Dave Leonard and Ellen Good are the directors and owners of Bach to Rock Wayne, established in June of 2013. Music has been an important part of their lives since they were young. Ellen started playing piano and string bass in elementary school while Dave took up trumpet. Both have since moved on to other instruments – Ellen is learning the harp while Dave has been working on guitar for many years.
Staff & Music Teachers
Ellen and Dave are examples of how enjoyable and important music can be as a lifelong interest. Neither considered a career in music, but making music has been a fun, continuing journey for them. Dave is also a certified English teacher and has a Master’s degree from Brown University in education. Ellen has a Master’s degree in social work from St. Louis University and majored in family and child development as an undergraduate. Watching their grandchildren start piano and guitar lessons inspired their interest in Bach to Rock. Working with talented B2R teachers who share the joy of music with young people is a dream come true.
Andrew W. is a performing artist, composer, and educator from northeast Pennsylvania. Although his main instruments are guitar and bass, Andrew teaches a wide variety of instruments including percussion, strings, brass, and woodwinds. He has been teaching guitar for more than 15 years in several settings as a private instructor, classroom instructor and band leader of all ages. Andrew holds a B.A. in Music Performance and a B.S. in Music Education with honors, kindergarten through 12th grade from Kutztown University, where he studied under Grammy award-winning classical guitarist, Dave Cullen. He also holds a Masters of Music degree from Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts in Music performance with a concentration in Jazz and Classical arts. He has had the opportunity to play and study with some of the greatest artists in his field. Andrew currently plays throughout the tri-state area with several jazz ensembles on a regular basis, and has a steady stint around central Pennsylvania with "Los Monstros" Latin orchestra. Andrew teaches guitar, bass, voice, piano, and drums at Bach to Rock in Wayne, as well as introductory lessons in strings, brass, and woodwinds.
Andy has been making a name for himself in the Philadelphia music scene for the past ten years. Having started playing guitar at age 12, he has written many original pieces, recorded multiple ep's and a full length in professional studios, and has been in multiple bands of genres from punk rock to blues, from rock and roll to funk. In his current 3-piece funk band called Somethin' Divine, he is playing multiple venues including World Cafe Live, Kung Fu Necktie, The Grape Room, Bourbon & Branch, and more. Andy teaches guitar, bass, drums, piano and voice at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Dylan M. has studied drums and percussion at both Towson University in Maryland and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He has performed with dozens of singers, songwriters and bands up and down the East Coast. Equally at home in funk groups, jazz combos, marching bands, Brazilian percussion ensembles and gritty rock trios, Dylan strives to prepare his students to be well-rounded with a strong emphasis on groove and fundamentals. He has performed at major venues such as World Cafe Live, Johnny Brenda's, Union Transfer, Slim's in San Francisco and Washington DC's 9:30 Club, just to name a few. He has also performed on-air at the likes of Sirius XM, WXPN and WMMR. Dylan has played drums on nearly 20 records and can be heard on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora and even the Rock Band video games. He is currently preparing to begin his Master's in Music and is always busy performing, recording and writing with his rock band, Shark Tape. He is a popular teacher at Bach to Rock in Wayne, where he teaches drums and piano, and leads students bands.
Jai specializes in electric and acoustic guitar in the style of blues and rock. He has performed in a variety of local and Philadelphia-based groups throughout the last eight years encompassing a diverse range of music styles and performance venues. He has more than five years of experience teaching all ages and abilities. Jai has developed a personalized and engaging approach to teaching beginners and helps lifelong guitarists open up to new skills, musical perspectives and approaches to playing. He encourages confidence by remaining patient, supportive, and open to students’ individual tastes and ambitions. Jai loves to share his passion for music with his students and enjoys watching his students improve week-to-week as they achieve their goals. In addition to guitar, Jai also teaches beginner piano and ukulele at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
James U. is a recent graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, earning a degree in Jazz Drum Performance. James specializes in rock, jazz, and funk genres of music and has used that to develop his own sound as a drummer. He has performed with several Singer/Songwriters around the Philadelphia area. Along with teaching drums, James also teaches brass instruments, including trumpet, trombone, baritone, and tuba at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Joe S. has been teaching guitar for over 20 years. His passion and knowledge of music help him teach all styles of music in a fun and creative atmosphere. Joe has developed and run rock schools, family music enrichment classes, and musical performances. When not teaching guitar, Joe performs regularly on the local music scene as a solo performer and in his 2 bands. Joe studied music in high school, college, and as part of his Master’s program at Cabrini College where he earned his teaching certificate. He teaches guitar as well as piano, drums, bass and early childhood education classes at Bach to Rock.
Kyle G. is a teacher, producer, and audio engineer with over twenty years of professional experience. He has also recorded and performed with such artists as The Coasters, Scott Storch, The Roots, Kindred,.and many others. Kyle performs in many recording sessions in the local music scene including Sigma Studios, Damage Room Studios, Studio 4, and Westtown Studios. He has also performed with and produced local bands in the tri-state area in many genres of music. Currently Kyle is continuing his pursuit of a collegiate degree in classical guitar and is recording his solo material for release later this year. He teaches Guitar, Bass, Drums, Cello, and Piano at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Kyle has studied guitar at Bucks County Community College and trained with teachers from University of the Arts and Temple University. He has performed with numerous bands in the Philadelphia area for over 10 years. His most recognizable work would be performing with the band Levee Drivers, who has been featured on radio stations like WXPN and WMMR and has shared the stage with acts such as Dick Dale, Reverend Horton Heat and many others. Kyle also plays the steel guitar, which has landed him plenty of recording and performance opportunities, most notably playing in a backing band for Wanda Jackson in 2013. Kyle teaches guitar, bass guitar, piano and steel guitar at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Matt M. is a Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter and recording artist who has performed at World Cafe Live, Tin Angel, The Legendary Dobbs, and The Academy. He has roughly 40 songs to his credit, most of which have been recorded, and he has 2 EPs currently in production. In 2013, he graduated from The University of the Arts with a BA in Vocal Performance. Matt teaches voice, guitar, and bass at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Michael P. began playing guitar at the age of 13. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Classical Guitar Performance from East Stroudsburg University (ESU), where he earned several awards and honors. While an undergraduate, he played in the ESU Jazz Ensemble and became the principle guitarist, aiding and mentoring new guitar players. He continued studying classical guitar while earning his Master's in Music Education from Marywood University. While at Marywood, he taught guitar classes for freshmen and sophomore music majors, helping them with their guitar proficiency for use in the field of Music Therapy. He was also a member of the Marywood Guitar Ensemble, performed as a soloist, in duets, and in the Marywood Concerto Competition. He has studied rock, jazz, and classical music. Michael teaches guitar, bass, piano, brass instruments, and ukulele at B2R Wayne.
Sam B. is a senior at Temple University pursuing a B.A. in Jazz Performance. Sam started playing saxophone in his home town of Seattle, WA and soon expanded his focus to flute and clarinet. He has performed in locations such as Seattle's Benaroya Hall, D.C.'s JFK Center of the Performing Arts, Temple's Performing Arts Center, and countless other small venues throughout Pennsylvania. He also had the opportunity to study for a semester in the Netherlands at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and to play at the city's various venues. Sam plays a wide variety of styles, including jazz, classical, and pop covers. In addition to his performance studies, Sam also works in the recording studio at Temple University. Sam lists B.B. King, Dexter Gordon, Steely Dan, Claude Debussy, and Clifford Brown as among his many influences. He teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, and piano at Bach to Rock in Wayne, PA.
Simone H. is a dedicated Music major and Psychology minor at Saint Joseph’s University who aspires to be a music therapist. She is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. While in high school, she participated in Marching Band, Orchestra, and Choir, where she had several leadership positions. At the end of her senior year, she was awarded the National School Marching Band Award for her enthusiasm and services to her music department and is also a recipient of the Ruth K. Jacobs scholarship through the Choristers Guild. She currently sings in three choirs at SJU and directs a children’s choir at her church in Wayne. She teaches violin, piano, guitar, voice and early childhood music classes at Back to Rock in Wayne.
Stephen L. is a Philadelphia-based touring musician. His band, Shark Tape, is regularly played on 88.5 WXPN and was listed as one of the Top 10 Emerging Acts by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The band released a new album, Marathon, in December of 2014. One of the songs on the album, Bronco, is currently a finalist in the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition. Stephen received a BA in Fine Arts from St. Joseph’s University in 2009. He teaches voice, guitar, bass, keyboard, and drums at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Suzannah W., a Philadelphia native, is a recent graduate from the Masters program at Houghton College and the Greatbatch School of Music where she studied Voice Performance. Recently Suzannah received the Encouragement Award from the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions and placed first in her category at the CNYFL-NATS voice competition. Suzannah has performed the leading role of Maria in Tchaikovsky's Mazepa with the Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, Carlotta (The Phantom of the Opera), Giannetta (L'elisir d'amore), Violetta (La traviata), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte), and Hannah Glawari (The Merry Widow). While opera is her passion, she also equally loves musical theater and alternative rock music. At Bach to Rock in Wayne, Suzannah teaches voice, piano, and early childhood music classes.
- 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.