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.
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.
Alex P., Senior Music Educator, is a multi-instrumentalist, audio engineer and songwriter from Atlanta Georgia. Alex anchors the Drum instruction department at B2R Alpharetta and teaches guitar and bass at the school. Alex’s musical journey began at the age of 8 with drum lessons and continues to this day. He has studied with local percussion specialists such as Mike Lynch (The Atlanta Falcons, Vic Firth & Lassiter High School) and Alan Sears (Kennesaw State University). He has over 10 years of live performance experience, including playing in Worship Services with Montell Jordan and being apart of the opening band for artists like Saving Abel and The Nigel Dupree Band; He’s had the opportunity to play on Carnival Cruise Lines with the Sprayberry High School Jazz Ensemble. Alex is the Music Director for Erin Kirby who was on Season 18 of American Idol. Alex graduated from Atlanta Leadership College with a Degree in Ministry.
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.
Hannah L. is a music educator specializing in bass, guitar, and piano. She has always had a passion for all things related to music and performing. Hannah started taking guitar lessons at the age of 12, going on to spend many nights holed up in her room learning the entire Green Day discography one song at a time. After exploring different genres and styles, she picked up the bass guitar as well and hasn’t dropped it since. Hannah is heavily involved in the local music scene of Atlanta and has toured with several bands around the country. In addition, she serves as a musician for churches in the surrounding area. Her favorite bands include The Clash, The Killers, and Phoenix. Green Day is a given.
Jonathan F. is a music educator specializing in drum and vocal instruction. Jonathan began his musical odyssey at the age of 10 when he started playing drums professionally with a gospel band. From that time forward, Jonathan has dedicated himself to the exploration of musical and pedagogical techniques, eventually graduating from Kennesaw State University with a BM in Music Education. When not teaching at B2R, Jonathan can be found working at a media production studio in Atlanta.
Jordan K. is Senior Music Educator at Bach to Rock Alpharetta specializing in Piano instruction. Jordan is a classically trained professional pianist who recently received his Master’s degree in Piano Performance from Georgia Southern University. He has taught college courses in music theory, ear training, and music history as part of his degree, and in 2019 was named runner-up in the yearly scholarship competition hosted by the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta. When not at B2R Alpharetta teaching our most promising piano students, he works in the Fulton County School District as a substitute teacher. Jordan also enjoys reading, writing, playing The Legend of Zelda, and discovering new music. His musical heroes are Ludwig van Beethoven and Maurice Ravel.
Katy V. is a music educator specializing in Piano/Keyboard. She has been playing for 15 years and is classically trained. She has been a freelance educator for the past two years and is now excited to join the B2R staff! A senior at Kennesaw State University, she is involved in the Music and Entertainment Business program under Joel A Katz. Katy has been trained in early education and childcare. Her influences are classic rock and she loves to cover songs and create her own music. She frequently plays open mic nights around the Atlanta area. Katy is passionate about helping her students achieve their goals while also enjoying the music they play.
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.
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.
Shelby B. is a music educator who specializes in voice. Shelby was born and raised in Central Illinois where she attended Illinois College to get her degree in Music Education. She fell in love with music from a young age and has been involved in choirs since age 11, voice studies since 15, and musical theatre since age 16. During college, Shelby was president of Mu Phi Epsilon Music Fraternity and served as secretary for her college choirs. She has also participated in over 20 musicals through school and community theatre. Being an educator is a passion for Shelby, and she is excited to begin to work with students at Bach to Rock.
Cameron D., Music Educator, specializes in drums, piano, ukulele, guitar, and band at Bach to Rock Alpharetta! He received a Bachelors degree in Music Performance (Percussion) at Schwob School of Music as well as a minor in Audio Technology and a Composition Certificate. Having grown up surrounded by music, he has performed with church bands, acoustic bands, rock bands, concert bands, and orchestras. He has experience working at 5 high schools and middle schools as a percussion instructor and is eager to share musical knowledge and have fun!
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.