Kyle F. is the Site Director for B2R Gaithersburg. Kyle studied music, with a focus on French Horn, while at Hartwick College in New York. In addition to this, Kyle expanded his skill set to all Brass instruments and Vocals. Kyle has experience performing in a variety of styles that include: Opera, Jazz, and even Ska! Kyle has also dabbled in the world of theater and as a result enjoys focusing on the hidden context of music and learning how to use that to, "make the performance his own." Kyle strives to use this knowledge to help students learn how to find their own unique performance style!
Staff & Music Teachers
Artemis Montague is the Assistant Director at B2R Gaithersburg. Artemis has a Women’s and Gender Studies degree and 20 years of experience singing anywhere someone will let them. As a singer, they are most interested in jazz, soul, R&B, and musical theatre. They have worked in arts administration at places the Kennedy Center and as a teaching artist at Imagination Stage. They write music and plays, and they enjoy reading and dancing whenever they get the chance. They hope your children find joy in music-making the way they have.
Aldo R. teaches drums and guitar at B2R in Gaithersburg and is an active freelance percussionist in the DMV metropolitan area. He has degrees in percussion performance from Towson University B.M., and Montgomery College A.A. His interest in music started in his early teenage years when he started playing guitar and keyboard to his favorite songs. His background as a percussionist has given him the privilege of performing in orchestral, jazz, rock, and world music in professional, amateur, and community ensembles. Some of his biggest musical influences come from bands, artists, and composers such as Café Tacvba, Iron Maiden, Gustav Mahler, Francis Poulenc, Pat Metheny, and John Coltrane to name a few. He loves all aspects of music and is always looking to learn, perform, teach and create music of all styles. He encourages everyone to try new musical experiences and expand their musical adventures.
Alyssa M. always had a passion for music, even when she was a young child. She started receiving vocal instruction when she was 9 years old, and over the years she has ventured into pursuing other instruments like the guitar and piano. She has experience performing in multiple bands across the DMV area playing genres of music including pop, rock, funk, jazz, and blues. Currently, she is completing a minor in General Music Studies at SDSU. She is in a classical voice studio under the instruction of Dr. Bryan Bozentheal in addition to studying classical guitar. Music has been a big part of Alyssa's life, and she looks forward to sharing her passion and musical knowledge with others!
Andy M. teaches drums and guitar at Bach2Rock Gaithersburg. He plays actively in multiple rock bands in Pennsylvania. Andy has private study and performance background in piano, voice, percussion, guitar, bass, and experience in studio recording. He has attended summer programs at Allegheny College and Berklee School of Music.
Henry C. teaches music theory and piano. He is currently studying at Full Sail University in the pursuit of an audio production degree in order to teach and provide audio production services to his clients. He first learned to play the piano when he was in high school in Brooklyn, NY where he was born and raised. From practicing and performing ragtime, classical music, and pop to playing in piano bars while he traveled abroad in his military service, Henry has always loved playing the piano and has maintained his dream of teaching the art. Henry's favorite music is Kompa (Haitian music), Merengue (Spanish dance music), Reggae, Soca, African pop music, ragtime, classical, hip-hop, R&B, rock, and pop but is always learning about different genres and instruments!
Jamie E. teaches Early Childhood Music, Vocal Performance, and Glee at Bach to Rock. Her passion for performing stems from her time as a student at Bach to Rock as a singer. Outside of Bach to Rock, Jamie is a championship level competitive Irish Dancer, and is a four time regional qualifier. Jamie also does Stand Up Comedy in the DMV area, is passionate about making people laugh, and hopes to pursue comedy in the future. Jamie’s favorite music is anything that will make you get up and dance. Whether it’s show tunes, rap, or TLC. She wants to spread positivity, be a strong role model to every student, and help them find their passions within music and performance.
Krissy S. teaches violin, guitar, and piano at Bach to Rock in Gaithersburg. She started playing the violin during her elementary school years and has been a part of all her school orchestras ever since. At the age of 11, she picked up on guitar and at 13 she took on piano. Krissy was very involved throughout her music career as well. When in middle school, she took part in Montgomery county’s solo and ensemble events receiving superior ratings. Krissy was involved in 3 of her school’s talent shows, all in which she sang and played guitar. During high school, she was determined to take on many challenges, exploring all the opportunities offered to her. She was a part of the pit orchestra in two of her school’s musicals including Alice in Wonderland and Pippin. During her freshman year, Krissy began as a second violinist, but over the years rose up to concertmaster. She took part in the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra where she had the chance to play with Itzhak Perlman. Krissy also had the honor of participating in Montgomery County's All-County Orchestra. She even had the opportunity to perform at Constitution Hall during her senior graduation. Today, Krissy is still a member of various orchestras and working to perform gigs in her community with her guitar, piano, and violin. As a teacher at Bach to Rock, Krissy wants to help students find their voice in music. She aspires to teach students music but to also find a love for it the way she did. Music brings people together, and with her love and passion for it, Krissy wants to share her gift with her students.
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!"
Manuel J-M. is thrilled to be joining Bach to Rock Gaithersburg as a Music Production Instructor. A Washington DC native, he is a 2020 graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a BA Audio Design and Production. While there, Manuel studied several areas of audio including Music Recording, Sound Design for Games, Live Sound and Audio for Visual Media. Manuel studied piano and guitar for several years, but his passions lie in music production and live sound. During college courses and recently through an internship at Bias Studios in Springfield VA, he has had the opportunity to assist with the recording of several artists. He has also worked in several local theatre productions. He has extensive experience with the sound industry’s state of the art products including Pro Tools. Manuel has additional experience working with youth as a camp counselor and teacher’s assistant. While in Chicago, he earned his Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He hopes to teach in Asia in the future. He is excited to work with motivated and talented students at Bach to Rock.
Marvin A. has been a private guitar instructor for over a decade in the NYC and DMV area. After completing guitar studies at the Montgomery College Jazz Program He completed a BFA in Jazz Guitar at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary music in New York City. There he was mentored and trained by the foremost jazz musicians in the world and became immersed in the jazz scene sitting in with greats and honing his skills on the guitar and the complex harmonic language of modern improvisational music. He has completed course work in music Pedagogy, orchestration, and composing and arrangement Marvin has been employed as a guitarist for houses of worship in NYC, Baltimore, and DC. He has served as sideman in the DMVs Alvin Trask krewtet, Brian Farroah and What got Over, and several other local artists. He has utilized these his skills performing countless private events and shows in the styles of rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, hip hop, RnB, funk, top 40, pop, reggae, bluegrass, and of course jazz. He also has been hired to record sessions for record labels and as a supporting musician for recording artists during live shows. Currently he serves the community as a hired music coordinator/leader for St. Francis of Assisi in Derwood for the 5pm youth mass. "My mission as a music educator is to pass on my joy of learning, playing, and sharing music. And to build solid fundamentals, from classical and modern music, that may facilitate creativity and innovation from my students."
Nicholas 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 rehearsing bands and performance events. He has been playing the guitar for sixteen years and teaching music for thirteen years. Ever since he began playing he has loved and played all different genres of music including jazz and classical, but rock and roll is what gets him through his days. Thus he has created a past time of educating and leading rock bands. In these bands he’s played guitar, drums, bass guitar, and sung. He studied music education at West Virginia University with an excellent faculty which included Doctors Sandra Schwartz and Molly Weaver. He received tutelage from the likes of Scott Elliott who had the honor of establishing himself with the PSO (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra). While there, he performed in many college level ensembles including guitar ensemble, sound painting, and choral union. He is a church musician with Difference Makers Church in Damascus, MD formerly known as Damascus Wesleyan Church. For over a decade he has been rocking and jamming there. Music is his life and he loves to teach that which has brought him so much joy.
Pedro V. is a passionate and dedicated guitar and band instructor at Bach to Rock Gaithersburg. Being inspired at a young age to play the guitar, he quickly developed skill on a personal and academic level. Pedro has had the opportunity to perform at several venues, conferences, and other events and has also recorded in a number of professional studios across the United States. He has had the distinct honor to play with and be mentored by several Grammy award-winning musicians and producers such as: Mark Letierri of Snarky Puppy, Dave Cleveland; world renowned gospel guitar player, Joey Vazquez; 5 time Grammy award-winning bass player and several others. In the long run, Pedro yearns for each student to reach his or her musical goals in the most fun and interactive way possible!
Valen P. is an Audio Engineer with nearly a decade of experience in Recording/Mixing/Mastering and Music Composition. A recent transplant from the central coast of California to the DMV area, he has worked with dozens of artist, and his engineering work has appeared on national radio. A lifelong musician, Valen plays drums, piano, guitar, ukulele and anything else he can get his hands on. He has studied at Berklee College of Music, with a primary focus on Music Production.
- 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.