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School of Rock Hinsdale
116 South Washington St
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 936-4742
  • Monday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 1 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 1 PM - 9 PM
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Music programs at School of Rock Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale, 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 Hinsdale, 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 Hinsdale, 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 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Hinsdale'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 Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Hinsdale who have participated in the Rookies program can move to our Rock 101 music program once they’re ready. Additionally, students (typically ages 8 to 13-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 Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Hinsdale music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Hinsdale'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 Hinsdale music venue.

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

School of Rock Hinsdale'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 Hinsdale is placed in a band of fellow adults and then assigned specific songs as a way of learning key music concepts and skills. Once bands are established an optional rehearsal can be added, led by one of our professional music directors acting as a band coach. Adult students then take the stage to play at a live show in Hinsdale.

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 Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 11-18

The School of Rock Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale'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 Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Hinsdale, 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 Hinsdale is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Hinsdale guitar lessons and programs, School of Rock is designed to get students performing in a band.

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've learned in beginner guitar lessons and layer on more difficult techniques and concepts. School of Rock Hinsdale offers advanced guitar lessons that teach by playing challenging classic rock songs and emphasize playing the guitar in a real music venue. Our Hinsdale guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Key Concepts
  • Technique
  • Solos
  • Chords
  • Theory

About Our Guitar Lessons

School of Rock Hinsdale's guitar lessons utilize a performance-based curriculum. Our experienced instructors teach students to play guitar through popular rock songs 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. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Hinsdale venue.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Hinsdale, our drum instructors teach beginner drum students core techniques, including how to groove, play rudiments and more.

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 Hinsdale, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Hinsdale 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.

Key Concepts

About Our Drum Lessons

Our drum lessons are designed to accommodate all skill levels. We teach using our core performance-based education philosophy - performing with a band accelerates the learning process. Our students will perform live at a venue in Hinsdale. Unlike other Hinsdale drum lessons, School of Rock combines private drum lessons with weekly band rehearsals so students are ready to play in front of real, live audiences. 

Kid learns to sing at School of Rock

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale, 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Singing Lessons

At School of Rock Hinsdale, our singing lessons 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 Hinsdale.

Key Concepts

About Our Singing Lessons

School of Rock Hinsdale teaches students how to sing in our innovative program. Students develop vocal skills at a challenging pace designed to help you see results with every singing lesson. 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, students have a private singing lesson for beginners and group band rehearsal.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale 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.

Intermediate to Advanced Bass Lessons

Our intermediate to advanced bass guitar lessons teach Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale, 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.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

About Our Bass Guitar Lessons

Students looking to learn and master the bass guitar can enroll in one of School of Rock Hinsdale’s innovative bass programs. Our experienced, local bass guitar instructors have the patience and skills to help students gain musical proficiency. As with all School of Rock music programs, our bass guitar lessons curriculum is performance-based and include both weekly private instruction and weekly band rehearsals.

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 Hinsdale. 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 Hinsdale, 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 Hinsdale area, and know how to coach and motivate students of any skill level to play the keyboard.

Intermediate to Advanced Piano Lessons

At School of Rock Hinsdale, our keyboard lessons 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 Hinsdale 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.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

About Our Piano Lessons

The School of Rock Hinsdale's Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Students in the Hinsdale 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 Palo Alto music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Our Experienced Music Teachers

All of School of Rock Hinsdale’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.

Dan Beasley Music Director

Dan graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2009 and moved immediately to Chicago to pursue the richest music scene in the country here in the Windy City. He has been actively playing, writing and recording around Chicago and across the nation ever since. While studying at Berklee he had the privilege of studying under the likes of Mike Mangini, Kim Plainfield, Skip Hadden, Dave DiCenso and many others. Dan has years of experience teaching Rookies, Rock 101, Performance Program and House Band, and while he specializes in drums and singing he can play every instrument taught at School of Rock. He has always relished the opportunity to pass the joy of music on to others and to share in the magic of others' music. He has never shied away from any playing situation and has a very diverse and unique musical background because of it. He currently plays drums, writes and sings in Old Grand Dad, drums for The Prairie Fires, and works freelance as a studio and live musician.

Danielle Fitzsimmons General Manager

Danielle FitzSimmons is the General Manager and Little Wing instructor at School of Rock Hinsdale. Danielle grew up in Mount Prospect, Illinois where she fondly recalls waking up every morning to the sound of her dad playing songs by James Brown. Like a lot of people who are passionate about music, Danielle has woven her way in and out of the industry. Starting at the College of DuPage, she became involved in organizing monthly concerts for local bands. From there, Danielle relocated herself to Nashville which was the place to be "before it was the place to be." Once in Nashville, she continued to pursue music-related jobs (including one at Clear Channel Radio) as well as a Bachelor's degree. Danielle's BA in Organizational Leadership as well as her Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling have both found purpose at School of Rock Hinsdale. As a Little Wing instructor, she's able to apply her knowledge of "play therapy." Recognizing differences and how to motivate each student is one of her greatest strengths and personal rewards. Danielle's story is a reminder to anyone who loves music that there is a place for everyone, especially at School of Rock.

Emily Goodell Assistant Manager

Emily Goodell started playing piano at the age of seven and percussion at the age of 10. Throughout high school and college, Emily played in concert band, jazz band, marching band, percussion ensemble and the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Orchestra. Emily graduated from Lewi University with a degree in Music Business and a minor in Marketing. Although classically trained, Emily uses influences from all genres of music in her teaching. She loves teaching kids and watching them grow musically. Emily started out as a Little Wing instructor at School of Rock Naperville. She then went on to work as the Assistant Marketing Director for School of Rock Hinsdale. Emily loves getting to know everyone in the lobby and still getting to teach Little Wing.

Jeremiah Miller Singing Teacher

Jeremiah was born the youngest of four children. Over the years his love for writing music, singing and playing the drums has grown tremendously. Jeremiah has been playing the drums since he was four years old. His skill has grown over the years and he is now the lead drummer and music director at his father’s church and has started his own solo career as an artist. He has ventured into teaching younger children in the art of playing instruments and singing.

Lenny Vertucci Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Lenny brings over 20 years of stage and teaching experience. He started playing guitar at the age of 15 and spent most of his late teen years locked away in his room practicing with friends like Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, David Gilmore, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Michael Schenker to name a few. By the age of 19 Lenny was playing in original bands in and around the Chicago area, working his way up to playing in touring bands and opening for acts such as Ozzy Osbourne and Testament. By his late 20s Lenny was a songwriter for Nash Publishing and house session player at Tanglewood Studios in Brookfield, IL, which afforded him the opportunity to work with many artists that have helped shape his style and sound today. Currently Lenny is writing music in his home studio and performing all over the Chicago area and midwest in the cover band LAVA Rock.

John Nugent Guitar Teacher

John Nugent is a native Chicagoan who has been performing and teaching guitar for the better part of a decade. Considering himself to be an eternal student of music, John has always pushed himself to learn and incorporate new styles and techniques into his playing. Performing everything from Miles to Metallica, John has been a fixture of the Chicago music scene, and has had the privilege of playing at a number of the city's venues including Lincoln Hall, Double Door, Schubas, The Mutiny, The Jazz Showcase, Quencher's, Andy's Jazz Club, Tonic Room and the Chicago Jazz Festival. After receiving his Bachelors Degree from the Music Conservatory at the Chicago College of Performing Arts, John moved to New York City where he was a sought after studio musician, performer and musical outreach educator. John thoroughly enjoys teaching and tailors his lessons to be fun and relatable, believing that a student’s success is contingent on their enjoyment.

Caleb Dudte Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Caleb Dudte began playing the piano at age six, but quickly switched to violin as his primary instrument. After starting guitar in eighth grade, he quickly picked up other instruments and started his first band. At the College of William and Mary, Caleb studied Music and Computer Science. Now he is the frontman of the band Dull Ache, and works as an engineer at Fullerton Recording Studios part time. Caleb loves inspiring passion in kids and aims to catalyze the artistic growth of young artists. His favorite things to listen to are punk, modernist classical and surf music.

Christian McCann Piano Teacher

Christian graduated from the upstate New York music school SUNY Fredonia in 2008 with a degree in Music Performance. He moved to the city of Chicago a year later. Christian's first experience performing in the city was as a dueling pianist for Chicago Dueling Pianos. Experiences with that company let to opportunities to perform as a solo pianist at venues ranging from supper clubs to classic Chicago piano bars. Along the way, Christian had the good fortune to be taken under the wing by and learn from experienced veterans in the Chicago music scene. Christian currently performs regularly at large and small venues all over the city with his blues/rock band The Prairie Fires.

Madison Stolzer Bass Guitar Teacher

Madison Stolzer's passion for music began when he received his first bass guitar in the sixth grade, but it was refined and developed by the teachers and directors at his two-time Grammy Award-winning high school, Neuqua Valley in Naperville. During his four years with the NVHS music department, Madison played the (upright) bass in both the chamber string orchestra and jazz ensemble. He was the first musician in the school's history to test into the AP Music Theory course as a sophomore, a course that was previously reserved for upperclassmen only. By age 16, Madison was hired by a local church to play the bass for a weekly mass and by age 17 he was giving private guitar and bass lessons out of his home.

As his passion for music grew alongside his proficiencies into adulthood, Madison went on to write and release hundreds of original songs and form bands that toured the country dozens of times. Of note, he toured and released an EP with the hardcore band Emarosa in 2007, and his melodic post-hardcore band Rosaline released two full-length albums. Madison believes that the path of creativity is one of the most valuable and rewarding paths in life, and he is passionate about helping to cultivate it in young people. He believes that creativity in all its forms is unlike other skills and traits in that the way to foster it is by providing a supportive, inspiring environment for young people to safely exercise it, experiment with it and, above all, have fun with it. He is a bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Hinsdale.

Windy Lawlor Guitar Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Windy Lawlor is a singer/songwriter from Chicago who’s been performing professionally for the last 15 years. Windy earned her Bachelor of Music in Contemporary, Urban and Popular Music from Columbia College and spent a year at the PopAkademie in Mannheim, Germany studying, collaborating and writing original music. Windy found a passion for encouraging young musicians and helping others find their confidence when she joined the School of Rock crew back in 2013. Windy strongly believes in the impact that music can have in helping students better understand themselves, gain empathy, learn how to communicate with others and strengthen problem-solving skills. She is a guitar teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Hinsdale.

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The atmosphere is friendly and inviting.

The kids feel like they are part of a family. I love the feedback after private lessons. I also think the progression of how the kids learn is awesome.

They perform at their highest potential.

The atmosphere is so positive the moment you walk in the door. Kids are provided amazing opportunities for learning and performing. They teach a level of music appreciation that can't be beat!

Great opportunities to learn and grow.

The ability to advance from Rock 101 to Performance groups really allows the students to also develop their personalities and grow as musicians.

Learning multiple instruments in one setting.

I love the music they are listening to and how excited they are after class to talk about (and sing about) what they've learned. It's incredible that they can learn multiple instruments too!