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
Alan K. is a Fairfax, VA area native and an enthusiastic contributor to the musical and arts community. He lends his expertise, heart, and mind both on-and back-stage to multiple organizations. He was given his first pair of drum sticks at the age of 10 and has picked up Piano, Guitar, and Ukulele along the way. As a local musician, Alan has graced every stage in the DMV area backing up groups including Margot MacDonald, BearShark, Marian McLaughlin, The Sweater Set, Drop Electric, and Ethan Foote. Alan's ability to navigate multiple musical genres with seamless ease in a hallmark of his style. Portrait Photography is his great passion, although audiences seem to gravitate to his abstract fine art photographs as well. He loves impressionism, Jazz, and British comedy.
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!
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.
Charlie B. has been involved with music for the entirety of his life. He has 12 years of experience playing guitar and piano and occasionally wails on the harmonica. In 2014, he graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Psychology. He has enjoyed teaching music to a wide variety of students, ranging from six years old to sixty. His philosophy is that the primary goal of a teacher is to establish the student's personal goals and build a strong musical foundation on theory - all whilst having a blast. Charlie performs frequently with his quartet, "The Charlie Bare Quartet" at a variety of venues. He can also be seen playing solo and with any band that wants to jam. His musical styles include folk, rock, blues, jazz and country. The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Jim Croce, Johnny Cash and Steely Dan are some of his favorite performers.
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.
Devon H. teaches voice, piano, and Early Ed classes at Bach to Rock McLean. Devon graduated from Suitland High School for Visual and Performing Arts and is currently pursuing his degree in Music Composition at Prince George's Community College, soon transferring to University of Maryland Baltimore College. Devon has been studying music theory, voice, and piano for the past decade and has had the honor of singing at the Kennedy Center on several occasions, including performances as part of the televised musical event 'Christmas in Washington'. During his time as part of the Christmas in Washington ensemble, Devon got to sing with big name musicians such as Neil Diamond, Justin Beiber, Cee Lo Green, and Mariah Carey! He also had the opportunity to arrange the music his school choir sang at his graduation! He has a great passion for music and teaching children the joy of music the way he learned when he was their age.
Elle S. teaches voice and piano at Bach to Rock. She started taking piano lessons at 5 and received her first choir solo at 8. Elle began classical voice training at 12. She grew up in a house full of music and was exposure to multiple musical genres was part of the norm growing up. Elle studied Theatre with a minor in Music at the University of Central Florida and also took Musical Theatre at the Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany. She has plenty of experience singing and playing classical and pop styles. Elle's musical inspirations include Carole King, Marketa Irglova, Stephen Sondheim, The Beatles, and Bernadette Peters.
Erik B. is a guitar instructor and band coach at Bach to Rock McLean. Erik was jazz-trained at James Madison University by saxophonist David Pope who trained under the late, great Yusef Lateef. He is also a psychedelic rock singer-songwriter who spent 4 years performing and recording in Austin, Texas, "The Live Music Capitol of the World." He has performed at South by Southwest, recorded an album and EP with former band, The Domesticated, and currently brings his own brand of noir-rock to Washington D.C. with his band, Short Lives. He has shared the stage with indie acts The Twilight Sad, Silver Jews, and recorded with a member of Pitchfork Media-acclaimed band, Voxtrot. He has even shared the stage at the Corcoran Art Museum with John Oates (Hall and Oates). Erik is a a fan of the profound songwriters of the 60s, 70s, and punk generation such as Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Woven Hand, and Tom Waits. His guitar background is influenced by the virtuosic playing of rock and jazz players such as Steve Vai, John Petrucci, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Pat Martino, Joe Pass, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery and more.
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.
Jill P. is the current Musical Director of ‘Outstanding Voices of DC!’, ‘I’ll Cover You’ The Musical Theater and Pop Karaoke Band, and a former Musical Director/performer for Regal Cruise Ship company, among others, 1997-2003. She has performed with Chubby Checker, The Drifters, The Marvelettes, The Four Tops, Little Anthony and The Imperials, Ike Turner, The Contours, Miriamm Wright (Peaches and Herb), and toured with Bill Haley’s Comets. She is also a current keyboardist/vocalist for the premiere event band, Doctors Orders, and plays and runs the Open Mic every Wednesday night at Shaw’s Tavern Piano Bar. She performs locally at The Fillmore, Strathmore, Renwick Gallery, The Hamilton, and many others, as a pianist for special events. She is also a DJ, owns and operates a karaoke business and was a songwriter/ jingle writer, in Nashville, TN, in the 90’s. Her latest project is a retro inspired vocal trio,’The Nostalchicks’, where she creates and rearranges vocal stylings of popular music of the past. They will make their debut later in 2017.
John D. is a guitar and piano instructor as well as an audio engineer at B2R in McLean. He is a 2016 graduate of the Recording Workshop School of Audio & Music Production in Ohio. He has a passion for teaching music and loves being able to connect with students who also love to play and listen to music. He's played in several bands throughout the years and is currently in Plastic Nancy, which formed in late 2016. He has a very eclectic taste in music, but his biggest influences are The Beatles, Nirvana, Chet Atkins, The Grateful Dead, The Byrds, Led Zeppelin, The Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, and many more!
Julian B. is a drum set/percussion instructor at Bach to Rock McLean. He was born in the small town of Easton, CT and moved to Washington, D.C. in 2013 to attend at The George Washington University. During his time at GWU, Julian was fortunate enough to study drums under one of D.C.’s top Brazilian & Latin jazz drummers, Alejandro Lucini. Upon graduation, Julian remained in the district where is quickly making a name for himself. He has performed at many of the DMV's top music venues, including the John F. Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Arts Club of Washington, Twins Jazz Club, Jojo, and 49 West. When he’s not teaching, you can usually catch him playing drums at a variety of gigs in genres like funk, rock, and jazz at venues across the DMV.
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.
Kyle G. teaches trombone and production and works as a recording engineer for B2R McLean. Growing up in the small town of Redding, CT, Kyle began to write, cover songs on YouTube, and play guitar and sing in various bands. She moved to Miami in 2013 to pursue her degree in Music Composition & Production from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music ’17. While at Miami, Kyle served as the president of the Society of Composers, curating 4 seasons of concerts for student work, compiling a list of players, and running rehearsals, she began teaching students in the Miami community through the music school’s outreach program, and played in wind ensembles, trombone choir, various community pit orchestras, and sang in women’s choir. As a songwriter and producer, Kyle released her debut EP, Good Mood, in January 2018 and she performs in the DC area and along the northeast corridor regularly. When she’s not teaching, Kyle works as a composer, writing cues for predominantly advertising, short film, and television.
Maisy F. teaches Rock City, GLEE club and individual voice and piano lessons at Bach to Rock McLean. She grew up playing all different instruments and styles of music, starting on violin at age 4. Since then she has learned to play guitar, ukulele, saxophone, piano, and organ proficiently. She has also participated in many local community theatre projects, including both plays and musicals. She recently relocated to the Arlington area from central New York, where she received Bachelor Degree in Music Education from Nazareth College of Rochester. While a student at Nazareth, she performed in a plethora of ensembles including all campus choirs, a small strings group and both concert and pep bands. The past year Maisy spent dedicated to volunteer service work teaching children in a high need area. She is now working towards her Masters degree in American Sign Language Interpretation and Education.
Michael D. is a musician and aspiring techie. A native and lifelong resident of Bethesda, he was always known in high school as the person who played everything. As well as playing in all of the ensembles at Walt Whitman High School he also played in the county jazz ensembles on both guitar and saxophone. Currently he is a student at University of Maryland at College Park and on the side helps organize the Capitol Hill Jazz Jam, an weekly open session that welcomes all musicians at the historic Mr. Henry's restaurant on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Michael R. teaches drums, piano and bands at Bach to Rock McLean. He was born and raised in Montgomery County, MD and has been playing professionally in the DC and Baltimore areas for over twelve years. Michael has 16 years of experience on the drums and 20 on piano. At Montgomery college he studied music theory and jazz percussion. After college, he began teaching private lesson to students of all ages. Michael is a regular in the rock scene, performing with bands such as Corner Store Heroes, Your Cousin Marvin and Hounds of Hades. He enjoys sharing his years of experience and the joy of music with his students. He is a patient teacher and uses a variety of fun ways to motivate students. Michael's specialties include classical and jazz theory as well as improvisation techniques. His major influences are Streetlight Manifesto, The Who, The Special, and The Grateful Dead.
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.
Simone S. is a violinist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist who began her musical path on a classical route, and has since branched out with bands including Bellflur, Incwell and the FreeWord, Laughing Man, Black Masala, The Riverbreaks, and The Aine O’Doherty Band. Her styles range from classical to experimental indie rock, noise pop, hip hop, reggae, go-go, indie blues, gypsy, Americana, folk, rock, film soundtrack composition, and traditional Irish music. Simone specializes in teaching a wide variety of styles of violin (including Suzuki-based string instruction) and also teaches beginning cello, viola, piano, and vocal lessons.
Tom M. teaches trumpet, and is a brass instrument specialist at Bach to Rock McLean. A native of upstate New York, he received both Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music Performance from Syracuse University where he studied with Gabriel DiMartino. While a student at Syracuse, he performed in all major concert ensembles, as well as Baroque Ensemble, Trumpet Ensemble, and Brass Choir. Since relocating to the D.C. metro area, he continues to be active as a freelance musician and educator.
Tommy W. teaches bass, guitar, bands and recording arts at B2R McLean. He has been playing music since the age of 11 and has had the opportunity to perform in venues as far North as New York City and as far South as Lima, Peru, ranging from established clubs and concert halls to grimy punk house basements (and everywhere in between). Tommy first began playing bass with his brother and his friends in a small metal band right outside of Washington, DC. One band became two, then three, and soon he was playing in rock bands, metal bands, hardcore punk groups, and jazz combos up and down the east coast. At age 18, Tommy moved to New York City to attend college at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music where he would study under players and composers who have worked with the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, John Cage, and Bobby McFerrin. After spending four years absorbing Jazz and earning a Bachelor's degree, New York's fertile and exciting scene drove him back into the arms of his first musical love, Heavy Metal, with a renewed fervor and fresh ideas. During this time he interned at the legendary Earache Records, working with the men who revolutionized Metal music in the 90s and coming to make great friends in the industry and global heavy music scene. He embedded himself in the long tradition of New York punk and metal, all the while keeping in touch with his roots in DC's unique underground music scene, where he is currently very active with his and fellow B2R teacher, Demir Soyer's band, Narrow Grave. Tommy brings 12 years of live playing experience and all the collective lessons he's learned from teaching himself and being taught by musical giants in New York to Bach to Rock, taking influence from a diverse list of players like Steve DiGiorgio, Cliff Burton, Scott LaFaro, Carles Benavent, and Les Claypool.
- 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.