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
Alyssa started playing guitar and piano since elementary school. She started saxophone in the school band as a 6th grader and has been playing the saxophone since. She is continuing her music studies at American River College and is planning to transfer afterward. She leads a four-piece jazz combo that gigs around the greater Sacramento area and wants to continue performing. Moreover, Alyssa is apart of the ARC Symphonic band and the ARC Big Band. She enjoys all genres of music and is not afraid to jam with anyone and collaborate no matter the project. She loves to work with all of her students and sharing her love for music!
Babak S. has more than 25 years of experience teaching music. He began playing Violin at age 11. He learned western classical and Persian traditional music lessons at multiple classes such as the classes taught by Maestro Asadollah Malek and Maestro Shoja’eddin Lashkarloo. He has earned his Associate’s degree in music in Iran at the Baha’i Institute for Higher Education. Babak was also trained at the violin masterclass delivered by Prof. Bijan Khadem-Missagh in Vienna, Austria. Babak teaches both classical and Iranian traditional styles, solfege, piano and music theory. He has led many orchestras made up of his students and musicians. Also, he has collaborated with multiple ensemble orchestras and composed music. Babak’s style of playing violin is a fusion of old, classical Persian style and western technique with individual talent and creativity.
Colette B. started playing in school bands ten years ago as a flautist, and picked up piano and tenor saxophone two years later. Since then, she has learned to play the piccolo, alto saxophone, cello, and double bass. She has played these instruments in symphonic, jazz, and marching bands, as well as church groups. Colette is currently a Music Transfer student at American River College with plans of being a Music Education Major at CSU Sacramento. Some of her favorite artists are Emmanuel Pahud, 2Cellos, Camille Saint-Saëns, Bastille, Tenth Avenue North, Metallica, Queen, and Hans Zimmer. Colette enjoys sharing her love of music, and hopes to continue to do so in the future as a band director.
Julianna H.-F. started playing piano around the age of 6. Her love of music, however, truly started when she started playing piano in national and statewide certification competitions at the start of high school. She also discovered her love of singing while doing various musical theater productions in the Sacramento area. Additionally, she participated in a women's chorus group and received professional voice coaching. As of now, Julianna wants to inspire children and adults of any age to enjoy and love music as much as she does.
Madeline K. holds an MA in Ethnomusicology and BA in Music, Vocal Performance. She has studied at the University of Pacific Conservatory of Music, as well as abroad in Ireland at the University College Cork and India. Her interests include world music, mindfulness, and singing.
Matthew W. has been playing music for thirteen years. He plays various instruments including guitar, bass, piano, and banjo. He is in several music ensembles including the jazz band, marching band, and wind ensemble at Granite Bay High School. He listens to all genres of music but his favorite bands are XTC, Violent Femmes, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wire, and Yes.
Melisa R.'s greatest joys in life are being an involved mom to six kids and “Mimi” to four grandkids, and the proud wife of a Sierra College English professor. She has Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and International Peace Studies, plus a Master’s in Business Administration. Professionally, she is an entrepreneur at heart and loves thinking up different business ideas and developing the best ways to brand and market them. Musically, Melisa is more of an appreciator than a participant. Listening to various genres of music and attending concerts with her husband and/or kids is a great passion of hers. The three best live performances she has seen are Twenty-One Pilots, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Elliott Smith. For Melisa, working at Bach to Rock is the perfect place to be surrounded by amazing musicians regularly, and use her marketing skills to promote the business and bands to the community.
Monica started playing music about ten years ago when she first started to learn piano. She later picked up bass guitar, guitar, and ukulele, and is now attending William Jessup University as a music production major. She plays bass guitar for WJU’s University Choir & Orchestra and Jazz Band performance groups, and she is currently working to write and record original music. Monica loves learning about music theory, and ear training is one of her greatest passions. She enjoys performing music as well as recording music in the studio, and her favorite musical genres include metal, alternative, rock, and jazz. As a music instructor, Monica strives to encourage and inspire students as they embark on their musical journeys.
Zach C. is a drum, bass, and guitar teacher here at B2R. He has eight years experience playing drums, and learned guitar from "the greatest guitar teacher he's ever had, Brian Hack." He played drums for the Roland Tonies, and played shows that he did all the booking for in Sacramento. His aspiration is to be a performer for a living. Zach taught drums and guitar under the direction of Brian Hack throughout high school, teaching with a focus on live performing. Some of Zach's favorite artists are Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, The Allman Brothers, and Title Fight. Sign up for lessons with Zach today!
- 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.