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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

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/27/2019: Closed
  • 11/28/2019: Closed
  • 11/29/2019: Closed
  • 12/23/2019: Closed
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  • 12/30/2019: Closed
  • 12/31/2019: 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 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
  • 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
Rookies
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
  • 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 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
  • 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
Performance
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
  • 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.

Adult music program 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. Once bands are established an optional rehearsal can be added, led by one of our professional music directors acting as a band coach. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Elmhurst.

What To Expect
  • 1 WEEKLY PRIVATE LESSON
  • 1 WEEKLY GROUP REHEARSAL

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 around town
House Band
Ages 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
AllStars
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
  • 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.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

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.

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.

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.

Jake Anderson Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Singing Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Jake Anderson is a multi-instrumentalist that is active in the Chicago music scene. He started playing guitar when he was eight years old and since then has picked up various other instruments to add to his repertoire. His list of instruments include guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, ukulele, banjo, various percussion instruments and vocals.

At 12 years old he started his first band. He has played around the country and has toured Europe with his former band Future Monarchs. This same band has recorded an EP and LP that was produced by Pat Sansone, a member of Wilco.

Currently, he is working on recording a solo album at his studio in Logan Square. Some of his favorite artists are The Beatles, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Zombies, Curtis Mayfield, Tame Impala, UMO, Human League, Talking Heads, OMD, Radiohead, The Impressions, The Ramones, Agent Orange, The Pixies, Simon and Garfunkel, Curt Boettcher and Al Green.

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.

Mackenzie Gora Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Kenzie began playing the piano when she was five and hasn't stopped playing since. She was involved in rock, jazz and religious ensembles throughout high school, as well as in the pit orchestra for theatre productions. She has experience competing as a performer and an accompanist, ranging in genres from classical to rock to musical theatre. Her most recent gigs have been at the DuPage County Fair in Wheaton, Dead Poet's Society in Rock Island, Wheaton's Got Talent and Fusion in Kenosha, WI. Currently, she is studying Psychology as a junior at Elmhurst College, and is looking forward to influencing new musicians.

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.

Christian McCann Piano Teacher

Christian graduated from the upstate New York music school SUNY Fredonia in 2008 with a degree in Music Performance. He moved to the city of Chicago a year later. Christian's first experience performing in the city was as a dueling pianist for Chicago Dueling Pianos. Experiences with that company let to opportunities to perform as a solo pianist at venues ranging from supper clubs to classic Chicago piano bars. Along the way, Christian had the good fortune to be taken under the wing by and learn from experienced veterans in the Chicago music scene. Christian currently performs regularly at large and small venues all over the city with his blues/rock band The Prairie Fires.

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.

Adam Montesantos Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Adam is an Elmhurst local breaking into the rock scene. He can be seen regularly at venues in the city, as well as at Fitz’s here in Chicago with his band Washbucket. His goal as a teacher is to inspire students to practice as much as possible by showing and teaching them that practice can be fun and exciting instead of work. Adam loves to play and can’t wait to inspire the performers of the future.

Luke Harvey Guitar Teacher

Luke Harvey's music career began shortly after forming his first band (Tonight the Prom) at the age of 15 with three friends from music camp. Their first EP garnered support and radio play on 101.1 (formerly know as Q101). This resulted in a pretty large local fanbase, especially for a band so young. After playing hundreds of shows throughout the Midwest and winning several Battle of the Bands, they earned the opportunity to play much larger venues such as the Vans Warped Tour Chicago in '07 and '08, The Metro Chicago, Logan Square Auditorium and the Chicago House of Blues. Their first and only full-length album, "Our Greatest Mistakes," was recorded at Chicago Recording Company in 2008 and released that same year. The band agreed to go their separate ways in 2009 after deciding to continue their educations. The next five years of Luke's career consisted of teaching guitar, work and education until his friend's band needed a lead guitarist for a tour of the west coast. Afterward, Luke returned home to start up his own band. Jolly Lama and the Noble Truth continue to perform to this day.

Joachim Canete Studio Coordinator

A native millennial to Elmhurst, IL, Joachim Cañete was, like many others, raised alongside the enchanting sound of "Fantasia 2000" and Led Zeppelin with some Pink Floyd sprinkled in between. Trained early on with the trumpet and, later, baritone, Joachim transitioned towards the humble harmonica, entranced by its unique sound. On his own time, he exercises his vocal and movement skills by taking the time to sing in the shower and dancing in empty rooms because nobody's watching.

Madison Stolzer Bass Guitar 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.

Ariana Freeman Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Ariana Freeman was instilled with a love of rock at a young age. Her mother even sang "Sweet Child O’ Mine" to her as a bedtime lullabye. In her hometown of Woodstock, Illinois, Ariana appeared in numerous musical productions, including "The Wizard of Oz" (Dorothy), "Pippin" (Fastrada), "Brigadoon" (Meg) and "Godspell." A proud alto, Ariana was selected to participate in the 2008 IMEA All-State Honors Choir. She was also a member of several vocal performance groups, including madrigal singers, contemporary jazz choirs, pop a capella groups and a competitive all-female barbershop quartet. More recently, she’s been seen on the stages of legendary Chicago music venues like Subterranean, The Beat Kitchen and Reggie’s. Ariana’s biggest goal is to imbue confidence in her students, especially young ladies. She draws her own inspiration from powerful women in music like Nancy and Ann Wilson of Heart, Carole King, Janis Joplin, Selena Quintanilla-Perez and Cher (to name just a few). She is a guitar teacher, vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Elmhurst.

Jake Foland Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Vocal Instructor, Piano Teacher

Jake Foland was born into a musical family. His parents were in a band together while his mother was pregnant with him. Jake showed musical talent at a young age, playing guitar and drums from childhood. In middle school Jake played the French horn and developed an interest in classical and concert band music. He currently studies piano, voice and music composition. He is a guitar teacher, drum teacher, vocal instructor and piano teacher at School of Rock Elmhurst.

Michael Jardine Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Born in the suburbs of Chicago, Michael Jardine began drumming in 2005 after hearing Green Day’s “American Idiot” album for the first time. From that point forward, he knew music was his passion. Michael joined concert band at school and began private drum lessons. He quickly learned a variety of drumming techniques to create his playing style.

Michael is involved in the Chicago music scene, playing guitar, bass and drums across multiple projects. He’s performed at venues such as The Bottom Lounge, WIRE, Subterranean, Reggie’s and many more. After developing an interest in the studio side of music, Michael started his own original band, Fiction, for which he now records all instruments and vocals.

Michael likes to find inspiration for writing and performing across all genres of music. He is heavily influenced by bands such as The 1975, Panic! at the Disco, Avenged Sevenfold, The Story So Far and EDM artist Deadmau5. Michael strives to create his music beyond the boundaries of genre. He hopes to inspire others to think outside the box and to be creative in a similar manner. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and drum teacher at School of Rock Elmhurst.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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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