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

Location Specifics

Just east of Milwaukee Ave. on Hwy. 176.

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  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

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

Programs we offer

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Libertyville, 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.

Rookies music program for children
Ages 5-7

At School of Rock Libertyville, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 5 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 Libertyville, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. 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 Libertyville'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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Libertyville 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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Libertyville music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

School of Rock Libertyville'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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville, 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 Libertyville is designed to create musical proficiency through the creation of original music. Students at School of Rock Libertyville 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.

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

School of Rock Libertyville'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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville.

What To Expect
  • 1 weekly band rehearsal

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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville.

House Band program for gigging at local venues around town
House Band
Ages 12-18

The School of Rock Libertyville 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 Libertyville'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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock Libertyville, 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 Libertyville is an experienced musician, and they emphasize foundational music theory and technique when teaching guitar lessons to kids. Unlike other Libertyville 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 Libertyville'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 Libertyville, we teach beginner guitar lessons for adults in our Adult Program. This program gets students performing onstage at a local Libertyville 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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville guitar teachers will work with each student to develop a custom learning plan.

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Libertyville 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 Libertyville we combine private drum lessons for beginners with weekly band rehearsals—it prepares students to perform live. With years of experience teaching drums in Libertyville, 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 Libertyville, 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 Libertyville. Unlike other Libertyville 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 Libertyville, our drum lessons are customized for each student and his or her goals. Our Libertyville 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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Libertyville 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 Libertyville, 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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville, 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 Libertyville.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Libertyville 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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville, 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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville, 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

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

At School of Rock we teach differently than other music schools in Libertyville. 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 Libertyville, 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 Libertyville 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 Libertyville Adult Program puts beginner keyboard students in a band. Adult Program students in the Libertyville 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 Libertyville music venues, taking them out of the classroom and onto the stage.

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Libertyville, 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 Libertyville, 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 Libertyville’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, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jonathan Dawson Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

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 late 90s. 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.
Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Jay Martini Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

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 1960s 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.

Dan Gordon Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Daniel has been surrounded by music since as early as he can remember. The grandson of a piano instructor, he would consistently attend his mother’s oboe concerts, further inspiring him to study piano at the early age of five with a focus on classical music. He regularly performed at recitals until his fixation with guitar began, occurring at age 15. Using the musical sense and knowledge he attained from piano, he transitioned to playing guitar and bass. While at Michigan State University, where he received a bachelors in Humanities - Prelaw, he spent countless hours with an instrument in hand, often playing acoustic sets with a percussionist as well as offering lessons to fellow students. Since he graduated, he continues to play locally with different lineups as well as produce his own music.

Daniel has experience with many styles of music, including classical, country, pop, blues, classic rock and jazz. He also has significant experience with slide guitar and fingerpicking techniques and loves to share this knowledge with anyone with an interest.

Jay Davenport Drums Teacher

Born in 1960, Jay Davenport grew up on the south side of Chicago, listening to jazz, jazz-fusion and lots of 60s and 70s R&B. After being particularly influenced by the different styles of his favorite drummers, Art Blakey, Billy Cobham and Steve Gadd, he set out to find his own niche and develop his own sound. He started out playing locally with Chicago-style R&B, soul and fusion bands, and at age 22 began his road career, touring the U.S. with The Dells, an iconic doo-wop group. Jay started playing the blues when he was connected with blues/rock harmonica stalwart Sugar Blue, who had recently completed his performances on The Rolling Stone’s “Some Girls” album and tour, and was starting his own Chicago-based band.

When John Mayall disbanded the Bluesbreakers in 2008, Jay got an audition through Mayall bassist Rzab. John invited him to come along to play drums for what was, at the time, John Mayall’s new quintet. Jay decided to resume his music career full-time, and has been touring, recording and growing as an artist with John Mayall ever since. During the past decade, Jay has manned the drums for John Mayall in the various incarnations of his band and is now a member of the current trio. He is currently a drums teacher at School of Rock Libertyville.

Claire Bryant Vocal Instructor

Claire Bryant's got powerhouse pipes and the attitude to match. Her sounds have been compared to the popular styles of Hiatus Kaiyote and Jorja Smith. With a heavy Amy Winehouse influence, Claire's music is soulful. Claire Bryant performs with the accompaniment of her electric band, The Babes. A babe indeed, Claire Bryant sings and song writes with a unique, vibrant aesthetic. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Libertyville.

Kevin Clark Drum Teacher

Drum teacher Kevin Clark was introduced to acting at the age of 13, playing one of the kids, Freddy Jones, in "School of Rock" with Jack Black and Joan Cusack. 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. He formed his own rock band and performs with some of Chicagoland's best talent. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock.

Ryan Johnson Drum Teacher, Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor

Ryan "Rocky" Johnson is a drummer and percussionist hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Classically trained and due to graduate from Northeastern Illinois University with a degree in Music Education, Ryan's performance resumé contains a virtual "who's who" of the rock profession. Ryan has performed with such rock icons as Geoff Tate, Robert Sarzo, Jim Peterik, founding member of Survivor, Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Halford, Sebastian Bach of Skid Row and Bjorn Englen of Yngwie Malmsteen, Quiet Riot,and Dio Disciples. Ryan's performance with Rob Halford and Judas Priest was most memorable because it was at the legendary Whisky a Go Go on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

Ryan is currently performing in the Midwest's most accomplished Def Leppard tribute band, Photograph. Photograph has had the honor of performing with some of the top acts in the country, such as Jefferson Starship, Survivor and Gary Allan. Photograph has played at some of the country's most respected and iconic rock venues such as Joe's Live Rosemont, the House of Blues Chicago, and at various clubs and festivals in the Midwest. He's currently a drum teacher, piano teacher and vocal instructor at School of Rock Libertyville.

Sam Gutsmiedl Drum Teacher

Sam Gutsmiedl is from Antioch, Illinois, and he gained an interest in music as a whole from his oldest sister. At eight years his senior, she went through music programs and he got to watch her performances and be drawn into music. The drums were the loudest and most attention getting instrument that he heard and he was hooked.

Sam started his journey in music in fourth grade in concert band. With every passing year, he latched on to the new opportunities he found in jazz band, where he honed his drum-set and hand percussion skills, in marching band, where he developed an inner metronome and ability to lock in with other musicians, and in pit orchestra, where he learned to put feeling into his playing based on the actions happening on stage. As a drum teacher, Sam hopes to inspire his students at School of Rock Libertyville to start their own bands, and explore every thing there is to know about music.

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What I like about the program is that my kids LOVE it!

This is so different from the music lessons that existed when I was a kid. These kids are actually making music and learning to play as a band. The performances are so impressive, and watching the kids gain confidence and express themselves on stage is priceless.


The structure around how kids learn is amazing.

Taking lessons to learn an instrument is one thing, but learning how to be a part of a band is on another level. These kids are learning how to communicate, respect people and their opinions, and how to be accountable for themselves. It’s more than just music here.


It's the best music program in the city.

Dedicated instructors and staff, vibrant atmosphere, and most importantly, it's fun! My 8-year-old has grown leaps and bounds in skill and personal confidence. If you're thinking about checking it out, don't wait, just do it!


The kids have a great time while learning to play.

Lifelong skills and relationships are born here. The staff shares their passion for music and are very professional and accommodating. Wish I had this type of exposure to music when I was growing up!