Founded in 2007, Bach to Rock (B2R) is an innovative music school with locations in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, and California. Open to students of all ages, B2R believes learning to play music should be fun – it’s called “play,” after all. The school’s unique teaching method is based on the knowledge that students learn best when they join together to play their favorite music; hence, B2R uses special arrangements of popular music, individual lessons, and group instruction. Like sports, playing in a band promotes teamwork, self-esteem, social skills, peer recognition, and lasting friendships.
Weekly “jam sessions” lead to Battles of the Bands and recording sessions in B2R’s own professional recording facilities. Students also play in public concerts, encouraging them to become performers. Bach to Rock teachers utilize special age and skill appropriate arrangements so students can begin playing songs right away. Additionally, seeing results early on and having an exciting, achievable goal motivates them to learn. As students develop their musical skills, they can explore any genre that interests them, be it rock, pop, or classical.
Each month, more than 3,000 students from toddlers to adults take lessons at Bach to Rock. B2R believes it’s never too early to play and create music; in fact, introducing very young children to the art form supports learning, cognitive development, and motor skills. The school’s Early Childhood classes incorporate structured musical games and activities to facilitate learning and musical growth and expose little ones to the principles of music.
B2R was founded by music teacher Jeff Levin and subsequently acquired by Brian Gross’ company, Cambridge Information Group. Gross, who serves as CEO of B2R, says the most rewarding aspect of running the company is “working with children in a way they love while educating them, at the same time growing and building a national business.”
Named to the Inc. 5000 for three consecutive years, Bach to Rock has been recognized as the “Best Music School in the DC Area” by Washington Family Magazine.