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Waddell's Music Center

11945 Perry Highway

Wexford, PA 15090

(724)-934-1090

waddellsmusic@gmail.com

STORE HOURS

 

Monday - Thursday: 11:00am-8:00pm

Friday:  11:00am-5:00pm

Saturday:  10:00am-5:00pm

Sunday: Closed

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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.

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 Guitar

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

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 Guitar, 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 Guitar

Marco Ferri

Born and raised in Brazil, Marco started to play the violin at the age of 7 years old. He received his training in his home town until the age of 19, when he moved to Sao Paulo city to seek higher training. Among his teachers are his life mentor Claudio Micheletti (Brazil/Hungary), Winston Ramalho (Brazil/Austria), and Rucker Bezerra (Brazil). Mr. Ferri participated in many masterclasses working with world famous violinists, such as Max Rabinovijt (USA), Nicolas Koeckert (Germany), Eva Szekely (USA/Hungary) and Ferenc Szecod (Hungary). He studied chamber music under the direction of members of the Atrium Quartet (Russia) and Trio Brasileiro (Brazilian Piano Trio).

Voted by lessons.com as one of the top 10 violin instructors in the Pittsburgh region, Mr. Ferri has attended students of all ages and levels in his private studio as well as other locations such as Lydia’s Music Center, and McGowan Studios. His students have been among the most accomplished receiving awards from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and winning positions in youth symphonies such as PYCO and PYSO.

On stage, Marco has been seen on the most important theaters and concert halls of Brazil, performing with the Experimental Repertoire Orchestra of Sao Paulo, Academic Orchestra of Sao Paulo, and the Brazilian Young Trio, of which he is a founding member. In the USA, Marco performs with the Port Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, Theater Zone (Naples), Altoona Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Westmoreland Symphony, Wheeling Symphony, Butler Symphony, and Erie Philharmonic. Marco Ferri holds a Bachelor's in Music Performance in Violin from Florida Gulf Coast University, and a Masters in Violin Performance from Duquesne University under the guidance of Charles and Rachel Stegeman.

Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright Bass, Guitar

Stephen Grzenda

Guitar

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.

Guitar

Dave Katalin

Dave is one of our main drum instructors here at Waddell’s.  He 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’.

Drums

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.

Drums

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.

Drums

Jeff Pogas

Jeff began playing guitar at the age of 14 after being inspired by Led Zeppelin’s Immigrant Song. He studied with a private instructor for 3 years and began gigging at the age of 17. Over the next few years, he played in several bands in the Pittsburgh area before moving to Hollywood, CA to attend Musicians Institute where he graduated with honors. Jeff then moved back to Pittsburgh to teach private lessons full time.  From 1991 to 2004 he worked with 3 different bands playing shows and dance music on some of the worlds most prestigious cruise ships including Royal Caribbean, Holland America and Carnival Cruise Lines. Jeff has performed with many stars including Ben Vereen, Fred Travelina, and Star Search winner Kenny James.

Most recently, Jeff has worked with Dr. Zoot, The Kim Alexander Band, Metro, That 80’s Band, as well as performing solo, duo, and trio freelance work. Jeff customizes his private lessons to suit the needs of the student.

Click here to view Jeff Pogas' website.

Guitar, Bass Guitar

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.

Evan currently drums in indie dream pop band Drauve, which has garnered strong online presence since its debut this past July.

 

 When he's not teaching, rehearsing, and performing, Evan enjoys collecting vinyl records. He is also an experienced live sound 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.

Drums

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