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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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Our Experienced Music Instructors

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

Adam KrierGuitar Teacher, Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Adam was 17 years old and attending high school in Naperville when he formed the Chicago punk rock
band Lucky Boys Confusion. The group signed to Elektra Records and cut two LPs, one of which
generated a Billboard Top 40 Modern Rock single in May 2001. In the years to follow, LBC toured non-
stop across the US, Canada and Japan and appeared on several national television programs for CBS
and HBO. In 2007, Adam formed AM Taxi and signed with another major label, EMI/Virgin Records. His
original compositions have been featured on several major motion picture soundtracks, national television
commercials and video games.

Collin MarksGuitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Collin has been writing and performing around Chicagoland for over 10 years. He started playing piano at a very young age, and now sings and plays guitar, banjo and harmonica. Collin started playing gigs in his teens and has had the opportunity to play a variety of stages in Chicago and around the Midwest. His compositions have been used in advertisements and have been performed by local orchestras. With an emphasis on ear training, music theory and improvisation, Collin has experience performing and teaching in a variety of traditions, including blues, jazz, country and rock and roll. He looks forward to passing on these traditions to his students.

Dan TamillowDrum Teacher

Dan is a well-rounded drummer and has experience not just in drum set playing, but also in percussion ensembles and solo playing. He has studied many different styles including metal, rock, funk, blues, jazz, country, ska and reggae. Dan's main focus as a teacher is to ensure that students have a strong foundation of the basics of their instrument to ensure that they can not only learn on their own, but learn to love and explore their instrument and creativity. Dan teaches everything from our Rookies program up to our Performance program as well as private lessons.

Dave BowersGuitar Teacher

Dave began playing guitar at age 11, inspired by the dazzling fretwork of players like Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies at North Central College studying with jazz guitarist John McLean. He has performed and recorded with Chicago rock groups Oucho Sparks, Kazy, NYCO, and Umbra and the Volcan Seige. He has recorded commercial music for MTV and Energizer. Dave currently plays in Gipsy Trio and Chanson Du Chat, two bands who music largely inspired by the works of guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Emily HermannAssistant Manager

Emily Herrmann grew up playing guitar, piano, drums, trombone and whatever else she could steal from her older brother. Her passion for guitar came to life when she taught herself guitar and started a Jonas Brothers cover band. A few years later, School of Rock Hinsdale opened and her guitar hobby quickly became a lifestyle. She traded in her boy band posters for a distortion petal and learned to rock. She played guitar and bass in the performance program and joined the house band. Her favorite gig was a Green Day show at Lincoln Hall. Emily re-entered the School of Rock family as a Studio Coordinator part-time while she attended college at DePaul University. She graduated in 2017 and has now joined the management team at Naperville.

James PageGuitar Teacher, Singing Teacher

James Page first started his life of music in fifth grade when he joined band as an alto saxophone player in his hometown, Lake Villa, IL. In high school he honed his rock chops, picking up guitar, bass and drums. In college, however, James came into his true self when he transitioned primary instruments from saxophone to voice. James graduated from the Northern Illinois University School of Music with a BM in Vocal Performance in 2013. Since then he has been living in Chicago doing a number of projects. From writing music for Budweiser commercials to opening up for acts like Yelawolf and Afroman, James has his hands in everything from classical and jazz to rock n' roll and hip-hop. James uses classical Bel Canto techniques mixed with modern rock and microphone techniques to train you to sound like whatever style or era you are performing, without hurting your voice.

Jordan CaulkSinging Teacher

Jordan is your standard musical theatre nerd turned rock fa . She started singing as soon as she could talk, and throughout school, she's been a part of many curricular and extracurricular choirs. She's also starred in many musicals and plays. She has also taken up the ukulele and dabbles a bit in songwriting. She is currently the lead female singer of a cover band called Recycle The Day. She loves all types of music, but some of her favorite bands or artists are Soundgarden, Queens of the Stone Age, Alice In Chains, Death Cab For Cutie, Fall Out Boy, Panic! at the Disco, Eva Cassidy, Fiona Apple, TWRP and Weird Al Yankovic.

Julia RoskopfPiano Teacher, Singing Teacher

Julia Roskopf recently graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor's degree in Choral Education. She has been studying classical piano since she was four as well as classical vocal technique and uses those skills as a foundation for music making but has a passion for exploring and teaching other genres of music. One of her most notable collegiate experiences was vocal directing a production of Green Day's "American Idiot." She is also an active singer/songwriter and performs original folk/alternative music in the Chicagoland area, both as a solo artist and with the duo band Willowed with School of Rock instructor Maddy Marsan. Julia believes that all students are different and modifies her teaching and lessons for each individual student's needs (including their strengths and musical tastes). Most importantly, she challenges them to be better musicians and to discover and embrace their own styles.

Lauren BoultGeneral Manager

Lauren Wilcox Boult is a singer/songwriter from the Chicago suburbs. She began taking classical voice lessons when she was 10 years old and continues to learn every day. In 2013, Lauren graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Music degree with a concentration in Vocal Performance where she explored various styles of music including rock, pop, blues and jazz. She was also fortunate enough to perform onstage at very prestigious venues and events such as The Auditorium Theater, Buddy Guy's Legends, The Field Museum, The New Orleans Jazz Festival and many others. After graduation, Lauren was hired at School of Rock Hinsdale as a vocal, guitar and keys teacher and also held such positions as Show Director, Little Wing Assistant Director and Assistant Manager. Most recently, Lauren was named the General Manager of School of Rock Naperville which is now her home away from home.

Lauren currently plays bass and sings background vocals in the Chicago power pop band The Punch. With the band she has played venues such as House of Blues Chicago, METRO, Joe's Live in Rosemont and more. She is also one half of the acoustic jazz/pop singer/songwriter duo Fonder Estates. She believes wholeheartedly that music has the ability to change lives and hopes to continue to educate kids about the positive power that music holds.

Lucas HezzeGuitar Teacher, Drum Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Lucas has been playing guitar and bass for eight years. Previous to guitar, Lucas started learning music when he chose to play saxophone his first year of middle school, which he continues to play today. Throughout his high school years he composed music with friends, performed in several bands around Illinois and won second place in Oswego's annual Battle of the Bands with his former band The Last Panda. After graduating high school, Lucas went to The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. There he began to teach lessons to students of all skill levels, as well as got more involved in local music and the music business, all while pursuing his degree. After graduating from college, Lucas was hired at School of Rock Geneva and Naperville where he continues to teach guitar, bass and drums today.

Rae HiltonLittle Wing Teacher

Rae has been passionate about music for as long as she can remember and as a child could be found singing everywhere, including while playing in her backyard and during Christmas party home videos. Since that time she has been involved in church choirs, open mic nights and was also a DJ/Program Manager for North Central College’s nationally recognized radio station. With a degree in English Journalism and courses for early childhood education, Rae loves the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for music with preschoolers. Her goal is for each Little Wing class to be a time where kids can experience the joy and freedom that music can bring.

Robert BehnkeDrum Teacher

Robert has been playing drums for over 30 years. He has toured the country and recorded multiple albums. Robert has been fortunate enough to be nominated for four Grammys. Currently he plays for a multi-tribute band called LAVA Rock that plays consistently throughout the regional Midwest and is working on bringing LAVA Rock to the national level. Robert is excited to teach everything he has learned to young, enthusiastic drummers to help them become working musicians at whatever level they desire.

Sean WalkerMusic Director

Born a creative soul, Sean began playing music at the age of 15 in Southern, IL. Originally a drummer, Sean has learned music through performing with multiple bands over the past 10 years and eventually added guitar, bass and vocals to his resumé. A showman at heart, Sean places an emphasis on listening and reacting to the music when teaching. Students should expect to learn warm-up techniques, and how to listen for pitch and style approaches, all while looking good and getting the crowd moving. In addition to basic technique, Sean places an emphasis on musical communication when performing and understanding how each instrument fits together on stage. Sean currently resides in Chicago, IL where he performs with his band Little Boy Jr. In addition to serving as Music Director at School of Rock Naperville, Sean provides leadership as the Regional Manager, assisting sister schools School of Rock Elmhurst and School of Rock Hinsdale.

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