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CONTACT B2R PORT WASHINGTON
Phone & Email
Toll Free: 877-B2R-8558
Address (Map & Directions)
1015 Port Washington Blvd
Port Washington, NY 11050
Hours of Operation (Other hrs avail by appt)
Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 8:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Jam with a Band This Winter Break
Bach to Rock in Port Washington will offer several four-day camps running Dec. 30, 2013, through Jan. 4, 2014.
"Rock Band" will be offered daily from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Designed for students of all levels, from beginners to seasoned artists, this program is taught by real musicians using the unique Bach to Rock method, which quickly teaches students to play full songs. Students are placed in a band according to their age and skill level and the requirements of ensemble playing. Teamwork and achievement of musical objectives are stressed. Depending on ability level, development of original material is strongly encouraged. Each weekly session culminates in a public performance and the recording of a CD. This camp is split into two age categories: 7-9 and 9+.
"Rock City World Tour" will take place 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and is geared toward children 4-7 years old. Through dynamic musical and movement-based activities, exposure to live instruments and musically inspired story-time, budding young musicians gradually develop the skills needed to read music, play simple rhythms and develop fine motor control -- skills that are essential for future success in playing an instrument. Classes focus on foundational musical concepts such as fast and slow, sound and silence, high and low and even singing and playing major scales, and includes take-home activity materials.
The Port Washington School is located at 1015 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington, NY 11050. For more information and prices, please visit http://www.b2rmusic.com/portwashington or call 516.441.5526.
Read the article on Patch.
Major Success with Bach to Rock
Bach to Rock, which opened in Port in January, already has over 250 students, ages 3 to a woman in her 80's. Owners Glenn Fleischman and Alan Goodstadt created the school with the intention of becoming the "center of the recreational music community," Fleischman said. "We really offer something to everybody. Not only lessons for children and adults, but the recording studio, the rehearsal studio, the open jam nights, and we sponsor local events around town."
Fleischman described their school as "Willy Wonka's chocolate factory for musicians." Along with several rooms for individual and group lessons, there is a performance room, which was "built with the intention to simulate a small club," said Goodstadt. "We like to give the kids the full rock star experience." The school has a full professional recording studio, which is used for birthday parties as well as local bands and students. "Part of the curriculum for the student bands is to get a professional recording done, which is a real bonus," said Fleischman.
The Bach to Rock school offers a curriculum which gives teachers structured guidelines as well as allowing students to experience music from different genres. "The books we use provide structure to help keep the teacher and the student focused," said Goodstadt. Each level has certain skills and methods that students must learn before moving up a level, like karate belt style.
Their staff includes a very talented group of hand picked teachers. "They're all active, gigging, touring musicians," said Goodstadt. "That gives them an experience that they can pass on to the kids that a lot of teachers can't."
Back to Rock also provides a music therapy program. "It uses music to teach and help life skills. For example, it teaches children on the autism spectrum eye contact, social cues, how to better engage in dialogue and improve speech through music," Fleischman explained. The music therapist they have on site is board certified with a master's degree in music therapy as well as being a talented musician in her own right.
If love makes the world go around, music keeps it humming. For these days, music is just about everywhere. Some wake up to it. You hear it when your cell phone powers on. It follows you to elevators — and even to the ladies’ or men’s rooms. At the end of the day, you’re back where you started, in your bedroom. Looking up at you from your bedside table is your clock-radio awaiting instructions. You oblige. Lights out and into bed. Eyes closed and ears open. Music’s sweet sounds softly seduce your psyche. You surrender. You sleep.
But, please don’t get me wrong; that’s an observation not a complaint. Music is my meat. If more people were making music, perhaps there would be fewer people making war. That thought seems to have resonated with Glenn Fleischman and Alan Goodstadt. About six months ago in Port Washington, they opened Bach to Rock, a music school that is unlike any music school in these parts and then some. For students from three to 73, B2R offers an innovative approach to learning and performing pop music, rock, jazz, and Broadway.
Already, the sweet smell of success is in the air. B2R’s reported 250 active students, plus additional registrations, exceeded original projections. For Glenn and Alan, still in their 40s, the good news is justification for a joint leap of faith. They first met as members of the Board of Directors of a recreational music company in Manhattan. Alan was in banking, teaching clients how to grow their businesses. In his younger days, he played guitar with rock bands. Glenn was a rising star in communications technology in Singapore, London, and Manhattan. They ditched successful careers elsewhere and became partners to combine their “passion for business and love of music”. More unusual is that they’re doing it with their own money. (Incidentally, both are happily married and have young children.)
Equally unusual, however, is the missionary-like zeal of the partners, the depth of their knowledge, and their mastery of the details involved in being contemporary trailblazers. They don’t just know what they’re doing, they know why. Glenn believes that in all of us lies a potential for music. He isn’t hung up on the imbalance that exists in that potential. “Our job is to help him or her be the best they can be,” said Glenn. Adds Alan, “It’s all about having a child, a teenager or an adult playing an instrument or singing the music they love. If it’s pop, rock, jazz or Broadway, that’s what they’re going to play or sing. Practicing shouldn’t be a chore. It should be something they want to do that’s fun. If it’s not fun, sooner or later they’re a dropout.”
As for details, everything about B2R’s physical plant reflects careful planning. The floors are rubber for maximum sound absorption. (Glenn said it’s made from old sneakers.) Every room is soundproof. One has a small stage and lights for student rock-group performances. Another is a professional recording studio.
One thing more, if you once enjoyed playing an instrument or singing but put it aside to work and raise a family, “It doesn’t have to stay lost,” said Glenn. “Age doesn’t matter. You wouldn’t be the only parent or grandparent that B2R has helped recover their musical bent.”
Regrettably, there is much more to this story than I have room to tell it. However, nobody can tell you the entire story better than the fellows whose story it is: Glenn and Alan. You can find them at B2R, east side of Port Boulevard, south of the post office. Enjoy!
Read the article on Port Washington News.
Bach To Rock Opens
Since Port Boulevard’s newest music school, Bach to Rock, opened in January, it’s already rockin’ to the beat of 200 students. In such a short time, partners Glenn Fleischman and Alan Goodstadt have revamped their curriculum to target a key group. There will be an Open House on Friday, April 19 for families with children with special needs. There will be free trial classes offered, a meet and greet the new teachers, and a chance to ask questions about the program.
“We realized there was an important part of the Port Washington community in which music could play an amazingly beneficial role,” said Fleishman. “The goal for these children is not necessarily to make them proficient at an instrument. It’s about introducing music as a teaching tool to help with everyday life skills,” added Goodstadt.
Bach to Rock hopes to become known as the center of Port’s recreational music community. Bach to Rock offers up a full suite of instruments such as piano, guitar, bass, drums, voice, violin, woodwinds and brass. “We are striving to create a social environment here at Bach to Rock,” said Goodstadt. He feels traditional music education was always a solitary activity, without any interaction with people other than teacher to student. Now the trend is to get kids and adults to socialize musically with their peers. “Our goal is to enhance the music experience for everyone – making it even more enjoyable,” said Fleischman.
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.
Alora S - February 2014
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.