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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

School of Rock in Geneva is proud to offer music classes to help teach our community and surrounding areas such as Batavia, St. Charles (called the Tri-Cities), West Chicago, Elburn, Aurora, and South Elginhow to play instruments with skill and confidence. We teach everything from keyboard to bass guitar, songwriting, and vocals for all levels. At School of Rock, students can perform live shows and develop their musical ability in a supportive and encouraging learning environment. For budding musicians, they can study at School of Rock and rise to the skills of playing at The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles or onto the large music hub of Chicago, a great spot for emerging artists.

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
Online
All Ages

At School of Rock Geneva, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music 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’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in Geneva
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

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 in Geneva
Rookies
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Geneva, 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 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 in Geneva for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

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 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 in Geneva
Performance
Ages 8-18

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
Age 12 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 in Geneva 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 in Geneva
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 Geneva

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 Geneva

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 Geneva

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 Geneva

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 Geneva

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.

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!
Studio Coordinator Angela Filippin

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!

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.​

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!

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.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Carl Johnson

Carl Johnson Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Carl Johnson is a multi-instrumentalist from Batavia, Illinois. Starting with piano at age 9, he moved to trumpet when the time came to join the band program.

Carl attended college at Lawrence University, studying trumpet and guitar, playing in funk and rock groups at the school’s music festival. He played with several different school groups, including a performance with Grammy winning bassist Rufus Reid and the Downbeat winning Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble. A key part of that time was studying abroad in London, and becoming immersed in the blues scene there- often playing for hours at local blues bars and became a frequent collaborator with members of London’s Bad Day Blues Band.

His album of original music, “The Lonely Boat” is available on Bandcamp and Soundcloud. Carl is excited to teach keys, guitar, and bass at School of Rock!
Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Singing and Drum Teacher Tiger KHOKUNTHOD

Tiger KHOKUNTHOD Bass, Guitar, Keyboard, Singing and Drum Teacher

Tiger is a creative artist based out of Elgin IL. He recently graduated from Judson University with a degree in Music Composition (Theatre), his creative outlets range from a variety of different artistic ventures.

As a musician, his ability to play multiple instruments including, piano, guitar, bass, drums, along with singing has given him the opportunity to be involved in a variety of choral ensembles, church worship teams, rock bands, and musical theatre bands. Tiger is a songwriter, having written the book, music, and lyrics to his own original musical “Finding Home” originally premiered in November of 2019 at Judson University. His love for the arts continues with his ventures into theatrical directing, event planning, and marketing.

His hope is that all who get to know him have the opportunity to learn and understand the importance of the arts as a source of community and an opportunity for all kinds of people to find themselves through art.
Drum Teacher Eric Galvan

Eric Galvan Drum Teacher

Eric began his life as a drummer at 13. Originally self-taught, he has been developing his technique ever since. Throughout high school, Eric was involved in classical and jazz bands, and was a member of the marching band. Outside of school he had an indie band with his friends called Palmas where they played in a few events and venues around Aurora.

While attending the music program at North Central College, Eric enrolled in a couple of education courses teaching students in a band setting, and continued his involvement with various groups. He performed in jazz combos, a big band, a percussion ensemble, concert bands, and the NCC marching band. His involvement with music wasn’t just limited to school. He and his colleagues formed a ska band outside of school called Radioactive Geese. With this group, they played in various venues around the Naperville area and released an EP called Goose Tracks. Eric teaches drums at School of Rock Geneva.
Singing Teacher Michelle Siy

Michelle Siy Singing Teacher

Michelle Siy attends North Central College for their well-known music education program. Part of her teaching philosophy is that a person’s musical journey can begin at any age. Whether students are three years old or picking up an instrument for the first time during their adult lives, all people deserve an accessible way to learn about the ever-present music in our existence. She uses a blend of different music education theories to approach teaching young children. She encourages movement, play, and games to help students retain musical concepts and enjoy learning. Additionally, Michelle is passionate about diversity and inclusion. She strives to help create a world where music is accessible to everyone.

Michelle has been involved in music most of her life. She played piano and guitar as an elementary school student before taking up the french horn and vocals. She now performs with North Central College’s top band and orchestra and is a member of North Central’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble chamber group. She is passionate about rock music history and being a lifelong learner. This is evident through her plethora of research experience. She is currently writing her honors college thesis on Raga Rock and the influence Ravi Shankar had on the Rock scene in the 1960’s and expects to earn her BA in Music Education in 2022.
General Manager Joey Schultz

Joey Schultz General Manager

Joey loves the new-age approach to music education that is School of Rock! He began his music education at age 8 on the snare drum. He moved on to the drum set, guitar, and saxophone in middle school, and kept playing all the way through high school (jazz and orchestral band). He attended Columbia College Chicago where he studied Music Composition and Audio Engineering.

Prior to becoming GM for SOR, Joey successfully helped open another SOR location, and worked in natural disaster relief across the nation. Joey is endorsed by SJC Drums and Soultone Cymbals, and has over 33k followers on Instagram. He has a wide variety of tastes, but truth be told, is a metal-head at his core. He has played with big bands in the past such as Oceano, Hawthorne Heights, Veil of Maya, and Born of Osiris to name a few.

He also enjoys time relaxing with his two daughters, dog, cat, and rabbit.

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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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