Ryan is the Assistant Director of Bach to Rock, Naperville. Ryan is a jazz musician and graduate of Millikin University's Music Business and Master's of Business Administration programs. Ryan is an experienced teacher of voice, trumpet, guitar, piano, drums, DJing, production, and second language skills with an emphasis on early childhood development and teaching families with special needs. As a record label executive Ryan has worked in the music industry and performed in professional ensembles for commercial releases across the American Midwest. Ryan is an experienced teacher of all ages and learning styles, and has taught music and dance at several schools in the greater Naperville area.
Staff & Music Teachers
Agata was inspired to play music after seeing her first rock concert at the age of 5. She began playing violin when she was 8 years old. She continued violin with her elementary, middle, high school, and college orchestras. In the sixth grade, Agata added classical guitar to her musical pursuits. In addition to playing in orchestra in high school, she also participated in the jazz bands. This led to a pursuit of a bachelor’s degree in Music Business at Elmhurst College. While at Elmhurst College, Agata participated in the Elmhurst College Classical Guitar Ensemble. She has worked in masterclasses with the Three Aces, Minneapolis Guitar Quartet and Duo Tandem. She is excited to bring her love of strings to students today!
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!
Donovan is a DJ instructor at Bach to Rock Naperville. His passion for music began in 7th grade. His passion motivated and drove him to work very hard to graduate early from high school so that he could attend Columbia College in Chicago. Donovan combined his passion with precision to accomplish his dreams and goals. Donovan is a great engineer, and even better on turn tables. He has performed all around the Chicagoland area. His passion has never let up and has always driven him to continue progressing for himself and for the music. Donovan is excited to be with Bach to Rock and for the opportunity to showcase his talents to children who are interested in learning his passion.
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.
Hannah recently moved back to the Naperville area after spending 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. She was also trained by vocal coaches who have been in the music industry for decades. While at Belmont she studied Country, Classical, Pop, Rock, and Jazz as well as a few piano, recording, and guitar classes. Beside music, Hannah also has a passion for childcare and spent 3 years teaching preschool and learning early Childhood Development. She is excited to work with the younger kiddos at Bach to Rock in Rock City and Rock N Roll! You can catch Hannah in local musical theater productions around the Naperville area now that she is back!
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.
Lindsay’s passion for music started at a young age when she began playing the violin in 4th grade. Thanks to her many inspirational, dedicated, and influential music teachers, her passion only grew throughout high school. She took lessons on violin, viola, cello and upright bass before deciding to pursue music in college. Lindsay studied at Bradley University where she received her Bachelor of Music Education degree, focusing on instrumental pedagogy. She concentrated primarily on viola studies, but took cello, piano and violin lessons as well, all while heavily performing throughout her time at Bradley. She was principle violist in the Bradley Symphony, and a member of the Hilltop String Quartet. Her love for chamber music developed throughout her extensive studies and performances with the quartet, as they toured a variety of states to attend chamber music festivals. She was a winner of the 2017 Bradley Concerto Aria Competition where she had the opportunity to solo with the Bradley Symphony orchestra. Lindsay has provided violin, viola, and cello lessons to students of all ages and levels over the last 7 years. She plays in a variety of orchestras and chamber ensembles in the midwest. Her reason for teaching is to provide all students the opportunity to love and appreciate what music has to offer.
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 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.
- 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.