If there's a burgeoning Eddie Van Halen somwhere deep inside you nurture it at WIRE's much anticipated Rock University. The inaugural winter term begins on Monday, January 27, 2014. Attend one of the two open houses to find out more about classes, see the classrooms, meet the staff, and see the music venue: Sunday, January 19 6pm - 9pm and Monday, January 20 1pm - 5pm. Instructors will be available to answer questions and showcase all that WIRE has to offer those wishing to study and perform music.
The Dean of Music at Rock University is a thirty-year music veteran, Paul Bolger, from the band Mr. Blotto. Bolger is also one of the four partners at WIRE. The other three partners include Chris Neville from the band Tributosaurus; Jon Smith, a veteran music recording engineer and producer; and Tracey Dear from the band Waco Brothers. All partners will also contribute to Rock U with their professional talents.
Students of all ages and abilities may enroll in individual and group lessons at Rock University for both day and evening classes. All teachers are seasoned professionals making a living from music by both playing and performing music professionally for at least ten years.
Rock U will include a full end-to-end “Rock Band” curriculum from conception to performance. A master level track for advanced students will be offered as well. This program will include both individual and ensemble lessons, rehearsals, and performances. Recording, production, and composition classes, taught by some of the top teaching talent in the area will be an added bonus. Additional classes will include lighting theory and practical, hands-on lighting simulation using a variety of lights and software and integration with video elements, utilizing six classrooms, in the only rock school attached to a brand new, ultramodern performing arts venue.
WIRE is the complete creative incubator for musical ideas. Part music venue, part music and lighting school, and part music recording studio located just outside of the Chicago city limits in Berwyn, Illinois in a renovated, vintage movie theater. WIRE is an incubator for music instruction, creation and performance with state-of-the-art audio and video utilizing both current and vintage backline instruments, amplification, and microphones. The philosophy at WIRE is great music comes from anywhere and blossoms best in an open environment of creativity.