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.
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.
Dandan P. is a doctoral candidate majoring in piano performance and have a secondary emphasis on music theory at the University of Northern Colorado. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, also in piano performance at Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China. She was the piano instructor at Aims Community College in Colorado and worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at University of Northern Colorado for four years. She also worked as assistant director and taught piano lessons for Colorado International Piano Academy for three years. Dandan has nine years of experience teaching piano at all levels and to all ages of students. Some of her students have won national and International competitions, such as Walt Disney 90th Anniversary Piano Competition 2014, and Zhongxin International Piano competition and Festival in Singapore. Dandan Powell is an accomplished concert pianist having performed in the United States, Europe and Asia. She performed with the Italy Perugia Orchestra as well as with local operas in Schloss Heusenstamm, Kurhaus, Bad Schwalbach in Germany. She was awarded a second-place prize at the Music Teacher National Association competition in Colorado, a second-place prize at the Italy Imola Piano Competition, and Excellent Teacher award at the Walt Disney 90th Anniversary of Piano Competition. Dandan also helped holding the first Greeley-Youth Piano Competition in Colorado. She judged the First Greeley-Youth Piano Competition and Greeley Piano Competition in 2017 and 2018. She has been an officer at MTNA (Music Teacher National Associate) for three years. She also played with Symphonic Band, UNC Choir, Orchestra at University of Northern Colorado, and some local orchestra in Colorado State.
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.
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!
Simon S. is a Music Specialist at Bach to Rock-McLean. He specializes in violin, cello, and bass, but plays other instruments! Simon has been playing music for about 13 years and counting and has found much joy in music over the years. He wants to share that joy with others. He hopes that his passion for music will be transferred to his students so that they experience the joy and passion that comes from the beautiful art of music. Hop aboard and go on this musical adventure here at Bach to Rock McLean!
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!
- 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.