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.
Staff & Music Teachers
Aaqil A. is a classically trained composer, producer, and performer with a keen specialty in video game composition. By marrying the sounds of music both popular and classical, Aaqil creates a contemporary blend while still weaving threads of retro aesthetics into the modern soundscape. Aaqil holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Virginia and passionately shares his love for accessible non-Western music theory with the world. Most notably known for his panel premiering at MAGFest 2020, “Layering Leitmotif: Telling Stories Through Musical Ideas,” he plans to bring his refreshing exploration of composition to forums across the country. Aaqil has been teaching music lessons in guitar, piano, music theory, and more since his days in university. He specializes music of numerous styles, from classical forms or baroque and impressionism, to popular music styles of rock, folk, and jazz. His thrill for music and being able to awaken a similar passion in others is what drives him to teach and enlighten others. He firmly believes that the first step to mastering something new is not in the material being studied, but in understanding the way the student learns best. “I never stop studying, because there’s always more to know.”
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.
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.
DJ BEAINI holds residencies in the top venues of the DC/MD/VA Metropolitan areas. Other areas include various international sites such as Bambo Club, Greece, and Pasha, London. One of the most diverse disc jockeys with a wide variety of selections, from Electro, to 80's, to Hip Hop. DJ Beaini’s creative touch puts a new spin on how he’s able to manipulate sounds, mix, remix and fuse multiple genres together. In addition to his vast experiences as a DJ, Beaini inspires a new generation of DJ’s as an instructor of the Beat Refinery program and the Music Production class at Bach to Rock. Preparing youth to entertain for their peers and revisited adults in their passion to perform for live audiences. After a few courses with DJ Beaini, you’ll be well equipped to amuse any party. With an aim to light up the dance floor, DJ Beaini empowers his students with legendary and current skills. As a result, our audiences will have a remarkable time and most of all an unforgettable night to remember!
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.
Jackson C., tenor is from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, before relocating to the DC area (2002), studied and received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC (2011). He has taught and substituted in Public and Charter schools (DC/MD). As a private educator, he has taught: Voice, Piano, Spanish, Public Speaking, and Acting from his home studio. In addition to his teaching and leadership roles, Jackson is one of Washington, DC’s prominent male vocalists. An American singer, recording artist, songwriter, arranger, producer, motivational coach, and teacher. Notable instruments; Piano and percussion. He has wowed audiences with his talent and skills performing in four languages and five genres, and attracting crowds of various ethnic backgrounds. Praised for his distinguished stage presence, extended high range, light lyrical tones, fine diction, song interpretation, and vocal phrasing. Jackson’s talent is best described: (G.R.I.P.) Graceful, Refreshing, Inspiring, and Powerful. Jackson brings with him, musicianship, leadership, passion, professionalism, creativity and vision. Sing'ya later!
James A. is a drum, band and Kids n Keys instructor at B2R McLean. Starting out studying music education and then classical percussion performance, he is currently preparing to finish his Bachelor of Arts – Music degree at VCU come the 2020 spring semester after he realized his passion is with the drum kit. Whilst at VCU James studied classical percussion with Dr. Justin Alexander, and jazz drum set with Tony Martucci. He was also a member of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, and various Small Jazz Ensembles, where he played at different places across Richmond and Virginia as a whole. His two favorite performing moments at VCU were playing Steve Reich’s “Drumming” in its entirety (about 80 minutes long) with the VCU Percussion Ensemble, and performing a marimba solo with famed trumpeter Rex Richardson and principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra Joe Alessi on a world premier piece with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. James was also the recipient of the Helga von Attems scholarship his third semester at VCU. Though his main instrument is drum set, he can also play the majority of the percussion instrument family, some piano, and has played bass/guitar in the past. He is also versed in composing, arranging, transcribing, and improvisation. In his own time, he has played in bands ranging from metal to shoe gaze; though his favorite genres are Post-bop, post-hardcore, and math rock. Regardless of what he’s playing, he appreciates all genres of music and can perform a wide range of styles. James is very excited to share his musical information with students as he truly believes knowledge is power.
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.
Lesia M. I was born and grew up in Ukraine in a small city Kamianske where I got my first music education in Music College of Kamianske and received an associate degree in Music Education. After graduation, I played in the orchestras of the Dnipropetrovsk Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre where I played the second flute and piccolo part, and Theatre of Music and Drama in Kamianske. I continued my education at the Kharkiv National University of Arts and got my Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Flute Performance. In Kharkiv, I taught Flute and Recorder in several music schools and was a Lead Teacher in the department of the orchestral instruments in Kharkiv School of Arts. I taught children of all ages and levels from 4 to 18 years. My students successfully participated in competitions and concerts like solo and ensemble performers. In 2012, my family and I moved to the United States. In the US we lived in different states. Our first stop was California where I started to learn Music in Early Childhood and created a program for Russian moms with their children and then we moved to Florida where I continue teaching in the school for toddlers and preschoolers and also started to teach flute online and helped my student got the first chair in her high school orchestra. In my flute teaching practice, I use the methods of European masters such as Marcel Muaz, Paul Taffanel, and Ernesto Koller, Russian flutists such as Nikolai Platonov and Yuri Dolzhikov. As a teacher, my goal is to teach children to love music as I love it. And I believe the more beautiful music in the world, the happier the world would be.
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.
Sean Mason 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. He is proficient in guitar, 7 string guitar, percussion, piano, drum set, bass guitar, Dijurido, Ableton Live, and Pro Tools. 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.
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!
Syd D. teaches flute, guitar, piano, and voice at B2R McLean. She currently attends Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She is majoring in Music Production and Engineering, and aims to become a professional music producer and songwriter. Her principle instrument is the flute, which she has been playing since she was eleven years old. She was trained classically, consistently scoring excellent ratings in solo festivals, and her band was awarded the Sudler Flag of Honor her final year in high school. Since arriving at Berklee, she has begun studying with renowned jazz flutist Sarpay Ozcagatay, and performs in primarily funk/r&b, pop, and jazz style ensembles. Syd also plays the guitar and sings, and loves to produce her own original songs as well as those written by her peers. She has been teaching young students guitar, voice and flute since she was fourteen, and she is very excited to continue sharing her passion for music with the students at B2R McLean!
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.