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Aug 20, 2018

Bach to Rock Music School Coming to Tampa in Fall 2018

Bach to Rock Lutz Rick Schmidt

Local Music and Radio Executive Headlines as the School’s Owner

Bach to Rock (B2R), America’s music school for students of all ages, announced today that a lease has been signed for its first school in Tampa, which is slated to open in fall 2018. Tampa resident, Rick Schmidt, is the new franchise owner of the school which will be located in the Van Dyke Commons shopping plaza at 17463 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Lutz, Florida, 33548.

“We are thrilled to be opening a school in Tampa and with Rick Schmidt at the helm, it is bound to thrive,” said President of Bach to Rock, Brian Gross.  “Rick Schmidt’s experience in the radio and music industry includes programming Tampa’s 98Rock and some of the nation’s largest rock radio stations, signing recording artists to music labels and marketing large events and venues.”  As a radio program director, Schmidt helped launch the careers of Sister Hazel, Creed and Shinedown.

With an eye and ear for talent, Schmidt has represented various artists that have collectively: sold over 1.5 million albums; scored four top-15 rock hits; received video play on MTV; had music featured in video games, and even had one artist provide the walk-up song for former Tampa Bay Rays baseball all-star, Evan Longoria.  Currently a marketing and music executive, he aims to leverage his 20-plus years of industry expertise to introduce families to Bach to Rock’s innovative music enrichment program and inspire a new generation of musicians.

Additionally, he has spent most of his life as a Tampa resident and now is raising his four active children in the Odessa community.  “Tampa Bay area families will surely benefit from the progressive music education program that Bach to Rock provides in a variety of music genres like alternative, country, pop, rock, jazz and edm,” said Schmidt.  A few years ago, he researched music schools for his children and found that most local schools are in teacher homes or small offices. He wanted to find something unique and innovative, not only for his kids, but other aspiring musicians.  Bach to Rock was the answer.  Bach to Rock offers a fun and cool approach to music education –  gone are the days of boring and solitary lessons. “Owning a Bach to Rock school enables me to bring together everything that I love. I can give back to my community, help cultivate future musicians and jump start the music education industry here in Tampa,” continued Schmidt.


Changing the Way Students Learn Music 

Bach to Rock is reshaping music education on a national scale by turning solitary, boring music lessons into a group activity that is more like a team sport.  B2R focuses on providing a well-balanced music education because, ultimately, that is what parents are looking for. Unlike other music school franchises, Bach to Rock has an extensive curriculum. Students learn the intricacies of music — from theory to how to read music. Bach to Rock is the music school kids would have designed for themselves.  They get to jam with other kids right away and play current hits. The learning is the same, but the enjoyment factor is much higher.

Bach to Rock Tampa will offer a variety of programs for students of all ages including: individual and group lessons in piano, voice, guitar, drum, DJ and more; music programs for preschoolers and toddlers; beginning piano for children in grades K-2; along with summer camps and birthday parties. Bach to Rock also offers MyB2R, an online dashboard offering customers real-time access to student progress and more. MyB2R is the only digital service of its kind in the music school industry, and provides the ability to track student advancement, schedule lessons, obtain homework and stream over 300 pre-recorded songs to practice at home.

Bach to Rock Franchise Opportunities

Bach to Rock has repeatedly been named to Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 and was listed in the Top Ten Trending Categories for 2016. Franchise Times has ranked it as one of the 500 Powerhouse Brands and on its Next 300 Franchise System list.

Bach to Rock is currently seeking qualified candidates to open franchise locations in major metropolitan markets throughout the country. Bach to Rock is an opportunity for entrepreneurs to build a business that is dedicated to helping children and adults learn to play the music they love. To learn more about music school franchise ownership opportunities with Bach to Rock, as well as its veteran and franchise referral programs, contact Ralph Rillon, vice president of franchise development, at 1-855-227-7570 or, or visit


About Bach to Rock

Bach to Rock  is a music education school for students of all ages from early childhood through high school and beyond. B2R knows learning music should be fun and students learn best when they play music they enjoy. Weekly ensemble instruction and band formations lead to public concerts, Battle of the Bands and recording sessions in B2R’s professional recording studios. B2R builds technique, fosters teamwork and enhances self-esteem through private lessons, band instruction, and public performances.

Nationally, Bach to Rock is experiencing a robust and steady growth, with 31 schools presently operating and 10 additional schools opening by the end of 2018. Nineteen of those schools are in eight Top Ten markets, ranked by population.  The franchise is trending to become a $15 million brand, teaching over 10,000 children and adults by year’s end.

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Angela Sakell

Bach to Rock