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.

John Baker

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.

Guitar, Bass

Wayne Bartley

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!

Guitar, Ukulele

Myriam Clermont

Myriam is a classically trained violinist with extensive experience in solo repertoire, orchestra performance, & private instruction. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Violin Performance from the University of Michigan, where she studied under Yehonatan Berick, a former student of Kurt Sassmanshauss and Dorothy Delay, and also Stephen Shipps, who was a student of Josef Gingold and Ivan Galamian. She also studied under Hong-Guang Jia, who was the Associate Concertmaster of the Pittsburgh Symphony from 1996-2002, and a student of Yehudi Menuhin. 

Myriam's Orchestral experience includes playing with the Allen Philharmonic Orchestra in Allen, TX  from 2016-2018, the Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra in Irving, TX from 2012-2018, the Richardson Symphony Orchestra in Richardson, TX from 2012-2018, serving as Principal Violin in the University of Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra from 2005-2006, First Violin in the University of Michigan Quartet from 2004-2006, Concertmaster of the Cleveland Youth Symphony (COYO) from 2000-2002, First Violin of the COYO Sextet from 2001-2002, Concertmaster in the PMEA Regional Orchestra in 2000, and the Concertmaster of the Three Rivers Young Peoples Orchestra (TRYPO) from 1998-1999.


Her accomplishments include serving as the Head of the String Department at Park Cities School of Music in Dallas, TX from 2015-2018, member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, winner of the Quartet Competition at the Meadowmount School of Music in 2001, soloist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Sibelius Violin Concerto in 2001, First Place winner of the Concerto Division, and Second Place winner of the Solo Violin Division at the Duquesne Young Artist Competition in 2000. 

Violin, Viola

Dominic DeLaurentis

Dominic is a music teacher at Boardman High School in Youngstown, Ohio. He received a Bachelor's in Music Education from Youngstown State University and a Master's in Music Performance from Duquesne University. Dominic is a woodwind player with an emphasis on oboe, but also is skilled at saxophone, clarinet, and piano. Dominic has performed with groups such as the Cleveland Opera, the Pittsburgh Philharmonic, the W.D. Packard Band, and the Triano Wind Quintet.

Piano, Saxophone, Clarinet

Mark Demeno

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

Video of Mark playing guitar

Guitar, Bass, Piano

Samantha Duffy

Samantha teaches Violin, and Viola. Samantha graduated from the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University where she received her Bachelor’s degree in music education.

Samantha has performed in numerous ensembles around the country, and has won scores of orchestra competitions before graduating high school. Samantha was also a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society throughout college. In May of 2005, she participated in the Scholar Laureate Program: Delegation on Music in Central Eastern Europe.

Violin, Viola

George Elliott

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.

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele

Kirsten Heibert

Kirsten is a recording artist and multi-instrumentalist.  She teaches voice, guitar, ukulele, piano and songwriting.  She studied classical voice/musical theater (BA - Theater, PPU) and currently specializes in healthy singing for rock and studio recording. 


Kirsten has written and recorded 3 EPs independently, and is currently recording an album with her band.  She recently relocated to Pittsburgh after spending seven years based in  NYC and Las Vegas; she performs around the country as a gigging singer/songwriter and freelance entertainer.

Voice, Guitar, Ukulele, Piano, Songwriting

Cody House

Cody is a Pittsburgh based multi-instrumentalist and instructor. He graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Commercial Music Technology as well as an Associate of Arts.

Cody is an experienced teacher on multiple instruments, including guitar, bass, and drum set. He plays guitar with multiple Pittsburgh-based acts including Haven State, Cam Chambers, and Jrouz3. Cody is also well-versed in recording and studio technology as well as mixing and various other forms of audio production. 

Guitar, Bass, Drums

Dave Iglar

Dave is widely recognized as one of Pittsburgh’s most talented and entertaining performers.  Over the years he has built a notable reputation as a musical entertainer in the Pittsburgh region. Dave's musical experience includes nearly a dozen publicly released recordings, thousands of performances at clubs, festivals, colleges, special events, on radio & TV.

He performs regularly in the Dave Iglar Band, contributing as a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist, and harmonica player.


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’.


Lindsay McGinnis

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. 

Voice, Piano

Allen Muckle

Allen has been teaching here at Waddell’s since 2000.  He is the only teacher at Waddell’s who completely manages his own schedule and payments.

Allen is a drummer’s drummer. Educated at CMU, he is sought after by gigging and recording musicians across the country. Allen has firmly established himself as a leading drummer among Christian musicians, recording and performing with the likes of Tony Sutherland and Clarence Church. Allen has been the touring drummer with Sha-zam. He is currently the drummer for 8th Street Rox.


George Perilli

George has worked as a professional musician / drummer for 40 years. He attended Carnegie Mellon University on a full scholarship, then went on to work with many recording artists, composers, singers, songwriters, and instrumentalists from many different genres of music. George also has extensive studio recording experience doing jingles, television, film, movie soundtracks and album recordings.  He has toured with a variety of artists playing live concerts and live production shows, as a pit drummer, in the United States and abroad.


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.  In addition to teaching lessons at Waddell's, Evan works in the retail side of the store.


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Waddell's Music Center

11945 Perry Highway

Wexford, PA 15090





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Friday:  11:00am-5:00pm

Saturday:  10:00am-5:00pm

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