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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT//ROCK HOUSE ROCK HOUSE NEW CONCEPT IN MUSIC EDUCATION SERVES FRESH INSPIRATION DAILY Written by Chloe Aiello Photography by Matthew Thompson 38 If you are the type of Chicagoan who enjoys your latte with a side of rockabilly and pairs your black coffee with black metal, you’ll find Chicago’s best music venue and café hybrid isn’t in Chicago at all. Part coffee shop and part music school, the Rock House in Wilmette, IL shakes off the stuffy conventionalism of traditional music education to turn its young students into the music industry’s next generation of fearless rock-stars. This neighborhood fixture, founded by band mates and co-owners, Rob Mueller and Chris Karabas, offers house roasted coffee, an array of music classes, and live and impromptu shows that bring out the whole community in celebration of all things rock n’ roll. <strong>CUSP</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER ’14 ISSUE
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. <strong>CUSP</strong> MAGAZINE WINTER ’14 ISSUE 39