School of Rock Chicago West
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About School of Rock Chicago West

Welcome to School of Rock Chicago West, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Chicago West has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Chicago West, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Chicago West together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Chicago West today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Chicago West
1913 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
US
Main Number
(312) 526-3978(312) 526-3978

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Wednesday3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Thursday6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Friday3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Chicago West, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Chicago West students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Chicago West’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
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Chicago West’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 West, 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 West’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 West’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the absolute best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities and a serious talent for amazing teamwork, our AllStars have the skills and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour – complete with tour busses – for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Chicago West musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows across the country. Our AllStars have performed at Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, Namm, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from experienced, larger-than-life legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash – just to name a few. School of Rock’s AllStars program provides an opportunity unlike any other: to learn to rock the stage for real audiences.

    All AllStars at School of Rock Chicago West can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can excel in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Killer jamming and collaboration with their band
    • A summer full of cool, practical learning-on-the-go
    • Development of advanced instrumental techniques
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!"

  • School of Rock Chicago West is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Chicago West, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Chicago West’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Chicago West’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 West 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 West’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!

  • Our preschool-aged Little Wing students at School of Rock Chicago West learn the creativity, confidence, and lasting experience they need to grow into life-long lovers and practitioners of music. Our exclusive approach to music education opens new doors of fun and excitement for children, from teamwork to the joy of rocking out on a favorite instrument. We create a safe, inclusive environment where music and learning work hand-in-hand to foster amazing growth in our Chicago West Rookies.

    Little Wing students at School of Rock Chicago West enjoy a broad assortment of music-centric games based on some of the most recognizable music in rock and roll history. With great music, a solid foundation in fun, and an environment that fosters real friendships, our students get an opportunity to grow like nowhere else.

    All Students in Chicago West’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 West’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 West.

    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

At School of Rock Chicago West, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Chicago West students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Chicago West’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
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Upcoming Events

    • February 20
      5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

      Rock 101

      Band rehearsal for our students enrolled in our Rock 101 program. Interested? Ask us how your child can join the band!
    • February 21
      6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

      Adult Band Rehearsal

      Join us for our Adults Only band rehearsal! Grab your instrument and join us from 6:30-8 pm every Wednesday evening for a jam sesh!
    • February 27
      5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

      Rock 101

      Band rehearsal for our students enrolled in our Rock 101 program. Interested? Ask us how your child can join the band!
    • February 28
      6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

      Adult Band Rehearsal

      Join us for our Adults Only band rehearsal! Grab your instrument and join us from 6:30-8 pm every Wednesday evening for a jam sesh!
    • March 4
      3:00 PM

      Premier Season Show - The Wall

      Concert
      Come watch these talented kids rock out Pink Floyd's The Wall. Our younger performers will even be providing some killer chorals! This is going to be epic. Doors open March 4 at 2:30 pm at Subterra...
      Come watch these talented kids rock out Pink Floyd's The Wall. Our younger performers will even be providing some killer chorals! This is going to be epic. Doors open March 4 at 2:30 pm at Subterranean Lounge on North Ave.
    • June 18 - 22, 2018

      Beatles Camp

      Summer Camp
      Join us for a 5-day crash course of the Fab Four! Students will learn and play hits from The Beatles each day, culminating in a show for friends and family on the last day of camp. What a great way...
      Join us for a 5-day crash course of the Fab Four! Students will learn and play hits from The Beatles each day, culminating in a show for friends and family on the last day of camp. What a great way to kickstart your summer!

      Students in this camp, like all our camps, will receive private instruction on their instrument along with rehearsing the classic anthems of rock and pop with fellow students in a band setting, culminating in a live performance at a nearby venue for family and friends.
    • June 25 - 29, 2018

      Country Rock Camp

      Summer Camp
      Dive into some musical roots with this 5-day camp exploring the Country Rock genre! Students will be introduced to bands like The Eagles, Neil Young, The Flying Burrito Band, and more country rock ...
      Dive into some musical roots with this 5-day camp exploring the Country Rock genre! Students will be introduced to bands like The Eagles, Neil Young, The Flying Burrito Band, and more country rock pioneers as well as some more contemporary acts like Drive-By Truckers. So slip on those cowboy boots and come rock with us!

      Students in this camp, like all our camps, will receive private instruction on their instrument along with rehearsing the classic anthems of rock and pop with fellow students in a band setting, culminating in a live performance at a nearby venue for family and friends.
    • July 9 - 13, 2018

      Led Zeppelin Camp

      Summer Camp
      When the Levee Breaks on your summer plans, you won't have to run Over the Hills and Far Away to get to this summer's best music camp! Ramble On over to our Led Zeppelin Camp where we'll be playing...
      When the Levee Breaks on your summer plans, you won't have to run Over the Hills and Far Away to get to this summer's best music camp! Ramble On over to our Led Zeppelin Camp where we'll be playing (Immigrant) Songs with a Whole Lotta Love. \m/
      Students in this camp, like all our camps, will receive private instruction on their instrument along with rehearsing the classic anthems of rock and pop with fellow students in a band setting, culminating in a live performance at a nearby venue for family and friends.
    • July 16 - 20, 2018

      Pop Rocks Camp

      Summer Camp
      Students, get ready to dive into today’s top radio hits! Lorde, 21 Pilots, and Cage the Elephant are just some of the ubiquitous hook-weavers we’ll be mastering in this exciting week! Stude...
      Students, get ready to dive into today’s top radio hits! Lorde, 21 Pilots, and Cage the Elephant are just some of the ubiquitous hook-weavers we’ll be mastering in this exciting week!

      Students in this camp, like all our camps, will receive private instruction on their instrument along with rehearsing the classic anthems of rock and pop with fellow students in a band setting, culminating in a live performance at a nearby venue for family and friends.
    • July 23 - 27, 2018

      Rookies Morning Camp

      Summer Camp
      Join us in the mornings this week for a super-fun musical immersion specifically for kids ages 6-8! Students will explore their newfound interest in music through introductions to drums, guitar, ba...
      Join us in the mornings this week for a super-fun musical immersion specifically for kids ages 6-8! Students will explore their newfound interest in music through introductions to drums, guitar, bass guitar, keys, and vocals in this half-day camp. We'll have a mini-performance of the songs students learned on the last day of camp!

      PLEASE NOTE: This camp session runs 9 am- 12 pm Mon-Fri.
    • July 23 - 27, 2018

      Rookies Afternoon Camp

      Summer Camp
      Join us in the afternoons this week for a super-fun musical immersion specifically for kids ages 6-8! Students will explore their newfound interest in music through introductions to drums, guitar, ...
      Join us in the afternoons this week for a super-fun musical immersion specifically for kids ages 6-8! Students will explore their newfound interest in music through introductions to drums, guitar, bass guitar, keys, and vocals in this half-day camp. We'll have a mini-performance of the songs students learned on the last day of camp!

      PLEASE NOTE: This camp session runs 1-4 pm Mon-Fri.
    • August 6 - 10, 2018

      Rolling Stones Camp

      Summer Camp
      Rolling Stones camp is always a gas (gas, gas) for all ages of young musicians! Spend the week learning, rehearsing and performing some of the greatest rock n roll songs ever recorded by the cooles...
      Rolling Stones camp is always a gas (gas, gas) for all ages of young musicians! Spend the week learning, rehearsing and performing some of the greatest rock n roll songs ever recorded by the coolest band of all time.

      Students in this camp, like all our camps, will receive private instruction on their instrument along with rehearsing the classic anthems of rock and pop with fellow students in a band setting, culminating in a live performance at a nearby venue for family and friends.
    • August 13 - 17, 2018

      Ramones Camp

      Summer Camp
      Ramones camp is all about getting today’s young musicians immersed in the greatest American punk band of all time. “Blitzkreig Bop”, “Rockaway Beach”, and “Teenage Lobotomy” are all i...
      Ramones camp is all about getting today’s young musicians immersed in the greatest American punk band of all time. “Blitzkreig Bop”, “Rockaway Beach”, and “Teenage Lobotomy” are all in the mix in this high-energy, nevermind-the-rules week.

      Students in this camp, like all our camps, will receive private instruction on their instrument along with rehearsing the classic anthems of rock and pop with fellow students in a band setting, culminating in a live performance at a nearby venue for family and friends.
    • August 20 - 24, 2018

      Rock 101 Camp

      Summer Camp
      This is the perfect camp for budding rock stars! No prior experience is required...we'll teach you the basic fundamentals such as counting, playing in time, and (the best part in our opinion) playi...
      This is the perfect camp for budding rock stars! No prior experience is required...we'll teach you the basic fundamentals such as counting, playing in time, and (the best part in our opinion) playing with others as a band! This camp is suggested for kids ages 7-12.

      Students in this camp, like all our camps, will receive private instruction on their instrument along with rehearsing the classic anthems of rock and pop with fellow students in a band setting, culminating in a live performance for family and friends on the last day of camp.

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    • Photo of Anthony Rubino
      Anthony Rubino
      Music Director, Guitar and Bass Instructor
      Anthony is a lifelong musician. At the age of eight, he picked up a guitar and found his calling. In the last 13 year he has also become an in-demand bassist, with a feature story in Bass Guitar ma...
      Anthony is a lifelong musician. At the age of eight, he picked up a guitar and found his calling. In the last 13 year he has also become an in-demand bassist, with a feature story in Bass Guitar magazine. He has been an active member of the Chicago music community for the last 25 years playing with bands such as Thirty Days, U.S., Drag, The High Grass Dogs, The Keith Scott Blues Band, The Last Vegas, Kevin Thista's Red Terror, Dorian Taj, and Rivals Of The Peacemaker. He has toured seventeen countries, playing thousands of gigs, recorded over ten albums, played major festivals (Lollapaloosa 2013,Eagle Rock Music Festival, Wing Ding), and even has a song on Guitar Hero II. For the last ten years he has been an instructor and show director at The School Of Rock Chicago and has loved every minute.
    • Photo of Maxx McGathey
      Maxx McGathey
      Keys and Vocals Instructor, Little Wing and Rookies Instructor, Rock 101 Instructor
      Maxx started piano lessons at the age of four (thanks to Mom), studying classical music until his teen years when he discovered rock & roll. Rock led to blues, blues led to jazz, jazz led to funk a...
      Maxx started piano lessons at the age of four (thanks to Mom), studying classical music until his teen years when he discovered rock & roll. Rock led to blues, blues led to jazz, jazz led to funk and so on, giving Maxx a fascination with a wide array of musical traditions. As the leader, main-composer, and keyboardist for the band Gramps The Vamp, Maxx brings his eclectic interests together into a project which has headlined Chicago venues like Lincoln Hall & Metro, has toured the country from coast to coast, and has gained Best New Band recognitions from the Chicago Reader and Deli-Mag Chicago. Maxx has also performed or recorded with the Chicago groups Secret Colours, Divino Niño, and Maxx’s own Pip Pip. His festival appearances include SXSW, Austin Psych Fest, and Ruido Fest, and his film-composer credits include Demonoid (1971) - a short horror film released in 2016. Maxx believes music is an adventure and wants to pass that excitement along to his students!
    • Photo of Ashleigh Gocong
      Ashleigh Gocong
      General Manager, Little Wing and Rookies Instructor
      Ashleigh's love for music began when she first watched her grandmother perform onstage with her ukulele. Her grandmother quickly taught her how to play it... and then Ashleigh went on to learn how ...
      Ashleigh's love for music began when she first watched her grandmother perform onstage with her ukulele. Her grandmother quickly taught her how to play it... and then Ashleigh went on to learn how to play the piano and violin as well. She is an experienced manager at School of Rock, having assumed the duties of Studio Coordinator and interim manager at SoR Chicago until 2015. She has a rare aptitude for working with children of all ages and is delighted to have found in her career the perfect blend of playing music, teaching young people and creating a school that is safe, happy and productive.
    • Photo of Jeffrey Smith
      Jeffrey Smith
      Bass Instructor, Rookies Instructor
      As a third generation musician, Jeff Smith began his love for music at a very young age, starting drums in fourth grade. As a teenager he picked up the bass and spent all of his free time in his ro...
      As a third generation musician, Jeff Smith began his love for music at a very young age, starting drums in fourth grade. As a teenager he picked up the bass and spent all of his free time in his room learning to play songs from his favorite bands. Since then he has played in countless rock bands. He has since studied formally at Norhteastern Illinois University and under Greg Sarchet of the Chicago Lyric Opera, deepening his musical understanding theoretically and practically. Although always a primal rocker at heart!, as a bass player Jeff is fluent in many styles of music including rock, metal, funk, soul/r&b, jazz, classical and the sub genres related to these styles. Jeff loves to teach students not only fundamental theories and concepts, but also how to really have fun playing! Jeff continues to perform all over Chicago in settings ranging from live rock permorances, musical theatre, or his college jazz band and orchestra.​
      • Bass and drum instruction
    • Photo of Miranda-Jean Sprague
      Miranda-Jean Sprague
      Vocals and Keys Instructor, Little Wing and Rookies Instructor
      Miranda has 8 years experience working with children and teens to help them reach their goals! She is currently involved in Chicago's vibrant music scene and was awarded Outstanding Soloist at the...
      Miranda has 8 years experience working with children and teens to help them reach their goals! She is currently involved in Chicago's vibrant music scene and was awarded Outstanding Soloist at the Notre Dame Collegiate Jazz Festival in 2015. Most recently, she was named the Luminarts Jazz Fellow for 2017. She has been featured in Down Beat Magazine as well as WBEZ radio. She has also featured as a background vocalist for local Chicago bands including Zoo, Elle Casazza, Dashtone, and songwriter Zoie Moser. She posesses a tremendous amount of musical insight, knowledge and passion to share with her students to help them sing and play their best!
    • Photo of Kevin Kreller
      Kevin Kreller
      Drum Instructor
      Kevin Kreller is a Chicago-based educator, musician, and drum instructor. When he's not busy teaching eighth grade English and History, he's either rehearsing or performing with his band Great Ocea...
      Kevin Kreller is a Chicago-based educator, musician, and drum instructor. When he's not busy teaching eighth grade English and History, he's either rehearsing or performing with his band Great Ocean Waters or hip-hop artist Dan Kanvis. With twelve years of drumming experience, including performing at venues throughout the Midwest, Kevin is thrilled to be working with School of Rock Chicago West to teach others the craft of playing drums.
    • Photo of Matt Velasco
      Matt Velasco
      Drum Instructor
      Matt believes a good teacher is forever a student, because there is always something to be learned or improved upon. The seed of his love for music was planted around the age of five on the piano, ...
      Matt believes a good teacher is forever a student, because there is always something to be learned or improved upon. The seed of his love for music was planted around the age of five on the piano, and nurtured by his very musically inclined family. Through his formative years he had formal training with multiple instruments including guitar, violin, and the drum set. After a few years of a musical hiatus, after high school and a stint at massage therapy school, Matt realized his true passion was for music. He decided to pursue music seriously and since 2012 has been performing with various ensembles throughout the city of Chicago. As a proponent of diversifying his range of skills in music, he has taken on teaching as a new chapter in his career. He hopes to inspire and challenge his students, and is excited to be a part of the magical, burgeoning community at School of Rock Chicago West!
    • Photo of Bailey Doyle
      Bailey Doyle
      Guitar and Vocals Instructor
      Bailey, aka Bailey Dee, is a successful recording and performing artist based here in Chicago. Her band, Bailey Dee and her Late Night Bait, tours internationally and around the U.S., specializing ...
      Bailey, aka Bailey Dee, is a successful recording and performing artist based here in Chicago. Her band, Bailey Dee and her Late Night Bait, tours internationally and around the U.S., specializing in the music of the 1930-60s in Rhythm & Blues, Rockabilly, Country, Blues, Western Swing and more!
    • Photo of Rick King
      Rick King
      Drum Instructor
      Rick King is a native of the Southside of Chicago. He attended Eastern Illinois University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Music Minor, studying with Percussion Department ...
      Rick King is a native of the Southside of Chicago. He attended Eastern Illinois University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Music Minor, studying with Percussion Department Head Johnny Lee Lane, Marvin Sparks Jr. and Steve Beck. Performing, recording, and teaching for more than twenty years, Rick's resume includes work with many Chicago Blues Legends including Grammy Award Winners Koko Taylor and James Cotton, as well as Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley.

      Rick is a founding member of The Funk Soul Jam Band, Lubriphonic. Extensive national touring over 200 dates a year brought Lubriphonic to The High Sierra Festival, The All Good Festival, The Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, The Gathering Of The Vibes Fest, The Chicago Blues Festival and many more. Lubriphonic opened for acts such as George Clinton And Parliment Funkadelic, Buddy Guy, Galactic, Bruce Hornsby, Robert Randolph, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe and many more.

      Film cedits include B.B. King's History Makers Documentary, as well as Martin Scorsese's award winning documentary "The Blues", and many others.
    • Photo of Taylor Streiff
      Taylor Streiff
      Keys Instructor
      Taylor Streiff was born and raised in St. Louis, MO., playing piano and singing in choir at a young age. While in high school, he rediscovered his love for music, and began focusing primarily on pi...
      Taylor Streiff was born and raised in St. Louis, MO., playing piano and singing in choir at a young age. While in high school, he rediscovered his love for music, and began focusing primarily on piano and keyboards. The great music his parents always played around the house gave Taylor a strong foundation in blues, rock, funk, pop, jazz fusion, and other popular styles. Taylor's style is heavily influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis, Otis Spann, Pinetop Perkins, Steve Winwood, Elton John, Vince Guaraldi, Bruce Hornsby, The Meters, The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead.

      In 2008, Taylor moved to Chicago to study at Columbia College Chicago. While at Columbia, Taylor was an in demand keyboard player for many of the top level student ensembles, and shared the stage with artists Ivan Neville, Kevin Eubanks, Charlie Sexton, Paula Cole, and Joan Osborne. He is currently a member of The Nick Moss Band, with whom he has played over 300 shows across the world, and recorded 3 albums. He is currently working on a solo album to be released in 2018.
    • Photo of Joe Suihkonen
      Joe Suihkonen
      Guitar Instructor
      Joe is a graduate of Oberlin College's Conservatory of Music and has taught private lessons in bass, guitar, drums and piano for students ages 9-25 for over 3 years. He has also taught group lesson...
      Joe is a graduate of Oberlin College's Conservatory of Music and has taught private lessons in bass, guitar, drums and piano for students ages 9-25 for over 3 years. He has also taught group lessons through Band For Today. Joe has been writing, playing and performing his original rock music (and now jazz) for over two decades. He has played with Junior Ranger and more recently with Sarsaparilla on the east coast.
    • Photo of Steven Gilpin
      Steven Gilpin
      Guitar Instructor
      A native of Chicago, Steven Gilpin has been playing guitar and singing for 23 years and is thrilled to be a part of the School of Rock team. Since graduating from Bard College in New York in 2003, ...
      A native of Chicago, Steven Gilpin has been playing guitar and singing for 23 years and is thrilled to be a part of the School of Rock team. Since graduating from Bard College in New York in 2003, he has performed his original songs at many venues in Chicago including Schubas, The Hideout, Beat Kitchen, Uncommon Ground and many more. He teaches ukulele and guitar at Music House in Chicago and is also a professional dog handler and walker.
    • Photo of Charles & Peggy Stevenson
      Charles & Peggy Stevenson
      Owners
      Charles is a former associate professor of International Politics and a 21-year veteran of Chicago's tech community, having started, grown and sold several digital agencies to companies like Adobe ...
      Charles is a former associate professor of International Politics and a 21-year veteran of Chicago's tech community, having started, grown and sold several digital agencies to companies like Adobe and iCiDIGTAL. He started his musical journey when his daughter enrolled at School of Rock in Chicago three years ago. Having a front-row seat to her dozens of concerts, getting to know her teachers, and watching her musical skills explode, he decided it was important to bring School of Rock to more kids in the city. "I knew I had to help as many families as possible experience this amazing program because it is life changing." He sold his latest agency in 2015 and opened SoR Chicago West in West Town. Charles's wife of 23 years, Peggy, is also involved in the school's daily vibrations.
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News

    • Our Premier Show! The Wall

      Come watch our talented kids rock out Pink Floyd's The Wall. Our younger rockers will even be providing some killer chorals too. This is going to be epic! Doors open March 4, 2:30 pm at Subterranea...
      Come watch our talented kids rock out Pink Floyd's The Wall. Our younger rockers will even be providing some killer chorals too. This is going to be epic! Doors open March 4, 2:30 pm at Subterranean on North Ave.!
    • SAVE 20% on ALL Winter and Summer camps with code EARLYBIRD20

      Did you miss out on last week's Black Friday savings? Don't worry! You can still save 20% OFF all our Winter and Summer camps now thru 12/31/17! Use code EARLYBIRD20 at checkout.
    • Entrepreneur Magazine's #1 Child Enrichment Franchise

      School of Rock is America's #1 Child Enrichment Franchise according to Entrepreneur Magazine for the second year in a row! Maybe it's because we live for the music and the kids who play it. Maybe i...
      School of Rock is America's #1 Child Enrichment Franchise according to Entrepreneur Magazine for the second year in a row! Maybe it's because we live for the music and the kids who play it. Maybe it's because of our awesome corporate management, teachers and staff who love their work. Maybe it's because when people get together to play rock n roll, everyone's just happier. Congrats, Schools of Rock around the world!
    • NEW Fall Classes!

      We've added new Little Wing, Rookies, and Rock 101 classes to our Fall schedule! Check it out below: Little Wing (age 3-5) Mondays 4:30-5:15 PM NEW! Tuesdays 3:15-4 PM Wednesdays 4-4:45 PM NEW! Sa...
      We've added new Little Wing, Rookies, and Rock 101 classes to our Fall schedule! Check it out below:

      Little Wing (age 3-5)
      Mondays 4:30-5:15 PM
      NEW! Tuesdays 3:15-4 PM
      Wednesdays 4-4:45 PM
      NEW! Saturdays 10:30-11:15 AM

      Rookies (ages 6-8)
      Mondays 5:30-6:30 PM
      NEW! Tuesdays 5:45-6:45 PM
      Wednesdays 5-6 PM
      NEW! Saturdays 11:30 AM- 12:30 PM

      Rock 101 (ages 8+)
      Tuesdays 5-6:30 PM
      NEW! Saturdays 1-2:30 PM
    • Yo, hello, world!

      This day was a total gas! Local reporters, drones, live music, pizza, cake, raffles and lots and lots of young musicians. A special thanks goes out to all the teachers and staff who worked so hard ...
      This day was a total gas! Local reporters, drones, live music, pizza, cake, raffles and lots and lots of young musicians. A special thanks goes out to all the teachers and staff who worked so hard to make the day a special one. If you missed it, watch the video below!
    • We're finally open!!

      We're FINALLY open! And we're so stoked to be a part of the West Town/East Village/Ukrainian Village community. We offer a free 30-minute demo lesson for all new students so give us a call today to...
      We're FINALLY open! And we're so stoked to be a part of the West Town/East Village/Ukrainian Village community. We offer a free 30-minute demo lesson for all new students so give us a call today to schedule your free lesson! For more information about lessons, enrollment and summer camps, call 312-526-3978 or visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/SoRChicagoWest.

Testimonials

  • “This is a GREAT new addition to the School of Rock family/franchise. The instructors are fantastic and the staff one of a kind. I HIGHLY recommend your rock star kids to join this location and get in on a rising location. If you're thinking of a camp this summer, do it! They're well run and your kids will play a show at the end of the week!”
    - Arlyne C., parent, Chicago, IL
  • “Not only the personal attention my son receives from the instructors and staff, but everyone makes our whole family feel like part of the SOR family. My son is thriving and loving every moment. SOR West does indeed Rock!”
    - Eleni V., parent, Chicago, IL
  • “Personable teacher, Jeff, who can customize the content and pace of guitar lessons to not overwhelm my little girl. Her older sister quit lessons at another school due to how intimidated she felt as just another cog in the teaching method being taught to her.”
    - Matt M., parent, Chicago, IL
  • “I can't tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children. Thank you for everything!”
    - Tim Gallagher, parent, Denver, CO