Caltera School is a progressive music school established on the principle of always putting the best interests of our students first.

We, Jeremy Callner and Jason Patera, founded Caltera in May 2001 after enduring frustrating experiences both as music students and as music teachers in public high schools and music shops. Our vision is to sustain a first–rate school for serious students at all levels of ability. We are committed to providing a highly supportive and non-threatening learning environment, as well as developing relationships with our students based on respect: respect for art, for learning, and for each other.

For more information about the school, or to inquire further about classes, lessons, and tuition, please call us at 708.955.8533 or email Jason Patera at jp “at” calteraschool “dot” com.


Spring 2011 classes and lessons include:

  1. beginning to advanced junior high and high school jazz combos

  2. private instrumental instruction on drums, vibes, guitar, piano, bass, and saxophone

  3. private jazz improvisation instruction

  4. private instruction in music theory and ear training

  5. private composition instruction