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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."
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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.
B2R Ranks #16 on Franchise Gator's Top Emerging Franchises
Music has never been more central to popular culture. From television shows like American Idol, The Voice and Glee, to iTunes, to video games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band, America's more addicted to music than ever before. And Bach to Rock is poised to meet this growing demand. In addition, reductions to public school arts budgets, coupled with kids' desire for musical instruction in popular genres, are driving the rapid adoption of new, innovative music education resources such as Bach to Rock. In fact, private lessons are now the number one way for students to learn to play an instrument, overtaking school lessons in the past few years.
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Music school chain plans summer opening in Folsom
Bach to Rock, a chain of music schools for students of all ages, says it will open its first West Coast school this summer in Folsom.
The school at 82 Clarksville Road – just north of the East Bidwell Street exit off Highway 50 – will offer a variety of programs for both children and adults, including individual lessons, group classes and summer camps.
To date, Bach to Rock has eight schools open and eight franchised locations in development nationwide. B2R announced its intention to come to the Sacramento area in April last year.
“Opening the first Bach to Rock on the West Coast is a major milestone for the brand,” said Brian Gross, president of Bach to Rock. “...The East Bidwell Street corridor in Folsom is an ideal location for the school because of the demographics of the surrounding communities, especially the large population of children. We look forward to introducing the Sacramento area to our fun, progressive curriculum.”
Read the article on Sacramento Bee.
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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.