Jennifer Waldman Gross is the Director of Bach to Rock Alpharetta! Jennifer has been involved in the performing arts world since she was a toddler! Ever since her debut performance in the school talent show at Woodland Elementary, where she timidly serenaded the crowd with “Over the Rainbow”, Jennifer has been hooked! Jennifer is a graduate of Roosevelt University's Chicago College of Performing Arts, earning her bachelor's of music degree in Vocal Performance with a heavy concentration in theater. Not only is she a classically trained lyric soprano, Jennifer is a crossover with a high, clear, rich belt. Whatever the genre: musical theater, jazz, opera, pop, rock, etc. Jennifer can sing it! After working in the legal and banking world for about eight years, Jennifer decided to take the leap and transition into the world she loves most: music! Jennifer believes it was the best decision she has made for her career, as one of her philosophies in life is “do what you love”! Along with music, Jennifer is very active in the Atlanta theater scene; she almost always has a show or gig on her calendar. Some of her favorite credits include: Olga/Trimmerback in The Women, The Witching Hour at Onstage Atlanta, Magenta in The Rocky Horror Show, Rona Lisa Peretti in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Maman/Chinese Teacup/Dragonfly in L’enfant et Les Sortileges, Opening Ceremonies (Canadian National Anthem) for Maccabi Games. Jennifer is elated to be opening the very first Bach to Rock in the great state of Georgia. She looks forward to spreading her love and passion of music to this wonderful community.
Staff & Music Teachers
Charlie G. is our B2R Boss Baby and official B2R Alpharetta mascot. Double majoring in extreme cuteness and teething, Charlie quickly accelerated to the head of his class at the Baby Conservatory. While Charlie is not teaching babble 101 and cooing, he enjoys spending time with his family and puppy, Lola. You can catch Charlie at local events, early education class demos, or the occasional birthday party. Charlie loves everything B2R! Charlie's favorite artists/genres include sounds of the womb, his parents singing to him, vowel sounds with a burst of consonants, and Motown.
Austin D. picked up a guitar one day in middle school and could not put it down after listening to classic rock for the majority of his young life. Since then, he has been playing at churches and writing music for his own rock/metal projects. Aside from playing the guitar, Austin also developed a love for music production. He attended the Art Institute of Atlanta for Audio Production where he honed his production skills. From here, Austin began recording, mixing, and mastering for artists in the Athens/Atlanta area. Some of his favorite bands include Alter Bridge, AC/DC, Tesseract and Periphery. Austin teaches guitar, bass, drums, and rockband at Bach to Rock!
Ben teaches saxophone, clarinet, trombone, trumpet guitar, piano, and flute. At the age of 11, he was introduced to the saxophone in band and has since fallen in love with performing and teaching music to students of all ages. A certified music educator, he received two bachelor degrees from Appalachian State University: in music performance and music education. While at Appalachian State, he performed solo and in a wide range of ensembles from wind ensemble, saxophone quartet, woodwind choirs, orchestra, jazz band, a pit musician for various musicals, and performed in funk and jazz combos. He has taught 6-12 band, has counseled at App’s Cannon Music Camp, and continues to perform as a clarinetist for Tara Winds here in Atlanta, Georgia.
Lucy G. teaches voice and Early Education classes at Bach To Rock! 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 she was 3 years old! As a child, Lucy took voice, dance, and acting classes with the Suwannee Academy of The Arts and eventually transition to private voice lessons. Throughout high school and college, Lucy performed in all of her schools' choral and theater productions. In college, Lucy was an active participant of the Concert Choir and Hilltop Singers and was Vice President and President of the Alpha Psi Omega, the theatre honors society. Since her college graduation, Lucy has volunteered with the Atlanta Children's Theater's summer camps and completed a year-long internship at Actors Express as an acting Intern for their 29th season. Some of Lucy's favorite roles/credits have been: Martha in Spring Awakening, Paulette in Legally Blonde, Little Stone in Eurydice, The Evil Stepmother/Jack's Mother in Into the Woods, Betty in The Crucible, BeBe in A Chorus Line, and Carrie in Carrie. She is super excited to join the team at B2R and share her love and passion for music with her students!
Mike T. decided to pick up the bass guitar at the age of 12 and expanded his musical knowledge by adding guitar, piano, ukulele, and vocals to his arsenal. Mike was born and raised in Long Island, New York, and recently decided to move to Georgia to pursue his musical endeavors. He developed his singing voice during high school Select Chorus class and played in numerous local and touring bands in the NY area throughout his high school and college years. Mike graduated with a Bachelors of Arts Degree from Stony Brook University in 2015. He got his first taste of “life of the road” in 2015, when he drove cross-country from NY to Texas to play during South by Southwest Festival in Austin, and also toured the east coast with a local alt-rock band as their stand-in bassist. Mike has even gone international, embarking on a two-week tour in CHINA in October of 2016! Recently, Mike has also pursued audio production/sound engineering. Mike draws inspiration from a variety of sources – his favorite genres are punk, alt-rock, reggae/ska, and electronic - but he also holds a deep admiration for the many blues, classic rock, and southern rock bands that he grew up listening to, such as The Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience. His biggest musical inspiration is Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, and some of his other favorite artists include Blink 182, Ballyhoo!, & Reel Big Fish.
Molly W. teaches piano, voice, & Early Education for B2R Alpharetta! Molly began her undergraduate performance studies at James Madison University, yet she finished her degree with Brenau University/The Gainesville Theatre Alliance with a BA in Theatre (2016). Immediately upon graduating, Molly signed with The Riverside Theatre in Vero Beach as a resident Performance Apprentice. There she flexed her teaching, performing, administrative, and technical muscles on and off the stage! On top of her growing list of performance credits, she is the Executive Marketing Coordinator for The Wallace Buice Theatre Company and helps her community through freelance graphic design. Some of her recent credits include: Heather McNamara in HEATHERS, Lindsay Mendez in GODSPELL, Joy in The YELLOW BOAT, and more! Molly believes in the powers of discovering your own abundant gifts and blazing a path that's uniquely yours.
Nancy G. is one of our owners and teaches piano and Early Education at Bach to Rock. She took classical piano lessons for 11 years growing up, eventually studying with Mary Boyd, accompanist for the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra in New York. Nancy has her Masters in Elementary Education and taught 3rd and 4th graders for 20 years in the Central New York public school system. Nancy has always incorporated music into her curriculum and classroom lessons; whether it was Native American flute and Classical music for Writing, African Drum and Mariachi music for World Studies, or Rock N Roll and Dance music for recess! Nancy listens to music every day, loves to sing in her car and likes to make up new lyrics for familiar songs when singing around her house. 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"!
Zach was introduced to music as soon as he was born; all thanks to his father who was a musician in a successful rock band. Zach was given his first electric guitar in 5th grade and was immediately hooked. It was in middle school, however, when Zach’s true passion was born; that is when he discovered his first Alter Bridge record. He decided he needed to sound like that - not just the guitar playing, but every facet of creating the song. Zach completely fell in love with the process of songwriting. Zach spent every second of the following years creating music. Forming bands, and collaborating all through middle school and high school, Zach noticed that when forming bands, singers were always some of the most difficult to find. He decided that he wanted to learn how to sing so that he could fill those shoes, and thus, Zach’s second passion was born. He has since been working diligently with his professional vocal coach to hone in on his singing abilities. In college, Zach formed the band, Falling Into Favor, and spent the next few years writing, recording, and performing with them around the Atlanta area. Today, Zach runs a production company with his father, Goodfellow Productions, writing and producing music for others. Zach’s favorite artists include Alter Bridge, Daughtry, Breaking Benjamin, Halestorm, and the Foo Fighters. He is a strong supporter of making a living out of music and is excited to spread the word about how much fun and realistic that dream can be.
- 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.