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Staff & Music Teachers

Aman

Aman is a piano and drums teacher and a graduate of Berklee College of Music. Aman studied Classical Piano since he was very young and then dived into Jazz Piano in later years, focusing on piano performance, composition and recording, during his music degree. On the drum set, he is equally comfortable with a rock or jazz groove, having played the drums through high school. Aman is well versed in traditional composition and music theory, but also has a passion for the hi-tech side of music production and recording. He joins us from California and is looking forward to exploring our beautiful Washington State.

Andy

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.

Barney B.

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.

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!

Bob

Bob teaches Bass and Guitar and enjoys coaching Band. He has a depth of formal music education, including graduating from prestigious Berklee College of Music. His passions are music theory, Jazz, Pop, and Folk Music. Being a student-focused teacher, meeting pupils on their level and at their interests, is what he excels at; be it for advanced topics or the bass-ics!

Joe F.

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.

Jon

Jon is a drum instructor and band coach. Music came to Jon naturally from an early age and not only does he play all the rock band instruments fluently, he sings as well. Jon is usually a very active gigging musician around Seattle and makes it his mission to make audiences smile. Jon is in multiple diverse bands - one of which he is both drummer and lead singer at the same time and one of which he is the drummer for a Queen tribute band! Jon's enthusiasm for music is clearly front and center when he teaches and he brings a fun high energy vibe to each class.

Jason K.

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.

Kelly

Kelly is a voice, guitar, and piano instructor. She is a graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Music. Her passion for music started with writing music and playing guitar at a young age. While she was very shy when she first started learning music, Kelly found a love for singing on stage and has been a live event musician for 5 years. From performing in operas (as seen in her photo) to town festivals, Kelly has a love for both classical and contemporary music. Bouncing back and forth between instruments to fit the style and creative flow of an artist is very important to Kelly. The process of finding a student’s niche is an exciting part of how she teaches.

Kyle

Kyle is a vocal coach and piano teacher and teaches our pre-school and Kids N Keys early education program. Whatever the age, Kyle believes in bringing fun and joy to each of his music lessons! He joins us from Yakima where he directed and taught at a music and dance school for several years before deciding to bring his talents to a larger city. He loves all music, although some of his favorite genres are RnB and Gospel music, and he enjoys directing and writing music and plays as well. His musical influences are Freddie Mercury and Broadway Stars like Jeremy Jordan and Aaron Tveit.

Peter T.

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

Vicki is a vocal coach, piano teacher and early education teacher and keeps everything in order as a key part of the management and admin team. She has been singing and performing since before she could read, and grew up taking piano and vocal lessons. Vicki has been involved in theatre music and choreography for many years. Her active involvement and passion for music inspired her own children to be very engaged with music with one of them going on to be a professional musician. Being a musician and an educator are two of Vicki's favorite roles and she especially enjoys inspiring the very young kids who are just starting to explore music.

Willie G.

Willie G. teaches drums and piano among many other instruments. His specialization is Afro-Latin percussion, and he has a passion for exploring other sounds of Arabic, Flamenco, Brazilian and Vocal-Percussion. Willie Garza holds both his BM, MM from San Jose State University where he studied composition & arranging in jazz studies, and music education. As a music educator during the past 10+ years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Willie taught instrumental music for every age and genre - from early learning, to being adjunct faculty at a Conservatory of the Arts in San Jose, as well as directing multiple jazz bands and ensembles.

Why B2R?

  • 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.

B2R Curriculum

  • 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.