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
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."
Lindsay McElhinney is an Assistant Director at Bach To Rock: Bethesda. She 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.
Alireza, A.K.A Alireza301, is an American rapper, singer, and musician. Ali was born in the early 90’s and was impacted early by two of his cousins that made traction in the late 90’s and in the early 2000’s hip hop scenes. Being raised in a single parent home with his Soul singing Mother as a huge guide, he acquired his first guitar at age 6 and has been honing his craft ever since. The years that followed led him more and more into exploring vocals as well. In 2010, after playing in numerous GoGo Bands in the DC area he formed metal/ post-hardcore band “Louder Than Quiet” as the lead vocalist and guitarist. The band had slow traction but the musicianship was respected enough to land gigs opening for Anderson Paak, Miguel, Solange and Erykah Badu to name a few. While pushing the band he caught the attention of international metal label Earache Records by combining his rapping and guitar skills. Which lead to him being the first American rapper with an International Recording Contract with Earache Records. During that time he fused all his musical skills to other genres such as r&b and soul. With the time and space created Ali has performed numerous live shows and explored music in a way that others have marveled upon.
Alyssa K. began taking piano lessons at age 4 in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Primarily a student of classical piano, she has performed major works by Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Brahms, and others in many local piano competitions and recitals, as well as at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Alyssa has a diverse musical background in addition to playing classical piano - she also played clarinet in her high school and community bands and orchestras, and sang the national anthem for many of the Scranton Eagles semi-pro football games. Currently, Alyssa is a third-year student at American University majoring in International Relations and minoring in music, where she studies under Yuliya Gorenman, an internationally acclaimed classical pianist. She enjoys her studies and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience in music with her students.
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.
Charlie S. has been playing drums and percussion since he was 12. He recently graduated from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a Bachelor of Arts in Jazz Studies. He continues to perform in several jazz groups and as a pit musician throughout the DMV. Charlie is a band coach and teaches drum and piano lessons at Bach to Rock.
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.
David W. is a DC-native multi-instrumentalist and audiovisual engineer. He began studying music at age 3 with local guitar legend Scott Stancill. He first performed a few years later at an event hosted by the city of Kensington. David joined Bach2Rock at age 8 as a participant in day camps, bands, and private lessons. He joined a band that would go on to win one Battle of the Bands and place in several others under the title Riptide. David was active in his high school’s theater program both as an actor and musician. David went on to study advanced music theory, music history, and ethnomusicology at Goucher College in Maryland. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 2018 with a B.A. in Art History and a concentration in Arabic Studies. David then apprenticed under the chief engineers of local recording studio Blue Room Productions. He achieved proficiency in Logic and Protools. In 2019, he earned a certificate in audio engineering from the school Recording Connection and soon began working as a sound and light technician for Exclusively Entertainment. He has rejoined Bach2Rock as an instructor for guitar, bass, piano, drums, vocals, and band.
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.
Ms. Gina W. is a Classical Voice graduate with a Bachelor of Music from the University of the District of Columbia. She charms audiences with a distinctive, soulful voice, and a performance that ranges from classic R&B, Hip-Hop/Soul with the subtle inclusion of a little neo-soul. She has performed on the National Television show ‘Showtime at the Apollo' and the new version ‘Apollo Live' that aired on BET and Centric, won two DMV Entertainment & Music Awards for 'Best Female R&B Artist', opened for National Recording Artists such as Al B. Sure, 112, Chante’ Moore, Jon B., Raheem DeVaughn, Kindred The Family Soul, Marsha Ambrosius, Avant, the Late great Chuck Brown, and more. She has been an invited performer several times on Fox 5 Morning News, wrote, recorded, and performed the intro song to Majic 102.3 FM’s radio personality April Watts segments, received an honorary mention from Billboard for her songwriting abilities, and has original songs placed in a few movies. Gina has and still provides supporting background vocals on live performances for National Recording Artists including Miki Howard, CeCe Peniston, Case, Club Nouveau, RL of Next, Q. Parker of R&B super group 112, and more. As a solo artist, Gina has and continues to perform in venues and at events around the country and in the metropolitan area including: headlining the legendary Blues Alley twice, The Howard Theatre, The Fillmore, Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, The Washington and Baltimore Convention Centers, and more to date.
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 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. Since 2018, Jeff has been recording and touring with the rock band American Jetset.
Joseph P., Berklee College Of Music Alumni, grew up amidst the vibrant jazz scene in Hartford, Connecticut, he developed his drumming style and musicality from musicians like Jackie Mclean and Paul Brown. In 2013, he moved to New York City where he studied with prominent musicians such as Lenny White, Ron Carter, Eric McPherson and Ralph Peterson Jr. Joseph spent recent years traveling Europe and Africa with Real World Records artist Les Amazones De Afrique, as well as freelancing as a sideman with several Jazz, Hip-Hop, and Rock artists. He plans to continue his professional study of music whilst promoting humanitarian work through world travel and cultural exploration.
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!
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.
Mike C., originally a jazz student, eventually had an opportunity to study with Larry Snitzler, former student of guitar great Andres Segovia, during which time he became inspired to pursue the Classical Guitar Performance degree from George Mason University until early 2017. Mike has worked and played with musicians of all genres and styles, including jazz, classical, rock, alternative, indie and folk music, and currently plays solo Jazz guitar at various functions in the DC Metro area most weekends. Among other groups, Mike has performed with the American Festival Pops Orchestra and The Kensington Arts Community Theatre. Despite a healthy amount of performance, Mike's genuine passions are teaching guitar, ukelele, piano, and music theory. Mike has worked with students of all ages and skill levels since deciding to pursue music full time in 2013; his aim is to not only give his students the tools to mastery but also to inspire them students as his former guitar instructors have inspired him to love and pursue music.
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.
Robin S., from an early age, has had a keen interest in DJing because of its connection to music, improvisation, and culture. He has over ten years of experience as a Dj and music producer. By using mixing, scratching and beat-making techniques, Robin creates a different atmosphere for people to enjoy themselves.
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 S. 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.
Skye G. began learning the piano at age 8. She began to focus on jazz piano 5 years ago when she began studying under jazz pianist and composer, Lafayette Gilchrist in private lessons. Skye has experience playing in ensembles and was a featured soloist and vocalist in her high school jazz band. Skye is a multi-instrumentalist and also writes and records her own music. She has performed a variety of music from jazz ballads to alternative rock, both solo and in bands. Skye is currently a student at the University of Maryland, College Park, where she is the music director of “Vintage Voices” a service-learning choir.
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.