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Staff & Music Teachers

Judy

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!

Jake

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.

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."

-Adam Durand

Amber D.

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!

Brian

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Joe P.

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.

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.

Nicole L.

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

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.

Zach

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.

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.