Sean Mason, Assistant Director at the McLean location, has taught thousands of students over the ten years of working at B2R. He has taught everything from bands, private lessons on multiple instruments, and facilitating birthday parties. Sean's students have gone on to be accepted into music schools such as Berklee College Of Music, and Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy. Sean studied classical guitar under Joseph Ikner, a chamber musician and guitar instructor at Auburn University. Sean is proficient in guitar, 7 string guitar, percussion, piano, drum set, bass guitar, Dijurido, Ableton Live, and Pro Tools. As an assistant director at Bach To Rock, Sean enjoys introducing people into the world of music education. He strongly believes that B2R is the best place for anyone interested in music. Sean's favorite music ranges from classical guitar, jazz, metal, rock, and anything that makes him want to hit the dance floor.
Staff & Music Teachers
Jonas Creason is an Assistant Director at Bach to Rock in McLean, as well as a musician with over 15 years of professional experience playing bass and guitar. A Southern California native, Jonas moved to the east coast in 2009 to attend the University of Virginia, graduating in 2013 with a BA in Sociology - focusing on education. While at UVA, Jonas performed with several theatre organizations, and was the music director for productions of Rent and Avenue Q. After college he spent several years touring the United States and Europe with his band, The Anatomy of Frank, before moving to the DMV area. Jonas currently gigs with various musical theatre companies in the area as a pit orchestra musician. He enjoys all genres of music, with a particular affinity for jazz and funk.
Rachel Tucker is an Assistant Director at Bach to Rock in McLean, and a graduate of Kansas State University with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Theatre. She has performed in several musical productions, and worked behind the scenes in countless others. Her passion for music started at a young age, growing up playing the piano, and later playing percussion in band throughout school. Rachel loves to listen to bands like Fleetwood Mac and ABBA, but her favorite genre is probably musical theatre.
Alex Y. is a DJ, record producer and recording engineer. He teaches DJing, production, as well as guitar classes at Bach to Rock. Alex began touring and playing DJ gigs around North America at the age of 16. He has played festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, SXSW, Mad Decent Boat Party, and many more. He has supported DJs live such as Skrillex, Diplo, Flosstradamus, Kaytranada, Lido, Cashmere Cat, and more. Alex started DJing in Bach to Rock's Beat Refinery program at the age of 13 and quickly moved into the realm of music producing, eventually tying in his roots as a guitarist and singer into his music production, incorporating recordings of live instrumentation into his music. Alex is excited to transmit his enthusiasm for music to a younger generation of students.
Andrew G.'s philosophy to musical performance and education is “Be on time, and be on time” - professionalism and proficiency of one’s instrument are respectively important to achieving success. Beginning at age 12, Andrew taught himself how to play guitar and drums. He later went on to facilitate and plan live performance events as Vice President of George Mason University’s Music Productions Club (MPC) for three consecutive years. Since graduation, he has recorded percussion on released albums for several artists including: Annie Stokes (Doll, Livin’ Right) the Jill Warren Band (Tell Me Something), Pleasure Train (The First One), and Call For Fire (Desert Yeti). Andrew is also an active live performer, and has opened for a variety of artists including Grammy-nominated Sierra Hull and Cory Henry of Snarky Puppy. Today, Andrew’s mission is to ensure that his students are having fun while learning music, and that meaningful engagement is the key which can unlock unlimited potential!
Brendan P. is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who teaches bass, drums, and guitar at B2R. He is passionate about spreading his philosophy of music, which can be summed up by the phrase “if you like it, learn it.” After learning the fundamentals of music in the context of a guitar, he started exploring the rhythmic world of bass and drums under the direction of Charles Ostle (of The Oscillators). For years he was playing in multiple jazz ensembles as a bassist or a drummer, while writing and experimenting with original material in his spare time. Brendan has been performing professionally in the DC area since he was 16, playing a wide range of styles from hard rock to pop, to hip hop, and folk. Today he is the proud founder and co-songwriter for the band Nah., who plays regularly at DC venues like The Black Cat and Rock And Roll Hotel. He’s very excited to share his love for creativity with the students at B2R McLean!
Caroline G., voice specialist and flute player, was raised in a family with an active love of music in Northeast Iowa. She trained in classical voice and flute at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in both instruments, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and then continued at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, earning her Master’s degree in Voice Performance. Caroline then went on to earn her Artist Certificate in voice from George Mason University in May, 2014, where she won top awards in two N.A.T. S. state competitions and the GMU Concerto Competition singing with the GMU orchestra. While at GMU, Caroline also joined the Mason Vocal Jazz Ensemble and studied jazz voice with Dr. Darden Purcell, head of Jazz studies. Caroline’s favorite music, aside from classical, includes music theatre, jazz, and Japanese and Korean popular music, which she performs frequently for fans on various social media platforms. She believes first and foremost in focusing on vocal health and well-being, and then applying that healthy voice technique to almost any style and genre of singing with ease, stamina, and joy.
Danielle S. is a Virginia native and has a background in classical training on the viola. She has been taking viola lessons since age 12 and also enjoyed learning the violin, cello, and piano. She studied at George Mason University with a B.A. in music and a minor in business. While studying at George Mason she attended several summer music festivals such as Eastern Music Festival and Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. She was principal violist with the George Mason Symphony Orchestra and enjoyed playing in various chamber ensembles. She teaches violin, viola, and beginning cello and piano at Bach to Rock. Danielle’s number one goal is to make lessons fun and exciting for both students and parents.
Demir S. teaches guitar, bass, piano and coaches bands at B2R Mclean. He received his Bachelor’s of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston. Demir has played in various groups whose styles have ranged from heavy metal to chamber music. He is currently gigging regularly in the D.C. area with thrash metal band Narrow Grave. Demir’s influences include Alex Skolnick, Michael Schenker, Glen Tipton, and Andy LaRocque.
Devin B. is a Music Specialist and Saxophone instructor at B2R McLean. He started his career with a classical background and was awarded 1st Chair Jazz Tenor Saxophonist in Loudoun County in 2012. Devin has been playing Saxophone for over twelve years and has been teaching students of all ages and backgrounds for the last five. He has also recently picked up Guitar and Piano and looks forward to teaching basics in those too. He specializes in playing Blues, Funk, Jazz, R&B and Rock. Devin gigs regularly in the Northern Virginia and DC area and he has huge passion for helping others learn new skills and developments in music.
Erin R. is a graduate of Belmont University’s School of Music who has performed her entire life having started piano lessons at the age of 4. Involved in choirs and musical theater throughout her middle and high school career as well as musical summer camps, she decided to pursue a performance track in college. She originally studied Media Music at BYU where she had many opportunities to perform. She has sung the national anthem at many collegiate sporting events like basketball, soccer and baseball games. She performed at the 2012 Eagle Condor Foundation Charity Gala as well as recorded their yearly theme song. She has performed for various events as a featured soloist in the Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City, UT as well as dozens of other musical events throughout the area. Not only a musician, she is a well rounded performer having been a ballroom dancer in college, performing in numerous venues on a team and competed as well as placed in several Dance Sport competitions. She eventually went to finish her degree in Commercial Music and Music Business at Belmont University in the heart of Nashville, TN. There she participated in several small ensembles, bands, and show choirs until her graduation date where she decided to take up teaching. Since then she has been teaching beginner-advance voice and piano lessons as well as directed numerous church choirs. Erin's looking forward to teaching voice and piano lessons to new students at Bach to Rock McLean!
Francesca P. teaches piano, guitar, and voice at Bach to Rock McLean. She can also be found leading birthday parties for all ages on the weekends. Francesca is a native Long Islander and received her Bachelor's Degree from Molloy College in Music and Psychology. Her main instrument is voice, as she has 10 years of classical training under her belt. In the past, Francesca has been a private music instructor and has worked for non-for-profits that allow her to bring her musical side to the team. She has performed in various musicals since age 9 ranging from "Fiddler on the Roof" to "Les Miserables," as well as performing for a multitude on non-for-profit events in New York City, Long Island, Chicago, and more. Francesca has developed a passion for songwriting during her musical career and enjoys bringing those techniques to her students at B2R. She is currently enrolled in Shenandoah University's Graduate Music Therapy Program and aspires to be a music therapist with children and adolescents with special needs and mental illnesses.
Kevin P. is a Guitar and Music Production / DJ Specialist at McLean and has been teaching music since 2008. As a classically-trained guitarist (B.M. In Music Industry from James Madison University '11) and with his numerous years playing guitar in ensembles and bands of varying genres, he likes to incorporate music theory principles and songwriting knowledge to explain the art of DJ'ing and production from a musical standpoint. Kevin has spun in clubs and bars in DC and Northern Virginia and has participated in several remix competitions online. He has experience working with Logic Pro and Pro Tools, but really loves working with Ableton Live, and regularly uses both digital "soft synths" and his analog synthesizers to create his own sounds from scratch. Other than teaching, producing, or DJ'ing, Kevin enjoys sarcasm, drinking espresso, watching Netflix, and going on jogs while listening to Fatboy Slim, early Daft Punk, Flume, and artists from Mau5trap Records and OWSLA.
Mike K. teaches piano and coaches bands at B2R McLean. He has taught beginners as well as advanced students for over twenty years. Trained classically, Mike also has extensive experience in rock, country, pop, jazz and rhythm and Blues styles.Mike is also an accomplished Hammond organ player, and is a singer, songwriter and studio musician. His band "Mike Kelley and Friends" performs regularly in the Washington area. His influences include Oscar Peterson, Jimmy Smith, Keith Emerson, Leon Russell, and Ludwig Von Beethoven.
Misha B. graduated from the Institute of Culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia majoring in Band Directing. With his degree and many years of experience, Misha teaches guitar, bass, drums, piano, sax, flute and clarinet at B2R McLean. He continues today as a professional musician of several instruments, composer, and recording artist.
Noor A. is a passionate musician who currently teaches piano at Bach to Rock, McLean. She has been playing since she was 8 years old, and has completed all performance and theory exams under the The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. After playing violin for a couple of years, she decided to take on the role of concert pianist at her local high school, assisting her orchestra at seasonal concerts. In addition, she has won and placed at numerous music competitions in the DMV area. Her extensive experience with children through volunteering at elementary schools as well as coaching middle school debate students outside of music make her the perfect fit for Bach to Rock. Whether it be teaching Rock City and Kids 'n Keys classes or leading birthday parties on the weekends, she is extremely enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge and love for music with others!
Ross C. teaches voice, piano, guitar, and early ed classes at B2R McLean. A life-long student of the performing arts, Ross loves sharing his passion for music with aspiring artists of all ages. During his studies at Christopher Newport University, Ross was fortunate to work with instructors across many disciplines, focusing primarily on Vocal Performance and Acting. Having the opportunity to sing in fantastic acoustical spaces such as the famous Basilica di San Marco in Venice, Italy, and performing in classic plays like Ah, Wilderness! and L'elisir d'amore (The Elixir of Love) has taught Ross both patience in working with other performers, as well as given him a deep respect for the universal language of art. Ross is currently an active member of Fairfax Choral Society's Vocal Arts Ensemble. Teaching with Bach to Rock since 2015, Ross helps students to develop musical and interpersonal skills which are necessary to become successful collaborative artists. Ross looks forward to working with you or your child to accomplish your musical goals (and hopefully have a lot of fun along the way)!
Ryan H. is a teacher of violin, guitar, and piano at Bach to Rock. A native of Arlington, Virginia, he is a classically-trained musician and composer, having studied Music Composition at Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music and having served in both the William and Mary Symphony Orchestra and the Northwestern Philharmonia as a violinist. His musical influences include rock guitar legends and country flatpickers, yet he is a firm believer in the importance of a classical mindset and proper technique when studying any genre of music. "No one can teach an artist what to paint," he argues, "but you can teach an artist how to hold the brush. That's what we do here. We let the student explore and simply make sure they have a firm foundation to help them." When he's not teaching, you can find Ryan playing the fiddle in country bands or reading up on physics, a favorite hobby of his and one in which he holds a degree from the College of William and Mary. (Ryan is also comfortable teaching in Spanish.)
Stephanie G. has been teaching piano, voice, ukulele, percussion and music theory for eight years, and teaching songwriting and coaching bands for six. A lover of all things musical with a passion for education, she has performed in countless productions and arranged and music-directed many more. Her style is versatile, ranging from contemporary and pop to rock, musical theater, and classical. She has performed and taught across the East Coast, from Montreal, Canada, to Orlando, Florida, and is always looking for new ways to reimagine existing works.
Stephen R. teaches drums, guitar, bass, recording arts and bands at Bach to Rock, McLean He is from right here in the DMV area. He grew up in Southern Maryland, playing in bands and studying music all throughout grade school. After winning multiple awards in middle school for jazz drumming, Stephen began playing music professionally when he was just 14 years old. He has performed professionally as a guitar player, bass player, and drummer for many years. Now as a well respected musician among the DMV musical community, he performs regularly at venues such as the Rock and Roll Hotel, Songbyrd, the Black Cat, DC9, U Street Music Hall and many more. Stephen also owns his own studio in Falls Church where he records local bands and artists. He's looking forward to sharing his experiences and knowledge with the students at B2R!
Tia M. is a singer, piano player, and composer. Beginning her studies at Columbia College Chicago, she studied sound design and music. She has experience performing in choirs and a cappella groups, in addition to her work as a freelance vocalist for video game music. She has sung for independent game soundtracks, arrangement albums, and frequently attends events in the game industry. She is looking forward to sharing her passion of music and teaching with the students of B2R McLean!
- 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.