Caroline Murray is the Director of Ridgefield Bach to Rock. She has a BA in journalism from the University of Illinois and professional background in marketing and events. She worked for Slack Barshinger and Ketchum PR. She was also a flight attendant for over a decade. Caroline had an early love for music which included piano, voice, flute, guitar and musical theater. She believes music is a language and that the positive influence of a musical education are pivotal in developing healthy individuals. She joins the school to help share her passion with the community.
Staff & Music Teachers
Austin I. is a professional trumpet player based in Newtown, CT, who has made his mark in many different genres with his distinct sound, improvisational concepts, and aggressive lead trumpet playing. After graduating from Newtown High School in 2014, Austin attended Western Connecticut State University, where he studied jazz trumpet. He has studied with esteemed trumpeters: Dave Scott, Rich Clymer, Bryan Davis, Jumaane Smith and has had the opportunity to work with world-renowned saxophonist, Jimmy Greene. Currently, Austin gigs frequently in the greater NYC/CT area, and writes his own original music. Austin brings to the studio his enthusiasm toward learning all styles of music, and experience on the bandstand in an effort to teach his students the necessary steps to becoming a successful musician.
Chris A. teaches guitar, bass and piano. There has been one consistent passion through his entire life: jazz guitar. Chris has showed an intense, unwavering interest in all forms of jazz music since childhood. From Dixieland to fusion, he demonstrates a culmination of knowledge from every era of jazz and spends his time learning as much as possible about the history and art of jazz guitar. He has experience performing an array of genres with full bands, orchestras, and combos. Most notably, he has spent the past three years performing and recording with the Chris Daly Band, based out of Newtown, CT. Their shows are a veritable variety hour of music, intent on connecting people through music and improvisation. The driving force through Chris’ life has been his connection with others. He uses music as a means of understanding, we may all be different, but we all understand music at its most primal level. His compassion for those around him inspires his music and performances. He is an ideal band performer, improvisational musician, and genuine pleasure to work with.
Conor B. is a drummer from Newtown, CT. Conor is pursuing a BA in Economics and a minor in music at U Conn. He plans to continue his music education by pursuing a BM in Jazz Studies at WCSU. Conor loves performing locally and his performance repertoire includes: Strasbourg / St. Denis, Roy Hargrove- One by One, Art Blakey & the JazzMessengers- Seven Steps to Heaven, Miles Davis- Sandu, Clifford Brown and Max Roach- Girl from Ipanema, Antonio CarlosJobim- Orange Colored Sky, Milton DeLugg,Willie Stein, arr. Nat King Cole- Cantelope Island, Herbie Hancock- Impressions, John Coltrane, arr. WesMontgomery & Wynton Kelly Tri.
Jules C. is Music Education major with a focus on Violin at West Conn. She teaches violin, cello and piano. She is a member of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra as musician in the St. Rose of Lima Folk Group and a Danbury Music Center Fundraising Board Member.
Kregg Z. has a BA in music from University of Miami and spent 4 years with the U.S. Army band in Europe. Kregg teaches guitar, bass and tuba.
Lisa T. has been teaching early childhood music at area preschools since 2007. She brings this knowledge to Bach to Rock, where she enjoys working with young beginners. Because she started learning to play classical and folk guitar at age 5, Lisa knows what it’s like to be young and excited about music. She customizes her teaching methods to reach students at their current developmental level, allowing their musical knowledge to grow along with them. Lisa holds a degree in music theory, and has a lifetime of performing experience in styles as diverse as classic country, heavy metal, classic and modern rock, and classical. She plays both electric and acoustic guitars, sings lead and harmony vocals, and occasionally picks up the bass. She currently performs in area venues as lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Charm City Exiles, and as a solo artist under the name L.T. Maroon. An accomplished songwriter, Lisa records in her own home studio and likes to stay on top of legal issues in the music industry.
Malin C. began her saxophone studies at the age of 8 and piano at the age of 5. Born and raised in Hartford County, she is now a senior at Western Connecticut State University pursuing a B.M. degree in jazz performance and studies under the direction of Grammy-nominated saxophonist Dr. Jimmy Greene. Malin is a versatile musician; well-versed in many genres including classical, jazz, rock, pop, and funk. She was classically trained on saxophone throughout high school and during her first year of college when she won the James Furman Memorial Award for the freshmen class. Malin has played in both jazz and classical-based ensembles, and currently holds the position as president of WCSU’s Jazz Club. Malin has shared the stage with guest artists such as Sean Jones, Russell Malone, Josh Evans, Geoffrey Keezer, and Ron Carter. While Malin is involved in several ensembles within her school, she also performs throughout CT with various groups including her own quartet. Malin has experience playing in lots of different musical settings on several instruments including saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, guitar, and ukulele. She loves trying new things and getting out of her comfort zone and encourages that for her students while reminding them that they are in a safe and supportive environment. Let’s have fun and make some music!
Patrick W. is a multi-instrumentalist who has been making music longer than he can remember. With 16 years of playing experience and 5 years spent teaching he never spares a moment to find the harmony in life. Right after graduating high school, Patrick attended Western Connecticut State University Music Education program. There he learned how to connect with the many different ways we all learn music. While he is able to teach a variety of genres and styles he specializes in Jazz Guitar and performs in many venues in the Danbury area. He also specializes in teaching keyboard as well as the drumset. Patrick finds value in understanding with each student he gets to work with and speaks to the many difficulties that every beginner will face along their musical journey. It's like Patrick always says, "Practice makes Worster!"
Rafael C. Prior to graduating from Western Connecticut State University with a B.A. in Music & Audio Production, and with a focus in vocal performance in 2019 , Rafael has been helping clients of all kinds lay down a polished and pristine sound. Raff has been taught one on one with industry professionals such as, four-time Emmy award winner - with 11 nominations- Ed Dzubak and NBC composer, Danny Gray. His passion and commitment make him capable of meeting a wide range of demanding client requests.
William H. has 20 years of training and experience in classical, jazz, and gospel piano, organ, guitar, and bass. He also studied audio production. William enlisted into the United States Navy where he had the opportunity to audition for The Norfolk Navy Jazz Band (piano), and Ms. Patti Labelle (piano). After the Navy he went back to college to finish his Associates in an independent study for Music Performance. He has worked with several independent artists - like Mike Flowerz, Latoya J, Astronomix, and (Sunday's Best Runner up) Ralph Williams - as a studio musician and arranger as well as co-producer. He has also been able to to play in off-Broadway productions of Fame (Bass Guitar), Putnam County Spelling Bee (Piano/Synth), and Kiss Me Kate (Double Bass). Upon completion of his Associates degree, and after starting a family, William took on more of a consulting and "hired gun" role for independent artists, studios, and bands between musicians. He completed a second Associates, his Bachelors in Paralegal Studies, went on to finish his Juris Masters (LL.M) in Administrative Law from Regent University, and most recently an Executive Juris Doctorate from Purdue University Global. He’s currently working as a compliance officer at a non-profit and playing mainly in area churches with the rare private engagement when his schedule permits.
- 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.