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

Location Specifics

Located at the corner of Green Bay Rd. and Prairie Ave.

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  • Monday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 8 PM
  • Friday: 4 PM - 8 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Rock 101 music program for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 7-11

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Highwood'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 Highwood 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 Highwood are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Additionally, students (typically ages 7 to 11-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 11-18

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

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Highwood'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 Highwood music venue.

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

School of Rock Highwood'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 Highwood 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 Highwood.

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 Highwood 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 Highwood.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Highwood 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 Highwood'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 Highwood 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.

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 Highwood

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Highwood, 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 Highwood, 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 Highwood’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.

Drum Teacher

Bryan Resendiz Drum Teacher

Bryan Resendiz is a Music Director at the Highwood school. He teaches drums and manages the ensemble rehearsals. His path through the world of rock n' roll began when he got his first drum set in the 3rd grade. Bryan's musical inspiration came initially from his older sister's record collection. 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. 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, "Perfect Day," in 2003. 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.
Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Scott Balmoos Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Scott Balmoos is a singer, songwriter, guitarist and music educator. He started on his path in music while in middle school when he fell in love with the sound of The Beatles. It wasn't long before he was singing and playing guitar in his first rock and roll band. Over the subsequent years, the music in his life grew and expanded, so 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 playing with his band The Shift. This energy eventually provided the spark for him to move to Chicago. Since 2003, Scott has been performing, writing and recording in and around Chicago, most notably with the roots reggae band Akasha. As a lover of all types of music, he believes that through it you can learn about yourself, how to use your voice, and reach out to the world from almost any song. He is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Highwood.
Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

Anna Marlow Singing Teacher, piano Teacher

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.

Camille McClellan Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Camille McClellan is an electric guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, composer/arranger and record producer with a dedicated music career spanning over 15 years. Often described by audiences as the female Slash, Camille has garnered years of experience performing at legendary venues around the country, including Fenway Park and The Whisky a Go Go. After graduating from Berklee College of Music in 2016, Camille spent time in Los Angeles, where she wrote, arranged, pre-produced and co-produced her debut solo EP alongside a Grammy Award-winning producer/engineer. In 2017 she adopted the stage name Blake Red as an emerging alternative metal recording artist. She is a guitar teacher, bass guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Highwood.

Paul Bolger Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Paul Bolger is the lead singer and acoustic guitarist for Chicago-based jam band Mr. Blotto. After graduating from school Paul decided to become a full-time musician, landing a gig as the house singer at a Polish club in Chicago. During his time as the house singer he met the other members of his band. After releasing their first album, "Parking Karma," in 1992 they took their music to larger venues and by the end of the decade they were a significant influence in the Chicagoland music scene. Since then the band has released many albums and has become a Chicago staple at local events and festivals.

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. 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 led her to be the General Manager of School of Rock Evanston and Highwood. Maggie hopes to open the door to musicians in a way that she never experienced.

Sarah Rabin Assistant General Manager

Sarah Rabin was born and raised in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago. As a young child her mother would take her to choir rehearsals and sing to her every day. It was through this that she first discovered her passion for the performing arts. At the age of six Sarah began learning music by playing piano, which eventually led her to playing flute. Her greatest love, however, is singing. Sarah has studied voice since she was in fifth grade. Her love for voice eventually led her to majoring in Music Administration at The University of Illinois. She has been involved in many performing groups over the years including concert choirs, a cappella groups, show choirs, musicals and more. Sarah has also performed on a national tour as the vocalist for the Colts Drum and Bugle Corps. Before coming to work for School of Rock she worked as an intern at The Walt Disney World Resort, and then as a production intern for Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. Sarah is excited to be working with the students of School of Rock as she is a big advocate for music education. She believes that music should be studied with great teachers and great music.

Macklin Suhre Drum Teacher

Macklin Suhre was born July 21st, 1991 in Lake Bluff, Illinois and has been drumming since the age of 10. He attended Lake Forest High School, 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 four 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, Tanzen.

Sam Hudgens Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Sam Hudgens was born and raised in Evanston, IL. He started playing saxophone in fourth 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.

Jake Loomis Singing Teacher, Piano Teacher, Drum Teacher

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.

Drew Littell Drum Teacher

Drew Littell is a professional drummer, percussionist and music educator from Chicago, IL. With over 20 years of playing experience, 10 years touring nationally and eight years teaching, Drew brings a wide spectrum of experience to 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 of touring experience, he has played many styles of music from metal to bluegrass and everything in between.

John Siegle Guitar Teacher

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 and 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.

Zoey Witz Guitar Teacher

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 others. Zoey is thrilled to be a part of the teaching staff at School of Rock.

Jon Allegretto Guitar Teacher

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. 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, in 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.

Bob Wolcotte Guitar Teacher

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. 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. 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.

Joe Faught Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Bassist Joe Faught was born and raised in Chicago and began playing electric bass at the age of six years old then the double bass at 10. Joe earned his chops through music classes at New Trier High School and Loyola University, as well as by being taught by some of the best bass players in Chicago. Additionally, he was a student of School of Rock Evanston since its opening and now teaches for School of Rock in addition doing live and recorded performances throughout the Chicago blues, pop, R&B, rock and jazz scenes.

School of Rock is where music and learning come together

For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.


We Teach Music Differently!

Honestly, I could not recommend School of Rock more. My daughter has been playing for two years and her talents have grown tremendously because of the quality instruction. The style here is all about learning in a fun environment.

They Play REAL Rock Venues!

School of Rock is a fantastic place 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 opportunity to perform in high-profile venues.

They Have Quality Instructors.

I think the instructors are the best! They all are very talented musicians in their own right and are able to translate those skills into teaching.

You're Never Too Old To Join!

It is a unique opportunity for adults with a music background to get back into music and learn about rock and roll music.