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.
Brian F. is pursuing a dual degree in music education and jazz performance in saxophone at West Chester University (WCU). During his time at WCU, he has had the opportunity to play at Carnegie Hall and the CBDNA (College Band Director’s National Association) conference in Tempi, AZ with the WCU wind ensemble. He has also worked with a wide variety of successful professional jazz musicians from across the country with the Criterion’s Big Band, including Steve Wilson, Adam Larson, Maria Schneider, Charlie Sepulveda, and Xiomara/Axel Laugart. When he is not pursuing his music degrees, Brian is gigging around Pennsylvania & New Jersey, composing and arranging original jazz compositions to be played by the WCU Honors Combo, and teaching. Brian teaches saxophone, guitar, bass, piano, early childhood classes, and bands at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Drew P. has always had a knack for all things creative. He has been playing guitar for over ten years. He studied under Berklee College of Music graduate Eric York, as well as Robin Hallman, Darren Ellis, and Dave Whiteman for guitar, vocals, drums, and bass, respectively. In addition to music, Drew is also a film enthusiast. He attended the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, where he studied screenwriting and continued on to Temple University, where he studied directing. Drew teaches vocals, bass, and guitar at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Jade B. is a Long Island native. She completed her education in music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. She’s been singing classically, doing musical theatre and taking music lessons since the age of six She has a passion for music that’s fueled from the inside out. Jade’s favorite genres are classical, pop, Hip-Hop/R&B and alternative. She will teach voice, piano, guitar, Kids N Keys and band at Wayne B2R.
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.
Johanna B. (Violin, Guitar, Voice, Piano, Early Childhood) is a Philadelphia-based sound engineer and graduate of the University of Michigan's acclaimed School of Music. She works in studio recording, live music, sound design, installation art, and more. Johanna is also an active singer-songwriter and performer. She is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious Hedy Lamarr Award for Emerging Leaders in Entertainment Technology, presented by Digital Entertainment Group. Johanna teaches violin, piano, guitar, and voice at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Lorin B. is a singer and music teacher for the School District of Philadelphia, where she teaches choir, piano lab, bucket drumming and music appreciation. Other teaching experience includes music for early childhood and English-language learners. She holds a Bachelor’s in Music from Temple University and a Master’s in Education from California University of Pennsylvania. Although Lorin loves to perform, she feels strongly about providing a safe, fun, and expressive space for children of all ages to discover their voice, creativity, confidence, self-awareness, and other artistic talents. Lorin teaches voice, piano, ukulele, and early childhood education classes at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Pietra S. is a musician, music teacher, and board-certified music therapist. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from Duquesne University. She has been singing her entire life and performs in a band, Del’s Groove. She is passionate about helping her students learn the art of music and loves seeing her students grow as musicians. Pietra teaches voice, piano, guitar and leads the Glee Club at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
- 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.