Andy C. is our Operations Director and also a guitar, bass, piano instructor, also trained in vocals and French Horn...and might sometimes be seen with a ukulele too! As an active musician and passionate performer, you'll find him practicing and performing with his rock band in his free time. He is just as passionate about B2R students joining a band - a passion you can readily see as he MCs for many of our B2R performance events. Having studied both music and psychology at college and spent years of working therapeutically with kids with disabilities, Andy has a talent for figuring out how to best teach music according to a student's particular style.
Staff & Music Teachers
Barney B. is an electric bass, guitar, ukulele, drums, piano and trumpet instructor. The first instrument that he learnt as a young boy was the trumpet, and he has discovered more and more instruments to add to his skill set since then! He’s been playing professionally since the age of 17, when bands with funky horn sections reigned supreme. He later moved to Seattle, where he earned his BA in musical composition and performance from Cornish College with the bass guitar as his primary instrument. He has written for, and performed with, a myriad of musical acts, including salsa bands, gospel groups, jazz combos, chamber and full orchestras, and others. With his often goofy sense of humour, Barney loves to constantly learn - which is probably why he connects so naturally with students of all ages.
Blake J. has extensive training in guitar and vocals, but also plays piano, bass, ukulele, drums even saxophone. Blake graduated from Berklee College of Music, Boston, before moving to Nashville where he played in several bands, pursued his original music as well as worked as a sound engineer. He has played at venues in California, Oregon, Washington, Boston, Tennessee, and even India. Blake was part of the original teacher crew here at Bach to Rock Redmond when we first opened! He since moved out of the Puget Sound area to fulfill a calling as a full time performing musician. With B2R adding an online teaching option we are so happy to be able to bring Blake back online to B2R!
Brianna S., Music Educator, specializes in strings, piano and Early Education instruction at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. She has been playing the violin and viola for 10 years and is attending Kennesaw State University School of Music. She is pursuing her Bachelor's of Arts degree with a concentration in music composition. When not attending class or teaching at B2R, Brianna supports the KSU Music Lab as Lead Assistant. Brianna started playing violin in sixth grade after being inspired by a violinist duo called “Nutin But Stringz” who were competing on the TV show America’s Got Talent and has completely fallen in love with all things strings. Brianna loves introducing young students to the magic of stringed instruments and how these classical instruments can be at home in today’s contemporary music. She is currently only available for virtual lessons.
Heather is a vocal teacher who also teaches early education and flute. She was born and raised in Tennessee, the capital of country music. Living on the doorstep of Nashville, she was inspired by her state’s rich musical and performance heritage. Over the years she submerged herself completely in the arts with training in ballet, tap, and jazz, and, singing in her church choir with her father - also a song writer and musician. Heather graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a BA in Creative Writing and Theatre. She has been in productions of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Alice in Wonderland, Our Town, and several different character performer appearances. In Heather's own words "The performing arts is my life and I would love a chance to make it a big part of my students' lives as well."
Jason K. is a saxophone, clarinet teacher who also plays guitar and ukulele. Jason has been playing saxophone for 12 years, and clarinet for 11. With his uncanny ear for pitch and keys that allows him to jump into any song with his saxophone or clarinet, Jason is a gem performer. The staff here love hearing Jason play his saxophone at the school - he makes it sound so buttery and effortless! Jason earned his BA in classical performance at Virginia Commonwealth University, and has ample experience across many genres, from jazz and rock to funk and hip hop. He performs with his own band around Seattle with both saxophone and clarinet, mixing up instruments and genres in non traditional ways.
Joe F. is a guitar, drum, bass and piano instructor. He studied classical and pop composition at SCC, and from there attended The University of Houston to get his AA in education. A teacher of 14 years, he connects with students of all ages and multiple styles. Joe has years of experience in home and pro studios helping produce local music of all genres and also performs with his band around Seattle.
Peter T. teaches cello and piano. He grew up learning the piano first as a young child, and then fell in love with the cello in middle school. Peter is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Music Performance in Cello (Magna Cum Laude). Having grown up in Redmond, Peter is very familiar with our local Lake Washington School District and community orchestras. He studiously took advantage of its multiple avenues to develop him as an outstanding cellist - not just with LWSD opportunities such as school orchestra, Redmond High School Chamber Orchestra, LWSD Honor Orchestra - but also by joining the Bellevue Youth Symphony and entering local competitions. At University of Washington he honed his performance skills with multiple University of Washington music groups, such as their Symphony Orchestra, Modern Music Ensemble, and Baroque Ensemble. Peter feels incredibly lucky to have being taught and mentored by some very distinguished and talented teachers during his 12 years of playing the cello and in turn is passionate about providing a personalized, collaborative approach to each of his students.
Vicki is a vocal and piano teacher who is just getting back into private teaching after being the driving force behind bringing extra curricular music programs into multiple Lake Washington School District schools, which won her a number of local, state and national PTA awards. Vicki herself has been singing and performing since before she could read. She took eight years of private piano and vocal performance lessons and went into musical theater, also creating choreography for productions. Liked by kids of all ages, she has a special fondness for early education.
- Individual instruction with proprietary curriculum
- Students are motivated by playing with others in a band
- A band builds teamwork, develops social skills, fosters self-esteem and leads to lasting friendships.
- Everyone learns faster playing music they like
- Students are motivated to learn when they see early results
- Introducing very young children to music supports cognitive development and motor skills.
- A well-balanced music education consists of Music Theory, Technique and Repertoire.
- Students learn faster playing music they like.
- Simplified versions of modern songs allow students to see results more quickly.
- Audio recordings of each simplified arrangement are available to students. This allows them to hear how their part should sound.
- Lessons are catered to the needs of each student's learning style.