Mark C., better known as Cali, is the Site Director and comes to us from the world of radio where he spent the last 20 years as Marketing Director and on-air personality. Beginning as an intern at Kiss 108 then moving to 104.1 WBCN until 2005 where he transferred to oversee a rock station in Palm Beach. Cali came back home in 2007 to serve as Marketing Director for Mix 104.1 and on-air at 100.7 WZLX before heading to Tampa to head 6 radio stations there. Cali wanted to do something more meaningful with his life and was thrilled when the opportunity arose to help be a part of making music a part of kids lives. Cali loves music especially the Dave Matthews Band and he volunteers his time at Rosie's Place, St Francis House and the New England Aquarium.
Staff & Music Teachers
I enjoy teaching because I want to empower students to be able to have something all of their own that showcases their independence and gives them skills that are useful and fun. Music serves as an interdisciplinary art form that builds their coordination, listening and motor skills, as well as reinforcing basic math, language, and reading skills. I am committed to the education of my students because I grew up in a school system that did not value music education and for years I thought that I would never learn how to read music. I passionately believe that children should not be forced to wait until college to be exposed to a great music education because a music education is an education that literally lights up every part of the brain.
Classically trained in the violin since the age of 8, Claire got lost on her way to the orchestra. An avid fan of indie rock and trip hop, these vastly different influences are piercingly evident in her signature style of haunting and ceaselessly fluid melodies. She is constantly trying to widen her playing stylistically, and has studied jazz, bluegrass, microtonal music and old time fiddle at Berklee College of Music. Born and raised in Singapore, she started out playing the piano at the age of 5, and began teaching classical violin at 16. Soon after, Claire decided to pursue music full-time at age 17. That was when she began performing gigs all around Singapore since 2004, playing folk/acoustic/rock originals and covers. Since then, Claire has had the honour to perform for gigs and festivals across the world, including the 2011 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, the 2012 Ho Hai Yan Music Festival in Taiwan and the 2013/14 Singapore Grand Prix. Claire is currently based in Boston, Massachusetts. She loves all types of music and is always open to new ideas, collaborations and projects. She plays electric violin and guitar for the pop/hiphop band, Mad Yonder, who recently released their EP, The Land Between. Claire is the lead-singer and songwriter of the indie-rock project, Paper Citizen. Their debut EP, Postcards In Transit was written and recorded in several studios around Boston in 2016. Their new single, Slow Motions, is available now.
Colin M. is a Pianist and Composer born in Massachusetts. He obtained his B.A. in music composition with honors from Skidmore College in 2016, where he studied Composition and Ethnomusicology, as well as Piano and Classical Guitar. In addition to his European classical music training, He has also studied West African, East Asian and Central Asian music at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Colin is passionate about music and music education, and deeply enjoys sharing this passion with others.
Laura H. Teaches: Voice and Piano.
Also Teaches: Music Education classes, Birthday parties.
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Western Music (magna cum laude), University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Professional Experience: Laura has choir experience for 18 years and been a soprano soloist in choirs, choruses, and ensembles in NY and MA. She was a performer at the NYSSMA competition on voice and piano for 6 years. (New York State School Music Association). She performed singing at Epcot Center, Walt Disney World, Florida. She also was a winner performing singing in an Idol/Talent Competition at a resort in New York for six years. Laura performed musical theater with the Franklin School of Performing Arts, in Franklin, MA. She was a featured solo singer on two television shows for 4 years in Massachusetts. She has been a soloist singing at the Hard Rock Café in Boston, MA. She has some experience singing with a band and as a wedding singer.
Teaching experience: Laura was an assistant choir instructor and music teacher for vacation bible study schools for 3 years. She has taught music classes in public schools before.
Music Inspirations: Broadway, Opera, Classical, Pop.
Favorite Musical Artists: Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Sarah Brightman, Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, Beethoven, Mozart, Kuhlau.
Hello my name is Laura H. I love teaching music because it is my passion in life. I enjoy going to karaoke, and open mic nights to perform. I am one of the music teachers responsible for teaching music at the birthday parties at Bach to Rock. I enjoy helping to make a child's dream birthday party come true with learning music. If you want an awesome birthday party, please sign up for a birthday party! If your dream is to learn music, I encourage you to sign up for lessons!
Michael S Teaches: Guitar, Bass
Education: Berklee College of Music, Studies Professional Music
PJ H. received his Bachelors of Art from Salem State University in Music and Writing in 2014. He has spent over 10 years working with children as an educator, private instructor, mentor, and basketball coach. PJ has spent the past few years performing all over the Western Hemisphere on cruise ships, touring with bands or in off-Broadway productions. He is excited to be a part of the B2R team and brings his high-energy and enthusiastic approach to teaching along with him. When he is not teaching percussion, piano, guitar or songwriting you can find him gigging all over the Boston area with Mad Yonder or on the road with LUX.
- 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.