Come and learn with us!
“When we opened Main Street Music we were faced with the question “do we want to try and build our own teaching staff or do we seek out the areas best teaching outfit and partner with them to run the lesson program?” It was a no brainer when the opportunity to work with Drew Bentley and Dante Romito of Bentley & Romito Professional Music Lessons presented itself. Most music stores offer music lessons, Bentley & Romito specialize in them! Their teaching staff is the best in the area. We are all glad to be working together, with the common goal of bringing music to people of all ages and skill levels. Have a child who wants to start their first instrument? Maybe you’ve always wanted to play but just never got around to it? Have you been playing for a while but just feel stagnated? Drew,Dante and their staff can help your kids grow through music. They can get you started doing something you’ve always wanted to do and they can help you get over roadblocks and take your playing to the next level. There is a buzz of excitement in the air, as we all go about our day. In addition to our personnel, we offer soundproofed lesson rooms and a comfortable waiting lounge with WiFi. We also strive to go beyond an individual lesson experience by offering a variety of different programs that bring students together. Our dream of operating a different kind of music school keeps us always striving to improve.”
With Teachers as experienced as ours we should be able to create the next generation of real musicians.
Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin
Drew has been playing the guitar for over 30 years, teaching professionally for more than 16 years. Three time King of the Blues, Monroeville Store, champ, Drew fronts the Drew Bentley Band in addition to playing with the City Heat, Da Phunk Band, and more. While lead guitarist for JD Strum, Drew shared the stage with Brett Michaels, Sister Hazel, played on DVE’s Morning Show, and played second stage for Kansas, Deep Purple, and Dave Matthews Band.
Guitar, Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin
Dante has been playing the guitar for more than 15 years, and teaching professionally for almost 10 years. In addition to teaching at Bentley & Romito Professional Music Lessons, Dante teaches privately at Winchester Thurston. You can hear Dante performing with AE Honick, the Alleghenies, and the Falcon Jazz Project.
Matt holds a B.M in Music Education from IUP and a Master’s Degree in Piano Pedagogy from Duquesne University. Upon graduating from IUP, Matt accepted a position at Trombino’s Music Center as an Artist in Residence, selling Steinway and Sons pianos. Matt has experience performing in many different ensembles, including IUP’s jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, and concert band. Matt also regularly performs with as part of the Friday Evening Music Club in Greensburg, serves as the organist at Grace United Church of Christ in Jeannette, Drew Bentley Band, the Sammy Brooks Band, the Falcon Jazz Trio, and many other acts.
Randy holds a Bachelors of Music Degree from Westminster college and a Masters of Music Education from Duquesne University. He has taught music and drama at Shady Side Academy Middle School since 1984, and he is currently organist and Director of Music at Cross Roads Presbyterian Church in Monroeville. Randy studied Irish flute and Irish music at the Will Clancy Summer school for the Irish Music at Miltown Malbay, Ireland.
Brian has been playing the drums for close to 40 years. He studied at the original school for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) and at Duquesne University. While at Duquesne, Brian began getting calls from Pittsburgh greats such as Kenny Blake, David and Maureen Budway, Dwayne Dolphin, Jimmy Poner, Eric Kloss, Dakota Staton, Moder Times, Dan Aliquo Sr., and Tommy Janflone Sr. Brian left Duquesne when he had a chance to start a career touring and recording. He has played most major European venues including Wembley Arena and Royal Albert Hall in performances for the Royal family. He also has several American and European television appearances under his belt, some of which include: MTV Europe, BET on Jazz Live @ The Dome – Berlin, Live on Q, Halloween Live w / Jenny Jones. Brian’s international recording debut was on Jesse Johnson’s CD, Bare My Naked Soul. His second international release was his own CD, The Theorical Journey.
Steve holds at B.A. in Music Education from Slippery Rock University and a Masters in Music Performance from McGill University in Montreal. Upon graduating with a Masters in Jazz Performance in 2004, Steve moved back to Pittsburgh and plunged into the world of freelance trumpet. Playing with No Bad JuJu, Latshaw Pops Orchestra, Resounding Brass an serving as musical director of the salsa band Azucar has given him the chance to hone his writing skills and composed the record “Azucar” as well as his jazz quintet release, “This is It?” in 2005.
Al Peden has been a professional instructor of electric and upright bass for 25 years. He has taught privately at Swissvale Music Store since 1987. Al taught at Duquesne University for their summer guitar and bass workshops for 13 years. He has developed a curriculum designed to prepare students for college music programs or just learn to play. Many of Al’s former students are currently professional musicians.