicago-22617/
    • Show Team playing with School of Rock AllStars!

      Catch Show Team rocking with the School of Rock AllStars Friday, August 4 at Cobra Lounge and Saturday, August 5 at Schuba's! More Info & Tour Dates: http://www.schoolofrock.com/allstars2017 TIC...
      Catch Show Team rocking with the School of Rock AllStars Friday, August 4 at Cobra Lounge and Saturday, August 5 at Schuba's!

      More Info & Tour Dates: http://www.schoolofrock.com/allstars2017

      TICKETS: http://www.schoolofrock.com/allstars2017

Testimonials

  • “The instructors are true rock professionals, and the students are given the opportunity to perform like rock stars!”
    - Anthony M, Chicago, IL
  • “School of Rock. The best music school anywhere. This whole idea of getting kids not just taking lessons and learning notes and chords, but learning songs and playing with other young musicians, and getting out on stage… I was so impressed that my daughter Cheyenne goes to School of Rock on Long Island.”
    - Dee Snider, Twisted Sister
  • “This program provides an outstanding outlet for my son outside of home and school. He has flourished in the program and is much more outgoing and social. He also has a lot more confidence. The teachers are working musicians and mentors to the kids.”
    - Jeff H, Chicago IL
  • “I can't say enough good things about SORChicago. The teachers are firstrate. They not only teach music, but also teamwork and professionalism. They're a welloiled machine. A great place for a kid to learn how to play an instrument and build confidence with an incredible support system of other students and caring teachers and staff. Truly a second home to my 15 yo son. Love you, SORChicago. You're changing lives!”
    - Nancy H, Chicago, IL