Alan T. is a North Carolina-based Saxophonist/Keyboardist with over 15 years of training and experience. Alan can be seen playing at venues throughout the Raleigh-Durham area and across the East coast. He has also traveled internationally as a performer and teacher. He is a bandleader, composer, educator and founding member of Zoocrü. Alan strives to create and promote music that is versatile, diverse and unbound.
Staff & Music Teachers
Brandon R. 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
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.
Irfan graduated from North Carolina State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering where he concentrated on Renewable Electric Energy Systems. He is a multimedia and technology enthusiast and has also enjoyed working with students of all ages in various teaching and administrative roles for over ten years, most recently teaching middle and high school math and project-based technology elective courses including music and video production. He lives for the light bulb moments with students as they master or achieve something they are proud of. His aim with each student is to discover what sparks that self-driven sense of exploration which opens both student and teacher to consider fresh ideas, develop abilities and see (or hear) things in new ways. Irfan grew up listening to rock classics of the 60s and 70s from his father's vinyl collection, and has since been inspired by the creative freeform of music by experimental artists such as early Pink Floyd as well as the inarticulate expressiveness of ambient music and various new age alternative genres. As a self-taught dabbling musician and producer, his hobbyist passion since the early 2000s has been to resourcefully record, mix and produce musical compositions in his improvised home studio and make them sound good on meager resources. Always eager to learn and experiment with new techniques and gear, he has since expanded on his studio means and has also offered recording and production services to aspiring students interested in professionally showcasing and advancing their musical talents. Having never taken formal music lessons, Irfan's own musical journey spans over several albums of what he dubs "experimental electroacoustic ambient space rock" that he composes without writing, and which he has published under the name Anomalous Leaf. Building with a rather abstract understanding of theory and a keen ear for details, he takes to music instinctively and approaches it as a universal mode of expression relatable among all people and cultures. “It’s that kind of connection with people that inspires me to keep making music.” When Irfan is not teaching or making music, he enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring the wilds, film making, photography, graphic design, and tending to the crickets.
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!
Kevin D. graduated from Wittenberg University with a major in English, a minor in Theatre, and a concentration in Political Science. Currently, he is a senior instructional designer for a large technology company, where he leads the voice over narration team, sharing best recording and post-processing procedures to produce high-quality narrations for eLearning modules distributed to a global sales team. He has several years of experience teaching diverse audiences both musical and technological concepts. He loves to see students “get it”, and become fluent in their learning discoveries, taking the knowledge they realize to new and bold creative places. The opportunity to share the gift of music with others to encourage them on their own creative paths brought Kevin to B2R. As a young child, Kevin started taking piano lessons and singing in church choirs as well as student productions. His musical parents had season tickets to the Indianapolis Symphony, and he tagged along more often than not, thoroughly enjoying the classics by such composers as Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, and many others. As he began to develop as a musician, he recorded music from movies that were on television, and brought the cassettes to the piano where he worked on figuring out how to play the themes by ear. He discovered that music was one of the closest things to tangible magic, and music can still magically transport him into another world full of emotions, memories, and aspirations. After borrowing his father’s classical guitar in high school, he promptly began to translate his musical experience with the piano to the fretboard. Over the following years, Kevin played in a variety of cover bands and original music bands, serving as guitarist, keyboardist, and/or vocalist. He has also composed and performed music for live theatrical events as well as local independent films. He looks forward to continuing his musical journey and helping others either start or continue their own musical journey at Bach To Rock.
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!
Mandy T., a Florida native, has been teaching music for 4 years. She graduated from Wheaton College's Conservatory of Music with her degree in Music Education in 2012, and has been pursuing the love of teaching ever since! She is a passionate pianist and singer, and likes to remain active in music privately and in the community. She is excited for this new venture in Bach to Rock!
Tonda 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!
- 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.