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.
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!
Joseph P. graduated from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance. He is currently attending Full Sail in order to obtain a degree in Music Production. He has not been teaching long, however his passion for music and the development of children motivated him to work at Bach to Rock. In addition to becoming an excellent teacher, Joseph aspires to become a legendary music producer. He started playing music in the 3rd grade and has been playing music ever since. Composing and performing music have always been the most rewarding activities in his life. Through Bach to Rock, he aims to share the knowledge and experience he has gained through his music career with each of his students.
Joshua B. has been playing music for almost 11 years; he primarily focuses on Guitar and Bass but can also play the piano. In addition to performing, he records, mixes and masters tracks. Joshua is currently attending Full Sail University and will be graduating in the Fall of 2017 with a BS in Music Production. He came to Bach to Rock not only to further advance his own skills, but also to aspire to help develop and guide fresh, new, musicians to their own success. He has been teaching almost a year; however, he loves to be a part of his students' “Ah hah!” moment and seeing the joy on students faces when they master a piece or a technique is quite simply the best experience he has. After completing his BS, Joshua wants to move on to obtain his MA in Entertainment Business, and then to open and start his own Record label and studio, as well as to continue playing and touring in his band. his musical tastes are incredibly diverse, and is a huge fan of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Blues, Pop and Metal. Joshua's musical journey was typical; he had a few guitar teachers who would show him the basics, but was never taught music theory, which posed a challenge for him later down the line. He understands the need and usefulness of a solid grounding in music theory, and want to make sure that no other student is left in the position he was. Music is therapeutic and emotional, helps you connect with new feelings, make sense of yourself. Music allows you to transcribe and share emotions through a wonderful and exciting medium that an individual has complete control over. Music is Art for the Ears. Joshua's journey has been unpredictable, yet inspiring on so many levels. He is so excited to bring his techniques and skills to Bach to Rock and cannot wait to meet each and every one of you!
Kiersten has been involved heavily with music since she was 8 years old. At the age of 9 she began taking formal piano lessons, and cello lessons in 7th grade. Though the beginning of practice was challenging, Kiersten found that with continued application of effort, her love of the piano increased over time. In 5th grade she auditioned for, and sang in Florida's All-State Chorus. Kiersten began taking part in judged competitions for piano and eventually cello, and received many awards for excellent performances and composition of her own music. Beginning in High School, she was involved in a fiddlers group, in which she performed at many various events. Also, throughout her high school years, she was involved in chorus, handbell choir, advanced music theory classes, musicals, praise band and orchestra. Kiersten has been teaching for 4 years; piano lessons, children's choir, and early childhood music. She believes greatly in making music education a FUN learning experience!
Kris grew up in Seattle, went to college in Minnesota and has spent the last few years in North Carolina. Influenced by artists like Todd Rundgren and Leon Russell, Kris is a multi instrumentalist and vocalist. After teaching at Carolina Friends School for 15 years, Kris traveled the world as a dueling pianist. Now he is focusing on writing his 5th album and performing with Kris and Steph. He brings a wealth of musical knowledge, and passion for giving the gift of music to his students
- 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.