Staff & Music Teachers

Elana Hayden

Elana Hayden, the Site Director at B2R Port Washington, is a New York session singer, songwriter, jingle/voiceover artist and children’s book author. She studied Musical Theatre at Sarah Lawrence College and C. W. Post and has had the privilege of performing and/or recording with Bernard Purdie, Jon Herington, Shawn Pelton, Richie Cannata, Crispin Cioe, Mark Rivera, Harry Chapin, Patti LaBelle, Bob Hope, Tony Orlando, The Pointer Sisters, Willie Nelson, Boomer Esiason, and many others. She has written, recorded, produced and licensed numerous songs and jingles for TV, film and radio, including spots for Showtime, HBO, the NBA, WNBA, Maury Povich, The Montel Show, and others. In addition to touring the US and Europe as a lead and background vocalist for many bands and recording artists, Elana appeared in the National Touring Company of the Off-Broadway show Beehive and New York productions of Gym, Carrie, Starmites and Goose. Her film and TV credits include 20th Century Fox’s Unfaithfully Yours, starring Nastasia Kinski, Armand Assante, and Dudley Moore, and the ABC-TV After School Special Over the Limit, which aired on network television in the U.S. Currently, Elana enjoys singing with Songs In The Attic, a NY-based Billy Joel Tribute Band and was featured in Wendell Hanes' latest book, "Making 30 Grand in 30 Seconds! Vol. 4 - Singing on Major TV Commercials." Elana is working on her debut album and lives in Port Washington with her daughter, Julia.

Jeff Erwin

Jeff Erwin is the Assistant Site Director at B2R Port Washington and specializes in keyboard and piano. He earned his BA in music industry from The State University of New York College at Oneonta. Throughout his career as a musician, Jeff has played in multiple bands including funk ensembles, jam bands and rock groups. Jeff is originally from the frozen tundra of Central New York where he grew up composing electronic and hip-hop music for artists performing around the country. With experience managing and marketing small-name artists, Jeff brings a solid music industry insight to B2R. Jeff now resides in Manhattan and spends his free time composing music and playing professionally around the Northeast. He is excited to be a part of the amazing team at B2R Port Washington!

Nicki Nevermann

Nicki Nevermann is the Assistant Director and has taught piano, voice, trombone, trumpet, glee, and early childhood classes at B2R. A Wisconsin native, Nicki got her start in music at a very early age through classical piano training, children’s choirs, and jazz bands. After completing coursework in education and application at both NYU and University of Wisconsin, Nicki decided to put down roots on Long Island and pursue music. In addition to teaching at multiple schools and institutions, Nicki is also an avid dancer and actress. She has been featured in countless theatrical productions and performed with jazz vocalists Kurt Elling and the iconic Bobby McFerrin. Having vast musical tastes, her influences range from Mozart to Muse to Metallica, and many more. She also plays with her own band Disco Vietnam, and records original songs from time to time. Stop in and say hi today!

Anna D.

Anna D. is a Music Therapist and Early Childhood Instructor at B2R Port Washington who specializes in adaptive lessons in voice, piano, guitar and clarinet. She has been surrounded by music since she was five years old and hasn't looked back since. By early middle school, Anna discovered Music Therapy and wanted to use her love for music to help students of all ages reach their developmental and personal goals. She is currently learning American Sign Language and would love to expand her work by using Music Therapy with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing population. Along with performing in larger vocal and band ensembles, Anna loves to perform in musicals. Some credits include "Enid Hoops" in Legally Blonde, "Grandma Rose" in The Wedding Singer and "Alexi Darling" in Rent. Anna recently graduated from Molloy College with her Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy. Throughout her time at Molloy, she completed her clinical training in Music Therapy clinics, children's hospitals, adaptive music schools for students with special needs and preschools catering to students with developmental delays. She is so excited to begin her next chapter at B2R and looks forward to all the wonderfully musical moments to come!

Eitan P

Eitan P. is a Guitar and Rock Band Specialist at B2R Port Washington. In addition to guitar, Eitan plays bass and piano and has dabbled in trombone, oud, tenor banjo, ukulele, drums, and anything else he can get his hands on. He also is an avid bass vocalist, having sung in multiple vocal ensembles. Among them are the award winning Long Island Sound Men’s Barbershop Chorus and his beloved barbershop quartet, 99 Problems But a Pitch Ain’t One. Eitan studied music therapy at Molloy College and has taught music and interned as a music therapist in summer camps, nursing homes, and schools. He has performed in pit bands for several productions including Rent, Grease and American Idiot. Music he has composed and performed with his progressive metal band Piercing Silence has been featured on such TV shows as Countdown to UFC, Home Wreckers, and VH1’s Behind the Music. Eitan loves being part of the B2R family and brings his own eclectic approach and tastes to his work. He continues to be guided by the spirit of the barbershop anthem “Keep the whole world singing... Keep the melody ringing and ringing in your heart.”

Fabio R.

Fabio R. is a drum and percussion instructor at Bach To Rock and is originally from Valencia, Venezuela. Since arriving in the U.S., Fabio has performed with artists such as Geri Allen, Greg Osby, Bill Pierce, Sean Jones, Kevin Harris, Pepe de Lucia, John Lockwood, Carlos Averhoff Jr., Manuel Valera and has performed at Boston Symphony Hall, Lincoln Center, The Esplanade, Scullers Jazz Club, Smoke Jazz Club, SXSW, among others. A drummer and film composer, Fabio earned his Bachelor of Music with a Dual Major in Performance and Professional Music at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he had the honor of being mentored by Terri Lyne Carrington, Kim Plainfield and Neal Smith. Before moving to the New York, Fabio studied jazz performance in UNEARTE while giving drum set lessons in the Taller de Jazz Caracas and Concert Percussion in the Colegio/Conservatorio Emil Friedman. He has also had the privilege of working with acclaimed Venezuelan musicians Pablo Gil, Diego Alvarez and Gonzalo Teppa. Through music you can express greater emotions, ones that you cannot define with words. As an artist, this is what Fabio strives for and continues to do through his work. We are thrilled to have him on the B2R Port Washington team.

James L

James L. grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he was introduced to diverse cultures, music and languages. After moving to Andalucia, Spain, he studied Flamenco music for three years. He then attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he earned a degree in Contemporary Writing and Production. His musical influences range from Paco de Lucia to Jobim to Led Zeppelin to Cenk Erdoğan, and he has performed with the renowned Antonio Serrano and La Shica. A resident of New York City, James devotes his time to producing music for media, performing, and teaching guitar and bass at Bach to Rock in Port Washington.

Jared W

Jared W. is a multi -instrumentalist and studio specialist at B2R teaching guitar, bass, drums, vocals, beginner keyboard and saxophone. Whether teaching basics to a first-timer, or honing advanced guitar techniques with an expert student, Jared's communication, passion and attention to nuance and expression make his lessons exciting and comprehensive. Jared is a Long Island native who has performed in numerous groups since childhood. Jared received his BFA in music from the prestigious Jazz program at The New School University, studying under the the school's renowned faculty of jazz legends. His instrumental prowess has brought him to performances in storied New York City venues such as the Tribeca Rock Club, Le Bar Bat, Pianos, Sweet Rhythm, and Santos' Party House. His credits also include notable pit orchestras, having played guitar for an acclaimed run of The Who's "Tommy" at Bay Street Theatre in Sag Harbor, "American Idiot" at Soluna Studio, and other shows across Long Island such as "Rent", "Damn Yankees", "Little Shop of Horrors", and guitar/vocal for Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up is Hard To Do". Jared also currently works with a talented team of colleagues at Sound Association, a music production studio in Times Square.

Jennielynn D.

Jennielynn D. is a voice, piano and early childhood instructor at B2R. She graduated from LIU Post with a Bachelor of Science in Music and received the award for Excellence in Vocal Jazz Studies. Jennielynn has performed in numerous showcases, musical revues and vocal ensembles including Cecilia Chorus of New York and Cantori, New York and in many iconic venues including Carnegie Hall. She enjoys all genres of music, but especially loves musical theatre and jazz. Jennielynn volunteers in the Continuing Education in the Arts program at LIU Post, assisting students with disabilities and she is very excited to perform with the Long Island Sound Vocal Jazz Ensemble at the 50th Montreux Jazz Festival this summer in Switzerland.

Josh S

Josh S. is a drum and percussion specialist at B2R Port Washington. Originally from Dallas, he spent his formative years at the renowned University of North Texas College of Music, where he studied with Ed Soph (Bill Evans, Woody Herman) and Ignacio Berroa (Dizzy Gillespie). While in school, he played in the 13 time world champion UNT drumline, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian ensembles, marched with the Pioneer Drum and Bugle Corps, and was a member of the 2000 World Champion Desperadoes Steel Drum Orchestra in Trinidad. Since then Josh has shared the stage with multi-platinum artists The Nelson Brothers, Las Vegas soul legend Earl Turner, Grammy winner Paul Wertico (Pat Metheny), the Liberty Orchestra (Royal Caribbean), and of course many indie bands. As an educator, he spent several years as a state certified K-12 band and percussion director in Texas, as well as adjunct faculty at Baylor University. These were some of the busiest and best years as he racked up thousands of hours of experience teaching in the classroom and privately.

Kristine R

Kristine R. teaches piano, voice and early childhood classes at B2R Port Washington. Having experience in film, television, ballroom dance and musical theater, Kristine has spent the past six years touring in musical theater productions, teaching music, and stage managing. Some of her favorite theater credits with Plaza Theatrical Productions include West Side Story (Anita), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie), Beauty and the Beast (Belle), and Nunsense II (sister Mary Leo). She also enjoys playing classical piano (Rachmaninoff and Chopin) and loves to sing musical theater and pop/rock songs. Kristine is thrilled to join the team at B2R to combine her love of performing and teaching by educating and guiding the younger generation through the art of music.

Marc P

Marc P. is a guitar specialist at B2R Port Washington.  A New York native and lifelong musician/music fan, Marc attended Five Towns College for Jazz and Commercial Music, majoring in Guitar Performance. Marc has played guitar and sung in countless ensembles, performing a broad range of styles and genres in and out of the country. Growing up on classic rock, Marc’s band experience encompasses such diverse styles as Rock, Funk, Folk, Fusion, Jamband, Reggae, Ska, World, Afrobeat, New Orleans, Blues, Americana, Electronica, Heavy Metal, Bluegrass, Singer-Songwriter, Alt Country, Progressive Rock, and “anything that’s fun & musical”! A music teacher for over 25 years, Marc assesses where students are developmentally, and guides them to where they need to go musically using intuition, passion and humor. Most importantly, Marc encourages love and appreciation for music in all of his students. He currently writes, sings, and plays lead guitar in the original rock band, Trails To Town.

Marco B.

Marco B. is a guitar, bass and rock band coach at B2R. Originally from Italy, his love of rock music inspired him to learn to play the guitar at a very young age. He attended Siena Jazz 2012 workshops held by Lionel Loueke and Steve Cardenas, and was awarded for Outstanding Musicianship during Berklee Clinics at Umbria Jazz in 2013. Shortly thereafter, Marco received a scholarship to attend Berklee College Of Music in Boston and graduated Summa Cum Laude. While at Berklee, he had the chance to perform in numerous venues, and study with Ed Tomassi, Dave Santoro, Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, Dave Tronzo and Hal Crook among others. His first release Streamflow, released that same year, features ECM recording artist Klaus Gesing on reeds, and it was reviewed as “a hugely impressive and satisfying affair” by All About Jazz and “a very rewarding listening experience” by Jazz Times. We are thrilled to welcome Marco to B2R Port Washington.

Marisa R.

Marisa R. specializes in adaptive music lessons, as well as piano and early childhood classes at B2R. A board-certified music therapist (MT-BC) with a Music Therapy degree from Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance, Marisa practices from a developmental standpoint with the belief that all children have the ability to grow, learn, and develop, regardless of diagnosis, and that music can motivate a child to reach their potential in ways other therapies cannot. Marisa recently completed an internship at the Rebecca School in Manhattan, a leading autism school that uses music therapy techniques to help students achieve goals in emotional expression/regulation, sensory organization, communication, socialization, and musicality. Prior to college, Marisa was very involved in community music groups. She has been an avid piano player since the age of seven, played alto saxophone and keyboards in her high school stage band, accompanied her high school choir, and played in high school and community theater pit bands. Marisa is excited to be on the B2R team, sharing her joy of music!

Mike L

Mike L. is a bass, guitar, fretted instrument and recording studio specialist at B2R Port Washington. He received his degree in Electric Bass Performance from Berklee College of Music and after touring with several national bands, moved to New York City as a working professional musician and songwriter. He has appeared and/or recorded with Carole King, Joan Osborne, Rufus Wainwright, Rick Derringer, Tom Dowd, Steven Stills and Mick Jones, Eddie Van Halen, the Gypsy Kings, Meryl Streep, Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul and Mary), Paul Hipp, Max Weinberg and the Uptown Horns, Hunter S. Thompson, and many others. He also appeared in the hit, off-broadway productions of "Love Janis" and "My Boyfriend Is a Zombie." Mike is a founding member of Citizens of Contrary Knowledge. Their songs "You're What you Wish You Are..." and "Contrary Radio" are played on hundreds of independent and college radio stations in the USA and in South America. The band also had songs featured on Nickelodeon's "Zoey 101" and "Drake and Josh". Mike's own song "House of Cards" was licensed by Showtime's acclaimed show, "The Tudors" Additionally, his music has been played on National TV commercials for Taco Bell, Applebee's, Pepsi, General Motors, American Express, and even featured in the movie soundtrack for the movie "I am Sam." Mike brings a wealth of experience and robust musical knowledge into his classroom. We are proud to have him on the the team at B2R Port Washington!

Ryan M.

Ryan M. specializes in brass, woodwinds and piano at B2R Port Washington. He has performed and competed nationally with Drum Corps International's, The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps making him an expert on all things marching band. Using this experience, Ryan has taught the Garden City Marching Band as a visual caption head and music instructor. Ryan is currently finishing his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education at Hofstra University. He has also performed with the Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble, Choir, and is the head of the Brass Ensemble at the University. He feels that the process of being a musician is forever ongoing, always learning new ways to master your craft in order to communicate emotions more effectively to the listener. As a music educator, it is Ryan's goal to give others the expressive ability music has to offer. We are thrilled to have Ryan on the B2R team.

Samantha K.

Samantha K. is a voice and piano teacher at Bach to Rock. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, where she received College and University Honors, as well as the Derdeyn Award for Excellence in Performance. Equally comfortable in musical theater and opera, she’s sung roles with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh, Undercroft Opera, Carnegie Mellon University, and the College Light Opera Company, among others. She additionally had the privilege of performing German lieder in Graz, Austria with the American Institute of Musical Studies and studying drama with the Yale Summer Conservatory for Actors in New Haven, Connecticut. She is thrilled to bring her passion for teaching music out to Long Island, where she did her first musical at ten years old! Samantha currently resides in Queens, NY and devotes her time to performing, teaching, and studying music. We are very happy to welcome Samantha to the B2R Port Washington team! 

Sara O.

Sara O. is an Ecuadorian-American singer-songwriter based in New York who specializes in guitar, piano and voice at Bach To Rock. She discovered her passion for music at a young age when she began to take private piano lessons and joined the school's choir. As a teenager, she moved from Florida to Ecuador where she studied classical music in the conservatories, and later worked as a jazz singer with many bands in Guayaquil. Sara's love for music led her in Berklee College of Music where she majored in Contemporary Writing and Production and she graduated with honors and scholarship awards. Since 2015, Sara has been releasing original music that has been positively reviewed by journals in The US, Ecuador and Spain. Her music has led her to play in many venues in New York City as well as festivals like SXSW, South Florida Folk Festival and Musikfest, to name a few. We are excited to welcome Sara to the B2R Port Washington team!

Selma J.

Selma J. specializes in voice, piano and French horn. She went to Manhattan School of Music to study opera under guidance of Ashley Putnam, a well known opera performer. She loves classical music and has done solos and choral work under the direction of Gregg Smith, a three time Grammy winner for his work with the Gregg Smith Singers, among others. Although classical music is her passion, she's found a home in several community theaters, playing Joanne in "RENT," Oda Mae Brown in the Long Island premier of "GHOST The Musical," Evillene in "The Wiz," and a plethora of other fun shows. Her mother, a teacher and biggest influence, always taught her this: "No matter how hard you try, you'll never be that other person. Be the best YOU that you can be!" We are very happy to welcome Selma to B2R Port Washington.

Tahira C.

Tahira C. Is a voice, piano and early childhood specialist at B2R. Hailing from the Dallas-Fort Worth area where she started performing professionally at the age of 10, Tahira learned to cultivate her voice by singing in various church bands. At the age of 11, she won the University of North Texas Vocal Jazz Camp Scholarship, allowing her to attend the university’s prestigious camp as the youngest ever attendee. During her time there, Tahira found a love for vocal jazz music that has influenced her career. She has performed in countless shows singing everything from jazz, big band and R&B to pop rock, and country. Tahira received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in Vocal Jazz from the University of North Texas and has shared the stage with Kurt Elling, John Clayton, Janis Sigel, members of the Singers Unlimited, Peter Eldridge, and the Real Group, and has also performed with Bobby McFerrin. She has worked and toured with New York based, AMP trio and is the featured vocalist on their current record, "m(y)our world." Known for her honest vocal delivery and charismatic energy on stage, Tahira is sure to charm any audience set before her. We are thrilled to have her on the team at B2R Port Washington.

Victor M.

Victor M. is a bass, guitar and piano instructor at B2R. A well respected bassist, film composer, arranger, and educator, Victor currently resides in New York City, where he is actively involved in numerous musical projects. After graduating from Berklee College of Music, Victor moved to The Big Apple to get his Master's degree at Aaron Copland School of Music. His versatility, dedication and commitment to provide a good product keeps him in an demand musician - working and gigging in the USA and abroad. Recently, Victor performed at Carnegie Hall and has performed with numerous artists including Paquito D'Rivera, Wynton Marsalis, Luis Conte, Luis Enrique, Roberto Vilera, Terence Blanchard, Plas Johnson, Bob Mintzer, Antonio Arnedo, Ali Jackson, Dan Nimmer, among others. We are proud to have Victor on the B2R Port Washington team.

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.