Staff & Music Teachers

Samir Moussa

Samir MoussaSite Director at B2R Bristow, is a GrammyPro Voting member, singer/songwriter who is trained in classical guitar. His latest release 'Dance with Destiny' charted at #2 in Australia for April of 2017 (www.ambassadorsofmorning.com).  Samir also has decades of experience working as a school teacher both in California and Washington, D.C  successfully created Rock Band Music programs on both coasts.  Samir speaks Spanish and French fluently, is married with 2 lovely daughters and his passion for music and education is evident in the life that he lives.  He is very happy to be a new member of the Bristow community!

Katie T

Katie T. Assistant Director at B2R Bristow, has over 10 years of experience working with children and the general public. A native of Northern Virginia, Katie has held positions such as Senior Manager, Junior Editor, Nanny, and HR Assistant, as well as a local children's party planner. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University where she majored in Early Childhood Education. Katie is from a large family consisting of several musicians, with brothers' in bands both in Virginia and Nashville. She's passionate about writing, astronomy, photography, and of course- music! "Where words fail, music speaks." - Hans Christian Andersen

Al Q.

Al Q. Guitar, Ukulele, and Bass Guitar Instructor. Al is a well-rounded guitar player. A native New Yorker raised during the explosion of Rock-n-Roll, Al started private guitar lessons at age 6 through 10. In addition to playing guitar, he studied drums. By age 7, Al was performing in local venues and recording in music studios. Al spent a few years dedicated to big band jazz, he spent time at Lynn Oliver Studios in NYC. During those years, Al was also busy helping arrange and record music written by clients for demos. Al played bluegrass guitar alongside renowned bluegrass artists, such as Butch Waller, Laurie Lewis, Dan Nunnally and Steve Pottier. Al taught guitar privately to students of all ages in the Bay Area, California, and more recently, here in Northern VA. In recent years, Al co-founded a bluegrass troupe. Al says, “It’s exciting to see a new student become one with the instrument and have fun while making beautiful music together!” Being a part of that adventurous journey should be mutually gratifying, and Al is ready to give his all to his students!

Aubrey V

Aubrey V. Strings, Brass, Piano, Woodwind, Early Childhood and Vocal Instructor. Aubrey is a South Dakota native, but has lived in the Northern Virginia area for almost 10 years.  She has been playing musical instruments for over 25 years.  Since moving to the area she has played percussion, timpani, and viola with the Manassas Symphony Orchestra and with the Annandale Symphony Orchestra.  She also plays piano at a family oriented church service on Sundays.  Not only does Aubrey have vast musical experience, but she has also worked a lot with children in a variety of areas including as a classroom assistant in a Montessori school, as a nanny and even teaching music classes in Arlington County public schools for after school enrichment programs.  Aubrey is currently studying Music Education at George Mason University with an emphasis in percussion.

Christopher M.

Christopher M. Classical and Acoustic guitar instructor. Christopher is a classical guitarist who grew up in a very musical family and began playing guitar at the age of 8. He has studied and worked all around the world, having received his bachelor's under world renowned classical guitarist Costas Cotsiolis at the Conservatory of Athens, in Athens, Greece and having received his masters degree at the Prince Claus Conservatoire in Groningen, Holland. He has participated in important guitar competitions all around Europe, most notably winning the first prize in 2015 at the Anogeia Guitar Competition, in Anogeia, Crete, Greece. He has also given guitar recitals in various venues across Greece and Holland. A Virginia native, he has recently returned home to continue his musical activities.

Conner K

Conner K. Percussion and Band Instructor, Engineer. Conner grew up in Vienna, Austria where he started playing drums with bands in the area. Eventfully he began working with a few studio musicians and started doing recordings for others as well as his own work. After a few years of experience, he attended Berklee College of Music where he stayed for a two semesters before leaving to record one of his band’s first full length album. Currently Conner practices and records in the DC and Boston areas.

Conor G.

Conor G. Guitar and Band Instructor, Engineer. Conor is a primarily self-taught guitarist, with help along the way from his high school music teacher. He has been playing for 12 years.  When he was young, his dad used to play TNT by AC/DC in the car to and from the way to elementary school.  Angus Young, the lead guitarist for AC/DC, soon inspired him to dig out his father’s old Stratocaster copy when Conor was 7 years old.  He loves all things rock and roll, from the chill Jimi Hendrix era to the pinnacle of the bold band Metallica.  However, Conor is fluent in other types of music as he was lead guitarist in his school’s advanced jazz band and is currently learning the ins and outs of Django Reinhardt and gypsy jazz.

Donna B.

Donna B.  Vocals, Piano, Ukulele, and Band Instructor. Donna is a multifaceted composer, singer/songwriter whose talent spans the realm from being an Oscar contending vocalist in 2013 for her work on the” Halloween Party” movie (which she also served as music supervisor, placing 27 songs in the film) to recently co-writing “Thank you” written for the documentary “From Grief to Gratitude” produced by Fast Lane Productions (submitted for premiere consideration at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival).   In Nashville, she has performed at various venues including The Bluebird Cafe, The Commodore and Hotel Indigo.  Her music has been heard on HBO, Rock Band video games, Showtime, VH1, MTV and on the Green Heroes web series and has shared the stage with the likes of Al Jarreau, Don Henley, Billy Idol, Martha Reeves, The Four Seasons and The Bangles.  She has worked with Kid Pan Alley Children’s project, along with notables like Delbert McClinton, Cracker, Kix Brooks, & Amy Grant. Donna serves on the ”Songs of Love” advisory board  and has written over 200 songs for ailing children.  When not writing or performing, Donna is a creative development children’s composer and partner with Music as Message, LLC., a Florida corporation and shares her passion for working with children through music.

Dylan S.

Dylan S. Percussion and Band Instructor, Engineer. Dylan grew up in a musical family and quickly developed a passion for music, with a foundation on classic rock and metal. Dylan has been playing drums for over 10 years, is in Patriot High School's highest level Symphonic Band, is Center Snare of the Drumline for Patriot's Marching Band, and plays Guitar and Piano. He has competed all across Virginia with the Marching Pioneers, auditioned into All-County and All-District Bands against dozens of other percussionists, and has even performed across Europe in 6 different countries with an American Music Abroad Band comprised of students selected for their ability and talent.

Joe P.

Joe P. Guitar and Band Instructor. Joe is a graduate of Berklee College of Music currently pursuing his Masters in Guitar.  He performs regularly in the DC area and is already in the Blues Hall of Fame. Locally in Washington, DC, his band Moonshine Society and their album have received multiple Wammie nominations for Best Blues/Trad. R&B band, Best Blues/Trad. R&B album, and Best Blues/Trad. R&B Vocalist, and have been named in the Top 4 Fan Favorites in Washington, DC the last two years in a row.

Joshua P

Joshua P. Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Band 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.

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.

Lauren S.

Lauren S. String, Piano, Ukulele Instructor. Lauren is a Virginia native with music experience spanning over 17 years and is versed in a variety of styles including classical violin, old time, Celtic and bluegrass fiddle, as well as 18th century and civil war dance music, with ventures into symphonic metal, alternative and folk rock. Playing with multiple groups over the years, Lauren has performed at such venues as the Frostburg Appalachian Festival, Watermelon Park Bluegrass Festival, Virginia State Fair, Virginia Scottish Games, Stratford Hall, Winchester and Fredericksburg First Nights and multiple wineries, Irish pubs and coffee houses. Lauren currently plays with the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra, Celtic Machinations (Duo), the Dixie Belles (All female bluegrass band) and Marshall and Company (Historical period music), and has recorded multiple CDs with these and others bands over the years. She also has experience playing piano, mandolin and ukulele and has been singing with multiple groups including chorales, bluegrass and Irish folk ensembles. Lauren is excited to join the Bach to Rock team in Bristow VA!

Monica

Monica W. Piano and Vocal Instructor. Monica is currently studying for her teaching license in music education at George Mason University. Upon completing her undergraduate studies in Music, she started private piano teaching students of all levels and musical backgrounds and has been doing so ever since. She has had numerous honors as a pianist, including the opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as performing at the German Embassy in Washington D.C. She has also been a part of choirs at the college level and has been featured as a soloist at their performances featuring Broadway selections. She has a passion for teaching music and for seeing her students succeed and enjoy making music at the same time. Her musical favorites are Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Katy Perry.

Spencer S.

Spencer S. Strings, Percussion, Brass, Band, Piano, Vocal, and Early Childhood Instructor. Spencer has been playing the violin since fifth grade and gained an interest in drumming through the video game, Rock Band. He began taking drum lessons in high school and wound up playing the drums for his high school orchestra concerts. When he went to college, he knew he wanted to teach and entered as a math major.  He then quickly changed to music and hasn’t looked back since.  A recent graduate of Longwood University, Spencer has one year of teaching music under his belt and is excited to continue. His experience ranges from drumming in a jazz trio to playing percussion with a symphony orchestra. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing games, and listening to music.

Susan W

Susan W. Flute, Vocal, Early Childhood and Piano Instructor. Susan attended college at Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pennsylvania majoring in Music Education. She has been playing the flute, piano and singing since the 2nd grade. Susan has been working with youth ages 2-21 for over 25 years. Teaching music is her passion. She has directed and instructed multiple youth choirs and worked individually with each youth to enhance their musical talent. She is the Minister of Music at a local church and plays the piano for worship services. Susan has a natural ability to work with children of all ages understanding the needs of each age group. Over the years, she has also worked closely with at-risk youth and children with disabilities. Music will always be an important part of her life.

Trevor H

Trevor H. Piano, Guitar, Percussion, Early Childhood and Vocal Instructor, Engineer. Trevor grew up in Northern Virginia. His love of music began at an early age. He started playing drums at 5 years old and by the time he was 8, he was performing in a band with his musician family and friends. Trevor formed his own band and would perform as the opening act for his father’s band. At the age of 13, Trevor decided to learn to play the piano and at 16, was self-taught in both piano and guitar. He took an interest in singing at an early age and was accepted into multiple honors choirs including the Virginia All-State Choir. Trevor teaches piano and vocal private lessons, engineers, and is part of the birthday party team at B2R Bristow!

Why B2R?

  • 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.

B2R Curriculum

  • 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.