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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
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

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

The School of Rock in Hinsdale is proud to offer music classes to help teach our community how to play instruments with skill and confidence. We teach everything from drums, guitar, keyboard and vocals. Students can develop skills in playing popular local genres including yacht rock, rock 'n' roll, metal, punk, 80's, and country. At School of Rock, students can perform live shows and develop their skills in a supportive learning environment. While there are not a ton of music venues in the area, there's a wealth of opportunities for students to take the skills they learned at School of Rock and perform in Chicago.

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in Hinsdale
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 in Hinsdale
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 in Hinsdale 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 in Hinsdale
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.

Age 12 and over

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens teaches the fundamentals of songwriting, arrangement and music theory, and helps students compose original works.  At School of Rock Hinsdale, songwriting students receive one weekly private lesson where they learn concepts, technique and theory on an instrument of their choice. These principles are then applied in a weekly group lesson where students work together on songwriting exercises and lyrical workshops.  Every few months, Songwriting students take the stage to perform or band together to record their original songs.

What to Expect
  • 1 weekly private lesson
  • 1 weekly group lesson

The Path to Take the Stage

Our Songwriting program for kids and teens in Hinsdale is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Hinsdale who have completed our Rock 101 program can move to our Songwriting program once they’re ready. Additionally, new students who have prior experience with and basic knowledge of an instrument can also begin Songwriting. The program culminates with a live showcase where students perform their original compositions in bands at a local music venue. Students taking the Songwriting Program online will remotely record their original songs to produce a demo of the class's music.

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Hinsdale, our students can take online, one-on-one music instruction from the comfort of their homes. We call this program School of Rock Remote. This online music program contains weekly one-on-one instruction conducted by our expert School of Rock instructors in a safe virtual lesson room.
Students will receive their training using our proprietary education program, The School of Rock Method™, which couples live video lessons with our proprietary Method App™, SongFirst Approach™ and Method Books™. 

What To Expect


All of our music programs for kids, teens, and adults are designed to help students gain amazing musical proficiency. School of Rock’s online music lesson program is no exception. Online guitar lessons, online piano lessons, online drum lessons, online singing lessons and online bass guitar lessons are all offered through the School of Rock Remote online program.

Adult music program in Hinsdale 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. 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 in Hinsdale
House Band
Age 17 and Under

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.

Music Lessons in Hinsdale

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Hinsdale

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.

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 Hinsdale'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 Hinsdale, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Hinsdale

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.

Beginner Drum Lessons for Adults

Our drum lessons for adults are designed to accommodate all skill levels. At School of Rock Hinsdale, 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 Hinsdale. Unlike other Hinsdale 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 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.


Kid learns to sing at School of Rock Hinsdale

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.

Beginner Singing Lessons for Adults

School of Rock Hinsdale 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 Hinsdale, 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 Hinsdale.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Hinsdale

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.

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 Hinsdale, 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 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.

Kid learns to play piano at School of Rock Hinsdale

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.

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Adults

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Hinsdale, 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 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.

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.

Guitar Teacher Amon Sahelijo

Amon Sahelijo Guitar Teacher

Amon has been making music for over 10 years in rock bands, jazz ensembles, and as a solo classical guitarist. He graduated from DePaul University in 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts Management and Guitar Performance. Amon wants to support artists in today’s ever-changing, increasingly accessible music industry. In addition to playing, Amon loves to help others begin their musical journey through teaching. Some of his biggest inspirations are Eric Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, and Paco de Lucía.

Lenny Vertucci Music Director, 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.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher Rachel Bandler

Rachel Bandler Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Rachel grew up in a musical household in Severna Park, Maryland and began singing as soon as she could talk. Rachel first picked up a guitar around age 11 and has never looked back! She was enrolled in School of Rock D.C., where she had her first taste of the big stage. Throughout high school she played in various bands and spent her weekends practicing Hendrix songs with her friends. As soon as she graduated, Rachel moved to Chicago to study Music Business and Jazz Guitar in college. After working in the live music industry for years, she graduated from UIC with a degree in Sociology. Her passion for music can only be matched by her passion for making a difference in peoples lives. Rachel has performed and released music under the name "JewelOsco" and garnered a fairly large online following for her music. She has always wanted to teach and is so excited to be at School of Rock teaching the thing she loves the most!

John Nugent Music Director, 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.
Dan Tamillow Drum Teacher

Dan Tamillow Drum Teacher

Dan is a well-rounded drummer and has experience not just in drum set playing, but also in percussion ensembles and solo playing. He has studied many different styles including metal, rock, funk, blues, jazz, country, ska and reggae. Dan's main focus as a teacher is to ensure that students have a strong foundation of the basics of their instrument to ensure that they can not only learn on their own, but learn to love and explore their instrument and creativity. Dan teaches everything from our Rookies program up to our Performance program as well as private lessons.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher Aly Wojtowic

Aly Wojtowicz Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Aly has been playing piano since she was eight years old and has been singing for as long as she can remember. Throughout her life, Aly has performed in numerous musicals, piano competitions, and choirs. She took on roles such as Louisa Von Trapp in The Sound of Music and as Jack in Into the Woods. She loves to perform and was a prominent member of her Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. Aly continues to study classical piano and recently completed Level 10 of ISMTA's Achievement in Music program scoring high in this advanced level. Taking up the guitar in high school, Aly’s love for making music has continued to grow and has proven to be an unstoppable force in her life.
With goals to pursue audio engineering in her future, she is passionate about immersing herself in all areas of music. A lifelong learner, Aly finds it important to continue her own musical studies and is excited about where her future will take her. Aly is so excited to be teaching at School of Rock, and she hopes to share this passion for music with her students.

Robert Behnke Drum Teacher

Robert Behnke has been playing drums for over 30 years. He has toured the country and recorded multiple albums. Robert has been fortunate enough to be nominated for four Grammys. Currently he plays for a multi-tribute band called LAVA Rock that plays consistently throughout the regional Midwest and is working on bringing LAVA Rock to the national level. Robert is excited to teach everything he has learned to young, enthusiastic drummers to help them become working musicians at whatever level they desire. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Hinsdale.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Jameson Paul Ghalioungui

Jameson Paul Ghalioungui Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jameson Paul Ghalioungui is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, and is shown wailing at Schuba's Tavern in Chicago, IL (Photo by Emily Schwarz). When he is not writing or practicing with his band, Camp Edwards, he is often busy teaching and recording/mixing with other local acts. Beginning his journey just like many at School of Rock, Jameson thoroughly enjoys expressing himself as a guitarist, and hopes to pass down his knowledge and expertise on and off the stage to his students. His experience majoring in Music at Beloit College showed him that there are many lenses by which to view the act of "musicking," (an idea coined by Musicologist, Christopher Small), and he cannot wait to share his approaches with you.
Drum Teacher Adrian Murphy

Adrian Murphy Drum Teacher

Born in Honolulu but raised in the Chicagoland area, Adrian Murphy has been playing drums for over 15 years. He’s first started playing in bands at 12 years old and has performed at many venues in Chicago and the surrounding areas. After Adrian finished high school, he went to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts where he got into the recording aspect of music and finished with a degree in Music Production and Engineering. He has produced, recorded, and mixed several artists along various genres, from rock to rap. His musical inspirations come from all over, from bands like Soundgarden and Megadeth, to artists like Lady Gaga and Frank Ocean. Adrian spends most of his time writing music, producing beats, and recording various instruments. He teaches drums at School of Rock Hinsdale.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher Preston Treece

Preston Treece Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Drum Teacher

Preston Treece is a contemporary songwriter/instrumentalist who surrounds himself with music at all times. He is equipped with 10+ years of drum experience and 9 years of guitar/bass experience. He is also highly proficient in music theory and has experience with ukulele, DAW (Logic Pro X), piano, and vocals. Preston graduated from Columbia College Chicago where he earned his Bachelor’s in contemporary urban and popular music. He lets his passion for music speak in his day to day activities. When Preston is not performing in his various bands and live acts, he organizes local concerts with other local bands.
Singing Teacher Phil O'Reilly

Phil O'Reilly Singing Teacher

Phil has been singing since childhood and performed in choirs throughout middle school, high school, and college. He has been singing in Rock bands for the last 10+ years and is looking to continue to grow as a singer, songwriter, and musician. Phil has performed at various clubs and venues around Chicagoland and looking forward to touring other parts of the country and internationally. His hope is to continue to expand his dream of being a rock star and making a career out of music and helping others do the same. He believes that if you have a passion for music you can achieve your dreams! Phil is so excited to be a part of the School of Rock family and helping students achieve their vocal potential. Let's rock, let's rock today!
Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher Teacher Ben Mason

Ben Mason Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

Ben Mason is a musician specializing in bass guitar and background vocals. He has his degree in Jazz Studies from The Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Ben has appeared in musicals as an onstage musician at Drury Lane and the Royal George Theatre. Since then he has been working with touring artists: The Tom Fuller Band, Boyband Review Chicago, and Jeanette King. Ben also has taught music since 2011 and currently has finished 10 theme songs for independent professional wrestlers.
General Manager Tommy Evans

Tommy Evans General Manager

Tommy has been a part of the SOR family for the past 8 years. Prior to joining School of Rock Hinsdale as the General Manager, Tommy was the Music Director at School of Rock Elmhurst. Tommy is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. In 2009, he formed the rock band Secret Colours, since then he has toured nationally and internationally performing at many notable venues across the US landscape such as 1st Ave in Minneapolis and Lincoln Hall in Chicago. Tommy has also performed at many festivals such as Austin Psych Fest (Levitation) and SXSW. Many of his songs have been featured in TV shows such as Graceland, Royal Pains, Shameless and many more. He has worked with producer Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Gomez, Sage Francis, Iron Wine) to sharpen his songwriting skills and perception of making records. Tommy graduated from Columbia College with a BA in Audio Design and Production.
Drum Teacher Alaska Young

Alaska Young Drum Teacher

Alaska has been playing drums, performing and writing music for 10 years. She’s played in many groups including marching band, jazz band, pep band, percussion ensemble, and most recently recorded a record with Scarlet Demore. Music has taken her across the US, in addition to touring Spain in high school. She also works as a music director, a DJ, and is currently finding herself as a solo artist. Alaska is very excited to pass on the knowledge she has learned in her short time in the music industry. She emphasizes discipline, and steady practice in her lessons but most of all having fun, and catering to each students individual wants and needs.
Studio Coordinator Lauren Krohn

Lauren Krohn Studio Coordinator

Lauren has loved music her whole life. She began singing as soon as she could speak, playing piano at age seven, percussion at age ten, and she has spent time more recently picking up other instruments such as guitar. She plays percussion in the Wind Ensemble at Syracuse University, from where will graduate in May with both a BFA in stage management and a BA in psychology. Lauren has been with School of Rock since May of 2021, and she looks forward to connecting with the School of Rock community further in her new Studio Coordinator role!

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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!