Tina Miritello is the Director of Bach to Rock, Naperville. Tina has studied vocal technique since the age of 6. Growing up, Tina participated in numerous choirs and show choirs and regional and national competitions. She performed throughout the Greater Chicago Area with her former country band for a number of years before returning to academia. Tina is a graduate of Elmhurst College with a Bachelor of Science in Music Business. During her time at Elmhurst, Tina worked with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Besides being a vocalist, Tina also composes original music, plays piano and dabbles with guitar. Tina is passionate about what music can do for the community and loves to inspire others to be creative!
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!
Miss Amanda is a student at North Central College pursuing a Music Education degree. She has been in choir since 6th grade and studies solo voice and piano. Amanda has also trained in dance since she was 4 years old and uses kinesthetic learning and creative movement while teaching music. At school, Amanda is the assistant music director of Sonata Problem a Cappella and enjoys arranging and composing music. One of the things she loves about music is that, just like any art, it can always be improved and built on, it is never simply perfect or completely mastered. She strives to advance her knowledge of all music styles and instruments and share her passion for music with those around her.
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.
Darius M. started his music journey at the age of 12 when his parents brought him a CD Mix console as a Christmas gift. Since then, he has successfully made a name for himself throughout the Chicagoland area DJ’ing everything from house parties, sweet 16s, proms, weddings and nightclubs. After mastering DJ techniques, he developed an interest to learn the production side of music. Using the income he earned from his DJ gigs, he started to build on his production knowledge and accumulated a home studio. Not having the resource of a music teacher, he started learning how to make music by ear, listening to the popular songs on the charts and his favorite musicians. Throughout his career, he has appeared on Chicago hip hop stations Power 92 and WGCI for guest mix shows and has been featured on numerous music blogs such as ThesesDays and DJ Booth. Developing his skill set and working with local talent has taken him from small local shows to his first major festival performance at Lollapalooza and it is just the beginning of his promising music career.
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.'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 to music completely by ear, playing along with what he'd see and hear on the radio and tv. By the age of 16, he became venturing out as an independent musician and freelance keyboardist, playing in bands, churches, and ensembles at school, exploring genres such as gospel, jazz, rock, pop, alternative, and r&b, as well as 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, IL where he obtained an Associates in Science Degree in Audio Technology. Upon graduating from SAE Institute Freddie has been a 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.
Gabriela (Ella) B. is originally from New Jersey and started playing piano at 4 years old. During her time in high school, her passion for music grew as she began singing in her school’s choirs and became a lead singer for a rock band. Throughout her time in the band, she was able to experience numerous professional performances, and a chance to record an EP. She continued to pursue voice at Elmhurst College, and graduated in 2016 with a Music Business degree. Ella has been trained in classical, musical theatre, and jazz vocals. In addition, she has performed behind Andrea Bocelli during two of his world tours, featured in the Emmy nominated PBS special “The Christmas Carol,” and part of the ensemble in “Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses.” She has been a co-music director for a theatre project at her church and is looking forward to growing in her calling for teaching.
Jeremy R. is a musician with over 14 years of teaching experience. He performs regularly in the Chicago area on guitar, bass and pedal steel. Jeremy studied Music Education at DePaul University and is able to teach lessons on a wide variety of instruments. Jeremy loves working with beginning or experienced musicians and is especially thrilled to see them share their talents in live performances. Favorite food - Pizza!
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.
Mr. Sam is a student at Full Sail University pursuing his Music Production Degree. He started taking piano lessons at age 7 and has been obsessed with music ever since. Throughout the years, he has taken guitar and drum lessons as well. During high school, he began getting into the concepts behind making music and how its all put together. He has produced several songs that have been published on SoundCloud ever since. He has learned multiple programs from hard work and practice and has the motive to teach other kids how to become musically knowledgeable. At Bach to Rock, Sam will be teaching a variety of instruments! When he is not busy with music, he loves to be outside with his friends or binge watch netflix shows all day.
- 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.