Shannon Smith is the Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Cedar Park. She is an Austin transplant, originally from the Dallas/Forth Worth metroplex. Shannon’s passion for music started at an early age with piano and led her to study percussion and music education at the university level before pursuing a degree in English Literature. While attending the University of North Texas, she had an opportunity to perform with percussion ensembles across genres and study varied musical styles, including marching band, concert band, steel band, Gamelan, and Afro-Cuban. Shannon’s career experience is in retail management and restaurant event planning, but music has continued to be a driving force in her life. She is excited to apply her diverse background to what she loves most, connecting with and empowering others through the art of music.
Staff & Music Teachers
Adrian J., hailing from Austin, Texas, is a rising Junior Viola performance major at the Eastman School of Music Studying under Professor George Taylor. Adrian began studying viola in his freshman year of highschool at McCallum Fine Arts Academy under Martha Carapetyan; he later went on to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy in his senior year under the teaching of Renee Skerik. Adrian has performed for and studied with esteemed performers and teachers such as Jeff Irvine, Lynn Ramsey, Masumi Rostad, Elias Goldstein, Yzak Schotten, Charles Castleman, Csaba Erdely, Karen Ritcher, Michael Ouzounian, JoAnn Falletta and more. Adrian is extremely proud to be the second recipient of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra Diversity Fellowship.
Bryan R., aka B1, has been DJ’ing and producing electronic music for over 20 years. Bryan has been involved with every facet of EDM music has to offer since moving to Austin in 2001. A drum and bass DJ, he has continued to hone his scratching and blending skills, and has performed with the most respected names in DnB/EDM. Until 2020 when Plush nightclub was forced to shut down, Bryan was a part of one of the longest running DnB nights in the US, Sonar DnB. This residency allowed him to play across amazing venues all over Austin and across Texas, including a live hour dnb mix on KOOP, a local radio station. Bryan loves all aspects of DJ culture and has a 10 year old son who has recently developed the same passions.
Gustavo H. is a drummer/percussionist originally from Boston, Massachusetts and recently relocated to Austin with over 12 years of professional experience. While in Boston, Gustavo obtained his bachelors and masters from Berklee College of Music, an experience that would allow him to perform and learn about various styles of music from afro-cuban, jazz, blues, rock, hip hop, samba, and flamenco among many others. Having this wide knowledge of musical styles has allowed Gustavo the opportunity to perform in countries such as Italy, Slovenia, France, Spain, Hungary, Mexico, Dominican Republic and Canada. In addition to performing Gustavo composes music and produces using Logic Pro and Sibelius. He has taught music in various settings and believes it is important for musicians to pass knowledge down to the next generation.
Marc S. grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and has been playing guitar since he was 8 years old. He first learned from his grandfather, Floyd Moore, who was a big band swing musician and played with his other grandfather, Paul Strohallen. Growing up in a musical family helped Marc develop as a musician. Marc studied with Frank Sumaris at Chabot College and once maintained a 60-student teaching schedule at Music Unlimited. He was an active performer in the Bay Area with acts such as The David Stewart trio and Chesire Cats. Marc lived in Brazil for 10 years, playing with the likes of Flavio Guimaraes (Blues Etilicos) and Reggae band Seu Liborio. Before relocating to Austin during the pandemic, Marc was living in Maui, Hawaii where he played jazz standards from the 50's and 60's on a nightly basis in local restaurants. He is looking forward to the future of teaching and performing. Fun fact: Marc was once on a pilot episode of a soap opera in Brazil!
Michael C. has been playing guitar since the age of 9 when he got his first guitar. Shortly thereafter, he started learning drums and piano and moved onto joining a band in middle school. Since high school, Michael has been playing with bands at shows in downtown Austin. He was also in the drum-line and has been playing guitar in jazz bands around town. Jazz sparked his interest in music theory which he continued to pursue after graduation. Around the same time, Michael realized his love and calling for teaching everything he knows about music and has been teaching music lessons ever since. At Bach to Rock, Mr. Michael teaches guitar, bass, drums, percussion, piano and ukulele. He is also proficient in recording arts and music production.
Trinidad A., an El Paso native, has been teaching voice, piano, and guitar for over 6 years in the greater San Antonio and Austin areas. Trinidad received his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance in the spring of 2014 from St. Mary's university. There he would begin performing in various musical roles and styles such as Broadway, Opera, Jazz, and Spirituals. Trinidad received his Master's degree in Vocal Performance from Texas State University in 2019. After performing in a music festival in Germany, Trinidad moved to Austin, where he sings with two opera companies, Austin Lyric Opera and Gilbert and Sullivan Austin. Trinidad believes that music is a moving force, one that, once honed and refined, can move mountains, and people.
Zach S. has 25 years of experience playing drums and various other instruments. Zach attended school at Full Sail Recording Arts. He has been playing downtown Austin since he was 16, at several longstanding local venue and was once features on Austin’s music channel. Zach has performed as a percussionist in Downtown Disney with “The Sound Factory”. Zach has written, composed, and recorded 50+ songs and has a strength for connecting with kids and getting them inspired and eager to learn and play live.
- 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.