School of Rock Evanston’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Evanston music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Gordon PatriarcaBass Guitar Teacher
Bassist Gordon Patriarca has been a lifetime resident of Chicago. His physical relationship with the electric bass began at age 16. After high school there was a couple of years of college (Northern Illinois 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. 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). At this point he calculates he has done close to 4000 gigs and remains active in the Chicago music scene.
Kelsey MathesGeneral 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 supported her musicality and she went on to work professionally as an actor/musician/producer in New York City for the last 10 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 General 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.
Bob Longpiano Teacher
Bob Long began his professional career as a jazz pianist 40 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 20 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. 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 Ph. D 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 a piano teacher at School of Rock Evanston.