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About School of Rock Evanston

Find your place in the music at School of Rock Evanston. We have a unique approach to learning music that helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. Students are not only being taught an instrument—they’re learning to deal with life situations, building confidence, and becoming better people.

At School of Rock Evanston, learning music in a lesson room is just the beginning. We get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible, teaching them to play as soloists and as part of a team. This immersive method motivates them to be their best, helping them learn skills faster and more thoroughly.

As both rockers and educators, School of Rock Evanston’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping your kids succeed in music and beyond. Visit School of Rock Evanston today to learn more about our creative community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Evanston
1311 Sherman Place
Evanston, IL 60201
US
Main Number
(847) 864-7625(847) 864-7625

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Friday2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Evanston, 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.

    Evanston 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 Evanston’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!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Evanston is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Evanston, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Evanston students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Evanston’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • 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 Evanston’s most prestigious honor: a spot in our AllStars program! School of Rock’s AllStars represent the best of the best from School of Rock’s global network of schools and students. Equipped with incredible musical abilities, killer work ethics and leadership skills, our AllStars have the talent and drive to grow into the next generation of musical greats.

    Every summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour for a one-of-a-kind experience. Our Evanston musicians perform with All Star bands in multiple live shows at high-profile venues across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage and learn from music legends like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. The AllStars experience gives aspiring musicians the best glimpse of what a professional music career is like.

    AllStars selected from School of Rock Evanston can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can master their skills on guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and/or vocals
    • An authentic tour experience with multiple live shows in various cities
    • Taking the stage with the best of the best from School of Rock’s global community
    • A chance to perform at legendary events and venues, side-by-side with top artists
    • A truly epic rock experience like no other!

  • At School of Rock Evanston, we know how to bring the world of music, and the fun that comes with it, to adults. We get our students playing and learning at rapid-fire speeds through real performances of their favorite songs, instead of your old traditional music instruction programs with piles of sheet music and hours of rote memorization. At School of Rock Evanston, the stage can be yours at any age.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, from real-world instruction through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whatever your musical taste may be, our instructors know how to create a program just for you. Whether you’re seeking basic proficiency, a standing gig as the resident guitar player at parties, or future rock star status, School of Rock Evanston works with you to help you reach your goals.

    Students in School of Rock Evanston’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction on the instrument of your choice: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • All-adult rehearsals to prepare for real performances in local venues
    • A firm grasp of music theory and technique fundamentals, taught through your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Evanston’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 Evanston.

    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 Evanston, 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.

Evanston 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 Evanston’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

    • June 11 - 15, 2018

      DRUMAGEDDON Half Day Camp (Beginner/Intermediate)

      Recommended Age: 7-10 years old Cost: $300 (PRICE ONLY APPLICABLE DURING CYBER WEEK NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 3 - REGULAR PRICE $350) May the Beat Be With You! Join School of Rock Evanston's Drumage...
      Recommended Age: 7-10 years old
      Cost: $300 (PRICE ONLY APPLICABLE DURING CYBER WEEK NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 3 - REGULAR PRICE $350)

      May the Beat Be With You! Join School of Rock Evanston's Drumageddon Camp and dive deeply into the world of Rhythm! Geared toward the beginner/intermediate drummer, students will delve into the dynamics, rate, orchestration, and phrasing on the drums. Drummers will learn how to create and improvise grooves, play with digital samples, generate computer beats, and build physical stamina for longer songs They will also learn how to handle, maintain, set up, and break down drum kits professionally. The week will culminate with a beat-centric, live performance for family & friends.
    • June 11 - 15, 2018

      DRUMAGEDDON Half Day Camp (Intermediate/Advanced)

      Recommended Age: 11 and up Cost: $300 (PRICE ONLY APPLICABLE DURING CYBER WEEK NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 3 - REGULAR PRICE $350) May the Beat Be With You! Join School of Rock Evanston's Drumageddon ...
      Recommended Age: 11 and up
      Cost: $300 (PRICE ONLY APPLICABLE DURING CYBER WEEK NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 3 - REGULAR PRICE $350)

      May the Beat Be With You! Join School of Rock Evanston's Drumageddon Camp and dive deeply into the world of Rhythm! Geared toward the intermediate drummer (has a basic understanding of drum rudiments, and can read beat-notation, ages 11 and up), students will build on more advanced versions of the concepts they've learned throughout the year (i.e. dynamics, rate, orchestration, phrasing). Drummers will focus on how to create and improvise grooves, play with digital samples, generate computer beats, and build physical stamina for longer shows. They will also learn how to handle, maintain, set up, and break down drum kits professionally. The week will culminate with a beat-centric, live performance for family & friends.
    • June 25 - 29, 2018

      21 Dragons Camp

      That's right! We're combining the music of Twenty One Pilots and Imagine Dragons into one camp! Both bands have recently worked their way up the charts and are now two of the most popular bands in ...
      That's right! We're combining the music of Twenty One Pilots and Imagine Dragons into one camp! Both bands have recently worked their way up the charts and are now two of the most popular bands in the music scene today. Campers will create their own setlist of songs from these two hot bands and perform at the end of the week. This music will be sure to melt faces!
    • July 30 - August 3, 2018

      I Love the 90s! Camp

      The 90s are BACK! Everyone knows the 90’s were the pinnacle for alternative rock, and gave us some of the best alternative music in the history of Rock and Roll. There were so many songs from so ...
      The 90s are BACK! Everyone knows the 90’s were the pinnacle for alternative rock, and gave us some of the best alternative music in the history of Rock and Roll. There were so many songs from so many incredible bands like Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, No Doubt, Green Day, Weezer, Sound Garden, Pearl Jam, and list goes on and on! Campers will form their own 90s band and perform for friends and family at the end of the week. This camp is sure to be all that and a bag of chips!
    • August 6 - 10, 2018

      The Beatles Camp

      Who DOESN'T want to spend a week learning about the band that changed Rock and Roll forever? Campers will choose a Beatles set list, and over the course of the week they will learn, rehearse and ho...
      Who DOESN'T want to spend a week learning about the band that changed Rock and Roll forever? Campers will choose a Beatles set list, and over the course of the week they will learn, rehearse and hone the songs that shaped the future of music. The week will culminate in a groovy in-house performance for friends and family!
    • August 13 - 17, 2018

      Guitar Hero Camp

      Camp
      We're combining two of our students' favorite past times: music and video games! Each day, campers will start by playing songs using the video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Then, campers will tr...
      We're combining two of our students' favorite past times: music and video games! Each day, campers will start by playing songs using the video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Then, campers will translate those songs into real life by playing them in a band with each other. At the end of the week, parents will be invited to play against their children in the video game and then watch campers perform the real thing!

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Staff

    • Photo of Bob Long
      Bob Long
      Keys Instructor
      Bob Long began his professional career as a jazz pianist forty years ago. He first recorded in Chicago with the jazz fusion band Streetdancer in 1974. He and his friend, saxophonist Brian Gephart, ...
      Bob Long began his professional career as a jazz pianist forty years ago. He first recorded in Chicago with the jazz fusion band Streetdancer in 1974. He and his friend, saxophonist Brian Gephart, have had their quartet together in Chicago for over twenty years recording six CDs for the Birch Tree label. Bob has performed at the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, and Chicago Jazz Festival twice. He has also released two solo CDs on Birch Tree, Bird of Aragón and Retratos and is presently working on a CD of duos for release in the summer of 2015. In 2006, Bob began graduate school to study Modern European history at the University of California in San Diego, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for 2011-12 for research in Spain, and recently received his PhD in history this last June. He now has moved back to the Chicago area from California to perform musically and to teach. He is presently an adjunct in the History Department of Elmhurst College, as well as on staff as a piano teacher at the School of Rock, Evanston.In terms of piano instruction at the School of Rock, although he has studied in conservatory, Bob emphasizes learning by ear and memorization first, rather than by note. The technical exercises he with students serve as lessons in harmony, rhythm, and improvisation, all of which are essential in the building up a vocabulary of tunes that can be put in play through the various groups that the school offers. It is this final part of the School of Rock, the integration of the private lesson with hands on group performance that Bob believes is one of the tremendous advantages over other types of instruction.
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      David Robison
      Drums Instructor
      Dave Robison has been a drum set and percussion educator in the Chicago area for over 15 years. He began playing drums at the age of 15 and has toured internationally performing his own music as a ...
      Dave Robison has been a drum set and percussion educator in the Chicago area for over 15 years. He began playing drums at the age of 15 and has toured internationally performing his own music as a founding member of Chicago band ALAYA (Basick Records). His lesson program offers a wide range of possibilities; advanced students and professionals are encouraged, but all ages and skill levels are welcome! Students can learn music theory or experience a faster, results based extremely fun rock drumming crash course.
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      Gordon Patriarca
      Music Director and Bass Instructor
      Bassist Gordon Patriarca has been a lifetime resident of Chicago. As a child in the 1960's a transistor radio was a constant companion (under the pillow at bedtime) this radio would be tuned to one...
      Bassist Gordon Patriarca has been a lifetime resident of Chicago. As a child in the 1960's a transistor radio was a constant companion (under the pillow at bedtime) this radio would be tuned to one of the AM powerhouses WLS or WCFL and the gloriously diverse Top-40 sounds were the soundtrack of his childhood. The physical relationship with the electric bass began at age 16, this was fueled by the inevitable sibling rivalry with a younger brother who had become an above-average guitarist in only 3-4 years of playing. Not to be outdone (and using Cream bassist Jack Bruce as a role model) Patriarca picked the 4-stringed instrument and circumnavigated any comparisons with his junior kin. High School bands followed (now the radio was tuned to FM, Hard- Rock, Blues-Rock, Prog-Rock etc. it was the '70's) There was a bit of formal study with (now L.A. studio bassist) Paul Zibits. After High School there was a couple of years of college (Northern ILL. University) where he was in an African percussion ensemble, and took various oddball music classes. The highlight of this college experience was probably his twice weekly shows as a DJ at the campus radio station. Leaving school to pursue the life of a working musician, Patriarca began his 25 year career with a "Who's Who" of Chicago musicians spanning Rock, Pop, Blues,and Country. Patriarca has played in at least 50 local bands (Remainders, Bad Examples, Anna Fermin, Cathy Richardson,Robbie Fulks, Satyagraha, Yardsale, Word Bongo, Urban Djinn, Jan James, Icos et.al) In the Blues/RB arena he has gigged with Sugar Blue (harmonica on "Miss You"- the Rolling Stones), Matt "Guitar" Murphy (Memphis Slim, Blues Brothers), Johnny Johnson (Chuck Berry's pianist in the 1950's), Jimmy Johnson (Delmark and Alligator recording artist), Screaming Jay Hawkins ("I Put a Spell on You"), Dave Spector (Delmark) and others. Patriarca has also worked with national acts doing tours with Survivor ("Eye of the Tiger"), Spirit ("I Got a Line On You"), and gigs with the Coasters, Drifters, Martha Reeves, the Shangri- Las, and Sam Moore (Sam Dave). In addition he has appeared on over 25 recordings including recent discs with James Burton ( session guitarist extrordanaire and Elvis Presley's guitarist 1970-'77), songwriters Josh Verbenets and Cameron McGill, roots-rocker Bucky Halker, instrumental combo, the Nitecallers and Honky-Tonk legend Urban Dijinn. Other recording highlights include the Icos CD "At the Speed of Life" recorded at Abbey Road studios in London. He has toured Europe twice with Blues-Rock chanteuse Jan James. At this point he calculates he has done close to 4000 gigs and remains active in the Chicago music scene.
    • Photo of Jake Loomis
      Jake Loomis
      Voice, Keys, and Drums Instructor
      Jake Loomis was born and raised in Michigan, and has been performing as a vocalist, percussionist, and pianist for many years. He studied performing arts at The Young Americans College of the Perfo...
      Jake Loomis was born and raised in Michigan, and has been performing as a vocalist, percussionist, and pianist for many years. He studied performing arts at The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in southern California. He then continued to spend the next four years traveling, performing, and teaching all around the world with The Young Americans. He is looking forward to continuing his performance career in the Chicago area, and is excited to be working at School of Rock!
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      Jesus Perez
      Drums Instructor
      Jesus Perez, a former student of School of Rock, has gained a lot of knowledge from his experience at the school and now pays it forward to his drum students. Besides teaching drums, he also assist...
      Jesus Perez, a former student of School of Rock, has gained a lot of knowledge from his experience at the school and now pays it forward to his drum students. Besides teaching drums, he also assists with the Garage Rock program. He has been playing drums for ten years now and is currently playing in various band projects with his friends, as well as studying music at Oakton Community College. His musical influence came from soul and Motown music, which he started listening to when he was only eight years old. He hopes to further his musical career and one day start a soul band of his own.
    • Photo of Joe Faught
      Joe Faught
      Bass and Guitar Instructor
      Bassist Joe Faught born and raised in Chicago began playing electric bass at the age of six years old then later starting Double bass at 10. Educated in music at New Trier High School and Loyola Un...
      Bassist Joe Faught born and raised in Chicago began playing electric bass at the age of six years old then later starting Double bass at 10. Educated in music at New Trier High School and Loyola University as well as taught by some of the best bass players in Chicago, he plays throughout the Chicago Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock, and Jazz scenes. He was a student of the School of Rock Evanston since its opening and now teaches for the School of Rock in addition to live and recorded performances.
    • Photo of Justin Radtke
      Justin Radtke
      Garage Rock Director and Guitar Instructor
      Justin has always had a deep love and appreciation for music throughout his life. He started playing guitar in 1998, and has over 12 years of experience teaching guitar lessons to people of all age...
      Justin has always had a deep love and appreciation for music throughout his life. He started playing guitar in 1998, and has over 12 years of experience teaching guitar lessons to people of all ages. Some of Justin’s guitar idols include Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, John Williams, and Joe Pass. Justin started off playing rock, blues, and folk guitar. At Valparaiso University, he studied classical guitar and played in classical guitar ensembles and various bands. He loves playing with local musicians and writing original music. Justin has a passion for teaching guitar and passing on the gift of music to his students. He likes to focus on technique, improvisation, and theory so that students build a basis in music that allows them to play any style they wish. While teaching, Justin aims to inspire a life-long love for music and the guitar.
    • Photo of Kelli Hutton
      Kelli Hutton
      Voice Instructor
      Kelli Owens Hutton is a multi instrumentalist that has over 20 years experience performing in bands and doing vocal sessions. She is a songwriter and has had several cuts on records including “I ...
      Kelli Owens Hutton is a multi instrumentalist that has over 20 years experience performing in bands and doing vocal sessions. She is a songwriter and has had several cuts on records including “I Don’t Want To Be Your Girlfriend” which is on the Keanu Reeves movie soundtrack “The Replacements” as well as cuts by Better Than Ezra, Dean Miller and others. She has been signed to Atlantic records and has lots of touring experience and loved it! She has a Bachelors degree from Berklee College of Music and comes from a musical family as her father was the head of the music program at Northwestern University for many years. She loves teaching voice at School of Rock!
    • Photo of Macklin Suhre
      Macklin Suhre
      Drums Instructor
      Macklin Suhre was born July 21st, 1991 in Lake Bluff, Illinois. He attended Lake Forest Highschool studying music and drumming in the jazz band and wind ensemble. In 2009, he was accepted to Berkle...
      Macklin Suhre was born July 21st, 1991 in Lake Bluff, Illinois. He attended Lake Forest Highschool studying music and drumming in the jazz band and wind ensemble. In 2009, he was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston as a drum set principle, where he spent 4 years studying with celebrated faculty members such as Mitch Haupers, Mike Mangini, Kim Plainfield, and many more. Macklin graduated from Berklee in 2013 with a degree in Professional Music, and continues to perform with his band the Relevant Elephants who will be releasing their debut album 'Paper Walls' in spring 2016.
    • Photo of Matt Berger
      Matt Berger
      Guitar Instructor
      Matt Berger brings to School of Rock over 20 years of guitar playing experience. His musical endeavors include touring and performing at hundreds of schools and concert halls as a clinician, record...
      Matt Berger brings to School of Rock over 20 years of guitar playing experience. His musical endeavors include touring and performing at hundreds of schools and concert halls as a clinician, recording as a session musician and performing in diverse jazz, blues, metal, rock, pop and classical settings. He graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2006. In 2008 he studied and performed Indian Classical music with tabla master Sandip Burman. In 2015 he toured with Nigerian- vocalist NNEKA. In regards to music instruction, Matt's approach involves working with students on songwriting and improvisational skills, and applying them to rock repertoire, which helps develop ear training, creativity and technique.
    • Photo of Megan Fletcher
      Megan Fletcher
      Voice and Keys Instructor
      Megan is a vocalist, pianist, and teacher currently living the Chicago area. She has a bachelors degree from Butler University and a masters degree from DePaul University, both in classical vocal p...
      Megan is a vocalist, pianist, and teacher currently living the Chicago area. She has a bachelors degree from Butler University and a masters degree from DePaul University, both in classical vocal performance. Here in Chicago, she sings vocals with the soul band Willy Dynomite. (Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/willydynomite/!!)
      Megan also performs in many different musical scenes in Chicago including jazz, musical theatre, and opera.
    • Photo of Michelle Hallman
      Michelle Hallman
      Voice Instructor
      Michelle Hallman performs, records, writes/arranges songs, and tours with many different projects. She has been a working musician for a greater part of her life, and thrives in the live performanc...
      Michelle Hallman performs, records, writes/arranges songs, and tours with many different projects. She has been a working musician for a greater part of her life, and thrives in the live performance! She is a well versed singer perfecting a plethora of styles and genres. Even though she's a rocker at heart, she has always loved choral music and is extremely knowledgeable in vocal harmonies.Michelle is also an accomplished percussionist. She plays congas, bongos, djembe, and all kinds of assorted hand percussion instruments. She can Whistle! She has played the piano since age 3, and took lessons for many, many years! She also plays the guitar and is striving to get better. Michelle has sung/played with the likes of Gregg Allman, Darryl Jones, Mr. Blotto, Umphree's McGee , Richard Marx, Vince Welnick, Freddie Jones Band, The Bodeans... Her bands have opened for Kansas, Steven Stills and Jazz is Dead.She's also been the voice of national commercial jingles. Michelle loves teaching at the School of Rock, and is thrilled to share her knowledge and experience. She is so excited to see what the next generation of talent will bring. Check out Michelle's different projects: Matt Lewis and the Union, Goodfoot, Ladies of the Canyon, Whiskey Jezebel.
    • Photo of Sam Hudgens
      Sam Hudgens
      Keys, Voice, Saxophone, and Guitar Instructor
      Sam Hudgens was born and raised in Evanston IL. He started playing saxophone in 4th grade and from there learned guitar and piano. After going through the music program at ETHS he studied jazz at N...
      Sam Hudgens was born and raised in Evanston IL. He started playing saxophone in 4th grade and from there learned guitar and piano. After going through the music program at ETHS he studied jazz at North Park university. Currently Sam plays in a couple local Chicago bands and writes and produces original music.
    • Photo of Schaefer Hugebeck
      Schaefer Hugebeck
      Guitar Instructor
      Schaefer decided to play guitar in 5th grade when he became enamored with the guitar stylings of Jimmy Page, Hendrix and Carlos Santana. It wasn’t long till it was a full blown love affair betwee...
      Schaefer decided to play guitar in 5th grade when he became enamored with the guitar stylings of Jimmy Page, Hendrix and Carlos Santana. It wasn’t long till it was a full blown love affair between boy and guitar, studying for over a decade with some of Chicago's finest musicians.
      Music is the first thing he thinks of when he wakes up in the later hours of the morning and the last thing he thinks of before he sleeps. Schaefer has been at School of Rock since 2014 teaching guitar and working with both the performance and garage rock programs
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      Steve Kentala
      Drums Instructor
      Steve Kentala drums for the Chicago 90's/Pop cover band The Personnel. He currently performs 100+ shows a year ranging from clubs, bars, festivals and private events. Steve has been teaching with t...
      Steve Kentala drums for the Chicago 90's/Pop cover band The Personnel. He currently performs 100+ shows a year ranging from clubs, bars, festivals and private events. Steve has been teaching with the School of Rock since 2009. Lessons are structured to cover technique, music concepts and drum set playing. He is an advocate for goal setting and playing with intention. Becoming a good drummer does not require talent - it is developed through patience and persistence. Let your drumming become a cymbal of your personality. Bad puns always welcome!
    • Photo of Steve Knight
      Steve Knight
      Guitar Instructor
      Orphaned as a baby when his parents were killed overseas in a plane crash as U.S. government spies, only child Steve Knight was raised by his elderly Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Academically gifted, St...
      Orphaned as a baby when his parents were killed overseas in a plane crash as U.S. government spies, only child Steve Knight was raised by his elderly Uncle Ben and Aunt May. Academically gifted, Steve displayed an uncanny affinity for science that was nothing short of genius. Socially, however, he was painfully shy and the target of much cruelty by his peers at Midtown High School. Attending a public science exhibit when Steve was 15-years old, he was bitten on the hand by a radioactive spider accidentally irradiated by a particle beam, empowering Steve with the arachnid's proportional strength and agility, and the ability to cling to almost any surface.
    • Photo of Kelsey Mathes
      Kelsey Mathes
      Manager
      Kelsey Mathes is excited to be part of the School of Rock family! Kelsey started as a vocalist and keys player, initially inspired by her Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Valentine. Luckily, her parents ...
      Kelsey Mathes is excited to be part of the School of Rock family! Kelsey started as a vocalist and keys player, initially inspired by her Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Valentine. Luckily, her parents supported her musicality and she went on to work professionally as an actor/musician/producer in New York City for the last ten years. When she relocated to Chicago in 2016, she put all of her expertise in the arts and in managing a company together, to become the Office Manager at the Evanston Location. Kelsey is thrilled to be helping to facilitate students learning music in a way that is fun, exciting and immersive.
    • Photo of Maggie Weber
      Maggie Weber
      General Manager
      Maggie was born and raised with an undeniable ear for music. Singing has always been her passion. Her mother told her that she sang before she ever spoke. Maggie has always had a knack for music. W...
      Maggie was born and raised with an undeniable ear for music. Singing has always been her passion. Her mother told her that she sang before she ever spoke. Maggie has always had a knack for music. When she was 18 months old, she would hum to songs happily in key. Maggie believes that everyone has music inside of them, no matter what the age. She has been involved in many projects and studio recordings including The Rip Chords (University of Illinois), Molehill, and Willy Dynomite. Her passion for music, paired with her obsessive organization has lead her to be the General Manager of the School of Rock Evanston. Maggie hopes to open the door to musicians in a way that she never experienced. No recitals. No stuffy, boring lessons. Just good music, great teachers, and live performances. That's the way music should be.

News

  • Scholarship Benefit Show!

    It's that time of year again! The Schools of Rock Highwood and Evanston are revving up for our annual Scholarship Benefit Show! All proceeds from the show, raffles, and silent auction will go towar...
    It's that time of year again! The Schools of Rock Highwood and Evanston are revving up for our annual Scholarship Benefit Show! All proceeds from the show, raffles, and silent auction will go toward our Scholarship fund. Our Scholarship Fund is imperative to some families in our SoR community. The students enrolled in our Scholarship Program depend on scholarships in order to afford the amazing opportunities and benefits our programs offer. As you all know, School of Rock is a place where all kids are accepted and encouraged, and we do not want to turn away families who might not be able to afford our programs.

    In order for the Scholarship Benefit Show to be successful, we are looking for small and large ticket items. Here are some of the ideas we have come up with:

    - Gift Cards/Services donations from local businesses

    - Concert Tickets

    - Golf Outings with members at Country Clubs

    - Bears/Bulls/Hawks/College Sports Tickets

    - Timeshare donations

    - Signed items from music artists

    - Wine/Beer/Liquor Donations for Cork Pull

    Please let us know if you are able to donate any of these items. We will be mentioning all businesses who donate at the Scholarship Benefit Show during the performance. Also, if there is any signage/marketing materials you would like to have at the show, we am happy to display them at the show. If you cannot donate directly, please let us know if you have any ideas on where to go for donations!

Testimonials

  • “As a guy who makes his living as a musician, I was skeptical at first. I thought, sure, I could hire someone to give private lessons for a little less maybe….but who could teach my daughter, a kid from a musical family with some pretty developed musicianship already? School of rock has been the answer. I should mention my kid had some struggles through high school (whose child hasn’t?) with more than just homework. SoR has been not only an open door to a different world, but it’s been a safe place to land. She has made man friends, improved her musicianship, and has been exposed to more than few styles and genres of music. Did I mention the gigs? She has had the opportunity to perform live at many events in fronts of hundreds of people. Not just other kids’ moms, dads, aunts, and Grandma -- but the public, at outdoor festivals, block parties, even bars like Evanston’s 27 Live, The Empty Bottle, Wild Hare, and the House of Blues Chicago. If I had these chances when I was back in high school, who knows where I’d be now. The teachers are committed. The shows are always changing and focusing on different bands and eras of music WHICH THE KIDS LIKE to play. Best of all, my daughter wants to be there at rehearsals and lessons; she’s rehearsing or performing 3-5 days a week. If you want your kids to learn Beethoven, hired a grad student from Northwestern to give private lessons. If you want yours to be part of a group, grow as a young adult, AND as a musician, here’s your answer.”
    - John Z.
  • “They're really fun, collaborative, and allow me to meet new people who enjoy the same music as me.”
    - Rafe D.
  • “Excellent instructors; love the performance based nature of learning my instrument; warm and welcoming staff; great vibe and atmosphere; has been an awesome social outlet for my kids and great team building for them!”
    - Beth W.
  • “Our two boys have been taking music lessons at School of Rock Evanston for a over two years. One plays drums and the other plays guitar. They both absolutely love it. The instructors are fantastic. Not only are they professional musicians, but they are so good with the kids. It's kind of unbelievable that my shy middle son will get on stage, in front of an audience and play in a band. And the kids really have fun together. The vibe at the school is always very positive. The teachers, staff, and other families are friendly and supportive... you can't go wrong with any of the instructors.”
    - Samantha G.
  • “I watched the School of Rocks Evanston perform last Sunday @ the Wild Hare. They played the music from Woodstock. They absolutely killed it. They killed it without playing video games, texting, social media or watching TV. They are performing for me for a private event in February. I am so excited! A special shout out to Maggie, Michelle Hallman and their parents for making a difference. Rock on Kids!!”
    - Jim M.