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.
Adam D. has been a performing musician for 20 years. Touring all around the globe playing with Grammy winners and some of the biggest names in music. He has a passion for passing on the knowledge that he has gained from his career and help students excel in music. He takes great pride in seeing his students succeed with their musical talents on the stage and apply it to everyday life.
"It doesn't matter what genre or instrument it is. It's all the same twelve notes."
Alexandra B. discovered her love of music at a young age, starting violin lessons when she was five years old. Growing up in a military family, music became both a source of comfort and familiarity, as well as an instrument of challenge and discipline in her life. She has studied under a variety of teachers and programs around the country and overseas, and is excited to be able to share her passion and experience with students. She believes every person should have an opportunity to experience the joy that comes from bringing life to notes on a page.
Amber D. is the lead guitarist for a touring band and a former preschool teacher with a passion for creative expression and education. She has performed across the country and all over the state of Minnesota, having the good fortune to perform at First Avenue’s 7th St. Entry as well as for local festivals. At Bach to Rock Plymouth, she teaches students of all ages, from the building blocks of music to the intricacies of technique and theory. Inspired by guitarists ranging from Steve Vai to Paco de Lucia, Amber loves to learn and practice new things. More than anything, she values the power music has in forging new friendships with the people around us!
Ben is a passionate music lover, with a range of experience in many different genres. Since falling in love with guitar and songwriting at a young age, Ben has become fluent in many different aspects of the music industry, performing on stages and recording in professional studios across the Mid-West and West Coast. Ben worked for many years with the Music Industry giant, Sweetwater Sound. Then ventured West working as a professional guitarist/producer in Los Angeles for the past 3 years, working out of some of the most acclaimed studios in the World. Ben is proficient on guitar, bass, piano, and more. Ben loves working with aspiring musicians and seeks to inspire a spark and love of music.
Brian teaches voice and piano at Bach to Rock Plymouth. He is an active choral composer and holds a Bachelor's degree in music from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. As a student, he sang with the Harding University Chorus and Chamber Singers, and composed and arranged pieces for the Chamber Singers and Belle Canto women's choir. He is a former member of the Manassas Chorale in Manassas, Virginia, and served on the board of directors from 2011-2016, and led the Bass section of Six Degree Singers in Bethesda, Maryland from 2017-2019.
Bridget, originally from Milwaukee, WI, is a recent graduate from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelors in Vocal Performance, minor in Business Administration and certificate in Fine Arts Administration. She has been a part of numerous musical productions and performed as a principal singer/dancer with professional touring group the Kids from Wisconsin. She has studied multiple genres including classical, jazz, contemporary, and has been the lead singer for a number of bands/groups throughout the years ranging in styles from big band to funk.
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.
Don Z. has been playing the drums for over thirty years. He has a range of experience both playing live and giving lessons. He has a passion for music and for sharing that passion with others. He strives to instill confidence in his students not only in their ability as musicians but in everyday life as well.
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.
Joe P. is a classically trained musician since the age of 5. For nearly twenty years, music has been his life. Joe started out playing the piano, and along the way, picked up any instrument he could get his hands on. Since his teenage years, Joe has been a part of several musical groups and has toured the United States with his solo career. With experience in nearly every genre, you can trust that Joe will help you achieve the musical education that you are looking for. Joe's goal, as a teacher, is to help students understand the necessities of music and to show them that there are always new concepts, information and music to explore.
John L., a practicing turntablist with about twenty-two years of experience in the art of deejaying and turntablism. Originally from the east coast, John has had opportunities to record cuts and scratches on local twin city hip-hop artists tracks, incorporate cuts and scratches with a live rock band, and perform a collaborative team deejay routine at the Minnesota State Fair. He has also competed in deejay competitions sponsored/ hosted by PioneerDj and Skratcher. Although John likes listening to many genres of music, his style on the decks has largely been influenced by turntable scratch music and battle style routines. He appreciates the many aspects of deejaying but is passionate about creative mixing by manipulating music and samples. John enjoys helping students explore mixing and or furthering their techniques in the art of turntablism.
Matt S. is a multifaceted professional musician. He is fluent in guitar, bass, drums, and piano. After his start as a rock guitarist, Matt ventured into new territory and immersed himself in the beauty of jazz, the elegance of classical, and soul of blues. For the duration of his university training and post-graduate personal/professional experience, Matt has been able to expand his work to performing with guitar ensembles, pit orchestras, and touring rock groups. He also records music at his home studio. Matt aims to help his students reach their full potential and individuality in the music space, as well as to understand what it means to express themselves through music, using their instrument of choice as an extension of themselves.
Nate W. is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has been performing for over 2 decades. Growing up in a musical family he has been on stage since the age of 7 and is a seasoned performer. He attended college at the School For Music Vocations and studied all music from jazz to classical under a highly trained staff including several grammy winners. He was also the Chief Studio and Live sound engineer for 2 years. Running the sound for all of the school's performances and managing the on-campus recording studio. Whether it's singing, drumming, playing guitar, jazz keys or helping you learn to record yourself he has you covered. A veteran of the Minneapolis music scene he can be seen performing with his band Jung Yeller. A fan of all music and all genres. He’s taught private lessons for 3 years and believes that anyone can learn if they practice hard enough.
Nicole L. is a classically trained violinist who has been playing for 10 years and graduated through Silver Strings Studios. She will be graduating from North Central University in the fall of 2020 with a degree in Music Business. She has had the chance to work with top musical theatre performers to create shows at a university level and work with many musicians in the Minneapolis area by doing background vocals and songwriting. Nicole specializes in teaching Violin, Ukulele, and voice. Music has always been something that a way of expressing who she is to the world and she wants to be able to help students do the same.
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.
Sophie has been involved in music since a young age. She started her music journey playing violin and piano at the age of six, and later began studying percussion. Sophie graduated from St. Olaf College where she studied percussion under the guidance of Dave Hagedorn while pursuing her music education degree. She played in the band, orchestra, and percussion ensemble there. In addition to her classical music experiences, Sophie has participated in the marching arts with the Eden Prairie Eagle Marching Band, Eden Prairie Winter Drumline, and the Minnesota Brass Drum and Bugle Corps. She enjoys many types of music and attends live concerts whenever she can. Currently, Sophie works as a music teacher in the public schools.
Stephanie is currently studying Music Therapy at Augsburg University. She has previously earned her Associates Degree of Fine Arts in Music from Anoka Ramsey Community College. While at Augsburg, she received a scholarship awarded by the music department as an affirmation of her talents. Stephanie has been studying music for over ten years, primarily on trumpet, and has been involved in various ensembles including but not limited to: musical pit orchestra, jazz band, concert band and individual performances. She enjoys teaching students and loves being a part of thier musical journey. Outside of work and school, Stephanie enjoys watching Disney movies and reading.
Zach, raised in the Texas Hill Country, began playing guitar at the young age of 12. Beginning with country and Texas music, he now enjoys playing almost all styles of music. Zach routinely performs with his band, Of The Orchard, and at various churches around the Twin Cities area. When he’s not playing guitar you can easily find Zach at the gym powerlifting, reading a book, or on a trail somewhere.
- 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.