Ashley B. is a passionate multi-instrumentalist musician, teacher and composer. She discovered her love for music while beginning to study piano and organ at age 8. Soon after, she began to learn guitar and flute. She now also has experience with violin and saxophone. Ashley is a recent graduate of William Paterson University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Music Studies, and enjoyed performing with the University’s Flute Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra on violin. Ashley is most proficient on piano, flute, and guitar and has musical interests ranging from classical, rock, and pop. Improvisation and composition are an important component of her musical life, as she often composes new pieces of music with a focus on video game music. She encourages her students to explore their sense of creativity while also understanding the positive impacts music can have on their lives.
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!
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.