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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
Bach to Rock Celebrates Young Port Washington Musicians at Music Showcase
Young musicians from Port Washington's Bach to Rock (B2R) music education school rocked The Landmark's Jeanne Rimskey Theatre on June 5th with an end-of-season extravaganza. B2R knows learning music should be fun and students learn best when they play music they enjoy. This Music Showcase provides solo performers, Glee clubs and bands the opportunity to give acoustic performances in a professional music venue.
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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.
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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 Music School Franchise Expands to California
The recent debut of the Bach to Rock music school franchise in Folsom, California, was a big hit in the Sacramento area -- and for good reason.
The opening of the school marks the brand's introduction to the West Coast, and it's only the beginning. More schools are planned west of the Mississippi, including 10 franchise locations in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs, Colorado.
A clear national leader in the music school franchise industry, Bach to Rock expects to triple in size by the end of 2015 and envisions opening 500 schools in the next decade.
"We're thrilled to open the first Bach to Rock on the West Coast and introduce our innovative music instruction to the Folsom community," said Melissa Bartell, Site Director of Bach to Rock Folsom. "We think students will love the variety of programs we offer and will enjoy receiving personalized instruction based on their skill level, so we can make learning music fun. We look forward to sharing the gift of music with families for many years to come."
Bach to Rock is transforming music education on a national scale at a time when music instruction in schools is dwindling, despite the soaring demand. They're taking the lead in music education with a unique approach that allows students of all ages to explore the kinds of music they love -- and then play that music in bands and ensembles that perform in their communities.
"Folsom and Sacramento County are like many communities across the United States -- the demand for high-quality music education is at an all-time high, and yet federal and state budget cuts are continuing to eliminate music and arts programs," said Brian Gross, President of Bach to Rock. "Every student should have the opportunity to be exposed to music education, so we are excited to introduce our fun, progressive curriculum to families in Folsom."
Bach to Rock experienced a 61% growth rate from 2009 to 2013 and was recently named to "Inc." magazine's annual 500|5000 list for the third year in a row. Most recently, Bach to Rock was named to Franchise Gator's 2014 Top Emerging Franchises list.
For more information, please visit www.BachtoRockfranchise.com.
Vice President of Franchise Development
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