Guitar, Bass Guitar Lessons

Our private Guitar lessons includes Acoustic, Classical, Electric, Bass Guitar, Ukulele plus Banjo and Mandolin. There are over a dozen Guitar teachers at The Music Collection, this large faculty allows us to offer just about every style; rock, blues, jazz, country, folk, classical, Spanish and more. We suggest children wait until they are seven before starting Guitar lessons. We will occasionally accept six year olds after a trial lesson, but younger children don’t have the hand size or strength to properly play a guitar. If your child is under 7, Ukulele is a great starter. Of course lessons are not only for children, but are also available for adults and seniors.
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Guitar, Bass Guitar Teachers

Leo Barbosa – Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Leonardo Barbosa is a Colombo-Canadian guitarist who began learning the guitar after falling in love with the instrument at a very young age. Originally, he was a self-taught musician in folk and popular styles but has also received formal musical training on the classical guitar. He holds an Advanced Performance Diploma from the Cambrian College School of Music where he studied with Dr. Matthew Gould in Sudbury, Ontario. In 2018, he completed a Bachelor of music at Memorial University of Newfoundland with a concentration on the classical guitar and a major in musicology. He has concertized in Ottawa, Sudbury, Toronto and St. John’s; notably at the Guitare alla grande festival in Ottawa (2013-2015) and the Guitars Alive festival in Sudbury (2014-2015). Leonardo has participated in masterclasses for distinguished guitarists such as Anton Barinov (GFA winner) and Dennis Donegani (former Canadian Guitar Quartet). In 2016, he was selected to play in the Invocation and Dance and the Faculty Gala concerts presented as a part of the Music at Memorial Concert Series. Recently, he has also collaborated with the MUN Latin Ensemble as vocalist and tiple player. Currently, he resides in St. John’s where he is a local musician playing independent events as a solo guitarist. He plays and teaches a variety of styles including classical, rock, blues, folk, latin, and pop music.

Don Boland – Piano, Guitar and Bass Guitar
Don Boland is a very positive influence in the art of learning. He is a professional studio musician and has owned and operated a recording studio for over 30 years. Written and performed music for TV and various Media forms. As a multi-instrumentalist Don focuses on teaching piano/guitar/bass and trumpet. All of his students are taught how to read music-how to develop their ear for music-how to improvise and the practical application of music theory. Students have the option of preparing for music exams and Kiwanis Music Festival. Many of Don’s students have to gone on to University to further study music. He has taught all ages from 5-75 years old.

Darryl Collins – Guitar, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele
Darryl holds a B.Mus. with honours from St. Xavier University. He offers over 25 years of teaching experience in all styles of guitar, bass, accordion, banjo, ukulele and mandolin. Darryl has also taught the secondary guitar course at Memorial University. He performs with the bands “Miss Counduct” and “The Outfit”.

Leanne Kean – Voice, Guitar
Leanne obtained her “Voice Technique & Musicianship” specialist certification from Berklee College Of Music (based in Boston, MA) which focused on vocal technique, music theory and ear-training. She plans on furthering her studies in courses such as “Pop & Rock Vocals” and “R&B Vocals” as she wants to specialize in the contemporary genre for kids & teens. (including indie, folk, country & jazz) She performs in the local music scene through-out the year as a solo singer for many different venues (weddings, dinner music, funerals, corporate parties, tribute shows, back-up vocals, sporting events, tv specials & fundraisers) She has an extensive background and formal training in voice, piano and acoustic guitar with 6 different instructors over a 12 year duration and was an active competitor on a provincial/national level for several years. Some of her past achievements include: Making the top 30 in Canadian Idol in 2006, reigned the “2006 NL Teen Karaoke Idol” – awarded $5000 and a cd recording, “The “99.1 HITS FM Talented Teen Award” in “Miss Teen Achievement” 2007, representing NL in the “2004 National Youth Talent Search” in Vancouver, and winning the “O’Reilly’s Pub Teen Open Mic” in 2005. She was also the lead singer for a well-known local band, “Miss Conduct” (a top 40 cover band) playing in the downtown scene from 2011-2013. Leanne is thrilled to be starting her fifth year as a vocal coach. She thoroughly enjoys working with kids and teens in helping them hone their skills and encouraging them to express themselves. Her lessons include the focus on singing technique, diaphragmic breathing, body alignment, physical relaxation, diction & vowel articulation, overcoming performance anxiety, confidence building, basic theory for singers, and maintaining vocal health. She also provides beginner guitar lessons for vocalists who want to learn how to accompany themselves through the use of chords, finger-picking/strumming techniques, easy guitar tab, beginner theory, and learning how to sing and play at the same time.

Jon Lane – Guitar, Percussion/Drums
Jon has been teaching drum set, percussion and guitar for over twenty-one years and has been playing since age seven. He currently performs and records with several groups including 709, DC-3, Lori Cooper Band and The Outfit. In the past he’s performed with Amelia Curran, Jeff Dyer, Spirit of Newfoundland and has been house drummer for Blues legends Tony D, John Campbelljohn, Roger Howse and Eddie Kirkland. Jon got his percussive start with Gower Youth Band and played guitar for five years with Sheila Williams in The Castaways, performing for kids and adults aboard the gulf ferries Joseph and Clara Smallwood and The Caribou.

Allan Locke – Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Voice
Allan Locke attained a B.Mus. in Theory/Composition from MUN in 2005, whereby he was named to the Director’s List “in recognition of sustained academic and musical excellence”. His primary instrument at MUN was classical guitar, though he sings and plays many other instruments proficiently. Allan has been teaching at the Music Collection for ten years, and he has been performing, writing, and recording all types of music for almost twenty years. Allan has performed with many musical ensembles, including the MUN Jazz Band and the MUN Festival Choir, and he currently plays with the band Miss Conduct. Allan has also attained a Master of Employment Relations degree from MUN in 2010.

Rowan Sherlock – Piano, Violin/Fiddle, Guitar, Folk Group, Theory
Rowan Sherlock is a trained Classical violinist and pianist; having studied his craft in Waterford Institute of Technology Music School in Ireland for over 20 years, he then went on to undertake a BA in Music Composition and Classical violin performance, then followed by completing his MA in Music Composition under the tuition of the acclaimed Irish composer Dr Marian Ingoldsby. Rowan has in the past lead such orchestras as the South Eastern Region Youth Orchestra, the W.I.T Youth Orchestra, and has also toured internationally with the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Ireland. He is also the violinist with acclaimed Irish groups ‘In The Willows’, ‘Gypsi Swing’ as well as well-known Irish traditional band ‘Newfoundland’ with whom he has toured with extensively. Rowan has worked as a violin, piano and music theory teacher in schools across the South-East of Ireland as well as performing nationally with various groups, as well as having performed at countless wedding ceremonies and functions as an ‘event musician’ over the past number of years. Rowan has performed on stage with many well-known musicians such as Duke Special, Nicola Benedetti and Dame Evelyn Glennie.

Matt Snow – Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Matt Snow has 17 years experience playing both bass and guitar and is able to effectively teach students of all ages and skill levels. Through his years of study and performance, Matt is well versed in a wide range of musical styles from jazz and blues to hard rock and metal. Matt is able to offer advanced musical theory instrction in the areas of scale / chord relationships, key development and analysis, modal and CAGED theory and improvisation. Matt also has a minor in Musicology from Memorial University of Newfoundland that is centered on theory, rudiments, instrumentation analysis, ear training and transcription.

Joe Tucker – Guitar, Ukulele
Joe began his guitar playing career at the tender age of 13. He has played with various choir, jazz bands and musical productions including Les Miserables. In his last year of high school he formed the rock band Roundelay with his best friends and they are still going today, recording and gigging all around town. He is currently in his fifteenth year of teaching guitar with The Music Collection. He holds a degree in philosophy from Memorial University.

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