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Check Out What’s Happening In March At School Of Rock - Hinsdale


School of Rock Hinsdale is looking forward to a musical March! As spring begins, the new performance season is heating up! Read on to hear about the exciting events coming up this month at School of Rock Hinsdale...

Our winter performance show was a smashing success! Our students performed the music of Green Day, Radiohead, and The Clash! They also played some great Funk and R&B tunes! Couldn't make it? You're in luck! Stream last season's show here!


The Spring Performance Season has kicked off!


MONDAYS at 4:30pm

In the early 1970s Glam Rock epitomized Rock & Roll. It was brash, catchy, loud, and your parents hated it. Often confused with '80s hair metal, Glam or “Glitter” was an almost entirely British phenomenon that became wildly popular with its combination of crunchy guitar sounds and outrageous theatricality. Most of the music was unabashedly hook driven, with melodies drawn from teenage bubblegum pop, and hip-shaking rhythms from early Rock & Roll. Bands like T. Rex, The New York Dolls, Roxy Music, and David Bowie laid the foundation, and became the standard of showmanship for decades to come. In this show students will learn the lost art of Rock & Roll spectacle. It’s gonna be loud, fast and fun. Let’s go!



TUESDAYS at 6:45pm
Power pop originated in the mid-1960s. It is a retro genre built around the merger of a hard rock sound with mainstream pop music sensibilities. The emphasis is on melodic songs, uncluttered studio arrangements, and an emotional and dynamic vocal delivery. Artists like The Bryds, The Beatles, and The Beach Boys led the way, incorporating aggressive guitar and keyboard dominated hooks, with big vocal harmonies and driving drum beats . Artists like Elvis Costello, Cheap Trick, The Cars, Badfinger, Weezer, and Blondie have carried the Power Pop genre to the top of mainstream popularity all over the world. This serves as a  great show for students to gain insight to songwriting, melody, harmony, and song form.



WEDNESDAYS at 4:30pm

In the 1990s, a great deal of music which had been considered underground, punk, or just plain weird in the 1980s could suddenly be found in the mainstream. Bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Oasis had taken over the airways, and a little thing called MTV helped to bring this new musical revolution to the masses. In this show students will take a deep dive into the 90s grunge and alternative movement that spawned so much timeless music. So lace up the Chuck Taylor’s, dust off the old flannels, and Come Out and Play!



THURSDAYS at 6:45pm
Progressive Rock (often shortened to Prog Rock) is a broad genre of rock music that developed in the U.K and U.S  throughout the mid- to late 1960s. The term was applied to bands such as King Crimson, Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Rush, and even The Beatles. The style is carried on today by artists such as Phish, Dream Theater, and King’s X, to name a few. Progressive rock bands pushed "rock's technical and compositional boundaries" by going beyond the standard popular verse-chorus-based song structures. Additionally, the arrangements often incorporated elements drawn from classical, jazz, and world music. Instrumentals were common, while songs with lyrics were sometimes conceptual, abstract, or based in fantasy. This is a great show for any level student to gain insight to composition and playing using odd time signatures, modal music, and advanced techniques and concepts.



We will reopen Monday, April 5th at 1:00 pm

We hope everyone has a fun and safe Spring Break, and please reference the updated travel protocols if you are traveling out of state HERE
Instructor Spotlight

Mitchell Jay

Mitchell ‘Jay’ Kinn is a keyboard and vocals instructor. Mitchell studied classical voice and opera at The Boston Conservatory and composition at North Central College. He currently fronts an alternative/indie rock band called ‘The Weekend Run Club’. Mitchell also has a solo project under his stage name “Mitchell Jay”. His favorite genres are pop punk and indie.

Rachel Bandler

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 is so excited to teach the thing she loves most! 

Amon Sahelijo 

Studio Coordinator

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 everchanging, 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. 

This Month in Music History

March 8, 1969
"Happy Birthday" became the first song to be performed in outer space when the astronauts on Apollo IX sang it to celebrate the birthday of the director of NASA space operations, Christopher Kraft.
March 11, 1997
Paul McCartney, a former member of the one of the most sucessful bands in history, The Beatles, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his “services to music.”
March 13, 1973
Pink Floyd released Dark Side Of The Moon. It subsequently remained on the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history, with an estimated 50 million copies sold