Bach to Rock in Port Washington, NY provides music lessons for students of all ages and skill levels living in, but not limited to, Port Washington, Manhasset, Great Neck, Roslyn, Glen Cove & the surrounding areas. Instruments we teach include guitar, piano, drums, voice, violin, trumpet & more! B2R birthday parties and seasonal camps are great opportunities to play & learn music with your friends and make new ones! We also have early childhood classes for toddlers and preschoolers. Take your skills to the next level in a Glee Club or Rock Band. B2R offers opportunities for students to perform at venues in & around Port Washington and New York City.
Talented Local Kids Rock the 2021 Battle of the Bands!
In a fierce competition at the 2021 Bach To Rock Battle of the Bands, 23 bands went head-to-head at the John Philip Sousa Memorial Bandshell in Port Washington, NY on Sunday, June 6th. Hundreds of proud parents, family members and fans came to support and cheer on students from B2R Port Washington. The groups competed at the bandshell in Sunset Park and rocked the spectacular hotspot.
"The students, who range in age from 8 to 18, and their band coaches worked tirelessly for months to prepare for this tremendous event and I’m beyond proud of all the performers," said B2R Port Washington Director, Elana Hayden. “After an unprecedented and challenging year, with no live performances, we were thrilled and beyond grateful for the opportunity to perform for a live audience at such a fabulous, outdoor venue."
Four seasoned music industry professionals, Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel, Paul McCartney), Amanda Homi (Jackson Browne, Ray Lamontagne), Melissa Cross (Zen of Screaming), and Carl Pfanstiehl (original B2R Director of Operations) judged the performances. Over 100 students performed in three divisions - Elementary, Middle, and High School – all overlooking the beautiful Manhasset Bay. "While this is a competition, the main point is for the kids to have a great experience, to get to perform live - and to have fun and feel like a rock star!” said Band Director, Eitan Prouser.
The bands were scored on several criteria including musical ability, technical ability, stage presence, material, creativity, and professionalism. All the competitors study a variety of musical disciplines at Bach to Rock music school on Port Washington Blvd, including music theory, instrument instruction, recording arts, performance arts, voice lessons and band coaching.
The winners included:
Rockin' The Big Apple
In a ferocious competition at the 2017 Bach To Rock Battle of the Bands, 26 bands went head-to-head at The Cutting Room in New York City on June 11.
“The students work very hard to prepare for this huge event and I’m incredibly proud of everyone who participated,” said Bach To Rock Director Elana Hayden. “While this is a competition, the main point is for the kids to have a great experience performing in a top New York City venue and to have fun.”
Seasoned music industry professionals Jamie Betty (Count Basie Orchestras), Bert Elliot (Bernie Williams, Marcus Miller) and Steve Walter (musician and co-owner of The Cutting Room) judged the performances. One hundred and fifteen students performed on a stage that has hosted Lady Gaga, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer and Sting, to name a few... read more.
Guggenheim Students Rock To Success
Talented Port Kids Rock The Big Apple
In a ferocious competition at the Second Annual Bach To Rock (B2R) Battle of the Bands, 25 bands went head to head at The Cutting Room in New York City on Sunday, June 5. Over 400 proud parents, family members and fans came to support and cheer on students from both Bach To Rock Port Washington and Bach To Rock Mamaroneck... read more.
Bach to Rock Music School Announces New School Opening in Coon Rapids, MN
Bach to Rock, America’s music school for students of all ages, proudly announces it is opening a new school in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The community is invited to the free grand opening on Saturday, June 11, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 13030 Riverdale Drive, NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota, 55448. Attendees are welcome to tour the school, enjoy a free music lesson, learn about individual lessons and group classes, try out free toddler “Mommy and Me” classes, enter prize drawings and giveaways, check out the recording studio, and enjoy performances by instructors. The school will serve students from (but not limited to) Coon Rapids, Anoka, Blaine, Champlin and Andover.
Meet Judy and Jake Shoulak, the mother-son owners of Bach to Rock Coon Rapids
In 2018, Judy Shoulak and her son, Jake, opened Minnesota’s first Bach to Rock music school, which is located in Plymouth. Now, with four years of franchise ownership under their belts, they have expanded to a second school in Coon Rapids. The duo brings the perfect combination of music industry know-how and corporate expertise to their Bach to Rock schools. Judy has over 30 years of experience leading operations and building high-performing teams at companies such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Office Max and JC Penney. Jake brings the musical acumen to the partnership. After earning his degree in Audio Engineering from the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, he worked extensively providing live sound at events across the country with many renowned artists.
“We have been amazed at how our students' lives have been transformed as they became more confident and comfortable with their instrument. It has been heartwarming to see how music plays a key role in the lives of so many...filling voids, building confidence, and helping provide pleasure and happiness,” said Judy Shoulak. “We felt we could impact the lives of even more students in the Minneapolis area by opening a second school in Coon Rapids.” Click here to read more about Judy and Jake.
Bach to Rock Coon Rapids offers programs for students of all ages including: individual and group lessons in piano, voice, guitar, drums and more; “Rock City” for preschoolers and “Rock and Roll” for toddlers; beginning piano “Kids n Keys” for children in grades K-2; and summer camps and birthday parties. Plus, students can get involved in a glee club or rock band.
Bach to Rock – A Franchise Opportunity with Industry Stature
Bach to Rock has earned numerous accolades including being named: a Top 500 Franchise for 2022 and 2021 by Entrepreneur Magazine; a top 100 Franchise for 2021 by Franchise Gator; a number one franchise for Children’s Enrichment Programs and a Top 150 Franchise for Veterans by Entrepreneur Magazine;and one of the 500 Powerhouse Brands by Franchise Times. To learn more about franchise ownership opportunities and veteran and franchise referral programs, contact Ralph Rillon, vice president of franchise development, at 1-855-227-7570 or email@example.com, or visit bachtorockfranchise.com.
About Bach to Rock: Changing the Way Students Learn Music
Bach to Rock is a music education school for students of all ages, from early childhood through high school and beyond. B2R knows learning music should be fun and students learn best when they play music they enjoy. B2R is the music school kids would have designed for themselves, with weekly ensemble instruction and band formations leading to public concerts, Battle of the Bands and recording sessions in B2R’s professional recording studios. B2R builds technique, fosters teamwork and enhances self-esteem through private lessons, band instruction, and public performances. Bach to Rock’s Beat Refinery DJ school is Serato certified, making it one of only a handful of schools in the United States and worldwide to offer the elite training developed by Serato. Serato, founded in 1999, is the premier provider of audio software to the DJ industry. The Serato certification ensures that select Bach to Rock DJ instructors have been trained and authorized to teach using Serato software and equipment.
Bach to Rock has instructed over 170,000 aspiring musicians since launching in 2007 and is on track to become a $25 million brand. The brand is comprised of 50 music schools, 39 of which are franchisee-owned. Twenty-six (26) of those schools are in Top Ten markets, ranked by population. Follow B2R on Facebook and on Twitter. For more information, visit bachtorock.com or call 1-877-227-8558.
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Bach to Rock Music School Launches Part Three of its Franchisee Spotlight Series
Bethesda, MD – (May 16, 2022): Bach to Rock, America’s music school for students of all ages, today announces the launch of the third profile in its franchisee spotlight campaign, which features top Bach to Rock music school owners sharing their tips for success in starting, owning and operating a Bach to Rock franchise. The 4-part series continues with the introduction of Rick and Holly Schmidt, the husband-and-wife owners of two Bach to Rock music schools in Tampa and Orlando, Florida. Prior to opening their Tampa school in 2018, Rick spent over 20 years in the music and radio industry. Holly’s experience in the corporate health care industry continues as she supports the schools through her organizational and management skills. The fourth and final profile in the series will feature the owner of the Bach to Rock music school in San Diego, California.
“The franchisee spotlight campaign has been very fulfilling. First, we’ve been able to provide an excellent resource for people interested in pursuing Bach to Rock franchise ownership. And second, these franchisees are outstanding entrepreneurs who deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication,” said Brian Gross, President of Bach to Rock. “Our third profile features Rick and Holly Schmidt, owners of the Bach to Rock music schools in Tampa and Orlando, Florida. Rick’s music and radio industry experience has been a huge asset to their success. He has a keen eye for talent and knows how to help students explore their skills and grow to the next level.” The spotlight campaign will provide essential information for others considering a livelihood as a Bach to Rock music school owner. Click here to check out the full spotlight profile.
Wall of Fame
Bach to Rock Music School Announces Winners of its First Annual National Battle of the Bands
Penfield NY Battle Winners 2021
MD/VA DJ Battle Winners Fall 2019
Congratulations to all of our DJs who participated in this year's MD/VA Battle of the DJs. Competitors took home prizes sponsored by Chuck Levins as well as awesome feedback from our judges DJ Beauty and the Beatz, DJ Spicez, and DJ Sean J.
- 1st: DJ EX0SKELETON
- 2nd: DJ Amplitude
- 3rd: MG Ham
- 4th: DJ Ghost
- 5th: DJ Cloudkiller
- Runners up: DJ Akijaun, DJ Electric Bird, DJ Zen
Penfield NY Battle Winners
Virginia Battle Winners 2019
Maryland Battle Winners 2019
New York City Battle Winners
In a fierce competition at the 2019 Bach to Rock Battle of the Bands, 36 bands went head-to-head at City Winery in New York City on Sunday, June 9.
The groups performed in both the Main Space and The Loft at City Winery and rocked the iconic hotspot.
“The students, who range in age from 7 to 18, and their band coaches worked tirelessly for months to prepare for this tremendous event and I’m beyond proud of all the performers,” said Bach to Rock Port Washington Director Elana Hayden. “While this is a competition, the main point is for the kids to have a great experience, to get to perform in a top New York City venue – and to have fun and feel like a rock star!”
Six seasoned music industry professionals, Carolee Goodgold (Carly Simon), John Miller (Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton), Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (Lady Gaga, Dr. John), Cameron Rasmussen (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway), Jason Reese (Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti) and Wayne Schuster (Blood, Sweat, and Tears) judged the performances.
Over 150 students performed on stages that have hosted Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega, Joan Osborne, Taj Mahal, Patti Smith, and Buster Poindexter to name a few.
The bands were scored on several criteria including musical ability, technical ability, stage presence, material, creativity, and professionalism. All the competitors study a variety of musical disciplines at Bach to Rock music school, including music theory, instrument instruction, recording arts, performance arts, voice lessons and band coaching.
Featured Student - Indica
This is our student of the month: Indica! She has been playing piano for one year now! When she isn't playing music, she enjoys biking and disc golf. A fun fact about Indica is that her name means "night star princess protected by wolves". Her favorite thing about being a part of Bach to Rock is singing with her band Purple Nightmare, as well as playing piano with her mom who also takes lessons here. Congrats Indica!