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 Instructor
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.

Ben Chapman Smith Guitar Instructor
Ben Chapman-Smith - Guitar, Bass

Ben Chapman-Smith has 15 years of experience playing and studying music with a focus on Guitar and Bass. During this time he has studied a variety of musical styles including Jazz, Rock, Pop, Blues, Metal, and has focused on Theory, song analysis / songwriting from both a counterpoint and pop perspective. Ben was enrolled in vocal music and choir all through high school and even managed to convince his school’s band teacher to allow him to enroll as the first guitarist the school has had in their band. Ben’s high school music teachers began referring their colleagues kids to him and he began teaching music part time in grade 11. Later on he started to work for 'Stay at Home Music' in Toronto. In addition to teaching music Ben has also worked as a promoter/booker, instrument repairman, sound man, producer, and a gigging musician in Toronto before moving to St John’s in late 2018.

Darryl Collins Guitar Instructor
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".

Azadeh Hadad - Piano, Guitar, Classical Guitar

Azadeh is a master’s student of Guitar Performance/Pedagogy at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has been teaching guitar, piano, and music theory for over twelve years. She also presents annual student concerts to boost her students’ confidence. In 2010 she received her Bachelor of Music from IAUCTB University in Tehran, Iran, where she majored in guitar and minored in piano performance. After five years, she established her music studio in that city. In 2019 she was accepted to Memorial University and permanently moved to Newfoundland, Canada. She has performed recitals in classical guitar at the 27th and 29th Fajr International Music Festival. Some of her students have received admissions from Tehran Music School and the Music and Fine Arts University of Ankara, Turkey. Examples of her methods of teaching include “I Enjoy Playing The Guitar” by Debbie Cracknell, the Classical Guitar Series by The Royal Conservatory of Music, “Pumping Nylon” by Scott Tennant, John Thompson's "Modern Course For The Piano", and “60 Exercises” by Charles Hanon.

Leanne Kean Voice, Guitar Instructor
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.

Jon Lane Drum Instructor
Jon Lane - Drum Kit, Snare Drum, Bodhran, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass

Jon has been teaching drum set, percussion and guitar for over twenty one years and has been playing since age seven. In drumming, he specializes in classic and contemporary styles and techniques spanning the history of the artform. Similarly on guitar, he provides an overview of Rock, Traditional, Jazz and Classical methods. 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, 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 Instructor
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.

Rowan Sherlock Violin, Viola, Fiddle Instructor
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 Ukulele Instructor
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 Instructor
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

& Bass Guitar+

Violin and Strings

Violin, Cello, Viola, Fiddle

Woodwind and Brass Lessons

Woodwind, Brass

Drum Instruction

+ Percussion

Folk, Accordion, Banjo, Mandolin

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.