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.
Robyn Olson began at Bach to Rock Encinitas in 2018 as Administrative Assistant. She is extremely excited to take the next step in her career as B2R's Assistant Director! Robyn was fortunate to have a fulfilling musical experience throughout her middle school and high school years. Being a member of the school band enabled her to travel the country for competitions, even landing her in Australia to be a part of the Olympic Opening Ceremonies! Robyn enjoys connecting with families and developing relationships with students and their parents. She is eager to continue watching our stellar students grow into amazing musicians!
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.
Blaze P. is a well-rounded drummer who has been playing for 12 years. Blaze was born and raised in Lake Arrowhead CA, and attributes his playing style to the mountain environment he grew up in. After graduating high school, he attended Cuesta College where he decided to make music his career. He has played in several academic ensembles as well as an alternative rock group called Civil Fires. He has recorded an EP with his jazz Combo Auracle, which has also been broadcasted on the radio. Blaze has become a well-versed musician, and has practiced playing most genres, but enjoys playing Rock, Jazz, Latin, and R&B the most. One of Blaze’s favorite moments during his musical career was when he had the honor of playing with Gloria Loring. Blaze strongly believes in building a future full of bright musicians and is excited to be working with all the students at Bach to Rock.
Chris M. started playing guitar and bass when he was ten-years-old. Since then, he’s played in dozens of groups within genres including jazz, rock, bluegrass, orchestral, pit orchestra, jam band, country, and singer-songwriter compositions. Out of high school, he moved up to the bay area and created jam-based alt/country rock group Birdhouse, with which he would tour the northwest part of the country with. Other bands Chris has played for are: Print Sale, The Hotel Adams, Danger On The Rocks, Nothing Special, Raja Lyon, and Papa Walton. As well as playing bass, Chris has composed for multiple groups and served as band director. He enjoys composing for a group and learning the band’s musical & personal dynamics, inspiring the best out of each member. Chris loves music in every way and is blessed to be able to share his knowledge and passion with students at Bach To Rock Encinitas!
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!
Kate A. is a multi-instrumentalist, piano instructor and singer/songwriter who is passionate about inspiring others through creating, performing, sharing and teaching music. Kate began her training on the piano at age 5. By age 11, she had picked up the acoustic guitar and began writing and performing original songs. Building upon her training, she attended Eastern Washington University where she focused her study in piano pedagogy, songwriting and voice, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Music. Kate spent 4 years employed as a contemporary worship band director where she sang lead vocals and directed various bands of teens and adults. She then moved on to develop and run her own private piano studio, teaching students ranging in age from 5-29, and spent a year as the education and music coordinator at her local Boys and Girls Club. As a solo artist, Kate has organized and lead several bands, performing locally at small to mid-sized venues. New to San Diego, Kate is excited to further her career as a solo artist and share her love for music with Bach to Rock students!
Madison H. is an administrative assistant at Bach to Rock Encinitas. Having a deep appreciation of music and music history for as long as she can remember, Madison is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Music Business from Berklee College of Music. Madison believes that what makes music so beautiful is that it gives artists the freedom and the confidence to express themselves; to be able to see the students at Bach to Rock Encinitas learn and grow as musicians is her dream come to true. She is very excited to be part of 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!
Shane C. began his musical life at the age of eleven years old, plucking away at an old bass guitar. He has since gone on to tour across the country, record multiple albums, and work with some of the most famous artists punk has produced in recent years. A New York native, Shane has made the journey to Southern California to continue his lifelong quest for musical knowledge. He sports three degrees in artistic fields, an Associate of Arts in Music and an Associates of Applied Science in Music Recording Technology from Finger Lakes Community College, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Industry from Syracuse University. While the bass guitar is his primary instrument, Shane is also a gifted classical guitarist. Outside of work, you will likely find Shane in front of a computer screen, synthesizing and arranging various harmonies and melodies for one of his various musical projects. Some of the groups Shane is involved with are Goodnight Forever, Of Fortune & Fame, and Thoughts In Reverse. He is so happy to be able to work with the next generation of musicians and pass on his skill, stories, and positive attitude!
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.