Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele Lessons

Lessons for Mandolin, Banjo, Accordion, plus other Folk/Traditional instruments. We offer instruction in Bluegrass, Celtic, Newfoundland plus traditional and modern styles. Our instructors will show you the proper technique and can teach students how to read music and play by ear. Looking for Fiddle or Bodhran lessons? Check out our Violin/Fiddle page and our Drums and Percussion page for instructors and more information.Meet our Instructors »
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Folk Overview:
Ages: 4+ for Ukulele
7+ for Mandolin, Banjo
Start Date: Any time throughout the year
Length: 30 minutes, hours available
Locations: St. John’s, Mount Pearl

Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Bouzouki Teachers

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”.

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.

Julianne MeaneyJulianne Meaney – Voice, Ukulele, Beginner Piano
Julianne started her music career as a 7-year-old taking voice lessons at The Music Collection. She is now a graduate of Memorial University’s Bachelor of Music program and a devoted teacher. She has been featured in a number of local operas, musical theatre productions and pop music concerts; with highlights including the role of Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (MUN Opera, 2019), Denise in La marriage aux lanternes (MUN Opera, 2015) and Belle in Scrooge (Peter MacDonald Productions, 2014). Julianne has won several awards for her participation in the Kiwanis Music Festival, most notably the prestigious Senior Vocal Rose Bowl Award in 2018 for the top performance in the festival by a senior vocalist. Since beginning her teaching career in 2015, Julianne has shared her passion and enthusiasm with musicians of all ages and abilities. Her students have gone on to have great success in the Kiwanis Music Festival, performances in musical theatre productions and increased their confidence and love of music. Julianne’s unique background of training in singing, acting, and performance gives her a unique skill set that includes musical genres such as Musical Theatre, Traditional, Opera/Classical, popular music and songwriting.  She loves working with voice and beginner piano and ukulele students to find technique, expression and confidence in music.

Rowan SherlockRowan Sherlock – Piano, Violin/Fiddle, Viola, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, 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 Ukulele InstructorMatt 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.

Greg Tobin – Guitar, Ukulele
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, 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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