Molly Hennon is the Site Director for Ridgefield Bach to Rock. Music has been her passion from a young age when she recognized the power that music has to bring people together and express emotions. She has experience in many different instruments and has been involved in concert, symphonic, and marching bands including the now dissolved Grassy Plain Fife and Drum Corps out of Bethel, CT and the Connecticut Hurricanes based in Seymour, CT and has been a member of many choirs and vocal groups including the Connecticut Allstate Choir and the all-female a cappella group Martini Glass. Molly chose to study Business Management at WCSU but always knew that music would be a part of her life. As John Lennon wrote, “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be, all you need is love.” She loves seeing the way students of all ages grow through music and sharing the passion that she and the entire staff of Ridgefield B2R have for music education.
Staff & Music Teachers
Brendan M.'s musical foundation is rooted in the d.i.y ethics of punk. For a very long time, everything he knew on his instruments was self-taught; following his ear through chord changes, melodies, etc. Brendan learned anything he could by ear (a lot of Nirvana and The Beatles). Starting his own band Cinema Twenty Four, recording and mixing his own songs, he became better at his craft. He started recording his friends, playing bigger shows with national acts, and finding success in music. Brendan came to a crossroads, however, when high school was coming to an end. He had to make a decision as to what the next step was going to be. He decided to audition for Berklee College of Music. With no music theory knowledge, he was accepted in the Spring of 2011. Berklee made Brendan a stronger musician without changing what made his guitar playing sound unique. Through Berklee, his theory knowledge intensified and so did the knowledge of his instrument. Brendan graduated in 2015 with a bachelor’s in professional music that is concentrated in songwriting and music production. He fell in love with the idea of teaching while attending Berklee. Coming from a self-taught background, he understands how students can be reluctant to instruction. Any chance he has to relate what a student loves musically to what he is teaching is a crucial moment. Nourishing the formative creative time of a student is crucial. It makes them want to work harder, and most importantly, love what they are doing.
Jeannine M. is a multi instrumentalist and a native of New York. She received her BA in Music Education at Montclair State University and MA in Educational Administration from Long Island University. While at Montclair State she performed with the Orchestra, Band, Wind Ensemble and Chorale. Jeannine also toured Europe with the MSU Chorale in 2007. Jeannine has also performed with many groups in the NY and NJ area, including a percussion solo with the Colonial Symphony and singing Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Jeannine taught in the public school system for 10 years before coming to Bach to Rock. She taught all subjects of music for grades pre-k to 12. During her public school stint, she started three music programs. The most notable program was with Gramercy Brass of NY with 4th and 5th grade band students playing the trumpet and baritone in the Bronx. Jeannine has been the vocal coach for high school and elementary school musicals, directed talent shows, elementary showcases, coordinated and conducted school concerts in band, orchestra and choral groups. At Bach to Rock Jeannine teaches our childhood programs as well as private lessons in piano, vocal, and band and orchestral instruments.
Megan K. is a board certified music therapist who has recently joined the team at Connecticut Music Therapy Services in 2016. Connecticut Music Therapy Services, LLC is an established provider of quality music therapy services to a variety of groups, schools, agencies and individuals throughout the state and takes pride in aspiring to the highest level of clinical and ethical standards in the profession, and they strive to assist individuals with special needs in maximizing their potential and enhancing their quality of life. Megan has worked with an array of clientele ranging from infants to seniors. Megan has worked with clients in many settings including schools, homes, and hospitals. Her clinical background includes working with clients with visual impairments, developmental disorders, Autism, cognitive delays, memory impairment, Down Syndrome, and Cerebral Palsy. Megan received her Bachelor of Music from Western Connecticut State University, and her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Music Therapy from Lesley University.
William H. has been playing the piano since the 2nd grade. He is classically trained and has formal training in jazz, gospel, and R&B. He’s been playing the guitar since the 6th grade, and bass since the 8th grade, however did not receive formal training on either until college. In college he also studied audio production and was mentored by Alan "Juice" Glover on the fundamentals of mixing and mastering in an analogue studio. After college William enlisted into the United States Navy where he had the opportunity to audition for The Norfolk Navy Jazz Band (piano), and Ms. Patti Labelle (piano). Unfortunately, his schedule did not allow either to pan out, but he was not deterred. After the Navy he went back to college to finish his Associates in an independent study for Music Performance. During this time William was signed the Hype Entertainment as a studio guitarist and completed and released a solo album. He worked with several independent artists - like Mike Flowerz, Latoya J, Astronomix, and (Sunday's Best Runner up) Ralph Williams - as a studio musician and arranger as well as co-producer. This afforded him the opportunity to audition for one Ms. Nelly Furtado (guitar). Unforeseen circumstances prevented him from touring with her, but those same circumstances allowed him to play in off-Broadway productions of Fame (E. Bass), Putnam County Spelling Bee (Piano/Synth), and Kiss Me Kate (Double Bass). Upon completion of hi associates in Music Performance, William has taken on more of a consulting and "hired gun" role for independent artists, studios, and bands between musicians. He completed a second associates and his bachelors in Paralegal Studies, and then went on to finish his Juris Masters (LLM) from Regent University. He’s currently working as a compliance officer at a non-profit and playing mainly in area churches with the rare private engagement when his schedule permits. William still serves as producer and resident upright (double) bassist for Alan Glover and will be featured on his upcoming project.
- 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.