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B2R Opens in Pennsylvania
Bach to Rock's latest school location recently opened in Wayne PA. It's the first Bach to Rock to open in the state. Families, neighbors and residents were invited to tour the school, meet the teachers, learn about summer camp programs, check out the recording studio, win prizes and more during the school's open house this summer. "after months of preparation and training, we are so excited to officially open our doors to the public," said Dave Leonard, B2R Wayne Owner and Site Director, who runs the school with his wife, Ellen Good. "We offer a variety of music programs for students of all ages, from early childhood to adults, and can't wait to be a part of the local arts community."
"We are thrilled to expand Bach to Rock's presence with the opening of our eighth school, in Pennsylvania," said Brian Gross, President of Bach to Rock. "We know that, with Dave and Ellen's leadership, their team of handpicked, quality, professional instructors will make Bach to Rock a hub of the Wayne music community."
The school offers a variety of individual lessons and group ensembles, such as Glee Club, Rock Band and early childhood classes.
Bach to Rock Now in Wayne, PA
Music School Bach to Rock celebrated the opening of its newest location, in Wayne, Pa., in July. This location is the first in Pennsylvania, the company's 8th outlet and its second franchisee.
"After months of preparation and training, we are so excited to officially open our doors to the public," said Dave Leonard, who owns the school with his wife, Ellen Good. "We offer a variety of music programs for students of all ages, from early childhood to adults, and can't wait to be a part of the local arts community."
"We are thrilled to expand Bach to Rock's presence with the opening in Pennsylvania," said Brian Gross, president of Bach to Rock. "We know that with Dave and Ellen's leadership, their team of handpicked, quality, professional instructors will make Bach to Rock a hub of the Wayne music community."
Read the digital issue on Music Inc.
Bach to Rock Taking Unique Approach to Teaching Music in Wayne
Bach to Rock in Wayne offers a new way to teach music to children, from the upbeat décor with photographs of famous musicians including Bruce Springsteen, Louis Armstrong, U2, Rush and the Beatles, to the individual and group lesson rooms and a jammin’ stage to strut their stuff, the new business will likely become a haven for aspiring musicians.
Owners Ellen Good and David Leonard got the idea to start a music school when their 8-year-old granddaughter had a piano recital. After doing some research they decided to start a Bach to Rock franchise. The corporation has eight company-owned locations in the Washington, D.C. area and one other franchise in Long Island, N.Y. Leonard and Good opened the second franchise in July, although others are in the works.
The couple had moved to Kennett Square to be nearer to family after living and owning businesses in Boston for several years.
Although neither one is a professional musician, music has always figured in their lives. Good has played piano and string bass since elementary school. She performed with the Lancaster Symphony during her high school years. Today, Good is learning to play the harp. Leonard began with trumpet lessons in the fifth grade. He played in bands in high school and moved on to guitar in college.
Getting kids into bands is one aspect of the Bach to Rock plan to keep kids interested. Too often kids begin an instrument with high hopes only to quit after finding practicing boring or too solitary, said Leonard.
“Sitting in a room alone practicing is not fun,” he said. But once they get organized into bands, playing music becomes fun. “It’s a chance to perform. It’s got to be fun. That’s the bottom line.”
Good said, “As kids get proficient, we get them into bands.”
One 10-year-old boy who has started taking lessons on saxophone told them he wants to join his school’s jazz band.
“I want to play and make some noise,” Good said, quoting the student.
A 10-year-old girl who admires singer Taylor Swift came for a birthday party. She sang one of Swift’s songs, “22,” in the recording studio, while her friends sang the back- up, said Leonard. The girl left, happy, with a CD recording of her singing, he said.
Bach to Rock offers a rock birthday party for ages 7 and up, a karaoke party for ages 6 and up and a rock city party for 4 to 6-year-olds that allows children to explore rock instruments.
The rooms in the building have sound dampening walls and ceilings of 10 ½ feet for better acoustics. And the school includes a state-of-the-art recording studio with computerized mixer.
Bach to Rock provided a curriculum it’s developed for its schools, said Leonard. That curriculum takes kids from learning how to play an instrument, to music theory to techniques. The school has hired teachers who are students at University of the Arts and West Chester University, Leonard said.
Bach to Rock offers private lessons, jam bands, a glee club, musical education for preschool and keyboard classes dubbed “Kids n Keys” for ages 5 and 6.
There are also group classes where students learn to play various instruments in a group environment. Students can also take audio recording classes in the recording studio. The studio can also be rented.
The school offers a summer camp, as well.
In the Kids n Keys class, students take home a computer program that helps them practice at home between lessons, Good said.
All the young musicians are encouraged to protect their ears with ear plugs, Good said. As part of its program, Bach to Rock works with the American Speech Language Hearing Association to bring ear protection to its schools and instill in the young musicians a desire to use it.
Pam Mason, an audiologist with the association, said that any sound over 85 decibels is “potentially devastating to your hearing.”
Noise induced hearing loss is the second most common form, after age-related hearing loss, she said, and “the younger the child, the more vulnerable they are to hearing loss.”
“It’s important to let children know how to protect their hearing,” said Mason. And noise induced hearing loss it preventable, she said. Too many youngsters listen to music through headphones at levels that damage their ears, she said. The volume dial should be set at no louder than 60 percent, she said.
The higher-pitched sounds, like “S,” “F,” and “Th” disappear first, she said.
“For serious musicians, damage to hearing can jeopardize their careers,” said Mason. And for younger children, even mild hearing loss can have “huge negative consequences” in their learning, she said.
“Bach to Rock is honored to partner with ASHA to help today’s youth recognize the importance of hearing protection,” said Brian Gross, president of Bach to Rock, in a written statement. “We know that, through this collaboration, we are teaching our students how to preserve their hearing for the future.”
Read the article on Mainline Media News.
Meet the Couple Rocking the Main Line
Approaching retirement brought Dave Leonard and Ellen Good back to their love of music. Both the owners of Bach to Rock first dabbled playing instruments in their childhood.
“We both had our own businesses for many years and were retired almost. This was a great new career to pursue and we love working with young people,” co-owner Dave Leonard said. “I had a long-running interest in both music and education, and this is a way to pursue both.”
Leonard and his wife Ellen Good, of Kennett Square, opened Bach to Rock in the new stretch of Devon Shopping Center facing Sugartown Road in mid-July, undertaking the new venture after attending their granddaughter’s piano recital. The location is the second franchised branch and the first Bach to Rock to open in Pennsylvania.
A native from across the state, Dave Leonard was born in Pittsburgh and began his instrumental career with a trumpet at 10 years old. In years following, he played in the high school band, transitioned to the keyboard and concluded with a four-decade background in the guitar. His first guitar, the 1966 Gibson J-45, “still sounds great” as he strums his favorite roots and blues genres. He prefers lyrically oriented songs, and “of course” likes Bruce Springsteen.
Leonard's professional career was rooted primarily in retail services and restaurant services, but he always had a knack for teaching as he obtained his masters in education. Now, he will spend every day at Bach to Rock with his wife and co-owner, occasionally teaching, but primarily handling administrative tasks to “help the school run right.”
Originally from Lancaster County, Ellen Good enrolled in piano lessons at the age of 7. By fifth grade, she played the string bass for her elementary school orchestra, leading to her participation in high school as well. In her teens, she took part in the district, county and state orchestra, leading her to meet new people outside of her school band.
Now, she is learning to play Irish tunes on the harp, which she said sounds pleasant with any genre, including popular music.
Prior to opening Bach to Rock, Good was self-employed as an insurance broker, but described herself as a “social worker by training.” Her engagement in social work inspired her to cultivate the arts within the children and families in the area.
Read the article on Patch.
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Bach to Rock Music Schools are Ready for Colorado
Bach to Rock, a chain of private music schools based out of Bethesda, Md., announced Thursday it intends to open 10 locations in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs.
The first location, to be in metro Denver, is slated to open in the fall.
Brian McGrath and Neil Fitzgerald, who describe themselves as "current and life-long music students," signed a franchise agreement with Bach to Rock, which has eight schools open and another 18 franchised locations in development.
Brian Gross, president of Bach to Rock, said his company "helps the fill the void" left when public school budget problems force cuts in music and arts programs.
Read the article on Denver Business Journal.
Alex C - March 2014
Alex C is Bach to Rock's Student of the Month for March 2014. He attends B2R Gaithersburg in Maryland. Daniel Feldman is his instructor for private voice lessons. He plays drums in the B2R band Neon Rain who have competed multiple times and placed at the Battle of the Bands.
Alora S - February 2014
Victoria M - January 2014
Victoria M is Bach to Rock's Student of the Month for January 2014. She attends B2R South Riding in Virginia. Aaron Sefchick is her instructor for private guitar lessons. Victoria also takes piano and vocal lessons at B2R. She enjoys performing publicly as well as writing original songs.