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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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Hours
  • 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

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
Little WingAges 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
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE HAND PERCUSSION & OTHER TOOLS TO LEARN RHYTHM PATTERNS & MUSIC SYNTAX

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
RookiesAges 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
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP LESSON
  • USE OF SIMPLIFIED ROCK INSTRUMENTS TO TEACH KIDS TO PLAY MUSIC

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 for kids and beginners
Rock 101Ages 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
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

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
PerformanceAges 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
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

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.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House BandAges 11-18

The School of Rock Elmhurst House Band music program gives students ages 11-18 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
  • A GIGGING MUSICIAN'S EXPERIENCE
  • FREQUENT LIVE PERFORMANCES IN COMMUNITY

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
AllStarsAge 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
  • A MULTI-CITY, COUNTRY-WIDE MUSIC TOUR EXPERIENCE
  • PERFORMING ON SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND MOST FAMOUS STAGES IN THE WORLD

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
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.

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've learned in beginner guitar lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Elmhurst offers advanced guitar lessons 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.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

About Our Guitar Lessons

School of Rock Elmhurst's guitar lessons utilize a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach students to play guitar through popular rock songs 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. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Elmhurst venue.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock
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.

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.

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

About Our Drum Lessons

Our drum lessons are designed to accommodate all skill levels. We teach using our core performance-based education philosophy - performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Our students will perform live at a venue in Elmhurst. Unlike other Elmhurst drum lessons, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences.

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock
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.

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Elmhurst, our singing lessons 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.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

About Our Singing Lessons

School of Rock Elmhurst teaches students how to sing in our innovative program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. 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, students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock
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.

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.

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

About Our Bass Guitar Lessons

Students looking to learn and master the bass guitar can enroll in one of School of Rock Elmhurst’s innovative bass programs. Our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons curriculum is performance-based and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock
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.

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Elmhurst, our keyboard lessons 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.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

About Our Piano Lessons

The School of Rock Elmhurst's Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. 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 Palo Alto music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Reviews

We love the School of Rock environment!

It's supportive, encouraging, motivating. They get the young people to see their potential and work to learn and achieve. It's a wonderful program with great instructors.

School of Rock teaches like no one else.

I can't believe how quickly my son has progressed, and how thoroughly he enjoys his experience here!

It's one of my best parenting decisions!

Through the help of their incredible instructors and management team, these kids are able to create music that often outshines even the original artists! The relationships built are the icing on the cake.

The best summer camp ever!

My son usually has a hard time being dropped off at various camps and classes but he actually looked forward to this one! All the teachers were wonderful and we can't wait to do it again.

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