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
Devin McClure is an Assistant Director at B2R Lansdowne. He is a multi-instrumentalist, an audio engineer/producer and a singer/songwriter. Devin attended Middle Tennessee State University where he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Audio Production. Over the years he has performed with many bands in various styles of music, all while working on his craft as a live-sound and recording/mixing engineer. Devin has always been passionate about music and is very proud to be part of a team that promotes the arts in his community.
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!"
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.
Deni H. is a singer, songwriter, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist. Deni received her Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music under the private voice instruction of Grammy-award winner, Paula Cole. Deni is the leader of the nationally touring indie folk band, The Western Den, and is a frequent collaborator and studio musician for other artists, films, and advertising agencies. She loves helping her students gain confidence, real-world music skills, and find their authentic creative voice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.