Thomas Jacob Jr., Assistant Site Director, has been performing and producing music since he was eight years old. His specialities include low brass, guitars, drums, keyboards, synthesizers, and audio engineering. He studied music at Western Connecticut State University, and he holds a Master’s degree in Sound Design from the Glasgow School of Art. He has performance and composition experience across a range of genres including jazz, rock, heavy metal, and electronic music. He has performed on the same stage with such jazz greats as Maynard Ferguson, Roy Haynes, Trombones de Costa Rica, and Paquito D’Rivera. As a rock band and ensemble coach with Bach to Rock, Thomas brings a unique and diverse musical background coupled with a passion for emerging music technologies.
Staff & Music Teachers
Pete Mello, Assistant Site Director, has been playing guitar for over 30 years, and has been performing professionally for 16 years in a variety of genres including Rock, Blues, Jazz, and R&B. He has toured in the U.S. and Europe, and performs regularly in the greater Phoenix area. A self-taught Rock and Blues player, Pete also studied Jazz and classical guitar and is an experienced audio engineer with a degree in Audio Production Technologies. Pete’s favorite artists and influences include Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Pink Floyd, and Randy Rhoads. Pete is passionate about inspiring students young and old to pursue and achieve their musical goals and dreams.
Alex T. is a guitar and piano instructor who is also an award winning music composer for film. Alex became fascinated with music when he began taking guitar lessons as a young teenager. By the time he was eighteen years old he had also picked up piano and began practicing vocal music. It wasn’t much longer before he developed an interest in writing music. In 2012, Alex scored his first feature length film Howard & Loki for Director/Cinematographer/
Alex also has a passion for inspiring others and finding ways to help people succeed. Prior to working at Bach 2 Rock, he was an independent guitar and piano instructor and has also worked as a habilitation and respite care provider for children with special needs. He knows the importance of setting concrete short and long term goals to help people succeed and make their dreams come true.
His favorite composers are J.S. Bach, Gustav Holst, Frederic Chopin, Jean Sibelius, Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky, John Williams, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, John Adams and Eric Whitacre. Other musical influences include Radiohead, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys, Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, Jack Johnson, and Lana Del Rey.
Andrew L. has been playing music as long as he can remember, but he settled on percussion when he joined his school band in the 6th grade. Shortly thereafter he began taking private drum lessons at Amy K Music. During high school he performed in the Apollo High School marching band, jazz band and symphonic band. In the jazz band he played piano as well as drum set. He is currently seeking his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts in Music Education at Arizona State University. Over the course of his career he has played with multiple rock bands, jazz bands, marching bands, symphonic bands and percussion ensembles. He currently performs with the ASU Wind Ensemble, the ASU Percussion Jazz Ensemble and his band, Sisura. Andrew hopes provide meaningful and effectual instruction to those looking to play and enjoy music.
Brianna is an Arizona native. She has been studying and performing music since she was eight years old. Her specialties include brass, piano, and early childhood music. She believes as Frances Clark said, “There is music in every child. It is the teacher’s job to find it and nurture it.” Her favorite instrument to perform on is the French horn. Brianna earned her Bachelors degree from Brigham Young University in Brass Performance. Her passion for music has taken her across the world to places such as the Czech Republic, Germany, The Netherlands, and the Philippines. She has performed on the same stage as Tony award winning Lea Salonga, Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, and Jordan Smith. She is excited to join the Bach to Rock, North Scottsdale team and can’t wait to share her knowledge and passion for music with you!
Elizabeth B. has been singing, dancing and acting since she was 3 years old. Her love of music and theater has allowed her to perform all over the United States including the 1st National Broadway Tour of "Parade", directed by Hal Prince. With an MFA in Music Theater from UNLV, she brings a wide variety of styles and techniques to her teaching methods. After working professionally in NYC for over 10 years she is excited to be part of the Bach to Rock, North Scottsdale team and hopes to pass on her love of singing and music to you!
Jack S. is excited to join the teaching staff as Woodwind Instructor at Bach to Rock, North Scottsdale. He began playing at an early age, and currently specializes in teaching saxophone, clarinet and flute. He studied music at Northern Arizona University, receiving his Bachelor of Music Education, and Master of Music degrees. He has a wide range of performance experience from classic to jazz. Jack has been playing professionally over the past 40 years, and is currently performing with a variety of bands around the valley. He has a passion for jazz and is a skilled improviser and composer. A few of his favorite artists include Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and David Sanborn. He enjoys all styles of music, and has experience in a variety of musical genres. He looks forward to sharing his musical knowledge with his students, and help bring their skills to a higher level.
Joshua’s passion for music drives his desire to teach and share his love and joy of it with people of all ages. He has been studying music for the majority of his lifetime and graduated with a B.A. in Vocal Performance from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. He has studied performance, composition, ethnomusicology, and music education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. For almost a decade Joshua has been teaching voice, guitar, and piano and also has experience teaching a variety of instruments including ukulele, electric bass, flute, cello, and banjo as well as music theory and composition. He is an eclectic and varied musician with influences such as Freddy Mercury, Bela Bartok, Bob Marley Alexandre Desplat, Robert Johnson, Stevie Wonder, Mike Patton, and many, many more. Joshua is committed to the success of each of his students and his teaching style ensures that his students not only learn the musicality of the instrument, but have fun while playing. His greatest desire is to instill an appreciation for music that will last a lifetime.
Kelsey M. is a voice teacher and early childhood teacher at Bach to Rock, North Scottsdale. She is a born and raised New Yorker, and is truly gifted as a vocalist, with a deep love and passion for music. Kelsey's talent took her to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she perfected her voice, and earned a degree in Music Business. She recently moved to Arizona in early 2017, and is currently using her musical expertise to teach and inspire a younger generation of talented musicians.
Matt F. is a singer/songwriter trapped in a drummer’s body. Though a professional and happy drummer since 2002, songwriting and teaching have always been his true passion. At Doernbecher and Randall children’s hospitals in Portland, Matt worked with the Children’s Cancer Association to develop program and lesson content for their flagship program, MyMusicRx. The unique program is designed to help young patients cope with their long-term situations using the power of music and songwriting. Incorporating his appreciation of musical expression and creativity into his drum, guitar, and piano instruction, his philosophy is to help build confident musicians that develop their own personal style and musical identity. Musical influences include Ray Lamontagne, Ryan Adams, Chris Stapleton, Chris Cornell, and all of their respective bands full of great musicians. Drumming influences include Mitch Mitchell, Keith Moon, Matt Cameron, and Steve Gadd.
Matthew C. is a guitar and piano instructor. Matt has always been enthralled with music since a young age. Through the years he has had the opportunity to play with local bands and teach in the northwest valley. He is excited to be a part of Bach to Rock. His musical influences include The Band, Led Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and The Faces.
Rachel B. is a musician and educator who works with children and adults to foster their innate love of music. She knows the broad and limitless reach music possess and the joys it can bring. Rachel has been a musician for 30 years and has performed as a violinist in symphonies, quartets, musicals, operas, dances, recordings, other small ensembles, and various special and holiday events. Over the last 17 years, Rachel has also worked as music educator in public schools, private studios, and cultural centers. Rachel’s most recent work experience is as a music therapist, in the field of mental health, using music to transform and empower. Rachel holds two degrees from Arizona State University, a bachelor of music in music education and a master of music in clinical music therapy.
- 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.