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.
Caroline P. the main drum instructor at Bach to Rock in North Scottsdale. At 21 years old, Caroline has been playing drums for 13+ years. She received her first drum set in December 2005 and began taking lessons shorty after. By the age of 14, she became self-taught. In 2009 participated in multiple church praise bands at Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church. She was simultaneously an active member of the music programs at her high school (Desert Mountain) including wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and marching band/drumline. She joined her very first original band, We Go By, as a high school sophomore in 2011, and went on to play in the battle of the bands competition, “Rock Rev” at Desert Mountain for 4 years. In addition to playing in original bands including Blackwater (blues), Hometown Letdown, (pop- punk), SkyView, (metalcore), etc., she also has experience playing in professional cover bands and completing session work for independent musicians. Caroline enjoys a wide range of music including: rock, funk, jazz, metalcore/hardcore, soul, hip-hop, pop punk, country, and alternative. Some of her favorite artists include: Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Issues, Dayshell, Michael Jackson, Earth Wind and Fire, Polyphia, Seaway, Neck Deep, Pink Floyd, Kendrick Lamar, Our Last Night, Dustin Lynch, etc. Some of her drumming inspirations include: Luke Holland, Benny Greb, Questlove, Matt Halpern, and Art Blakey to name a few. Caroline’s most recent metalcore band called Came To Conquer is actively practicing for their 2018 album release show at the historic Orpheum Theater in Flagstaff, AZ. Soon after in March, Caroline plans to head out with Came To Conquer for a week-long tour of the southwestern United States to promote that album. Caroline enjoys playing many forms of music as she believes being versatile and well-adapted to multiple genres is essential to becoming a professional drummer. She has been teaching for several years and is adamant on building a solid foundation; developing proper technique and posture from the beginning. She also advocates practicing with a metronome as drummers are the time keepers for any band. She believes the key to success in any endeavor is to be a constant learner, she exemplifies this in adapting, listening, and learning from her students. She enjoys developing her guitar and bass guitar skills as well and plans to take vocal lessons to accompany her bands and students.
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.
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.
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.
Sam D. is a part time guitar teacher at Bach to Rock. He graduated from the Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors in Professional Music, and as can be expected, went into finance. He started playing guitar in 2007 at the age of 14 and took quickly to the instrument. His influences include Jimi Hendrix, Roy Buchanan and a wide variety of rock guitarists. Sam strives to help his students reach their fullest potential and realize their musical goals. Above all he believes that music should be fun and exciting.
- 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.