Carrie Sandler is the Site Director at B2R Lansdowne. She is the proud mother of twins who attend Trailside Middle School. Carrie received her Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After a successful career as a professional musical theater actress she became a music teacher at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School in Washington, DC where she taught children from nursery through eighth grade for 13 years. She loves to play piano, guitar, ukulele, world percussion instruments of all varieties and the recorder!
Staff & Music Teachers
Molly Bouffard is an Assistant Director at Bach to Rock Lansdowne. She graduated summa cum laude from Longwood University with a BM in vocal performance and then went on to receive her MM in vocal performance from James Madison University. While working on her masters, Molly studied in Germany and performed as a soloist with the Mittelsächsisches Orchestra. Past roles include Sidonie in Zehn Mädchen und Kein Mann, Madmoiselle Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor, and Belinda in Dido and Aeneas. Previously, Molly has worked as voice and piano instructor in various areas of Virginia. She loves meeting and working with students of any age and introducing them to all that music can offer!
Sean Mason, Assistant Director at the Lansdowne 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.
Allan "AR" B. is a guitar, bass, and audio teacher with a Bachelors of Music in Sound Recording and Jazz Guitar from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. He has played with many different bands in varying styles, from jazz to metal to classic rock to alternative, and is currently playing with Nashville recording artist Kenton Sitch. He is also a live sound engineer, and a recording, mixing, and mastering engineer.
Andrew G. has been playing and taking private lessons for saxophone for over ten years. Before switching to a classical voice concentration, Andrew was the tenor saxophone player in Shenandoah University's Wind Ensemble and saxophone section leader of the Concert Band. As a music education major, Andrew has experience playing and teaching multiple woodwind instruments. Andrew is currently enrolled in the Vocal Pedagogy masters program at Shenandoah University, and teaches woodwinds, voice, and piano at Bach to Rock.
Annie S. is a Music Specialist at B2R South Riding and Lansdowne. Annie grew up listening to Broadway musicals, and as a child studied vocal performance and participated in community and regional theater. At 21, she embarked on a songwriting career and has since performed at music festivals, opened for nationally touring artists. She has also recorded an EP. She plays guitar and ukulele and her future goals include starting her own record label and learning how to play every instrument. She is so glad to be here!
Brandon C. is currently a Jazz Studies Major at Shenandoah University. He was given the Senior Award for hard work and dedication to his instrument at Westfield High School. After graduating, he attended Berklee College of Music for one year on scholarship. Once he arrived at Shenandoah, he made the top jazz combo and has been in it ever since. He also plays guitar in the Shenandoah University jazz band. Brandon has transcribed multiple jazz solos by ear and has had a lot of experience performing all genres. He has played at many different venues such as recitals, social gatherings, restaurants, concert halls and weddings. He has a love for performing, playing, and teaching music. Brandon specializes in Jazz, Rock, Blues, and Folk music.
Brandon M. has been working in the industry for the past 10 years as a musician, producer and equipment technician. Starting off learning guitar and doing sound at church, it wasn't long before he chose the Bass Guitar as his main instrument. He then branched into recording and producing songs of his own, which led him to an apprenticeship at Inner Ear Studios in Arlington, VA. After attending the Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences, he moved to SoCal where he worked for Blue Microphones during the day while playing in a band and going to studios in Hollywood at night. He has recorded with Grammy Award winning producer Mark Spiker of Tenacious D, has produced albums for local artists, and is an accomplished session bassist. Currently, he is Director of Events at his company "Fuzz Industries" where he does event planning/production, A/V Consulting and Promotion.
Eddie B. is a former student and now instructor for Bach to Rock. He has been playing guitar for 10 years starting with classical in 5th grade then moved on to jazz band in high school. The first band he was in, Trash Talk won some of the first awards for the Lansdowne Bach to Rock location. Later on his bands Thrones for the Sun and Blank Planet have both put out music for sale and have headlined many local events including winning Loudoun Youthfest three years in a row. Now he is using his experience from Bach to Rock to become a guitar and band instructor.
Hannah Y. is a music specialist at B2R Lansdowne where she enjoys teaching piano, violin, viola, adaptive lessons, and early childhood classes. Hannah is a Loudoun County native, and graduated from Shenandoah University with a Bachelor of Music Therapy. She began playing piano at the age of eight, and began playing viola at the age of fourteen so she could participate in a local youth orchestra. During college, Hannah continued taking private lessons on piano and viola, and had tons of fun singing in the chorus, strengthening her guitar skills, playing viola in the symphony, and performing with the pit orchestra. Her favorite shows were Peter Pan and Into The Woods. Hannah enjoys playing everything from Celtic guitar (yay jig strum!) to pop songs on piano, and feels privileged to be helping students find joy in music.
Jesse S. is an audio engineer, pianist, piano teacher and singer-songwriter! He has played piano for nearly 18 years in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, pop and rock music. He studied jazz piano in two different colleges, including a minor at Shenandoah. His Bachelor's degree from Shenandoah Conservatory is in music production & recording technology and he has a deep knowledge of audio recording, live sound, basic electronics and microphone applications. Lastly, he has written around 80 songs in numerous genres the past 10 years, and has recorded 2 different EP's of original material. He looks forward to helping children and teens learn the wonders of the piano at Bach to Rock Lansdowne.
Joe O. is a piano music specialist and has been teaching at B2R Lansdowne since graduating from private lessons in 2010. Joe was classically trained for 12 years and has studied pop and jazz for the past 4. He is specialized in pop and 60's rock renditions but still holds true to his classical roots. Joe has taught a wide array of styles from classics like the Beatles, Billy Joel, Pilot and Supertramp to alternative rock such as Muse and Soundgarden, to upbeat pop songs by Flo-Rida, Taio Cruz, Britney Spears, John Legend and many more. Joe also enjoys working with students who show interest in the true classics and composers such as Chopin, Grieg, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, and even Mozart and Bach.
Li C. teaches DJing, production and piano at Bach to Rock in Landsdowne and McLean. he likes to help out wherever he can and the same goes for his students. He prefers to teach them skills that will guide them toward their passion. Li likes to produce future bass and tends to use chiptune (videogame) and trap sounds. His largest goal production-wise is to bridge between rap/R&B and EDM.
LJ T. is a DJ and Music Production teacher with an illustrious music career under the moniker LJ MTX. He is a classically trained musician, a former front man for two different rock bands and now makes his living as a chart topping Electronic Dance Music Producer, award-winning DJ, Record Label Owner and Event Promoter. This Northern Virginia native has traveled the globe to perform his craft on some of the world’s most famous arenas, festivals and nightclubs including The O2 in London, Echo Arena in Liverpool, Cherry Blossom Festival, Starscape, 9:30 Club and USA’s #1 Nightclub of 2017: Echostage. Additionally, LJ was voted DC’s Best DJ by the readers of Washington City Paper in 2015 and 2016. LJ not only brings his technical skills, but also looks forward to sharing close to 20 years of knowledge on the business side of the music industry with is students at B2R.
Mike D. is a 23 year old professional guitarist, performer, and teacher with a degree from Towson University in Jazz/Commercial Performance Guitar. At Towson he was versed in jazz and classical guitar, as well as a permanent fixture in the Towson University Jazz Orchestra. Though a rock guitarist at heart, he joined the high school jazz band, and was later awarded the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. With influences as diverse as Eddie Van Halen and Larry Carlton, Mikes main goal was to be a chameleon who could thrive in any sort of musical situation. Before that he dabbled in drums, as guitar was not allowed in middle school bands. In addition to teaching, Mike also performs at some of Baltimore’s premier venues as a member of the post-hardcore band, When Embers ignite. Mike teaches guitar, bass, drums, and band at B2R Lansdowne.
Monica J. started singing at the age of 4, and had her first studio debut at the age of 12 singing background vocals for a local artist. She began taking private voice lessons at the age of 12, learning both classical and Broadway show tunes. Throughout her life, Monica has always been in choirs, singing classical and gospel music. After high school, she went to Nova and received an Associate’s degree in music, adding more classical arias to her repertoire. Monica would like to continue music education and receive a Bachelor’s degree in music education. She has over 6 years of performance experience performing at local events, weddings, and singing competitions. Aside from practicing classical music she loves to sing rock, reggae, R&B, and pop music. Monica’s biggest musical influences are Stevie Nicks, Nina Simone, and Selena.
Natalie A. is a piano and voice instructor. She has been playing the piano and writing music since she was 5 and she considers learning songs by ear one of her strongest skills. Natalie studied classically up until her freshman year of college at Shepherd University and then transferred to Shenandoah Conservatory where she began studying piano in the jazz program. For the last two years she has played in the school’s premiere jazz ensemble, the Shenandoah Conservatory Big Band. She is a co-writer and front man for the jazz fusion band “Bees?” She is also the leader of her own jazz trio that has a progressive twist, highlighting her original music. Natalie is also an accomplished photographer and videographer.
Sawyer G. is a percussionist and drummer based out of Martinsburg West Virginia. He is working towards a music education degree from Shepherd University but that hasn’t stopped him from teaching. He’s been teaching many award winning percussion ensembles across Washington D.C., Maryland, and West Virginia for the past 5 years. He’s had the pleasure to march with the Windsor Regiment Drum and Bugle Corps playing snare drum. His experience does not stop with the marching arts though, he’s also an in demand classically trained percussionist performing most recently, on timpani, with Winchester Viva!. Sawyer is also an avid performer on drum set. Sawyer can play styles ranging from jazz to rock and just about everything else in between.
- 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.