Zionsville couple open music school • Current Publishing
After opening schools in Carmel and Fishers, Zionsville residents Andy and Jennifer Flickner opened a Bach to Rock store in their own community this month at 10895 N. Michigan Rd., Continuing their mission to connect people to the music.
For five years, the Flickners wanted to open a Bach to Rock in Zionsville, but they waited for the right location to become available. Meanwhile, they opened one in Carmel three years ago and one in Fishers in March.
On July 17, Bach to Rock co-owners Andy and Jennifer celebrated the smooth opening of their store in Zionsville. A grand opening is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 31 at the school.
Bach to Rock offers private music lessons and group lessons to people of all ages and abilities. Main instruments, such as guitar, piano, and bass, are taught, but additional options are offered, including DJing and stringed instruments. Jennifer said the goal of the schools was to “bring music to the people”.
“It’s an opportunity for a lot of expression,” Jennifer said of the music. “It’s something we can do together, and it’s very relational. It is something that we can share with other people.
Jennifer said potential students often arrive without knowing how to play an instrument.
“At Carmel we have students coming in and they’ve never played anything at all,” she said. “They have never touched the piano or an instrument. They have been with us for a few years and their progress is incredible. They found their thing. They might not be sports people, but they’ve found their thing they’re clinging to.
Many school students often show interest in musicals and perform at school shows or local theaters.
Sarah Hund, principal of the Zionsville school who was previously a Beef & Boards dinner theater actress for 12 years before the COVID-19 pandemic, said Bach to Rock is proposing to group students by age and talent into groups , if you wish, allowing them to meet new people and forge lasting friendships.
“I think music can be a real, shared experience,” Hund said. “It can connect people to each other. We all feel emotions, and you can express them through music.
Schools offer a program that allows students to move from one level to another. In total there are four levels.
“We want all students in these three places to have the same abilities, so all of our students, when they graduate from our level 1, are all on par with each other,” said Zach Higdon, professor of music at Zionsville. site. “As an instructor, I think it’s great that there is this consistency across the board. It doesn’t matter which instructor you get. All our students have the same level of education.
When a student graduates from Level 4, schools have teachers who can continue to help them progress and hone their skills, Hund said. After graduating from each level, students can record a song in one of the school’s recording studios.
“They will have this recording forever and will be able to say, ‘It’s me at 6 years old, I play the piano,’” Hund said.
To find out more, visit zionsville.b2rmusic.com.
Navigate the pandemic
Jennifer Flickner, co-owner of the three Bach to Rock sites, said music schools continued to grow during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have moved to 100% virtual lessons through Zoom,” said Flickner. “Then we got out of it and did a hybrid of virtual lessons and in-person lessons. “
Flickner said most school classes are in person now that mask mandates have been lifted, but many are still taking virtual classes for convenience or because they now live further afield.
“Some of our families prefer to be virtual,” said Flickner. “Some families have moved and continue to be virtual with us, so that opened up our teaching window because we can teach people who don’t even live here anymore. Every month we have grown which is pretty amazing in the pandemic (COVID-19). “