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!
Staff & Music Teachers
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. is a Vocal Performance major at Seminole State College with plans to attend Rollins in the future. She has been in choir for eleven years and a soloist for four. Her competition performances have earned her a superior at state level and she has been accepted to ACDA Honor Choir. Currently performs in the community with Seminole Sound, the Seminole State College vocal jazz acapella group In her free time, Ashley enjoys making cosplays, writing and spending time with her two cats Puck and Shadow.
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. 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.
Ricky J., HAPCO Educator, loves to perform, entertain and teach. He has performed with the likes of Pharell Williams, Arturo Sandoval, Duffy Jackson, Lil Wayne and countless of musicians and producers in the industry. Explain his life he says, “Growing up, I’ve always wanted to give back to my community in an impactful manner. Through my life experiences I’ve come to realize that the gift of music can truly free a child’s mind and it’s a gift that they can freely give to others,” he said. A Miami native, he was born in Overtown, and raised throughout the metro area. He works to develop programs that give disadvantaged youth access to music and arts education. He is committed to showing young people the benefits and positive effects that music can have in their lives and the lives of their families and communities. For over 10 years, he has taught youth and in-service learning programs while working in the music industry as an engineer, performer and producer. He planned, arranged, wrote and directed music for weekly services at New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Miami. He taught music lessons and music theory to underserved youth at Miami Music Ministries. He crafted music around video productions at Audio Castle Studios. He is an alumni from the Florida International University class of 2007.
Will C. is one of our most popular teachers due to his easy going personality and a favorite when performing at events. His musical influences range from classical to punk rock, with favorite bands bands being the Beatles and the Kinks but he also likes folk and country, especially the music of Mississippi John Hurt. Outside of music he enjoys cooking, hiking and spending time with his dog Toaster. He teaches guitar, bass, and ukulele from beginner to advanced and banjo and keyboard from beginner to intermediate.
- 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.
- 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.