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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Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Bouzouki Teachers

Leo Barbosa – Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Ukulele
Leonardo Barbosa is a Colombo-Canadian guitarist who began learning the guitar after falling in love with the instrument at a very young age. Originally, he was a self-taught musician in folk and popular styles but has also received formal musical training on the classical guitar. He holds an Advanced Performance Diploma from the Cambrian College School of Music where he studied with Dr. Matthew Gould in Sudbury, Ontario. In 2018, he completed a Bachelor of music at Memorial University of Newfoundland with a concentration on the classical guitar and a major in musicology. He has concertized in Ottawa, Sudbury, Toronto and St. John’s; notably at the Guitare alla grande festival in Ottawa (2013-2015) and the Guitars Alive festival in Sudbury (2014-2015). Leonardo has participated in masterclasses for distinguished guitarists such as Anton Barinov (GFA winner) and Dennis Donegani (former Canadian Guitar Quartet). In 2016, he was selected to play in the Invocation and Dance and the Faculty Gala concerts presented as a part of the Music at Memorial Concert Series. Recently, he has also collaborated with the MUN Latin Ensemble as vocalist and tiple player. Currently, he resides in St. John’s where he is a local musician playing independent events as a solo guitarist. He plays and teaches a variety of styles including classical, rock, blues, folk, latin, and pop music.

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, and mandolin. Darryl also currently teaches classical guitar at Memorial University and performs with the band Miss Conduct.

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.

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