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.
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.
Carmen C. began singing at the age of six and has been harnessing the vocal instrument as a channel for joy and medium for self-expression ever since. She fell in love with her mother’s collection of classic rock records at fourteen and listened endlessly to Joni Mitchell’s Blue and The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, while continuing to dive deeply into her affinity for angsty 90s alternative rock. She began writing songs at seventeen and playing piano and studying music theory at nineteen. She released her first studio project in 2010 and continues to write, produce, and record original music regularly. She also enjoys playing live from time to time! Carmen is originally from Los Angeles and moved to San Diego in 2002. She has spent time living in New York City and the Bay Area, where she was deeply engaged in musical projects and pursuits, and returned to San Diego to put down roots in summer 2019. Carmen has studied and worked with award-winning and highly sought-after vocal coaches, musicians, songwriters, and producers. Passing on what she learns from these accomplished mentors and sharing the joy of music through teaching is one of the greatest joys of Carmen’s life, and she is thrilled and grateful to be a part of the community here at Bach to Rock!
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!
Ellyn K. has been teaching professionally for over seven years. Born and raised here in San Diego, California, Ellyn is always excited to give back to her community by sharing her love of music with her students and those around her! She currently works at Bach to Rock in addition to teaching music in both the San Marcos and Poway School Districts. Ellyn graduated from UCLA in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a California Music Teaching Credential. Over her career Ellyn has worked with students in a wide variety of communities, from high school band students in inner city Los Angeles to elementary students in San Diego. Her personal performance is equally varied. She has performed in multiple ensembles with some of Los Angeles’s most elite performers including the LA Phil, and the UCLA Wind Ensemble. Additionally, she equally enjoys pursuing her passions in the world of popular and folk music where she has become well-versed in several instruments including guitar, banjo, and ukulele. Ellyn is extremely excited to join the Bach to Rock team and is looking forward to sharing the joys of music with the Encinitas community!
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!
Jake H. began his musical journey at the age of 10 when his grandfather taught him some chords on the guitar. He took lessons for many years until he shifted his focus to songwriting and using the guitar as a vehicle for his songs. After graduated high school, he moved to Nashville, TN to get a degree from Belmont University in Music Business but was promptly advised by the President of Sony Music Nashville to move to Los Angeles as it was a better fit his goals and musical style. Jake lived in Los Angeles for almost four years, playing in a variety of groups before forming his own band. They performed and recorded for a year until he decided to move to Hawaii to refocus and reground himself. He wrote an album's worth of material while living on Kauai and brought those songs to Santa Fe, NM where he formed another band. They received regular local radio airplay and toured regionally, most notably playing the famous Meow Wolf venue and Immersive Art Experience. While in Santa Fe, Jake spent a lot of time introducing music to children of friends and family and discovered a love of sharing the gift of music with the youth. He is excited to join the Bach to Rock team!
Patrick M. is a multi-genre Singer/Actor/Dancer, voice teacher, choral conductor, and choreographer from the New York Metro Area. He earned his BA in music with an emphasis in voice from Penn State University where he performed with the Penn State Concert Choir and Opera Theatre. Patrick also holds an MAT in music education from Montclair State University where he performed with the University Singers and earned his New Jersey Teaching Certification. As a musical theatre performer, Patrick has worked on two national tours, a cruise ship, and regional theatres across the country. As an educator, he has taught voice students, conducted choirs, and directed/music directed/choreographed fully staged musical productions in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Patrick is also a certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher. He is looking forward to sharing his knowledge and experience with the Bach to Rock Community!
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!
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.