Christa Cook, Site Director, studied music almost her entire life and cannot remember a time where she didn’t consider herself a musician. She began studying the piano at the age of 7 and some of her fondest childhood memories come from her time as a budding pianist. Prior to her time with Bach to Rock, Christa taught voice and piano in the private sector for over ten years in around New Jersey and had the pleasure of working with a wide array of students from varied ages, backgrounds, talents and musical passions. Most recently, she received her master’s Degree in music education from Teachers College, Columbia University, with a focus in Vocal Pedagogy. While Christa enjoys singing almost everything, some of her favorite’s come from Opera and R&B. Christa hopes to build a rich and vibrant musical community here in Denville through the students she serves at Bach to Rock. Most importantly, she is an advocate of lifelong learning and feels whether your 2 ½ or 88, the joy and fulfillment one experiences from creating music is priceless!
Staff & Music Teachers
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.
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!
Declan J. is a multi-instrumentalist with 13 years experience under his belt. His primary focus is on the guitar. He studied jazz guitar during his years at Manhattanville College but plays in many other styles as well, ranging from rock to hip-hop to blues and folk. He has also studied classical piano for four years and continues to develop his skills in that style. His time in college also included training on a wide range of instruments in the woodwind, brass, and string families. Declan currently holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education and is working towards his Masters of Arts in teaching. He is excited to bring everything he has learned about education and music to his students at Bach to Rock!
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.
Jillian W. teaches early childhood classes and voice. She has loved music for as long as she can remember, and some of her favorite memories include singing along to Cyndi Lauper and Whitney Houston on the radio with her mom. She began performing while attending the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts High School. From there, she studied voice, dance, and musical theatre performance at James Madison University where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Dance with a concentration in Musical Theatre. Jillian has a passion for teaching music to young children and loves coaching her students to develop their talent. She believes that a music education helps build a strong foundation for learning and appreciation for the arts and is so excited to be a part of the B2R Denville team!
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.