School of Rock Glen Ellyn’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Sean BriskeyGuitar 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 LopardoSinging 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.
Zachary TaylorDrum Teacher
Zachary is a graduate from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor′s Degree in Jazz Studies and Music Business. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Zach has been playing in bands since he was in junior high. He has experience playing and recording with bands of all genres, including rock, country and jazz around the Rockford and Chicagoland areas. Artists that Zach has played with include Doc Severinson, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Bloom, Nat, Nashville Electric Company and more!
Sheldon DukesBass 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.