School of Rock Highwood
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About School of Rock Highwood

Find your place in the music at School of Rock Highwood. We have a unique approach to learning music that helps kids blossom in unimaginable ways. Students are not only being taught an instrument—they’re learning to deal with life situations, building confidence, and becoming better people.

At School of Rock Highwood, learning music in a lesson room is just the beginning. We get kids playing on stage as quickly as possible, teaching them to play as soloists and as part of a team. This immersive method motivates them to be their best, helping them learn skills faster and more thoroughly.

As both rockers and educators, School of Rock Highwood’s instructors are passionate about creating a legacy of music by helping your kids succeed in music and beyond. Visit School of Rock Highwood today to learn more about our creative community.

Contact Information

School of Rock Highwood
9 Prairie Avenue
Highwood, IL 60040
US
Main Number
(847) 433-7625(847) 433-7625

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Friday2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Saturday10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • School of Rock Highwood's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

    Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

    All students in Highwood's Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
    • Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • Our Rock 101 Program at School of Rock Highwood is focused on making the first steps of a young student’s journey both fun and successful. The days of mundane music instruction are over. At School of Rock Highwood, we believe that playing music together is the only real path to mastering an instrument and developing a true love for music.

    In Rock 101, we focus our instruction on the one instrument that students have chosen to study. Whether we’re teaching scales, chords, notes, or time signatures, we put concepts in context so students understand how the principles they learn are applied to real music. Using some of the world’s most famous songs and infusing fun into every chord, Rock 101 allows Highwood students to enhance their skills and move on to our Performance Program.

    School of Rock Highwood’s Rock 101 students can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce basic concepts and skills in a band setting
    • A firm grasp of the fundamentals of technique and music theory
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • School of Rock Highwood’s top students can audition for our most prestigious honor: the School of Rock AllStars Program. Our AllStars represent the best of the best students from School of Rock’s entire global network of schools. With incredible musical aptitude, a knack for teamwork and incredible focus, today’s AllStars truly represent the future of rock and roll.

    Each summer, our AllStars embark on an authentic concert tour to perform in jaw-dropping live shows across the country, including Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, and countless others. AllStars also get to share the stage with experienced, larger-than-life performers like Alice Cooper, Eddie Vedder, and Slash, to name a few. There is no better way for a star on the rise to get a taste for what professional music is really like.

    School of Rock Highwood’s AllStars can expect:

    • Real-world performances where they can shine in their chosen medium: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • A fast-paced tour experience with stage shows at legendary events and venues
    • To play with the best performers from School of Rock’s global community
    • The opportunity to rock out on stage with world-renowned artists
    • An epic rock experience like no other!

  • School of Rock Highwood is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Highwood, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Highwood’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Highwood’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Highwood.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

School of Rock Highwood's Performance Program is all about translating our students' abilities to play in the lesson room to performing for real on stage. In addition to refining their overall skill and proficiency as musicians, students learn what comes with being part of a band: teamwork, collaboration, and the special brand of fun that only comes from sharing awesome experiences with others.

Students learn, absorb, and perform iconic hits from some of history's greatest rock and roll performers including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Van Halen, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin and many more. No matter what they perform, our students will learn incredible skills and enjoy epic experiences that will last a lifetime.

All students in Highwood's Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• Real-life performances on stage at amazing venues
• Advanced instruction in fundamentals such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Upcoming Events

  • August 6 - 10, 2018

    Guitar Hero Camp

    Camp
    We're combining two of our students' favorite past times: music and video games! Each day, campers will start by playing songs using the video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Then, campers will tr...
    We're combining two of our students' favorite past times: music and video games! Each day, campers will start by playing songs using the video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Then, campers will translate those songs into real life by playing them in a band with each other. At the end of the week, parents will be invited to play against their children in the video game and then watch campers perform the real thing!
  • August 13 - 17, 2018

    The Beatles Camp

    Recommended Age: 7-10 Cost: $450 (PRICE ONLY APPLICABLE DURING CYBER WEEK NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 3 - REGULAR PRICE $550) Who DOESN'T want to spend a week learning about the band that changed Rock...
    Recommended Age: 7-10
    Cost: $450 (PRICE ONLY APPLICABLE DURING CYBER WEEK NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 3 - REGULAR PRICE $550)

    Who DOESN'T want to spend a week learning about the band that changed Rock and Roll forever? Campers will choose a Beatles set list, and over the course of the week they will learn, rehearse and hone the songs that shaped the future of music. The week will culminate in a groovy in-house performance for friends and family!

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Staff

    • Photo of Anna Marlow
      Anna Marlow
      Voice and Keys Instructor
      Anna Marlow was born and raised in Rogers, Arkansas and enjoyed many years as a performer and teacher with The Young Americans. She has studied and performed improv and musical improv at The Second...
      Anna Marlow was born and raised in Rogers, Arkansas and enjoyed many years as a performer and teacher with The Young Americans. She has studied and performed improv and musical improv at The Second City and iO. She enjoys singing, playing piano and writing music, and is so excited to be a part of the School Of Rock team!
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      Bryan Resendiz
      Music Director and Drums Instructor
      Bryan Resendiz is a Music Director at the Highwood School. He teaches drums and manages the ensemble rehearsals. Bryan is from Evanston, Illinois. His path through the world of rock 'n' roll began ...
      Bryan Resendiz is a Music Director at the Highwood School. He teaches drums and manages the ensemble rehearsals. Bryan is from Evanston, Illinois. His path through the world of rock 'n' roll began when Bryan got his first drum set in the 3rd grade. Bryan's musical inspiration came initially from his older sister's record collection of "The Police" and "Led Zeppelin." By age 12 and throughout his teens, Bryan performed live in bands and in studio settings. In the summer of 1995 as a part of the Hello Dave band, Bryan played in venues from San Francisco and New York to Key West. The Hello Dave Band also headlined at the House of Blues, Park West, and the Vic Theater in Chicago. The band performed on numerous radio and television programs including WGN-TV, WXRT, and WCKG. In 2002, Hello Dave was asked by the U.S.O to entertain American servicemen and servicewomen overseas. Between 2002 and 2005, Bryan played rock 'n' roll in the Pacific Islands, Asia, Europe, Africa, and across the Middle East, culminating in an intense tour across Iraq. Bryan recorded a full-length album for Hello Dave's "Perfect Day" in 2003. An opportunity to work closely with producer, Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, REM, Bruce Hornsby) and engineer Mark Dearnley (Paul McCartney, ACDC, XTC) made a lasting impression on how to create powerful music and capture great performances. Bryan left the Hello Dave band in 2005 in order to focus on freelance music projects and a successful teaching practice at Kevin Connelley Drum Instruction in Skokie. Bryan continues to maintain a busy gigging schedule with a number of Chicago bands.
    • Photo of Bob Wolkotte
      Bob Wolkotte
      Guitar and Keys Instructor
      Bob has been playing guitar professionally since the age of 12. With over 30 years of experience, he teaches all styles of music from Jazz to Classical, World Music and of course, Rock. "I love all...
      Bob has been playing guitar professionally since the age of 12. With over 30 years of experience, he teaches all styles of music from Jazz to Classical, World Music and of course, Rock. "I love all kinds of music, but rock music is great because there's so much you can do with it. Groups from Yes to Elvis to the Sex Pistols to the Police all fit under that banner. It's a great palette from which you can paint all kinds of interesting pictures.'Bob has toured the US and Europe with punk-metal buffoons, TORG, performed all over the Chicagoland area with groups as diverse as the eclectic cover band Off High Road to pop-music professionals the Lisa Rene Band, and is the musical force behind the art-rap duo, Central Ave. 'I like being able to use what I've learned over the years to act as a musical chameleon, changing and adapting to whatever the situation needs.' Bob has been a part of the jazz duo, Now and Then, performing sets of modern and past standards with a soothing yet vibrant jazz flavor.Bob's highly successful style of teaching is very informative yet approachable, with a lesson plan that is specifically designed with the student's goals in mind. 'I can teach the student whatever he or she wants to learn. If you want blistering chops, I can get you there. If you want tasteful economy, I can get you there. No matter what your skill level, I can get you there and make you the player you've always wanted to be.'
    • Photo of Cody Cariggan
      Cody Cariggan
      Guitar, Keys, and Voice Instructor
      Cody started out as a School of Rock student at the age of 13, where he worked his way through dozens of performance bands and the house band. Since then he’s played hundreds of shows throughout ...
      Cody started out as a School of Rock student at the age of 13, where he worked his way through dozens of performance bands and the house band. Since then he’s played hundreds of shows throughout the Midwest and is even traveling to China in the spring of 2018 for a two to three week tour. Cody majors in music composition and despite focusing his practice on jazz, loves all kinds of music and teaches guitar, bass, voice, keys and violin amongst other things. He also has a mastiff puppy who loves to meet everyone!
    • Photo of Drew Littell
      Drew Littell
      Drums Instructor
      Drew Littell is a professional drummer, percussionist, and music educator from Chicago, IL. With over 20 years playing experience, 10 years touring nationally, and 8 years teaching, Drew brings a ...
      Drew Littell is a professional drummer, percussionist, and music educator from Chicago, IL. With over 20 years playing experience, 10 years touring nationally, and 8 years teaching, Drew brings a wide spectrum of experience to the private lessons at School of Rock. Starting as a percussionist in grade school, and all the way through a Jazz Studies major at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Drew has been trained in music at the academic level, but also has always been involved in some sort of independent, original music project. With 10 years touring experience, he has played many styles of music from metal to bluegrass and everything in between.
    • Photo of Jake Loomis
      Jake Loomis
      Voice, Keys, and Drums Instructor
      Jake Loomis was born and raised in Michigan, and has been performing as a vocalist, percussionist, and pianist for many years. He studied performing arts at The Young Americans College of the Perfo...
      Jake Loomis was born and raised in Michigan, and has been performing as a vocalist, percussionist, and pianist for many years. He studied performing arts at The Young Americans College of the Performing Arts in southern California. He then continued to spend the next four years traveling, performing, and teaching all around the world with The Young Americans. He is looking forward to continuing his performance career in the Chicago area, and is excited to be working at School of Rock!
    • Photo of Joe Faught
      Joe Faught
      Bass and Guitar Instructor
      Bassist Joe Faught born and raised in Chicago began playing electric bass at the age of six years old then later starting Double bass at 10. Educated in music at New Trier High School and Loyola Un...
      Bassist Joe Faught born and raised in Chicago began playing electric bass at the age of six years old then later starting Double bass at 10. Educated in music at New Trier High School and Loyola University as well as taught by some of the best bass players in Chicago, he plays throughout the Chicago Blues, Pop, R&B, Rock, and Jazz scenes. He was a student of the School of Rock Evanston since its opening and now teaches for the School of Rock in addition to live and recorded performances.
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      John Siegle
      Guitar Instructor and Adult Rock Director
      John Siegle is a singer/songwriter who grew up in Peoria, Illinois. He learned to play guitar with high school buddies and was soon playing at dances and at local bars. John and some friends moved ...
      John Siegle is a singer/songwriter who grew up in Peoria, Illinois. He learned to play guitar with high school buddies and was soon playing at dances and at local bars. John and some friends moved to the college town of Champaign-Urbana in the mid '70s. They formed the power-pop band Screams. John started writing material for the group. Screams was soon signed to MCA's Infinity label.They released an album and hit the road, headlining for national acts, at one point touring with Van Halen through most of the United States and Canada. The Infinity label was dropped by MCA as the band was in the middle of a tour of England, and Screams went back to Champaign to regroup. John moved to Chicago after meeting singer/songwriter Gary Yerkins to play in the band Garrison (a fine band that didn't pan out).John played a stint with local and regional favorites Mike Jordan and the Rockamatics, a glorious rock and roll roadhouse band, before re-joining with Gary to form Insiders. Insiders were signed to Epic Records and produced a successful album that featured the MTV hit, "Ghost On The Beach".Although the Epic deal only lasted for one album, the Insiders remained a Chicago mainstay for over ten years, self-produced three more albums, and were regularly played on station WXRT 93 FM. John is still in Chicago, still playing with a couple of bands, and still writing music.
    • Photo of Jon Allegretto
      Jon Allegretto
      Guitar Instructor
      Jon Allegretto is a Chicago-based guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and lyricist who has been writing and performing for nearly 20 years. A versatile musician, Jon enjoys a wide variety of sounds fr...
      Jon Allegretto is a Chicago-based guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and lyricist who has been writing and performing for nearly 20 years. A versatile musician, Jon enjoys a wide variety of sounds from many eras but his major interests are rock, blues, metal, and folk. He believes that music is as much about having fun and harnessing emotional energy and feeling as it is about technical ability and understanding and emphasizes this in his teaching.As a young child Jon would air guitar to his first favorite musician, Elvis. He received his first guitar at age 12 and quickly developed a love for such artists as Nirvana, Jimi Hendrix, and Social Distortion. 'Playing guitar is just something I always knew I wanted to do. It was something I was born with and something I knew I'd never stop doing - if I could help it, of course. I couldn't imagine my life without it. That would be weird...and certainly a lot less interesting!'While in his native Williamsburg, Virginia, Jon studied under Greg Eide and Gerald E. Lewis, and worked as guitar instructor and store manager at Authentic Guitars Inc. until his move to Chicago in 2006. Jon earned a Master's degree in Arts, Entertainment Media Management with a Music Business concentration at Columbia College Chicago in 2009.Jon has performed hundreds of shows including six U.S. tours with his current rock trio A Friend Called Fire, which he is lead guitarist, lead vocalist, and chief songwriter. He has shared stages with many gifted artists including Gary Clark Jr., Bachman Turner, Shinedown, Korn, and Sevendust to name a few, and also works as an acoustic solo artist, music photographer and writer, commercial music composer, and voice-over artist.
    • Photo of Macklin Suhre
      Macklin Suhre
      Drums Instructor
      Macklin Suhre was born July 21st, 1991 in Lake Bluff, Illinois. He attended Lake Forest Highschool studying music and drumming in the jazz band and wind ensemble. In 2009, he was accepted to Berkle...
      Macklin Suhre was born July 21st, 1991 in Lake Bluff, Illinois. He attended Lake Forest Highschool studying music and drumming in the jazz band and wind ensemble. In 2009, he was accepted to Berklee College of Music in Boston as a drum set principle, where he spent 4 years studying with celebrated faculty members such as Mitch Haupers, Mike Mangini, Kim Plainfield, and many more. Macklin graduated from Berklee in 2013 with a degree in Professional Music, and continues to perform with his band the Relevant Elephants who will be releasing their debut album 'Paper Walls' in spring 2016.
    • Photo of Megan Fletcher
      Megan Fletcher
      Voice and Keys Instructor
      Megan is a vocalist, pianist, and teacher currently living the Chicago area. She has a bachelors degree from Butler University and a masters degree from DePaul University, both in classical vocal p...
      Megan is a vocalist, pianist, and teacher currently living the Chicago area. She has a bachelors degree from Butler University and a masters degree from DePaul University, both in classical vocal performance. Here in Chicago, she sings vocals with the soul band Willy Dynomite. (Check them out at https://www.facebook.com/willydynomite/!!)
      Megan also performs in many different musical scenes in Chicago including jazz, musical theatre, and opera.
    • Photo of Sam Hudgens
      Sam Hudgens
      Keys, Voice, Saxophone, and Guitar Instructor
      Sam Hudgens was born and raised in Evanston IL. He started playing saxophone in 4th grade and from there learned guitar and piano. After going through the music program at ETHS he studied jazz at N...
      Sam Hudgens was born and raised in Evanston IL. He started playing saxophone in 4th grade and from there learned guitar and piano. After going through the music program at ETHS he studied jazz at North Park university. Currently Sam plays in a couple local Chicago bands and writes and produces original music.
    • Photo of Scott Balmoos
      Scott Balmoos
      Voice, Keys, and Guitar Instructor
      Scott is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and music educator. He started on his path in music while in middle schoolwhen he fell in lovewith the sound of The Beatles. He decided he must learn to sin...
      Scott is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and music educator. He started on his path in music while in middle schoolwhen he fell in lovewith the sound of The Beatles. He decided he must learn to sing and play guitar and what followed was the forming of his first rock and roll band. Music grew in his heart and he continued to pursue his passion by studying at the Eastman School of Music with a focus in vocal performance. While at Eastman, along with singing opera, art songs and musicals, and against his teacher's wishes, he continued rockin' out with his band The Shift. This energy eventually provided the spark to move to Chicago.For the past 12 years, Scott has been performing, writing and recording in Chicago, most notably with the roots reggae band Akasha and as a solo artist. As a lover of all types of music, he believes that you can learn about yourself, how to use your voice and reach out to the world from almost any song as long as it cries out with love from your heart.
    • Photo of Zoey Witz
      Zoey Witz
      Guitar Instructor
      Zoey has been playing guitar since 1987, playing music professionally since 1997, and teaching guitar since 2001. He has played all over the country and in Mexico at clubs, festivals, concerts, the...
      Zoey has been playing guitar since 1987, playing music professionally since 1997, and teaching guitar since 2001. He has played all over the country and in Mexico at clubs, festivals, concerts, theaters, and private events playing jazz, rock, country, r&b, bluegrass, blues, zydeco, and pop. Over the years he has played with local and national artists like Maggie Speaks, Tributosaurus, the Jersey Boys, Nicholas Barron, Cathy Richardson Band, CJ Chenier, and many, many others. Venues played among others: Buddy Guy's, Rosa's, House of Blues, Aragon Ballroom, Double Door, Symphony Hall, Park West, City Winery, Fitzgerald's, blues stage at the 2015 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and so on. Zoey is thrilled to be a part of the teaching staff at School of Rock!
    • Photo of Maggie Weber
      Maggie Weber
      General Manager
      Maggie was born and raised with an undeniable ear for music. Singing has always been her passion. Her mother told her that she sang before she ever spoke. Maggie has always had a knack for music. W...
      Maggie was born and raised with an undeniable ear for music. Singing has always been her passion. Her mother told her that she sang before she ever spoke. Maggie has always had a knack for music. When she was 18 months old, she would hum to songs happily in key. Maggie believes that everyone has music inside of them, no matter what the age. She has been involved in many projects and studio recordings including The Rip Chords (University of Illinois), Molehill, and Willy Dynomite. Her passion for music, paired with her obsessive organization has lead her to be the General Manager of the School of Rock Evanston & Highwood. Maggie hopes to open the door to musicians in a way that she never experienced. No recitals. No stuffy, boring lessons. Just good music, great teachers, and live performances. That's the way music should be.

News

    • Scholarship Benefit Show!

      It's that time of year again! The Schools of Rock Highwood and Evanston are revving up for our annual Scholarship Benefit Show! All proceeds from the show, raffles, and silent auction will go towar...
      It's that time of year again! The Schools of Rock Highwood and Evanston are revving up for our annual Scholarship Benefit Show! All proceeds from the show, raffles, and silent auction will go toward our Scholarship fund. Our Scholarship Fund is imperative to some families in our SoR community. The students enrolled in our Scholarship Program depend on scholarships in order to afford the amazing opportunities and benefits our programs offer. As you all know, School of Rock is a place where all kids are accepted and encouraged, and we do not want to turn away families who might not be able to afford our programs.

      In order for the Scholarship Benefit Show to be successful, we are looking for small and large ticket items. Here are some of the ideas we have come up with:

      - Gift Cards/Services donations from local businesses

      - Concert Tickets

      - Golf Outings with members at Country Clubs

      - Bears/Bulls/Hawks/College Sports Tickets

      - Timeshare donations

      - Signed items from music artists

      - Wine/Beer/Liquor Donations for Cork Pull

      Please let us know if you are able to donate any of these items. We will be mentioning all businesses who donate at the Scholarship Benefit Show during the performance. Also, if there is any signage/marketing materials you would like to have at the show, we am happy to display them at the show. If you cannot donate directly, please let us know if you have any ideas on where to go for donations!
    • Birthday Parties!

      Say goodbye to boring birthdays forever! Forget the clowns and the lame magicians. School of Rock throws a bash that will be “music to your ears”. This party is equal parts fun, education, and ...
      Say goodbye to boring birthdays forever! Forget the clowns and the lame magicians. School of Rock throws a bash that will be “music to your ears”. This party is equal parts fun, education, and inspiration. It is our mission to provide an experience that inspires children to Rock on Stage and in Life! Contact Maggie at [email protected] to book the ultimate birthday event!

Testimonials

  • “The Program Directors, the individual teachers, the ability for the kids to have some input into the songs they play, the variety of programs (especially the addition of the new singer/songwriter program), the atmosphere, the choice of venues, the friendliness of the staff”
    - Robin W.
  • “Honestly, I could not recommend SoR more. My daughter has been playing for two years and her talents have grown tremendously because of the quality instruction. As opposed to trying to fit your child into a more classic (read: boring) method of learning, the style here is all about learning in a fun environment. Do not worry that they are not learning "classical" music, they are just as concerned with technique as with rocking out.”
    - Matthew V.
  • “SOR is a fantastic venue that has provided my son with the opportunity to discover and develop his passion for music. The instructors are dedicated professionals and the kids have the amazing opportunity to perform in high profile venues inluding the House if Blues in Chicago. I highly recommend and encourage anyone who has an interest in popular music to join in the fun!”
    - Chris T.
  • “The kids are so lucky for this experience and what they are learning through this program. Of course they are all becoming better musicians, but what I think is most important is the leadership and how they have learned to represent themselves and School of Rock. The fact that they can set up and act in a professional manner when there is no adult supervision is such a great skill. I also loved it at Pumpkin Fest when I saw my daughter running in front of the stage to get the band to jump around and "perform". These kids are growing in so many ways.”
    - Alana L.
  • “If you have not signed up your kid for SOR you should! It’s a FANTASTIC program!”
    - Heather R.
  • “My son loves his time at School of Rock. From the moment he walked in, he said it was the coolest place ever. He quickly decided that he wanted to join a band and hasn't looked back. During his Garage Band practice sessions he has learned to play music with his peers and perform in front of an audience - so cool! But he also built friendships and has had a blast hanging out. They all come together at the end to put on an awesome Rock Show - there is nothing like watching your kid play at House of Blues!!”
    - Kristin C.
  • “At first, you think that School of Rock is just about learning an instrument, learning to perform and allowing the kids an opportunity to emulate many of the modern artists they see and hear every day. With my son, and with so many of the other ‘rockers’ we’ve come to know, the School of Rock experience opens up many more avenues beyond performance. There’s no question that School of Rock accelerated my son’s musicianship, broadened his exposure and appreciation across genres, and built his understanding of music production. While it’s led him to pursue a career in the music and entertainment industry, it’s also provided him with the strong sense of teamwork, confidence and camaraderie necessary to succeed in most any field.”
    - Carol & Chris J.
  • “We have had so many wonderful experiences at the School of Rock Highwood. The teachers and staff are talented, friendly and fun. Our son has learned impressive skills on multiple instruments and has developed a real passion for music. The performance program has given him confidence and an opportunity to connect with other kids who share his love of music. He loves to be at the school, and so do we - it is a really warm and welcoming environment, and the shows are incredibly fun! We are so happy to have found the School of Rock. It's AWESOME!”
    - Marni S.
  • “We like the personal attention our child receives as well as the opportunity that she has to play in a band with other musicians. The music directors are top notch!”
    - Abby P.
  • “We like the personal attention our child receives as well as the opportunity that she has to play in a band with other musicians. The music directors are top notch!”
    - Anne W.
  • “We like the personal attention our child receives as well as the opportunity that she has to play in a band with other musicians. The music directors are top notch!”
    - Steve K.