CUSP Magazine: Winter Issue 2014


CUSP Magazine is a Chicago based publication focused on helping up and coming creatives gain exposure for their brand and products. Our company is a collective of highly motivated individuals who work together to bring a new voice to the creative community.

Illinois natives, Rob Mueller and Chris Karabas

grew up deeply entrenched in American rock music

culture. Chris always had a penchant for country and

tried his luck as a singer-songwriter in Nashville before

returning home to the Windy City. It was there he met

Rob. “Chris and I started a band about 12 years ago, here

in Chicago,” Rob said. “[That’s how] we came into the

idea of the Rock House and said, you know, ‘lets open a

music school’.” The Lucky Jackson Band, to which Rob

referred, in true Americana roots rock style, writes and

produces all original material and frequents prestigious

venues across Chicago including, of course, the Rock

House. “It’s two of the owners getting up on stage. We

like to play with our band and with the kids.”

At Rock House, however, the spotlight belongs not

to the bands that come to perform, but to the musical

philosophy that has fueled the school since its inception

in 2007. Through the unique curriculum, Rob and Chris

aim to impart upon students a different approach to

music education, one that places primary emphasis on

fun.Traditional music programs too often alienate their

students by emphasizing repetition and technique as the

basis for development.



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