U Rock Music Center

3909 Suite 203 Washington RD 

McMurray, PA 15317

724-941-1435

urockmusiccenter@gmail.com

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Instructors

We employ only highly qualified and passionate instructors here at U Rock. We are local Band Directors, public school teachers, and professional musicians. 

Alex Riedel
 
Owner/Guitar, Ukulele and Banjo Instructor

Alex is a multi instrumentalist and songwriter.  Alex is the owner and operator of U Rock Music Center. He holds a music degree from the University of Maryland with his focus in jazz performance and music technology and has been an instructor at U Rock since 2009. From 2009-2015 Alex was also the music director and special events coordinator for Wash Arts, a local arts education non-profit.  Alex has been a private music teacher for the last 10 years.

Sal Arnita
 
Drum Instructor 

 

Sal is an accomplished percussionist in the Pittsburgh area. Through his YouTube channel he has amassed well over 1 million views of his work. 

Riley Zimmerman
Electric & Upright Bass/ Strings/ Piano/Guitar

 

Riley is a double bassist and educator in the Pittsburgh area. After finishing his degree in music education at Duquesne University he went on to earn a master's degree in double bass performance from Carnegie Mellon University. In addition to playing with regional orchestras, Riley plays with numerous bluegrass, country, rock, and folk bands. As a classical musician he performs with ensembles like the Youngstown and Johnstown Symphony Orchestras, but he also plays with a variety of bands such as The Town Pants, The Shelf Life String Band, Bindley Hardware Co., and Ferdinand the Bull.  

Scott Spindler

Guitar/Piano/Ukulele and Voice 

 

Scott Spindler, a Pittsburgh native, has been teaching privately for over eight years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Commercial Music Technology from California University of Pennsylvania. During college, he played in the Jazz Ensemble and also began to write original music. In addition to teaching, he also plays in the acoustic duo Scott and Rosanna. 

Amy Melissan

Guitar/Piano/Ukulele and Voice 

 

Amy started her studies with private voice lessons at 12-years-old that took her straight to college. Amy studied classical voice, musical theater, and piano in her undergraduate at Indiana Univ. of PA.  Amy graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. Soon after she then went on to substitute k-6 and then onto a temporary position in pre-kindergarten. 

 

Amy has been an active teacher since 2008, teaching private lessons in and around the south hills of Pittsburgh. Amy now works as a professional musician performing, teaching, and conducting community family-friendly performance opportunities.  Her unique teaching approach blends her classical training, with her student centered curriculum, ensuring every student leaves lessons fulfilled and engaged. 

Andrew Hendryx

Mandolin/Ukulele/Harmonica/Tenor Banjo/Guitar

Andrew Hendryx is a Grammy-balloted multi-instrumentalist with over twenty years of teaching experience. His music has been featured in Rolling Stone.com, NPR, CMT, FOX, PBS, CNN and radio stations across the country. As a national touring musician Andrew has collaborated with renowned artists in multiple genres. He is currently the mandolin instructor for Vintage Guitar magazine. 

 

Andrew teaches ukulele, guitar, harmonica, tenor banjo, and mandolin to all age groups and skill levels. 

 

Alexander Light

 

Winds and Woodwinds

Alexander Light lives in Bethel Park and is going to be a senior music education major at Duquesne University this upcoming fall. Even though he is still in school he has had plenty of experience working with students. The past 2 years he has worked with the Carlynton Marching Band as Saxophone Instructor during band camp. Currently, he is the Assistant Marching Band Director for the Peters Township “Mighty Indian” Marching Band and St. Benedict the Moor School band teacher.

Alex Sabo
Voice and Piano

Alex Sabo is a 24-year old tenor based in the Pittsburgh area. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance from Duquesne University. He has worked in a number of productions throughout the area, and currently cantors Mass at St. Benedict the Abbot in McMurray and St. Louise de Marillac in Bethel Park. He also leads the tenor section of the Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Chancel Choir.

Chris Pertica

 

Brass

Christopher Petricca is a trombonist and music teacher from Washington County, with a degree in Music Education from Duquesne University. At Duquesne, he performed in ensembles including the Symphonic Band, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band, and Pep Band. Outside of Duquesne, he played as a pit musician for high school musicals and in the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, touring Europe with the latter group. Since graduating high school, he has worked as a brass specialist in multiple bands in the Pittsburgh area. Currently, Christopher teaches elementary band in the Propel Schools.