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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Video of Mark playing guitar

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Bobby Dugan

Guitar

Bobby grew up in Erie, PA, before moving to Pittsburgh in 2017. He graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Commercial Music Technology and concentration in guitar and vocal performance.  He studied under Jay Weaver and Lisa Brovey-Kovach during his time in school and has been regularly performing since.  While also operating as an engineer at Tonic Recording Studios, he performs and produces for local alternative rock group, The Vics.

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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.

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Cody House

Guitar, Drums

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 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. 

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Dave Katalin

Drums

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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Allen Muckle

Drums

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.

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Tucker Muetzel

Guitar, Bass, Upright Bass

(Ethan) Tucker Muetzel is a singer-songwriter and musician from the Pittsburgh Area. He is familiar with many genres of music, and is most experienced in folk, blues, and country guitar styles. He also has six years of classical and jazz training on guitar, bass guitar, and upright bass. 

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Antonio Pagano

Guitar, Piano

Antonio is a talented multi-instrumentalist who started playing music at age 6, played in bands since high school, and studied music on a collegiate level. He personally focuses on music theory. Antonio currently writes and performs guitar with local pop punk band, The Inpatients and plays with projects of other genres regularly. When he is not teaching, performing, or recording, Antonio enjoys maintaining and repairing electronic music equipment: amps, pedals, guitars, etc. He also works in the retail side of the store.

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George Perilli

Drums

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.

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Joshua Rouse

Piano, Voice

Joshua Rouse, affectionately known as “Shua”, hails from Pittsburgh, by way of Homewood. As a child, he was immersed in a highly musical environment. His mother, songwriter & vocalist Kelley Woodruff, uncle Peter Woodruff, and countless other family members taught him not only the fundamentals of music, but helped him develop and explore the fullness of his
musical gifts. Shua sang in various choirs throughout high school, and began to walk with intention into his calling of music and music creation.

 

He continued his studies at California University of Pennsylvania, earning a degree in Commercial Music Technology. It was here that he began the journey of teaching himself to play piano. Within three years, he was performing on renowned stages with friends, traveling on tour, and mixing music professionally. Josh headlined Opus One’s “Pittsburgh’s Very Own” 4 at Mr. Smalls Theatre in March 2020, debuting his electric soulful live sound and proving to be a new face to watch in Pittsburgh music.

 

Josh, as JROUZ3, released his debut music EP, “The Demo 3P”, in November 2020. Shua continues his journey as a performing artist, the musical director to R&B Pittsburgh songstress INEZ, a music instructor and professional musician.

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Evan Yester

Drums

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.