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.
Kelsey Roberts Vocal Instructor, Guitar Teacher, Studio Coordinator
Kelsey is a vocalist, guitarist and keyboardist from Plainfield, IL who knew at a young age that she wanted to pursue music. After being introduced to the basics of guitar and vocals throughout middle school, she decided she wanted to take music more seriously. At 14, she discovered School of Rock. She started vocal training with Jason Fein (owner, director and vocal instructor) at School of Rock Plainfield. Kelsey spent all four of her years at School of Rock in the Performance Program and as a House Band member. This opportunity allowed her to help out with other School of Rock programs such as Rock 101, Little Wing and Rookies. Kelsey knew she wanted to continue her journey at School of Rock past her time as a student and gained a large amount of experience learning and performing music both for School of Rock and within her own bands. At 16, Kelsey recorded her first album with her former band California Killers as a writer and lead vocalist for the pop-punk group. With this group, she played at well-known venues around the Chicagoland area. Since graduating as a senior from School of Rock Plainfield, Kelsey now plays in a classic country acoustic duo with guitarist Owen Szorc and studies vocals and keys at Waubonsee and College of Dupage. Outside of school, she continues her practice on guitar. She aspires to live up to the great teachers at School of Rock who taught her the ins and outs of playing, performing, learning and loving music. At School of Rock Geneva, Kelsey is a vocal instructor, guitar teacher and a Main Director of Performance and Rock 101. She is also our studio coordinator.
Spencer Zick Drum Teacher
Spencer Zick is a drummer, percussionist and educator from DeKalb, IL. After discovering the drums at a young age, he immediately knew that’s what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. Since then, Spencer has studied music all the way through college and has played all over the Midwest and in most parts of Florida. He aspires to travel the world and inspire others through music. Spencer’s passion for music extends beyond just playing and into teaching as well. He teaches drummers of all skill levels and enjoys watching his students grow not only musically, but also fundamentally. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Geneva.
Nick Rich Drum Teacher
Nick Rich started playing drums almost before he could walk. The only grandchild of music icon Buddy Rich, he was given his first set drum set from Remo Belli (REMO) at the age of 18 months old, and played his first gig at two years old on his grandfather's lap at Disneyland. From that moment on, Nick has been an unstoppable force in the drumming world. At age 14, Nick began his studies with the alternative drumming icon Travis Barker (Blink 182, The Transplants, Plus 44), who developed Nick's rudimental and marching chops. At 17, Nick studied with the fusion great Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, The Dave Weckl Band), who completely changed his approach to the drums. Dave showed Nick a new approach to the drums, from the grip to the comfortable setup of the drum set. Today, Nick is a drum teacher at School of Rock Geneva, studio musician and touring drummer who has developed his own style and sound.
Mike Weber Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher
Mike Weber is a guitar and drum teacher at School of Rock Geneva, as well as a songwriter, producer and performer. Mike plays many different instruments, but he specializes in guitars and drums. As a composer and songwriter he has written music for several short films and indie video games, and his music has been licensed all over the world by such companies as Fox Sports, CBS, A&E, State Farm, Carlsberg and others. In 2015 his indie-folk band The Lulabelles was selected as a grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Mike has been obsessed with music for nearly his entire life. At age five he started taking piano lessons, and guitar and drums followed shortly after. Throughout high school he played and sang in a handful of punk rock bands, and he went on to study Music Production, Composition and Percussion Performance at Ball State University, where he graduated in 2009.
Allen Mendez Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Allen Mendez received his Master's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from Northern Illinois University May of 2019. He studied with modern guitar virtuoso Fareed Haque. In 2014 he received a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies with an emphasis in trumpet and trombone from Lincoln College. Since then, Allen has played professionally as a solo guitarist and in many different music ensembles of various genres. Because of deep influences in classical, jazz, blues, ska and Latin music, an eclectic mix of opportunities in different areas are given to his students. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Geneva.