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School of Rock Glen Ellyn
536B Crescent Blvd.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 756-2981

Location Specifics

We're located between Main St. and Forest Ave.

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  • Monday: 12 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 12 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 12 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Thursday: 12 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/28/2019: Closed
  • 12/24/2019: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • 12/25/2019: Closed
  • 12/31/2019: 11 AM - 3 PM
  • 01/01/2020: Closed

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

Programs we offer

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

At School of Rock Glen Ellyn 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 Glen Ellyn, 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
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Glen Ellyn, 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 Glen Ellyn, 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 7-12

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Glen Ellyn'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 Glen Ellyn have a weekly private music lesson with an instructor who helps them learn the concepts and skills behind their performance songs. Students will experience how their instrument fits into the bigger picture with full-band group lessons and will fine-tune their talents with one-on-one private instruction.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

Our music programs for kids in are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Glen Ellyn 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 12-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
Ages 8-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Glen Ellyn'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 music venue.

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

School of Rock Glen Ellyn'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 Glen Ellyn 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 .

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 Glen Ellyn 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 .

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 8-18

The School of Rock Glen Ellyn House Band music program gives students ages 8-18 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 Glen Ellyn's House Band. Once selected, House Band members become leaders in their School of Rock community and perform live shows at 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 and the rest of . 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.

Center Stage Program Picture
Center Stage
Ages 13-19

The Center Stage Artist Search Program is an opportunity to be heard by a major record label. Singers from the ages of 13-19 can submit an audition video as part of the selection process. Selected artists will then have the chance to participate in a studio recording session, and perform at a live artist showcase with record label executives in Los Angeles. We'll also provide School of Rock songwriting camp scholarships for 100 applicants. Submit your video audition today.

What to expect
  • A live artist showcase in front of record executives
  • Record in a state-of-the-art major label studio

The Path to Take the Stage

The music of legendary recording artists can be the inspiration behind many School of Rock students’ drive to pick up an instrument for the first time. This music is the foundation of our curriculum because it helps maintain young musician’s drive to gain musical proficiency. Center Stage is a program to help usher in the next generation of great artists that will one day inspire others to begin their musical journey.

Music Lessons in Glen Ellyn

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Glen Ellyn, 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 Glen Ellyn is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other 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 Glen Ellyn'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 Glen Ellyn, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local 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 Glen Ellyn 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 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 Glen Ellyn 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 Glen Ellyn we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in , 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 Glen Ellyn, 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 . Unlike other 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 Glen Ellyn, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our 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 Glen Ellyn 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 Glen Ellyn, 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 Glen Ellyn 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 Glen Ellyn, 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 .

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Glen Ellyn, 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 , 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 Glen Ellyn’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.

Sean Briskey Guitar Teacher

Sean Briskey is a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and instructor based out of Chicago, IL. Currently, he performs frequently with Stampy, Great Sky Band, Shady Grady & the Nobodies and Northwest Corner.

Sean was surprised with a guitar at the age of 10 by his father and has not looked back since. He co-wrote and recorded his first album when he was just 16 years old. By the time he was a senior in high school, he had already performed at many notable Chicagoland venues and shared bills with national touring acts such as The Alan Parsons Project and The Ides Of March. He gained a tight grasp on music theory and multiple genres/styles while studying under Chicago jazz giants Kyle Asche, Pat Fleming, Anthony Molinaro and Victor Garcia while at Loyola University. After completing his degree, Sean went on to teach guitar and ensemble performance for a few Chicago music-based companies before landing his current position with School of Rock Glen Ellyn.

Laura Lopardo Singing Teacher

Laura Lopardo's immersion into a life of music began at a very young age. Some of her earliest memories are of her family jamming late into the night, and she joined in on the top harmony as soon as she could. She began studying music in earnest by seven, and at 10 was studying classical and opera, spending much of her teens onstage pursuing her love of musical theater.

She went on to pursue a music major in college and began honing her performing chops in local open mics and cover bands. Currently, she's providing vocals and percussion for Journeyman, a tribute to Eric Clapton, and several local bands including Ring Of Music and The Mid Knights. Teaching and directing have always been a passion of hers, and she's proud to have been able to call School Of Rock Glen Ellyn home since 2013.

Mick Holt Vocal Instructor

Mick Holt comes to us from Elmhurst College, where he majored in Music Education and German. He started his professional career at the young age of 18, working with Steppenwolf in theatrical productions, performing on stages around the country such as Carnegie Hall and the Lyric Opera stage, and being a cast member of a Grammy-nominated Christmas musical special. Mick has toured internationally as a vocalist and violinist with numerous choirs and orchestras, including being a member of the award-winning and nationally acclaimed vocal jazz ensemble of Elmhurst College, and just returning from Berlin, Germany, where he worked with the Berlin Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble. He also performed with the Lietze Orchestra. Mick currently sings professionally as part of the jazz duet The Standard Experience, and he is thrilled to share his music knowledge with our students, bringing with him years of teaching and industry experience. He is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Glen Ellyn.

Sheldon Dukes Bass Guitar Teacher

Sheldon Dukes is a seven-year professional bassist in the Chicagoland area. He’s well-versed in playing a large variety of musical styles such as rock, jazz and pop. He’s performed on many stages, including the United Center. He has performed with a variety of different artists, one of them being six-time Grammy Award winner Bebe Winans.

David Belcher Drum Teacher

David’s passion for drums was ignited when he witnessed a rock concert at a middle school talent show in his early teens. He finds an immense amount of joy in teaching and bestowing just a little sliver of his wild musical mind into the hearts and souls of his students. He believes School of Rock is a perfect avenue for his love of teaching music, as it’s a place that really embraces individuality. He finds great pleasure in meeting each and every new student, learning about their unique perspectives on life and music and how he can help expand their understanding through a shared love of music.

Elisabeth Crotser Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Elisabeth is a graduate of the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a degree in Music Education. She was a five-year member of a steel band where she played any genre from calypso to classic rock. She is currently performing as a guitarist and songwriter in the Chicagoland area and wants to prove that pop-punk isn't dead. She has been teaching private and group lessons in guitar, bass, ukulele, world percussion and even music technology for over five years. Some of her achievements include playing cover songs on guitar at a juvenile detention center, teaching Ableton Live at a high school level and developing a ukulele curriculum for elementary schoolers.

Eric Binder General Manager

Eric has spent the majority of his life as a performing musician, playing in a handful of bands spanning multiple rock sub-genres for the better part of two decades. He's performed at renowned venues like House of Blues Chicago and Bottom Lounge with his current band, 7 Corners, and also done graphic design work for musicians across the country including the logo design of rock band XEB (comprised of founding members of Third Eye Blind). He also served as a co-leader of the Chicago division of 30 Seconds to Mars' street team, where he collaborated with Virgin Records on marketing and promotion, as well as the distribution of promotional materials. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business from Full Sail University, he fell in love with the idea of being a part of School of Rock, where he could put his lifetime of experience in the music industry to good use. He is absolutely thrilled to be able to share his passion for music and his insights about the music industry with the kids who will become torch-bearers for the local music scene and beyond.

Tina Schmidt Studio Coordinator

Tina Schmidt’s journey with School of Rock started as a parent of two awesome boys that began attending the day the school opened its doors in 2013. She saw firsthand how unique and special the program was through the eyes of her sons. Sharing their excitement about music that is so close to your heart and being part of the great opportunities they were experiencing, School of Rock Glen Ellyn became home. She knew from that moment that her background in education and her lifelong passion for music could truly come together at School of Rock. So when the roles of Studio Coordinator and Little Wing Instructor presented themselves, it was a perfect fit. With a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Illinois University and a Master’s Degree from University of Illinois, Chicago, Tina is no stranger to working with children of all ages. Being an educator, she understands the importance of music education and all the rewarding benefits it has to offer. When she is not busy playing Tetris with the students’ schedules and helping to keep the school running smoothly, you can find her engaging the youngest of rockers in the Little Wing program and instilling a love for music and learning.

Xander Condie Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher

Xander has been playing piano ever since he was old enough to reach the keys. He is currently the worship coordinator at Jericho Road Church, and couldn't be more excited to be teaching at School of Rock. He is an alumni of Wheaton College and served as their gospel choir’s pianist, as well as a vocalist in their concert choir. The only thing he loves more than making music is helping others do so. His former piano and voice instructors instilled in him a deep love for music, and he strives to pass on this same passion to his students at School of Rock.

Evan Opitz Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Evan Opitz is a multi-instrumentalist composer with a primary focus on guitar and vocals. Committed to a life of practice and study for 15 years, he holds a bachelor's degree in Jazz Guitar from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied with world famous musicians Larry Gray (Benny Golson, Jack DeJohnette, Joe Pass) and Jim Pugh (Steely Dan, Michael Jackson). Currently Evan plays with several different musical groups that write and perform original creative music exclusively. These groups include The Phantom Broadcast, Two Sets of Eyes, Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen, and Fiona Grey. His group Rebecca Rego and the Trainmen recently worked with Beau Sorenson (Death Cab For Cutie, Garbage) in the studio of Justin Vernon (Bon Iver/Volcano Choir) at April Base in Eaux Claire, WI. He has also recorded session guitar for quite a few artists, including Travis Orbin (Darkest Hour/Sky Eats Airplane). Evan's multiple projects cross quite a few genres, including indie rock, pop, hip-hop, folk, Americana, jazz, post-punk, prog and metal. After spending countless days and nights touring, writing, recording and networking, Evan hopes to share his personal experience instilling only the truest hope and desire of musical knowledge in his students. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Glen Ellyn.

Sam Cho Guitar Teacher

Sam Cho was enraptured with the electric guitar when he first heard Jimi Hendrix over the radio, which resulted in him spending years studying all of the greats of the 21st century. After graduating high school in North Carolina, he moved to Wheaton to attend Wheaton College. During his time there, he participated with the Wheaton College Gospel Choir in tours around the globe. If you can’t find him playing guitar, you’ll find him in the deepest and darkest caves of the library, studying. He is a guitar teacher at School of Rock Glen Ellyn.

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Everyone is friendly, knowledgeable, accommodating and fun! I will recommend this place to all of my friends and family members.

Not just a school- IT'S A FAMILY.

The instructors tailor each lesson to the student's interests and preferences, explaining various musical aspects in ways that students of any age are able to understand. The atmosphere seriously feels like that of a big family.


The performance opportunities are incredible. The environment is warm and welcoming, and my son feels a real sense of camaraderie with his fellow students.

We love the staff!

The instructors are extremely professional, enthusiastic and dedicated. Great performance opportunities, and a fun environment for my child.