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School of Rock Schaumburg
1409 Wright Boulevard
Schaumburg, IL 60193
(847) 565-5700
  • Monday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 2 PM - 9 PM
  • Friday: Closed
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Upcoming Closures:

  • 11/25/2021: Closed

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

School of Rock Schaumburg serves Schaumburg, Barlett, Hoffman Estates, Streamwood, Roselle, Hanover Park, and surrounding areas with quality music classes taught by real, practicing musicians. While guitar and drums are most popular at this school, students are taught everything from bass to vocals, piano to keyboard, and more. Students at School of Rock Schaumburg are given the opportunity to perform a variety of musical styles (although the kids here have been loving '90s, pop punk, and classic rock recently) and at great local venues like QBar.

Programs we offer

Little Wing music program for toddlers and preschoolers in Schaumburg
Little Wing
Ages 3-5

At School of Rock Schaumburg our Little Wing music program for preschoolers and toddlers teaches students foundational music skills by playing games and participating in other interactive musical activities. Little Wing students have one weekly group music lesson in which they use classic rock songs to learn about rhythm, song structure, melody and dynamics through play.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

The Little Wing music program is the first step in a young musician's journey. At School of Rock Schaumburg, toddlers and preschoolers who show an interest in music should start with Little Wing. As they get older, they will progress into the Rookies program, followed by Rock 101 and the Performance Program.

Rookies music program for children in Schaumburg
Ages 6-7

At School of Rock Schaumburg, our music program for children with no previous musical experience (typically ages 6 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 Schaumburg, younger students who are not ready for a more comprehensive program like Rock 101 can start in Rookies. Additionally, students who have completed the Little Wing program will progress into the Rookies music program. 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 in Schaumburg for kids and beginners
Rock 101
Ages 8-13

Rock 101 is one of School of Rock Schaumburg'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 Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg are designed to get students on stage performing, with the goal of building strong musical proficiency. Younger students at School of Rock Schaumburg 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 in Schaumburg
Ages 8-18

The Performance Program at School of Rock Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg Performance Program students take the stage and play at local Schaumburg music venues in front of a live audience.

What To Expect

The Path to Take the Stage

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

Remote student playing guitar
All Ages

At School of Rock Schaumburg, 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.

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

School of Rock Schaumburg'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 Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg.

What To Expect

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 Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg.

House Band program for gigging at local venues in Schaumburg
House Band
Age 17 and Under

The School of Rock Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg'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 Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg

Kid learns to play guitar at School of Rock Schaumburg

Guitar Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

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

Kids learn to drum at School of Rock Schaumburg

Drum Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Drum Lessons for Kids

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

Singing Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Singing Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg, 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 Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg, 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 Schaumburg.

Kid learns to play bass at School of Rock Schaumburg

Bass Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Bass Lessons for Kids

School of Rock Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg, 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 Schaumburg 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 Schaumburg, 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 Schaumburg

Keyboard Lessons for All Skill Levels

Beginner Keyboard Lessons for Kids

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

Key Concepts
  • TONE

Intermediate to Advanced Keyboard Lessons

At School of Rock Schaumburg, 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 Schaumburg, 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 Schaumburg’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.


Jason Fein Owner

Jason's musical journey started very early. He started piano lessons at the age of seven and it wasn't long after that he decided he wanted to learn how to play the guitar. Still not feeling like he had found his true musical calling he decided to give his school chorus a try when he entered high school. Things started moving fast from there. He formed his first band as the lead singer and by the time he graduated high school he went away to college on a vocal performance scholarship. While in college he formed his first touring band called Next Best Thing. They had some success including two albums and a song placed in a very popular motorcycle DVD that pressed over 500,000 copies. After college NBT broke up and Jason was left searching for a new musical outlet. Little did he know he would soon find it in multiple forms. He co-founded The Run Around. In the ten years The Run Around has been together they have played shows all across this country, sold thousands of albums, have a successful music video and shared the stage with such national acts as Tom Petty, Bowling For Soup, Local H, Blues Traveler, Alien Ant Farm, Mest, Head Automatica, Lucky Boys Confusion, Nine Days, Gavin Degraw and many, many more.

In the midst of all this, Jason was hired on as a vocal instructor at another School of Rock in the area. It wasn't long before he was recognized for his ability to direct and put on an impressive live show and was asked to direct the performance program. From there he went on to be the General Manager. He learned that he loved the School of Rock mission and everything it represented and decided he wanted to make School of Rock his life. Schaumburg has always been a favorite town of his and just minutes away from where he grew up so he thought it was a great place to set up shop and start the next great chapter of his life. He can't wait to help mold the next generation of rock n' roll royalty.

Brandy Boska General Manager

Brandy is in love with her position at School of Rock Schaumburg. She began her music education at age 5 on the piano. She moved on to flute for middle school and joined high school jazz band then headed back to key while adding vocals in college. She attended Loyola University Chicago where she studied Classical Voice and Opera Vocal Performance.

Prior to becoming GM for SOR, Brandy successfully ran a music and theatre program and established a children’s choir. She has a wide variety of musical tastes, but her favorite will always be Tom Petty. Outside of work, Brandy loves to hit the stage in music productions and has played Mother Abbess in the Sound of Music, Ogre Fiona in Shrek, The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz and Annie in Annie to name a few. She also enjoys the occasional lazy day with her husband, son and two dogs.

Alex Lee Studio Coordinator

Alexandria Lee began her musical career in middle school playing the clarinet. She graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts Management concentrated in Music Business, where she gained experience in music publishing, touring, and artist management. She volunteered at Vans Warped Tour and Lollapalooza during her time in school. After graduation, Alex interned as a paralegal with an entertainment law firm in Chicago, which led to her working as a paralegal for the past few years. Alex loves going to concerts and resides with her husband and two children.
Guitar Teacher, piano Teacher

Dave Frazin Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher

Dave started piano lessons at age nine and immediately became enthralled with the art. At a young age, his thirst for musical knowledge grew as he engaged in multiple school music programs, learned guitar, joined rock bands and started writing music. In college he studied piano under Dr. JeongSoo Kim. Under her guidance Dave was able to further develop his technique and performance, while also understanding the approach to different styles and genres of music. Dave has been able to apply what he learned from Dr. Kim to his students. Focusing on the fundamentals first, Dave is a firm believer that despite what style of music you wish to play, whether it is classical, jazz, blues, or rock, you must always start with the basics.

Dave is currently involved in several music projects. He is working toward a graduate degree in both music education and composition. He plays guitar with a local rock band in the Chicagoland area. He is exploring music production as a means to compose his own music as well as offer his services for cinematic scoring.

""I am really excited to be working at School of Rock. I find the concept to be both very unique and incredibly innovative. The approach to learning music does not always have to follow one traditional path. All students learn and respond differently and School of Rock offers an alternative ideology which creates a unique learning atmosphere that stimulates a thirst for knowledge. I would encourage anybody interested in learning an instrument to give School of Rock's approach a chance.

Aaron Puckhaber Drum Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Aaron began taking lessons for percussion instruments in the fourth grade. Since then, he has performed in drumline, percussion ensemble, competitive jazz band, and numerous rock bands. With thorough training in drum set, mallet instruments, timpani, and auxiliary percussion, as well as guitar, keyboards, recording, and songwriting, Aaron is a versatile instrumentalist capable of teaching anything that has to do with music! Aaron's teaching style involves creating an atmosphere of acceptance and positivity, where students can improve their skills AND grow their passion. Watching his students perform and showcase their hard work is Aaron's favorite part about being a teacher.

Aaron's favorite music to listen to includes Weezer, Elliott Smith, Built to Spill, the Feelies, the Pixies, Radiohead, Neil Young, and the Beatles. Aaron's other interests include animals, filmmaking, RPG video games, and singing songs to his girlfriend. He has personally directed 11 films, written a feature-length screenplay, adopted four cats, and scored 300 points in Wii Bowling.

Phil Chester Bass Guitar, Guitar Teacher

Phil Chester is a bassist, trombonist, composer, teacher, and arranger. He began trombone when he was 9 and picked up bass guitar when he was 14. It was at this time he started performing with a handful of bands covering a broad spectrum of genres. His early influences were wide-ranging, including classic rock and jazz fusion. In 2006 he was introduced to the upright bass through his high school's jazz combo and pit orchestra.

In 2012 he graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Studies. Since then he has contributed and collaborated with countless ensembles and local and international artists in virtually every genre in the Chicagoland and surrounding area. Phil is currently involved with a number of active performing groups and provides studio bass tracking for Fox River Recording, Thirdfire Records and Lerah Productions. Phil is inspired by players of all instruments and artists of all mediums.

Anthony Sobun Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher

Anthony Sobun grew up listening to a lot of Motown, Stax, and James Brown; so it was a natural transition for him to switch from harmonica to electric and upright bass as a teen. In high school he studied jazz, orchestral music, and R&B under the direction of Frank Menzies and continued his education at Northeastern Illinois University. Since then, he has had the good fortune to perform at the Taste of Chicago, All Souls Jazz Festival, FOX's Good Day Chicago, WGN Morning News, The House of Blues, Chicago Symphony Center, and countless other bandstands and studios all over the Midwest. When not teaching, performing, or practicing, he is most likely spending time outside with his dog, Roscoe.

Jillian Swanson Singing Teacher, Rock 101 Teacher

Jillian, an operatic soprano, is a native of Schaumburg, Illinois. Since graduating with her Masters in Vocal Performance from the State University of New York at Fredonia, she has appeared in numerous operative and musical productions throughout the country.

Jillian’s past credits include Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes as the Niece, while covering the lead Ellen Orford, Sondheim’s A little Night Music (Anne Egerman), Menotti’s The Consul (The Foreign Woman), Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera (Lucy) and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (Dido). In the past Jillian has worked with The Wester New York Chamber Orchestra, Nickel City Opera, Chautauqua Opera, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

JR Dittrich Drum Teacher

JR has been drumming for over 15 years. He attended North Central College, where he studied Drum Set Performance. Over his Career, JR has played in a variety of groups from Trios to Big Bands and large ensembles, as well as many different musical genres, such as Jazz, Funk, Rock, Latin and more. He has also been involved in teaching private lessons and drum camps.

Now, JR’s primary goal is to use the variety of experience in a beneficial way, and to provide the best private lessons possible. He possesses a wide range of techniques, abilities, and styles that allow him to create individualized lessons for each student. He believes that this is the best way to teach. No two students are identical, and no two students learn alike. In addition, no two students are interested in the exact same things, or want to learn the same material. This is why he approaches each student and lesson individually, to prove the best education and experiences for that student.
Keyboard and Singing Teacher Ilia Rascon

Ilia Rascon Keyboard Teacher, Singing Teacher

Ilia is a freelance vocalist and singer-songwriter. She obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Music Business along with a Vocal Performance certificate and a Theatre Minor at Elmhurst University (formerly known as Elmhurst College).

In undergrad Ilia sang Alto I in Women’s Chorus. While in college choir she got the opportunity to tour and also work with choral composers such as Eric Whitacre and Andrea Ramsey.

Ilia is an Alto/Mezzo Soprano. She is experienced in various genres including; Classical/Opera, Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Pop/Rock.

She has given two full recitals, participated in vocal competitions, participated in theatre on stage and behind the scenes work, performed at private parties, freelance audio engineering, subbed church choirs during the holiday season, and collaborates with other artists.
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keyboard, Singing and Drum Teacher Tiger Khokunthod

Tiger Khokunthod Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keyboard, Singing and Drum Teacher

Tiger is a creative artist based out of Elgin IL. He recently graduated from Judson University with a degree in Music Composition (Theatre), his creative outlets range from a variety of different artistic ventures.

As a musician, his ability to play multiple instruments including, piano, guitar, bass, drums, along with singing has given him the opportunity to be involved in a variety of choral ensembles, church worship teams, rock bands, and musical theatre bands. Tiger is a songwriter, having written the book, music, and lyrics to his own original musical “Finding Home” originally premiered in November of 2019 at Judson University. His love for the arts continues with his ventures into theatrical directing, event planning, and marketing.

His hope is that all who get to know him have the opportunity to learn and understand the importance of the arts as a source of community and an opportunity for all kinds of people to find themselves through art.
Dani Putrino Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Dani Putrino Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Dani Putrino (they/them) is a multi instrumentalist producer from Connecticut. They have gigged across the East Coast, UK, and Midwest since age 14. They have a BA in Music and Music Business from Columbia College Chicago and, while pursuing this degree, had a chance to learn under Nick Tremulis, Cory Henry, and Donny McCaslin. Notable bands they are/ have been in are Serendipity (pop/rock cover), Dear Daze (melodic hardcore), Little Pluto (lofi), and Aurin & the H.Ex (neo soul). In addition to playing guitar, bass, sax, and keys, they also love to spend time with their dog Cookie and going on medium length walks in the woods.
Joe Szulkowski Drum Instructor

Joe Szulkowski Drum Teacher

Joe grew up in Chicago and is a drummer, guitarist, teacher, producer, and performer. He began guitar at age 13, and drums at 14. Within 4 months, he started performing live. At 15 years old, his life changed when he went to see The Foo Fighters live at the Aragon Ballroom. The bands musicianship, attention to detail and showmanship is why he decided to dedicate his life to music.

Joe’s teaching style involves creating an atmosphere of patience and positivity with a focus on performance; an atmosphere where students never feel frustrated. Sharing the excitement with a student as they overcome a difficult musical challenge is Joe’s favorite part about being a teacher. In college, Joe started a band called Scraping for Change. They developed a large following and began playing bigger and better venues, including The Fillmore in San Francisco and The Roxy in Los Angeles. Scraping for Change recorded their debut album, “Heartaches and Danger,” with the help of producers Tim Gorman (The Who, Jefferson Starship...) and Kirk Casey (Santana, Sammy Hagar, Journey, SIMS video games...).

The first single by Scraping for Change began receiving radio play overseas, eventually leading to an invitation to join a multi-city festival tour throughout Indonesia. Joe and Scraping for Change played shows spanning the whole country to crowds of 50,000 plus, and their single topped the charts at #1 on the Billboard Top 40.

Joe is currently in a Nirvana tribute band called The Grunge Puppets, performing full shows from the band’s past and specializing in the MTV Unplugged Album in its entirety.
Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher Lucas Bennet

Lucas Bennet Singing Teacher, Keyboard Teacher

Lucas is a composer, singer, and songwriter. At 14, he began taking vocal lessons and performing rock covers locally through Hix Bros. Throughout high school, he was the frontman for the progressive metal band "Atlasaria". Atlasaria performed often, sharing the stage with national touring acts such as Issues, Chon, Texas in July, the Ghost Inside, and many others. They played a few sold out shows, one having the capacity of 800 people, and even performed at the House of Blues in Chicago. Atlasaria released their debut EP in October 2015 and were featured in Alternative Press Magazine.

At 19, Lucas began taking classical piano lessons to strengthen his overall musicality. He still relies heavily on the piano while songwriting and applying music theory. Lucas recently graduated from North Central College in Naperville with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition. His senior capstone project included an hour-long concert of his own original works. Nowadays, Lucas is the singer and songwriter behind the alternative rock band Of Thought and Feeling, who have been recently featured in the Daily Herald. Lucas is excited to share his experience and knowledge with the next generation of passionate musicians.
Drum Teacher Maddi Vogel

Maddi Vogel Drum Teacher

Hailing from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Maddi Vogel graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2021 with a BA in music + business. They have extensive experience in Jazz combos, Rock bands, and worship teams, as well as 25+ different pit orchestras in the past seven years. Maddi’s primary instrument is drum set, and they hold a passion for Irish Traditional music, composition, and music in China from 1982-2015.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher Sam Gjokaj

Sam Gjokaj Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher

Sam Gjokaj has been a part of the local music scene for 20+ years. He has produced, written for, and helmed 3 successful original bands. These music projects played and headlined at local venues such as: Chicago’s House of Blues, The Metro, Bottom Lounge, Double Door and Hard Rock Cafe to name a few - along with various Chicago neighborhood festivals. His original music has been played on Q101 as well as several college radio stations, and abroad in Europe and Australia. He is a multi-instrumentalist with a vast love and appreciation of all genres and styles, with guitar being his main instrument.

Part of his drive has been the passionate desire to learn and teach music so he created a music book specializing in various modes, extensive chord charting, and both Western and World music stylings and scales.

From taking lessons and working with other musicians creatively, he knows what a good teacher needs to offer. They have to listen, and know what your goals are. This way achieving your goals takes less time and makes the learning process more enjoyable.

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For over twenty years, our amazing instructors have transformed hundreds of thousands of students across the world into skilled musicians. Become a musician at School of Rock.


Be A Musician

It’s super fun and relaxed. The instructors are all so encouraging and helpful. I get to do something I’ve always dreamed of but was always afraid to- play music with other people and in front of an audience.

They always have a good time!

My kids love School of Rock! In addition to learning how to play an instrument, they're also learning valuable life lessons about team work, practicing to achieve your goals and friendship.

True Enjoyment is had.

Our daughter truly enjoys being a part of School of Rock. The teachers are very friendly and welcoming. It is very laid back, which gives our daughter a change of pace from school.