Kelly and Tay, Owners, 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
Bree Petrillo, our Site Director, is a professional musician and licensed educator. 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 Music Production and Songwriting. Bree has fronted many bands and musical acts, and has performed her own original material as well as covers. She can often be found performing around the Triangle area performing solo and with her band. Aside from being an experienced performer, Bree has years of experience in the classroom. She has founded and developed music programs for multiple academic organizations. Bree 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.
Austin, Assistant Director, 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.
Alice S. retired in June after teaching for 35 years! She is a UNC-CH graduate and has her National Board Certification in Early and Middle Childhood Music. Alice is looking forward to teaching small groups and individual students on a part-time basis! In addition to music, she enjoys reading, cooking, and spending time with her family! She lives in Pittsboro with her husband, David. They have two children and a wonderful new daughter-in-law! Alice is looking forward to working with the team at B2R.
Bao, is a keyboardist and producer from Arlington, VA, now based in Raleigh, NC. He began his musical journey with piano lessons in elementary school. He wasn’t only learning european classical, but other styles such as ragtime and cuban classical music, being exposed to and appreciating different styles and cultures at a young age. At North Carolina State University, he continued his musical development in music literature, jazz history, and computer music, learning not only the methods but also the history and culture of music. Outside of his studies, he was part of a co-ed acappella group as a baritone and vocal percussionist and learned electronic music production. Bao is active in the local music scene, being part of multiple bands, playing keys for local musicians, dabbling with electronic synthesizers and sequencers, and performing in various festivals in the area (Shakori Hills, Carrboro Music Festival) and outside the area (MAGFest). Versatile in many styles with a focus on jazz, funk, soul, and hip hop, Bao is looking forward to teaching not only the technical and creative aspects of music, but also the conversational and cultural experience.
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
Beth M., a North Carolina native, began taking piano lessons when she was eight years old and continued through college at UNC Greensboro where she earned a degree in music education with piano as her principal instrument. She also studied organ and voice in college. Since then she has taught middle and high school chorus along with private piano lessons. She’s enjoyed performing as a singer, conductor, and accompanist with many small ensembles and choirs as well.
Causey was born and raised in Raleigh and started playing guitar at the age of 12. In high school he started playing with some friends after their day at school and when they could get together. During this time he learned the basics of bass and drums as well as learning how to be in a band. He joined another group that played metal with him on the bass when he was 17. That group split after a couple years, and he was invited to join a group playing drums which is where he currently resides. He’s working on his first full-length album and has performed at venues such as Motorco, Kings, The Pour House, The Cat’s Cradle, and Neptune’s. Causey is self-taught with the help of friends, Google, and YouTube, and he’s always looking for new music to listen to and learn from.
Chris F. has been playing music for as long as he can remember. At the age of 3, he began taking violin lessons in his hometown of New Bern, NC, and has loved the instrument ever since. He performed as a member of his high school orchestra and in the North Carolina All-State Orchestra. While pursuing his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he earned a minor in Music as well. Chris loves to play an eclectic variety of music, from classical to bluegrass to rock and jazz. He has studied the violin all his life, and he is excited to pass that love and knowledge on to others through teaching.
Doug P., a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, began his musical training on guitar at a young age before studying horn, trombone, and tuba in high school. Doug earned a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University in music performance and a master’s degree in music theory from Bowling Green State University. Doug performs regularly with classical orchestras and loves to play his guitar and bass guitar with friends.
Elena M., a Triangle native, began singing in chorus in the 4th grade and continued throughout high school. In high school, she decided to become more serious about singing and began studying vocal performance at 15. She holds a degree from Meredith College in Theatre with a Musical Theatre concentration and a Music minor. She can often be seen performing in and around the Triangle area as either a vocalist or an actress. She looks forward to helping inspire kids to love music and to find the music within themselves.
Eli D. is a Guitarist, Pianist, DJ, & Producer from Pittsburgh, PA. His love for music started at a young age with Guitar and Piano Lessons. He played Guitar in many bands throughout High school, performing throughout the Pittsburgh Area. In 2010 he enrolled in the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School, where he studied Jazz Guitar and Music Composition. In 2012, he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. During his undergraduate studies, He found a love for Hip Hop and Electronic Music and began studying Music Production as his Major. He graduated in 2016 from Berklee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Electronic Music Production & Sound Design. He found his love for Teaching while volunteering for the Berklee City Music Program teaching Music Theory to High School Students. Currently Eli is a touring DJ and Stage Tech, as well as a freelance Producer. He loves teaching music, and is very passionate about the benefits of music and creativity in people’s lives.
Gregory R. is a musician, educator, and arranger originally from Lynchburg, VA. Growing up with a musical family, He could not imagine a life career that didn’t involve music. He received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Longwood University in 2014 and just recently received his Master of Music in Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. When he isn’t teaching students, he’s playing in bands such as Apple Butter soul - a NeoSoul/Funk Band, Southside Jazz Quintet - VA based Jazz group, or playing music for theatrical companies such as Wolfbane Productions. His primary instruments of choice are bass and trombone.
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!
Jason began his sonic voyage in sixth grade, when he started playing trumpet in the school band. After a couple of years of laying a musical foundation with the instrument, he decided that he wanted to expand his musical toolbox by trying other instruments. He began learning baritone, tuba, drums, piano, guitar, and eventually lead him to his musical soulmate, the bass. Studying electric bass guitar and upright bass gave him incredible opportunities to learn and love a plethora of musical styles. He has performed in orchestras, chamber groups, jazz bands, rock bands, and as a soloist as well. He “bass”ically loves playing and teaching anything from Bach to Rock! Jason wants to help you find your musical passion and develop the skills and knowledge needed to achieve your personal goals.
Julianne is from Durham, North Carolina and began privately studying voice at the age of 10. In high school she participated in the school’s choir and musical theater productions, went to NC Governor’s School for choir in 2013, and sang with the NC Honors Choir in 2014. It was from there that she decided to pursue her Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Since graduating, Julianne has sung with the NC Master Chorale, is the Choral Scholar for United Church of Chapel Hill, and continues to study voice privately in the triangle area. She is excited to be a member of the Bach to Rock community and looks forward to working with the young musicians of today!
Katie B. is a music therapist from Cary, North Carolina. She attended Appalachian State University to obtain a bachelor's degree in music therapy. While at App State, Katie was involved as a music director in her a cappella group and avidly participated in choirs. Though voice is her primary instrument, Katie also enjoys playing piano, guitar, and ukulele. In her free time, she likes playing sports, leading worship music at church, and making food!
Michael is a lifelong musician, having played from a young age. He began his journey into music with learning classical guitar for several years, then moved on to flamenco while continuing on his nylon stringed guitar. It was after 5 years of classical training that he began his contemporary learning of music on the electric and steel-stringed guitars. Michael studied world music in his high school career where he learned about Indian traditional music through the tabla, the spread of western instruments and music into China, aboriginal Canadian music, and many other facets of the art. Currently, Michael is the lead guitarist of a local alt-rock band, Riot Riot, playing alongside familiar faces such as B2R instructors Bree P. and Sean M. You can catch Michael at Bach to Rock teaching guitar, bass, piano, ukulele, and drums in the evenings and weekends!
Robert found his love for music growing up in Raleigh NC. He began playing guitar in middle school and went on to play saxophone and clarinet in high school band while directing his schools jazz band. Robert holds a degree in Music Education from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. It was here that Robert studied jazz guitar, banjo, and violin and developed his passion for teaching strings. With an emphasis on the importance of teaching eclectic styles of music, Robert has performed and presented at various music education conferences and continues to stay actively involved in the music education community. As a musician, Robert has enjoyed performing in a wide range of bands and ensembles ranging in styles such as blues, old-time, jazz, folk, and classical. With a deep appreciation for the history and culture that makes up each musical style, Robert is a strong advocate for treating each student’s background and personal interest as assets to aid musical instruction. Outside of teaching music Robert enjoys hiking, playing disc golf, and painting.
Sean M. Having grown up in a musical family, Sean was surrounded by and interested in music at an early age. He began his musical venture in the choir at church, accompanied by his organist mother. Later he picked up the trombone in the middle school orchestra, and it wasn't until high school that he found his passion for percussion. He began taking lessons with Mike McKee of Delta Rae and Dr. Paul Garcia at NCSU, where he performed in jazz bands all through college. Since then, Sean has been credited with several recordings and has played in venues across the state. Aside from performing and recording, he enjoys teaching and is glad to start a musical journey with you today!
Spencer B., from Raleigh, NC, started playing guitar when he was 6 years old. From then until he was 18, he took regular guitar lessons, learned how to play with other musicians, and branched out to learn bass and drums. After high school, he attended UNC Chapel Hill. He didn’t study music there, but he spent as much time as possible seeking out musical information via the internet, working with children as a coach and counselor, and writing and performing as the lead guitarist in a local band. Spencer believes that learning music should be enjoyable and accessible through the entire process, which means marrying short-term gratification with a strong base in technique and theory that will keep the fun going forever.
Tanner M. is a California native and moved to North Carolina after graduating from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Business/Management. He began playing drums at the age of 7 and was self-taught upon his acceptance into Berklee. Through middle school and high school, he participated in concert, jazz, and marching band, playing in the percussion section, on the drum set, and on the drum line as a tenor drum player. He performed in the CMEA Capitol Section Honor Band in his junior and senior years of high school and won the Louis Armstrong Award in jazz band his senior year. At Berklee, he studied drum set with Rod Morgenstein from Winger and the Dixie Dregs, Dave Dicenso from the Cro-Mags and Josh Groban, and Henrique de Almeida. Tanner’s style of music spans the rock spectrum, from rock ’n’ roll to metal and everything in between, and his goal in teaching is to provide students the building blocks to find their own voice in their musical endeavors.
Victoria A., born in North Carolina, started learning music when she was around 6 years old with piano lessons. After that, she took an interest in band and picked up the Clarinet in sixth grade. In seventh grade, she switched to the Bass Clarinet and played that as her primary for the next decade. She auditioned for the NCBA All-District Band starting in Seventh grade on Bass Clarinet, and auditioned and performed every year until graduating from high school. She performed with the All-State band 3 times. In high school, she was Bass Clarinet section leader and marched throughout high school and for 3 years in college. During that time, she was a member of her high school’s Wind Ensemble as one of the top players. After graduating, she attended Appalachian State University and graduated with a BA in Music Industry Studies. There, she played in the Appalachian Wind Ensemble for 8 semesters, played Bass Clarinet in the Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, and volunteered in the student-organized ensemble VGE (Video Game Ensemble). She became President of Appalachian’s chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, was an active member of Sigma Alpha Iota, and had the honor of being conducted by director and conductor Frank Ticheli.
- 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.