Lucy Gross is Director of Operations and Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. Lucy is a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre. Lucy has been involved in the performing arts since the age of 3. As a child, Lucy studied voice, dance and acting at the Suwanee Academy of The Arts and eventually transitioned to private voice lessons. Lucy performed in every one of her school’s choral and theater productions throughout high school and college. She was also an active participant of several choirs and served as Vice President and President of the Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honors society. In Atlanta, Lucy has volunteered with the Atlanta Children's Theater's summer camps and completed a year-long internship at Actors Express. Lucy has played multiple roles in her theatre career, including Paulette in Legally Blonde, The Evil Stepmother in Into the Woods, BeBe in A Chorus Line, and Carrie in Carrie. In addition to her duties as Director, Lucy specializes in voice instruction, maintaining an invitation-only voice studio, and leads our Early Education Department at the school.
Staff & Music Teachers
Haley Skipper is Director of Sales and Marketing and Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. Haley attended the Boston Conservatory and University of Montevallo, where she received her bachelor’s degree in Musical Theatre. A seasoned teacher, performer and director, Haley has worked with many schools and theatre companies in the Southeast, including Tony Award-winning Red Mountain Theatre Company, The Cultural Alliance, and UAB's ArtPlay. Haley has studied under multiple esteemed educators, has won many awards including Best Female Soloist at National Showstoppers and Best Female Soloist for Musical Theatre at Walter Trumbauer Theatre Competition, and was nominated for the prestigious national Irene Ryan award for her work as Cathy in The Last Five Years. Haley specializes in voice instruction, maintaining an invitation-only voice studio of promising young vocalists in addition to her position as Director.
Austin Dykes is Facilities Manager, Assistant Director and Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. Having listened to classic rock for the majority of his life, Austin decided to pick up a guitar one day in middle school and hasn’t put it down since! Today, Austin plays at churches in the Atlanta/Athens area and writes music for his own rock/metal projects. Aside from playing the guitar, bass and drums, Austin has developed a love for music production, attending the Art Institute of Atlanta for Audio Production where he honed his production skills. Austin has been recording, mixing, and mastering for artists in the Athens/Atlanta area for over 5 years, and manages the B2R Alpharetta Recording Studio, where he records and produces local musicians and student performances. His Pro Tools summer camp program is in High Demand! The bands that have influenced Austin include Alter Bridge, AC/DC and Tesseract. Austin specializes in guitar, bass and drum instruction at B2R Alpharetta.
Brianna S., Music Educator, specializes in strings, piano and Early Education instruction at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. She has been playing the violin and viola for 10 years and is a senior at Kennesaw State University School of Music. She is pursuing her Bachelors of Arts degree with a concentration in music composition. When not attending class or teaching at B2R, Brianna supports the KSU Music Lab as Lead Assistant. Brianna started playing violin in sixth grade after being inspired by a violinist duo called “Nutin But Stringz” who were competing on the TV show America’s Got Talent and has completely fallen in love with all things strings. Brianna loves introducing young students to the magic of stringed instruments and how these classical instruments can be at home in today’s contemporary music.
Callie J. is a music educator specializing in vocal and piano instruction at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. She started out receiving classical vocal training 12 years ago participating in solo ensemble festivals and competitions similar. She has been teaching voice and dance for programs like Upward Bound and the Boys and Girls Club for 5 years. Callie was student director of an award winning mixed vocal ensemble in high school traveling to group vocal competitions for 4 years. She later became a part of the Academic Performance scholar program for Music, was awarded scholarships for Theatre performance, and was in the Honors college for dance at East Tennessee State University. She graduated from East Tennessee State University in 2019 and recently moved to the Georgia area. Callie believes that technique and musical foundation are very important when performing and looks forward to being able to plant that seed for her students.
Devin M. is a music educator specializing in guitar instruction at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. After 5 years of formal guitar training, he started a Rock band with several classmates from high school and has since played over 400 live shows nationally ranging from Rhode Island to California. Notable past live performances include: Florida Music Festival, Summerfest Wisconsin, Sweetwater 420 Atlanta, Mesa Music Festival Arizona, and SandJam Florida with a New Artist Spotlight recognition. He has opened for well-known bands such as: The Band Perry, The All-American Rejects, Kings of Leon, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and Blackberry Smoke, among others. Devin has been working alongside “Mama” Jan Smith, esteemed vocal coach and owner of Jan Smith Studios since 2010 on many individual studio recording projects with her mentorship. Devin believes in inciting excitement and passion for music while maintaining an understanding of the technique and context of the guitar in all types of music, and hopes to share his knowledge and passion with anyone who wants to feel like a Rockstar.
Jose C. is a music educator specializing in drums, guitar, and piano instruction at B2R Alpharetta. He was born in Brooklyn NY, but raised in Powder Springs Ga. He studied music at Columbus State University earning a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Percussion Performance, and a minor in Audio Technology. While at Columbus State Jose was a member of the Wind ensemble, the Philharmonic, the Contemporary ensemble, the Percussion ensemble, and the recording studio. Jose was also the principal percussionist of the St. Luke orchestra, and a section member of the Lagrange symphony orchestra. As an educator, Jose has served as percussion technician for Harris county HS, and Mceachern HS he also taught as percussion director at the Randy McCuller School of the Arts, and the Cobb middle school summer band camp.
Josh Rosenkranz is a Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. Josh started his musical journey in middle school with the saxophone, and today he specializes in playing and teaching guitar and bass. Josh has performed extensively in symphonic bands, jazz bands, and rock/metal bands throughout the Atlanta area. Josh also tours the country with his church as worship leader on mission trips and manages his church’s facilities and praise bands. Josh's influences include Alter Bridge, Tremonti, Periphery, and Elevation. Josh specializes in guitar, bass and saxophone instruction at the school.
Kathryn M., Music Educator, specializes in clarinet and woodwind instrument instruction. She has been playing soprano and bass clarinet for 8 years and is currently studying at Kennesaw State University School of Music. She is pursuing a degree in Music Education with an instrumental focus. Outside of KSU, she is a clarinet instructor at Paulding High School and Cass Middle School, with other invitations to clinics at local schools and ensembles on the side. While working with local ensembles since her senior year of high school, she has completely fallen in love with teaching and the craft. She believes sharing her knowledge and passion for music to younger generations is her calling and is eager to teach as many people as she can.
Mary K. is a music educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta, specializing in keyboard and wind instruments. Mary was born and raised in northern Indiana, receiving a Bachelors of Music Education from Butler University in Indianapolis. Mary was classically trained as a pianist, along with studying trombone under the instruction of John Bart, bass trombonist of the Indianapolis Symphony. Her life in music began at the age of 6 on piano and in 5th grade on trombone. She loves all things jazz and progressive rock and to discover new music. Mary is new to the Atlanta area (and Georgia in general) and looks forward to connecting with more musicians and educators of all levels as she begins her chapter of teaching and performing here.
Morgan P. is a music educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. She specializes in voice and piano. Morgan started taking voice lessons in fourth grade after sparking her love for music singing “Rolling in the Deep” at the school talent show. She is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Music in music performance: voice at Kennesaw State University. She is involved in the music fraternity Sigma Alpha Iota. When she is not singing opera, Morgan spends most of her time becoming well versed in Musical Theater and Pop styles of music.
Sam G. is a music educator specializing in drum instruction. He started taking lessons at the age of 12, and he has studied under drum specialists such as Bill Bachman (world renowned specialist in hand technique), Steven Walker (percussion instructor at the University of North Georgia), and Tony Royster, Jr. (drummer for Katy Perry). Sam also has touring experience playing over 100 shows a year since the age of 19 with Athens based band, The Orange Constant. He has experience playing a range of genres such as Rock, Funk, Hip hop, Latin, Reggae, Jazz and Pop. Sam is passionate about passing on the knowledge he has learned from his teachers and experiences drumming.
Tyler R. is a music educator specializing in drum set and percussion for Bach 2 Rock Alpharetta. He attended Georgia Southern University where he earned a dual bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Music Performance in 2018 under the direction and guidance of Dr. Matthew Fallin. Alongside his traditional collegiate music education, he also participated in DCI with 2 World Class Drum Corps including Spirit of Atlanta in 2014 and 2015, then Carolina Crown in 2016 as a member of the Front Ensemble. He also participated in the WGI Independent World Class ensemble Atlanta Quest from 2015-2017 as a member of the Front Ensemble. Upon graduation from his undergraduate degrees, Tyler worked as a freelance percussion educator in Duluth, and Alpharetta GA from 2018-2019. During this time, he worked as a staff member for the Atlanta Quest front ensemble as well as serving as the front ensemble coordinator for the Atlanta Quest’s WGI Open Class group Q2. In 2019 Tyler was granted an assistantship with Georgia Southern University as a band area graduate assistant while pursuing his master' degree. He recently graduated with his master's degree in Music Technology under the guidance of Dr. John Thompson and is currently working for B2R and Milton High School as a front ensemble coordinator.
Nancy Guinto is Owner and Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta. Nancy is a classically trained pianist, studying with Mary Boyd, accompanist for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York. A lifetime educator, Nancy has a Masters in Elementary Education and taught elementary education for over 20 years in the New York State public school system. Today Nancy teaches early education classes at the school and maintains a small but select studio of promising young piano students. Nancy also helps our young teaching staff become better teachers by conducting regular training sessions throughout the year. As an educator, Nancy has always incorporated music into her curriculum and classroom teaching approach, whether it was Native American flute music for writing, African drum and mariachi music for World Studies, or rock n’ roll and dance music for recess! Her favorite musical genres to listen to are New Age, World Music, and Chill. Nancy thinks "A day without Music is like a day without sunshine"!
Carmen Guinto is Executive Director/Owner of B2R Alpharetta. An entrepreneur at heart, Carmen is also a CPA, IT professional, and holds degrees in accounting, computer science and finance from the University of Georgia. He recently completed a 25-year career in IT and looks forward to spending more time at the school. Carmen has been inspired by music his entire life and plays bass guitar and sings at an amateur level. He hopes that some of the fabulous talent of the teachers and students at the school rubs off on him – just a little! Carmen’s musical influences run across multiple genres but centers on classic rock. Tom Petty, Genesis, Pat Metheny, Massive Attack and Gotan Project are some of his favorites.
- 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.