Ed N. has been playing, writing, and performing music all over the world ever since he can remember. An integral part of the successful Christian Rock band “Three Crosses”, Ed wrote and performed many of their hit songs while on tour in the 90s, including the 8th Christian Rock song of the decade-- “The Stone Was Rolled Away”. Other highlights of Ed’s career in the music industry include his work with Legendary Producer Barry Beckett (Bob Dylan, Lorri Morgan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dire Straits), music business legend Wes Farrell (Partridge Family, Tony Orlando, Kenny Rodgers), and ground-breaking Christian music greats, Dan Harrell and Mike Blanton. In 2003 Ed put the finishing touches on his first solo album “Out of My Hands” and also wrote chart-topping songs such as “Restoration” for Phillips, Craig and Dean, and “Each Day of My Life” for Christian Artist, Wayburn Dean. Ed continues to perform and record as both a solo artist and part of his band, Three Crosses, performing at Carnegie Hall for a sold-out performance with producer Tim Janis in 2010. Ed’s also performed with Amy Grant, Michael W Smith, Stephen Curtis Chapman, Jars of Clay, The Newsboys, and DC Talk, among others. Since that time, Ed's music career has grown, influenced and moved in several rewarding directions—from leading worship music in several large community churches, to producing several Gospel, Pop and CCM artists; to consulting on how to integrate technology into music production at various venues, conferences, and retreats, to teaching students privately in Morris County—and his passion for music is seen and felt by all he works with. As Music Director at Bach to Rock Denville, Ed is an invaluable and influential member of the team. His skills bring a level of excellence and professionalism to our school that support and elevate the B2R experience for our students, families and in our surrounding communities. Ed’s key focus is on developing artistry at a young age –at any age, really!—and he coaches our students on finding their sweet spot while having a great time as they learn to play the music they love!
Staff & Music Teachers
Brittany D. teaches voice, piano, and early childhood classes at B2R Denville. Originally from Allendale, NJ, Brittany has been studying voice since the age of fourteen, but has been singing since she could remember. Brittany graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Music degree in 2016. She studied Music Education with a vocal concentration. During her time at Rutgers, Brittany had the privilege of performing in venues such as Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and The State Theatre, NJ with the Rutgers University Kirkpatrick Choir. As a member of the choir, Brittany also had the privilege of performing at the 2016 American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference in Boston, MA. Brittany also performed in various musicals with one of Rutgers’ premier student theatre organizations, The Livingston Theatre Company and was seen in the Mayo Performing Art Center’s production of West Side Story last spring.
Connor S. has a Music Performance degree from the County College of Morris where he graduated with high honors. He is currently enrolled in Seton Hall University's Secondary Education and Music Education program. Although his primary instrument is guitar, he is well-versed in piano and bass. Connor has sung in many vocal ensembles and performed guitar music for events both public and private. With over a decades worth of guitar experience, he has played genres of music ranging from classical, rock, blues, jazz, and everything in between. His teaching philosophy motivates students to have fun by making personal connections with music whether the music is written or improvised!
Eric F. is an accomplished local musician. He has played in a variety of ensembles, including a touring heavy metal outfit, a wandering bluegrass band at an amusement park, competition orchestras and jazz bands, pit orchestras, and marching bands. He has shared the stage with several big names, including Alesana, Emarosa, Otep, and even Jim Breuer. Eric not only has a great passion for music, but extensive experience with the music industry as well. He is always ready to share his passion and experience with his students, whether it be learning fundamental techniques or how to book your bands first show. When he isn't teaching lessons, Eric also plays with his cover band, Men of Horses, on the weekends.
Farrel H. is an accomplished Pianist/Producer with 15 years working in the industry. His influences range from Stevie wonder to Adam Blackstone and Snarky Puppy. He believes That music has the power to bring people together and change lives. Farrel has landed work with Marvel Comics, gospel recording artist Nancy Jackson and the Love Fellowship Community Choir. In addition to working with artists and bands, Farrel has worked with Universities including Seton Hall, Rutgers and Kean. Currently, he is working on composing and producing for artists and playing at venues Throughout New Jersey, New York and Philadelphia.
John B. (Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, F Horn, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion) John holds a B.A. in Music Education (primary instrument: baritone saxophone) from the John J. Cali School of Music (Montclair State University). He has studied classical, jazz and rock as well having experience arranging/composing music for various ensembles. John has extensive recording experience including 5 albums and several session gigs. He has over 15 years of experience teaching musicians of all ages and has a passion for bringing out the best in his students. John has an avid interest in music education technology and currently uses many different music software programs/websites to help engage his students in learning. He is currently the middle school band director in Rutherford, NJ and has taught in Rutherford for the last 10 years. John enjoys sharing his experience, passion and knowledge with the students at Bach to Rock Denville, and he’s one of the best when it comes to our Rock Band parties and camps!
Michelangelo started playing the drums at the tender age of 3 and was raised in an environment constantly surrounded by music. He is fluent in various musical styles and enjoys exposing his students to as much music as possible to expand their horizons. Teaching adolescents coming from various backgrounds and ages has allowed him to not only observe but be a part of the musical growth and development of his students, seeing firsthand how music helps to shape and impact young lives. He specializes in drum set playing and percussion and is able to teach and play a variety of other instruments - including piano, bass, and guitar. Michelangelo (or as we call him, “Mr. Mikey”!) was enrolled in private music studies for over 5 years with jazz legend John Hvasta and studied under Modern Drummer’s Karl Latham for 2 years while pursuing his associate degree in music & liberal arts. Mikey is the main writer, audio engineer, and producer of his own band, The Color Pink, on youtube. He worked at one of the premier studios in North Jersey for over a year, engineering and playing under clients such as Warren Haynes (of Government Mule), and Jason Corsaro (audio engineer for Madonna, Fleetwood Mac, and Duran Duran). Having a principle understanding of technique and music theory, Michelangelo works towards the goal of helping build the foundation of a great (lifelong) player. He specializes in getting musicians of all ages on the right path by emphasizing goal-setting, music reading and literacy, proper practice routines, technique, and having fun playing an instrument, all of which align perfectly with the Bach to Rock approach to music education. Mikey has quickly become an integral member of the team here at Bach to Rock Denville, and he’s a cat lover too! So don’t forget to ask him about his adorable new kitten, Nimbus!
Scottie C. is a Music Teacher, Composer, and Singer-Songwriter. He was born in New York City and moved to Newburgh, New York in 1980. Music has become the primary focus of his life after studying Music Composition & Theory at SUNY New Paltz. He performs as a singer-songwriter and in “The Furry Turtles” in New Jersey. Scottie has lived in Morris County, New Jersey for the past 18 years and has been teaching vocal and general music PreK-7 in Orange, New Jersey for the past 17 years. He teaches and performs on vocals, ukulele, guitar, electric bass, piano, and drums. Scottie also teaches the fundamentals of music theory, song-writing, composing, and technology on GarageBand, Noteflight, Sibelius, and ProTools. Scottie Clark is also a singer-songwriter for “The Furry Turtles” and as part of “The Furry Turtles Junior” as a singer-songwriter for children.
Marc & Lisa Salzman are the owners of B2R Denville. With Marc’s passion and talent for writing, playing and producing music; our joint interest and desire to create and do something meaningful and impactful for our family and our community; and with our strong focus on making music and the arts available and accessible for all ages, this opportunity was meant to be! Why Bach to Rock? Aside from a unique opportunity that combines music, kids, community, education, business, technology and “doing good to do well”, the Bach to Rock approach is centered around making music fun, accessible and a “team sport” for people of all ages. Marc took guitar lessons as a teenager and the opportunity to play with other kids was not available back then. This is what sealed the deal for Marc & Lisa – to be able to bring that to their community and especially watch kids grow confidence and thrive.
Grandpa George’s Opus, Inc. Bach to Rock Denville is particularly special for Lisa and Marc as it is owned and operated by Grandpa George’s Opus, Inc., in honor and in memory of Dr. George P. Toth, Lisa’s Dad. George's life and career touched the lives of many. As an educator, he guided and shaped the lives of the many college students he taught and mentored. George was a well-known member of his community and enjoyed his time volunteering for various community causes and organizations. Known in his later years as “Grandpa George” by his seven adoring grandchildren, who were the joy of his life, he leaves a loving and lasting legacy.Similar to music, George’s uplifting and inspiring spirit will live on in our hearts in our Bach to Rock school forever.
- 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.