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Martin MacAlister, Teacher and Recording Engineer
Bach to Rock
No. 332

When Martin MacAlister is not touring with Kill Lincoln, his ska punk band (“punk with trombones,” he says), he is teaching kids as young as 6 how to play “Yellow Submarine” on the guitar. MacAlister is an instructor at Bach to Rock, a Bethesda, Maryland–based music school for kids, a job he landed while still in college. MacAlister splits his workweek between the classroom and the school’s state-of-the-art studio, where he records with
students and, occasionally, his own band. Though owning a studio is MacAlister’s goal, he says he loves teaching. “The most rewarding part of my job is when the kids I taught to play the classics come back as 15- or 16-year-olds, writing their own material. It shows they’re really owning it, and that’s pretty cool.” —Issie Lapowsky