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

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.

Michael Boone – Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Bouzouki
Mike Boone is a multi-instrumentalist whose musical range spans traditional NL music to modern jazz. He holds a B.A. with an Advanced Major in Music from STFX University as well as a B.MusEd from Memorial University. You can see Mike playing with the band Rum Ragged who in 2016-17 was awarded Folk/Roots Album of the Year by Music NL and nominated for an ECMA in the Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year category. As a musician and educator he passionately plays, teaches, and promotes music, both traditional and contemporary.

Darryl Collins – Guitar, Classical Guitar, Mandolin, Bass, Banjo, Ukulele
Darryl holds a B.Mus. with honours from St. Xavier. He offers over 25 years of teaching experience in all styles of guitar, bass, accordion,banjo, ukelele and mandolin. Darryl also currently teaches classical guitar at Memorial University and performs with the band “Miss Counduct”, “Stephanie O’Brien Band”, and “The Outfit”.

Marijn Emanuel Companjen – Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Ukulele, Cajon
Marijn Emanuel was born in The Netherlands and has studied and performed in Spain, The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, and Canada. His repertoire is a compilation of Flamenco, Spanish, Classic, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Folk music and brings twelve years of teaching experience. Marijn Emanuel began his training with his first guitar lessons at the age of five. He studied classical guitar with Louis Ignatius Gall a student of master guitarist Andres Segovia at Conservatorium Hogeschool, a renowned musical conservatory in The Netherlands. In 1994, he began taking lessons in flamenco guitar. It conquered his heart and led him to study with triple Concurso de Cordoba winner Paco Serrano, Spain and with flamenco guitarist and master Luthier Francisco Manuel Diaz in Granada, Spain. Marijn Emanuel is also an accomplished flamenco percussionist, having extensive experience playing both the cajon and the udo. His professional flamenco career started in 1996 when he became a guitarist and percussionist for the flamenco group Potage. He has also been a member of: Norte y Sur (1999) and Fuego Andaluz (2001-05). Marijn’s eighteen years of experience in teaching, performing, and accompanying flamenco dance classes and has worked extensively with renowned flamenco dancers, singers, guitarists and percussionists around the world. He has toured with the Televised Paperclip Magazine tour, a rock and jazz group in The Netherlands in 1996. Marijn Emanuel moved to St. John’s in 2005 and has made local appearances as Featured Performer in TADA productions Our Divas do Christmas III (2007), a Performance with the World Jazz Orchestra at the St. John’s Jazz Festival (2005), Sound Symposium’s World on a String concert (2011), and has appeared several times on Roger’s Channel 9 Out of the Fog and CBC Radio in the past seven years. He is currently completing a music degree in classical performance guitar at MUN’s School of Music.

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.

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
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 buds and they are still going today, gigging all around town. He is currently in his eighth year of teaching guitar with The Music Collection. He has also completed a degree in philosophy at Memorial University.

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