The Bach to Rock Story

Since opening the first school in 2007, Bach to Rock has grown to become a national franchise with over 55 locations across the United States.

About Bach to Rock

In 2002, a former middle-school music teacher and Juilliard-trained musician felt something was missing from classroom music education. So he started a unique summer camp. His idea was to let kids play the music they loved, let them play with their peers and let them perform. The Bethesda, MD, summer camps grew in popularity, and he eventually opened a school.

An executive with Cambridge Information Group (CIG), our parent company, discovered Bach to Rock when his own son attended the school and had a rewarding experience. He saw an opportunity to provide the same transformational music education experience on a much broader scale. In 2007, Bach to Rock was born. We opened a second school in Gaithersburg, MD, the same year. We soon opened Bach to Rock schools in McLean, Leesburg, Chantilly and Herndon — all in Virginia.

We sold the first Bach to Rock franchise in 2012 and have been growing ever since.

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Changing the Path of Music Education

CIG already has invested more than $20 million into the Bach to Rock concept to help us create a game-changing and scalable business model and to build the systems to create a nationwide chain of music schools. CIG’s support of Bach to Rock is helping our company gain momentum for our leadership role in the fragmented music instruction industry. With 12 corporate schools and 50+ franchised schools from coast to coast, Bach to Rock and CIG are committed to building a system that is 500 strong.

Our school’s music instructors, all of them professional musicians, are turning kids into rock stars. That’s a dream almost anyone can relate to, and our franchisees are discovering that it’s a dream parents are willing to pay for. Especially when they see the results Bach to Rock gets. At Bach to Rock we know that when kids learn to play the music they love alongside their peers, they’re learning more than notes and melodies. They’re picking up key life and career skills — and a love of music — that will last a lifetime.

The financial commitment to our innovative approach to music education shows in our earnings.  We’re seeking investors who are passionate about music, about business and about educating children.

A Timeline of the Bach to Rock Story:

2013 – 2024

  • Warminster, PA opens February 2024.
  • Minnetonka, MN opens August, 2023.
  • Scarsdale, NY (corporate owned) opens August 2023.
  • River Edge, NJ opens October 2023.
  • Coon Rapids, MN opens June, 2022.
  • Leawood, KS opens June 2022.
  • Wyckoff, NJ opens July 2022.
  • Santa Monica, CA opens July 2022.
  • Powell, OH opens December 2022.
  • Cypress, TX opens February 2021.
  • Fishers, IN opens March 2021.
  • Mt. Juliet, TN opens July 2021.
  • Nashville West, TN opens July 2021.
  • Zionsville, IN opens July 2021
  • Arlington Heights, IL (corporate owned) opens February 2020.
  • San Diego, CA (Rancho Penasquitos) opens February 2020.
  • Marietta, GA opens June 2020.
  • Cedar Park, TX opens September 2020.
  • McKinney, TX opens October 2020.
  • Fairfax, VA opens November 2020.
  • Lake Mary, FL opens February 2019.
  • Wayne, NJ opens May 2019.
  • Fulton, MD opens February 2018.
  • Johns Creek, GA opens March 2018.
  • Denville, NJ opens March 2018.
  • Tanasbourne, OR opens May 2018
  • Virginia Beach, VA opens June 2018
  • Carmel, IN opens August 2018
  • Naperville, IL (corporate owned) opens August 2018
  • Redmond, WA opens August 2018
  • Plymouth, MN opens September 2018
  • Lutz, FL opens November 2018
  • Flower Mound, TX opens January 2017.
  • Nanuet, NY opens March 2017.
  • Encinitas, CA opens June 2017.
  • Mount Pleasant, SC opens September 2017.
  • Northbrook, IL (corporate owned) opens October 2017.
  • Huntersville, NC opens December 2017.
  • Penfield, NY opens December 2017.
  • Wellesley, MA opens January 2016.
  • Memorial, TX opens April 2016.
  • Jacksonville Beach, FL opens May 2016.
  • Midlothian, VA opens May 2016.
  • Rocklin, CA opens May 2016.
  • Ridgefield, CT opens September 2016.
  • Alpharetta, GA opens October 2016.
  • Apex, NC opens November 2016.
  • North Scottsdale, AZ opens December 2016.
  • Bristow, VA opens October 2015.
  • Folsom, CA opens June, 2014.
  • Mamaroneck, NY opens August 2014.
  • 2nd franchise location opens in Wayne, PA.

2011 – 2012

  • 1st franchise location opens in Port Washington, NY.
  • Bach to Rock began offering franchises.

2007 – 2010

  • Music Makers Holdings, LLC acquires East Coast Music Production Camp, LLC and rebrands the school Bach to Rock.
  • A second location in Gaithersburg, Maryland opens.
  • Three additional schools open in Mclean, Leesburg, and Chantilly, Virginia.
  • A school in Herndon, Virginia opens.


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Why Choose Us

The Bach to Rock Method

At Bach to Rock, we know that students learn music more quickly when they’re having fun! Our step-by-step curriculum keeps students engaged and rewards achievement at each level. Students get to choose which songs they play, learn from music pros, and perform with peers at live events!

Music Made Fun!

At Bach to Rock, students choose which songs and genres they want to play, making lessons more fun!

Band & Glee Programs

Through our Band and Glee Club programs, students get to play music with peers, a key skill for growing musicians!

Live Performances

Bach to Rock gives students the chance to perform live at local music venues, helping students build confidence on stage!

One-on-One Lessons

In private music lessons, our students learn one-on-one from some of the most talented music educators in the area.

Early Childhood Classes

Music is valuable for early childhood development! We offer programs for toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary students.

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