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Oct 22, 2018

Tampa’s New Bach to Rock Music School Delivers a Fresh Take on Music Lessons

Bach to Rock Lutz FL Grand Opening

Community-wide Grand Opening Party is November 10, 2018

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

Bach to Rock (B2R), America’s music school for students of all ages, proudly announces the opening of its newest school in Tampa, Florida. The community is invited to the free grand opening event on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 17463 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Lutz, Florida, 33548 in the Van Dyke Commons shopping plaza.  Attendees are invited to tour the school, which pays tribute to Florida bands and musicians, take a free music lesson, enter prize drawings and giveaways, and enjoy live performances.  A wide assortment of music memorabilia will adorn the school’s hallways and walls, including references to Matchbox 20, NSync, Tom Petty and Lynyrd Skynyrd — who each debuted in Florida.

Tampa resident Rick Schmidt is the new franchise owner of the school. As a music and radio executive for over 20 years, he is tapping into his background to offer families a meaningful and valuable music education experience for their kids. “Having a hands-on franchise owner with Rick Schmidt’s experience adds a certain cachet. His roots in the radio and music industry are deep. He knows how to help musicians grow and evolve their talents,” said President of Bach to Rock, Brian Gross.  Schmidt’s career 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 Florida bands Sister Hazel, Creed and Shinedown.

Schmidt has also 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.

“Owning a Bach to Rock school is a high point in my career. I’m able to give back to our community and help inspire a new generation of musicians with our progressive music education program,” said Schmidt.   Bach to Rock dials in to what’s hot in music to appeal to students and cultivates their talents from there.  “We teach the basics and music theory, but we make it relatable, which helps foster learning,” continued Schmidt.  Bach to

to Rock provides instruction in a variety of music genres like alternative, country, pop, rock, jazz and EDM.


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 Lutz 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 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 36 schools presently operating and an additional 12 schools opening by the first quarter of 2019. 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 this year alone and over 45,000 since the company’s inception in 2007.

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For More Details on Our November 10, 2018 Grand Opening:

Visit: 17463 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Lutz, Florida, 33548

Call:  813-398-7625





Media Contact:

Angela Sakell

Bach to Rock