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
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.
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.
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.