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.
Catherine P. is a professional singer and actor based out of Philadelphia. She has recently been seen onstage at The Walnut Street Theatre, The Media Theatre, Opera Philadelphia, and more across the northeast. Catherine has a special interest in original works and has been featured on three cast albums and has her own solo show titled “A Mixtape for Heroines,” which premiered in Washington, DC last summer. She holds a bachelor of music with a concentration in musical theatre from Catholic University in Washington, DC and an additional training from Fordham University’s London Dramatic Academy. She teaches voice, beginner piano, and early childhood classes at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
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.
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.
Michael G. teaches Guitar, Bass, beginner piano, and rock band at B2R. He began in music with piano at the age of four and now plays bass in New York City based band, Swanky Tiger. He studied music and acoustical physics at Skidmore College and has been influenced by classic and heavy rock icons and peers alike. Michael teaches students by finding what interests them the most and give them the tools and confidence to learn on their own.
Pam U., a graduate of Washington College with a bachelors degree in music, is a multi-instrumentalist who is currently pursuing her masters degree in music education at Eastern University. She has served as principal flautist in several ensembles as well as accompanying choral ensembles. She has taught private lessons and in classroom settings for 4 years. In addition to flute, Pam also teaches piano, acoustic guitar, violin, and voice at Bach to Rock in Wayne.
Wallace G. (Guitar, Bass, Voice, Piano, Early Childhood) has spent the past decade actively involved in a variety of bands. Her current musical projects consist of her band, Wallace, where she sings, plays guitar and is the primary songwriter She is also the lead guitarist in a Philadelphia based indie rock group, Mattress Food. Wallace graduated from Temple University with a degree in music and Entrepreneurship. She teaches guitar, bass, keyboard and vocals at Bach to Rock 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.