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.
Staff & Music Teachers
Ben P. is from Simsbury, Connecticut and began his tuba studies at the age of 15 with Walter Gibson from the University of Hartford Community Division. Ben is currently at Western Connecticut State University studying instrumental performance with Andy Rodgers. In addition to performing in ensembles at WCSU, Ben is currently the Principal Tubist of the New York Youth Symphony. The New York Youth Symphony is a youth orchestra consisting of talented young musicians ranging from ages 12-22 from the greater New York area, and performs regularly at Carnegie Hall. Ben completed his first international tour this past summer, traveling to Spain with the New York Youth Symphony and performing with renowned pianist Fei-Fei Dong. As a soloist, Ben was both a finalist and winner of the James Furman Honors Recital Competition in 2018 and 2019, respectively. When Ben isn't playing the tuba, he enjoys watching movies, playing video games, and spending time with his family and two dogs: Gracie and Finn.
Corey L. is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist with a lifelong passion for music. He grew up in Ridgefield where he took guitar lessons, participated in musical theatre, and played in numerous bands. Following his graduation from The George Washington University in 2012, he moved to NYC where he began performing solo and leading early childhood music classes at various locations throughout the city. Corey has released two pop/folk-rock EPs and a number of singles and gigs regularly at venues, restaurants, and private events. The skills and theory Corey learned from his guitar teacher have been instrumental (get it?) in his life and career as a songwriter and guitarist. He understands that having a great teacher who makes learning fun can really help to foster a love for music that will last for life.
Hi, I’m Edith. I just graduated from Western Connecticut State University in December 2019. I pursued my Bachelor of Arts in music. I love arranging different types of music for different occasions. I’ve been with Bach to Rock Ridgefield since November 2019. I love teaching music to students of any age who are willing to take the challenge and learn the skills of playing the violin!
Eric C. Guitar and band instructor.
Lisa T. has been teaching early childhood music at area preschools since 2007. She brings this knowledge to Bach to Rock, where she enjoys working with young beginners. Because she started learning to play classical and folk guitar at age 5, Lisa knows what it’s like to be young and excited about music. She customizes her teaching methods to reach students at their current developmental level, allowing their musical knowledge to grow along with them. Lisa holds a degree in music theory, and has a lifetime of performing experience in styles as diverse as classic country, heavy metal, classic and modern rock, and classical. She plays both electric and acoustic guitars, sings lead and harmony vocals, and occasionally picks up the bass. She currently performs in area venues as lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Charm City Exiles, and as a solo artist under the name L.T. Maroon. An accomplished songwriter, Lisa records in her own home studio and likes to stay on top of legal issues in the music industry.
Patrick W. is a multi-instrumentalist who has been making music longer than he can remember. With 16 years of playing experience and 5 years spent teaching he never spares a moment to find the harmony in life. Right after graduating high school, Patrick attended Western Connecticut State University Music Education program. There he learned how to connect with the many different ways we all learn music. While he is able to teach a variety of genres and styles he specializes in Jazz Guitar and performs in many venues in the Danbury area. He also specializes in teaching keyboard as well as the drumset. Patrick finds value in understanding with each student he gets to work with and speaks to the many difficulties that every beginner will face along their musical journey. It's like Patrick always says, "Practice makes Worster!"
Rafael C. Prior to graduating from Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Music & Audio Production, and with a focus in vocal performance in 2019 , Rafael has been helping clients of all kinds lay down a polished and pristine sound. Raff has been taught one on one with industry professionals such as, four-time Emmy award winner - with 11 nominations- Ed Dzubak and NBC composer, Danny Gray. His passion and commitment make him capable of meeting a wide range of demanding client requests.
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. He went on to produce Alan's 'Blue Shift" record and is credited in the CD notes. 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 (Bass Guitar), Putnam County Spelling Bee (Piano/Synth), and Kiss Me Kate (Double Bass). Upon completion of his Associates degree, 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 (LL.M) in Administrative Law 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, he also recently joined the indie punk band Death Code as Bass player and future producer.
- 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.