Melissa Solano-Rojas, Site Director, grew up in Costa Rica in a small valley close to the Caribbean Sea. She has B.S. in Business Administration from California State University, and more than five years of experience leading teams. Melissa was awarded the Manager of the Quarter 2010 by Starbucks NorCal region. She also worked as a Bilingual Instructor with students from K-12th in San Juan Unified School District. She is the mother of two girls, Hannah and Izzy, who are students of Bach to Rock. Hannah plays in two Bands, and Izzy is member of the Glee Club. Melissa enjoys Spanish Rock. Some of her favorite artist are Soda Stereo, Enanitos Verdes, Green Day and Fabulosos Cadillacs, Celia Cruz and Julieta Venegas.
Staff & Music Teachers
Antonio Benitez, Assistant Director, first fell in love with the violin at two and a half years old while going to a bilingual school in Madrid, Spain. Over the course of 18+ years, he has studied at music conservatories in Spain and Belgium that have shaped him into the musician he is today. When you hear Antonio play the violin, you don't just see the training and direction he has received, you see the passion he has for music. He believes that being a musician isn't just playing notes and chords; it's cultivating a connection with the instrument and allowing it to be an extension of yourself. This is what he is ready to share with the generations to come.
Amber F. grew up with a very musical family and started playing the flute in 4th grade and singing in school musical performances. She quickly found her passions for music and learned other instruments, including piano, trumpet, French horn, cello, and voice. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Diversified Liberal Studies From University of the Pacific in Stockton in 2004, and her teaching credential in Multiple Subjects from UC Davis in 2005. She was a classroom teacher for 3 years before she started teaching General Music, Keyboards, and Beginning Band in public schools for 6 years. She is now performing with the Sacramento State University Chorus. She has a passion for classical music, but enjoys all other genres of music as well.
Ana Maria learned to play the guitar when she was 7 years old. Music, singing and playing the guitar have been always part of her life spending her time in groups and choruses. Most recently, she has been composing songs and playing the guitar to teach Spanish to young children through music. She is in the process of producing a CD to help parents and educators to introduce the Spanish language to kids using the amazing impact of music during the learning process. She enjoys doing chores around the house with Il Divo in the background, singing loud in the car with the tunes of Katy Parry or Avril Lavigne or having a dance party with her kids with Shakira and Carlos Vives from her native Colombia.
Britta started playing the piano when she was six years old. A native of northern California, she studied piano throughout her childhood and into high school. Over the years, she has grown to love classical music - especially that of Chopin and Beethoven. In college, Britta studied with Dr. David Hill during her undergraduate degree, and then with the renowned concert pianist Daisy de Luca Jaffé during her graduate studies. She holds a BA and MA in Piano Performance from Pensacola Christian College in Florida. Britta’s other interests include the double bass, composing, and collaborative work with other musicians. She looks forward to sharing her love for music with students and fellow musicians.
Jon M. is a drum teacher and the audio recording engineer at B2R Rocklin. He has been playing drums his whole life. Grew up in the area and graduated From Del Oro High School where he was active in all the bands. He then went on to study Audio Recording at American River College. He has played in pit orchestras for plays, been a studio musician, been in bands and currently volunteers on drums and sound at his church. He loves all genres of music.
Maddison 'Rose' S. began learning to play music at 8 years old. She grew up on a farm with her grandparents who are both musical. They had no internet so she ended up spending a lot of time practicing instruments, singing and listening to vinyls. She plays guitar, piano, mandolin, the drums and her principal instrument is voice. Her grandpa introduced her to artists like Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin and genres such as the delta blues, blue grass, and jazz. Currently, her favorite band is Queens of the Stone Age. She will never get tired of listening to Nina Simone. Rose has performed at notable venues such as Good Day Sacramento, Disneyland and Carnegie Hall! Rose has her AS degree in Music from Sierra College.
Nicholas B. was born in Moscow, Russia. He was adopted at the age of two. After being brought over to the United States, he quickly developed an affinity for playing piano. At the age of four, he began training in classical music, and continued to progress in both classical technique and composing. This led to his attaining his Associates in Applied Science at The Academy of Contemporary Music in Oklahoma. He moved out to California in early 2017 to further pursue musical opportunities. He now teaches vocals and piano and won awards for compositions, film scoring and classical performance, such as the 2016 Norman Film Festival best score for Indie Short Film, ‘Art Inspires Art’.
Noelle T., mezzo-soprano, has performed the roles of Grace Ansley in Ward’s Roman Fever, Dame Doleful in Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos and Dido in Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas. Miss Thomson performed as a soloist on Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, as a member of the Adelphian Concert Choir and competed in Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod Festival, as a member of the Advanced Treble Choir. She placed at the Tahoma National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition and spent time abroad studying music in Vienna, Austria. Miss Thomson received her Master’s Degree in vocal performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, has been featured as a soloist locally, and is excited to be joining the faculty at Bach to Rock.
Parker H. first picked up the guitar when he was 8 years old and hasn't put it down since. Parker believes that playing the guitar is much more than just music, he’s found a sense of unity and a fundamental understanding of interactions with his surroundings. His determination as a musician led him to form his own band, where he plays lead guitar, a group which he believes offers the revitalization of Rock n Roll music. He gives credit to having a great teacher who has taught him the importance of persistence, practice and focus. He is now ready to give his knowledge to the next generation of guitarist.
Sydney G. grew up in Fresno, CA and spent a lot of time pursuing her musical interests. All her life she has been involved with vocal performance and choirs. She has traveled all around the world singing amazing music. She loves all animals and loves to swim when it is hot outside. She loves watching Once Upon A Time and is a huge fan of Harry Potter, Twilight, and anything Disney. Her favorite color is a tie between blue and purple and she will never turn down the chance to sing karaoke!
Zach W. has over 8 years experience playing the guitar and several years teaching the instrument. Although primarily a rock/blues guitarist, Zach is also experienced in the following: Pop, Jazz, Country, and more. Some of his biggest influences are Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana, and Ronnie Montrose. He currently fronts the award winning blues/rock band, The Zach Waters Band, and has been seen on stage with internationally successful acts all across the Pacific Northwest. Zach is a member of the Sacramento Blues Society as well!
- 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.