School of Rock Highwood’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Highwood music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Bryan ResendizDrum 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.
Scott BalmoosGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Scott 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. 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 rocking 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.
Anna MarlowSinging 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!
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!