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Aug 06, 2013

Major Success with Bach to Rock

New In Town

<p>Bach to Rock, which opened in Port in January, already has over 250 students, ages 3 to a woman in her 80's. Owners Glenn Fleischman and Alan Goodstadt created the school with the intention of becoming the "center of the recreational music community," Fleischman said. "We really offer something to everybody. Not only lessons for children and adults, but the recording studio, the rehearsal studio, the open jam nights, and we sponsor local events around town."</p>
<p>Fleischman described their school as "Willy Wonka's chocolate factory for musicians." Along with several rooms for individual and group lessons, there is a performance room, which was "built with the intention to simulate a small club," said Goodstadt. "We like to give the kids the full rock star experience." The school has a full professional recording studio, which is used for birthday parties as well as local bands and students. "Part of the curriculum for the student bands is to get a professional recording done, which is a real bonus," said Fleischman.</p>
<p>The Bach to Rock school offers a curriculum which gives teachers structured guidelines as well as allowing students to experience music from different genres. "The books we use provide structure to help keep the teacher and the student focused," said Goodstadt. Each level has certain skills and methods that students must learn before moving up a level, like karate belt style.</p>
<p>Their staff includes a very talented group of hand picked teachers. "They're all active, gigging, touring musicians," said Goodstadt. "That gives them an experience that they can pass on to the kids that a lot of teachers can't."</p>
<p>Back to Rock also provides a music therapy program. "It uses music to teach and help life skills. For example, it teaches children on the autism spectrum eye contact, social cues, how to better engage in dialogue and improve speech through music," Fleischman explained. The music therapist they have on site is board certified with a master's degree in music therapy as well as being a talented musician in her own right.</p>
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