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School of Rock Elmhurst
105 N Maple Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126
(630) 750-7625

Location Specifics

Across the tracks from the Elmhurst Public Library and next to the Elmhurst YMCA.

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  • Monday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/24/2021: Closed
  • 11/25/2021: Closed
  • 11/26/2021: Closed

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

Programs we offer

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

At School of Rock Elmhurst our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Elmhurst, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children in Elmhurst
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Elmhurst, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 to 7-years-old) is called Rookies. Rookies students have one weekly group music lesson where they learn fundamentals like chords, rhythm and song structure. Kids get to learn and experiment with multiple instruments so they can later decide which one they ultimately want to continue pursuing in Rock 101.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire students to learn and develop a strong musical proficiency. At School of Rock Elmhurst, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. No prior musical experience is needed for Rookies. Once your child is ready for private music lessons (typically older than first or second graders), they will graduate into our Rock 101 program.

Rock 101 music program in Elmhurst for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Elmhurst's top programs for kids and beginners. Students have one weekly group rehearsal where they learn to play classic rock songs that have been simplified for beginner musicians. Additionally, Rock 101 students in Elmhurst have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Elmhurst are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Elmhurst who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-years-old) can begin Rock 101 without any prior experience. The goal of this rock program is to quickly develop a basic competence on students’ chosen instruments before moving on to our famous Performance Program.

Performance music program for teens in Elmhurst
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Elmhurst is our hallmark music program, where tens of thousands of students enroll each year. It consists of a weekly group rehearsal where kids and teens learn by playing rock music's most iconic songs with a band composed of their peers. Students are assigned songs and parts that are tailored to them based on their age, experience and ability to learn new skills and concepts. Students then work through their parts in weekly private music lessons, refining the skills and concepts that those songs introduce. The goal of this curriculum is to prepare kids and teens for live performances. Every few months, School of Rock Elmhurst Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Elmhurst music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Elmhurst's music programs for kids and teens are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing. All of our other music education programs focus on readying students for our famous Performance Program. This is where students develop incredible musical skills. Performance Program students have often gone through our Rock 101 program first or have some previous basic music experience. These young musicians will have custom development plans outlined by their instructors with key concepts reinforced during private lessons and group rehearsals, all with the goal of performing live at a Elmhurst music venue.

Age 12 and over

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

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

The Path to Take the Stage

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

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

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

What To Expect


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

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

School of Rock Elmhurst's Adult Program is for students over 18 years old who are looking to either improve their musical proficiency or pick up an instrument with no prior musical experience. As with most School of Rock music programs, the Adult Program uses a performance-based music education approach. This means the curriculum focuses on learning music concepts and applying them in a live performance setting. Our Adult Music Program includes one weekly private music lesson and a weekly group rehearsal. Every student at School of Rock Elmhurst is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Elmhurst.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

All of our music programs are designed to inspire by getting students on stage and performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency along the way. The School of Rock Elmhurst Adult Program is open to all experience levels and each student will follow a customized learning plan developed by their instructor. Adult students will work together during rehearsal to prepare for a live performance at a real rock venue in Elmhurst.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Elmhurst
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Elmhurst House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Elmhurst's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at IL rock venues throughout the year.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Performance is the core of School of Rock's educational approach. Therefore, we create additional opportunities for students to perform on stages throughout Elmhurst and the rest of IL. The House Band music program allows each school's most talented students the opportunity to join a band and play routinely in front of live audiences. Once a member, students will gain real music experience associated with gigging musicians and will become leaders and mentors inside the School of Rock community.

The AllStars national tour features the best child and teen musicians
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a nationwide summer tour across the United States. Less than 1% of School of Rock students are selected each year to represent School of Rock as an AllStar. All Performance Program students are eligible to audition for this prestigious program. The intensive audition process starts off with video submissions followed by live auditions. Once selected, AllStar students will have an authentic touring experience including traveling on a tour bus, doing tour publicity and starring in nightly performances at famous venues and festivals during a two-week tour.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Becoming an AllStar is the highest level of achievement for a School of Rock student. They play on legendary stages large and small, including The Knitting Factory, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Troubadour and Lollapalooza. AllStar students often go on to have accomplished careers in the music industry. Former AllStars have gone on to become touring artists, star in Broadway musicals, get signed to record deals, become finalists on talent competitions like "The Voice" and "American Idol" and have other notable roles in the music industry.

Music Lessons in Elmhurst

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Elmhurst

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Elmhurst, we offer beginner guitar lessons for kids. Our expert guitar instructors guide your child from start to finish with private instruction and weekly group band rehearsals. Every instructor at School of Rock Elmhurst is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Elmhurst guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

It’s never too late to learn to play the guitar. Similar to our kids guitar lessons, School of Rock Elmhurst's beginner guitar lessons for adults utilizes a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach adult students through popular rock songs, and teach students to play guitar in a way that’s challenging and fun. We believe the best way to learn is by doing, which is why we combine weekly private guitar lessons with group band rehearsals. At School of Rock Elmhurst, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Elmhurst venue.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

As students gain skills and experience, we move them along to more challenging programs at higher skill levels. Intermediate and advanced students take the skills they learned in beginner guitar lessons, and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Elmhurst offers advanced guitar lessons for kids and adults that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Elmhurst guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Elmhurst

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Elmhurst is the best option for anyone looking to learn the drums. Our beginner drum lessons get kids behind the drum kit and on their way to taking the stage. That’s why at School of Rock Elmhurst we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Elmhurst, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Elmhurst, our beginner drum lessons for adults are built for musicians with little to no experience. We teach adults using the same core performance-based education philosophy as our drum lessons for kids—performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Adult students will perform live at a venue in Elmhurst. Unlike other Elmhurst drum lessons for beginners, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

More experienced to advanced drum students need a drum lesson curriculum that builds upon foundational skills and continues to grow musical proficiency. That’s why at School of Rock Elmhurst, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Elmhurst drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock Elmhurst

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Elmhurst offers beginner singing lessons for kids. Our unique, performance-based approach develops students' musical proficiency by preparing them to perform live. At School of Rock Elmhurst, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Elmhurst teaches adults how to sing in our innovative Adult Program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. Adult vocalists learn how to keep tempo, stay on-key and master advanced vocal techniques for a powerful and healthy voice. Our curriculum teaches students how to sing by using popular rock songs that emphasize key concepts. Each week, Adult Program students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Key Concepts

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Elmhurst, our singing lessons for kids and adults are designed to help our students reach a high degree of musical proficiency. Intermediate and advanced singers take skills learned from previous singing lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. Our advanced singing lessons teach students to sing by performing popular rock songs that illustrate a specific vocal concept or technique. We pair weekly private singing lessons with weekly band rehearsals with the goal of getting musicians to perform live in Elmhurst.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Elmhurst

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Elmhurst offers beginner bass guitar lessons for kids that blend weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. This performance-based approach results in a high level of musical proficiency because it engages and inspires students. Every School of Rock bass instructor is a practicing musician in Elmhurst and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

Adults looking to learn bass guitar can enroll in School of Rock’s Adult Program. No experience is necessary in our beginner bass guitar lessons for adults. At School of Rock Elmhurst, our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help adult students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons for adults ciriculum is performance-based, and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Elmhurst students the skills they need to become the backbone of a band. Students take skills from previous bass lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. At School of Rock Elmhurst, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock Elmhurst

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Elmhurst. Our curriculum is performance-based, meaning that we prepare students to perform. Our piano lessons for beginners combine weekly private instruction with weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock Elmhurst, our beginner keyboard lessons for kids take key concepts and music fundamentals—finger placement, scales, key differentiation and more—and teach them through popular rock songs. This approach inspires and engages students, which results in attaining a high level of musical proficiency. Our piano teachers have years of experience teaching music in the Elmhurst area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Elmhurst Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Elmhurst area learn to play piano through a combination of weekly private beginner piano lessons and weekly band rehearsals. At School of Rock, our piano lessons give adult students the chance to perform in a band at local Elmhurst music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Elmhurst, our keyboard lessons for kids and adults are designed to help students get results. Intermediate and advanced students take skills learned from beginner keyboard lessons and layer on more advanced piano techniques with concepts. Our local keyboard instructors are all practicing musicians in Elmhurst, and use popular rock songs as a way of teaching complex skills. We pair weekly private piano lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Elmhurst’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.

Studio Coordinator Mackenzie Gora

Mackenzie Gora Studio Coordinator, Little Wing Teacher

Kenzie first fell in love with music when she found her dad's copies of Queen's Greatest Hits and "Songs About Jane" by Maroon 5, and still remembers the dances she made up to them in her childhood bedroom. For over eighteen years, she has been involved with music at multiple capacities, whether performing, learning, listening, or teaching. Previously an instructor at SOR, Kenzie is now taking on the role of Studio Coordinator. She is working towards her master's degree in School Counseling at Northeastern Illinois University and is excited to think about counseling theories while listening to some great music!

Tommy Evans Music Director

Emanating from the windy city of Chicago, IL, Tommy Evans has been immersing himself in rock and roll culture and technique for 10 years, striving to conquer any instrument in front of him. In 2009, he conceptualized the rock band Secret Colours. Since then he has led them around the US landscape performing at notable venues such as 1st Ave in Minneapolis, Lincoln Hall in Chicago and Pianos on the lower east side of Manhattan. He has gigged in the festivals Austin Psych Fest and SXSW. Some of his songs have been featured in the TV shows "Graceland," "Royal Pains" and "Californication." Concurrently, he has worked with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Gomez, Sage Francis, Iron & Wine) to sharpen the edges of Secret Colours' sophomore album, "Peach."

He graduated from Colombia College with a BA in Audio Design and Production. There he worked in real studio environments, becoming efficient in a range of analog and digital recording platforms.

Collin Bullock General Manager

Collin A. Bullock was born in Champaign, IL back in the dark, synth-laden days of the 1980s. He started playing guitar at the age of fifteen in an attempt to impress girls. The results have been mixed. He played in rock and roll bands through high school and college, toured the Midwest in a van that smelled terrible and played more power chords than you can shake a stick at. He once knew how to play the entirety of "Angel Of Death" by Slayer, but he has since forgotten it. His favorite guitarists are Billy Corgan, David Gilmour and Johnny Greenwood. Collin likes effects pedals and teaching kids how to rock! Collin currently plays bass in the band bloodmoney who actively gigs and records in Chicago.

Andy Wilmoth Drum Teacher

Andy Wilmoth is a dedicated drummer and percussionist. He relocated to Chicago in 2016 to play drums for musical theatre after spending the former eight years in Nashville, Tennessee. Originally from West Virginia, Andy began playing at age 10. Since then he has formed, rehearsed and booked bands of all styles. Andy developed a strong passion for music at a young age, and credits this to amazing teachers in his hometown and also at West Virginia University where he studied music. Through college Andy worked with local high school drum lines and percussion ensembles in addition to teaching private lessons. In Nashville he gigged and recorded with local artists of every style. Whether it was a soul jazz group, a 10-piece funk band or a tasteful singer-songwriter situation, he has always enjoyed learning new material, collaborating with other musicians and challenging himself. Music education and sharing his experiences is very important to Andy, and he is thrilled to be joining the School of Rock team.

David Hubbel Guitar Teacher

David Hubbell is a guitarist, singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Elmhurst, IL. David cut his teeth performing in experimental punk rock bands at DIY venues around the Midwest in his early teenage years. Along the way, he has performed and studied many forms of rock, jazz, blues, country and classical guitar as well as adopted the trade of repairing, modifying, restoring and setting up guitars, basses and other stringed instruments. Currently he performs music solo as well as with fellow School of Rock instructor and singer/songwriter Maddy Marsan. In his never-ending quest to expand his musical vocabulary, David hopes to help inspire students to expand theirs as well.

CJ Grandberry Drum Teacher

Born in Memphis, TN, Christopher Grandberry (CJ) was raised in Naperville, IL. CJ began his musical journey on the trombone/tuba but eventually redirected his passion towards the drums at the age of 14. With the backbone influences of jazz, rock, hip-hop and African music, CJ garners inspiration from many genres and currently plays all over the Chicagoland area with his band, Fall Classic. CJ loves sharing his musical passion with his students and watching them progress throughout their musical development until they’re playing onstage with the masters.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Madison Stolzer

Madison Stolzer Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Madison Stolzer's passion for music began when he received his first bass guitar in the sixth grade, but it was refined and developed by the teachers and directors at his two-time Grammy Award-winning high school, Neuqua Valley in Naperville. During his four years with the NVHS music department, Madison played the (upright) bass in both the chamber string orchestra and jazz ensemble. He was the first musician in the school's history to test into the AP Music Theory course as a sophomore, a course that was previously reserved for upperclassmen only. By age 16, Madison was hired by a local church to play the bass for a weekly mass and by age 17 he was giving private guitar and bass lessons out of his home.

As his passion for music grew alongside his proficiencies into adulthood, Madison went on to write and release hundreds of original songs and form bands that toured the country dozens of times. Of note, he toured and released an EP with the hardcore band Emarosa in 2007, and his melodic post-hardcore band Rosaline released two full-length albums. Madison believes that the path of creativity is one of the most valuable and rewarding paths in life, and he is passionate about helping to cultivate it in young people. He believes that creativity in all its forms is unlike other skills and traits in that the way to foster it is by providing a supportive, inspiring environment for young people to safely exercise it, experiment with it and, above all, have fun with it. He is a bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Elmhurst.

Andi Donahue Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Andi Donahue began singing at the young age of six. From churches, musicals and operettas to some of the best music venues in Chicago, she’s done it all. She fell in love with rock as a young teen and knew it was the world she wanted to be in. She’s put out records, toured and opened for some heavy hitters in the alt/prog/metal world, such as Deftones and Carina Round, with her former band Holiday House. She is currently working on her first solo record and is super excited to be a guitar teacher, piano teacher, vocal instructor and Little Wing teacher at School of Rock Elmhurst. She hopes to guide each student to their individual voice, as well as inspire, encourage and instill the confidence to believe and achieve in them.
Little Wing, Rookies, Rock 101 Teacher Maddi Jones

Maddi Jones Little Wing, Rookies, Rock 101 Teacher

Maddi Jones is a former School of Rock Student, and nationally recognized All Stars recipient, who is now playing music throughout the Chicago Rock Scene and studying music theory and production at Columbia College Chicago! In addition to being a shredder on the guitar fretboard, she also specializes in drums, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, and music production! She loves passing her enthusiasm for rock and roll music onto the younger generations, and seeing their passions bloom! Working with younger students is a special interest of hers, and she really enjoys seeing them graduate from novices into full blown rock stars!
Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Rachel Bandler

Rachel Bandler Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Rachel grew up in a musical household in Severna Park, Maryland and began singing as soon as she could talk. Rachel first picked up a guitar around age 11 and has never looked back! She was enrolled in School of Rock D.C., where she had her first taste of the big stage. Throughout high school she played in various bands and spent her weekends practicing Hendrix songs with her friends. As soon as she graduated, Rachel moved to Chicago to study Music Business and Jazz Guitar in college. After working in the live music industry for years, she graduated from UIC with a degree in Sociology. Her passion for music can only be matched by her passion for making a difference in peoples lives. Rachel has performed and released music under the name "JewelOsco" and garnered a fairly large online following for her music. She has always wanted to teach and is so excited to be at School of Rock teaching the thing she loves the most!
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher Ryan Croft

Ryan Croft Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Ryan Croft is a bassist and multi-instrumentalist hailing from Oklahoma City and now based in Chicago’s vibrant rock scene! Starting as a vocalist in punk rock bands, Ryan has expanded his musical knowledge to encompass a variety of instruments and styles of music! With his weirdo punk band T Citty he has recorded multiple albums, toured the United States, and played such legendary Chicago venues as Lincoln Hall, Chop Shop and Subterranean. Ryan loves playing, watching, and inspiring the love of rock music in others!
Keyboard Teacher Chris Cerasoli

Chris Cerasoli Keyboard Teacher

From the age of 14, Chris Cerasoli has been passionately immersed in the rock and roll music scene, songwriting and performing in numerous bands as a keyboard player and lead singer.

He left college junior year to go on the road as a keyboardist with a touring rock band, but later returned to school to earn his degree. Chris continued on, playing the Chicago live-music scene, (Park West, Double Door, Schubas’, Beat Kitchen, Silvie’s, etc.), while writing and recording several albums/CDs/digital singles. Some highlights included: an indie label record deal, mass market and college radio airplay, and songs featured on NBC’s Good Morning America and The NBC Nightly News.

More locally, Chris also enjoyed the incredibly fulfilling experience of being the synthesizer/keyboard player in the “pit orchestra” for the Elmhurst Children’s Theatre.

Currently, he continues to perform/record, as a lead singer/keyboard player/songwriter with Too Much Saturn, (who, along with his previous band, The Vandalays), can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, etc.

Chris is driven by the belief that there are few things cooler or more exciting in this world, than a well-placed single-stroke snare roll, the sound of a slightly distorted Hammond M3 through a Leslie amplifier, and a Fender Stratocaster, played loudly through a Marshall amp – especially together!

He is excited to be sharing this passion and belief, teaching and mentoring others to express themselves musically, on their path to the stage and accomplishing their own, unique rock and roll dreams!
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher Aly Wojtowicz

Aly Wojtowicz Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Aly has been playing piano since she was eight years old and has been singing for as long as she can remember. Throughout her life, Aly has performed in numerous musicals, piano competitions, and high school choirs. Taking up the guitar in high school, Aly’s love for making music continues to grow and has proven to be an unstoppable force in her life. With plans to pursue audio engineering in her future, Aly cannot wait to see where her passion for music will take her. She currently continues to study classical piano, but she can always be found jamming out to rock music. Aly is so excited to be teaching at School of Rock, and she hopes to share this passion for music with her students.
Drum Teacher Joe Brandenburger

Joe Brandenburger Drum Teacher

Joe began playing drums at the age of 12 after being inspired by Nirvana's Dave Grohl and Black Sabbath's Bill Ward. He has consistently played live shows since 2006. Originally from the southwest suburbs of Chicago, Joe lived and performed frequently in Central Illinois, with bands such as Werepire Day and Reduced to Instinct. He also performed with Indie-Pop band Alex and the XO's for four years, which included several national tours, television appearances, and two records. Now based in Chicago, Joe performs as a founding member of hardcore punk band Snuffed. Outside of drumming, Joe also plays guitar, bass, and produces demo recordings of his own bands and solo projects. Joe believes in the importance of good instruction as a means to fully comprehend proper technique, and believes that teaching will help improve his own playing as well as his students'.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Singing Teacher Michael Satarino

Michael Satarino Guitar Teacher, Bass Teacher, Singing Teacher

Michael Satarino is a multi instrumentalist whose spent decades perfecting his craft by playing in several Rock bands and touring the country! Influenced by such Neo-Metal shredders as Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai, Michael started by playing in several original Rock bands from an early age, and eventually opened for such legendary acts as Kansas and Jefferson Starship! He studied under Chicago Symphony Orchestra classic guitarist Jack Cecchini, and began to combine Jazz and Flamenco styles to his playing! He now plays solo acoustic shows, combing originals, covers, and classic guitar instrumentals! Michael can’t wait to pass his Rock knowledge on to students of all ages!
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Jameson Ghalioungui

Jameson Ghalioungui Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jameson Paul Ghalioungui is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, and is shown wailing at Schuba's Tavern in Chicago, IL. When he is not writing or practicing with his band, Camp Edwards, he is often busy teaching and recording/mixing with other local acts. Beginning his journey just like many at School of Rock, Jameson thoroughly enjoys expressing himself as a guitarist, and hopes to pass down his knowledge and expertise on and off the stage to his students. His experience majoring in music at Beloit College showed him that there are many lenses by which to view the act of "musicking," (an idea coined by Musicologist, Christopher Small), and he cannot wait to share his approaches with you.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher Ben Mason

Ben Mason Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Ben Mason is a musician specializing in bass guitar and background vocals. He has his degree in Jazz Studies from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Ben has appeared in musicals as an onstage musician at Drury Lane and the Royal George Theatre. Since then he has been working with touring artists: The Tom Fuller Band, Boyband Review Chicago, and Jeanette King. Ben also has taught music since 2011 and currently has finished 10 theme songs for independent professional wrestlers.

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