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.
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.