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School of Rock Glenbrook
3139 Dundee Rd.
Northbrook, IL 60062
(224) 904-7625
  • Monday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 11 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Glenbrook, 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


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 Northbrook
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Glenbrook 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

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 Glenbrook, 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 Northbrook
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Glenbrook, 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

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 Glenbrook, 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 Northbrook for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Glenbrook'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 Glenbrook have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in Northbrook are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Glenbrook 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 Northbrook
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Glenbrook 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 Glenbrook Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Northbrook music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Glenbrook'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 Northbrook music venue.

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 Glenbrook, 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 Northbrook is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Glenbrook 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 Northbrook for students over 18
Adult Program
Ages 18+

School of Rock Glenbrook'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 Glenbrook 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 Northbrook.

What To Expect

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 Glenbrook 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 Northbrook.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Northbrook
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Glenbrook 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 Glenbrook'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

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 Northbrook 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
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

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 Glenbrook

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Northbrook

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Glenbrook, 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 Glenbrook is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Northbrook 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 Glenbrook'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 Glenbrook, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Northbrook 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 Glenbrook 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 Northbrook guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Northbrook

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Glenbrook 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 Glenbrook we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Northbrook, 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 Glenbrook, 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 Northbrook. Unlike other Northbrook 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

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 Glenbrook, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Northbrook 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 Northbrook

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Glenbrook 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 Glenbrook, 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 Glenbrook 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

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Glenbrook, 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 Northbrook.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Northbrook

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Glenbrook 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 Northbrook 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 Glenbrook, 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
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Northbrook 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 Glenbrook, 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 Northbrook

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Northbrook. 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 Glenbrook, 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 Northbrook 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 Glenbrook Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Northbrook 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 Northbrook music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Glenbrook, 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 Northbrook, 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 Glenbrook’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.

Adam Instefjord Regional Director

Adam Instefjord is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. He first picked up a guitar at the age of 12, immediately started his first band in the eighth grade and has been performing both locally and nationally ever since. Over the years he has decided to expand his musical prowess and learned how to sing, play bass guitar and drums. Another concentration that Adam has pursued is audio recording and production. He chose to continue his education at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH, where he received certification in Audio Recording and Production.

Adam currently plays in multiple bands, including playing bass and singing in Chicago-based cover-band The Student Body. Adam started his career at School of Rock Oak Park in 2013. He started his tenure as an instructor, was promoted to Music Director and is now the Regional Director of both School of Rock Oak Park and School of Rock Glenbrook. During his years with us, he has taught guitar, bass guitar and production, directed countless shows, taught Rock 101 and Rock 201, and taught Project Studio and Oak Park’s House Band.

Amy Renzulli Owner

Amy Renzulli, former corporate marketer, is the owner of School of Rock Oak Park and School of Rock Glenbrook. Starting at an early age, Amy recognized a tension between art and business. It began when her doctor dad left his medical practice to pursue a career in art and her stay-at-home mom went off to law school and started her own successful career. As a result, Amy has spent most of her work life blending the two sides, building her career in sales and marketing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield and, at the same time, pursuing artistic interests. While she developed her business skills in web marketing, sales strategy and technology adoption, she also hosted art shows, crafted and sold jewelry in local boutiques and galleries, and generally sought opportunities that would enable her to marry her business skills with her love of art. When her daughter, at the time only 12 years old, attended summer camp at School of Rock Chicago, Amy suggested that they should consider opening a school in Oak Park. Amy learned that School of Rock was a franchise opportunity and a light bulb went off. She knew that she would be the person to make it happen. In early December 2012, Amy and her ever-supportive husband, Bob Miller, converted a 50-year-old combination warehouse and office building into the vibrant home of School of Rock Oak Park. After having built the largest School of Rock in the world in Oak Park, she is setting her sights on bringing the same magic, energy and passion to the communities of Northbrook and Glenview with School of Rock Glenbrook.
Ben Kremer Drum Teacher

Ben Kremer Drum Teacher

Ben Kremer is a drummer, producer, audio engineer, and former School of Rock Oak Park student. During his tenure at the School of Rock Oak Park, Ben was in the house band and was a three time School of Rock AllStar. The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a country-wide 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.

Ben operates and engineers at Picture-Minded Studio in Oak Park, and is currently working with multiple groups as a drummer, songwriter, and producer. These include indie rock groups Idioglossia and Mock Nine, as well as R&B fusion group Space Cake. When he isn’t teaching, Ben spends his time honing his craft as an audio engineer and producer. Having mixed and engineered for over 10 bands and artists before the age of 20, Ben isn’t stopping making music any time soon.
Drum Teacher Colin Rambert

Colin Rambert Drum Teacher

Colin Rambert is a Chicago-based percussionist and drummer who actively performs in a multitude of contemporary and classical music settings. He began his musical journey at age 10 by joining the band program at school. As he got older, he played in various punk, rock, and indie bands throughout high school and eventually decided to pursue music as a career. Colin went on to receive a Bachelor of Music degree in Commercial Music from Millikin University (2012) and a Master of Music degree in Percussion Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2015). He can most regularly be seen playing with The Phantom Broadcast, an experimental rock outfit that pushes the boundaries of indie, post-rock, classical, and jazz, and can be heard on their latest full-length album Antiquities. He can also be found playing drums for the Chicago pop-rock band King Mixer.

Colin also enjoys teaching young musicians of all ages throughout the Chicagoland area. Aside from his work with School of Rock, he serves as a percussion teaching artist with the Chicago Arts and Music Project and with Sistema Ravinia in Waukegan. He also teaches privately and instructs marching percussion at a handful of public schools, most notably John Hersey High School, Buffalo Grove High School, Elk Grove High School, Glenbrook North High School, and Homer Jr. High. Colin believes that learning music can be fun, inspiring, and lead to growth in all aspects of life and hopes to share his passion with all of his students.

Dave Vazzano Music Director

Dave Vazzano’s passion for music and performing developed at a very early age. His musical journey began in grade school when he joined both concert and marching band. He continued in both performance groups throughout grade school and college at Western Illinois University. Dave bought his first drum kit at age 12 and his passion for rock music grew. This journey then grew as Dave and his best friend and School of Rock coworker Adam Instefjord started a band that specialized in 90s punk rock covers. Dave and Adam also write, produce and record their own original music and continue to release albums. Currently Dave is playing with multiple Chicago-land area bands. He is a founding member of the Chicago punk rock trio The Mizzerables, who have released their third album "Whatever... This Sucks." One of the projects that takes up most of Dave’s time is The Student Body, a high-energy rock cover band that specializes in party rock anthems. You can catch The Student Body at festivals, casinos, weddings, corporate events and more. Dave currently teaches drum lessons at School of Rock Oak Park and is the Music Director for School of Rock Glenbrook.

Emily Blue Guitar, Keyboard and Singing Teacher

Emily Blue is a pop artist based in Chicago, IL. She has over 10 years of experience performing and is passionate about vocals, keys, guitar, and band-leading.

She also plays in Tara Terra with one other SoR instructor, Evan Opitz.
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Emma Lyn Smoler

Emma Lyn Smoler Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Growing up in the rural midwest, in a family of musicians, Emma Lyn Smoler has been singing, playing piano and violin, and writing songs since she was old enough to speak. Emma was a multiple scholarship student at Central Michigan University School of Music, where she was winner of the Midland Symphony Orchestra fellowship, and concertmaster of the University Symphony. Emma taught orchestra at West Intermediate School, and maintained a studio of private students at Central Michigan Community Music School. Post graduate, Emma traveled for two years in Europe, performing with musical ensembles that expanded her knowledge of folk and world music. Emma’s travels eventually led her to Chicago, where she has resided and played music since 2002. Emma has performed with internationally touring artists such as Kygo, Josh Groban, Edgar Meyer, Michael Cleveland, and Anne-Akiko Meyers. Emma has also performed on Ravinia main stage, opening for Jimmy Webb and Johnny Rivers. Emma performs with several local bands and orchestras, encompassing a variety of styles that speak to her ability to improvise and absorb any style of music. Emma is thrilled to share her passion for performing, with a new generation of music lovers!
General Manager Erica Lemish

Erica Lemish General Manager

Erica grew up in Michigan and her passion for music began at a young age when her mom and two older sisters were constantly playing classic and 80’s rock records in their home. This eventually led to an obsession with MTV and music videos as a kid and then attending tons of rock shows and festivals as a teen and adult. After graduating from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree, she started her career in Project Management and Technology Sales, working her way up through several global IT organizations. Then in 2014, Erica was introduced to School of Rock when her now fiancé, Dave Vazzano, who is also the Music Director in Glenbrook, invited her to attend a School of Rock performance that he directed in Oak Park.

Ever since then, she has been inspired by the extraordinary talent and continued growth of the kids, and has wanted to be part of the sense of belonging and community that School of Rock brings to everyone involved. Erica was lucky enough to have the opportunity to make a career change and recently joined the School of Rock family as the General Manager of Glenbrook. She is so excited to be surrounded by music everyday and to potentially make a difference in the lives of young musicians! Outside of work, Erica enjoys traveling the globe, hiking, gardening, hanging out with her French Bulldog Silvio Dante, true crime books and podcasts, and of course, going to as many rock shows as possible!
Isabella Andries Keyboard Teacher

Isabella Andries Keyboard Teacher

Isabella Andries is a pianist and a former student at School of Rock in Oak Park. During her time there, she was a keyboardist in the house band and performed at venues including the Rave in Milwaukee and Summerfest. Her fondest memories include playing in the Frank Zappa tribute show and writing her own piano parts for music by the Big 4 of Thrash Metal.

Isabella is a current senior at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin earning a B.Mus. in Piano Performance. She has a great interest in contemporary classical music and studies under Michael Mizrahi, founding member of the NOW Ensemble. At school, she has followed her interests in music composition, songwriting and electronic production. She has received training in piano pedagogy for students of a wide range of ages and skill levels. An active collaborative performer, she has a wide breadth of experience in solo, duo and chamber music. She has performed as a pit musician for musical theatre productions at Lawrence and in the greater Chicago area. Her studies have brought her to the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Italy and the Yarn/Wire Institute at Stony Brook University in New York.
Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Jeannie Fehr

Jeannie Fehr Little Wing Teacher, Rookies Teacher

Born and raised in Saint Louis, Missouri, Jeannie began piano lessons in 2004 after buying Green Day’s “American Idiot” album. That first CD purchase began her journey as a professional musician. Her inspiration varies from Led Zeppelin, Queen, Janis Joplin and Evanescence to Bob Marley, Widespread Panic, The Head & The Heart, and Fruition just to name a few.

At 14 she started playing in her first rock band and teaching piano lessons while adding voice, guitar, clarinet, and alto saxophone along the way. Jeannie involved herself in the music industry outside of music lessons. She tutored music theory at a community college, earned a piano scholarship at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, sold and fixed instruments, took on disc jockey gigs, recorded two albums, volunteered as a board member for Queen City Rock Camp, and played shows for organizations like Boys & Girls Club and Girl Scouts of America.

Jeannie graduated with her Bachelors in Geology and Music Minor at Missouri State University in 2017. When she was not studying rocks, she worked at School of Rock Springfield as a Studio Coordinator, Lesson Instructor, String Technician, and Junior Performance Program Director. Jeannie recently moved to Chicago, IL and is excited to be in the School of Rock Community.

Kathleen Lane Singing Teacher

Kathleen Lane is a vocalist and composer in Chicago, Illinois. Kathleen is currently pursuing her second bachelor's degree in Music with a focus in Vocal Performance at The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). At UIC, she studies with vocalist Cheryl Wilson and performs with UIC’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble.

Kathleen was a selected vocalist in her first year to perform UIC's Jazz in the Grass. Kathleen blends folk and indie influences to create an earthy and heartfelt sound within her original music. She has performed as part of her previous duo, The Jades, and on her own at various venues including Foundation Room, Wire, Pierogi Festival, Rockopelli Music Festival, Elbo Room, Beat Kitchen, Underground Lounge, and more.
Studio Coordinator Max DiFrisco

Max DiFrisco Studio Coordinator

Max DiFrisco is a vocalist, guitarist, and former School of Rock student. During his tenure at the School of Rock Oak Park, Max was in the house band and was a two time School of Rock AllStar. The School of Rock AllStars Tour takes the very best students from around the world and sends them on a country-wide 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.

Max is currently working as a songwriter and producer under the name Westhead collaborating with multiple artists. He has performed with several other groups over his tenure as a multi-instrumentalist at venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado and Lollapalooza in Chicago. Not only is Max involved in songwriting but he is a founding member of indie rock groups Jonnycatland and Idioglossia. Max's dedication and passion for music has also led him to be the touring guitarist for Computer Science, a North Carolina dream pop outfit. Max is currently pursuing an electrical engineering degree with a focus in audio, writing music, working at the School of Rock Glenbrook and continuing to pursue his musical passions.
Guitar Teacher Michael Hilgendorf

Michael Hilgendorf Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Michael Hilgendorf began his musical journey when he picked up the guitar at age 11. Coming from a family of 70s and 80s rock and metal purists, his early interests included Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix, among others. He played his first bar gig fronting a power trio at age 12. While in high school, Michael began to develop an interest in jazz, which led to a series of educational ventures, including camps at Wayne State University and the Berklee College of Music.

Michael’s developments as a musician led him to Chicago in 2016 when he began attending Columbia College Chicago. In the four years he spent there, he grew immensely as a musician, building up his skills as a guitarist, improviser, arranger, and composer. While at Columbia, Michael had the opportunity to study and perform with many world-renowned musicians, including Bernard Purdie, Cassandra O’Neal, Donny McCaslin, Kendrick Scott, Isaiah Sharkey, and many more. When not in school, Michael spent his time playing in the city as a solo guitarist, an accompanist, and in many different small and large ensemble settings for a wide variety of clientele.

Teaching has always been a part of Michael’s life: His first job was teaching guitar lessons at a local studio in his hometown at the age of 16. He also worked as a guitar tutor for Columbia College Chicago during his time there, as well as teaching several students in his free time out of his apartment. Michael believes that being an inspiring, supportive, and fun music instructor is one of the greatest things about being a musician, so he is beyond happy to be a part of the School of Rock team!
Marketing and Social Media Specialist Morgen Hare

Morgen Hare Marketing and Social Media Specialist

Morgen Hare was brought up in music since she was six and hasn't stopped since. She started off dancing at age four, then added piano at six and voice at seven to continue her musical education. Originally from Minnesota, she developed a love for music the moment she was introduced to The Jackson 5 and Earth, Wind and Fire. After high school, she moved to Chicago, graduated from Columbia College and is currently a full-time professional vocalist. As she grew so did her skills as they developed and blossomed into a thriving career.

Having performed at Carnegie Hall in NY, Summerfest in Milwaukee and the Vic and Aragon Theaters in Chicago, Morgen is just as comfortable in front of large crowds as small ones. Whether it's working as a studio singer, recording for TV and radio commercials or live shows, her love for music never ceases. She has a passion for all types of music, ranging from classical, hip-hop, rock and soul to musical theater, R&B and everything in between. Morgen also has an avid passion for health, fitness and nutrition. In college, she got her yoga certification and studies nutrition on the side. In other words, her affinity for life, love. and music emanates in all she does. She is a Marketing and Communications Specialist at School of Rock Glenbrook.

Nick Fane Guitar and Bass Guitar Teacher

Nick grew up in the west suburbs of Chicago, and started his life in music by picking up a bass guitar at age 15. Influenced by bands like Rush, The Who, Tool and Soundgarden, he became immersed in every element of the musical process, from songwriting to music production and beyond.

After earning his Bachelor's of Music from Columbia College Chicago in 2013, he spent four years with the Nick Moss Band, an internationally known blues/rock band. Pulling on experience gained from years of touring the continental United States, northern Europe and beyond, he works with his students to fully enrich their musical lives, as well as make them better players.
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Pete Falknor

Pete Falknor Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Pete Falknor has been hooked on electric guitar since he first plugged one in at age 7 (thanks Dad!). He grew up in the northwest suburbs obsessed with Green Day, picking up drums and bass guitar along the way to starting his own junior high, high school, and college rock bands playing both covers and original music.

After receiving his degree in Music Business from Columbia College in 2009, he went on to manage legendary Chicago music venue The Empty Bottle before founding and managing the world-renowned Thalia Hall in 2014. These days you can hear him singing and playing guitar in his original band Planet Exploder, drumming for singer-songwriter Derek Nelson (Martin Van Ruin), and singing and playing bass in his classic rock/punk cover band PUNK is DAD. When he's not spending time with his wife, two kids, and dog (Huey Lewis) he is working on his online guitar cafe, Black Bobbin.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Rob Herman

Rob Herman Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Rob Herman is a guitar, bass, and keys teacher at School of Rock Glenbrook. Rob started playing bass with his punk band in the late 70’s and moved on to the industrial landscape music of the Men. Rob now plays bass in Hedgehog and the Fox, a progressive rock band with deep ties to Mountain, Jeff Beck and power pop. Rob’s greatest influences include Led Zeppelin, King Crimson, XTC, and Gentle Giant. Rob loves to share his passion for music with his students and is very excited to work with his new students at School of Rock Glenbrook.

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What I like about the program is that my kids LOVE it!

This is so different from the music lessons that existed when I was a kid. These kids are actually making music and learning to play as a band. The performances are so impressive, and watching the kids gain confidence and express themselves on stage is priceless.

The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

Taking lessons to learn an instrument is one thing, but learning how to be a part of a band is on another level. These kids are learning how to communicate, respect people and their opinions, and how to be accountable for themselves. It’s more than just music here.

It's the best music program in the city.

Dedicated instructors and staff, vibrant atmosphere, and most importantly, it's fun! My 8-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in skill and personal confidence. If you're thinking about checking it out, don't wait, just do it!

The kids have a great time while learning to play.

Lifelong skills and relationships are born here. The staff shares their passion for music and are very professional and accommodating. Wish I had this type of exposure to music when I was growing up!