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Staff & Music Teachers

Rick Walker

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.

Stephanie Brown

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.

Aaron F.

Aaron F. is a singer and multi-instrumentalist living in Carlsbad, California. Growing up listening to his parents’ record collection and fooling around with his dad’s guitar, it was at a very young age that music cemented itself as a key aspect of Aaron’s life. After having played guitar and singing in bands throughout his teens, in 2013 Aaron moved to Los Angeles and soon found himself immersed in a career as an audio engineer. A few short years and a mass of experience later, he decided to fully dive into his pursuit of songwriting and performance by attending Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. Having earned his degree in Professional Music with concentrations in Vocal Performance, Songwriting, as well as Recording and Production, Aaron is eager to not only share his knowledge and experiences, but also explore the endless musical possibilities with as many new people as he can.

Brandon B.

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.

Clair A.

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!

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D is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and composer from San Diego, CA. Starting to perform as young as 10 years old, D relates to students using music to express themselves at a young age and is excited to learn music they love while exploring the foundations and techniques it takes to create it. D has played major venues across the western U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Europe in groups and as a solo act, bringing performing experience into every lesson and an emphasis on having fun! D has a Bachelor’s Degree from SDSU in Electro-Acoustic Composition and is currently signed to Volar Records.

Diego Leon

Diego Leon is a singer and vocal coach from Mexico City. Diego studied classical singing at Mexico’s National Conservatory of Music before deciding to move to America to pursuit a career as an Opera singer. They now perform as a soloist and tenor lead for multiple ensembles and choirs both in Mexico and the United States. Diego is also pursuing a Vocal Performance degree from San Diego State University. Their voice has been recognized and awarded by the National Association of Teachers of Singing as well as the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus. Diego is passionate about education and loves to share the love of music with young artists. They are excited to join the Bach to Rock family to help a new generation of musicians find their voice!

Dylan D.

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!

Isaac K.

Isaac K. is a guitarist/harmonica player living in Carlsbad. He also plays piano, bass guitar, and ukulele. Originally from Ohio, he got his start in music singing in multiple choirs and a high school cover band. From there he went on to write and perform his own songs, usually as a solo act, all over San Diego County. He also began to produce music after high school. His main interest is in Folk and Singer/Songwriter style music, but he also has a deep affinity for classic rock, jazz, and rap music. The music he has released under the title "James Isaac" has all been recorded, mixed, and mastered by him.

Jesse B.

Jesse B. began his musical journey by rocking out on his dad’s vintage Ludwig set as a toddler. Throughout his childhood he also played the piano, trumpet, and guitar. He credits his musical abilities to his parents and their broad love of all types of music. Jesse is influenced by everything from Baroque classical music to 70’s Classic Rock to Electronica. In addition to teaching guitar, piano, and a host of other instruments, Jesse is a high school history teacher. His current music goal is to play a sold out show co-headlined with the Rolling Stones. Until then, he’ll continue to introduce as many new rockers to Hendrix, Van Halen, and the other greats.

Michael H.

Michael H. is an audio engineer and impassioned music lover from Indianapolis, IN. Growing up playing piano from a young age, Michael became fascinated with music production and audio engineering as a teen and decided to pursue an education and career in music. While at university, Michael explored his interest in live electronic music performance and DJing while finding a passion for working with kids as a gymnastics coach. Upon graduating in 2020, he relocated to San Diego and focuses primarily on producing, mixing and mastering music.

Will T.

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.

Why B2R?

  • 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.

B2R Curriculum

  • 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.