Kara Kline is an Assistant Director at B2R Lansdowne. She graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication, Technology, and Culture. Although she does not currently play any instruments, she continues to find herself gravitating towards the musical world. Kara listens to all genres of music from Rock and Roll to old school Country and everything in between. When she is not at Bach to Rock she loves to ride horses and spend time at the baseball field. Through volunteering with the Bridgewater College music department, working with children during summer camps, and taking guitar lessons when she was younger, she has found a great fit in the Bach to Rock family!
Staff & Music Teachers
Brittani W. is Assistant Director at B2R Lansdowne. She grew up in Loudoun County. She spends her time adjudicating all-district and all-county band auditions, teaching sectionals along with lessons in clarinet, flute, saxophone, and piano and performing in a handbell choir. In her free time, she volunteers at band programs in PWC and enjoys going on cruises with family.
Aagje W. is a vocal coach and piano teacher from Belgium with a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Theatre. Aagje developed her acting and singing skills in a private Music & Theater high school in Belgium and attended college in the Netherlands. During and after her college years, she performed and directed multiple musicals and gained a lot of experience teaching. Since childhood, she was always busy after school with the things she loved to do and that's why she loves teaching so much. As she quotes: "I am one of those lucky people who's hobby turned into their career and I couldn't be more happy about that. Sharing my talents with the kids, seeing them improve and have fun puts a smile on my face!"
Adrianne T. is a recent graduate from James Madison University with a degree in Vocal Music Education. Later this year she will begin her first year of teaching as an elementary general music teacher in Loudoun County Public Schools. Adrianne is pursuing her Master of Arts in Arts Leadership and Management and is excited to teach private voice and piano lessons here at Bach to Rock. She loves a variety of music including pop, hip hop, country, r&b, dancehall and more. Growing up, Adrianne has performed in different special events such as the Candlelight Festival at Disney World and the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. Throughout her teaching career, she hopes to foster a deeper love for music with her students and help to open the doors for them to engage with music as lifelong consumers of the arts.
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 R. is a guitarist and songwriter who teaches guitar, bass, and bands at Bach to Rock. He began his musical education playing trumpet in sixth grade band before switching to guitar in seventh grade, when the jazz ensemble didn’t have a guitarist. Over the last decade he has enjoyed playing guitar with rock, jazz, and reggae groups as well as performing solo. Andrew is excited to share his knowledge and experience with young musicians so they may use music as a form of self-expression.
Annie S. is a songwriter, instrumentalist, and performer from Leesburg. With her band, she's toured up and down the East coast and has released two albums of original music. She plays the guitar, ukulele, and piano, and loves to help fellow songwriters find their footing. Her most frequent co-writer is her husband and bass player, with whom she has a daughter and four cats.
Mr. Brandon (a.k.a Dj Childsplay) is a DJ instructor with Beat Refinery for Bach to Rock Herndon and Lansdowne and partners with Bach to Rock South Riding for community events. Mr. Brandon teaches scratching, mixing, DJing and Music Production to all age groups and has been rocking the DMV (DC, MD, VA) nightlife scene for almost 2 decades. Bringing the sounds of Drum n Bass, Break Beat, Top 40, Hip Hop & Old School music together, he provides his audiences with a true "multi-genre" experiences. When performing, DJ Childsplay is best known for using multiple platforms, including Turntables, CDJ's, multiple mixers, and is sometimes accompanied by an MC or live performers. He has also teamed up with production heavyweight's, Bradley Drop & Eric EMZ, forming the group Pump Pump, who have charted multiple times on beatport.com's Breakbeat top 10, including the track "Set it Off", which sat at #1 for 8 weeks. Until the recent pandemic, Childsplay has been playing shows all around the east coast, including (WMC) Miami Winter Music Conference, which he has been invited to play 4 times. Recently, Mr. Brandon has been laying low from travel and shows, instead taking full advantage of this time to put full focus on his production, teaching and hosting his own radio show Wednesday's on Radio.
Charlie C. is a multi-instrumentalist and recent graduate from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in Professional Music. Charlie started his musical journey in 2009 with drum-set and took on the guitar in the summer of 2010. At Berklee College of Music, Charlie studied percussion under Rod Morgenstein (Winger) and Tony “Thunder” Smith (Lou Reed, Jeff Beck) and outside of Berklee, he studied guitar under Bill Burke and Isaiah Mitchell (The Black Crowes, Earthless). Outside of teaching, Charlie performs, tours and manages the psychedelic rock band, Lucid Lynx.
Diego A. is a multi-instrumentalist that began studying music at the age of 4 on violin. Being part of a musically-oriented family, he accompanied his father’s Andean folk music band at a young age. This led to performing at schools and libraries and eventually larger venues such as the Smithsonian, community festivals, and National Harbor, Maryland. Apart from the violin, he gained an interest in piano and later picked up the guitar and bass guitar. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science for biology from Virginia Commonwealth University, but continued to pursue his dream of working with other like-minded musicians by having managed and performed with many bands that all varied in genres, suiting his diverse musical taste and background.
Drake N. is a songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist who teaches drums, bass, piano and production at B2R. He has traveled the country playing drums and keys with different groups with genres ranging from Rock, to Reggae, to Video Game Music, and even marched in the 2013 London New Years Parade as a snare in the Marching Bulldogs of SBHS. He is currently enrolled at NOVA studying Recording Technology, and he wishes to pass all of his knowledge and creativity to anyone eager to learn, while he pushes towards his goal of becoming an audio engineer.
Jenny M. has always been passionate about music from a young age and was fortunate enough to begin piano lessons at 6 years old. Ever since then, piano has become a part of her daily life. She is currently a student at Northern Virginia Community College with hopes of transferring to George Mason to study English with a Literature concentration. Under the guidance of her piano teachers, she competed in different piano events which helped her to appreciate the instrument even more. Jenny enjoys learning new songs of all varieties and is excited to be able to share piano with new musicians!
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.
Timothy D. is a piano, brass, and strings instructor at B2R Lansdowne. He has experience in strings, brass, percussion, bass, piano, and vocals and enjoys jazz and classical styles. Timothy performs in his band, The Outcasts Brass Band, which he co-founded 3 years ago as well as regularly performing in Old Town Alexandria and the surrounding area. Timothy has also been writing music for video games, documentaries, and other independent projects for over 6 years. Timothy is currently pursuing a degree in astrophysics along with performing in the Mason Chorale, Jazz Combo, Concert Band, and Green Machine Pep Band at George Mason University.
Tyler J. is a guitar, bass, ukulele, and Early Childhood instructor at B2R Lansdowne. He has taught guitar for over 10 years, with experience teaching in Maryland, Virginia, and DC school systems. He studied music performance at Towson University for classical guitar and is currently enrolled at FCC for the Audio Production Certificate. He is an experienced MIDI programmer with knowledge of guitar synthesizers. He enjoys bringing excitement of achievement to all his lessons. Mr. Joyce has toured extensively with performing acts across the U.S as well as a USO tour of Asia and is currently performing with his worship team in Frederick, MD.
Will M., at the age of 16, began hopping on the Metro to learn from the older jazz cats of DC. This led to regularly playing the DC area for over 15 years in varying styles such as rock, bluegrass, live band for local rappers, video game music, jazz, and reggae. Will has been featured on WERA 96.7 FM and had his students perform on-air for the program Song Writers and Poets. In addition to over a decade of teaching, Will has been an audio engineer for The Pinch in DC and DaVinci Audio. On top of everything else, he has tested video games for bugs and audio issues at Bethesda Softworks and been a presenter/performer of video game music at conventions such as AwesomeCon, GexCon and MAGfest. Will lives in Arlington, Va with his fiancee and an ever growing collection of vintage stringed instruments and drums. He enjoys playing with his reggae band until last call and is a percussionist for the Hawaii State Society's DC ukulele troupe.
William C. is a brass and early childhood instructor with Bach to Rock. William has always held music close to his heart and is very passionate about the fine arts. He has been playing trumpet for over 10 years and can also play a handful of other instruments, including piano and french horn. He is currently enrolled at both Northern Virginia Community College and George Mason University studying engineering and participates in the Green Machine pep band at George Mason. After working as an assistant elementary music teacher this past year, William learned how much he loves working with others to find the joy in music!
- 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.