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Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock has experienced music instructors

Our Experienced Music Instructors

School of Rock Libertyville’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Libertyville music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.

Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Jonathan DawsonGuitar 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 MartiniPiano 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.

Jack HollandGuitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Singing and playing guitar since the age of six, Jack started in The Hound Dogs, a band that focused on ‘50s and ‘60s hits and 20 years later he still performs with some of his childhood friends in a band called Sneezy. His repertoire now ranges from early jazz to classic rock to the newest pop hits. He has sung in a bunch of choirs, performed with tons of bands across the country and holds a vocal performance degree from Loyola University Chicago. With a knack for improv and spontaneity, this guy loves to perform every time he goes on stage.

Dan GordonGuitar 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.

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