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School of Rock Geneva
15 West State St.
Geneva, IL 60134
(630) 355-7625

Location Specifics

Located on Route 38 west of the Fox River and east of Route 31.

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Hours
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Remote
All Ages

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

What To Expect
  • ONE WEEKLY 1-ON-1 LESSON
  • LESSONS CONDUCTED USING SECURE VIDEO TECHNOLOGY

THE PATH TO TAKE THE STAGE

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

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers
Little Wing
Ages 3-4

At School of Rock Geneva 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 Geneva, 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 5-6

At School of Rock Geneva, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 to 6-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 Geneva, 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 7-9

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Geneva'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 Geneva 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 Geneva are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Geneva who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 9-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 10-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Geneva 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 Geneva Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Geneva 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 Geneva'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 Geneva music venue.

Songwriting
Ages 8 and over

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

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

The Path to Take the Stage

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

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

School of Rock Geneva'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 Geneva is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Geneva.

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 Geneva 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 Geneva.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Geneva House Band music program gives students under 18 the opportunity to join a gigging band composed of fellow musicians from their school. These students perform additional live shows throughout the year. All students in the Performance Program have the opportunity to audition for a spot in School of Rock Geneva'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 Geneva 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.

Music Lessons in Geneva

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Geneva, 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 Geneva is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Geneva guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Adults

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

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

Intermediate to Advanced Guitar Lessons

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Geneva 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 Geneva we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Geneva, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

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

Key Concepts
  • RUDIMENTS
  • TIME SIGNATURES
  • TECHNIQUE
  • GROOVE

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 Geneva, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Geneva drum instructors integrate more complex techniques and concepts—intermediary grooves, shifts, meters and more—into a student's individual lessons and group band rehearsal, and will also select more difficult songs for his or her live performances.

 

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Geneva 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 Geneva, our vocal coaches are practicing musicians who integrate key music fundamentals—breathing, posture and more—into a curriculum based on performing with a band. Each week, beginner singing students participate in a private singing lesson and a band rehearsal.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

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

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • HARMONY
  • POWER
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Geneva 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 Geneva and teaches bass lessons for kids that get great results. Beginners learn to play bass guitar by using popular rock songs that illustrate key concepts and techniques.

Beginner Bass Lessons for Adults

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

Key Concepts
  • GROOVE
  • TECHNIQUE
  • THEORY
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Geneva 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 Geneva, our bass instructors use popular rock songs as a way of teaching students advanced concepts and techniques. We pair weekly private bass lessons with weekly band rehearsals to inspire and engage students throughout the learning process.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Geneva. 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 Geneva, 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 Geneva area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

The School of Rock Geneva Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Geneva 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 Geneva music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TECHNIQUE
  • TONE
  • THEORY
  • READING

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

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

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Geneva’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.

Jason Fein Owner

Jason's musical journey started very early. He started piano lessons at the age of seven and it wasn't long after that he decided he wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Still not feeling like he had found his true musical calling he decided to give his school chorus a try when he entered high school. Things started moving fast from there. He formed his first band as the lead singer and by the time he graduated high school he went away to college on a vocal performance scholarship. While in college he formed his first touring band called Next Best Thing. They had some success including two albums and a song placed in a very popular motorcycle DVD that pressed over 500,000 copies.

After college NBT broke up and Jason was left searching for a new musical outlet. Little did he know he would soon find it in multiple forms. He co-founded The Run Around. In the ten years The Run Around has been together they have played shows all across this country, sold thousands of albums, have a successful music video and shared the stage with such national acts as Tom Petty, Bowling For Soup, Local H, Blues Traveler, Alien Ant Farm, Mest, Head Automatica, Lucky Boys Confusion, Nine Days, Gavin Degraw and many, many more. In the midst of all this, Jason was hired on as a vocal instructor at another School of Rock in the area. It wasn't long before he was recognized for his ability to direct and put on an impressive live show and was asked to direct the performance program. From there he went on to be the General Manager.

He learned that he loved the School of Rock mission and everything it represented and decided he wanted to make School of Rock his life. Geneva has always been a favorite town of his and just minutes away from where he grew up so he thought it was a great place to set up shop and start the next great chapter of his life. He can't wait to help mold the next generation of rock n' roll royalty.

Dierdre Kelleher General Manager

Didi comes to School of Rock Geneva after having been a middle school teacher for 20 years. She earned her degree in Theatre from Loyola University Chicago, and returned to her alma mater to teach high school English and Drama and direct their Theatre Department. She did some work in film during this period, and you can see her briefly in the background of ​the Fugitive.​ She was even the stand-in for Kathy Bates in Prelude to a Kiss​! From there she went on to teach Language Arts, Ancient History, and in a STEM lab, and she worked as a costumer in her school’s performing arts program.

She learned about School of Rock when her nephews enrolled shortly after opening in 2015. She saw first hand how SoR fills the need for kids not interested in sports. She’s thrilled to now be in the Fox River Valley at School of Rock Geneva.

Bailey ​Poczos Music Director, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano and Singing Teacher

Bailey is School of Rock Geneva's Music Director, as well as a multi-instrumentalist instructor teaching guitar, voice, bass, and piano. She sings and plays guitar for an indie rock band called Johnny Personne, and has played with various bands and groups ranging from punk to classical to rock. Some of her recent bands include Joy Shooters (guitar) and The 48s (vocals).

Bailey grew up with both classical and practical training, taking private lessons in guitar, viola and violin, and was raised in an orchestral program at ECC. She has enjoyed her last five years teaching and directing at School of Rock, and can't imagine doing anything else!

Pete Steele Drum Teacher

Since the beginning of time there have been drummers, but none quite like Pete Steele. Pete began his musical adventure at 13. He has been in the “pit”, marched in parades, covered most of the musical venues in the Fox Valley Area, has had countless sessions in the studio and has played in over 50 musical theatre productions ranging from school plays to playing a Christmas show with ​The​ ​Rockettes​ to professional theatre productions. He spent a good chunk of his 20's traveling around the world (twice) entertaining fans from all over via cruise ships, he finds himself anchored close to his roots of Western Chicagoland.

Pete studied under Tom Hipskind at Columbia College Chicago and Gregory Secor from Grand Valley State University. Currently you can find Pete entertaining audiences with several local bands as well as Howl at The
Moon’s traveling show featuring two pianists and a drummer.

Pete is delighted every time he walks in the door to School of Rock Geneva to share his expertise with many already talented young musicians. Teaching over the last few years has revived his passion and creativity with his instrument and looks forward to any other challenges that are silly enough to stand in his way!

Daniel Covarrubias Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher

Dan first became interested in music when he listened to his siblings’ cd collection of Alternative rock. He was drawn to the variety of music he was hearing from video games. He was always humming tunes he heard and making his own. He began making his own music using Garageband. By the end of high school Dan had about ten full length albums of songs he wrote himself, based on his personal experiences. He wrote music as my way to express his own way of doing things.

Dan’s dad and brother In-law inspired him to take those accapella-riff styled songs to the guitar and practice techniques to build speed and memorize the guitar neck. Eventually he started playing his own shows and singing, sometimes even with a loop-pedal! He began to study Music Theory, and chart building and sight reading became more and more natural. Soon he was pulling off shows for Geneva’s Art Guild, Open Mics weekly, fundraisers, and joining a handful of cover bands and original rock bands.

Dan has been a guitar teacher and a bass teacher at School of Rock Geneva since our opening in 2015. Breaking down songs and feeling the uniqueness and togetherness of each part has always been his thing; and watching his students improve over the time has been fulfilling.

Joe Thomason Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Drum Teacher

Joe is a Guitarist, Bassist, and Drummer who began his musical journey when he was 11 years old. After first picking up a guitar in a middle school music class, he immediately became fascinated with the world of music. He began teaching himself songs from some of his favorite bands, and during this time he also picked up bass and drums, constantly wanting to further his musical ability.

He first started taking lessons to become a better player, but then after learning about music theory, he wanted to know what made music sound the way it does. This led Joe to attending Elgin Community College, and learning more advanced music theory as well as music production there. While in school Joe also started to explore the live performance side of music, and enjoyed sharing his music with anyone willing to listen. Now Joe hopes to share his passion for music with as many people he can.​

Ephraim Bugumba Guitar, Piano and Singing Teacher

Ephraim is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. He has appeared on American Idol, NPR and has been featured in multiple newspapers. This past winter he was also honored with the Spirit of Folk award at the Folk Music Awards 2020 by Folk Alliance International in New Orleans. Born into a royal family, Ephraim came to the US as a Congolese refugee and also goes by the name Storyteller.

Ephraim is a vocal instructor, piano teacher, and guitar teacher, and also leads our Rock 101 performance groups and our Little Wings at School of Rock Geneva.

Jared Ortega Singing Teacher

Jared Ortega is an undergrad at Northern Illinois University studying Recording Arts, under the direction of Grammy award-winning recording engineer Dan Nichols. Jared studied vocal performance with an emphasis in choral conducting at NIU for 3 years before switching degrees. During his time at Northern, Jared has performed across the DeKalb and Chicagoland area, even making it to the Lincoln Center performing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

Jared brings a range of vocal genres to the table, from classical to jazz to rock and funk. He is excited to work with the students at School of Rock, and watch them grow into well-rounded musicians. Jared is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Geneva, and he also has two chonky cats named Izzy and Mr. Business.

Mike Ullegue Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher

Mike taught himself to play guitar when he was in high school and has been playing guitar for 30 years. Mike graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a degree in Performance Arts focusing on Jazz drums and percussion. Mike also has several years’ experience working as a guitar technician. Currently Mike plays lead guitar in Wedding Banned. Wedding Banned came together 15 years ago and they play 100+ shows each year throughout the Midwest. Over the last 30 years Mike has played in bands varying in style from rock, jazz to country. In addition to guitar, Mike has played drums, electric bass, upright bass and he is a vocalist. Mike also dabbles in ukulele and piano.

Mike has been a guitar and bass teacher at School of Rock Geneva for about a year and looks forward to teaching the next generation of rockers!

Antonio Foster Piano Teacher

Piano accompanist, band leader, and musician, Antonio Foster comes from St. Louis, MO and attends Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He was inspired to learn to play piano by his grandmother, who was a church pianist. Throughout his career, Antonio has played for churches, jazz groups, and has done production work for a few artists.

Today he continues his Jazz Studies degree at Northern Illinois University, teaches our Rookies program, and is a piano teacher at School of Rock Geneva.

Kyle Gentile Drum Teacher

Kyle Gentile has been a performing musician for nearly 20 years. Starting off as a self taught drummer he recorded his first EP Drift, with his high school band Auxiliary at the age of 16. He went on to receive a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies from Capital University’s music conservatory. While attending University he was head of the percussion work study crew, performed all over Ohio with various rock/jazz/chamber groups, and premiered a taiko piece for PASIC while touring Texas with a chamber percussion ensemble. Kyle went on to become a teaching assistant at the University of Colorado Boulder’s Thompson Jazz studies program. Here he received a Master of Music degree in Jazz Performance and Pedagogy.

Over the years he has performed with artists of all genres all over the US as well as internationally. Some of these artists and groups include; Brad Goode, Safety Squad, Maria Schneider, Jonathan Saraga, Brian Casey, and Bill Boggs. Kyle recently returned to the northwest suburbs and continues to perform, record, and teach in various settings. Kyle teaches drums at School of Rock Geneva.

Chano Cruz Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher

Born and raised in St. Louis, bassist Chano Cruz has always been surrounded by culture and music in his life. He began gigging full time in high school in the city and became known as a versatile electric and acoustic bassist in the area. Once leaving for college he began expanding his career all over the Midwest. He has toured all over the country and outside as well. He is currently finishing his undergraduate degree in Bass Performance at NIU and has already begun his career as a touring musician and educator.

Jillian Swanson Singing Teacher

Jillian is an operatic soprano, is a native of Schaumburg, Illinois. Since graduating with her Masters in Vocal performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, she has appeared in numerous operatic and musical productions throughout the country. ​Jillian’s past credits include Benjamin Britten’s ​Peter Grimes as the Second Niece, while covering the lead Ellen Orford, ​Sondheim’s ​A Little Night Music (Anne Egerman), Menotti’s ​The Consul​ (The Foreign Woman), Gay’s ​The Beggar’s Opera ​(Lucy), and Purcell’s ​Dido and Aeneas​ (Dido). In the past Jillian has worked with The Western New York Chamber Orchestra, Nickel City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Jillian is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Geneva and Schaumburg.

Angela Filippin Studio Coordinator

Angela Filippin has always been drawn to the arts. She participated in choir and small theater performances during middle school and high school, graduating from Kaneland High School in 2010. After putting her creativity aside in hopes of following a career path that seemed conventionally responsible, she Googled “good business schools” (truly), and months later was accepted into the College of Commerce at DePaul University as a Business Major.

After two years at college, she discovered that the four year university wasn’t a great fit for her, so she took one of many leaps of faith and dropped out of school. She was so happy to be able to explore Chicago and meet all types of folks who made all types of art - unlike anything she had ever experienced coming from Elburn, Illinois! She was introduced to the Chicago DIY music scene, met jazz musicians at coffee shops, and stopped to talk to buskers on the street. She worked as a server for years all over the city; her favorites being places with live music.

While working at the greatest pizza place in the city, she befriended some musicians from Memphis who were on tour. A few months later, Angela was on a Greyhound to Tennessee to see them play their face melting, psychedelic tunes. When that same band went on tour in Summer of 2016, she made herself at home in their 15 passenger van and earned her keep selling merch all across the Midwest. Since then she has travelled the country with multiple bands; helping to sell merch, hype up the crowds, and assist with general roadie duties.

Once she moved back to her hometown, she was so inspired from her travels, Angela decided she wanted to start making music of her own. She set up a trial vocal lesson at School of Rock Geneva - which led to her becoming the Studio Coordinator. She feels right at home in the SOR community and looks forward to taking lessons in the future!

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Their teaching approach works.

They made me feel welcome before they even knew if I would be a good fit. They have a contemporary approach using your intrinsic motivation, following your interests, recognizing where you are and building on from there.

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The lessons and rehearsals motivate kids!

This keeps them accountable and makes them want to try harder for their peers. Learning to perform in front of a crowd at such a young age will improve their self esteem and help them in so many ways growing up.

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Everyone feels at home here.

School of Rock is my son's second home. I can't say enough great things about this place. If your child is at all interested in learning how to play music this place is it!

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School of Rock is life-changing.

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity for my kids to be a part of School of Rock. Watching the show over the weekend allowed me to see what they have been experiencing over the past few months and it brought everything to life.

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