Judy loves all types of music, growing up with a Drummer Dad and marrying, Jim, an amazing Guitarist and Songwriter. Judy brings a wealth of business experience to the picture. After graduating with her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration/Human Resources from Capital University in Columbus Ohio, Judy helped grow four businesses. Most recently, she spent sixteen years leading the operations of Buffalo Wild Wings, spending the last three years as the President of their North America Brand. She is enjoying this next chapter, working with her son Jake and the amazing Back to Rock Team and interacting with all of the fabulous students and parents!
Staff & Music Teachers
Jake and his mom, Judy, started their Bach to Rock in Plymouth in September 2018. Jake has been a guitar player for 18 years, having started at the age 13 and music has been a huge part of his life since then. Some of those ways include having worked in pit orchestras, rock bands, and concert bands. Jake also owned a recording studio and live sound company, Full Circle Studios, and has worked with many artists including, Dawes, Local Natives, The Baseball Project, and Norah Jones.
Devon W. is an experienced teacher, proficient in her field, and a veteran of ten years in the music industry. When she’s not teaching she’s out touring or writing with her band The Devon Worley Band. She’s performed on some of the biggest stages in the country with some of the biggest names in country music. Her work with the Minnesota Opera broadens her range of experienced live performance with diligent classical training. Devon is excited to share her love of performing, knowledge, and experience with her students to help them achieve their greatest level of success.
Dory K. With 30 years of DJ and Production experience in multiple electronic music genres, Dory brings the DJ culture and everything that is known of what it takes to be a successful DJ and artist to The Beat Refinery at Bach To Rock. In addition to unmatched experience, Dory has also continued to receive accolades and respect from industry peers in the form of regular bookings, articles in high profile publications (New York Times, Spin, City Pages, etc.), countless music blog features, Online DJ Store features (Beatport, TraxSource), "Twin Cities Best Club DJ" award (City Pages 2005), and his own star on the First Avenue night club wall in Minneapolis.
Eric K. is a multi-instrumentalist that aims to make his students the best they can be. Although Eric grew up listening to and playing rock n’ roll music, he also studied classical and jazz guitar at the University of St. Thomas. Eric is a lover of music in all its beautiful forms. He loves playing and teaching everything from rock, jazz, funk, metal, classical, punk, alternative, folk, hip-hop, musicals, blues and beyond. Eric plays guitar, bass, drums, piano, and mandolin, and likes to play in a variety of different genres. Eric’s goal as a teacher is to make sure his students learn practical and useful information that they can actually use. He loves watching all his students grow and wants for them to fully realize their full potential as musicians.
Gabbi S. is a classically trained pianist who was bitten by the rock and roll bug. She brought her instrument into the band setting and is passionate about inspiring others to do the same. Aside from keys, Gabbi plays drums, guitar, vocals and ukulele. She performs in musical theater productions around the twin cities, as well as the local band The Professionals. Gabbi studied sound design at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and produces solo and collaborative projects. Currently, she studies business at Augsburg University, and hopes to expand her career in music. She is influenced and inspired by everything from Tchaikovsky and Schumann to Elton John and Ariana Grande.
Jen's love of music began when she started taking piano and French horn in elementary school, and she has continued to expand her repertoire of instruments since then. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with degrees in Music Education and Composition, and she is currently pursuing her Masters degree in education. As a public school teacher, Jen has taught band, orchestra, piano, and music appreciation to students K-12. She is especially passionate about giving beginners a strong foundation in their music education. When she's not teaching music, Jen enjoys composing, performing in pit orchestras, and of course learning new instruments!
Miles A. is a musician and educator from Ithaca, New York. He is passionate about the creative and collaborative elements of music, including composing and improvising. As a bandleader, he has performed around the country, including cities like New York, Milwaukee, Madison, and his new home, Minneapolis. As a teacher and a lifelong student of music, Miles loves to explore his own students' specific interests. By combining technical and creative approaches in lessons, he hopes to help his students find their own voice in music.
Peter has been involved with private instruction and performance for over 10 years, recently receiving a Bachelor’s in music in 2018. Well versed in voice, piano, saxophone, guitar, ukulele, and bass, Peter has performed with concert bands, jazz bands, marching bands, orchestras, and choirs. He also has over 5 years of experience performing in musical theaters and operas as a lead tenor. Peter’s love for working with kids has expanded through teaching elementary, middle, and high school students in Thailand and America, and continues to grow as an early childhood teacher here at Bach to Rock. Loving all music from classical to pop, Peter is an adaptable and well-versed teacher excited to work with students of every age and interest.
- 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.