Founder and Creative Director Adam Mackintosh has been working in alternative music education for more than 15 years working with over 500 students. Adam began his career as a private instructor, then became one of six Regional Managers for School of Rock in Chicago running the two biggest schools in the company and its two largest annual events (Summerfest & All-Star Tour). He is the primary author of The Mackintosh Music Method. The Method encompasses over 15 years of direct, experiential and collaborative music and educational experience into one 45-minute video presentation.
Core musical instrument instruction is a constant in his environment, but his unique and proprietary curriculum provides much more insight to students, and creators than basic instrument instruction or single performances.
Mackintosh is also an International Touring Artist with four full-length original releases in Europe and the U.S. He is also a producer/performer/co-writer with credits in Austin, Portland, San Francisco and Barcelona. He is credited on over 50 recorded and released co-writes with writers from all over the world. Most notably his composition for Storm Large and Pink Martini “Forbidden Fruit” is performed by orchestras world-wide.
“My kids have been practicing piano for years with another instructor who I felt wasn't challenging them enough. I was lucky to find Adam's name when asking some local mom's for recommendations. Since working with Adam for only five weeks they have learned so much and are excited about piano again! Adam quickly learns what makes them tick. Not only that but they just started taking guitar lessons too! The best testimonial is the one of my two kids who was not interested in guitar LOVED taking his guitar lesson and has been practicing without me having to ask. Adam makes the lesson so much fun and knows how to get on their level and keep them on task without being condescending. My boys love taking lessons with him. ” - -Jaime A. Oak Park
“Adam did the nearly impossible by pulling together a cast of celebrity musician mentors to coach and perform with the School of Rock Summerfest Tour on 5 stages at Summerfest in Milwaukee for a two day event in 2015. The event was stellar, the kids shined and the mentors like me walked away with such an enriching experience, having had the opportunity to be instrumental in the development of these future stars! ” - Mark Schulman - Drummer(Pink/Foreigner)/Speaker/Author