Wilkes-Barre

Our Wilkes-Barre lesson department has so much to offer!  From woodwinds to brass, piano to guitar, voice, and more, we have qualified teachers here to help guide you through your musical journey! 

Paige McGuirk, our lesson coordinator at our Wilkes-Barre store, is happy to answer any questions you may have and to get you set up with lessons! 
Phone: (800) 326-9460 
Email:[email protected]

Becky Burdett

Becky Burdett

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Becky currently teaches grades K-4 at the Abington Heights School District. Throughout her career, her goal has been is for each student to be joyful in the act of making, expressing, and creating music. Her classroom pedagogy blends together the elemental patterns and movement basis of Orff-Schulwerk with the vocabulary of patterns
presented in the Kodaly method. She believes that students can be capable musicians when allowed the guided freedom to explore all areas of musicianship. She has maintained a piano studio since 1997 in Northeast Pennsylvania. In addition to piano, Becky also enjoys playing different voices of recorder.

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Joseph Stefanko

Joseph Stefanko

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Joseph Stefanko graduated with honors from Marywood University where he obtained a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. Joe has performed throughout the Tri-State area in various venues such as the F.M. Kirby Center, Toyota Pavilion, and Little Theater of Wilkes-Barre utilizing various musical styles from orchestral to jazz. Along with teaching at Robert M. Sides Family Music Centers, he maintains an active role in the music community.

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Justin Roote

Justin Roote

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Justin Roote is a local music educator and performer. He earned his bachelor’s in music education from Marywood University and his master’s from Texas A&M University-Commerce, where he graduated summa cum laude with a focus in instrumental conducting. While in Texas, Justin conducted the university’s concert and symphonic bands as a graduate teaching assistant and studied wind instrument pedagogy and literature, culminating in a thesis on influential pieces and how to approach them with young musicians. He has performed across the country with the Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Band, NYSMF Classical Saxophone Institute, TAMUC Saxophone Quartet, and
Marywood University Chamber Singers, touring California, the east coast, and Canada. Now back in northeastern PA, Justin has been teaching band at Pittston Area Middle School since 2015.

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Mark R. Reinhart

Mark R. Reinhart

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Mark R. Reinhart has been actively involved in music and the arts for over fifty-five years. Mark’s performance career, spanning over four decades has covered as many musical styles as it has geography. For the past thirty years, Reinhart has been playing both guitar and keyboards with the 1960’s band Jay Black and the Americans - This Magic Moment, Cara Mia. Reinhart is a published author whose book, Tune Up… You’re on in Ten Minutes (2004), discusses the various aspects of art education from both the teacher and student perspectives, and the benefits and importance of artistic cultivation. Mark has also been a practitioner of the Chinese health and martial
arts for over forty years. He is the owner and operator of Three Pure Rivers Studio For the Arts located in Drums, PA.

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Molly Finkbiner, MT-BC

Molly Finkbiner, MT-BC

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Molly Finkbiner is new to the Kingston Area and excited to become a part of Robert M. Sides Music Studio. She is a graduate of Seton Hill University and holds a bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, as well as a Certification in Sacred Music. Her primary instrument of study is piano, which she has played for twenty years. She has experience teaching piano lessons, and accompanying a variety of organizations including both choirs and soloists, and even
musicals. Her secondary instruments of study in school were guitar and organ. She has played the guitar for fifteen years and the organ for ten. Additionally, she has held several jobs as a church organist and director of music. As a music therapist, she has worked with adults and children with developmental disabilities and psychiatric diagnoses, helping them to reach their full potential through musical interventions. In addition to this work, she has also provided private group piano, guitar, and ukulele lessons to both children and adults.

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Tyler Dempsey

Tyler Dempsey

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Tyler Dempsey is a professional drummer and educator from Clarks Summit, PA. He studied jazz performance at New Jersey City University and went on to tour and perform with some of the area’s most respected musicians. Tyler has shared the stage with artists such as; David Liebman, Bob Dorough, Marko Marcinko, Bill Washer, Tony Marino, Jesse Lynch, Jon Ballantyne, Matt Vashlishan, Porter & Sayles, etc. Tyler is the house drummer at the Historic, Deer Head Inn Jazz jam sessions and can be heard every Friday and Saturday night at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, at the Mohegan Sun Casino. He also appears on “Skies Above” off of Aaron Fink’s (formerly of Breaking Benjamin) solo release, “Galaxies,” on the Woodhenge Records label. For Tyler’s upcoming performance schedule please visit: www.tylerdempseymusic.com

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