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Staff & Music Teachers

Hannah Gleason

Hannah Gleason is so excited to be back in the Naperville area where she grew up! She recently spent the last 6 years in Nashville, TN. While she was there she studied Commercial Voice at Belmont University, receiving her Bachelors of Music in 2018. While in Nashville, she had incredible opportunities to perform in country groups, as well as be featured in a PBS special as Sheryl Crow’s backup singer. While in Nashville, Hannah was a preschool teacher and also started her own Health Coaching business that has been extremely successful for the past 3 years. She is excited to come on board as the Director of the Naperville location and help the school continue to grow.

Alyssa

Alyssa got her start in music by playing flute throughout middle and high school. She continued playing flute through college where she earned her Bachelor's of Music in Music Therapy from the University of Evansville. While there she learned a variety of instruments including piano and guitar. Alyssa is a board certified music therapist and is passionate about bringing music into the lives of children, especially those with different abilities.

Becca H.

Becca H. is thrilled to be the Assistant Director for Bach to Rock. She graduated from Millikin University where she studied Commercial Cello. She has taught both cello and violin lessons as a private instructor to students ages 3-60. As a cellist, she has performed with Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra as well as pit orchestras for Millikin’s School of Theatre and Dance. In addition to this, she has spent countless hours in the recording studio as both a session musician, and an engineer. She has served in administrative roles in both recording studios and live event production companies and is excited to bring that experience to Bach to Rock. Her passion for community outreach, music education, and collaboration make B2R in Naperville the perfect fit.

Ben

Ben has been playing drums and performing in bands for 13 years. He graduated from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Business, and performed in many of the schools ensembles such as the ISU Orchestras, Symphonic Bands, Percussion Ensembles, and most notably, the ISU Jazz Ensemble, where he played as the drummer for all 4 years. Ben has also played in award winning bands in high school and played many gigs in his local area. He has experience recording as a studio drummer and had a lot of fun performing for family and friends on their original songs. Ben has spent much of the last 3 years learning audio engineering and spends much of his free time producing, mixing, and writing his own original music. Ben has a diverse knowledge of many music genres and has had plenty of experience performing them live. It is his hope to share what he has learned with his students in an effort to show them the joys and thrills of drumming.

David R.

David R. is an audio engineer who strives to achieve the highest quality audio when critical listening is essential. Since 2016, David has worked on tours primarily serving as a Playback Engineer for artists such as Andy Grammer, Miley Cyrus, The Muppets and many more. Touring has brought him all over the world programming shows for arenas and stadiums to Saturday Night Live, Billboard Music Awards, among others. David’s main goal is turning the artists’ vision and ideas into a musical reality. When he is not on the road, some of his favorite activities are writing, producing, recording, mixing, and mastering for original songs. He also plays some piano and drums for fun in his spare time to help boost his music theory skills. David’s main instruments are two turntables, a mixer and crates of vinyl records. He truly believes vinyl records are sonically far superior than most digital media, but just like many DJs, he eventually picked up Serato and it was a game changer for him. David has over 15 years of experience DJing weddings, parties and clubs in the Chicagoland area as well as Los Angeles. He is excited to join the B2R staff and share his knowledge and experiences with other musicians, producers and DJs!

Freddie B.

Freddie's love for music began at age 8 when his mother bought him a keyboard for Christmas. While other kids his age were taking formal music lessons, Freddie was able to learn the basics of music completely by ear, playing along with what he saw and heard on the radio and television. By the age of 16, he ventured out as an independent musician and freelance keyboardist, playing in bands, churches, and ensembles at school. At this time, he was exploring genres such as gospel, jazz, rock, pop, alternative, and R&B and also studying music classes at Joliet Junior College where he learned sight-reading and music theory. He then attended the SAE Institute of Technology in Chicago, Illinois, where he obtained an Associates in Science Degree in Audio Technology. Since graduating from SAE Institute, Freddie has been an enthusiast in music technology, production, composition, sound design, and synthesis for virtual instruments, all of which he uses in his day to day workflow with hopes of one day composing for film and television. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and skill by means of engineering, live performance, and teaching and also being a part of the band of his church.

Hunter S.

Hunter S. was born and raised in Central Illinois, but is now planting roots in the suburbs of Chicago. He graduated from Millikin University with a degree in Commercial Music with an emphasis in electric bass performance and audio engineering. He has played bass as a recording session musician, in jazz bands, theatre pit orchestras, and in his band Chocolate In Your Pocket. In addition to bass performance, Hunter is a professional recording engineer. He specializes in tracking, mixing, and mastering. Hunter is thrilled to teach bass, guitar, and recording engineering at Bach to Rock!

DJ Jack Graff

DJ Jack G. blends it all From SEC football tailgates to Barcelona nightclubs. Jack attended Naperville Central High School. He has held two DJ residencies in Columbia, SC while completing business school at the University of South Carolina. Learning to mix the 1’s & 2’s has never been easier – Utilizing a strong musical background paired with previous lacrosse coaching experience, students will enjoy their learning while showcasing their progress!

Kierstin

Kierstin has been involved in music since she was 6 years old, starting out in musical theatre. Her love for the art has progressed since then as she has discovered her love for teaching music as well. She started playing piano in 7th grade and was in choir and band (percussion) throughout school. She is currently a senior at North Central College pursuing a degree Choral Music Education. At NCC, Kierstin is a member of Chamber Singers and is a member and vice president of Concert Choir. She is also the president of NCC’s chapter of NAfME (National Association for Music Education). Kierstin enjoys teaching a variety of instruments especially voice and piano. Her biggest joy is seeing others fall in love with music and helping others achieve their goals in music. She is excited to begin teaching at Bach to Rock!!

Mr. Kirk

Mr. Kirk has always taken an interest in music since he was very young, but his passion for music really began to flourish when he joined the junior high band as a percussionist. From there, he began to teach himself a variety of other instruments including guitar, bass, keyboards, banjo, mandolin, theremin, and is always looking for new ways to explore music. Kirk has played in bands with friends for several years and enjoys sharing his love of music with others. Kirk aims to inspire others to have the same passion for music and learning that he does.

Luis

Luis is an Elmhurst College graduate with a bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies. He started his music career in fifth grade when he joined the school band on trumpet. His passion for music was instilled in him by his father who is a classically trained mariachi singer from Mexico. By the age of 13, he started to teach himself the drumset and started playing drumset in the jazz band at school and formed a band with his three brothers. Now, Luis tours and performs with his band, as well as teaches private drumset and trumpet lessons at Bach to Rock. Luis aims to share his passion with as many young musicians as possible while passing along the profound knowledge of all of his past instructors.

Taylor

Taylor grew up in the theatre community. With several shows around her belt she decided she wanted to pursue a career in contemporary music. So she picked up a guitar and started writing. She is currently studying at Columbia College Chicago with a major in Contemporary, Urban and Popular music. Taylor is also currently involved in the music scene. She is in a band called Each Day and they perform locally around the Chicago area and regularly release singles. Taylor first found her love for teaching when she was in high school and taught dance and vocals for a performing arts troupe she was involved in. She loves the idea of teaching contemporary and musical theatre voice along with guitar and ukulele. She is looking forward to her band’s first album that will be coming out in the fall of 2020.

Vicky

Vicky is beyond thrilled to join the Bach to Rock family. She recently graduated from Western Illinois University, with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Musical Theatre. Her love of music and live performance started at a young age when she accompanied her grandfather to many Lithuanian Operas. Since then, she has not stopped pursuing music. In 2019, Vicky toured the Midwest region with Missoula Children’s Theatre teaching theatre to the local youth. This is where she found her true passion of teaching. In past years, Vicky has spent a lot of time performing on stage in musicals, plays, and other live performances. Vicky has spent a lot of her life involved with music, and continues to love it more and more everyday. Her love of music, theatre, and teaching make her a great fit for B2R. She hopes that she can inspire children to love music as much as she does.

Why B2R?

  • 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.

B2R Curriculum

  • 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.