School of Rock Libertyville
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About School of Rock Libertyville

Welcome to School of Rock Libertyville, where students learn to rock their worlds. School of Rock Libertyville has the best combination of instructors, instruments, and captivating programs to get your student strumming, drumming, playing, or singing their way to rockstar status.

At School of Rock Libertyville, we believe as much in the power of the band as we do in the thrill of a killer solo act. We bring our kids and the community of Libertyville together to create excellent performers who learn from cool, real life experiences in the world of music. Our performance-based approach amps up our students for serious fun and serious success.

Music in a team-based environment is today’s gateway to education, confidence, fun, friendship, and so much more. Visit School of Rock Libertyville today.

Contact Information

School of Rock Libertyville
225 E Park Ave
Libertyville, IL 60048
US
Main Number
(847) 497-0219(847) 497-0219

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekHours
Monday - Thursday2:00 PM - 9:00 PM
FridayClosed
Saturday9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
SundayClosed

Programs

  • At School of Rock Libertyville, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

    Libertyville students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

    All students in Libertyville’s Performance Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
    • The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
    • Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
    • Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

  • School of Rock Libertyville’s Rock 101 Program encourages fun and success for our younger students as they begin their journey. The days of traditional instruction with piles of sheet music are over. At School of Rock Libertyville, we believe that playing real music is the only path to proficiency and a true appreciation for music.

    In Rock 101, students select one instrument to study, and we begin teaching fundamentals: scales, chords, notes, time signatures, and all the rest. Our unique approach to music instruction teaches our students vital fundamentals through songs they know and love, not rote memorization. With real musical context in a fun environment, we give all of our students the knowledge they need to really pursue their passion for music.

    All students in Libertyville’s Rock 101 Program can expect:

    • Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • Weekly group rehearsals to reinforce the fundamentals in a team environment
    • A firm grasp of the basics of music theory and technique
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Real knowledge gained through real fun!

  • School of Rock Libertyville is now enrolling for our Adult Performance Program, where adult students of all proficiency levels can explore and conquer the world of music. We get our students playing and learning at lightning-quick speeds through practical performance rather than run-of-the-mill music instruction programs. At School of Rock Libertyville, the thrill of the performance is just as important as learning the skill to rock.

    Our adult students learn the fundamentals of music, including scales, chords, notes, progressions, and more, through some of the most iconic songs and sounds in music history. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of rock ‘n roll or a metal-loving head-banger at home in the mosh pit, our teachers know how to best connect your love for music with a passion for learning it.

    All students in School of Rock Libertyville’s Adult Program can expect:

    • Fast-paced instruction in one of our great musical offerings: guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and/or vocals
    • Weekly private instruction catered to your goals and level of proficiency
    • Rehearsals with others just like you to get ready for real shows at live music venues
    • An understanding of music theory and technique fundamentals, learned through songs from your favorite music genre
    • Fun, instruction, and a great progression of practical skills wrapped all into one!

  • School of Rock Libertyville’s Rookies Program is designed for first and second graders to provide a fun introduction to music fundamentals. Among other tools, we use proprietary setups for guitar, bass, drums and keyboard to provide a gateway to understanding music. The skills and passion for music that we teach our students gets them ready for Rock 101 and a lasting appreciation for music.

    Our Libertyville Rookies learn the fundamental concepts of pitch, rhythm, form and dynamics with age-appropriate exercises, tools and games. We encourage our students to explore a variety of instruments and play styles so they can get familiar with all parts of the musical landscape; even the most incredible solo guitar players or drummers need to understand how the rest of the band works together.

    All students in Libertyville’s Rookies Program can expect:

    • Weekly group lessons using guitar, bass, keyboard and drums
    • Exposure to essential fundamentals like music theory, pitch and rhythm
    • A focus on teamwork and collaboration
    • An understanding of what it means to play solo and in a group
    • Fun combined with practical learning!

  • School of Rock Libertyville’s music camps and workshops are designed to bring out the best performance in a fast-paced learning environment. Just like our standard programs, our camps offer a high-energy experience that is fun, creative and team-oriented. Our students learn music by playing it with their peers, guided by experienced instructors from the music community.

    From basic Performance Boot Camps to more advanced Guitar Building and Songwriting Training, School of Rock offers opportunities for musicians of all skill levels. Camps vary by location, so please contact us for a current list of camps and workshops at School of Rock Libertyville.

    Regardless of which camp they choose, students can expect:
    • Hands-on skill building for guitar, bass guitar, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
    • One-on-one interaction with seasoned music professionals
    • A deeper appreciation for music theory and fundamentals
    • Greater confidence, collaboration and improvisation abilities
    • A fun and interactive experienceFind a Camp or Workshop

At School of Rock Libertyville, our Performance Program puts our students front-and-center on a real stage for real performances. Students get to show off their killer music skills while learning serious teamwork as they and their bandmates refine their abilities through some of rock and roll’s greatest hits.

Libertyville students will blow your mind with advanced performances chock-full of hits by famous artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, The Rolling Stones, AC/DC, Frank Zappa, Queen, and many, many more! For our students, real performances breed real skill, and real fun.

All students in Libertyville’s Performance Program can expect:

• Weekly private music lessons on guitar, bass, keyboard, drums, and/or vocals
• Weekly band rehearsal to get students prepared for real shows
• The experience of performing on stage with their band at real venues
• Key learning in fundamental areas such as stage performance, harmonies, musicianship, and more
• Fun, music, and education wrapped into one all-inclusive experience!

Upcoming Events

  • April 29
    1:00 PM

    School of Rock Libertyville at Austin's

    Rock and roll show
    School of Rock Libertyville is back at the awesome space at Austin's Fuel Room on Peterson Road, Libertyville. Rocking the roof off will be students from our two Winter Performance Programs: * ...
    School of Rock Libertyville is back at the awesome space at Austin's Fuel Room on Peterson Road, Libertyville.

    Rocking the roof off will be students from our two Winter Performance Programs:
    * Women of Rock, featuring the music of Pat Benetar, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks, and more
    * '90s Alternative, featuring music of Pearl Jam, The Offspring, Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins and more

    It's an all-ages show with a $10 admission (kids under 6 free)

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Staff

    • Photo of Mike Zabrin
      Mike Zabrin
      General Manager
      Mike Zabrin is already considered to be a bass phenom, featured in Bass Player Magazine, No Treble Magazine, and WGN to name a few. Mike grew up touring across the United States with Chicago blues ...
      Mike Zabrin is already considered to be a bass phenom, featured in Bass Player Magazine, No Treble Magazine, and WGN to name a few. Mike grew up touring across the United States with Chicago blues artists, playing behind some of the best names in blues music at places like Allstate Arena, House of Blues, Chicago Blues Festival, and Bonita Springs Blues Festival.

      In May 2014, Mike left his nightly side-man club gigs to become producer and band leader of soul infused, funk driven powerhouse, Mike Zabrin’s Funktastic. His 2014 debut record, Funktastic, features collaborations with members of Kool & the Gang, Fishbone, and Kendra Foster of Parliament Funkadelic. Opening for renowned artists like Fareed Haque, his energetic live shows along with his insanely talented musicians is what keeps MZF one of the most working funk bands in the Chicagoland area.

      An outstanding musician and band leader of Funktastic, Mike's leadership and exceptional drive makes him the perfect addition to our team!
      Learn more about Mike Zabrin at www.mikezabrinsfunktastic.com
      "I am very excited to be your GM! As a brand new state of the art school opening Summer 2017, I look forward to sharing my passion to build a diverse community of young musicians and to bring their musical dreams alive."
      • Management & Inspiration
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      Jonathan Dawson
      Guitar Instructor
      Jonathan Dawson has been obsessed with guitars since the age of 10 and also plays ukulele, and electric bass. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of music, with a focus on studio music and Jazz, from the Un...
      Jonathan Dawson has been obsessed with guitars since the age of 10 and also plays ukulele, and electric bass. Jonathan holds a Bachelor of music, with a focus on studio music and Jazz, from the University of Miami Frost School of Music. He is a graduate of the Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). As a teen, he cut his teeth on the local metal scene in Pittsburgh, earning slots opening for Danzig, White Zombie, and others too numerous to mention, while at the same time studying Jazz and classical guitar. After graduating from Miami, he spent several years performing in orchestras and jazz bands for Carnival Cruise LInes.

      Jonathan has been a freelance guitarist and educator in the Chicagoland area since his move here in the late1990s. During that time he played in the pit band for RENT and other musical theater projects, and was a member of several jazz groups, and in the band Grasshopper,( a side project with members of the Bo Deans and the Verve Pipe). Jonathan also taught and has been a board member of organizations in the city created to bring music to underserved neighborhoods. He recently performed at the All Souls Jazz Festival and has worked with Polish artist Ryszard Rynkowski. Jonathan’s album, Life On the River’s Edge, was released in 2007.His Latest projects include working with Americana artist Seeso on his latest release Kuya, and passionately teaching guitar to students of all ages.
      • University of Miami Frost School of Music
      • Guitar Instruction
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      Jay Martini
      Keys Instructor
      Jay Martini was a graduate of the University of Iowa in Journalism and Music. His performing experience ranges across most genres of popular music from playing classic rock to composing radio jing...
      Jay Martini was a graduate of the University of Iowa in Journalism and Music. His performing experience ranges across most genres of popular music from playing classic rock to composing radio jingles. He also has arranged smooth and acid jazz, done session work, and most recently is musical director of Doug James' Soundtracks Of A Generation stable of tribute acts, which include The Soul Committee (a 1960's Soul/R&B revue based on the movie The Commitments) and Have A Cigar--The Pink Floyd Experience. He is very excited to mentor young musicians as they grasp the joy of learning their instrument and performing in ensembles.
      • University of Iowa in Journalism and Music
      • Keyboard Instruction
    • Photo of Kevin Clark
      Kevin Clark
      Drummer "Freddy Jones"
      Drum instructor Kevin Clark was introduced to acting at the age of 13, playing one of the rocking kids, Freddy Jones, in Paramount Pictures' School of Rock (2003) with Jack Black and Joan Cusack. ...
      Drum instructor Kevin Clark was introduced to acting at the age of 13, playing one of the rocking
      kids, Freddy Jones, in Paramount Pictures' School of Rock (2003) with Jack Black and Joan Cusack. The film had a number-one opening weekend, October 3rd, 2003, in the USA. Kevin was born in Highland Park, Illinois. He's been playing the drums since the age of three. He was so skilled in his performances that each one demanded a standing ovation from the audience, and he's been using his talents ever since. Not only does he have his drumming career mixed together with his acting career, he formed his own rock band and performs with some of Chicagoland's best talent.
    • Photo of Glen Murschel
      Glen Murschel
      Guitar Instructor
      Glen Murschel is a classically trained musician performing on 12-String Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Classical Guitar and Vocals with weekly performances in the Chicago area. Glen also plays Bass...
      Glen Murschel is a classically trained musician performing on 12-String Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Classical Guitar and Vocals with weekly performances in the Chicago area. Glen also plays Bass and Keyboards and has released his debut album that showcases a unique blend of rock, blues, and classical styles. His teaching philosophy - "I work with students to "use" their instrument, not just play it. Your instrument is an extension of you - rock on!". Glen's website is www.glenmurschel.com
    • Photo of Eli Taber
      Eli Taber
      Eli Taber All-Instrument Master
      1989. At six months of age, I was adopted from Korea. I spent most of my early life growing up in New York and St. Louis. I picked up my first instrument when I was in middle school which happened ...
      1989. At six months of age, I was adopted from Korea. I spent most of my early life growing up in New York and St. Louis. I picked up my first instrument when I was in middle school which happened to be an old harmonica that my mother had kept from when she was younger. After a while of practicing or what my parents called "noise" I seemed to have gotten the hang of it. After this I moved on to Guitar and a few more instruments. I became vastly intrigued by Blues music as well as other genres. I graduated with degree in Early Childhood Education from Columbia College Chicago in 2013. I now spend time playing shows with my band The Midwest as well as teaching music. Lastly, I have a live music/gaming stream on twitch.tv! Thank you all for all of the support.
      • Columbia College
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      Dave Bedell
      Drum Instructor
      Growing up in a musical family and whose father plays drums, the instrument became familiar to David at a young age, roughly around 2 years old. David started performing and taking lessons at a ve...
      Growing up in a musical family and whose father plays drums, the instrument became familiar to David at a young age, roughly around 2 years old. David started performing and taking lessons at a very young age. He was blessed with instructors such as Glenn Kotche (Wilco), David Skidmore and Clayton Condon (recent Grammy winners of Third Coast Percussion) as primary instructors for 6+ years.
      David’s former band, Corporeal, was Microsoft’s house band for E3 global media conference performing for nationally broadcasted audience. He has a few different gigging groups whose genre of music covers a wide range. He’s played all over Chicago including House of Blues, Metro, Double Door etc. and various tours that have taken him around the country - including two trips to Africa and Japan to further study the culture of their music, techniques and instruments.
      David accomplished the summer intensive program in New York City at Drummer’s Collective and student intensively with Mark Guiliana, Frank Katz (Brand X), Vince Cherico (Yamaha Grammy Artist), Peter Ratzlaff, Kim Plainfield and more.
      In college David majored in business and music. He studied under sought out instructors Michael Kozakis (Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Jonah David (Matisyahu) along with developing his skills as an instructor himself.
    • Photo of Gabrielle McCarthy
      Gabrielle McCarthy
      Guitar Instructor
      Gabrielle McCarthy is a guitarist and instructor in the Chicagoland area. Growing up Aurora (better known as where Wayne’s World is based), she began taking guitar lessons at the age of 8 which n...
      Gabrielle McCarthy is a guitarist and instructor in the Chicagoland area. Growing up Aurora (better known as where Wayne’s World is based), she began taking guitar lessons at the age of 8 which nurtured a deep love and passion for music not only as a skill, but as a way to tune into her creativity. Taking classes at the Fox River Academy for Music and Art through high school, she attended and graduated from Northwestern with a degree in Guitar Performance in 2016. She has been able to study with players such as Anne Waller, Mark Maxwell, Oscar Ghiglia, Hopkinson Smith, and Anton Baranov. As a musician in Chicago, Gabrielle is composing music for her band The Cues and collaborating with musicians such as pianist Bob Solone and vocalist Trish Keporos. She enjoys teaching and seeing her students improve their music skills and confidence.
      • Northwestern University
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      Alex Costis
      Multi-Instrument Master Instructor
      I started out playing blues music on keyboard at the age of 5, and I have been performing live on guitar, bass, drums, and piano since in a wide variety of genres. In middle school, I learned to pl...
      I started out playing blues music on keyboard at the age of 5, and I have been performing live on guitar, bass, drums, and piano since in a wide variety of genres. In middle school, I learned to play trombone and trumpet and began developing sight reading techniques. I continued my musical education continued at the Berklee College of Music, where I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Composition. I have been a music instructor for 11 years, and I love finding new ways to make a musical connection with his students.​
      • Berkeley School of Music
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      Scott Boyer
      Guitar and Bass Instruction from Muscle Shoals
      Scott Boyer III is a guitarist and singer/songwriter with nearly twenty years of experience as a professional musician. The son of prominent singer/songwriter Scott Boyer (Cowboy, Gregg Allman Ban...
      Scott Boyer III is a guitarist and singer/songwriter with nearly twenty years of experience as a professional musician. The son of prominent singer/songwriter Scott Boyer (Cowboy, Gregg Allman Band, The Decoys), Scott was raised on a healthy diet of quality rock and roll. Although his first instrument was the trumpet, by age 13 Scott had gravitated towards what would be his eventual weapon of choice – the electric guitar.
      At 17, Scott moved to Muscle Shoals, Alabama where he quickly became a member of the heralded local band ‘Gulliver’, sharing the spotlight with fellow guitarist and singer Gary Nichols (The Steeldrivers) and bassist Jimbo Hart (Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit) for several years before embarking on a career as a freelance guitarist. In 2006, he worked extensively on the road as bassist with the popular outlaw country band ‘The Skeeters’, and spent most of 2007 as lead guitarist and backing vocalist in rock icon Leon Russell’s touring band.
      Pulling from a wide range of influences spanning everything from the Allman Brothers to Pearl Jam to Dizzy Gillespie, Scott has forged a unique musical identity that blends different styles but maintains a solid grounding in simple melodies and soul. He is also well versed in the industry side of the music business, having experience in many other areas aside from performance including musical instruction, booking, management, song publishing, concert promotion, live and studio production, and touring logistics.
      Notable Artist Credits – Scott has worked in either a live or studio setting with the following artists: Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Bonnie Bramlett, The Muscle Shoals ‘Swampers’ Rhythm Section, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jimmy Hall (Wet Willie), Russell Smith (Amazing Rhythm Aces), The Skeeters, Gulliver, Bishop Black, Zack & Angela Hacker, and many more.
    • Photo of Ivy Ford
      Ivy Ford
      Instructor of Everything
      Ivy Ford, singer, musician, entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, she is quite the up and coming artist of the Chicago blues and live music scene. Ivy Ford started performing live with Kenosha bas...
      Ivy Ford, singer, musician, entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, she is quite the up and coming artist of the Chicago blues and live music scene. Ivy Ford started performing live with Kenosha based band The Real Deal, managed by Steve Rainey at 13 and since then continues to nurture her niche and calling to the music. She plays piano, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar and guitar which are primarily self-taught. In late 2012, Ford joined a local blues band which in time evolved into Ivy Ford and The Cadillacs and gained fair amounts of popularity.
      Fast forward two years and Ivy Ford has managed to take the Chicago scene by storm. In January, 2015 Ivy Ford opened for the legend, Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stage with Chicago blues hall of famers, J.B. Ritchie, Joe Moss, Toronzo Cannon and Tom Holland. She fronts her very own band and besides obtaining the title of "Chicago's Blues Kitten," performs song selections from not just the blues genres but RnB and soul. Aside from performing every weekend at both private and public event, clubs and venues, she is in the process of recording an unplugged album including originals.
      Ivy Ford, is one of the leading "youngbloods" of blues and brings a refreshing yet classic face to the music. She handles her cherry red, Epiphone-339 with as much confidence as any of the bluesmen today and can belt out notes to fill a room and serenade a phrase sweeter than sugar in ways that make anyone and everyone tune in to what she has to say. Ivy Ford, always respects the history and tradition of roots and blues music, while presenting it in a fresh, young and trendy way.

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Testimonials

  • “School of Rock is the best thing we have done for our three children. They learn selfconfidence, teamwork, and musicianship in an environment that is safe and free of the typical agebarrier restrictions that are often inherent in other student activities. The youngest and oldest kids in the school work together and everyone is an equal on stage. I wish other youth activities were as welcoming.”
    - Tony C., parent, Great Valley, PA
  • “"I can't tell you what an enriching experience this has been for our whole family and especially for Josh. The instructors there were so much more than teachers for Josh, they were his idols and his role models. It has been an amazing time, and I know that as Josh gets older he will look back on all the memories he made at the SOR fondly. You have created something special there, and I hope you understand what an impact your efforts have had on the lives of these children.Thank you for everything!"”
    - Tim Gallagher, Father of School of Rock Denver student
  • “School of Rock has taught me how to perform in public with selfconfidence.”
    - Dan, 18, Downingtown, PA
  • “You want your kid to be passionate about something, whether it be sports, scouts, dance or whatever. School of Rock does this for my son. We have discovered a talent we didn't know he had. My son would live at School of Rock if he could. We've already recommended the program to several friends.”
    - Susan Snyder, Clifton, VA