Rock Start Welcomes Kara Cavanaugh!

We’ve expanded again by adding the incredibly talent Kara Cavanaugh! Kara is accepting students on voice, piano, and guitar. She’s recently released her debut album, “Ain’t Gonna Run,” which includes this tune below. Welcome Kara!

Rock Start Welcomes Joseph Sanchez!

We’re welcoming yet another teaching to the RSL fold! Joseph Sanchez boasts an impressive resume (including a stint with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and performances with Yo-Yo Ma) and a passion for teaching. Contact us today to sign up for clarinet lessons. Here’s a video of Joseph performing with his group The Lake Effect… Read more »

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 »