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Staff & Music Teachers

Kelly & Tay

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!

Bree Petrillo

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.

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.


Andrew, a longtime resident of the Triangle, started studying percussion during his time in the Wake County Public schools. Throughout high school, he was heavily involved in the Cary High music program with symphonic bands, jazz band, and indoor drumline, along with countless hours jamming in garage bands with friends. After High School, Andrew continued his musical study while attending NCSU with Dr. Paul Garcia and UNCW with Joe Chambers, respectively. During that time, Andrew was able to share the stage with a number of world class musicians, including Steve Bailey, Johnathan Kreisberg, Conrad Herwig, among others. While simultaneously playing in the university’s big band and jazz combos, Andrew frequently gigged with psychedelic rock/blues outfits throughout the region. Andrew works as a full time real estate agent in the area and keeps his passion for music alive through teaching.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Eli Z.

Eli Z. is a guitarist/vocalist/producer/composer from Bellingham, WA. His musical journey began at the age of 9, when he began learning various woodwinds such as the clarinet and saxophone, before finding his love for the guitar. Upon reaching high school, he became heavily involved in the local underground metal scene, going on to perform various shows and festivals in Bellingham and Seattle. While having thrived in the underground music scene, Eli has gone on to develop vital skills as a musician through learning the ins and out of audio engineering and audio production. Current vocalist and guitarist of black metal group Ex Nihilo, Eli also holds a love for hip-hop and releases beat tapes through MOPé Productions. Over the past few years he has gone on to find a love for composition, which has led him to be enrolled in Berklee Online for Composition in Film/TV/Video Games. Eli is the proud father of a baby boy who he hopes to pass on to the love for music and arts that he had as a young boy.

Janice W.

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.

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!

Sean M.

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!

Victoria A.

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.

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.