Assistant General Manager
Abigail fell in love with rock n' roll when she first heard Elvis Presley at age 5 and played guitar as a child. As an adult, she worked as a dental office coordinator before switching to part-time work at School of Rock. As a studio coordinator, she combined her office coordinating experience and love of music.
Abigail quickly joined our adult program, refreshing her guitar experience while learning bass and vocals. After falling in love with the school, she became determined to make it the best community possible for the kids who fell in love with music just like she did. You'll probably see her and her daughter around the school, helping in every way they can! She's now thrilled to be a part of the School of Rock management team, helping the next music generation grow while refreshing her skills at the same time!
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Adam started performing in bands at age 14. He continued to do so throughout his teenage years and later went on to study music in college. His experiences and education have made him versed in many styles such as Metal, Blues, Alternative Rock, Traditional Jazz, and Fusion. He is prepared to share his knowledge with the next generation of rockers!
Adam is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. Hailing from the NW suburbs of Chicago, Adam first picked up a guitar around the age of 12. After mastering the art of the power chord, he devoted most of his free time to learning every song on every album he had. As a child of mid-90s punk, those first albums consisted of Green Day, Rancid, Offspring, Weezer, etc. Adam started his first band in the eighth grade and never looked back. He has since learned how to sing, play bass and drums, played countless shows with many bands, spent four years in Los Angbeles and toured the country. Adam also studied Audio Recording and Production at The Recording Workshop in Chillicothe, OH. He uses those skills at his recording studio The Space, located at Music Garage Chicago, where he records, produces and mixes a variety of artists as well as his own bands. He is the Regional Director at School of Rock Oak Park.
Amos is a drummer, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and instructor who trained in piano and drumming at an early age and later in Jazz, Concert, and Marching as an adolescent. As a former music student himself, Amos recalls being on the “tail-end” of the era of his music instructors where a student could easily find his knuckles or palms stinging and painful from an instructor's disciplinary methods of teaching music. Luckily, although he harbors no regrets, he himself has adopted an extremely student-friendly approach to instruction based on theories of “multiple intelligence,” the scientific evidence that we as humans all have certain ways of learning that are both individual and specific to each of us.
Amos adapted these principles of personal and individualized learning during his eight years of private and Chicagoland Archdiocese schools teaching as well as occasional work with special needs youth. As a musician, Amos credits his profound attachment to tempo, drive, dynamics, and sonic balance to having been assigned the bass drum throughout his high school marching band years. “At the time, it wasn’t the coolest drum to lug around a football field but it made me understand later in life how the drums are truly the vehicle that all other instruments catch a ride from point A to point B.”
Amos has been a drum teacher for 20 years, as well as a jazz, funk, hard rock, and studio musician and occasional home studio owner for decades. He served as a judge for Guitar Center’s national “Drum-A-Thon” contest for four consecutive years. He was also a well-known team skateboarder, writer, and author. Amos is excited to join forces with the awesome School of Rock Oak Park team and eager to help shape the future generations of musicians, especially the heartbeat of the band: drummers.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Al has been playing and performing music almost since he was old enough to walk. From playing the bass for gospel artist Inez Andrews in the early 70s at the tender of age of 10, to performing in the Chicago all-city jazz ensemble with fellow School of Rock instructor Rafe Bradford in the 80s, his music career began at a young age. Al toured and recorded with Grammy award-winning choir, Rev. Milton Brunson and The Thompson Community Singers. He worked as a Nashville session musician in the 1990s. He has performed with Michael McDonald, Patty Austin, Ali Woodson, Jamie Foxx, Billy Paul and Aretha Franklin. He was formerly the guitarist for The Dells and is now touring and performing with The Isley Brothers.
Assistant Music Director, Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Amber is a multi-instrumentalist from Indianapolis, IN. After pursuing a degree in music history and flute performance at Butler University, she relocated to Chicago to teach music.
Amber has been playing flute and guitar for 14 years and has been teaching private music lessons since 2015. She previously served as our Rookies and Little Wing Program Director and is now our Assistant Music Director!
Amber also teaches guitar, bass, and our Rookies and Little Wing classes.
Amy is a rocker mom and corporate marketer and the owner of School of Rock Oak Park. Amy has spent most of her work life building her career in Sales and Marketing at Blue Cross and Blue Shield and at the same time pursuing artistic interests. While she developed her business skills in web marketing, sales strategy and technology adoption, she also hosted art shows, crafted and sold jewelry in local boutiques and galleries, and generally sought opportunities that would enable her to marry her business skills with her love of art. When her daughter, at the time, only 12 years old, attended summer camp at School of Rock Chicago, Amy suggested that they should consider opening a school in Oak Park. Amy learned that the School of Rock was a franchise opportunity and a light bulb went off. She knew that she would be the person to make it happen. In early December 2012, Amy and her ever-supportive husband converted a 50-year-old combination warehouse and office building into the vibrant home of School of Rock Oak Park.
Annette grew up in a music loving family and has no earlier childhood memories than of The Beatles, "A Hard Days Night" and Sundays spent cruising the streets of Logan Square with three teenage uncles to the sounds of the British invasion, Motown, Jim, Jimi and Janis. It was to no one's surprise that most of her boyfriends had a guitar strapped to them, and, eventually weary of watching, she picked up an instrument and began playing herself. She has an extensive background in theatre, both performing and producing. Together with her director husband, they founded, built and operated one of the first commercial venues in the Bucktown area- a 100-seat performance space and art gallery. Annette organized and directed a fundraiser concert for her daughter's second grade class performing hits of the 60s, including a medley from "Hair" and was immediately offered a position teaching guitar. Over the past seven years, she has developed her own technique to get even the youngest guitar enthusiasts playing. She's taught hundreds of kids through Park District programs she initiated in Oak Park, River Forest and Elmwood Park as well as privately in her home studio. Annette is the creator of Guitar Cat and has been seen over the years performing with her band of students, The Cat Pack. She couldn't be happier to join School of Rock Oak Park.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Bailey is an active guitarist/bassist within the Chicago music scene. Originally born and raised in Minnesota, he moved to Chicago in 2017 to study music at Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts. While in school, he began working as a freelance musician frequently performing around the city. Well-versed in a variety of playing styles ranging from Rock to Neo Soul, he has worked with a diverse list of artists including Bassel and the Supernaturals, Iesha Sturdivant, Da$htone, Spacebones, Blue Water Kings, Sophia Byrd, and Hamilton cast members among others.
Ben is a drummer, producer, audio engineer, and former School of Rock Oak Park student. During his tenure at the School of Rock Oak Park, Ben was in the house band and was a three time School of Rock AllStar. Ben operates and engineers at Picture-Minded Studio in Oak Park, and is currently working with multiple groups as a drummer, songwriter, and producer. When he isn’t teaching, Ben spends his time honing his craft as an audio engineer and producer. Having mixed and engineered for over 10 bands and artists before the age of 20, Ben isn’t stopping making music any time soon.
Christina is a vocal teacher at SOR Oak Park. She grew up on 70s classics, R&B, and gained an appreciation for classical music through her grandparents. From the coffee table “stage” with a hairbrush mic where she sang to the imagined packed arena to the stage with live humans, Christina took every chance she could to sing: in choirs, as the lead in her high school musical, and was classically trained through high school. That training served her well and, meshed with her rock voice, created a National Anthem range. She has sung at major and minor league and local games. Her classical voice also found her singing in the church choir for 10 years. She also currently serves her as a sound healer.
A Native of the Chicago area, Dan received a BM in Jazz Studies from De PAUL University in 1990. He has been playing professionally and teaching full time since 1994. A founding member of local faves Tributosaurus, Dan has also performed with, toured, or played on recordings by the following artists: Singer/songwriters Liz Phair, Jewel, Peter Himmelman and Robbie Fulks, the bands Poi Dog Pondering and Under the Streetlamp, guitarist Fareed Haque and funk jazz group Liquid Soul. Drumming for Theater Productions/Shows (credits include School of Rock 1st National Tour (sub drummer)2017-2019, Music Man at Goodman Theater 2019, Wonderful Town at Goodman Theater 2016, Million Dollar Quartet at Apollo Theater Chicago (2011-2015).
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Dave (them/them) is a classically trained guitarist with 10+ years of experience playing live and in studio. They received a BM in Commercial Music from Millikin University in 2016, and have since been living in Chicago to meet fellow musicians and start new projects. Currently, they play and record with a variety of artists including Demetruest, The Curls, and their personal project, The Phantom Broadcast. As a teacher, they love weaving into lessons the music theory concepts that make the songs we learn so interesting!
Music Director, Drum Teacher, Production Teacher
Born in Rhode Island and raised in Oak Park, IL, Ethan grew up to rock n’ roll classics and found his place behind a drum kit at 10 years old. While soaking up information from drum magazines between school and private lessons, Ethan began playing in performing bands at the age of 13.
With experience from indie rock, to thrash metal, to funk grooves, Ethan has a broad range of drumming in several rock bands. He wrote, recorded, and toured with indie rock outfit India By Rail for a couple of years.
After graduating from Columbia College Chicago in 2013 with a degree in Audio Design and Production, Ethan’s career as a music producer and audio engineer has been diverse and has taken him from Chicago to Los Angeles and back. As a producer/DJ, he has worked in all styles of electronic music, hip hop, and pop, and played famous venues like The Metro, Lincoln Hall, and Bottom Lounge just to name a few.
On top of being our music director, Ethan also teaches drum and production lessons.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Singing Teacher
Hannah is from Minneapolis and has been playing guitar for over a decade. She is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a music degree in instrumental performance. Since coming to Chicago in 2018, Hannah has been performing original music and has been playing guitar for artists across a wide variety of genres.
Jennifer is a veteran music director whose imagination and curriculum expertise have helped School of Rock Oak Park become the largest school in the international system. She is a four-time School of Rock AllStar director and has served on content and innovation boards at the corporate level over her many years with the company. Jennifer is a voice teacher who loves coaching students of all levels to perform at their personal best through personalized training, biodynamics and stage prep. As a director, Jennifer challenges players to step out of their comfort zones and develop the skills needed to be free and authentic on stage. Jennifer served as School of Rock Oak Park’s Music Director and developed programming, show seasons and touring groups, and oversaw the artistic direction of the school. As Music Experience Director of the new AMP (Awaken Musical Power) program for team-building, Jennifer aims to offer non-musicians the opportunity to experience the magic of group music through learning to spark breakthroughs of their own. Jennifer holds an M.Phil in Irish Theatre from Trinity College Dublin and a BFA in Acting from Kent State University. She performs regularly with the band 1976 and has a long performing resume that includes musical theater, jazz, roots, rock and punk. She lives in Oak Park with her husband and two kids and spends her free time volunteering and engaged in social justice. She is a vocal instructor at School of Rock Oak Park.
Jimmy has been a Musician/Educator in Chicago for 10+ Years. You can most likely catch him on the weekends gigging with his band, “The Hat Guys,” a prominent local cover band established since 2003. He is also involved in a wide array of personal projects, from dual-drummer psych rock in “The Tomblands,” to his contemporary Americana project “Poor Calvin,” with his fellow co-worker Evan Opitz (guitar).
Jimmy is still continuing his music education after obtaining a degree in music technology, and he is currently mentoring under renowned jazz drummer Steve Lyman. “My mission is to guide students and prepare them for success whether you are a beginner or are looking to pursue your instrument to the highest degree. I believe playing the drums can be enjoyed at any capacity, and I hope to inspire you on your musical journey.”
Piano Teacher, Vocal Instructor
A chance encounter with a ukulele at the tender age of nine launched Jim on a life-long rock and roll adventure. Teenage garage bands in the Arizona desert led to years of touring and recording in musical styles that ranged from rock, blues and R&B to cumbia, salsa and musical theater. Along the way, he has been privileged to work with a number of great artists, including Bonnie Raitt, John Mayall, Bo Diddley, The Four Tops, Bobby 'Blue' Bland, Delbert McClinton, Dallas Taylor, 'Gatemouth' Brown and Luther Allison. During his musical travels, Jim took de-tours to study classical piano, music theory and earn a Masters in Choral Conducting at Arizona State University. Having invested all that time and money in higher education, he switched tracks to a career as a high school and college instructor (though he continued to gig in every city between Tucson and Seattle, as well as in Chicagoland, Europe, Australia and New Zealand). After toiling valiantly for 25 years in classrooms from Berwyn to the border of Mexico, Jim retired from the Latin School of Chicago, and he is thrilled to be returning to his rock roots as a member of the amazing staff at School of Rock Oak Park. In addition to teaching here, he records and performs with his roots-rock band The Hurtin' Kind. His favorite bands are The Beatles and Los Lobos. He loves teaching music to young people.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
"Smoking" Joe has been a mainstay on the Chicago blues scene. He has played with local, national, and international legends such as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Lurrie Bell, Carrie Bell, Otis Clay, Mojo Buford, and Elvin Bishop. For 22 years he served as the music director for The Underground Wonder Bar. Joe, as bassist, has toured with the Mandingo Griot Society in the countries of Germany, France, Greece, Finland, Amsterdam, and the entire continent of Europe. He has toured, as bassist, with the Kinzey Report throughout the state of California during the period of 1995-2005. Joe also played and toured worldwide with the world-renowned Buddy Miles (drummer for Jimi Hendrix).
Bass Guitar Teacher, Guitar Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
John is a musician, bassist, and arranger living in Chicago, IL. John’s style delivers a refreshing take on classic soul, blues, jazz, and rock. He is currently working as the bassist and assistant manager for Chicago blues legends, the Cash Box Kings. He is the bassist on their last two releases: Hail To The Kings (Alligator Records, 2019), and their latest release, Oscar's Motel (Alligator Records, 2023). John is also the music director, arranger, and bassist for the Chicago soul outfit, The Heavy Sounds, who pay tribute to '60s and '70s soul styles featuring different instrumental lineups as well as backing the Chicago soul singer legend Renaldo Domino and the lovely soul-powerhouse Gina Bloom.
John has also released an album of collaborations and original compositions with The Giving Trio’s “Defuser” (2016), featuring his songs “Old Bull Lee,” “She’s Skeptic” and “The Believer.” John will be attending Northeastern Illinois University beginning this fall 2023 for his MA in music education.
Kyle was captivated by music at a very young age, listening for hours with his father to the artists of XRT. Inspired by the Rock ‘n Roll of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, he picked up a guitar and took lessons throughout his childhood. In high school, it was the attitude and rebellious nature of Pop Punk bands like Blink-182 that led him to form a band with his friends and begin performing music for others. Being a quiet-natured kid from the suburbs, the stage allowed him a platform of self-expression unlike any other. He pursued this creative outlet in college, earning a degree in music performance from Columbia College Chicago. It was here that he first heard The Beatles’ Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, forever expanding his conceptions of music and songwriting. Since then, music has continued to be a central part of Kyle’s life, whether it was repairing and building stringed instruments, or performing the sounds of Funk, Soul, and Motown with the Chicago-based Second Hand Soul Band. Now a guitar and bass instructor at School of Rock, he is excited to share his lifelong passion with others.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
As a Columbia College Graduate, Max has gone on to become a fill-in touring guitarist for the rock group Remada. Along with being a singer-songwriter, he is also the frontman and manager for Chicago's hard rock quartet UnderFire. He has played various venues such as House of Blues, Metro, Bottom Lounge, Toads Place and Webster Theatre. Max has also shared the stage with notable acts such as Saving Abel, Cavo, Lights Alive, and Three Years Hollow.
Max is currently working on session work and is the guitarist for the Detroit rock band A War Within. A War Within has toured with bands such as Bless The Fall, The Word Alive, Ded, The Plot In You, and many others. Max looks forward to inspiring students, along with sharing his love and knowledge of music with them. He is a guitar teacher and bass guitar teacher at School of Rock Oak Park.
Assistant Music Director, Keyboard + Piano Teacher, Singing Teacher
Michael has been studying music since he was 4 years old when he started piano lessons and first heard his parents' vinyl copy of "Pet Sounds." While being trained in classical piano, Michael eventually found himself drawn to Billy Joel, Ben Folds, and rock operas. He studied music, theatre, and voice at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI before moving to Chicago with his indie pop/piano rock band Common Shiner.
In his 12-year tenure with that project, Michael charted nationally in the AC format (thanks to major support from Midwestern radio stations), toured the continental U.S., and made a slasher movie parody music video that went viral across the globe with over 12 million views. Michael has also voiced radio commercials and characters nationally and won a Kennedy Center Special Award for Theatrical Sound Design in 2006. Current endeavors include Otter Finn, Foster, Front Runners, and solo projects.
Michael also teaches keys and voice while serving as assistant music director.
Michael has been playing music for close to 10 years, and has roots in The Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, but loves all kinds of music genres, such as jazz, funk, rock, blues, classical, metal, folk, bluegrass and lots in between! He believes there is always more to learn when it comes to music and strives to keep improving as a musician and a teacher. We're very happy to have him! He is the Music Director at School of Rock Oak Park.
Renée has been teaching music her whole life. Even as a child, she would share her passion for all things musical with everyone she knew, and couldn’t understand why everyone in her kindergarten class wasn’t familiar with the likes of Janis Joplin, Ray Charles, and Edith Piaf. Originally from Minneapolis, she graduated top of her class from a performing arts high school, then moved to Chicago to earn a BM in Music Education from DePaul University, and later, a MMEd from VanderCook College of Music. She taught in the classroom for nearly three decades, writing curriculum, training teachers, directing choirs and musicals, and providing beginner guitar and keyboard instruction. She is an experienced vocal coach with singers of all ages and backgrounds, and believes everyone can (and should!) be a singer, regardless of natural talent. A resident of Oak Park, Renée is very excited to work for School of Rock, and share her extensive knowledge of music history, composition, theory, vocal technique and musicianship with her students!
Guitar Teacher, Piano Teacher
Steve began playing piano when he was 5 years old and began studying guitar at age 11 after hearing a classical guitar recital at his church on Easter Sunday. Since then, Steve has concertized throughout the United States and Europe as a recitalist, chamber musician, and soloist. After receiving his bachelor's degree on a scholarship to DePaul University, where he studied with legendary guitarist Leon Borkowski, he pursued his master's degree at DePaul under the instruction of Mark Maxwell.
Steve has studied and worked with such world-famous guitarists as Pepé Romero, Christopher Parkening, Denis Azabagic, Douglas Niedt, and Robert Guthrie. An exceptionally talented classical guitarist, Steve received the distinguished honor of runner-up in the Society of American Musicians Guitar Competition. A versatile chamber musician, Steve's preeminent performance career has included collaborations with many notable artists, including flamenco guitarist Carlos Montoya, legendary jazz pianist George Shearing and violin virtuoso Gidon Kremer. Recordings of Steve have been featured on national broadcasts by Chicago's fine arts radio station, 98.7WFMT, as well as on Radio France. He has devoted a lifetime of experience to performing and has appeared in concert with Dave Mason, Buddy Guy, and George Shearing. Steve is a prolific composer and arranger for film and live theatre. His compositions on Guitarra Azul's debut CD "Mariposa" have received great acclaim as well as enthusiastic reception from audiences nationwide.
Tommy is a young professional drummer, experienced in all genres from Rock to Orchestral. Having recently completed his bachelor of music in Jazz studies at Elmhurst University, Tommy is primarily playing with the Beyond Standard Trio, as well as developing his compositional skills with various side projects. As an educator, he offers fourteen years of formal training and a diversity of musical knowledge which can give insight to all drummers and percussionists no matter their age or skill level.
Tim first picked up the guitar over 20 years ago at age 13 and hasn't put it down since. In 2001, he earned a BA in Music Business from Elmhurst College. He has been teaching private guitar and bass lessons consistently since 2000 in the western suburbs and running rock band programs for kids since 2010. When outside of lessons, Tim evenly divides his time between practicing, rehearsals and a plethora of varying live performance situations, including everything from Chicago street festivals to weddings, large events like Riot Fest, big and small club shows and performing on the street. Trying to stay as busy as possible, he has held tenure in countless bands. This constant real world performing experience enriches every lesson. In addition to several original projects that Tim has in the works, he also currently performs extensively in and around Chicago with The Student Body (party rock covers).
Tracy is a professional drummer and instructor based in Chicago. He has over 20 years of stage and studio experience covering all styles and eras, from swing to rock, blues to Latin, and country to dance/pop/R&B. A Chicago native, Tracy was raised in a musical family. With a father and older brother who were both drummers, his passion for drums and music has been literally life-long. Tracy majored in Music in college and, starting at age nine, has studied under several great teachers, including renowned NBC staff drummer Max Mariash, the late, great Chicago drummer, teacher and band leader Tony Caselli, and classical percussion studies with Mike McLead. Additional private lessons followed with masters such as Rusty Jones and Johnny Rabb.
Tracy’s earliest professional experience started at 13, playing for local Chicago area church and school musical productions. Since then his music career has taken him to venues large and small, from the east coast to Las Vegas and throughout the Midwest, including the Surf Ballroom, Chicago's Orchestra Hall, Metro, Vic Theater, Arcada Theater, Shuba's, House of Blues and many others. Tracy’s playing/recording credits include work with many great Chicago bands and artists. He has also shared the stage with such notables as The Samples, The Radiators, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Edwin McCain, The Grassroots, Jazz is Dead, Buddy Holly’s Crickets, Edan Don Everly, Remembering Ricky Nelson featuring Gunnar and Matthew Nelson, Johnny Rivers and others. In addition to a busy live performance schedule, Tracy is very active in drum education and studies piano and voice in his spare time. He is a drum teacher at School of Rock Oak Park.
After growing up in Oak Park, Ryan spent his early twenties living out in Colorado and Utah working with high-risk youth at a wilderness therapy program. Eventually, Ryan made his way back to Oak Park and started working here at School of Rock Oak Park shortly after opening.
Ryan loves how School of Rock combines his passion for music and working with people. He has worked at three different schools in two states over the last ten years, most recently as the GM at School of Rock Chicago. Ryan is currently pursuing a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling and is grateful to be back at School of Rock Oak Park as he finishes his degree.
When he’s not behind the desk or at school, you can usually find Ryan on the Chicago lakefront or the Rocky Mountains.
Maurice (or Reese) is a drummer and producer with over three decades of experience, Reese has had the good fortune of performing, recording, and touring internationally. He has even played in West Africa with his world roots band, Brown Rice Family. Reese has also performed at South By Southwest, Lincoln Center, and The Apollo Theater.
Bass Guitar Teacher
Steve H, or Hash, has been a professional musician in the Chicago music scene since 1969 (that's the year he got his first musicians' union card, and it's still paying off!). He has performed with countless bands and artists at almost every venue in the Chicago area, playing jazz, rock, funk, folk, country, Latin, avant-garde, cabaret, bluegrass, blues, R&B, reggae, Cajun, Brazilian, African, and theatre music.
Steve has appeared at The Chicago Jazz Festival, The South Shore Jazz Festival, Taste of Chicago, ChicagoFest, and Chicago’s Asian American Jazz Festival. He has anchored the late-night jam session at The Green Mill for over 22 years.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher
Brandon grew up in the western suburbs of Chicago and has lived in the city for over two decades. He came to love music after he started stealing his parents' records, getting hooked on The Rolling Stones and The Who.
Brandon began playing guitar at the age of 11 and later studied Jazz at DePaul University and Roosevelt University. Performing professionally since the age of 14, he loved touring on the East Coast and playing iconic Chicago venues such as Schubas, Martyrs, Lincoln Hall, and many others.
Brandon has been teaching guitar and bass for over 13 years.
Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Pat grew up with music and studying music production directly. He is fascinated by the diversity of contemporary music, whether music composition, music arrangement, sound recording, musical performances, or experimental music. Pat has been at the forefront of the music and production industry with over a decade of experience in Thailand.
Pat is currently the co-founder and director of the contemporary music production of 28Production (Thailand) and works as a session producer for a film scoring orchestra with the recording studio Studio28 (Thailand). Pat was a member of the Thai band Chanudom as a guitarist, composer, and arranger for the album Third World in 2019.
Katie is a vocalist, guitarist, performer, and songwriter originally from Salinas, California. She studied Jazz Voice at the Jacob’s School of Music before earning a BFA in Musical Theatre at Indiana University in 2023. She has performed as a vocalist at various venues and festivals such as the Monterey Jazz Festival and San Jose Jazz Festival.
Katie grew up in a musical household and began taking private lessons when she was 8 years old. Over the years she has played violin, guitar, clarinet, piano, and alto saxophone. Katie spent her time in college playing rhythm guitar and singing with various bands in Bloomington, Indiana. She has written for her former band, Middle Name Basis, and continues to write and perform her own solo work.
Guitar Teacher, Bass Guitar Teacher, Keyboard + Piano Teacher
Matt grew up in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and began playing music from a young age through private lessons and school band. He soon began as a student at the School of Rock in Downingtown, Pennsylvania, where he participated in the performance program, performed in the school's House Band, and was selected for the AllStars program.
Matt's time as a School of Rock student ultimately led him to study music, and more specifically guitar, at Columbia College Chicago. Since graduating, Matt has been pursuing music on multiple fronts, from teaching guitar, bass, drums, keys, and general music theory at all different levels, to playing in multiple projects on multiple different instruments.
Drum Teacher, Studio Coordinator
Landon is a drummer, composer, and sound artist. His love for music started at about 5 years old when his dad showed him the notes on a piano. Seven years later, he got his first drum set and hasn’t looked back. Landon was a School of Rock student for five years and graduated in 2017. Within that time, he played dozens of times for the Oak Park Show Team and toured as an AllStar. He has been a part of multiple bands as well, some with fellow School of Rock students. He currently plays drums in the noisy post-hardcore band, Ira Glass.
Landon graduated from Concordia University Montreal with a BFA in Electroacoustic Studies. During his time as a sound artist, he has endeavored many creative projects, ranging from creating his own sound sculptures and instruments to live installation performances. He has experience composing modern classical, experimental, and acousmatic music as well as designing sound for film and animation.
As a drum teacher, Landon intertwines the foundations of drumming with the creative possibilities of each student’s expression as a musician.
Emile grew up in Oak Park and has been an elementary school teacher in Oak Park for 16 years. Emile has also produced and performed hip-hop music in and around the Chicagoland area for over 20 years. He is a die-hard Bulls fan and has eaten so many wings he grew a set of his own.
Joe is an accomplished professional drummer with a degree in music and over 25 years of music teaching experience. Joe has taught everything from private lessons, to grade school band, to coaching rock bands, to being a university professor of Music Business.
Joe’s fruitful career in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Europe has allowed him to perform, record, and tour with many renowned artists including David Ellefson (Megadeth), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Todd Kerns (SLASH), Martin Motnik (Accept, Uli Jon Roth), Kill Hannah (Atlantic Records), Michael Angelo Batio (Manowar, Nitro, Holland), South of Earth (feat. Geno Lenardo from Filter, Device, Chevelle), Cage9 (feat. members of Powerman 5000), and others.
Joe takes pride in being well-versed in a wide variety of styles, genres, and settings. His teaching methods are simple, efficient, and extremely effective. He understands every student learns differently, therefore, customizes his approach to the individual at hand to ensure he’s focusing on their specific needs.
Joe has been featured multiple times in Modern Drummer and Drum Magazine and is currently endorsed with Sonor Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vater Sticks, Westone In-Ear Monitors, Gator Cases, and Martin Böhme Trumpets.