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
Stephen Thompson is an Assistant Director at Bach to Rock’s Mclean location, and graduate of George Mason University with a degree in Arts Management (2014). Stephen began playing guitar in middle school, and soon joined a band. In high school he began booking gigs for his bands and building a network of local musicians that would eventually become the Manassas Music Scene Promotional Group which booked local and touring band, promoted local arts, and released ‘zines and compilation CDs. Following his graduation from GMU, Stephen moved to Baltimore and became a full time solo musician, playing 100+ concerts a year, and touring from coast to coast. After 5 years on the road he decided to move back to his native northern Virginia to pass on some of his knowledge and experience to the next generation of musicians. Stephen loves Indie Rock, Folk, and Americana, and is a big fan of any lyric based music.
Kelly Gorringe is the Assistant Director at the B2R McLean location. She studied Music Industry at Syracuse University in New York and graduated in 2016. Kelly has been playing clarinet since she was 9 and has dabbled in a bit of saxophone, guitar, and piano. While in college, Kelly was very active in: the Syracuse University Marching Band, the Sour Sitrus Society (the university's pep band) the Syracuse University Wind Ensemble and other various ensembles across campus. Through these bands she has had a lot of travel and performance opportunities such as preforming in a marching band pre game show at Super Bowl XLVII as well as playing for former Vice President Joe Biden. Her music taste varies, but her favorite band has always been Green Day. In her spare time Kelly enjoys the great outdoors, watching tv shows, reading, puns, and going to any type of concert.
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.
Anthony R. teaches drums at B2R. Having played drums since he was 13, Anthony has recorded multiple studio albums and performed many gigs in the DMV area, including the famous 930 club. He has played in a handful of bands and has done studio session work, ranging from heavy metal, to funk and rock. He is currently playing in the extreme metal band Unendlich and the rock/pop cover band Allegedly. Anthony has a deep love and passion for music, and wants to help his students discover their talents at B2R.
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.
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.
Eric J. is a multi-instrumentalist and senior at the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, OH. Eric is pursuing a double major in Oboe Performance and Music Theory, and in his free time plays piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, harmonica, recorder, Armenian duduk, and anything other instrument he can get a hold of!
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!
Erin T. is a classical pianist who began her private studies in Manchester, New Hampshire with Russian concert pianist, Mila Filatova. Erin took lessons with Filatova for thirteen years before she enrolled in Plymouth State University where she is now a student of Dr. Carleen Graff’s. She is halfway through her undergraduate studies as a Piano Performance & Pedagogy major and plans to later attend graduate school for piano performance. Erin started her piano studies at the age of five and has performed and competed around New England. In 2013 Erin and her duet partner won the Steinart & Sons Piano Duet Competition in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2014 she received a 2nd place award in the International Crescendo Competition which lead to a winner’s recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2017 she received a 2nd place award for her performance in the Elite International Music Competition which also lead to a winner’s recital in Carnegie Hall in the spring of 2018. Over the years, she has performed at other places such as The Mount Washington Hotel, The Longy School of Music, and the University of New Hampshire. Throughout her years of study, Erin has had the opportunity to take master classes with many esteemed pianists including Dr. Carleen Graff, Tamara Poddubnaya, Dr. Peter Mack, Dianne Goolkasian Rahbee, and Dr. Ginger Yang Hwalek. Outside of her solo repertoire, Erin is involved in chamber ensemble work at her university where she is an accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists in the music department and has been a part of the Piano Ensemble at PSU since her first semester. She has also been giving private piano lessons to children ranging in ages from 4-15 since she started at PSU in 2016. She currently has seven students who she teaches at the university after classes. Since being at Plymouth State, she has also become more serious about her music theory studies. Her end goal in life is to teach college level piano.
Gabriel Y. is a professional performing and recording guitarist as well as bassist. At Berklee College of Music, he earned his Bachelors of Music in Professional Music with Concentration in Music Business, Music Performance and Music Production. He’s been in many bands commissioned to record, transcribe, arrange and perform as the bandleader and guitarist. Gabriel has taught all contemporary styles for electric, acoustic guitar and bass which includes theory and reading to a wide range of students from ages 7 to 40 years old. He’s excited to share his love and passion for music at B2R, McLean.
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.
Krissy S. teaches violin, guitar, and piano at Bach to Rock in McLean. She started playing the violin during her elementary school years and has been a part of all her school orchestras ever since. At the age of 11, she picked up on guitar and at 13 she took on piano. Krissy was very involved throughout her music career as well. When in middle school, she took part in Montgomery county’s solo and ensemble events receiving superior ratings. Krissy was involved in 3 of her school’s talent shows, all in which she sang and played guitar. During high school, she was determined to take on many challenges, exploring all the opportunities offered to her. She was a part of the pit orchestra in two of her school’s musicals including Alice in Wonderland and Pippin. During her freshman year, Krissy began as a second violinist, but over the years rose up to concertmaster. She took part in the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra where she had the chance to play with Itzhak Perlman. Krissy also had the honor of participating in Montgomery County's All-County Orchestra. She even had the opportunity to perform at Constitution Hall during her senior graduation. Today, Krissy is still a member of various orchestras and working to perform gigs in her community with her guitar, piano, and violin. As a teacher at Bach to Rock, Krissy wants to help students find their voice in music. She aspires to teach students music but to also find a love for it the way she did. Music brings people together, and with her love and passion for it, Krissy wants to share her gift with her students.
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.
Sedina T. is a lifelong musician and songwriter, as well as a Virginia native. While obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish at Vanderbilt University, she absorbed both the creative and business sides of the Nashville music industry. She has recently made her way back to Northern Virginia, bringing with her experience in early childhood education and music-technology. Sedina enjoys any and all music, but she most identifies with folk music from Joni Mitchell to Tracy Chapman and beyond. In addition to guitar and voice, she has also studied flute, piano, mandolin, and ukulele. Sedina believes in catering classes to the music that speaks to each student. She's looking forward to sharing her knowledge of music with B2R McLean students!
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.
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!
Tim R. is a strings instructor at Bach to Rock McLean. He is a violist and composer working with classical, jazz, and electronic music. He received his Bachelors of Music in composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2018 where he studied with Keith Fitch and Steven Kohn. He has also studied jazz with Russ Johnson and viola with Mark Jackobs of The Cleveland Orchestra. Tim is familiar with Essential Elements and All for Strings in addition to using scale and etude books by Flesch, Schradieck, Kreutzer, Kayser, and Sevcik, among many others. Tim believes in personalizing his instruction style to fit the needs and level of each student in order for them to reach their maximum potential.
Zachariah W. aka DJ Z92 comes to us all the way from the Peach State. Born and raised in Decatur, GA he has been around music his whole life and his love of DJing is indicative of that passion. Growing up playing trombone, snare drum, and tenor drum throughout middle and high School music has always interested Zach and once he found his footing behind a pair turntables he really shined seeing him evolve into a premier up-and-coming Open Format DJ. Starting his DJ career at his alma mater Georgia State University, DJ Z92 has supplied vibes for a variety of events and showcase's which have seen him feature regularly at Killer Mike's SWAG Shop, as well as being the DJ for up-and-coming recording artist Michael Aristotle. Nine-Deuce is a force to be reckoned with his sights set on gaining a Master's Degree while also looking to win competitions like the DMC, Red Bull 3Style and Goldie Awards. Zach is excited to share is DJ knowledge with the students at Bach to Rock, 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.