Rick Walker is the director and 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 bands over the years, including local San Diego band Sometimes Julie, which is currently working on recording its third CD. When he’s not at Bach To Rock Encinitas, you can see Rick perform with Sometimes Julie 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 Assistant Site Director for Bach to Rock Encinitas and is very 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 band, Stephanie Brown and The Surrealistics. She has played at several prominent local venues such as Belly Up and The Casbah, has been featured on FM 94.9 and 91X several times, and in March of 2016 had the opportunity to sing backing vocals for Gregg Allman's new album at the world-renowned FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Stephanie considers herself mainly a vocalist, but is well-versed in guitar, piano, violin, and harmonica.
Andrew W. started drumming at the age of 9, at the request of his buddy Nick who played the guitar and wanted to start a band. Since that first band, dubbed “Zeromastix”, Andrew has played with several groups including The Surrealistics, Weatherbox, Featherstone, Monarch, Ditches, Amerikan Bear, Tan Sister Radio, and Color. Andrew’s drumming style emphasizes engaging with the other musicians in the band, paying special attention to what the vocalist is doing. Andrew is proficient in rock, funk, blues and jazz, and each of these musical styles influences his drumming. Also a talented recording engineer and producer, Andrew’s experience early on was through recording his own drums, experimenting with different compressors, mic placement, etc. Andrew later studied with Ronan Chris Murphy, the innovative engineer behind many of King Crimson’s recordings. It was at Ronan Chris Murphy’s intensive 3-day Boot Camp where Andrew really learned the essentials of recording and laid the foundation for his exploration of the recording studio in a scientific and methodical way.
Christy began playing the clarinet in 5th grade and immediately fell in love with the instrument. After playing throughout middle and high school, she went on to earn her Bachelor’s of Music degree in clarinet performance from Temple University, followed by a Master of Music in clarinet performance and a Master of Arts in musicology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has had the pleasure and good fortune to study with noted clarinetists and instructors Anthony Gigliotti, Ronald Reuben, and Rosario Mazzeo, from whom she learned not only the intricacies and complexities of her instrument, but also how to be an effective and compassionate teacher. She has extensive performance experience, as well as teaching, having played in orchestras, wind ensembles, and chamber ensembles. Christy has a warm and friendly teaching style, adapting her approach to each student’s needs, but always emphasizing good technique and musicality. She loves to put music into theoretical and historical contexts, helping students gain deeper understanding of the work. In addition to teaching, Christy is a librarian at the San Diego Central Library, where she specializes in music reference. She also loves animals, weird pop culture, and mossy trees. Christy teaches woodwinds and brass, as well as early childhood classes.
Elias S. is a pianist and film composer. He studied under Dr. Chris Durrenberger at Wittenberg University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2015 with a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. At Wittenberg, Elias performed with the Jazz Ensemble on a regular basis, and composed several works for student and faculty performers, including the Symphonic Band and a choral ensemble. Since graduating college, Elias has scored music for two feature films, several short films, and several commercials for TV placement. He also performs occasionally with local rock and jazz groups. Elias loves music and is delighted to have the opportunity to share his passion as a piano teacher at Bach to Rock.
Hillary F. was raised on the sandy shores of North Carolina and has always had a sense for adventure, fueling her passion for extreme sports such as surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding. Music was also a strong interest, and at age 10 in her sixth-grade orchestra class, she found the cello. Hillary graduated from East Carolina University with a BM in cello performance where she studied with Emanuel Gruber, student of the late Gregor Piatigorsky and Janos Starker. She went on to earn her MM degree in cello performance from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver where she studied with Richard Slavich. During her time at DU she also completed her Suzuki teacher training with world renowned Suzuki cello teacher trainer Carol Tarr. She has attended classical music festivals in New York and France, and in the summer of 2014, she attended Aspen Music Festival and School where she studied with Richard Aaron and Michael Mermagen while performing in the Aspen Festival Orchestra. Hillary now resides in Encinitas, CA and maintains a busy schedule performing classically and on her electric cello throughout Southern California. She performs nationally with Bella Electric Strings based out of Las Vegas, and has recently began collaborating and performing with live artist HÄANA.
Hunter S. is a multi-instrumentalist and music producer born and raised in San Diego. Playing piano, drums, guitar, bass, and ukulele and composing music in his free time, he is devoted to teaching a new generation of rock stars. Music is his life! In addition to providing instruction in voice and several instruments, Hunter also teaches Bach to Rock’s early childhood classes - Rock n Roll, Rock City, and Kids n Keys. Hunter performs around Southern California as the drummer in a blues band called Leilani and The Lost Ones and performs acoustic indie/ alternative music as a duo as well. He has had the privilege of performing with legendary blues musicians Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, Tommy Castro and many more!
Indigo M. has been playing drums, percussion, and bass guitar for over 10 years in a variety of different settings and musical styles. With a strong background in classical percussion and drum corps as well as being a professional educator for more than 6 years, Indigo's focus on music theory and rudimental drumming provide a unique and progressive musical approach to the drum set. Indigo has performed not only in notable San Diego venues such as the Casbah and Soda Bar with their band Of Ennui, but from coast to coast in the United States with the Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps, and as member of three-time international drumline champions Pulse Percussion, taking a gold medal in 2014. Indigo has a BA in Philosophy from San Diego State University and in addition to teaching at Bach To Rock works with the music programs at Poway High School in Poway, CA and Patrick Henry High School in San Diego, CA.
Jeramiah C. (a.k.a. DJ Jeramiah James) has maintained success throughout his career through his adaptability, taste-making skills, and overall expertise behind the decks. As a true open-format DJ, his versatility and ability to read a crowd makes him an asset to nightclubs everywhere, evident by his numerous weekly residencies and over 15 years of professional DJing experience. Jeramiah has been featured on national radio programming as well as at venues across the country. His performance value, in addition to his unique pre-mix edits and productions, make his style both distinct and accessible to virtually any listener. Skilled at mixing and scratching, Jeramiah is excited to join the Beat Refinery program at Bach to Rock and share his expertise with a new generation of DJs!
Josh N. teaches piano and drums at Bach to Rock Encinitas and believes that music is essentially the key to all -- the fountain of youth, the access to emotion, and the present moment. After studying jazz composition at Berklee College of Music, Josh worked on cruise ships for three years, traveling and honing his performing skills even further. Since permanently landing in San Diego, he performs drums and piano in the local band The Moves Collective, which play venures around town and nationally. As a student of jazz, drums, and piano, Josh has a unique musical sensibility on all instruments he plays and believes that teaching is a two-way street -- a symbiotic relationship beneficial to both student and teacher.
Julie A. started performing at the age of six as a church soloist and continued to perform throughout her school years in various choirs. Julie later spent many years as a vocalist both in bands and as a solo act. Julie still performs regularly at venues such as Curbside Cafe in Vista, Inn at the Park in San Diego, Cafe La Maze in National City, Eddie V's in La Jolla, and Vigilucci’s in Encinitas and Coronado. She also performs at various resorts, country clubs and senior centers performing with the High Society Jazz Band. Julie continues to study classical and jazz piano and looks forward to a lifetime continuing her musical education. It is her great pleasure to pass along her love of music and performance to new generation of musicians.
Pablo S. is a composer, songwriter, guitarist and producer. Pablo obtain a degree in music composition in 2011 from the Catholic University of Argentina (UCA) in Buenos Aires. As a guitarist, he has mastered a wide variety of styles and techniques ranging from finger-style classical guitar to heavy metal sweep picking and more. Pablo’s passion for music has led him to many stages and down diverse avenues, such as performing as a member of Somos, a heavy rock band, and writing original music for well-known TV shows on CBS. Apart from teaching music, Pablo is an Assistant Worship Director at North Coast Church, and owner of an exclusively made-to-order nursery rhyme and baby songs site called Oblique Clementine.
Paul E. is an actor / singer-songwriter / musician from Kentucky who has been working in New York City for the last 6 years and is so happy to now call San Diego home. Soon after he arrived in SD, he was lucky enough to land the role of Buddy Holly in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, where he got to combine his two passions, acting and music, into one project. While in NYC, he got to work on Camp Kappawanna with Lisa Loeb. He also worked with Cormac Bluestone on numerous projects, one of which was the OBA Nominated musical The Velveteen Rabbit, at the Atlantic Theater Company. Paul also wrote, and still performs, a song called "Something New" with Intrepid Theater's Exiled Voices Project. Paul is happy to be a part of the talented team at Bach to Rock and is thrilled to share his passion for music with others.
Peter E. is a multi-instrumentalist and producer who has resided in San Diego for the past nine years. Music has always been in the forefront for Peter, who began taking piano lessons at the age of 5. By the time he was 18, he was proficient on four instruments and 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 the California Roots music festival. Although drums are his favorite instrument, you can also find Peter teaching bass, guitar and piano and coaching Rock Bands. Outside of B2R, Peter currently plays bass for local recording artist Elise Trouw and is pursuing his solo project, PeatsBeats.
Sean S. is a multi-instrumentalist that holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Classical Guitar from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and a teaching certification from the Suzuki Association of the Americas. With 22 years of experience, he fell in love with music at age 12 upon receiving his first guitar. Playing guitar quickly became his greatest passion as he learned how to play songs by his favorite artists, especially his biggest inspiration, Jimi Hendrix. Sean has performed across the state of North Carolina in various rock, funk, and jazz bands, with pit orchestras, and with the UNCW Guitar Quartet. New to San Diego, Sean is looking forward to performing in Southern California and sharing his passion for music with students of all ages and skill levels. His teaching style is designed to make learning fun and to provide anyone with the skills necessary to experience the joy of music.
Shannon C. is a professional music producer, DJ, Ableton instructor and vocalist based out of San Diego. She has been making electronic music using Ableton Live since 2010 and has been a successful DJ playing shows around Southern California since 2013. She graduated with a B.A. From San Diego State University where she studied music recording technology and sound design under Dr. Joseph Waters. Shannon performs under the alias Casmalia, and her techno and house music releases have reached over 20,000 plays on SoundCloud. She works with several event companies locally and nationally, and aspires to be an artist on Dirtybird Records. A classically trained musician/vocalist as well as a successful electronic artist, Shannon applies a wide variety of techniques in her teaching to ensure each student has the tools they need to be successful in their chosen endeavor within the music industry. Shannon teaches DJing, music production, and voice at B2R in Encinitas.
- 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.