School of Rock Mokena’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. From singing to drums to guitar, our Mokena music instructors inspire and teach students to perform live.
Eric Somers-UrreaDrum Teacher
Eric Somers-Urrea has spent the majority of his life working hard to be the most versatile drummer/ percussionist possible. He recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Music Performance and studied classical music under his professors William Moersch and Ricardo Flores. While in attendance at the U of I Eric participated in a wide range of classical ensembles, world music ensembles, and even drumlines and in 2011 he was the recipient of the Edgard Varese Percussion Award for most outstanding undergraduate or graduate percussion student. Eric's true calling, however, is sitting behind the drumset. For most of his life now he has been performing behind the kit at venues large and small. His drumset experience ranges from jazz bands to latin groups to musical pit orchestras to local bands that play anything from indie rock to metal. Eric's newest project, Marina City, is an alternative rock band from Plainfield. Despite only being in existence since February of 2012 they already performed at prestigious venues across Illinois including The Canopy Club, The Metro, and a sold out show at Chicago's House of Blues. Whether it's live or in the studio, classical music or metal, Eric has made absolutely certain that he is prepared for every musical situation that arises.
Nathan Van DykeGuitar Teacher
Music has been a big part in Nathan Van Dyke’s life. He has been playing guitar for 17 years since shortly after his father died. Nathan says, “My father really wanted me to play music, so that’s what I did, and I haven’t stopped since." Nathan has played in two bands since 2007, including Bleed for the Fallen, playing over 1000+ shows, with two EPs, a bunch of great memories and most importantly all original music. During the Bleed for the Fallen years, Nathan enrolled in 2010 at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy, where he received his Associates degree in Audio Engineering & Film/ Video Game sound designing. After graduating in 2012, he went on to run sound at many different clubs in the Chicago land area, and recorded many bands at his home studio in Grant Park Illinois.
Nathan has been working for School of Rock as a guitar instructor and now audio engineer as well. Nathan teaches all styles of music ranging from rock, country, blues, jazz and a little classical. Some of Nathan's inspirations include Van Halen, Bon Jovi, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and many more. Nathan is a prime example that if you work hard, and don’t let anything get in your way to can reach any level of success in music and most importantly your dreams.
Performance Shows - the cornerstone of our program, and the key to building the skills needed to perform as a group