Staff & Music Teachers

Christi Blyseth

Christi Blyseth, Site Director, considers sharing the opportunities at Bach to Rock with students an amazing privilege. With a background in vocal music and education, including studies at Wichita State University and over 12 years of work in Early Childhood and Music Education, Christi also spent three years acquiring office administration and management experience, as well. She is grateful to play a part in watching students in the community be inspired and grow as musicians!

Andrew K.

Andrew K., Administrative Assistant and Drum Instructor, has been playing drums for over 25 years. His artistic adventures include touring nationally for 7 years in a band called The Arrival. He’s performed at Van’s Warped Tour as well as SXSW in Austin, Texas. Andrew has also toured with bands such as Yellowcard and A Day to Remember. Though he loves all music, his favorite band is The Beach Boys and especially likes the record, Pet Sounds. He has an extensive background playing various types of music such as rock, pop, reggae and punk rock and currently plays drums with the band Yeah, Sure. He also loves sports with his favorite teams being the Indianapolis Colts and the Los Angeles Angels. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, coffee, hanging out with his miniature Dachshund, Otis and 3-legged cat named Lou.

Ashley A.

Ashley A. is a voice, piano and Glee Instructor. Her background is in classical, theater, and vocal jazz. She has recently embraced love of opera, too. Ashley connects well with her younger students and loves to watch them grow, learn, expand their range and perform! In her free time, Ashley enjoys cosplay, as well as writing and hanging with her two cats, Puck and Shadow.

Julie V.

Julie V. specializes in piano, woodwinds, voice, songwriting, and early childhood music. She began her musical journey as an award-winning, full-scholarship saxophone performance major at Central Michigan University and continued to expand her horizons, recording a contemporary pop album of original music and performing regionally, while also working in the child development field for over 12 years. She taught band and music in several private schools, homeschool groups, and churches, and attended artist development training conferences regularly in Nashville, TN, honing her knowledge of stage performance, songwriting, artist development, and vocal technique from experts in pop, country, and gospel genres. Julie loves spending every moment she can with her husband, three kids, and her two stubborn but adorable dachshunds, and has developed a huge passion for photography, creative writing, and dishing up healthy meals.

Melissa H.

Melissa H. is a B2R Multi-Instrument and Rock Band Instructor and Audio Engineer. She discovered her love for music at 9 years old when she picked up the guitar for the first time. Since then, she has studied music theory and a variety of genres, including rock, jazz, blues, and metal. Over the course of 11 years, she has picked up piano, drums, bass and audio engineering. She now plays with local bands and artists all over the Orlando area and records and mixes, as well.

Rashaad H.

Rashaad H. is a bass, guitar and Rock Band Instructor. He is a graduate from the Rising Stars Youth Steel Orchestra where he performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, including the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts in New York City and The Taichung Culture Center in Taiwan and at the Okyo Metropolitan Government Center in Japan. His desire for sharing music finds him at his local church where he serves his family and community as the Music Director, playing acoustic, electric and bass guitar while also assisting with the Audio and Visual components. Rashaad has a deep understanding and working knowledge of music theory and is influenced by names like "Israel Houghton", "Tasha Cobbs", "Chris Tomlin" and "Fred Hammond", whose music he arranges and performs on a weekly basis.

Why B2R?

  • 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.

B2R Curriculum

  • 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.