Doug Barr is the Director at Bach to Rock Arlington Heights and Northbrook. As an Illinois native, he studied Music Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Euphonium Performance at Samford University, and Euphonium and Trombone Performance at the University of New Mexico. He has performed extensively, including the United States Army Band Conference, Drum Corps International Finals at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the Grand Ole Opry. Some of his favorite musical memories include touring Italy as a Euphonium Soloist and competing at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. Doug is thrilled to help students of any age pursue their musical passions.
Staff & Music Teachers
Sara Stocking, Assistant Director, a native of Northbrook, first started learning about music at age 3 when she began taking piano lessons. Ever since then, her love for music has grown to include guitar, ukulele, and most of all voice. Having been an active participant in theatre growing up as well as a member of several choirs and A Capella groups, she was always surrounded by music. Sara has studied under several esteemed Chicago musicians, such as Bobbi Wilsyn, Typhanie Monique, and Derek Fawcett at Columbia College Chicago. Ever since she was 15 and started writing music, she knew that she wanted to make music her job and is overjoyed to have to opportunity to share her love and knowledge of music with all her students at Bach to Rock!
Aidan S.-B. AKA BoatHouse started his journey in music in Minnesota at 15 years old after being introduced to Wu Tang Clan and MF DOOM. Quickly acquiring a taste for Hip Hop, Aidan bought two turntables and started teaching himself how to DJ and produce music. In 2011 he moved to Chicago and attended Columbia College for Audio Design. Since then, Aidan DJ'd at Lollapalooza, Pitchfork Festival, all over North America, Europe and most recently in Thailand. In 2014 he signed to Chicago Indie label Closed Sessions as an in-house producer and artist. He has released numerous solo and collaborative projects and singles as BoatHouse. At Bach To Rock, Aidan hopes to lend the knowledge and love that he has acquired for music to the next generation of DJs and producers.
Alex S. has been playing percussion and drum set since he was 8 years old. Throughout high school he played in Marching Band, Orchestra, Jazz Band, and in Rock bands with his friends. He also played in MYA's big band and combos performing on drum set and vibraphone. His passion for music got him accepted into The Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University where he studied audio engineering and music composition while taking lessons in piano and voice. After he graduated from college he moved to LA for two years where he worked in music studios recording a variety of different artists including Pop, Hip-hop, Jazz, and RnB. Alex has a deep passion for education and loves to share his knowledge with students to help them become the best musicians they can. Alex is excited to teach drum set and music technology to young and eager students at Bach to Rock.
Carlos (CJ) S., one of our music specialists, has been involved in music since middle school. He played percussion and sang in choir until high school. He then decided to solely focus on vocals and performed in many honor and a Capella choirs including the IMEA sectional choir. After high school, he taught himself guitar and took college classes in piano. He performed in many rock bands on vocals, piano, and guitar and has been on stage at Clearwater Theatre, Illinois State Fair, Durty Nellies, and the House of Blues. He studied music education at Harper College and Metro State College of Denver and was selected to the National Honor Choir. He also has experience in musical theatre performing in Jesus Christ Superstar as Annas, and Rent as Paul. He was a choir director from 2012-2020. Previously he was the music director for the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township. His honor choir called “Blue Voices” had the privilege of being selected to perform at regional events, Sears Center, Rokhaus in Dundee, Allstate Arena, and live on Star 105.5. He hopes to spread his passion and is honored to be a part of the Bach to Rock team.
Charlie P. is a musician and teacher from Crystal Lake, IL. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Contemporary Urban and Popular Music from Columbia College Chicago, allowing him to play many different musical styles. His primary instruments are guitar and bass while also teaching piano and drums. Charlie has had an interest in playing music since he was learning to read notes at age 4 and began to play guitar when he was 10. He has performed in numerous settings ranging from the jazz ensemble in middle school to solo classical guitar performances to playing at music festivals and touring to different states with a rock band. Charlie believes anyone can play music and have fun doing it, and is excited to help students find their musical direction!
Jesse W. began his musical journey at the age of 5 when his father began teaching him Piano. Though he originally wanted to play trombone, his parents found a cheap used trumpet and his fate was forever set. He graduated from Ball State University with degrees in Classical Trumpet and Jazz Studies. During his time at Ball State Jesse led a well sought-after jazz combo, hosted a weekly jazz jam session, and performed as a featured soloist at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Jesse has traveled across the country performing with a world-class Drum and Bugle Corps and has traveled the world playing aboard cruise ships. He believes that the arts (especially music) are at the center positive social change, so he has dedicated his future to sharing his knowledge and experience with the next generation of aspiring musicians.
Jill H. has spent over 10 years developing her musical vision as a singer/songwriter. She started taking voice lessons at the age of 8 and picked up a guitar and started writing her own music at 15. After graduating from Indiana University with a degree in Art Management, Jill spent 4 1/2 years in Los Angeles. There, she continued to work on her craft and learning from legendary songwriters/producers, including 11-Time Grammy Award Winner Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds. Since moving back to Chicago, Jill has found so much joy in teaching. Her hope is to help kids find their voice and their love for music.
Mike P. started his journey in music at the age of three playing cello. By the age of seven he was playing piano and violin as his primary instruments while taking lessons at the Betty Haag Academy of Music. As a violinist, Michael toured with the academy to perform in Rome, Italy and the Czech Republic in Prague. He also has performed in numerous competitions and participated in the ILMEA All-State Honors orchestras as well as other ensembles and chamber groups such as the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and the Maud Powell String Quartet. Michael has taught private lessons to students of many ages and is very excited to continue teaching students at Bach to Rock!
- 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.