Staff & Music Teachers

Amber C.

Amber C. is a Music Education major at Western Connecticut State University planning to graduate in May of 2019. She has been studying voice formally since the age of 12 and has been actively apart of musical theatre for many years. Amber is apart of the Opera Ensemble at WCSU where she studies opera and classical voice. She looks forward to teaching many classes at the Bach to Rock studio.

Anthony T.

Anthony T., a solo finger style guitarist, has accomplished more in six years as a musician, composer and teacher than many have in a lifetime. Anthony studied at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee which is the only program in the world to hold a B.F.A. in Finger-Style Guitar. In late October of 2015, Anthony was selected to score the film “Lost” (written by Michael Chen, writer of MTV) which won both the “Best Film” and “People’s Choice Award” at the Vancouver Island Short Film Festival in 2016. He was chosen out of millions of entry’s to perform at Winter NAMM of 2016 after submitting his YouTube video “Living on a Prayer” to the NAMM foundation. Anthony has performed and attended master classes with renowned guitarists Antoine Dufour, Billy McLaughlin, Pino Forasterie, Pierre Bensuan and Alex De Grassi. Anthony Troy was signed by Fret Monkey Records in March, 2016 and is endorsed by Stonebridge Guitars, John Pearse Strings, G7th Capos and Elite Acoustics (Sunburst Gear). When Anthony is not on tour, he teaches private guitar lessons at both a local music school and private high school. On his free time, Anthony is out performing and working on his next upcoming album. The album will include arrangements and compositions he had recorded as voice memos over a span of 3 years and has now refurbished them into final compositions ready to be released. Make sure to follow up on his website www.anthonytroyguitar.com or @anthonytroyguitar on instagram for any updates on his album, tour and life!

Ben F.

Ben F. is a multi instrumentalist whose love for music is a huge part of his life. Ben was born in Dublin, Ireland and later moved to Amsterdam, The Netherlands. He grew up listening to music. His father, a saxophonist, and his mother, a vocalist, influenced Ben and motivated him to play at an early age. Years later, he still plays as a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Youth Orchestra in NYC and is currently taking lessons from baritone saxophonist and Duke Ellington orchestra veteran, Joe Temperley. With this orchestra and a 250 piece choir he performed the "Duke Ellington Sacred Concert" at Carnegie Hall. Ben received rave reviews for his solo performance in a New York Times article, calling it "sultry" and "shining." He recently worked on a project written by Wynton Marsalis and conducted by Damien Sneed. He performed that work, Abyssinian Mass 200, at Carnegie Hall on April 26, 2015. He was accepted into the All National Honors Jazz Ensemble playing lead alto. Ben also was accepted into the big band in the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Program with a partial scholarship. He also won multiple awards for his talent. In 2013 he won the Berklee College of Music Judges Choice Award and the Outstanding Musician award in 2015. When he performed at the Norwalk Jazz Festival and the West Conn Jazz Festival, the judges awarded him with the "Best Soloist" award in both 2013 and again in 2014. Ben was also awarded the prestigious "Woody Herman Jazz Award" for his outstanding contributions to the jazz ensemble in both 2013 and 2014. He is currently a member of the Tri-M Music Honors Society. Ben is an experienced teacher who taught in the Portuguese School of Music in 2011 and again in 2013. He currently also composes, arranges and conducts for the Bethel High School jazz ensemble. Ben is welcoming new students who wish to learn saxophone, clarinet and/or piano. He is excited to pass down his knowledge and develop an ongoing legacy of an important art form.

Brendan M.

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.

Jeff C.

Jeff C. is a New York native, more prominently known as DJ On1, who grew up with an undeniable love and an intuitive knack for music. In a neighborhood where cultural diversity is no stranger, rhythm and beats always came easy for him. He began with drum lessons at the early age of two and soon played his way into the state championships. As a teenager, one night he went behind the scenes of his Uncle’s nightclub to watch as the DJ threw down his set. It was in that moment that he vowed to dedicate himself to the craft and decisively chose his name. DJ On1 began a professional career in 2007, and he quickly began taking on gigs at numerous clubs, and different corporate and special events all across the East Coast. He has played at many well-known venues like Pacha NYC, Slake Nightclub NYC, The Loft, The New Yorker, HOME Nightclub, and ICE Bar Orlando. He has held residencies at Truman’s Nightclub, Union Square, and Darby O’Gills. He has also played alongside many top artists, such as Lil Jon, Dillon Francis, Flo Rida, Jason Derulo, Nick Cannon, Icona Pop, and more! DJ On1 is an up and coming talent, as one of the hottest Open Format DJ’s on the scene. He brings an authentic and high-energy experience to every event. Offstage, DJ On1 is regularly in the studio creating mash-ups and mixes played around the globe. His work can be heard on the international music sites CrooklynClan and DJ City, on Sirius XM Radio, WPAW Radio, and the New York hit radio station Today’s Hit Music K104.7. His dynamic personality and growing talent drives him to share his musical journey with the world.

Maggie D.

Maggie D. discovered her natural born gift for music when she was just 7 years old singing in church. She began training in classical music and opera and as she grew older, so did her musical repertoire. She was heavily involved in musical theater throughout middle school and high school, starring in shows such as Into The Woods, The Pajama Game, Little Shop of Horrors, Fame, and 42nd Street and attending numerous workshops and camps. Her sophomore year of High School was her first year in the BHS Chamber Singers, and later that year went on a trip of a life time to Bermuda with the BHS choir where she sang a solo performance on the Island. Maggie was a key member or Bethel High School’s Tri-M Music Honor Society and Co-Director of the Bethel High School Show Choir her senior year. She did an internship at Bethel Middle School teaching chorus classes and it was then that she knew she had a true passion for working with kids and sharing her skills. Maggie worked at Stew Leonard’s and became one of their most highly reviewed and requested birthday party hosts. She is also a former infant and toddler teacher at Almost Home Daycare in Ridgefield where she ran numerous activities such as circle time, fine and gross motor skill development and music. Maggie went on to attend Ridley Lowell Business and Technical institute and received her degree in Massage Therapy. Maggie currently sings with a music group ran by Celebrity Voice Coach Samantha Cole and performs at prestigious venues such as The Bitter End in NYC and The Acoustic in Fairfield. She has auditioned for the NBC Television show The Voice four times and continues to go on auditions as well as write her own music. Maggie is ecstatic to be a member of our team, passing on her passion for music and working with children of all ages.

Megan K.

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. 

Morgan L.

Morgan L. is a graduate from the Berklee College of Music, with a principal focus in Guitar Performance and Contemporary Writing. In his studies, he has become well-versed in the methodologies of both classical and contemporary music. In addition to his educational background, Morgan has been an active performer in both the Boston and New York areas. His experiences as both a touring musician and a student of music have given him a well rounded knowledge of countless different musical genres and playing styles. Morgan is also a proficient bassist and percussionist, and he encourages musical collaboration between people, and their ability to learn from one another through playing together. Finding creativity and inspiration through playing is one of Morgan's core philosophies in teaching. He works with students of all skill levels, and continues to perform and compose music in Connecticut.

Paul S.

Paul S.'s passion for music started with a fascination for turntables in a basement with friends, hoping someday to make a career out of it. A family friend became his mentor and taught him the fundamentals of DJing which allowed him to follow his dream. With 20+ years behind turntables, Paul now love paying it forward to others by teaching the unique craft to those who love and appreciate music. Paul received his Associates Degree from Naugatuck Community College in Marketing and continued on to the School of audio engineering in NYC. Paul has also branded himself by producing multiple CD's and creating his own record label, Oxygen USA, traveling the world in pursuit of his dream. Paul said he never thought it would be possible to parallel Bon Jovi and Guns 'n Roses by playing to a crowd of 83,000 people at Metlife Stadium as their resident DJ and also having the opportunity to work with Warner Bros Records. Paul said as a child everyone told him to "dream big" and he is happy to now have the opportunity to share those dreams with others by bringing electronic dance music to the world with his own personal style. Paul teaches mixing, scratching in our Beat Refinery program for kids and adults and welcomes new students ages 10 and up.

Phil G.

Phil G. is an engineer in our recording studio and also teaches bass, guitar, and beginner piano and drums at B2R. After starting with bass guitar at the age of 9, he began to be inspired by a wide variety of music, including but not limited to rock, metal, jazz, funk, classical, and hip-hop. He went on to learn other instruments and play with various rock bands as well as middle school, high school, and college jazz ensembles. Phil holds a bachelor's degree in Audio & Music Production from Western Connecticut State University and can usually be found writing, rehearsing, and playing with his band, Standby (www.standby-band.com).

Terry H

Terry H. a Native New Yorker, received her BA in Music  from  the State University of New York at  Oswego. She is  an award winning educator working for over twenty five years in  both public and private schools throughout Connecticut, and currently freelances as a voice over artist and  narrator for  CRIS RADIO, CT. for CRISKIDS ON DEMAND,- specializing in  air broadcast and pre-recordings  audio versions of award winning children's magazines and  educational material for the common core audio library Her forte is writing and performing  children's songs for  a global clientele featuring  podcasts, commercials, and CD endeavors. In addition to her radio broadcasting and songwriting endeavors,  she  teaches early childhood music  at the Saw Mill Club in Mt Kisco for their preschool music program. Terry is an ecclectic musician with many years experience as an early childhood music educator,  studio musician, singer, guitarist and djembe percussionist. Growing up on  Long Island New York, Terry was surrounded by a community of musicians,  where she credits amazing music teachers who inspired her own  career in music education.  She began studying  Jazz guitar at ten years of age  with  Jazz master, Ray Gogarty. After receiving her undergraduate degree in music, she studied for her for her Masters in Music Education  at Chicago Musical College. She continued to perfect her rhythmic style, performing throughout the local college music  scene as well as Chicago  blues clubs  and then  on to   NewYork City,   with a  debut as the opening act for Rodney Dangerfield’s.  freelancing  writing and singing jingles  for  major corporations, as well as writing soundtracks  for documentary film. She has composed and produced numerous high profile musical endeavors with and for children for the past twenty five years. Hess says her forte is the active involvement of children in the songwriting process. She creates melodies that are culturally diverse with themes that have a major impact within the community as well as Nationally.  Listed in the Who’s Who in American Education, Fine Arts and received a local hero award from Parenting Magazine for her Isn’t it Time Theme song. She is a member of El Sistema USA,  with  music teaching experience working within the fafellas of Orquestando A Vida in Brazil. She sings with the  Martin Luther King Gospel Choir in Norwalk, CT, studies african drumming with master drummer kojo Bey of Sounds of Africa, and is an avid Rhythm and Blues singer.

Tommy W.

Tommy W. is a saxophonist and Connecticut native. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. His plays in the Funky Dawgz Brass Band, a New Orleans style brass band made up of former UConn students. The band has played on stages all over the world from Madison Square Garden, to Los Angeles to New Orleans to Spain. Tommy also tours with the Syracuse-based hip hop/funk band Sophistafunk. On stage Tommy is a force of energy who loves to see the audience smiling and dancing. Tommy is a big music education ambassador who acts as a mentor to young musicians to help develop their talents. He works as a guest artist instructor for the UConn Brass Band Ensemble, Charter Oak Cultural Center Brass Band after-school program and has worked as a music instructor at Horizons summer learning at Greens Farms Academy, an independent school in Westport. He believes you are never too young (or too old) to keep learning and getting better.

Zack B.

Zack B. is a guitarist interested in a variety of genres from classical to blues, jazz to rap and hip-hop. Originally from the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, Zack graduated from Hobart College in 2015 with a B.A. in Music. He teaches guitar, bass and Kids and Keys. Zack, a Magna cum Laude Arts Scholar who served as a volunteer for Music Haven, a nonprofit music education program that serves underprivileged students in the city. He also worked as an accompanist for dance classes on guitar, composed and performed live music in dance recitals, worked with the literary magazine club and participated in group therapy programs. With excitement and an abundance of passion, Zack thrives on educating the next generation of musicians at Bach to Rock by drawing from his experiences in composition, performance, and accompaniment.

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.