School of Rock Chicago’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Chicago music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
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 DaProzaDrum 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.
Cheryl grew up listening to hard rock while also singing in children's church choirs and writing songs as early as age six. Inspired by the Riot Grrrl movement and the rise of all-female and female-fronted bands in the 1990s, 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. Her studies eventually led her to Chicago to pursue her Bachelors in Music in Classical Guitar at Loyola University Chicago. 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. She feels truly at home at School of Rock with so much focus being on her first love, rock n' roll!