Rock Start Welcomes Sylvia Chen!

Rock Start has added Hsin-yu (“Sylvia”) Chen to our roster of teachers. Sylvia is a talented violinist and is excited to join the team. Read all about her accomplishments here. If you are interested in starting violin lessons, please reach out to Brendan and we’ll get you signed up!

Practice Makes Possible

Perhaps the biggest struggle with parenting a child learning an instrument is navigating practice time. I frequently hear from parents who worry that confrontations over practice time are causing undue amounts of stress and anxiety in the home. This is usually the main reason that a child will quit an instrument (“We’re not going to… Read more »

3 Tips for Practicing After A Summer Away from Lessons

It’s that time of year when students are preparing to return to textbooks, pencil sharpening….and music lessons! Many of my students will take extended breaks from weekly lessons over the summer to attend a summer camp, family vacations, or just to break up the routine of the school year. Getting back into the swing of… Read more »

New Rock Start Teacher Kevin Campbell!

Rock Start is excited to welcome a new teacher to our ranks: Kevin Campbell. Kevin is a talented multi-instrumentalist and will be teaching piano, guitar, bass, and voice for us. He’s a Chicago-area native and plays around town in a few projects, including progressive jammers Stampy and Grateful Dead cover band Terrapin Flyer. Here’s a look at… Read more »

Rock Start Welcomes Marti Kallenberger

We’re very excited to announce that we’re adding a new instrument (french horn) and a new teacher to our team! Marti Kallenberger is a freelance french horn player with a Masters degree from DePaul. She’s just completed a tenure with the prestigious Civic Orchestra and is excited to take on new french horn and beginner… Read more »