Guitar and 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, and are also available for adults and seniors.

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Guitar Overview:
Ages: 7 and up, beginners and up
Start Date: Any time throughout the year
Length: 30 minutes, hours available
Exam Prep: Available, but optional
Locations: St. John’s, Mount Pearl
Guitar Types: Acoustic, Classical, Electric, Bass

Guitar and Bass Guitar Teachers

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. He has taught students from the age of 5 to seniors. He has experience in many styles including rock, country, folk, fingerstyle, jazz, classical, and improvisation. He has written two guitar books, one on technique and the other on jazz styles. Darryl has also taught the secondary guitar course at Memorial University. He performs regularly around town with local bands "Miss Conduct" and "The Outfit".

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Arthur House - Percussion, Drum Kit, Guitar

Arthur graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a B.A. in Music. He has played drums and percussion with the Stephenville Theatre Festival in numerous musical productions including Nunsense, A Chorus Line, and A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. He toured and recorded with the band Nathan’s Flat, which was nominated for Alternative Group of the Year at the East Coast Music Awards in 2000. Over the years he has performed as a drummer and singer in a variety of bands, orchestras, and ensembles throughout Atlantic Canada and Korea.

Leanne Kean - Voice, Guitar

Leanne obtained her “Voice Technique & Musicianship” specialist certification from Berklee College Of Music (based in Boston, MA) in 2013 which focused on vocal technique, music theory and ear-training. She recently attended the “Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop 2018” (acquiring the professional development course on campus) at the Boston Conservatory. She enjoys teaching many contemporary genres; including pop, (classic) rock, soul, folk, NL, musical theatre & jazz. She performs in the local music scene through-out the year as a solo singer for many different venues (weddings, dinner music, local productions, pub matinees, corporate parties, tribute shows, back-up vocals, sporting events & fundraisers) She was a showcased singer for “Our Divas Do Christmas” in 2006/2016/2017. She was also a featured performer in local shows such as; The “NSO Silver Ball” The “Frosty Festival” and touring theatre shows “Summer Of Love”, “How Sweet It Is; James Taylor” and “1975”. She has an extensive background and formal training in voice, piano and acoustic guitar and was an active competitor on a provincial/national level for several years. 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. 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, diaphragmatic breathing, body alignment, physical relaxation, diction & vowel articulation, overcoming performance anxiety, confidence building, 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.

Allan Locke
Allan Locke - Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Pop/Rock 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.

Paige Penney
Paige Penney - Guitar, Ukulele and Voice

Paige Penney is a two time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated and a two time MusicNL Award nominated singer/songwriter from St.John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Her natural musical ability has captivated and stole audiences hearts from the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival stage in her hometown to the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg Tennessee. In the Summer of 2018, Paige launched a crowdfunding campaign and reached her goal of recording her first EP in the same studio as Taylor Swift recorded hers in at Nashville's Dark Horse Studio. Her first single and title track,"Watch Out For Your Step", features Newfoundland super trio The Once! Paige's second single, "Shooting Star'' features a co-write with Alan Doyle and Doyle has a cameo in the music video. In September of 2021, Paige and her band performed at The Iceberg Alley Performance Tent, opening up for Canadian Country Star, Johnny Reid. Paige graduated with Honours from the International Baccalaureate Music Program. She has apprenticed with the world renowned Shallaway Youth Choir, as well as mentored for Girls Rock NL. Paige is proficient in teaching guitar, ukulele and enjoys teaching many different voice genres, including, pop, classic rock and folk. She also has a lot of experience working with children of all ages. Paige’s lessons will not only be fun and educational, but will take place in a safe and encouraging environment. Students will learn skills such as, vocal technique, finger picking/strumming patterns, performance training, confidence building as well as songwriting/composing skills. Paige will teach students who wish to accompany themselves with the proper instruction in how to sing and play at the same time.

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Rob Pittman - Drum Kit, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Double Bass

Rob Pittman is a multi-instrumentalist with a wide-ranging musical background spanning over twenty years. He has performed bluegrass, hard rock, opera, and everything in between across Canada and around the world. Currently, Rob plays drums for Women of Rock, guitar for That ‘90s Band, and works as a studio musician recording, producing, and mixing for a wide range of artists. Rob spends his spare time cycling and spending time with his pets.

Rowan Sherlock - Piano, Violin/Fiddle, Viola, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, String Ensemble

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 instruction 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.

Private Music Lessons

Guitar Lessons
Guitar

& Bass Guitar+

Violin Lessons
Strings

Violin, Cello, Viola, Fiddle

Woodwind and Brass Lessons
Winds

Woodwind, Brass

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Drums

+ Percussion

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Folk

Mandolin, Banjo +

Ensembles & Groups

Enabling students a chance to apply their skills in a group, rehearsing and performing together. Inspiring, yet fun and informal. Drumline, Vocal Performance, Rock Band or Ukelele.

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