Eric Philo is the owner-operator of Bach To Rock Nanuet. After a long career in business, he decided to move back to his first love – music – and open a music school. Eric feels music has enriched his life immeasurably, and he’s dedicated to helping students find the same level of personal enjoyment, growth and sense of accomplishment that he has received from learning to play music - guitar, piano and a bit of drums (he claims). He attributes it all to an early love of music, learning technique and theory, and lots of practice. A big motivator was learning to play the music of his favorite rock bands – and of course playing in bands, which has been the most fun of all. Eric’s bands have played in numerous large venues in NYC. Eric is also a composer of published music.
Staff & Music Teachers
Jesse Kurtz is the Site Director of Bach to Rock, Nanuet. Head banging in her highchair, Jesse grew up with music being her life. Dabbling with various instruments growing up and later learning guitar in high school, she realized being a musician was not going to be her calling. Wanting to still pursue her passion in music, Jesse started to manage local bands and do much work in the local music scene as well as college radio. Graduating with her degree in Music Business and Public Relations, Jesse has much experience running events, creating concerts and promoting music. Jesse also has worked with children her entire life. Aside from the normal babysitting gigs and volunteering at her local library/elementary school, she was a park guide at a dinosaur park and a children’s fitness instructor teaching kids Zumba. With Jesse’s passion for music and love for children, Bach to Rock could not be a more perfect place for her.
Evan R. is an audio engineer, producer, DJ, guitarist, and a live music enthusiast. Hailing from Nyack, NY, Evan was brought up around a musical family and played an active role in the Nyack School's Music program as a saxophonist. Upon high school he picked up his first guitar and began a journey of musical exploration of all styles. After obtaining his degree from SUNY Oneonta's Music Industry Program with a minor in Audio Production, and a Pro Tools certification from Avid, Evan has grasped multiple genres of music under his wing to bring into the studio where he makes the magic happen. Over the past 5 years Evan has toured the Oneonta circuit as a DJ, and rock combo guitarist performing in front of regional crowds at local venues. Evan teaches guitar, bass, and is leading the Beat Refinery DJ program at our Nanuet location.
Jessie J. teaches the early childhood classes at B2R. She is also an actress who loves the arts. She graduated from Bergen Community College with a degree in Acting and was given an academic award for her scholastic achievements in her major. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society. She loves hiking and spending time outdoors connecting with nature. She loves animals and has two kitties, Madeline (named after the French orphan of children-story fame) and Clara (named after an obscure, literary, fire-breathing raven). She loves comic books, reading and going on adventures!
Matt P. is a New Jersey drummer/percussionist. He was section leader and first snare for his high school marching band for 4 years, as well leading the jazz band. Matt has been in various rock and metal bands since the age of 13, gaining extensive experience into the functioning of bands in the studio and on the road. He has formal lessons in rock, jazz, Latin jazz, metal, and various percussion, and is a proficient singer who encourages students to take up vocals while playing. He has full-length recording experience and years' worth of live playing, equipping him with a drummer's necessary survival skills. Matt is currently recording and touring with his band Xenophile, for whom he contributes drum parts as well as guitar riffs and vocal melodies. He also acts as a fill-in for the thrash band Paralysis, recording and playing live shows
Michael G. teaches Guitar, Bass, beginner piano, and rock band at B2R. He began music with piano at the age of four and now plays bass in New York City based band, Swanky Tiger. He studied music and acoustical physics at Skidmore College and has been influenced by classic and heavy rock icons and peers alike. Michael prefers to teach students by using what interests them most and give them the tools and confidence to learn on their own and is eager to work with anyone who is passionate about music.
Paul S. is a multi-instrumentalist whose primary instrument is piano. He also plays guitar, percussion, and the trombone. He began taking piano lessons when he was 5, and started playing guitar and percussion before he was 10. During high school he learned to play the trombone as well. Paul got his degree in Music Industry at SUNY Oneonta, and has since recorded for and performed with the band Civil Savages. He has also helped organize multiple shows in the Albany area. He is excited to be able to share his passion for music with students at Bach to Rock.
Sam L. is a multi-instrumentalist music producer, audio engineer, DJ, and recording artist. He started singing and playing the bass guitar at 11. He went on to study at Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and the Levy Institute of Economics, earning his Bachelors Degree in Social Studies from Bard College. Sam is a recording, and preforming, Ableton Live artist with a multi-controller approach. His experience preforming ranges from basement rock shows, to musicals, to DJ and self-produced trip-hop sets. His passion is to propagate his craft. He teaches music production in Ableton and DJ in Serato within the Beat Refinery program, as well as voice in private and group sessions, bass, guitar, and keys. Sam is also an experienced early childcare professional and teacher in the Kids and Keys program. He can be found in the studio mixing his latest track in his time off.
Sarah S. is a soprano from Bergen County, New Jersey. She graduated with a music degree from William Paterson University, studying classical voice under soprano Nancy Guptill-Crain. A versatile singer, Sarah has also performed and studied pop, country, jazz and musical theatre singing under veteran Broadway actress Ann Van Cleave. She is an accomplished stage actress, having performed in many locals venues and summer stock theaters. Sarah also plays and teaches piano, flute, cello, and some of our Early Childhood programs. When she is not teaching, you can find her performing in musicals, pet sitting, eating ice cream, or reading. But let's be honest- you will most likely find her singing!
- 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.