Rick Walker is the owner of Bach To Rock Encinitas. Music has been an important part of Rick’s life since he was young, starting with saxophone lessons in elementary and middle school. Later taking up the guitar, Rick has played in several rock bands over the years, including Sometimes Julie, who you can see perform at various live music venues in and around San Diego. Rick has a real passion for music, and the opportunity to share that passion with others through Bach To Rock is a dream come true.
Staff & Music Teachers
Stephanie Brown is the Site Director for Bach to Rock Encinitas and is excited to share her love of music with the North County community! After attending college at UCSB, Stephanie returned to her hometown of Encinitas to resume her musical career, playing in a number of acts including Ocelot and her most recent project: The Surrealistics. In March of 2016, Stephanie was flown to world-renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama to sing on Gregg Allman’s final statement album entitled “Southern Blood,” working closely with producer Don Was (Rolling Stones) and Allman himself. In addition to making the album, she has headlined prominent venues such as the Belly Up and Casbah, had a song featured on Showtime’s Shameless, and been nominated for two SDMA’s. Stephanie considers herself mainly a vocalist, but is well-versed in guitar, piano, violin, harmonica, & music production.
Brandon B. is a multi-instrumentalist and audio engineer from Carlsbad, CA. Music has been an integral part of his life since he started playing drums at age 9, and soon after branched out to guitar, bass, piano, and mandolin. Since starting his first band at 10 years old, he developed a love of playing shows, touring, and recording. He has played in various bands throughout California, Oregon, and Europe. Before going on to study audio engineering/music production, and jazz drumming at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, he studied drums and classical percussion in Canyon Crest Academy’s Grammy Foundation-awarded Instrumental Conservatory. Currently, Brandon plays drums, guitar and vocals in the San Diego based band, Sands. He looks forward to sharing the joy of playing music, and helping students find the inspiration to learn and pursue their own musical journey.
Cameron N. is a self-taught piano and guitar instructor from the Bay Area. Growing up, music was a fundamental part of his life. Now, studying primarily Music Production, design, and jazz guitar, Cameron continues to further his musical education at Diablo Valley College, before looking to transfer next year. Cameron is always looking for new ways to be involved with music. Currently he produces, and plays in a band called Ment. He is excited to join the B2R team!
Clair A. is a cellist originally from Westlake, California. She began studying cello at the age of 11 and incorporated it into her lifelong pursuit of music. She was regularly engaged with local orchestras and small ensembles as a child, performing a wide variety of musical styles. She now performs as a soloist and with small ensembles throughout San Diego and continues strive to represent a range of musical genres from classical to contemporary. Clair received her Bachelor's of Music degree in Vocal Performance from Point Loma Nazarene University, where she served as principal cellist for four years. She has participated in pit orchestras for productions such as Next to Normal and Il Cappello di Paglia di Firenze. She spent several years teaching classes in violin, viola, cello, and bass to classes of varied age ranges. Clair looks forward to sharing her passion and excitement for music to young and aspiring musicians!
David B. is a DJ & multi instrumentalist from the Jersey Shore. He has been producing, writing music, and touring since 2002. David started out playing backyards with friends and evolved to performing at various popular venues & nightclubs. David has shared the stage and toured with popular artists such as punk rock icons “The Misfits”, surf guitar legend “Dick Dale”, reggae superstars The Original Wailers, as well as hip-hop pioneer “Tone Loc” known for his 1980’s hit “Wild Thing”. At the age of 23, David’s band went their separate ways, so he picked up a few turntables with a mixer and a DJ controller. Practicing for months on end, combined with performing at many clubs, DJ battles & competitions, David (DJ Binx) earned the reputation to be one of the top DJ’s at The Jersey Shore. In 2016 David decided he wanted more in the music industry so he packed his bags & moved to San Diego to continue his music career. Now you can catch him at a venue near you on the west coast either DJing or performing with his band “No Kings”. He is excited to join the Bach to Rock team!
Dylan D. is a guitar and bass player from Austin, Texas. He was gifted his ﬁrst guitar at the age of ten and was hooked in no time, teaching himself as much as possible ranging from blues standards to good ol’ rock n’ roll. Dylan moved to San Diego at the age of 13 and met many friends with whom he still plays and gets to travel with to this day. Dylan has toured across the U.S and Europe multiple times, playing guitar and bass in groups including Sacri Monti and Pharlee, as well as playing around town with various friends. He is excited to join the Bach to Rock team and share with students the lifelong joy of music!
Matthew H. has been writing and performing music for over two decades. He spent his formative musical years playing trombone in wind ensembles, chamber orchestras and jazz bands. Originally from San Diego, California, Matthew studied music at California State University Long Beach. Shifting his focus to songwriting, he began performing rock music with various groups in the 2010s. Leading the psych-fusion power trio Thy Squid and later the Americana project, Janie, Matthew has been an active player in the California live music scene for more than a decade. Thy Squid received attention for their 2012 Vans Warped Tour Battle of the Band victory, leading to a collaboration with Ikey Owens (Jack White/ The Mars Volta). Active with Janie since 2016, the group has been featured at Long Beach’s Buskerfest Festival twice (2016 & 2018) and at the Long Beach Folk Revival Festival alongside acts such as Lucero & country legend Billy Joe Shaver. Most recently Matthew has lent his talents on guitar and vocals to the Los Angeles based group Gospelbeach, including a European tour in February 2020. He has been teaching music to both children and adults for over 12 years and is excited to bring his passion for music to Bach to Rock!
Peter E. is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has resided in San Diego for the past eleven years. Music has always been at the forefront for Peter, who began taking piano lessons at the age of five. By the time he was 18, he was proficient on four instruments as well as an accomplished singer. Peter has toured across the U.S. as a vocalist, drummer, guitarist, bassist and keyboardist, playing everything from punk rock to funk to electronic music. He has performed on the Warped Tour, and California Roots music festival. Although drums are his favorite instrument, you can also find Peter teaching bass, guitar or piano, as well as B2R rock bands. Outside of B2R, Peter currently curates and runs the annual Same Same but Different Music Fesitlva and is pursuing his solo project, Peats Beats.
Rebekah D. is a multi-instrumentalist and woodwinds/brass instructor who has been playing music since the age of 7. She primarily plays clarinet and piano. Rebekah graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education. At Chapman, Rebekah played principal clarinet in an orchestra and wind ensemble, and also participated in the conservatory’s Jazz Combo and New Music Ensemble. For the past two years, Rebekah has worked as a teacher’s assistant at Harmony Project Long Beach, an after-school music program for low-income elementary school students, in addition to teaching music privately for over three years. She is excited to join the Bach to Rock team and is looking forward to interacting with budding musicians!
Sarah H. has been singing since she was old enough to vocalize! Her love of song led her to become a classically trained vocalist. She also plays the ukulele and has proficiency with piano. Sarah is a Music Education major at Palomar College and hopes to go on to get her master’s degree in composition. Her career aspirations are to be a choir director, elementary music teacher, score arranger, and a freelance composer! The wonderful thing about being in music is that there are so many different avenues to explore! She is inspired by punk rock, jazz, musical theatre, indie acoustic, orchestral film scores, and anything with fun and funky harmonies!
Will T. is a multi-instrumentalist from San Diego, California. After teaching himself guitar and piano at age 14, Will has also picked up many other instruments in the percussion, string, woodwind and brass family and developed as a vocalist. Will performs solo and with many groups all over Southern California in classical, jazz, and contemporary styles, even performing at Petco Park and Disneyland on multiple occasions. He is currently pursuing a degree in Musical Composition and Performance from Mira Costa College. In addition to writing for and directing his own band, Will is working on an album with a duo project. His teaching philosophy is to pass on a deep love and appreciation for all styles of music to the next generation of musicians through the building of strong fundamentals and technique in combination with consistent practice habits and the employment of fun, challenging, and engaging repertoire.
- 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.