Julia Cowles, Site Director, received her BFA in Music Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory in 2012. After graduation she started with B2R as a Curriculum Consultant, became a Voice, Glee and Early Childhood teacher, and eventually moved up to Site Director! Julia teaches voice and audition technique privately from her home and also teaches music and movement to individuals with disabilities through Artstream. When she is not teaching or working you can see Julia performing all over the DC Metro area at various theaters and as a singer with her “Pfamily Band”.
Staff & Music Teachers
Lauren Kuzminsky, Assistant Director, studied Vocal Performance at Shenandoah Conservatory, including under Grammy-winning choral conductor Robert Shafer. She has performed at The Kennedy Center, Strathmore, and the historic Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut with multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban. Lauren is the lead vocalist for the Fairfax based melodic metal band, Spellborne, who has opened for acts such as Doro Pesch, New Year’s Day, and The Birthday Massacre. They perform throughout the DMV area, and released their first album, Far From Land, in 2014.
Dan Munoz, assistant director at Bach to Rock Gaithersburg, is a Maryland native who began his musical life self-taught on the guitar, bass, drums, and in the recording arts. Growing up having to rely on his own strong work ethic and determination to excel in these arts as a leader, he sees extreme value in what Bach to Rock offers to students. He funded and built his first 600sq FT studio fully equipped at age 15 and recorded various local artists including his own band himself. His band, EastWestHwy, has performed almost everywhere from packed humble DC house shows, to the Baltimore Soundstage and Howard Theatre. He has worked with the locally renowned Buzzlounge Studios, who has worked with national and international artists alike, to help build his second studio and record his last EP with his band. Daniel has also had the pleasure of working at Capital Fringe, one of D.C's largest music and arts festival organizers as one of the programming managers. On his commutes, on the drums, and as he cooks, Daniel enjoys music from various artists from Jack Johnson to his favorite band, Two Door Cinema Club.
Aaron C. teaches drums, piano, beginner guitar and coaches bands. He has toured the US extensively, performing for millions of people for over a decade with the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band. He has also been active in the music scenes of New York and Dallas/Fort Worth Metro areas. Aaron has been playing the drums and the piano for over 25 years and in recent years has branched out as a multi-instrumentalist and composer. He has been involved in music education since 1998 and enjoys spreading his love of music to new generations. He holds a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas and also attended Interlochen Arts Academy.
Alex A. teaches voice, guitar, drums keyboard and bass. Currently pursuing a degree in Choral Music Education at University of Maryland Baltimore, Alex has been both a teacher and participant in a variety of different musical outlets including musical theater, acappella, rock bands, and a wide spectrum of choirs. He is currently writing original music and playing as a solo act around the metro area. Alex's favorite artists include Queen, Stevie Wonder, and Beethoven.
Alex P. teaches piano, guitar, and woodwinds at Bach to Rock. She has played piano her whole life, and started taking band classes in sixth grade. Alex has played flute, tenor saxophone, bass guitar, and piccolo in performances throughout her musical career. While playing in the Frederick Regional Youth Orchestra, she performed in multiple operas, including playing the piccolo in The Magic Flute. In her free time, she enjoys listening to bands such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin as well as learning classical piano pieces. She is also a science writer for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and is pursuing a degree in biology at the University of Maryland.
Amanda W. teaches violin, viola, cello, guitar, and early education classes at B2R. She was introduced to the violin when she was 10 and has loved string instruments ever since. Amanda majored in Music Education and graduated in 2006 from Virginia Commonwealth University. She followed that with 8 years of teaching orchestra, guitar and piano in the Richmond VA area schools. She has been teaching lessons for over 15 years and is excited to continue teaching at Bach to Rock. Amanda strives to provide students the confidence necessary to enhance skill and technique, instill pride in their unique talents and excite the passion that makes music fun. Amanda loves all types of music, but her favorite is Indie Rock.
Carolyn L. is a voice and piano instructor at Bach to Rock. She started her music education when she was three years old. During her childhood and teenaged years in Brazil, she was part of multiple choirs, bands, and vocal groups. Carolyn earned her Degree in Arts and Music and has pursued a career in early childhood music education. For the past eight years, Carolyn has worked as a music teacher and choir director. She also performed with vocal groups in Brazil and in the United States. As of late, she’s been busy as a background vocalist for local gospel recording artist, Summer.
Gliceria González A. is a piano teacher and one of Cuba’s youngest orchestra conductors. She studied piano, choral conducting, and orchestral conducting at Havana’s Conservatory Guillermo Tomás and Gerardo Delgado Guanche, The Higher Institute of Arts University (Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana, Cuba and Escuela de Música Vida y Movimiento "Ollin Yoliztli" (College Music Conservatory) in Mexico. She has conducted some of the symphonic orchestras of Mexico City, including the Philarmonic Orchestra, the Band, the Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Toluca and the Symphonic Orchestra of the Ollin Yoliztli Performing Arts Center; she also composed, made arrangements and conducted the Children’s Choir, the Youth Choir, the String Ensemble and the Woodwind Quintet while she studied highschool at Guillermo Tomás Conservatory. Recently, she worked with the University of Madison and musicians from the community, conducting a String Ensemble and teaching a class about Cuban Classical Music. Gliceria also works in popular music, playing keyboards and vibraphone. She has performed and recorded with top Cuban artists including Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben González, Dave Alfaro, Calixto Oviedo, Demetrio Muniz and Roberto Fonseca. She has been a member of the Afro-Cuban All Stars since 2009, performing internationally at the most important jazz and world music festivals, including Montreux Jazz Festival, Nice Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD), and Jakarta Jazz Festival, and in venues including Royal Albert Hall (London), Victoria Hall (Geneva), L’Olympia Bruno Coquatrix (Paris), Howard Theater (Washington DC), Berklee Performance Center (Boston), the BB King (NYC) and many more.
Jasmine C. is a music specialist at B2R Gaithersburg who teaches piano and guitar. Jasmine started playing piano at the age of 6, picked up guitar at the age of 14, and fiddled with many different instruments, including clarinet, alto and baritone saxophones, and even french horn during middle and high school. She listens to all types of music but her favorite genres include alternative, pop punk, indie and electro/synth pop. Some of her favorite artists are: PVRIS, Man Overboard, Longfellow, Milk & Bone, Twenty One Pilots, Transit, Big Grams, Passport to Stockholm and many more. Jasmine is currently attending both University of Maryland - College Park and Montgomery College and will most likely majoring in accounting. As a former shy, anti-social child, music helped her break out of her shell. She hopes to spread her passion and knowledge of music, and looks forward to working with her students.
Jeneane J. teaches violin at B2R Gaithersburg. She began her love affair with music and the violin at the age of 7 while growing up in a musical family in Oakland, California. She studied violin privately for 22 years with Mr. Edmund Weingart and Barbara Rahm. After graduating with a music minor from San Francisco State University, Jones entered a broadcast journalism career that ran 36 years, always keeping music near her, performing with community orchestras in Atlanta, Nashville, and Sacramento. She currently performs with the Washington D.C Capital City Symphony and in Alexandria, Virginia with the Sanctified Symphony, part of the Alfred Street Baptist Church. She embraces a variety of musical genres from sacred music and jazz to classical, allowing her to be at home in solo, chamber and orchestral settings. Jeneane is committed to teaching students of all ages and strives to bring to her students an understanding of not only musical technique, but an appreciation for how music nurtures the complete person.
Joni M. teaches drums at Bach to Rock in Gaithersburg. She has 16 years’ experience behind the drum kit, gaining the majority of her knowledge from writing, recording and performing in local bands. Joni’s work spans many different musical genres from rock to reggae, metal to country and punk to funk; however, she generally specializes in alternative rock, rap, hip-hop and R&B. Joni spent most of 2015 in Nashville, TN receiving one-on-one counsel from some of country music’s biggest stars. Joining up with Bach to Rock, Joni is thrilled to share the knowledge she has gained throughout the years with her students. She emphasizes using the power of music to uplift the student by building confidence and providing a comfortable, safe medium to express their individuality and creativity. In addition to instructing, Joni enjoys collaborating with original artists, particularly rock groups, DJs and rappers.
Justin T. is a music specialist at Bach to Rock where he teach drums and piano, record bands and has fun! In his spare time he’s mashing up his love for the drums and audio as the producer for the Drummer's Resource Podcast. He also continues to study privately with Grant Menefee who has trained some of the best drummers in the world including Nate Morton (The Voice), Jon Theodore (Queen's of the Stone Age) and many more. Justin has worked for some of the biggest radio stations in the country including iHeartRadio, HOT 99.5 and DC101. He was also the manager at GYC Studios, a recording studio for kids, where he taught drums and recorded bands. Justin has played in a number of DC bands including The Fisherman, The Muddy Crows and was even in a band with Tosin Abasi (Animals as Leaders).
Leon L. teaches piano/keyboard, bass, and coaches bands at B2R Gaithersburg. He is the keyboardist, bassist, vocalist, and co-founder of The Almighty Pawns, a party, wedding and event band based out of Gaithersburg. His favorite artists include Stevie Wonder, George Duke, Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Alicia Keys, Kirk Franklin, Incognito, Donny Hathaway… the list can go on and on! Music became a passion for him when he was 12. He joined the high school choir and stuck with it all throughout high school. He also joined a local gospel quartet, studied drama, and had lead parts in school musicals. In his twenties he started studying the bass guitar in additional to “tickling the ivories” and singing. Leon enjoys passing on the gift of music to younger generations and is pleased to be a part of the B2R family!"
Mark B. first picked up the guitar at the age of 12 and was hooked: despite his best efforts, he could not put it down. As his connection to his guitar got stronger, his desire to share his love for the instrument grew. Personally, he has played in a few bands – enjoying playing the festival circuit and stints in the recording studio – but his love remains teaching. At 18, Mark began formally teaching guitar and has taught over 500 students over the years. The most gratifying part of teaching is watching his students grow along their musical journey. His youth students have gone on to pursue careers in music and his adult students have varied from “campfire” shows to forming local bands. Mark’s favorite guitars are Stratocaster, Les Paul, and his trusty Fender acoustic.
Matthew T. is an emerging artist and educator in the Washington Metropolitan area. He has performed with the Ellicott City Trombone Choir, Johns Hopkins Symphony Orchestra, Greenspring Valley Orchestra and currently the Kaya Wind Quartet. Matthew has also taught at Overlea High School in Baltimore County for several years and the East Baltimore Community School in Baltimore City. Along with teaching, he has held clinics at local high schools in Baltimore and the Washington Area. Matthew’s influences include Martin McCain, Milton Aldana, Hugh W. Barnes, Jr., Melvin N. Miles, Jr., Lloyd Hoover, Dr. James Lee III, and Larry Williams. Currently, Matthew is the Marketing Intern for the American Studio Orchestra located in Baltimore, Maryland and developing a Saturday band program in Washington, D.C. alongside his high school band director, Mr. Hugh W. Barnes, Jr. Receiving his B.S. in Music, Matthew is a recent graduate of Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Michael J. is an east coast multi-instrumental artist musician, fire performer, and music educator. Coming from a self educated background focused on teaching music, a philosophy of songwriting, and high energy living, he is known for bringing a strong positive energy to the classroom and the stage. Mike has become characterized for his creativity, the ability to develop connections with artists as well as students, and dedication to personal growth with communal growth in several education and artists groups. Being a high energy, versatile, and well rounded multi-instrumentalist he has come to tour as a core member of several bands in Maryland, Pennsylvania, DC, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia.
Michael R. teaches drums, piano and bands at Bach to Rock McLean. He was born and raised in Montgomery County, MD and has been playing professionally in the DC and Baltimore areas for over twelve years. Michael has 16 years of experience on the drums and 20 on piano. At Montgomery college he studied music theory and jazz percussion. After college, he began teaching private lesson to students of all ages. Michael is a regular in the rock scene, performing with bands such as Corner Store Heroes, Your Cousin Marvin and Hounds of Hades. He enjoys sharing his years of experience and the joy of music with his students. He is a patient teacher and uses a variety of fun ways to motivate students. Michael's specialties include classical and jazz theory as well as improvisation techniques. His major influences are Streetlight Manifesto, The Who, The Special, and The Grateful Dead.
Michael S. started with percussion at nine years old, picked up the bass guitar at twelve, the guitar at fourteen, and spent some time with the piano, bassoon, and alto saxophone in high school. He implements classical techniques while playing more modern styles of music. He has been teaching music since 2008 and develops lessons to appeal to each individual student while stressing the importance of technique and musical diversity. His influences and tastes include various genres of classical, pop, metal, and rock - from Metallica to The Beatles to Britney Spears.
Michelle P. is a voice, piano and Early Education Music Specialist at Bach to Rock. She has been performing and competing since the age of 12 and has had the opportunity to appear as the opening act for numerous famous Filipino celebrities. Michelle has been a part of all her middle school and high school choirs as well as the Annandale Women’s Ensemble and Annandale Singers. Currently, she is the lead vocalist and keyboardist for City Groove and has been with them for almost 10 years. City Groove performs at venues such as Harrington Casino in DE, and Portales Underground in VA, and they are the entertainment for many galas, weddings, and other events around the country. Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Beyonce, and Alicia Keys are some of Michelle’s musical influences, as well as the many musicians that populate her family. Michelle feels very fortunate to have been passed on such a great talent, and therefore wants to share her expertise and inspire her students so they can continue to grow and have the opportunity to share their talents with the world.
Nick S. is a Music Specialist and band coach at B2R Gaithersburg. He teaches guitar, bass guitar, drums, and piano. Nick has vast amounts of experience in performance and rehearsing bands. He has been playing the guitar for twelve years and teaching music for nine years. Ever since he began playing he has loved and played all genres of music including jazz and classical, but rock and roll is his passion. Thus he has created a pasttime of playing and leading rock bands. In these bands he played guitar, bass guitar, drums, and sung. He studied music education at West Virginia University with a focus on jazz/classical guitar. While there, he performed in many college level ensembles including a classical guitar ensemble, sound painting, and choral union. He has been a church musician for Difference Makers Church in Damascus, MD, for over a decade. Music is his life and he loves to teach that which has brought him so much joy.
Ryan G. specializes in teaching Drums, Guitar, Bass, Piano and audio engineering at Bach to Rock Gaithersburg. Ryan began learning guitar at age 6 from his father, who taught him basic chords using an old Beatles songbook. However, seeing Ringo Starr play drums in A Hard Day's Night sparked a fascination in percussion, and he began playing in the 4th grade band. In high school, he rediscovered his love for the guitar and picked it up again as a new way to express himself musically. He participated in the symphonic orchestra, marching band, pit orchestra, and jazz ensemble at Rockville High School. Ryan graduated from Salisbury University in 2016 with a degree in Communication Arts and a minor in Music. Ryan has been training as an audio engineer for three years, and uses these skills to record his own songs, for which he performs all of the instruments. He finds inspiration in a variety of music, from Jazz to Classical to World, but his favorite artists are The Beatles, Fall out Boy, Guns n' Roses, Blink- 182, and Slipknot.
Tess H. is a piano and voice instructor at Bach to Rock McLean and Gaithersburg. Tess began taking piano lessons at age 6 and trained classically before venturing out into her favorite genres, pop, folk, and new age. As a professional actor, Tess is an experienced singer, in both musical theatre and pop styles. This past year Tess performed at Capital Fringe, the Source Festival, Gypsy Sally's, La Ti Do, Epicure Cafe, and Imagination Stage. Tess is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and has a B.A. in Theatre and Sociology.
Tim M. is an audio engineer, guitar teacher, and band coach at Bach to Rock Gaithersburg. Tim began music through the oboe in elementary school band, and began teaching himself the guitar in middle school. Through high school, he played in the award-winning Glenelg bands and orchestras, as well as rock and metal groups with classmates. In 2015, Tim graduated from Butler University, where he received his BA in Creative Media and Entertainment. Tim seeks to help his students reach their fullest musical potential, be it in the practice room or the recording studio.
- 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.