Educational Programs

Learn at the Illinois Rock & Roll Museum on Route 66

Educational Programs

For information call the Museum at 815-927-1540

Classes are taught online and in-person at the Museum


This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council.


In-PersonMusic InstrumentOnline


In-PersonMusic InstrumentOnline


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Meet our Director of Music Education

Mike Arturi, is a lifelong professional musician and music lover. Mike has played with nationally acclaimed artists including Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Dick Clark’s touring Rock and Roll Revival show, The Coasters, The Marvellets, Del Shannon, Freddie Cannon, The Drifters, Big Twist and The Mellow Fellows, The Boxtops, Head East, Gary Lewis and The Playboys and Badfinger. Currently, Mike is a long standing member of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee band, The Lovin’ Spoonful since 1996.

In addition to touring, Mike is passionate about sharing his love for music and the lessons that can be learned on stage and in the practice room. Mike shares his lifetime of experience and is personally involved in the progress of every student, helping them achieve goals and supporting their efforts to succeed.

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Mike is also an active national artist for the John F. Kennedy Center’s Turnaround Arts, a program which brings the arts to under-served and economically challenged schools in America. Mike provides music programs and drum circles to help improve school and student performance.

Studies have shown significant positive impacts.

Meet our Instructors

Anthony Musiala

ManagementMarketingMusic BusinessRadio

Anthony began his music business career as a music director at a college radio station, and a marketing rep for...

Lindsay Kent

Live PerformancesMarketingMusic BusinessSingingSongwriting

Lindsay Kent is a singer/songwriter from the Chicago suburbs who began her music journey at a very young age. Starting...

Paul Kairis

Drums / PercussionsLive Performances

Paul Kairis, a graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago, received his Bachelor of Music Percussion Performance Degree from...

Carlo Isabelli

BrassLive PerformancesTrumpet

Joliet native Carlo Isabelli started playing the cornet in 4th grade. Shortly thereafter he heard the great ‘Doc’ Severinsen wherein...

Kevin Gawthorp

Live PerformancesSaxophoneWoodwinds

Kevin has been playing professionally in the Chicago music scene since 2001 and has performed regularly with the Rhythm Rockets,...

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