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By building relationships with Pittsburgh musicians for more than 50 years, we have cultivated a team of the most highly skilled instructors in the area. Our diverse range of teachers are professional musicians who have trained at prestigious music universities and played with some of the most iconic musicians across all genres of music.
Guitar | Bass
Guitar | Bass | Ukulele
Piano | Music Tech
Guitar | Bass | Ukulele | Drums
Viola | Violin | Cello
Bass | Piano | Guitar
Theory | Production
Guitar | Bass | Ukulele
Piano | Production
Steve Delach began playing guitar at age 10 and quickly realized his life's pursuit. In his teens, Steve won numerous guitar competitions in the Pittsburgh area and went on to graduate from Pittsburgh High School for the Creative and Performing Arts. He has been profiled in Guitar World and Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazines. This recognition led to recording a track for Mark Varney's "Guitar on the Edge" project, which also featured Brett Garsed, Allan Holdsworth, Shawn Lane and Carl Verheyen. Steve has authored three books published by Mel Bay: Getting into Rock Guitar, The Rock Guitar Workout, and Altered States: Applying Diminished and Whole Tone Concepts to Rock Guitar.
Steve has served as an instructor at Duquesne University's Guitar and Bass Workshop, which has featured guest clinicians such as Johnny Smith, Jimmy Bruno, Sid Jacobs, Reb Beach and Gary Hoey. In addition to teaching, Steve is an active guitarist in the Pittsburgh music scene, performing with Billy Price (former singer for the legendary guitarist Roy Buchanan).
Steve is also a member of Cityscape, which features some of the top musicians in town, including vocalist/guitarist Pete Hewlett who has toured and recorded with Billy Joel, Elton John and Carly Simon.
Steve’s flawless technique combined with theoretical knowledge and his ability to play any style of music makes him a highly sought out instructor.
With more than two decades of experience studying, performing and teaching guitar, James is well versed in many musical styles. He began his exploration of music with the piano, which he continues to study. He played various wind instruments throughout his school years and began studying guitar at age 14. While fluent in most contemporary guitar styles, his focus is in rock, pop, blues and R&B.
James began to play professionally at age 18, traveling the United States and Canada with a variety of rock and pop acts. During this period he also did extensive session recording work in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, New York and Chicago. He spent some time as a songwriter for development deal artists at studios in both New York and Cleveland.
James currently is a busy working guitarist, regularly clocking more than 130 nights a year of live performance across the country. He has been teaching at N Stuff Music since 2007.
Gary began studying the drums when he was 11 years old. Throughout his school years, he played in the orchestra, concert band, marching band and jazz band. His band director at Riverview High School in Oakmont, PA, encouraged him to try out for several honors bands, which led to his participation the PMEA, district and state honors bands, all first chair. During his senior year, Gary won the National Orchestral Award, the John Philip Sousa Award and the Louis Armstrong Award. He graduated from Penn State University, where he placed first in talent shows two consecutive years for drum solos. After college, he studied with local drummer Lou Ross for several years and then began performing and recording with various bands in the Pittsburgh area, including Groove City, Jill West and Blues Attack, Uncle Funk's Jelly Jam, Dante's Inferno, Shari Richards, The Fuzzy Comets, Dr. Zoot, JD Strum, Rude Mood, The Beegle Brothers, Circle of Friends, Charlie in the Box, In the Saddle, Strange Brew, Shelley Duff Band, Terry Patterson, Jon Lowery and the Uptown Two, Lou Lombardi's Strangelove, Ferris Bueller's Revenge and The Kendall Brothers Band. Gary has also opened for music legends such as B.B. King, Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker.
Chris Catone is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Pittsburgh. He studied music technology at Northeastern University in Boston and received his graduate degree in composition from Duquesne University. He is an active composer of choral, chamber and film music, in addition to working as a freelance pianist and organist throughout the region. His concert music has been performed by Alia Musica Pittsburgh, Trillium Ensemble, A Far Cry Ensemble, The Heinz Chapel Compline Choir, The Freya String Quartet and Kassia Ensemble. His music for short and feature films have won awards at prominent film festivals such as the Los Angeles 48 Hour Film Fest and Filmapalooza. In addition, Chris has worked on various projects with film composer/producer Junkie XL at Hans Zimmer's Remote Control Productions in Los Angeles. He serves as director of music at Saint Athanasius Church in West View, PA.
William Irvine studied with Gerald Jennings at CCAC Boyce and Kenneth Burky at Duquesne University. He currently plays with the band Ferris Buellers Revenge, as well as every Sunday in church.
Keith Quinn graduated from Duquesne University's Mary Pappert School of Music in 2013, specializing in sound recording. He primarily plays electric bass, but is also fluent in guitar, piano and singing. In addition to teaching at the Little Lesson House, Keith works at Red Caiman Media recording studio, where he produces music and plays as a session musician on a number of tracks and instruments. He also writes and performs with various bands, including Madeline Rae & The Daisy Chain and Wicked Wrister. Keith enjoys discussing music theory and strives to incorporate it into his lessons.
Zack Leya is a Pittsburgh native who has been a performing artist since he began playing guitar in third grade. He is a graduate of the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University where he studied jazz guitar with some of the nation’s greatest guitarists, including Mark Koch and Joe Negri. Zack writes and records his own music which can be found on YouTube. He continues to play at various venues throughout the city and at his family’s studio/venue, Liveburgh Studio in Glenshaw.
Anthony began playing guitar at age 8 and quickly developed a strong passion for it. He was inspired early on by rock and blues music. He is a 2019 graduate of Duquesne University with a bachelor’s degree in music technology and jazz guitar. While at Duquesne, Anthony performed with the Duquesne University Jazz Guitar Ensemble and Electronic Ensemble. His favorite guitarists include Django Reinhardt, Tony Iommi, Frank Gambale, Stevie Ray Vaughn and John Petrucci. Anthony enjoys teaching guitar because it gives him the opportunity to help other people develop a passion for music.
Steve Ippolito is a native of Burlington County, NJ, where he began playing drums at the early age of 6 and continued in high school and college. Steve graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2015 where he was involved in a multitude of ensembles including the University of Pittsburgh marching band and pep band, Pitt jazz ensemble, small jazz combo group and symphonic band. He has received top notch instruction from jazz greats such as Geri Allen, James Johnson III, Greg Humphries and Yoko Suzuki. Steve also marched two seasons in the Drum Corps International circuit and has experience instructing marching drumlines and indoor percussion groups. He currently plays with rock/jazz fusion band The Clock Reads, who play several national music festivals and club performances that attract fans from across the country. When not touring, Steve leads the Electric Samba Band which performs locally in Pittsburgh.
Rachel McGuire is a native of Iowa City, IA, and began viola studies in her school music program in 4th grade. As a student, Rachel attended Eastern Music Festival, Interlochen Summer Arts Camp and Brandeis Chamber Music Festival, and placed 5th and 3rd chair in the Iowa All-State Orchestra her junior and senior years of high school. She was inspired and encouraged by her high school orchestra teacher to pursue music as a career. Rachel received a full scholarship to the University of Iowa, where she earned a degree in viola performance and music education. She went on to earn a master’s degree in music education from Western Washington University where she was a member of the exclusive Madrona Scholarship Quartet. Her primary teachers were William Preucil Sr., Cynthia Scully and Eric Kean. Rachel was a director with the North Sound Youth Symphony (NYSY) as well as viola coach and chamber ensemble coach with NSYS and several other youth symphonies. Rachel has taught in Iowa, Washington and California; she currently directs the orchestras at North Allegheny Intermediate High School in Pittsburgh. In addition, Rachel is an active musician, frequently performing chamber music with the Tuesday Musical Club, and has held principle and section positions with numerous symphony, opera, ballet and pop orchestras. Rachel loves teaching string students of all ages and skill levels with her fun and approachable teaching style.