Mara Marrero, Owner & Director of Bach to Rock Sandy Plains has more than 25 years of experience as an Early Childhood Educator in Georgia. Prior to starting Bach to Rock Sandy Plains with her husband, “Ms. Mara” spent the past 17 years teaching at Park View Montessori in Woodstock, GA as the Lead Pre-K Teacher. She holds degrees in Psychology and Early Childhood Education from Indiana Wesleyan University and is a Certified Montessori Teacher. As an Early Childhood Educator, her approach has always been to stay relevant by finding creative and fun ways to teach and connect with students to help them excel. This makes her a perfect fit for Bach to Rock and their unique approach to music education that allows children to explore the kinds of music they love and want to play.
Staff & Music Teachers
Jake H., Assistant Director at Bach To Rock Sandy Plains, has been a student of music since he was around the age of 10. All throughout High School, he participated in concert band, marching band, chamber ensembles, music camps, music workshops, and performed with local rock and jazz groups. Jake then attended the University of West Georgia where he continued his musical studies by earning a Music Performance degree in Saxophone Performance. While at the University of West Georgia, he continued to perform with ensembles of multiple genres, and eventually began teaching private lessons to young saxophonists in the Carrollton area. Even after graduating, Jake continues to play with the University of West Georgia Saxophone Ensemble, a group that performs professional arrangements of prestigious orchestral works. While primarily a saxophone player, Jake is also well versed in piano, clarinet, drums, and can often be heard imitating the sounds of an infinite number of instruments on the EWI. Jake believes that students of music should be open to learning about any and all genres, and that an education in music can never be started too early. He is also an avid record collector, and can be found digging his way through dollar bins all across the state whenever he has the time!
Anthony C. has been playing bass guitar for more than 30 years. He developed his musical abilities through education and lessons, as well as practical experience playing in a variety of live bands across multiple genres, in the mid-west and south eastern United States. He holds a Professional Certificate from Berklee College of Music and is currently pursuing a Music Performance and Technology degree from the Atlanta Institute of Music. In addition to music, Anthony has a background in U.S. policy and international relations, holding graduate and undergraduate degrees in Strategic Security Studies and Political Science. Having worked in more than a dozen countries during a 20-year career in the U.S. military, Anthony seeks challenges and enjoys working in diverse environments. He also considers himself to be a lifelong student, continually seeking opportunities to learn and believes that a key factor in achieving a great education is to pursue what inspires you.
Carly S. earned her Bachelor's degree in piano performance from Jacksonville State University. She received her first guitar for Christmas at the age of ten, which triggered her interest in music performance. She took guitar lessons for a time, and thoroughly enjoyed learning a variety of different contemporary songs and performing them with her sister at various community events. From those first musical moments, her interest and love for music grew into a life ambition. She developed a love for piano, being influenced by pianists such as Billy Joel and Elton John. She received her first keyboard in high school and learned the basics from her high school band director. She decided to attend college at Jacksonville State and study General Music. While at college, she earned scholarships for both classical piano and jazz piano. She performed with various campus ensembles such as Jazz combos and big bands. College introduced her to the vast world of classical music and she fell in love with the music of various artists including Claude Debussy and Edvard Grieg. She enjoyed playing in a group setting where she got to collaborate with other musicians. She also performed with the Jacksonville State University Marching Southerners at various locations including the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Currently, Carly enjoys playing local venues, writing original pieces, working with music students, and continuing to further her music portfolio.
Joselyn E. holds a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Georgia. With 12 years of experience in the elementary classroom, she has learned how to provide lessons that both educate and engage young learners. In her youth, she enjoyed singing in her church choir and playing clarinet in her school concert and marching bands. After graduating from UGA, she obtained a degree in recording arts and began studying the piano. She enjoys sharing her love of music with children. She hopes to inspire others to develop their gifts to their fullest potential.
Kim C. is a flutist, originally from New York, who has been involved in music ever since a very young age. She graduated from William Floyd High School where she was a member of the wind ensemble, jazz band, pit orchestra and chorus. Wanting to pursue a career in music, she attended college at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music, where she earned a degree in music education, with a concentration in flute performance. While attending college, she continued to perform in multiple ensembles as a flutist, but also took many courses where she learned how to play all woodwind and brass instruments, as well as piano and percussion. After college, she went on to teach elementary general music/chorus, and high school band while student teaching in the Westhampton Beach school district. She recently moved to Georgia to continue her career as a music educator, looks forward to sharing her love of music, and hopes to inspire others through her teaching.
Kimberly W. is a profound musician whose talents have paved a journey that never ends. She started learning piano at age five and began taking harp lessons at age ten. Kim has performed with the Atlanta Youth Symphony Orchestra as the principle harpist for two years, toured Europe with the American Youth Harp Ensemble, and has played for events featuring celebrities such as Chris Tucker and Toni Braxton. Although Kim has been studying harp for 11 years now, she is also a self-taught pianist and began composing pieces at a very young age. Her love for creating music drove her to study music composition for a year at Georgia State University and opened the opportunity to work with Dove Award Nominated Producer, Vernon Messam. While Kim loves performing, she also loves teaching others how to express themselves through music and igniting the spark of creativity within them. She believes that playing music is one thing...but being one with the sound you create is another, and hopes to inspire others to unleash their passion.
Micresha M. is in her first year with the Bach to Rock Sandy Plains, Music School. A native of Selma, Alabama, and an accomplished singer, Micresha Myatt has been involved in music for most of her life as well as the theatre industry since 2007. Favorite past credits include Love Sung in The Key of Aretha Franklin (Erma), Dreamgirls (Effe), Color Purple (Church Lady/Sophia), to name a few. She received her BS degree from Alabama State University and an MFA in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design. She is excited to be a part of Bach to Rock Sandy Plains, Music School and give thanks to the staff for their support in assisting to make this school greater.
Neal R., double bassist, raised in Georgia who earned degrees in classical performance from DePaul University and Indiana University. Has performed with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the Chicago Bass Ensemble, Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and the Kankakee Symphony Orchestra. Has done clinician work for Palmer Middle School and Dodgen Middle School, as well as assistant teaching at the Kennesaw State University summer strings program. Whether it's for casual play or serious hobby interest, he's happy to assist you in learning whatever genre you are most interested in playing.
Sean L. I was raised in a home full of music. My earliest influences were my father (who performed nationally as a vocalist in styles such as Sinatra, Elvis and Johnny Cash), and my brother (who is a professionally trained guitarist and studio musician). I started performing music with my dad at a very young age. These performances lit the creative spark that I still carry with me today. I began playing music in the school marching band in 5th grade and started with my own drum kit at the age of 10. By age 14, I was playing in bands with my friends and taking private lessons with some of Atlanta’s top instructors. During the 90s and early 2000’s I began touring the southeast and playing medium to large venues to sold out crowds, often opening for national acts. After moving to Florida, I worked at several nightclubs in the Panhandle doing production and sound for live nightly performances, often sitting in with the performing acts when they needed a drummer. I performed live with various bands throughout the area. One of my favorite projects was working with a group of musicians to open and play a nightly live dueling piano show, performing 3-5 hours per night, 7 days a week! This was a very diversifying 15 years for me. By performing with such a wide variety of talented musicians in so many different circumstances and musical styles, I was able to develop exponentially as a musician. I believe that music has brought me a lifetime of learning. I have been very fortunate to have wonderful and inspiring musicians surrounding me from New Orleans, Florida, Atlanta and around the country. I found myself able to play a wide range of musical styles-from country, pop, rock, top 40 to rhythm and blues. Over the years, these talented artists continue to shape me as a musician and mentor every time I sit down to play.
Talia G. is a vocal instructor at Bach to Rock. She has been involved in music since an early age. Talia started performing in musicals in elementary school and participated in a band in middle school and high school. Much of her musical experience growing up was given to her in church, as she learned musical leadership skills on the worship team. Talia attended KSU and then graduated from Lee University. She studied Early Childhood Education, Ministry, and Music, then graduated with a Bachelor degree in Ministry and Music Education. She taught vocals and musical skills to 1st through 12th graders and has conducted a choir of elementary school students. Not only does Talia have experience in vocals, but also in piano, guitar, and ukulele. She believes that music is a way to communicate feelings and that all genres are equally important. Talia feels that students can learn skills that better their musical talents, as they express their personalities through music.
Wesley C. teaches drums and has been playing percussion for over 18 years. He has loved music his whole life and also has played piano for 18 years and guitar for 12. Wesley is a newcomer to the Atlanta area and holds a Music degree and a Linguistics degree from the University of Georgia, where he studied under Timothy Adams, Arvin Scott, and Scott Pollard. He plays at a professional level concert percussion instruments as well as drum set in all styles. He has taught marching percussion since 2011 and has experience teaching drum set to students of all ages and skill levels. Additionally, Wesley has taught Spanish prior to joining the Bach to Rock team. He loves listening and playing all genres and time periods of music, and believes that it's never too early to introduce students to a well-rounded education in the wonderful world of music!
- 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.