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, Bass Guitar Teachers

Don Boland Piano Guitar InstructorDon Boland – Piano, Guitar, Bass
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 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 InstructorDarryl 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”.

Larry FoleyLarry Foley – Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass, Accordion
Larry Foley, award winning singer of folk, jangly rock and country. Writes the odd song now and then. Born and raised in Placentia NL. Graduated from STFXU in 1993 with a degree in Arts. Went to grad school in Cork Ireland for the following year. In Ireland he played with fiddle great Seamus Creagh. A founding member and still the leader of The Punters for 24 years. He also leads the 8 Track Favourites, a classic country cover band on the go since 2001. Larry has also worked in Radio and currently produces and hosts THIS OLD GUITAR on the eastlink cable network across Canada. He produces and records for the Avondale label at his studio, Earport Heights. Larry plays weekly either in one of his bands and/or solo.

Leanne KeanLeanne 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 – 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, Campbell john, 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 LockeAllan 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 SherlockRowan Sherlock – Piano, Violin/Fiddle, Viola, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele
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.
Rowan currently performs in many locations around St John’s as well as all across the island with local bands “Rugged Shores” and “Burgeo Speedwagon”. Rowan now resides in CBS, Newfoundland and has purchased his first house here!

Matt Snow Guitar Ukulele InstructorMatt Snow – Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
With over 20 years of musical and performance experience, Matt provides individual or group lessons on the guitar, bass and ukulele for 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.

Greg Tobin – Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin
Greg has been a musician for over 25 years and a music instructor for over 15 years. Touring with bands across Canada and abroad, Greg has worked with Princess Cruise lines in the Caribbean, resorts in the Dominican Republic and traveled as far as Moscow, Russia to perform music.
When he is not performing with local bands, Greg also produces music for other artists and writes music for internet, television and radio. As an educator Greg has been the instructor at Academy Canada for the music recording arts program and has run songwriting and performance camps.

Joe TuckerJoe Tucker – Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Joe began his guitar playing career at the tender age of 13. He has played with various choirs, jazz bands and musical productions in his teenage years. In his last year of high school he formed the rock band Roundelay with his best buds and took on the role of lead singer and guitarist. Although the rhythm section of this band currently resides in bc, they have still managed to work together on new material and are able to gig when the stars align.
Other bands include alternative rockers Another North, alt-country rockers Youngtree and the Blooms , rowdy grease rockers the Corroborators and the band Presto Magic which covers everything from modern indie rock to classic rhythm and blues. Primary roles in each band are lead guitar and in most cases backing vocals. In addition to these main gigs he plays regularly as a  sit in with Mark Bragg, as a bass player with Len O’Neil and friends and as lead guitarist for “grieve a diva” (Aretha Franklin tribute)
Joe has been teaching guitar for 15 years at the Music Collection and recently added Ukulele and Bass guitar to the roster. He is a self proclaimed borderline music theory nerd and holds a BA with a major in philosophy and a minor in psych.

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St. John's, Torbay Road 738-2982
Mount Pearl 368-0789

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