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our teachers

Music lessons, tailored to you.


At Waddell's School of Music, student success is our top priority. Our teachers are experienced and ready to help you learn, no matter what your specific needs or goals may be. Whether you're picking up a guitar for the first time or you've been playing for 30 years and just want to sharpen your skills, we have the instructor for you.

We have lessons available for:

Guitar | Bass Guitar | Ukulele | Piano | Drums | Voice | Saxophone | Clarinet | Violin | Viola | Cello

Meet our teachers.


Marcia Becker 

Piano, Voice

Marcia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, with the primary instrument of study being piano. She graduated Cum Laude and was the only woman to graduate with a music education degree in her class.

She has taught multiple content areas, including choir, theater arts, music appreciation, and piano lab.  She has active teaching certifications in music from Pre-K through 12th grade in both Virginia and Pennsylvania.  Additionally, Marcia is current with her Act 153 Clearances.  

Marcia currently teaches lessons in the Alle-Kiski Valley Area, Waddell's Music in Wexford, and through Murphy's Music Center in Leechburg. She is also a Teaching Artist for the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.

You can see Marcia performing with Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (the partnering choir to the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra).


Wayne Bartley

Guitar, Ukulele

Wayne is an international recording artist who has worked with various bands and artists over his career. He is presently recording with the “Apologetix”.  Among the other international recording artists/bands Wayne has worked with are Mark Zonder (percussionist for prog metal band “Fates Warning”), DC Cooper (vocalist for Royal Hunt, Silent Force, & DC Cooper), & Jim Dofka.  While Wayne’s influences include Eddie Van Halen, Yngwie Malmsteen, and Randy Rhodes, he teaches all styles of guitar.

Wayne has worked as an entertainer on Royal Caribbean cruise ships where he played Top 40 Rock, Jazz, Big Band, Country, 50s & 60s Rock n Roll, Motown, Disco, Ballroom Dancing, etc.  Wayne teaches sight reading, chart reading, ear training, song writing, improvisation, theory, & music production (including programming, production software & devices, and running equipment).  He’ll teach nearly any song you want to learn provided you bring a recording, and will customize your lessons to achieve your specific goals!


Mark Demeno

Guitar, Bass, Piano

Mark is a multi-instrument musician who teaches guitar, bass guitar, and piano.  He started learning guitar at 8 years old and is an accomplished lead and rhythm player.  His education includes classical guitar studies at the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University and piano and bass studies at the Community College of Allegheny County.

Mark has played for the Dave Iglar Band since 1999 and performs regularly in the Pittsburgh area.

Video of Mark playing congas

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John Baker

Guitar, Bass

John has been teaching acoustic, electric, and bass guitar for over 25 years. He’s played with several bands in the Pittsburgh area. His teaching styles include blues, rock, jazz, and contemporary music. John believes students need to learn how to read music, play chords, and keep steady rhythm. He studied guitar with a cohort of Joe Negri and holds a Master of Science degree from La Roche College.


George Elliott

Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Ukulele

George was born and raised in Washington, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance from Duquesne University. In 2005, he was awarded Honorary Mention in the Bass Extremes International Solo Bass Competition at Coastal Carolina University for his arrangement of the Beatles’ “Michelle”. Judges of the competition were Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, John Patitucci, Will Lee, Anthony Jackson, and Gregg Bissonette. He has studied with Jeff Berlin, Jeff Mangone, Tony Janflone, Sr., Joe Negri, Eric Kloss, Mike Tomaro & William Purse.

George is currently the bassist with the modern country band North of Mason-Dixon (NOMaD), playing concerts and festivals throughout the U.S. In 2012, the band was the grand prize winner of Mello Yello’s “One Track Find” online competition.

George teaches bass guitar, upright bass, and guitar. He has maintained a teaching studio for over 20 years, and has had many students who have went on to study music at the collegiate level, and have their own careers in music.


Cody House


Cody is a Pittsburgh based guitarist and instructor.  He graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Commercial Music Technology.  

Cody plays guitar for for two progressive rock bands in the city, Space Weather and Haven State.  He has also played guitar for some R&b artists including Sierra Sellers, Cam Chambers, Kels, Inez, and Joziah Council.

Cody is knowledgeable in multiple genres including Rock, Metal, Funk, R&b, Neo Soul and more.  He is knowledgeable with home recording associated gear and software.  Cody can teach proficiency and technique of the guitar, as well recording, gear, and maintenance of the instrument.

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Antonio Pagano

Guitar, Piano, Bass

Antonio is a Pittsburgh based multi-instrumentalist who plays Guitar, Piano, and Electric Bass. He has experience performing and teaching in a wide variety of styles including Rock, Blues, Funk, Jazz, and Show Tunes. He performs with Back Alley Sound, the HR Department, DiLisio, and with a variety of other groups/productions. you can check out his website for more info.


Dave Katalin


Dave has been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for more than 20 years. His education includes classical percussion training from the University of Montana where he majored in percussion and minored in musical theory.

Dave has been playing drums for the Dave Iglar Band since 2006. Previously, he toured the Northwest for five years and was a member of No Foolin’.

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Lindsay McGinnis

Voice, Piano

A Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, soprano Lindsay McGinnis has been seen performing with local groups such as Resonance Works, the Pittsburgh Savoyards and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (the partnering choir to the Pittsburgh Symphony). Lindsay has also performed in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with Emerald City Opera (now Opera Steamboat). She received her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice Performance from The Ohio State University and her Master of Music degree in Voice Pedagogy and Performance from Penn State University, where she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. While at Penn State, Ms. McGinnis had the opportunity to perform various roles in both full stage productions and scenes including Sister Constance of St. Denis in Dialogues of the Carmelites and Adina in L'Elisir d'Amore. Lindsay was also seen on the concert stage as the soprano soloist in the premier of "Unwanted War" by Mürsel Yavuz. Lindsay's singing has also taken her abroad to Graz, Austria where she performed in concerts of Schumann's Myrthen and Spanisches Liederspiel.


A versatile and knowledgeable voice technician, Lindsay specializes in not only classical technique, but musical theatre and CCM (contemporary commercial music) techniques as well. While at Penn State, she took extra time to study with the musical theatre faculty in addition to focusing on her classical studies. Lindsay also completed sessions I and II at Shenandoah University’s CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute. 

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Tucker Muetzel

Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass, Songwriting

(Ethan) Tucker Muetzel is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter from the Pittsburgh Area. He is familiar with many genres of music, and is most experienced in jazz, blues, and country guitar styles. He has over 8 years of classical and jazz training on guitar, bass guitar, and upright bass. Tucker has played bass for a number of Pittsburgh artists including S!mone, Julia Norah, and Cody Piper. He is also the songwriter for Holy Hers, an original folk project that performs regularly in the Pittsburgh Area. 


Evan Yester


Evan is a 2016 graduate of California University of Pennsylvania where he received his Bachelor's degree in Commercial Music Technology. While at Cal U, he studied under Pittsburgh Ballet percussionist Jan Fung and played in many university bands and ensembles including Marching Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, and Pit Orchestras. In college, Evan also played as a session musician on many student recordings, developed a music technology portfolio, and earned his Pro Tools User Certification. 


As a 2012 graduate of North Hills High School, Evan served his alma mater's marching band as a percussion instructor/graduate assistant for 5 years.


When he's not teaching, recording, and performing, Evan enjoys collecting vinyl records. He is also an experienced audio engineer and enjoys recording and mixing in the studio environment. 


Lou Ross


Pittsburgh based drummer Lou Ross began playing music at the age of four. Formally educated at Duquesne University under Lenny Rogers and privately with Pete Zeldman, Rick Gratton, Ed Shaunessy, Dave Weckl, Chester Thompson and others. Lou has performed in Pittsburgh and throughout the United States with Vibro Kings, Jimmy Ponder, Gene Ludwig, Joe Negri, Charlie Hunter, Tim Eyerman, Barbara Blue, The Drifters, Truth & Soul  and many, many more, and is currently active in several performing and recording music projects. As a teacher of 25+ years experience with beginner level to advanced students, Lou is comfortable in all traditional musical idioms in addition to more modern, innovative and abstract drumset and percussion artwork.

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