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Robert Simkus is available for Guitar, Bass Guitar and beginning drum lessons Monday Thru Friday 10am to 9pm Saturdays 8am to 2pm



Western Illinois University grad and an Alumni of Chicago's Old Town School of Folk Music  and seasoned professional musician with 7 albums on Itunes and Television and Radio Airplay.

Robert Simkus' early life was marked with a house full of music. With three older sisters and younger brother, music from Yes, Led Zeppelin, Styx, Boston, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Bad Co., and many others and the pop hits of the 60's and 70's could be heard coming from their bedrooms. Every bedroom had a stereo record player and different music was always coming from every room. What is now known as 'classic' was new and fresh. 

Remarkably, new ears and new generations love this same music after a listen or two. There was excitement when a new Led Zeppelin album came out...or Boston...or KISS. Those were the days.

Robert's  early love of music was briefly sidelined while he pursued sports throughout high school and into college. An all-star baseball player in Chicago's semi-pro leagues, Robert put to use his Carol Stream little league training. After a few unsuccessful tryouts with the KC Royals and other teams Robert retreated to music after a neighbor asked him for guitar lessons. Sports are still a part of his life. You may catch him playing for a local softball team or biking on the prairie path.

In 1990, and after a few years of being out of college in the real world Robert rekindled his love affair with music and the guitar. After the neighbor asked for guitar lessons, the referrals kept coming in and Robert had more and more students. 

Working out of his house and at the local music schools, Robert maintained 50 students or more per week. Finally, around 2005, he decided to strike out on his own and teach private guitar lessons . Being successful in education and teaching music has been a rewarding journey that will only get better with his new musical home at DuPage Rock Music School.

In September 2019, Robert's journey in musical education is growing and expanding it's reach. With the opening of DuPage Rock Music School, we hope to serve the community with a quality musical education.

 Robert welcomes you to our musical family!

 "To me it feels as if Robert teaches because he truly enjoys helping others achieve their musical goals, and to me that makes all the difference. "  

Brian Vollriede is available for piano and keyboard and vocal lessons on Wednesdays 3:30 to 6:30


 Brian has  an Associates of Fine Arts degree from Illinois State University and is currently working toward his B.A. in teaching.  

A talented and 

accomplished keyboardist with 

an impressive professional 

working musician's resume, 

he brings passion to share his 

experience and talent with 

aspiring and veteran musicians 

in the DuPage area. 

Brian is currently a member of 

one of the top blues bands in 

Chicago with Mike Wheeler. 

Check them out on Youtube.

In the past, Brian has 

performed with and was musical 

director for The Drifters, The 

Chi-Lites, The Classics IV, 

Sugar Blue, John Lee Hooker 

Jr., Lonnie Brooks and Otis 


Two-time inductee in the 

Chicago Blues Hall of Fame. 

"Master Blues Band & Master 

Blues Performer". Featured 

lecturer 2016 College of 

DuPage.  Winner 2015 2016 

Favorite Blues Group. 

Sponsored by Nord Keyboards 

and Barbetta amplification. A 

multi-faceted musician that 

can read, arrange and sing 


Brian  brings  the school  his varied and diverse range of experiences and influences stemming from stints with Reggae, Country, Jazz, Rock Zydeco, Pop, Blues and R&B groups.

" Brian makes learning fun and he is very knowledgeable knowing many styles " 

Tony Giangreco is vailable for drum lessons on Fridays 3 to 6 and Saturdays 8am to 1pm



Tony Giangreco has been drumming for over 14 years, and is known for his versatility playing many different types of music.

He is mostly known for his role as Ringo Starr in American English, a popular

Beatles cover band, along with other bands such as The Time Bandits, Voodoo Children, and Something New.

Tony is also the "Starr" drummer at the annual Beatles Fest for Beatles fans in Chicago for the last several years.

As a teacher, Tony will help you learn anything by breaking the songs down and teaching it to you piece by piece.

Tony can teach you songs or any style you want to learn!   

"Tony is an amazing teacher and performer"


David Rix Available for Harmonica and Bass Guitar Lessons Monday s from 6:30pm to 9:30pm



Dave Rix is a Chicago veteran musician with over 45 years of experience playing harmonica and bass, both onstage and in studio. 

He has been referred to as "The Kraken" and the "Angus Young of the harmonica" for his dynamic stage presence and intense style of playing which includes wandering out into the crowd with a wireless lighted microphone!

Dave can play multiple styles from traditional Chicago blues like Little Walter, James Cotton, and Junior Wells to the Piedmont style of Sonny Terry to the more contemporary styles of Charlie Musselwhite, Magic Dick, and John Mayall. 

An Illinois State University graduate, Dave spent most of the 70's and 80's playing big hair music in big hair bands and actually still has most of that big hair. He currently plays  harmonica and bass in multiple active tribute bands and when he's not out gigging or rehearsing, you'll find him in his home studio tracking and mixing countless hours of original material.

As Dupage Rock Music School's newest instructor, Dave is anxious to provide a unique approach to learning a very simple to play instrument and hopes to create an army of harmonica players to take over the world!

Bobby Ross Available for Guitar and Bass Guitar Lessons Wednesdays from 1 to 9pm



A seasoned veteran of the Chicago music scene. Bobby brings forty years of passion and 30 years of experience teaching music.

As a live performer, bass player, guitar player and vocalist, Bobby has played in many great bands. Playing classic venues from the late 1970's up until today. He still performs regularly. Over the years you may have seen Bobby playing The Thirsty Whale, Malos, Hay Wires, Stay Out West, Interactions, Fuzzy Naval, Penny Road Pub, Totos, The Riviera and more.

You can credit Bobby with 1000's of professional gigs over the years. Sometimes people say you either teach or you play, Bobby 

does both with great success.

Bob has wrote, sang, played guitars, played bass, engineered and mixed over 20 albums of original, self produced music; including rock, blues, acoustic, pop and heavy metal.

Bobby's main influence always goes back to THE BEATLES. Since 2015 he has performed as the George/John part in Beatles cover band.

Bobby brings several other musical skills to the table.Bobby is sound engineer, a producer, a director, an agent, and a videographer. In 2014 he began his all original, self produced half hour cable TV show

out of Comcast cable in Elmhurst Illinois Channel 19 Tuesdays at 9:00 pm.

Bobby's ability to teach music has been demonstrated for nearly thirty years. Bobby enjoys tutoring and guiding others who are on the path of music. Bobby believes this is meaning of life... a big part of his mission is teaching and sharing his knowledge and skills.

Bobby says, 'Music is life, life is music'. He would not have it any other way. 

" Bobby knows how to get you where you want with your music"

Beth Kaplan Available for piano, voice, guitar and ukulele lessons starting in March Thursdays 4pm to 9pm


Northwestern University grad ,  National-Louis University with a Master’s in elementary Education and seasoned professional musician,

We are thrilled to announce that as of Fall 2019, Beth Kaplan will be joining us as our new Piano Guitar and Voice teacher. 

Growing up in New York gave her tremendous opportunities to experience all kinds of music, and her love for music began over 50 years ago.

She started piano lessons at 4, taught herself to play the guitar at 7, and has been singing since 3, though she didn’t begin formal vocal training until she was 12. (Her mom is a concert pianist, still, at 84!) After graduating from Northwestern University in 1980, she performed at local clubs, bars and restaurants in the Chicago area. She eventually joined a series of bands where she was both the lead vocalist and the keyboard player, and this is where she honed her unique vocal style and her ability to sing anything from Ella Fitzgerald to Prince. 

She continued studying voice with Doug Susumago for an additional 10 years. . At 32 she graduated from National-Louis University with a Master’s in Elementary Education that included endorsements in writing, social science, and of course, music. While teaching in Bellwood School District 88 for 22 years, she directed 44 student musical productions, and taught kids between 4 and 14 that anyone can learn to sing and dance. From 1998 to  2002 she ran the music program at McKinley School. She continued performing in the Chicago area herself, and many of her teaching colleagues routinely attended her performances.

It was during her tenure at District 88  that Beth developed her special teaching  style. 

Believing all children can learn, she uses a variety of techniques to instill a love for music for each student based on the type of music which interests them the most. Music should be fun, even during a  lesson. Her encouraging, loving, yet firm approach allows children to have fun, all while they develop proper breath and pitch control, correct diction, appropriate dynamics, and experience in a variety of musical genres. They also develop the performance confidence they’ll need should they choose a career in music.

In 2015 Beth switched to working as a music specialist for preschoolers. In the Fall of 2017, she was recruited by Child’s Voice for the Hearing Impaired as both the vocal coach and the music teacher. She helps the students learn to use their voices so they can function in the hearing world, and gets them singing and  dancing. “To be an effective children’s music teacher you have to be willing to be silly,” she says, smiling from ear to ear. She still directs student performances. The most recent one at Child’s Voice was streamed live to Facebook on Dec.21 and was a huge success.

 She’s been teaching in the Chicago area and suburbs since 1991, and also teaches voice and piano for Artreach Educational Theater in Rolling Meadows. 

When Beth was about 7, if you asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up her answer was, “why a rock and roll star of course.” Ask her the same question now and you might just get the same answer.

"Beth helped me improve beyond what I thought was possible."


Friendly and Professional




Highly Skilled

 Robert is a wonderful and highly skilled artist and teacher. He is very patient with young and older students, which helps build confidence in the student. He is not judgemental and is very encouraging. His studio is a very low key." - Harold C 

Great Teacher

"My son just loves his guitar lessons. Robert is a great teacher and very accommodating. My son has improved his guitar skills a lot. I would definitely recommend Robert to anyone who is looking for a guitar teacher. "

- Cielo C

Mother and Daughter Lesson

"My daughter and I take lessons with Tony and it's one of our favorite nights of the week. We've made more progress than I expected for two people that have never really touched instruments before. I would highly recommend - you'll be playing music before you know it! "

- Cindy L

Playing at first lesson


"By the end of our first lesson Brian had me playing music by my favorite band." Tim S

Love of Music

 "To me it feels as if Robert teaches because he truly enjoys helping others achieve their musical goals, and to me that makes all the difference. " 


Daughters learned piano with Ellie


Though my girls have been singing in church their whole lives they have never played the piano. Ellie was wonderful at teaching basics and proper technique and the workbooks and notes she took helped us to practice efficiently during the week. She is patient and talented and had them playing whole songs within a month! Amazing!  5 stars! 

~The Moseleys

Brandon, FL.

Son's drumming improved with Melody



We love working with Melody! She has helped my son get to a good place with the drums. We love her care and concern and her personality as well. Myself and my wife would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn a new instrument!

~The Meadowcrafts

Tampa, FL

We really loved having Ellie as a piano teacher.


We really loved having Ellie as a piano teacher. She was super sweet and patient with my girls (ages 12 and 5). They came to her as total brand new beginners and I am astounded by their growth in just a few short months! I wasn’t totally sure my 5 year old was ready for piano lessons but she really blossomed under Ellie’s teaching style and patience. I can’t recommend Ellie’s piano lessons enough and can’t say enough great things about her!

~The Ehrharts

Riverview, FL

instruction was spot on


Melody was a phenomenal drum instructor for my sons, 10 & 7. Her ability to engage them in their weekly instruction was spot on and I would certainly recommend and use her services again in the future!

~The Adams

Tampa, FL

I have never had such a dedicated and sweet Piano Teacher!


I’ve had piano lessons before, but I have never had such a dedicated and sweet Piano Teacher! Ellie is very compassionate towards her students and is creative with her teaching. She is patient and is very proficient in what she does. She explains everything in the most simplest yet interesting way... it makes me eager to pursue Music/Piano even more! Time passes by so quick because I enjoy my lessons. Thank you for everything!!

~Romellee Acio

Brandon, FL

Elioenai made the experience a very comfortable one


As an adult I wanted something that would challenge me creatively and push me out of my comfort zone, so I tried piano lessons with Elioenai Toscano. I felt a little intimidated by taking piano lessons for the first time because I am older. Elioenai made the experience a very comfortable one; she was very patient with me. I would highly recommend getting out your comfort zone and try some lessons with her, you will not regret it.

~Alex G. Jauregui

Tampa, FL