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.
Staff & Music Teachers
Joni S. is a music studio coordinator at Bach to Rock Denville. She’s also a Rock Star mom of four beautiful kids who keep her busy outside of all the great things she does for our school! Joni enjoys listening to all kinds of music – from pop to country to hip hop and classical tunes and she occasionally still plays the flute in her (very rare) spare time, which she learned to play in high school. She loves Kygo, John Legend, Bruno Mars and Christina Perri, to name a few of her faves. Joni also has a passion for yoga and kids sports and served as her daughter’s cheerleading coach for a few seasons. As a busy working mom of four, Joni is a master at multi-tasking and being organized and she keeps our team and our students on task! Joni goes above and beyond to help our members with whatever they need—from being the cheerful face that greets you at the front door, giving tours, scheduling lessons, answering questions, booking events and processing new enrollments. Joni loves the fun and upbeat energy at B2R Denville and she enjoys the variety of people and students –of all ages!— that take lessons which makes it a fun and rewarding place to work.
Henry H. is a multi-instrumentalist who plays the piano, drums, guitar, bass guitar, ukulele, and bass clarinet. Henry has been playing the piano and bass clarinet since he was 8 years old. When he was in high school, he started playing the video games Guitar Hero and Rock Band which led him to decide he wanted to play the real guitar so he took a guitar class his senior year for a semester and the rest is history. When he was 18 years old he was the keyboardist and founding member in the premier Doors tribute band-- The Jersey Doors, and between 2011 and 2014 they played almost 300 shows together. In this time he also played in other bands in New Jersey, but in 2014 he founded his current project Whiner, who pre-pandemic would play in Brooklyn almost every weekend and would semi-regularly tour the east coast, receiving acclaim from many prominent music news sources and industry critics. Henry also has over 10 years of experience with musical recording and production. He is able to achieve a wide range of sounds and musical genres, and he also dabbles with DJ'ing and has experience with digital turntables such as sequencing, sampling, and crossfading songs. His musical influences include Aphex Twin, DJ Snake, and Avicii. Henry graduated from County College of Morris with an Associates in Musical Performance in 2016 and went on to Montclair State University and attained a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2018. Henry is an all-around fantastic musician and a thoughtful, patient instructor, often requested by name for teaching bands, camps, and birthday parties, making him a student favorite at B2R Denville!
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.
Brandon E. (drums, voice, piano, early childhood) has been playing music since age 8, when he picked up the drumsticks and began playing with his elementary school's orchestra. Having an audio engineer for a father means he spent his early years listening to all sorts of music and instilled him with a love for it from the get-go. After several years of playing drums, he became immersed in his school's theater program where he learned classical singing technique as well. He attended Philadelphia's University of the Arts, studying acting, drums and vocals; he graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. Since then, Brandon has taught at several schools in NJ, including Arete Music Academy in Englewood Cliffs and PY Rock Music School in Elizabeth. He has performed professionally in productions of musicals such as Man of La Mancha and operas such as Charlie Parker's Yardbird. As an instrumentalist, he has played drums and sang on stages such as New York's legendary venue The Bitter End with rock groups The Permanent Revolution and Eels of Love, and hip-hop artists such as California-based rapper Münki, in addition to performing session work for other artists. Some of his current favorite artists include Clipping, Deafheaven, and Gorillaz. What Brandon loves most about teaching music is helping students discover what they love to hear and work their way toward achieving their goals.
Connor S. is a professional music educator and performer with specialization in the classical guitar. Connor has graduated with high honors from the Community College of Morris and Seton Hall University and holds degrees in Music Performance, Music Education, and Secondary Education. Connor has performed in and conducted vocal, jazz, and orchestral ensembles, as well as musical theater and opera productions. In addition to an expertise in the guitar, Connor offers lessons to pianists, vocalists, string players, and wind players. Connor actively incorporates technology and basic music production into each lesson. His teaching philosophy motivates students to succeed and have fun by making cultural and personal connections through music and improvisation. Connor is a true asset to the Bach to Rock Denville team!
Evan H. is a pianist and music instructor from Princeton Jct., NJ. His journey with the piano began at the age of eight and has continued throughout his adult life. Evan studied Piano Performance at Denison University, where he frequently performed works of classical music. His performances include Liszt Étude No. 3, Prokofiev Sonata No. 1, and Schubert Impromptu in E flat major. However, his first love in classical music is J.S. Bach. As an undergraduate, Evan received the Fannie Judson Farrar Memorial Music Award and the Marjorie Chan Award for outstanding contributions to the Denison University Music Department. During his graduate studies in Boston, Evan’s musical journey led him to jazz. Evan views jazz as integral to the cultural history of America. He also loves rock & roll. As an instructor, Evan believes music lessons should be fun, educational, and inspiring. All students have a creative inner artist, and music lessons cultivate technical, expressive, and intellectual skills. In addition to piano, Evan teaches early childhood classes as well as beginner guitar and drums, and hopes to lead a jazz ensemble here at B2R Denville!
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!
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.