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.”
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.
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.
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.
Joshua P. Piano, Drum, and Vocal Instructor, Engineer. Josh is a classically trained pianist, originally from Suffield, CT. An Avid Pro Tools certified audio engineer, Joshua's experience includes years of live performance, sound reinforcement, studio experience and private lessons. Having moved to Virginia to attend the renowned Shenandoah Conservatory, he currently studies under Dr. Robert Larson, and is in the final stages of completing his Bachelor of Music in Music Production and Recording Technology, with a focus in Jazz Piano. Joshua performs regularly as the pianist for the Shenandoah Conservatory Little Big Band, as well as the vocalist for the band Cellar. Holding an extensive knowledge in music theory and instrumental technique, Joshua teaches piano, drum set and guitar with influences from a varied set of artists, including Snarky Puppy, Chon, Bill Evans, Crash Kings, Matt Garstka, Tesseract and many others.
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.
Marissa F. is a recent graduate from Berklee College of Music with a major in songwriting and a focus in music production. Marissa is a singer/songwriter and has been playing piano since she was four years old, eventually learning the guitar and ukulele as well. Marissa loves writing and composing her own music, and recording songs. Marissa was trained in classical piano for 18 years, but plays and writes songs in all different genres because she always believes that only trying one style of music is like only trying one flavor of ice cream. Whether it's The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, or Beethoven, the most rewarding thing about music is being able to play what you love no matter what style it is!
Patricia S. is a music specialist at Bach to Rock. Patricia studied percussion for over 10 years in a variety of settings, she intends to utilize an eclectic background in percussion to equip beginner to intermediate students with fundamental theory concepts, site reading comprehension, and rudiments in order to fulfill their role in the rhythm section. Patricia became well versed in jazz and big band instrumentation while performing with the Middlesex Jazz Orchestra in Concord, MA. She continued her studies at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where she enrolled in a rigorous 12 month course concentrating on the history of Latin music, Brazilian grooves derived from the Samba, and the genre’s many other basic rudiments. Patricia currently plays percussion for three locals bands - The Charlie Bare Quartet, Young Hands, and The Stump Devils. Patricia devotes significant time and attention to in-studio work and spends most weekends performing at popular venues across Northern Virginia and Maryland. Patricia admires tasteful drummers such as Carter Beauford of The Dave Matthew’s Band and Stewart Copeland of the The Police. Most of all, Patricia enjoys teaching and hopes each and every student will acquire the confidence and skill set to develop a lifelong passion for music.
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.
- 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.