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Bach to Rock Music School Announces New School Opening in Coon Rapids, MN

Bach to Rock Music School Announces New School Opening in Coon Rapids, MN

5/19/2022 12:00:00 AM EDT
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Bach to Rock, America’s music school for students of all ages, proudly announces it is opening a new school in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The community is invited to the free grand opening on Saturday, June 11, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at 13030 Riverdale Drive, NW, Coon Rapids, Minnesota, 55448.  Attendees are welcome to tour the school, enjoy a free music lesson, learn about individual lessons and group classes, try out free toddler “Mommy and Me” classes, enter prize drawings and giveaways, check out the recording studio, and enjoy performances by instructors. The school will serve students from (but not limited to) Coon Rapids, Anoka, Blaine, Champlin and Andover.

Meet Judy and Jake Shoulak, the mother-son owners of Bach to Rock Coon Rapids  

In 2018, Judy Shoulak and her son, Jake, opened Minnesota’s first Bach to Rock music school, which is located in Plymouth. Now, with four years of franchise ownership under their belts, they have expanded to a second school in Coon Rapids.  The duo brings the perfect combination of music industry know-how and corporate expertise to their Bach to Rock schools. Judy has over 30 years of experience leading operations and building high-performing teams at companies such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Office Max and JC Penney. Jake brings the musical acumen to the partnership. After earning his degree in Audio Engineering from the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, he worked extensively providing live sound at events across the country with many renowned artists. 

“We have been amazed at how our students' lives have been transformed as they became more confident and comfortable with their instrument. It has been heartwarming to see how music plays a key role in the lives of so many...filling voids, building confidence, and helping provide pleasure and happiness,” said Judy Shoulak.  “We felt we could impact the lives of even more students in the Minneapolis area by opening a second school in Coon Rapids.”  Click here to read more about Judy and Jake.

Bach to Rock Coon Rapids offers programs for students of all ages including: individual and group lessons in piano, voice, guitar, drums and more; “Rock City” for preschoolers and “Rock and Roll” for toddlers; beginning piano “Kids n Keys” for children in grades K-2; and summer camps and birthday parties. Plus, students can get involved in a glee club or rock band

Bach to Rock – A Franchise Opportunity with Industry Stature

Bach to Rock has earned numerous accolades including being named: a Top 500 Franchise for 2022 and 2021 by Entrepreneur Magazine; a top 100 Franchise for 2021 by Franchise Gator; a number one franchise for Children’s Enrichment Programs and a Top 150 Franchise for Veterans by Entrepreneur Magazine;and one of the 500 Powerhouse Brands by Franchise Times. To learn more about franchise ownership opportunities and veteran and franchise referral programs, contact Ralph Rillon, vice president of franchise development, at 1-855-227-7570 or franchise@bachtorock.com, or visit bachtorockfranchise.com.

About Bach to Rock: Changing the Way Students Learn Music

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. B2R is the music school kids would have designed for themselves, with weekly ensemble instruction and band formations leading 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. Bach to Rock’s Beat Refinery DJ school is Serato certified, making it one of only a handful of schools in the United States and worldwide to offer the elite training developed by Serato. Serato, founded in 1999, is the premier provider of audio software to the DJ industry.  The Serato certification ensures that select Bach to Rock DJ instructors have been trained and authorized to teach using Serato software and equipment. 

Bach to Rock has instructed over 170,000 aspiring musicians since launching in 2007 and is on track to become a $25 million brand. The brand is comprised of 50 music schools, 39 of which are franchisee-owned.  Twenty-six (26) of those schools are in Top Ten markets, ranked by population. Follow B2R on Facebook and on Twitter. For more information, visit bachtorock.com or call 1-877-227-8558.

For More Details on Our June 11, 2022, Grand Opening:

Visit: 13030 Riverdale Drive, NW, Coon Rapids, MN, 55448

Call: 763-208-1198

Email: coonrapids@bachtorock.com

Web: https://coonrapids.bachtorock.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/B2RCoonRapidsMN

Bach to Rock Music School Launches Part Three of its Franchisee Spotlight Series

Bach to Rock Music School Launches Part Three of its Franchisee Spotlight Series

5/16/2022 12:00:00 AM EDT
4 days ago

Bethesda, MD – (May 16, 2022):  Bach to Rock, America’s music school for students of all ages, today announces the launch of the third profile in its franchisee spotlight campaign, which features top Bach to Rock music school owners sharing their tips for success in starting, owning and operating a Bach to Rock franchise.  The 4-part series continues with the introduction of Rick and Holly Schmidt, the husband-and-wife owners of two Bach to Rock music schools in Tampa and Orlando, Florida. Prior to opening their Tampa school in 2018, Rick spent over 20 years in the music and radio industry.  Holly’s experience in the corporate health care industry continues as she supports the schools through her organizational and management skills. The fourth and final profile in the series will feature the owner of the Bach to Rock music school in San Diego, California.

“The franchisee spotlight campaign has been very fulfilling.  First, we’ve been able to provide an excellent resource for people interested in pursuing Bach to Rock franchise ownership.  And second, these franchisees are outstanding entrepreneurs who deserve recognition for their hard work and dedication,” said Brian Gross, President of Bach to Rock. “Our third profile features Rick and Holly Schmidt, owners of the Bach to Rock music schools in Tampa and Orlando, Florida.  Rick’s music and radio industry experience has been a huge asset to their success.  He has a keen eye for talent and knows how to help students explore their skills and grow to the next level.”  The spotlight campaign will provide essential information for others considering a livelihood as a Bach to Rock music school owner. Click here to check out the full spotlight profile.  

Meet Rick Schmidt, owner of B2R Tampa & B2R Orlando

Meet Rick Schmidt, owner of B2R Tampa & B2R Orlando

5/15/2022 12:00:00 AM EDT
5 days ago

Rick and his wife Holly own not one, but two Bach to Rock music schools in Florida (two hours apart!).  Rick focuses on the schools, while Holly continues in her corporate role in the health care industry.  Plus, they have four children. It all adds up to a busy and fulfilling life! Before opening the Tampa school, Rick enjoyed a 20+ year career in the music and radio industry.  Highlights include 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. Rick 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.  In 2018, he decided to tap into his industry background to offer families a meaningful and valuable music education experience for their kids by becoming a B2R franchisee.

B2R Beat Refinery at White House Easter Egg Roll

B2R Beat Refinery at White House Easter Egg Roll

4/20/2022 12:00:00 AM EDT
4 weeks ago


The Beat Refinery DJ School at Bach to Rock was specially invited to perform at the 2022 White House Easter Egg Roll.

It was great to see our DJ students (DJ Princess C & DJ Meme Ghost) having fun DJing for the crowd yesterday on the White House South Lawn. Even though it was an unusually cold & rainy day, we still made it work and the crowd had a great time with the vibe our kids were bringing. DJ instructors DJ As-One, DJ Throdown and Beat Refinery co-founders Stylus Chris & DJ Geometrix were on hand for support and mentorship during this event.

Thank you for having us!

Check out some pictures from the event.

Bach to Rock Music School Launches Part Two of its Franchisee Spotlight Series, Introducing the Mother-Son Owners of its Plymouth, MN, School

Bach to Rock Music School Launches Part Two of its Franchisee Spotlight Series, Introducing the Mother-Son Owners of its Plymouth, MN, School

4/12/2022 12:00:00 AM EDT
a month ago

Bach to Rock, America’s music school for students of all ages, today announces the launch of the second profile in its franchisee spotlight campaign, which features top Bach to Rock music school owners sharing their tips for success in starting, owning and operating a Bach to Rock franchise.  The 4-part series continues with the introduction of the mother and son team of Judy and Jake Shoulak, owners of the Bach to Rock music school in Plymouth, Minnesota.  Judy has over 30 years of corporate experience, most recently as the President of Buffalo Wild Wings, North America. Jake is a musician and audio engineering professional, having studied and worked in the Minneapolis area and beyond.  In May 2022, the Shoulaks are opening their second school in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Future profiles in the series will feature the owners of Bach to Rock music schools in: Tampa, Florida; and San Diego, California.

“The franchisee spotlight campaign has become a very helpful resource for people interested in Bach to Rock school ownership. It provides a direct connection to owners and an inside look at how some of our most successful schools operate. They offer hands-on tips for starting, owning and operating a Bach to Rock music school,” said Brian Gross, President of Bach to Rock. “Our second profile features Judy and Jake Shoulak, owners of the Bach to Rock music school in Plymouth, Minnesota. Their school has been open for almost four years and has been growing steadily, thanks to their unique combination of skills, experiences and dedication to building highly successful teams.” The spotlight campaign will provide essential information for others considering a livelihood as a Bach to Rock music school owner. Click here to check out Judy and Jake’s spotlight profile.  

Franchisee Spotlight: Mother-Son Team Create Success at B2R Plymouth by Helping Students Thrive

Franchisee Spotlight: Mother-Son Team Create Success at B2R Plymouth by Helping Students Thrive

4/8/2022 12:00:00 AM EDT
a month ago

Judy Shoulak and her son, Jake, are the multi-talented mother-son team leading Bach to Rock Plymouth, Minnesota. Together, they bring a high level of corporate and music industry expertise to the school. Judy has over 30 years of experience leading operations and building high-performing teams at companies such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Office Max and JC Penney.  Jake brings the musical acumen to the partnership. After earning his degree in Audio Engineering from the Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis, he worked extensively providing live sound at events across the country with artists such as Nora Jones, John C. Reilly, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, and Dawes. He is also a talented finger-style and acoustic guitarist, who has recorded several albums and performed live in many areas of the United States and in England and Norway. With the Plymouth school thriving, the duo decided to expand to a second school in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, which is opening in Spring 2022.  

Active in their community, Judy is the co-founder (along with her husband, Jim) of Shoulak Breastfest Music Festivals, a 501C3 charitable organization which has raised nearly $500,000 for breast cancer charitable causes. Jake is also the vice-president. The non-profit is passion project for Judy, as an 11-year breast cancer survivor. Judy also spent nearly ten years on the Board of Directors of The Boys and Girls Club of America in the Twin Cities, most recently as the Chair of the Board. 

Wall of Fame

Wall of Fame

Bach to Rock Music School Announces Winners of its First Annual National Battle of the Bands

Bach to Rock Music School Announces Winners of its First Annual National Battle of the Bands

7/6/2021 12:00:00 AM EDT
10 months ago

Penfield NY Battle Winners 2021

Penfield NY Battle Winners 2021

2/22/2021 12:00:00 AM EST
1 years ago

MD/VA DJ Battle Winners Fall 2019

MD/VA DJ Battle Winners Fall 2019

12/12/2019 12:00:00 AM EST
2 years ago

Congratulations to all of our DJs who participated in this year's MD/VA Battle of the DJs. Competitors took home prizes sponsored by Chuck Levins as well as awesome feedback from our judges DJ Beauty and the Beatz, DJ Spicez, and DJ Sean J. 

  • 1st: DJ EX0SKELETON
  • 2nd: DJ Amplitude
  • 3rd: MG Ham
  • 4th: DJ Ghost
  • 5th: DJ Cloudkiller
  • Runners up: DJ Akijaun, DJ Electric Bird, DJ Zen

Penfield NY Battle Winners

Penfield NY Battle Winners

9/24/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
2 years ago

Battle of the Bands at BayTowne Plaza on September 8th, 2019.

Virginia Battle Winners 2019

Virginia Battle Winners 2019

6/23/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
2 years ago

The Winners from our Virginia Battle at Tally Ho and The State Theater.

Maryland Battle Winners 2019

Maryland Battle Winners 2019

6/22/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
2 years ago

The Winners from our June 22 Maryland Battle at the AMP by Strathmore

New York City Battle Winners

New York City Battle Winners

6/18/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
2 years ago

In a fierce competition at the 2019 Bach to Rock Battle of the Bands, 36 bands went head-to-head at City Winery in New York City on Sunday, June 9.

Over 800 proud parents, family members and fans came to support and cheer on students from Bach to Rock Port Washington, Bach to Rock Mamaroneck and Bach to Rock Nanuet.

The groups performed in both the Main Space and The Loft at City Winery and rocked the iconic hotspot.

“The students, who range in age from 7 to 18, and their band coaches worked tirelessly for months to prepare for this tremendous event and I’m beyond proud of all the performers,” said Bach to Rock Port Washington Director Elana Hayden. “While this is a competition, the main point is for the kids to have a great experience, to get to perform in a top New York City venue – and to have fun and feel like a rock star!”

Six seasoned music industry professionals, Carolee Goodgold (Carly Simon), John Miller (Michael Jackson, Eric Clapton), Brandon “Taz” Niederauer (Lady Gaga, Dr. John), Cameron Rasmussen (Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway), Jason Reese (Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti) and Wayne Schuster (Blood, Sweat, and Tears) judged the performances.

Over 150 students performed on stages that have hosted Lou Reed, Suzanne Vega, Joan Osborne, Taj Mahal, Patti Smith, and Buster Poindexter to name a few.

The bands were scored on several criteria including musical ability, technical ability, stage presence, material, creativity, and professionalism. All the competitors study a variety of musical disciplines at Bach to Rock music school, including music theory, instrument instruction, recording arts, performance arts, voice lessons and band coaching.

Featured Student - Indica

Featured Student - Indica

6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM EDT
2 years ago

This is our student of the month: Indica! She has been playing piano for one year now! When she isn't playing music, she enjoys biking and disc golf. A fun fact about Indica is that her name means "night star princess protected by wolves". Her favorite thing about being a part of Bach to Rock is singing with her band Purple Nightmare, as well as playing piano with her mom who also takes lessons here. Congrats Indica!

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