Sean Wilson is the Site Director at B2R Bethesda. Sean holds a Bachelor of Music with a focus in jazz/commercial performance from Towson University in Maryland. As a guitarist, he continues to perform and teach various genres and styles of music in the Baltimore metro area. He is a multi-instrumentalist who continues to write and record music, including his own collection of solo material. Sean firmly believes music is a language that transcends boundaries of all kinds and hopes that the students of B2R Bethesda bring this joy to your families.
Staff & Music Teachers
Brian Rosenthal is the Music Director at B2R Bethesda. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Emerson College in Boston where studied Media Arts with a focus in Audio/Radio. Brian has been drumming since the age of 10 and loves teaching students of all ages the art of drumming! Some of his drumming heroes and influences include Steve Gadd, Buddy Rich, Steve Jordan, Dennis Chambers, and any drummer who can play left-handed! He has been in bands ranging in styles from rock to funk and enjoys playing shows all around the D.C. area. Originally from Northern Virginia, Brian is proud to be part of the local B2R family!
Kyle Finch is an Assistant Directors at the B2R Bethesda location. He studied Music at Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY and graduated in 2014. Having started first playing French Horn, over the years Kyle has expanded his playing to specialize on all brass instruments, voice, and piano! Though most of Kyle's training and experience has been in a classical setting, he has also performed with a capella groups, jazz ensembles, and ska bands.
Michael La Bella is an Assistant Director at B2R Bethesda. Michael studied Music Composition at Wayne State University in Detroit with a focus in vocal performance. Michael has been singing, and playing guitar and piano since the age of nine. He has taught both private and group lessons all over the metro Detroit area. Michael currently writes, records, and performs music with his band Honeybabe as well as solo. Michael is excited to bring the Motown sound to B2R Bethesda."
Angela is an accomplished musician who expresses her love of music through singing. She currently writes music and has released a single titled “Sailboat.” She has performed on the Kennedy Center stage with Ledisi, Patti Labelle, Sting, and sang backgrounds for Iconic gospel artist such as Todd Galberth, and William Murphrey. She has also sung backgrounds for R&B legend, Kelly Price. Recently, she has done a Spotify session and sung on Good Morning America with Gallant. As a vocal artist, Angela uses her voice to embody the mood and the message that each song brings. Music, according to Angela, "can be an important tool in emotional healing." Angela's love for music propelled her to attend the Duke Ellington School of the Performing Arts High School in Washington, D.C., where she majored in classical vocal music. Currently, a student at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Angela Is earning a dual degree in Vocal Performance and Music Business. During her time at Berklee, she has had the great honor of singing alongside Cory Henry, Bobby Jones, Marvin Sapp, and many others. Angela’s love of music will continue to drive her to higher heights.
Artit S. aka DJ As-One, a DC native, is a multi-talented musician, DJ, remixer and producer with musical roots as an Alto Saxist, Guitar player and Percussionist. His unique perspective on arrangements and sound has led him to advance rapidly within the Art of DJing. Mainly, the sub genre of DJ Battling and Turntablism. With 15 years of competitive level experience (since 2002), As-One has battled in 80+ DJ battles, holding titles (2012 Gong DJ Battle World Champion, 6 x DMC US National Finalist) and placements across the globe. His battle career has led to opportunities in which he has shared the stage with music superstars such as Kanye West, Common, Talib Kweli, Madlib, Cappadonna, Three Doors Down and Young the Giant. As-One began his mobile dj career in 2005, working events with corporate clients that include but not limited to Nordstrom, Gap, Ann Taylor, LOFT, H&M, Vans, Charlotte Russe, Sephora, Seventeen Magazine, Mountain Dew (Sports Action Tour 2007), NBA (Rhythm N’ Rims Tour 2007), Dick’s Sporting Goods, ESPN and MasterCard. In 2010, As-One was featured as a celebrity guest DJ on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s (NCL) - Jewel cruise ship, sailing through the Caribbean providing musical entertainment for guests of all ages. Today, As-One wears many different hats - DJing bars, nightclubs, corporate & private events alike. DJ As-One still competes regularly and can also be found sharing his tips and tricks throughout the week at a local Music School in Bethesda, MD.
Ben-Aviv T. is a music specialist and band coach at Bach to Rock. He is a singer and plays the saxophone and piano. He has close to twenty years of experience as a producer, composer, arranger, and performer in the United States and abroad. His career began in Israel and has ranged from serving as head producer of a prominent production company, to working as a freelance composer and producer, to teaching music to high school students, to serving as commander of the Israel Defense Forces army troupe. As commander, Ben-Aviv produced and arranged the troupe's hundreds of performances, and auditioned and trained new recruits to perform on tour. Ben-Aviv's work spans pop, jazz, folk, electronic, and world music. He has worked with Israel's most renowned musicians and his work has been featured on television, radio, and in live performances. Here in the US, he has produced albums, music for commercials, and live shows for numerous organizations and individuals. He loves teaching and helping students build their musical talent.
Charlotte L., a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, is a music specialist at Bach to Rock teaching voice, piano, guitar, violin, and early childhood classes. Growing up in Silver Spring MD, she developed a love for singing, songwriting, playing the violin, the guitar, and the piano. She advanced her musical education and was accepted into multiple programs such as the Children’s Choir of Washington and Interlochen Center for the Arts. Her love of teaching music grew in high school when she, as an intern, taught music theory, music history, and guitar to elementary school children. A multi-instrumentalist, a vocalist, as well as a singer-songwriter, Charlotte received a Bachelor of Music in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music in Boston. While at Berklee, she performed as a background singer in many bands, and was selected to perform her own composition in a master class with John Mayer. She writes, performs, and records her own work. Through teaching, songwriting, and performing, Charlotte will continue to share her passion for music.
Chris B. is a keyboardist and composer from Silver Spring MD. Chris was classically and jazz trained at the piano from age four. Chris is a founding member of the band Lionize who, for the past 15 years have toured extensively in North America and Europe. As a member of Lionize Chris has written and recorded five full length records and four EPs with various producers in many incredible studios. Chris also runs a project studio from his home which he uses to compose music for commercial and film sync license, as well as offering mixing and mastering services to bands and artists.
Dionne L., aka DJ Magic, has always had an undeniable love for music. Originally hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, she began her DJ career her senior year of high school, a few months before moving to D.C. to start school at Howard University. While at Howard, DJ Magic has taken her passion to new heights. She is a DJ for Howard’s student radio station WHBC 96.3 HD3. In 2018, DJ Magic also won WHBC’s annual DJ competition, Howard’s Hottest, becoming a DJ for Def Jam Records in the process. Outside of DJing, Dionne still follows her passion for music as she currently is a Music Composition Major, Classical Saxophone minor at Howard University with hopes of becoming a film and television composer.
Donovan D. is a multi-instrumentalist (drums, keys, and bass), producer, and composer. He started his interest in music at the age of 9 by joining orchestra playing percussion. Throughout middle school, he was in the rock band at Sidwell friends and after entering high school he joined the jazz band. It was at Guilford College that his love of jazz and hip hop spurred his interest into learning production and composition. Since graduating in 2016 with a degree in jazz percussion studies, Donovan has performed on stages from Los Angeles to New York City and been an active member in six groups in the D.C. area.
Earl C. cannot remember a time in his life when he wasn’t making music. His first formal lessons started on piano when he was 8, and he has played everything he can get his hands on since. From then on, he has taken every opportunity to perform and learn music. He graduated in 2014 from Hartwick College with a BA in Music and will be receiving his MA in Audio Technology in the Spring of 2016. During his time at Hartwick he studied everything from music recording, to composition and arranging, and conducting. He has performed in a variety of ensembles, including Jazz, Ska, and Acapella. He loves seeing the joy that discovering music can bring, and being a part of that discovery is a lifelong passion.
Jeff B. teaches Early Childhood classes and drum lessons at Bach to Rock Bethesda. Jeff started playing the drums at age 5 and started performing in bands at age 7. Jeff performed with DeMatha Catholic High School's award winning Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble. He spent most of the '90s and '00s touring and performing all over North America with several rock bands including landspeedrecord!, Tribal Voice, Onespot Fringehead and most recently with Hollowboy. During this time, Jeff also started DJ'ing and MC'ing events and clubs in Baltimore, MD. Jeff now runs his own children's music record label, Jammy Jams. In addition to founding the company, Jeff also performs, arranges, records and produces these lullabies that were inspired by his two young children.
Jose O., a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music, is a private/semi-private instructor and band coach at Bach to Rock Bethesda. Born in Venezuela, Jose and his family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 10 years old. Growing up in Florida, he began his study of music, singing in choirs and playing in jazz bands. He is classically trained on saxophone and also plays the guitar, piano, bass, drums, and he sings. While at Berklee, Jose led a 12-piece funk/soul band called Revel In Peace, which toured throughout New England. He also writes and records his own music and is proficient with music software, such as Protools, Logic, and Ableton. He has performed alongside pianist and singer Dennis Montgomery III and the late bassist Lenny Stallworth. He was also one of 3 of students selected to play an original composition for singer/songwriter Ledisi. He currently performs in the Washington, D.C. area.
Kim V. is a violin and viola instructor at Bach to Rock Bethesda. She has played classical viola and violin for 17 years, electric viola for nearly 10 years and has been a professional DJ for nearly five years. Kim has been a strong supportive force on the Beat Refinery program at Bach to Rock with her impressive multiple talents. Music has been a staple in her life and her ability to share her knowledge with others continues to be her passion!
Kwesi L. is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and songwriter based in the Washington, D.C area. He began studying classical piano and music theory at age 2 and has since then also studied jazz piano and guitar as well as bass, drums, and music composition. He made his professional debut at the age of 14, touring with the instrumental progressive metal/jazz international act “Animals as Leaders”. Since then he has worked as a session musician for artists such as Marcus Johnson, a live guitarist for multiple D.C and Philadelphia based acts, a private music teacher and band coach at Bach to Rock in Bethesda MD, and a music producer/artist signed under the Philadelphia based label “Cohesive Collection”. He has also earned accolades through competing in and winning the NAACP act-so competition for music composition and contemporary instrumental performance in 2010, 2011, and 2012. He attended Widener University under a music scholarship and received his B.A in psychology. Currently, Kwesi is working on his debut full-length release as well as playing guitar for D.C based National acts, Nag Champa, The Lucky So & Sos, Alan Michael, And Unique Sounds of Love. He is also the minister of music at St. Paul's Church in Dickerson Maryland.
Kyle aka DJ Little Rock started his career in music DJing college parties and local bars in his home state of Arkansas. In 2011, he moved to the DC area to pursue his career in music as a professional DJ. Since then, Kyle has DJ’d hundreds of private events and weddings, as well as popular bars and clubs all over the DMV. Kyle recently entered the DJ battle scene where he continues to evolve and expand his musical career, as well as share his love for turntablism with DJs everywhere.
Lindsay M. earned her Bachelors Certificate in Audio Engineering and Music Production at Omega Studios School Of Applied and Recording Arts. She has been playing drums since she was 12 years old. Her major influences include Ginger Baker, John Bonham, Buddy Rich and Don Brewer. She has had the opportunity to be part of many bands, and has worked as a studio musician with Roger Waters, Billy Corgan, and Baby Face just to name a few.
Lorenz I. has been playing guitar for almost ten years now, starting when he was in middle school. He played casually for most of this time under Ren Williams until he came to WAC and found his passion in classical and Flamenco guitar as well asmusic theory. There studied under Matt Palmer for four years. He has performed both solo and in ensembles for guitar during his time at Washington College. In 2015, he won the Clarence Hodson prize and was awarded $2,000 to study and research Flamenco guitar while studying abroad in Spain. While in Spain, Lorenz studied under Flamenco guitarist Ofer Ronen and sought performance after performance to learn as much as he could about Flamenco.
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 Bethesda. He continues today as a professional musician of several instruments, composer, and recording artist.
Robert M. is a percussionist, composer, arranger, and writer from Boston, MA. Born in Brockton, MA, Robert McCarthy began studying percussion at the age of 10. Robert received his bachelor's degree in Psychology with a Minor in Music from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, all while studying percussion with musicians from West Point, and taking summer lessons with Lee Vinson (formerly Boston Symphony Orchestra). He then went on to hone his skills at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, earning a Master’s degree in Music Education. Robert has taught in public school settings for years and teaches music at Berklee in the summer. Robert also specializes with theater percussion, and has toured the east coast in performances such as Ceci N’est Pas Une Balle and Ideas, Not Theories. With theatrical shows like Blue Man Group and PACE percussion trio in mind, Robert also enjoys composing and arranging music with high energy and performer enjoyment. His composition "Tiger's Blood" for percussion ensemble was premiered at PASIC 2013, and has been named "Editor's Choice" on JWPepper.
Ross V.'s, aka DJ Throdown, earliest musical experience began in 5th grade with trumpet and baritone in the school band, soon progressing to guitar, bass, drums and keys in various middle school garage bands. But it was the raw style and unlimited creativity of hip hop culture that inspired him to procure his first set of decks at the turn of the century. Boasting nearly half a lifetime behind the 1's and 2's, DC's own DJ Throdown is no amateur; his all-encompassing musical tastes, fine arts background and musician's approach to turntablism & DJing have brought him far and wide across the entertainment spectrum. Over the years he has made his mark across the country in clubs, festivals, battles, live radio, weddings, corporate events, supporting hip hop groups, and performing with live musicians and visual artists. And when it comes to studio time Throdown is no slouch either; he has contributed his advanced scratch finesse and producer sensibilities to several original recordings, remixes and mixtapes, solo as well as collaborative, with new projects constantly underway. Hard work and an open mind have resulted in a steadily shrinking DJ bucket list, as Throdown has carved a niche for himself as a “one stop shop” type of artist. His reputation spread further by backing up several local hip hop acts, most notably The Echo Boomers, a northern VA rap sensation with whom he won 2 Richmond crew battles in 2005-06, and shared stages with national hip hop acts such as Akrobatik & Mr. Lif, MC Chris of Cartoon Network fame, and even Vanilla Ice. Throdown's unparalleled performances have brought him as far as Miami, Austin, Chicago, Reno, New Jersey, Raleigh, New York and San Diego.
Sam M. teaches drums, piano and band at Bach 2 Rock. A native of the Monterey Peninsula, he began performing at the age of eleven, while studying with legendary jazz drummer Vince Latiano. His music education was furthered at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, Professional Percussion Studies Institute, San Francisco, CA and Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. He has toured and performed with the Elixir Ensemble, Jamie Brewick Quintet, Aaron Gardner Quartet, Sam Monroe & Steve Nelson Rainey Future Jazz Duo, to name a few. Sam has also spent the last ten years teaching Percussion and Band for The Milwaukee Public Schools, The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He has been awarded Music Teacher of the Year and Percussion Teacher of the Year. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.
Sinta graduated with her Degree in Fine Arts from the Corcoran Museum/Corcoran College of Art and Design, in Washington DC, in 2002 (now a unit of the George Washington University). Sinta then studied her Masters in Fine Arts at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2003. Sinta arrived back in the United States about 5 years ago, where she began teaching piano and vocals, and developed music performances with students at Guitar Center in Rockville, Maryland for 3 and a 1/2 years. Sinta has over 35 years of experience in the music world. She started at the age of 3 in Northern Japan where she learnt music in Japanese as a child. Sinta grew up with music her whole life, with her main focus on piano and piano composing. Vocal training came with years of being in school choirs. She has had a widely varied education in music from around the world. She studied private piano classes at the Duke Ellington School of the arts for a few years, in Washington DC. She was part of the Chamber Choir and Marching Band as a percussionist, at Walt Whitman high school in Bethesda Maryland in 1996. Sinta also studied flute, in junior high school, and was the pianist for the Jazz Choir at the American School in Japan in Tokyo from 1997 to 1998. Sinta’s first experience with music production and computer composition was at the American School in Japan in 1998, where she won the schools award for her collaboration between her art and music production classes, in Tokyo Japan. Since then, Sinta has put together her own home recording studio space. Sinta has also assisted music producers in South Africa, been in bands, and has done solo shows between South Africa and Maryland. Sinta has been helping her students at the Guitar Center to record EPs. Sinta has also established a personally held company to incorporate her vision of the collaborations between the fine arts, music and fashion - all in one business. She believes that artists do not have to choose only one area of artistic skill to focus on; but, rather, if they are more diverse it helps open up more than one path in life as an artist.
Tony M. teaches guitar, bass, and beginning piano at Bach to Rock, Bethesda. Born and raised in nearby Silver Spring, Maryland, he began playing guitar at the age of five and has studied classical with Berta Rojas and jazz with Steve Herberman. Apart from guitar, Tony is self-taught in music production and has been composing his own music under the moniker Lindsay Lowend since 2012. In 2011, he studied music composition at Arizona State University before leaving to travel across Europe performing his own music. Back in Silver Spring, Tony is teaching himself sound design and post audio for animation in addition to teaching. Having visited all of the United States' major cities, he can safely say that the DMV is the place to be.
- 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.