Krysten Warnes is the Director at Bach to Rock Naperville. She grew up in a small town in Ohio just an hour from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! Krysten grew up on tractors out on the farmlands, while listening to Classic Rock and Country music. Growing up, Krysten was involved in sports and music, where she played the piano, trumpet, and percussion, while singing in her youth choir at her Church. She received her Associates degree from The University of Akron, then drove down to Florida where she received her Bachelors in Music Business from Full Sail University, graduating top of her class! After graduating, she was an Artist Manager for La Voz Kids (Spanish version of The Voice for Kids), and from there, she moved to Washington D.C., working in the Promotions Department for iHeartmedia. Krysten is proud of being from the Midwest and is a Huge BUCKEYES fan!
Staff & Music Teachers
Tim Mack is the Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Naperville. He fell in love with music at a young age thanks to his father, who always had a record spinning on the family turntable. It wasn’t long before Tim wanted to learn how to play the music he was hearing daily. Tim’s mother signed him up for drum lessons at the age of eight years old and sparked a life passion. He has played for and recorded with a variety of bands spanning multiple genres and has had some of his recorded music played on Chicago radio station 97.1 The Drive. Tim attended Loyola University Chicago where he studied music theory, percussion performance, drum set performance, as well as performed in jazz and percussion ensembles. Tim is passionate about inspiring students to follow their own musical goals and dreams and believes that learning should be informative and fun!
Anthony M. AKA DJ Pharaoh has been DJing since the age of 12. After watching a documentary about battle DJs he scraped together money to buy his first DJ set up. Throughout high school and college he DJed for parties and concerts, but once he was old enough he dived into the Chicago club scene. He has now DJed in many of Chicago's biggest clubs and performed with many artists such as 2 Chainz, Louis the Child, Stunt Taylor, and many more. The reputation that he has built up in the Chicago has gotten him the position of resident DJ on Chicago's Navy Pier yacht fleet.
Jake G. is a professional musician originally from Indiana and loves to play all types of music and instruments. Guitar Hero inspired him to pick up the guitar at age 12 and he hasn't put it down since. At age 14, he joined his first band, which was when he knew that he wanted to do this for the rest of his life. From covers to originals, Jake has played and written a wide range of music in a few bands since high school. Jake graduated with a Bachelor's Degree at Judson University for Music Business, which is where he learned how to play bass and piano as well as how the music marketing world works. After working with a custom drum company in Michigan and an independent EDM label in Chicago as a social media director, Jake decided to follow his dream of pursuing a serious music career as well as teaching. Now, he is the lead vocalist and rhythm guitar player for his touring band, Surface Level, and has written two EPs worth of material for them.
Mr. Caleb is a professional percussionist based in the Chicago area. He started playing drums in 7th grade, and never looked back! He graduated from Judson University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business and Entrepreneurship. He specializes in percussion, but also teaches beginner piano and guitar lessons. When he’s not teaching or playing music, he’s probably going for a run, reading a book, or watching Netflix.
Mr. Canaan is currently a senior at Columbia College Chicago where he is working towards achieving his degree in music composition. His interest in music began when he picked up his first bass guitar at age 13, and he haven't slowed down since! Here at Bach to Rock, Mr. Canaan will be teaching bass, guitar, and piano! Canaan's goal is to not only spark your interest in the music world, but also to teach you fundamentals and techniques along the way that will help you feel comfortable playing by yourself, or even better, with others!
Michelle R. grew up in a musical home and her love of music began with piano lessons from her mother at age 3. Her interest in music blossomed as she continued piano and voice lessons and volunteered in her church’s music ministries. Michelle received her B.A in Music Education from North Central College in 2005. Michelle has over twenty years of performance experience whether as a conductor or a singer or accompanist. She has performed at the Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College among other venues in Downtown Naperville and the outlying community. Michelle also volunteers at Calvary Church serving in the various music ministries there. Michelle Ross has over thirteen years of teaching experience. She began her teaching career in 2005 as a private instructor then transitioned to teaching in the public school system when she accepted the General Music Teacher position at Welch Elementary in Indian Prairie School District 204. She taught at Welch for nine years instructing over 900 students per year and leading a 150 voice elementary Chorus. Michelle is excited to be apart of the Naperville Bach to Rock team instructing “Rock n Roll”, and “Rock City” Early Childhood Classes in addition to teaching private piano and voice lessons!
- 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.