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Bach to Rock

Nov 03, 2014 03:01PM ● Published by Style

Melissa Bartell – Photo by Dante Fontana © Style Media Group

82 Clarksville Road, Suite 100

Describe your business.

Bach to Rock (B2R) is a music school for children and adults of all ages. We offer a variety of programs, from early childhood classes and private lessons to summer camps and birthday parties. Our curriculum includes popular songs from different genres of music, adapted to accommodate all levels, and teaches students how to read music in a fun, non-intimidating way. We encourage all B2R students to apply the knowledge they gain during private instruction by joining a band and writing original music. As a classical pianist with traditional training, B2R is the school I wish existed when I was growing up.

How are you involved with both the community and your customer?

The B2R Rock Band program allows us to become active in the community, as our student bands perform at local events, live music venues and outdoor festivals. We provide free entertainment and, in return, our students receive the valuable experience of playing a real concert in front of a live crowd.

What life accomplishments are you most proud of?

Pursuing my passion as a career. When I enrolled at the Hartt School as a music management major, I was consistently asked, “What will you do with a music degree?” I followed opportunities as they were presented to me, from New Jersey to Virginia to California. I’m very lucky to have found a rewarding career at B2R, where I enjoy coming to work every morning.

What’s your hidden talent?

Playing the xylophone, marimba and other mallet percussion instruments. A middle school performance of “Deulin’ Xylos” is still my claim to fame.

What’s your biggest job perk?

I hear music all day and witness children playing their favorite instrument for the first time. The excitement on a child’s face and watching their confidence and self-esteem grow reminds me how important music education is on a daily basis.

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