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.
Barbara B. has been playing the piano since the age of six. She graduated with top honors from the famed Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore and went on to teach music classes and develop choral groups in both public and private schools. Classically trained, she played with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at the age of nine, won numerous piano competitions, and taught many students to play and enjoy all kinds of music. One of her favorite assignments was an all boys’ choir for which she wrote original arrangements to accommodate changing voices. An experienced accompanist for vocalists, instrumentalists, and choral groups, Barbara also provides popular piano music for corporate events, private at-home parties, and special events, including realtors’ open houses. She is delighted to join Bach to Rock and absolutely loves the concept of kids having fun learning to play the music they like, at the same time they are learning the very important skills in theory, sight reading, and music appreciation they will need to pursue their musical dreams.
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.
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.
Lindy C. is a singer/songwriter/keyboardist who has been performing for over ten years and writing music for more than twenty. Lindy started classical piano lessons when she was six years old, and throughout her elementary school years was always singing and making up dances. She began taking voice lessons in middle school and studied both contemporary and classical voice and piano throughout her high school years. Lindy has extensive experience working with children, first as a babysitter in her early teens and later as a nanny for families with multiple children. She also has experience with kids’ parties, as a provider of fun music, dance, and dress-up parties for girls. Lindy has a true passion for music and children, and is always searching for new ways to make music education fun and exciting.
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 W. is the Strings Instructor for Bach to Rock Encinitas. Paul moved to San Diego after spending his first eleven years in Taiwan, where he began his musical life. His impressive musical education includes Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in viola performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Paul has performed in a number of orchestras, chamber groups, and has appeared as a soloist. In addition to performing music, Paul is very passionate about sharing his musical knowledge and experiences with others. He enjoys working with students in hopes of enriching their musical lives and keeping that passion burning. When he is not teaching, you can find Paul performing around the community or at the beach.
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.