Kelly and Tay, Owners/Directors, moved to Apex the summer of 2013 and purchased the franchise summer of 2015. Kelly is the Director of the school while Tay pursues his career at Lenovo. We loved the concept of B2R from the get go and saw how it would benefit our own daughter in her pursuit of music. We feel that B2R’s mission to keep fun in the lesson and to make scheduling easy on parents are key! We are energized every time we see our students perform… they truly rock!
Staff & Music Teachers
Brandon R., Assistant Director and Instructor, is a North Carolina native with a passion for music education and all types of music. Brandon stays busy teaching local high school marching bands, percussion ensembles, Jazz bands, and private lessons, as well as performing at local music venues. During the summers of 2009 and 2011, Brandon toured the country with a world class DCI drum and bugle corps, and in 2015 Brandon graduated from North Carolina Central University with a B.A. in Music Education and a B.M. in Jazz Studies. During his time at NCCU Brandon had the honor of sharing the stage with renowned musicians such as Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Benny Golson, Joe Chambers, Wallace Roney, and Joey Calderazzo. As a percussionist, Brandon considers his main instruments to be the vibraphone and the drums, but has a love for learning and playing a wide variety of different instruments. He hopes that through performance and education he can raise cultural awareness and help restore the presence of Jazz and American music in our communities
Tonda, B2R's Admin, can be seen at the front desk greeting students and parents. Although she is not very musical, her family is! Knowing how they feel after they play a song is enough proof that music is food for the soul. She is sure that music will provide a positive influence on your child. Confidence and self expression are the best rewards you can give. Tonda looks forward to making students at B2R feel like superstars!
Hi! I'm Briana, Front Desk Admin. I just graduated high school and am off to college! I will be attending Meredith college where I will most likely be studying biology and math and playing for their lacrosse team. In my free time I like listening to music , exercising , watching movies and hanging out with my family. I have musical experience with voice and violin .
Austin found his passion for music at the age of five, when he first began piano lessons. Over the next 20 years he developed his music skills across a wide range of instruments, including guitar, bass, drums, and saxophone. Although Austin took interest in mountain biking and skiing, his most consistent hobbies revolved around playing and writing music in the multiple bands he was a part of. After a musically-dense high school career, Austin looked for outlets in college that would allow him to expand his musical knowledge beyond what was familiar. This is when he first discovered and fell in love with electronic music production, a skill that he has been developing over the past 5 years that has incorporated all of his previous music knowledge. Currently Austin produces music under his artist name XTALS and he has played many shows across the region, as well as released music with various record labels. In teaching, he hopes to show students the excitement in music.
Andrew K, a North Carolina native, received his degree in Commercial Music: Jazz Studies from Liberty University. He has a variety of teaching experience that including several high school marching band programs, percussion ensembles, private students, and more. Andrew believes being a musician has the responsibility to always look forward aspiring to grow as an artist, and look back to help the next generation of musicians along. As a performer, Andrew has a wide array of experiences playing with almost every major ensemble Liberty University has to offer. Recently, Andrew has been totaling over 50 performances a year. In addition, he has performed at the world-class level touring the country in 2017 with the Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps and George Mason University Indoor Drumline. Some of the musicians Andrew has had the opportunity to learn from include; Paul Rennick, Matt Penland, Travis Peterman, Jay Ware, and several more renowned musicians. Andrew hopes to share his past experiences and knowledge with students to inspire the next generation of creative musicians.
Ben began his musical journey when he enrolled at Durham School of the Arts for his freshman year of high school. Picking up the guitar he studied classical and jazz. After graduating Ben attended Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, where he earned his BA in Music Composition. Since graduation Ben has moved back to Durham where he has spent his time playing guitar and bass with several acts. He has had the honor of playing great local venues such as the Pour House, Cat's Cradle, the Lincoln Theatre, as well as large festivals such as MAG Fest in National Harbor, Maryland. Ben believes that a well rounded musical education, with a focus on theory, technique, and composition is essential to the growth of any musician. For this reason his student tailored teaching style incorporates not just the students instrument but how that plays a role in the creation of group based ensembles. When combined with an emphasis on teaching based on student's individual goals Ben has found much success in passing his skills and passion for music on to others. With a friendly demeanor, cheerful excitement, and respectful teaching style, Ben just might be the one to show you or your child the wonders of being an active creator of music.
Photo credit to Caige Crampshee of Eyes Eat Suns
Brianna (or Bree for short) is a young professional musician. She began her musical journey at a young age by participating in local choirs as well as theatre productions and continued to perform on stage all throughout high school. She then attended Berklee College of Music in Boston as a Vocal Principal and pursued an education in Professional Music. Brianna has fronted many bands and musical acts, and has performed her own original material as well as covers. She currently performs under the stage name Good Grief and is actively performing in the Triangle area. Brianna has a vast knowledge of music theory and arranging, and draws from many styles ranging from classical to modern music. She is eager to share her love and knowledge of music with anyone willing to learn.
Chase P., a North Carolina native and Guitarist/composer, has been passionate about music for as long as he can remember. Beginning primarily as a self-taught guitarist, Chase began his formal studies in classical guitar at the University of North Carolina at Asheville in 2008. During his undergraduate studies, Chase immersed himself in not only classical guitar, but a multitude of genres and guitar styles. Not to be confined to one musical idiom, Chase began his master's studies at North Carolina Central University; earning his M.M. in jazz composition and arranging in May, 2016. Chase is excited to share his knowledge and love for music with his students at B2R, and can't wait to help students reach their full musical potential.
David S. began his music education at age 7, taking private piano lessons. He recently graduated from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in tuba performance and now wants to help bring music education to the youth of the Triangle through Bach to Rock. Not starting his own formal education on tuba until his final year of high school, David hopes that he can help students reach their full potential by starting their education at a young age. In his free time, David likes to arrange music from video games, and hopes to become a composer for video games.
Janice W. - Retirement has meant that now she does only the things she enjoys: Teaching music to all ages, digging/planting in her yard, walking, knitting, crocheting, baking bread, and riding horses, to name a few. Having lived in Apex for 27+ years, Janice and her husband have seen this area explode with boundless possibilities. Meeting the staff at B2R has connected her with younger teachers who approach the world of music in a different way. Come and join the fun!
JoAna is a classically-trained opera singer and pianist and has over 15 years of experience teaching and performing all styles of music, including musical theater, indie, jazz, classical, rock, and pop. She has a B.M. in vocal and piano performance from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.M. in vocal performance from UNC-Greensboro. JoAna has performed leading roles with opera companies across the United States and has studied music in London, Vienna, and Italy. JoAna also enjoys writing and arranging songs for piano and voice, and she is excited to teach students how to compose songs of their own. No matter your preferred style of music, JoAna believes that a healthy vocal technique is essential to any singer. Whether you are an experienced musician or just beginning, JoAna can help you find your own unique style and find joy making music.
Joseph AKA SPCLGST is the embodiment of musicality. Having played drums since his younger years and his general love and appreciation for music as an art, SPCLGST is a next level musician. Specializing in DJing, SPCLGST fuses his skillful turntablism, diverse music selection and stage presence to tailor a musical atmosphere for the likes of varied crowds. Philadelphia, New York City, Charlotte and his current city Raleigh are places he has held down residencies working independently with Red Bull’s Music Academy, Scratch DJ Academy, NCMA and The North Carolina Ballet. SPCLGST is directly affiliated with the National Bboy League and his reputation for hosting BBoy battles throughout North Carolina earned him an invite to play for the 2010 National Bboy League finals in Arizona. He has shared the stage with many talents including Dj Kool Herc, Rob Swift, Jazzy Jeff, ZTrip, Dj Khaled, Biz Markie, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Spinderella and Yelawolf to name a few. SPCLGST explores all genres of music seamlessly blending them with artistic flair and a precise skill set. His educated knowledge of music of all types ensures a set list of ever changing, upbeat, mix-matched genre based entertainment, leaving any crowd’s musical appetite beyond satisfied. Some would say that Dj’s play music, those that have had the pleasure to hear him would disagree. It is evident when watching and listening to THIS Dj that the music is streaming through his soul to his turntables.
- 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.