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.

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.

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. 

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).

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.