David Ferguson - My passion for music has been life long. Started piano lessons at age five, trumpet lessons in the fourth grade and pleaded with my parents to let me quit both my senior year in high school so I could take up the drums. Playing the piano helped me become a better drummer with regards to playing in groups / bands as I listen to all the moving parts and drum within the composition...paying attention to the music first will allow your playing to be more effective and honest. The drummers I listen to all the time as they all play within the music (Vinnie Colaiuta, Simon Phillips, Jeff Porcaro, Chris "Daddy" Daves, Will Kennedy, Tony Williams,JoJo Mayer, etc...) I strive everyday to become a better drummer/musician/teacher and hope that I can help you on your musician path.
Staff & Music Teachers
Corey S. began playing the drums in 1997. Gaining fundamental experience through marching, symphonic and jazz band in school music programs. During high school he joined his first band and fell in love with making music with other people. Over the last 15 years he has toured the country playing music with many different acts providing him countless hours of stage time and performance experience. Corey is a life long student of the drums with a deep passion for all aspects of drumming and all things rhythmic.
Dean S. I began playing music when I was 14 and have since been playing for the past 8 years in multiple bands and other projects. I was taught at Vista del Lago High School by Vincent Martini. I teach Guitar, Bass Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, and Beginning Banjo. I am majoring in Music Education and getting my Associates at Folsom Lake Junior College, and continuing for my Bachelors and Masters at California State University of Chico. I moved from Austin TX, to Folsom CA in 2010. I have three younger brothers so I love being around kids and seeing them progress in things they love, especially music. It’s what life is really about and brings natural joy and satisfaction. I started with Bach 2 Rock June of 2018, but have given private lessons since 2014. Music is the passion I found a bit later in life, but, ever since I did, life has been so much better.
Don S. - My passion for the guitar began the first time I heard those famous Hendrix, Zeppelin, and ACDC riffs. My dad bought me my first acoustic guitar at age 13 and said when I learned to play it well enough he would buy me an electric. Needless to say I played non stop until I sounded good enough to allow the noise of an electric guitar in the house. Mostly self taught, with some guidance on the way, I started playing live in front of people in my early 20’s and soon was playing all over the South Bay music scene. I have continued to this day to play in various music projects playing everything from weddings and casinos to corporate events and festivals. I have recently discovered the joy of sharing my guitar knowledge here at Bach to Rock.
Inna G. - Birthday: January 16th - Instrument: Piano, Voice, Woodwinds, Strings - At the age of 14 I graduated from music school where I studied piano, vocal, saxophone, and composition writing. I received my bachelors in Music in Moscow and have been attending CSU for my bachelors in piano and music education. I love to teach children of all ages in any style that they love.
Mars (Chris) is a career musician who has performed with Jazz, Rock & Metal bands as well as with symphony orchestras in The US and Canada over the last 30 years. He retired from a decade long stint as a film composer in 2015 with over 40 feature films,documentaries, and short films to his credit. His music has been heard in TV shows on networks such as MTV, VH1, The History Channel and the SyFy Channel. A multi-instrumentalist; he currently teaches Guitar, Bass & Ukulele at the Folsom Bach To Rock Music School.
Otniel R. started playing violin at the age of seven and piano at the age of twelve. Following his graduation from Sacramento State University he was under the tutelage of William Barbini and Ian Swensen. While in Sacramento, Otniel performed with the Sacramento Chamber music Society and also numerous concerts in the Bay Area. After his graduation from Sacramento State University, Otniel went to Killington, Vermont where he enjoyed Summer Festivals and had the pleasure to take master classes and intense coaching from the likes of Ben Sayevich, Irina Muresanu, Rictor Noren and all members and faculty of New England Conservatory. During his years in Boston, Otniel enjoyed playing in the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra and the Fenway International String Quartet as a violist. Teaching under the supervision of professor and pedagogue Rictor Noren were most rewarding. Otniel currently enjoys enriching children's music education in the Sacramento area.
Reece - For as long as I can remember - music has always been an essential part of my life and well-being. In large part, I think this was due to my mom playing beautiful music on the piano when I was very young; from composers like Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, and many other classical and romantic era greats. Then my mom bought me a guitar when I was 7 years old, and I instantly felt like I had to practice and learn as much about it as I possibly could, but I was pretty discouraged without having anyone to show me how to play and I felt like I would never be able to grasp how to play guitar properly. So, it wasn't until I was 12 years old that I really started to play and learn guitar, being further motivated by my brother who was just learning guitar himself. We started out learning songs by Metallica and Led Zeppelin. Later, I took a deep interest in learning blues, classical, jazz, and more classic rock like Chuck Berry, Jimi Hendrix, Santana etc. After years of studying and practice, I believe I have a firm grasp of music theory, how to play different styles of music, and the ins and outs of guitar playing. I now have an Associates in Arts for Music - General with honors from Sacramento City College. Over the past year I have been writing and recording a rock album in pro tools, and giving guitar and piano lessons to those who wish to learn.
Sarah S. is a graduate of Sacramento State University, Sacramento with a Bachelors in Music—Vocal Performance and a minor in Musical Theatre. As a child, Sarah took organ, piano, violin, and guitar lessons. Starting in middle school, she found a love for woodwind instruments and started taking flute, clarinet, and alto saxophone lessons for concert band. Under the request of her band teacher, she also learned mallet percussion and tuba. In high school, she took up oboe for symphonic band while also being active in the choir. Sarah has been a part of the baroque ensemble Camerata Capistrano, University Chorale, and the Sac State Vocal Jazz Ensembles throughout her undergraduate career. She can also be found in various productions as well as working as an audio-visual technician at multiple venues around the Sacramento area. She loves to foster the love of music within her students as they grow in their musicianship.
Travis D., originally from Racine, Wisconsin, has been playing the drums for 24 years. He took up music performance at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and also holds a degree in Recording and Music Technology from the Madison Media Institue. He has won numerous awards including the Midwest Guitar Center Drum-off as well as the Madison Area Music Award for Best Rock Album. He has opened for Brett Michaels, Thomas Pridgeon and Earth, Wind and Fire and has performed with Daniel Johnston. He has been teaching for the past 11 years and looks forward to continuing to inspire and help his students succeed and achieve all their music goals.
- 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.