Kathleen DiSanto is the Site Director of B2R South Riding. Take her previous positions as Sales Coordinator, Teacher Assistant, Music Parent and the best part of each one and that is her awesome job here at B2R; children, parents, and music. There is something different and exciting going on everyday and she is in the middle of it all. Just beauteous!!!
Staff & Music Teachers
Sara Zuhlsdorf-Allyn is an Assistant Director at B2R South Riding. Sara is from Rochester, NY where she graduated with a degree in history and taught preschool. Sara has spent years being involved as both a member and as an instructor of marching band, WGI indoor percussion, and drum and bugle corps. Her favorite part about being involved with these groups is seeing the growth that the students make over time. Sara enjoys most genres of music, but really listening to musicals, Janis Joplin, The Beatles, Punch Brothers, Dave Matthews Band and Glen Hansard. To quote one of her favorite teachers, any musician can be great as long as they have “trust, commitment and desire.”
Annie Scanldon is an Assistant Director at Bach to Rock, South Riding. Annie is a world traveler, cookie baker, mom to three girls, theatre artist, life-long student of music, and a lady who laughs out loud without restraint. She has taught students from preschool to college, directed plays, written an unpublished novel, and is now learning to compose original music. She supports all artistic endeavors, and loves to see kids and adults get inspired by the creative process. She is eager to greet you with a smile and will encourage you on your musical journey.
Aaron S. is a Music Specialist at B2R South Riding. Aaron teaches guitar, bass, and is also is a band instructor. A certified recording audio engineer from The Recording Workshop in Ohio, Aaron's experience includes 17 years of live performance, studio work, group and private lessons. He enjoys most types of music and is always eager to expand his knowledge in the music/theory field. His musical interests include anything from King Crimson, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan to Death, At the Gates, and even Miles Davis.
Claire D. is new to the Virginia area and has joined B2R as a vocal and piano instructor. Born, raised, and educated in Texas, she attended the University of North Texas for a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies with a Vocal Performance emphasis. She began performing as a solo singer/songwriter/pianist during high school and by her freshman year of college, was leading her original Dallas-based band, MochaBlue. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area, she performed for corporate events, private parties, and public entertainment and taught at a private academy in Flower Mound, Texas. She strives to help students fully understand all facets of music and the importance of taking advantage of their curiosity towards music!
Dan P. teaches drums, guitar, bass and coaches bands at B2R Lansdowne and B2R South Riding. He recently graduated from Towson University with a Bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in drums and percussion. During his time at Towson he performed with several jazz combos, the Towson Percussion Ensemble and the Towson World Music Ensemble. He currently plays in a hard rock band (originals and covers) as well as the contemporary worship team at his church. Some of Dan’s biggest drumming influences include Neil Peart, Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Danny Carey, and Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Dan’s primary goal as a teacher is to get students playing the music they love as soon as possible while helping them develop technique and a solid sense of time.
DJ Bo is presently making rounds in the DC DJ circuit, DJ Bo credits his musical roots to his home country of Cameroon. He incorporates his vast musical background with his technical turntablism abilities when rocking dance-floors which has led him to rock parties in New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. Bo is also a talented producer and has produced for numerous DMV artists, including Blue Moon's own Phil Ade. He also has numerous remixes that have been featured on various notable DJ mixes. You can catch him every weekend at one of DC's premiere clubs and once a month at THE legendary Velvet Lounge. Highlights: Performed at the 2014 DMC DC Regionals at U Street Music Hall | DJ'ed a private listening party for recording artist Dawn Richard's album, Goldenheart | Opened for recording artists, Future and Drake, at Stadium Night Club for Howard Homecoming in 2013 | Opened for Mad Decent's Artist SwizzyMack at Liv Nightclub in Washington, DC.
Jack M. was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was surrounded by music since birth. His grandfather, an accomplished musician started him singing and playing the piano since he could talk. Jack has loved music since that time. Through the years, Jack has been around music as much as he could. He plays guitar and piano and loves every second. Now, all he wants to do is pass that feeling along to anyone who wants to receive it.
Jeff C. is a drum and band instructor at Bach to Rock South Riding. Jeff was raised with music always at the forefront of his life. Jeff has been playing drums for 15 years and singing for 5. Jeff enjoys all genres of music from Latin, Jazz, Delta Blues, Reggae to Psychedelic Rock and early Soul R&B. Jeff is in a local band Toad Head and is working on original music. Jeff integrates music into his life on a daily basis. Jeff's philosophy is that “music is a conversation and an exchange of energy. Jeff’s major influences include John Fishman, Bernard Purdie, Terry Bozio, Nick Mason and Jim Gordon.
Jorge A-M. is an accomplished cellist and holds a B.A. in music with a concentration in cello performance from Shepherd University. While at Shepherd, Jorge received the Friend of Music scholarship, played with the Two River Chamber Orchestra, performed at the Honors Band recital in 2009-2010 and played in the Preparatory Orchestra as principal. He also sang as a Baritone in the Masterworks Chorale, played the xylophone in marching band, as well as participating in the pit of several musical productions such as: Big River, Sweeney Todd, Guys and Dolls, among others. Throughout his music career, Jorge has received cello instruction from various teachers, among them are his first cello instructor Katiuska Yuztiz, from Venezuela, Taylor Cruz Almao from Piedmont School of Music, Camilo Perez from Winchester, VA, Dr. Shaw from Shenandoah University, and former cello instructor Stephen Czarkowski, from Shepherd University. Jorge currently plays with the Washington Philharmonic Association of Alexandria, VA, the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia, and his own quintet called the Dinamica Piano Quintet.
JP G. is a Teacher Assistant at Bach to Rock South Riding. JP has been surrounded by good music through his parents since a very young age. JP has played guitar since he was 6 years old, and has been writing his own music for the last 3 years. He is pursuing a degree in IT but will always have music in his life, play guitar and write his music! JP's Favorite Artists: Circa Survive, Pink Floyd, Cloakroom, and Joyce Manor.
Kiara R. String and Piano Instructor. Kiara has been playing the violin since she was 7 years old and has won numerous competitions with the Levine School of Music located in Washington, DC. Kiara has a Bachelor’s degree in violin performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and studied with Professor Akemi Takayama, former violinist of the Audubon Quartet. Kiara has studied abroad in London with Remus Azoitei from the Royal Academy of London. She has performed in master classes with Vadim Repin, David Salness, Aeolus Quartet, and the Mendelssohn Piano Trio. She also attended a masterclass with Joshua Bell for the White House Music Series: Classical and participated in a festival in Leichtenstein, Europe. She has toured with the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra in many cities in Spain in 2014. In 2015, the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra also premiered the Blues Symphony composed by the renowned Wynton Marsalis.
Kiko D. teaches Voice, Piano, Early Childhood Classes and is a Band Instructor at Bach to Rock in South Riding. Kiko graduated from Berklee College of Music and has been playing piano and singing since she was 7 years old. Kiko shares her passion for music with her students every day while teaching.
L.J. started with piano in the 1st grade, and since has learned how to play the mandolin, ukulele, and guitar. He is an Assistant Music Instructor at Bach to Rock South Riding, working with birthday parties, DJ events, and assisting with classes. Aside from that L.J. studies film, and loves everything Norwegian.
Lora Robinson is Administrative Assistant and Teacher at Bach to Rock South Riding. Lora is a graduate of Queens University of Charlotte and a practicing Board Certified Music Therapist. Lora is experienced working with students and adults with special needs, as well as teaching voice, piano, guitar, and early childhood classes. Lora comes from a big family of musicians, and what she enjoys most about music is that it brings people together and connect with one another. Lora's favorite genre's include Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, Soul, and Classical. Lora is excited to be a part of such an amazing team of music enthusiasts!
Luann C. is a string and piano instructor at B2R South Riding. Born into a musical family in Tennessee, Luann wanted to be just like her big sister and play violin. After a year of pestering her mother for lessons, she finally began playing at almost 4 years old. Growing up she learned to play piano and viola as well. Luann took any music class that would fit into her schedule at college including cello, piano, voice, and conducting. She also performed in two different orchestras as a violinist and a cellist. Luann graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in History. With over 30 years of performing experience, Luann is eager to pass on her passion for music to her students.
Mike "Moximum" M. is "the very definition of a Renaissance Man." He is a music producer, audio engineer and sound designer in Charlottesville, Va. Mike teaches music production, Djing and keys to students of all ages as well as leading/coaching bands at Bach To Rock in Herndon, Va and works as a freelance audio engineer and studio consultant all across the DMV area. Mike also performs regularly as a DJ and as an educator, drawing from his over 25 years of experience with music and sound in various forms, he demonstrates sound science concepts in an easy to understand format, enriching the learning process. "The first thing I did when I was born was make noise."
Phillip H. is a brass and a piano instructor at Bach to Rock South Riding. Phillip began studying piano and trombone at the age of 12. While learning these two instruments he was also playing at his home church. Other earlier musical memories consist of performing with Saxophonist Chris Vindalin, who was the saxophonist for Chuck Mangione. Phillip Harris was the lead trombonist in the Jazz Band in his freshmen year. Phillip also participated with the Marching Band becoming the Brass Section leader his senior year. Phillip was the Minister of Music at New Fellowship Deliverance Church. Phillip attended George Mason University receiving his Bachelors in Music and a Minor in Jazz studies in the May 2016. At GMU he played with Symphonic Band, the Mason Jazz Ensemble, and the Green Machine. Phillip was the Music Director and pianist of the Gospel Choir called the Anointed Vessels of Unity (AVU). Phillip enjoys working with kids and helping them reach their highest potential in music. He brings energy and excitement to every lesson.
Romita M. is a music specialist at B2R. She is an avid violinist, pianist, and performer. She is a member of the Duke Symphony Orchestra, and has been a member of the American Youth Philharmonic. She is working towards a degree in university while she pursues her musical passions. As a classically trained musician, Romita has performed at church services, studio recitals, and concerto competitions for her school. She also enjoys rocking out to modern music on her electric violin. She has been a musician since she was 5, and aspires to inspire other young musicians in the classes she teaches at B2R: Kids and Keys, Rock City, and private lessons.
Sean M. teaches guitar, bass, and is also a band coach at B2R South Riding. Sean has been performing live in Virginia since 2002. During high school Sean participated in the many music and arts programs offered. After four years of participating in the schools’ Jazz guitar Ensemble and classical guitar orchestra Sean was presented with the Curtis Alley Music and Arts Scholarship. “Having experience and knowledge of more than one instrument allows me to expand my students’ minds, and ideas of how to approach ideas and exercises.” Says Mason who is proficient at guitar, bass, drum kit, and piano theory. Sean's musical interests include: Nightwish, Children of Bodom, lamb of god, Kamelot, Eric Clapton, Gojira and, Apocalyptica.
Shane M. was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1992. Music has always been a passion of his. He was raised listening to all different kinds of styles and genres of music from classical, to blues, to electronic, or rock. Shane has been playing guitar for 6 years, though both of his parents are talented musicians. He also knows how to play bass guitar, ukulele, piano, and dabbles in a multitude of other instruments. Shane absolutely loves working at Bach to Rock and enjoys teaching children. He believes that music is a fundamental part of human society and various genres show the social-political status of human beings through the times.
Terrill M. is a multimedia artist who specializes in music composition and performance. His performance experience ranges from Carnegie Hall to cross-country touring as part of an electronic duo, playing keyboard and percussion (orchestral and kit). Today he spends most of his time learning to incorporate sequencers and synthesizers into his performance. In addition to his classical background, Terrill was also trained in jazz studies and is very fond of live improvisation. Growing up, he was always very fond of instrumental soundtracks for movies and aspired to be a great composers. With over 40 hours of originally produced material for solo projects and film scoring contracts, he is a voracious creator who is constantly working on something new. Terrill is a firm believer in collaboration and the “why not?” method of experimental learning. As a teacher he has experience teaching basic theory and literacy to children of indigenous communities in Central America, and has also mentored adults here in the United States. He strives to help his students to think outside of the box using both theoretical knowledge and abstract expression to unlock their own potential as creative musicians. His ultimate goal is to show people that anything is possible, that everyone has their own voice, and that there is always a creative answer to any question.
Yessenia G. began her piano studies when she was 8 years old. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education from The Florida State University, where she studied piano with Leonidas Lipovetsky. Additionally, she is certified in Level I Orff Schulwerk (a rhythm- and motion-based developmental approach to music education). Yessenia has over 15 years of experience teaching piano, music theory, and general music to students of all ages, in both individual and classroom settings. She has taught at the elementary, middle and high school age groups, and enjoys sharing the joy of music in multi-cultural environments. Also interested in World Music, she has taken part and performed with the FSU Balinese Gamelan for 9 years. In addition to performing music, she also practiced Balinese dance for 3 years under the direction of Balinese dancer Iga Candra Dewi. Having moved to Virginia in 2013, Yessenia and her husband Dr. Gonzalo Gallardo, are moving towards the exploration of many possibilities in the development of innovative approaches to music pedagogy.
- 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.