Piano Lessons

The Music Collection offers piano lessons for students of all ages and abilities from beginners to advanced. Learn to play for fun, or prepare for Conservatory Exams. All styles are available; classical, pop, jazz, rock, blues. Piano students can often begin lessons around five years old, but we also offer piano teachers with training in early childhood education. These instructors are available to teach pre-reading instruction to four year olds. Many of our piano teachers are also available for private or group theory instruction, including preparation for Royal Conservatory or Music Theory Exams.

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Piano Overview:
Ages: 4 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
Styles: Various including Classical, Jazz, Improv, Rock and more

Piano 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 Fagan – Piano, Clarinet, Theory
Born in St. John’s, Michael Fagan began studying piano at the age of 7. As a student in the music program at St. Bonaventure’s College, Michael began playing the clarinet at the age of 9, in later years learning mallet percussion, alto and baritone saxophone, and melodica. After graduating from St. Bonaventure’s College in 2010, Michael went on to complete a Bachelor of Music degree from the Memorial University of Newfoundland School of Music in 2014, studying piano under the guidance of Dr. Kristina Szutor. While at MUN, Michael accompanied on piano for the MUN Festival Choir and Wind Ensemble, as well as numerous chamber ensembles, as well as playing clarinet in the MUN Wind Ensemble. Michael later graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 2016. Michael has also accompanied for many churches, organizations and events across St. John’s and the Avalon Peninsula, including St. Teresa’s Parish, St. Paul’s Parish, the Basilica of St. John the Baptist, the Canadian Bible Society, the Kiwanis and Rotary Music Festivals, and on several recordings with the CBC, MUN Wind Ensemble, MUN Chamber Orchestra, VOWR, and St. Bonaventure’s College. Michael has accompanied many choirs, both for schools and professional organizations, including the Philharmonic Choir of the NSO, the Oriana Women’s Choir, St. Bonaventure’s College, and more. Michael is also active in the community as a freelance pianist for various concerts, weddings, funerals, parties, dinners, and more. Michael enjoys working with his students, and watching them work to reach their fullest potential!

Mary Lynn Hiscock – Piano, Voice
Mary Lynn has been a teacher of piano and voice for over twenty years and has prepared and inspired her students in achieving first class honors/ honors with distiction in grades 8 and 9 of the Royal Conservatory of Music. She has accomplished her piano studies through RCM of Canada and vocal training in the past and current with voice professors of MUN school of music. She has years of experience as a piano accompaniest for school choirs, violin and vocalists and has been a church soloist and pianist since her early teens. Mary Lynn’s students from ages five to eighteen have achieved numerous awards in piano and voice in Kiwanis music festivals, along with runners up and a winner of the senior rose bowl competition.
“As a little girl, hearing my school music teacher and dear uncle gloriously play the piano, I felt greatly inspired by them in becoming a musician. I believe music can change lives for the better and I enjoy working together with parents and students to ensure every success and enrichment.”

Holly Lockyer-Lee – Piano, Voice, Cello, Violin/Fiddle
Holly is an award-winning teacher, musician and entrepreneur. Having studied music and education at Memorial University of Newfoundland, she has worked with soloists, ensembles and choirs for more than twenty years in studio, community and school settings. A firm believer that music is for everyone, Holly takes pride in customizing instruction and performances to accommodate students’ abilities and interests. Her students have successfully participated in The Royal Conservatory of Music’s Applied Studies and Theory programs, as well as local Kiwanis Music Festivals. She is also director of Play It Forward Community Music, a developing music accessibility program. Instruments include piano, voice, cello, fiddle/violin. 

Robin Lush – Piano
Robin has studied piano since the age of 5, learning classical piano through RCM up to Level 9 and completing certification for Level 8. She has taught numerous students of various skill levels and ages, from age 5 to adult, including successfully teaching students through higher-level RCM examinations. Her experience ranges from RCM, Alfred Piano, Bastien Piano, as well as teaching chording and melody playing by ear. In her day-job Robin owns and operates her own business, Decorating Den Interiors. Robin loves to continue having an outlet for sharing her musical skills and helping others meet their goals in piano. Robin’s greatest joy in teaching is helping her students learn to love the piano and expressing themselves through music!

Sarah Newell – Piano, Saxophone
Sarah is currently in her third year of her undergrad at the MUN School of Music. She started taking piano lessons at the age of 5 and worked her way to completing grade 9 of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Sarah started playing saxophone at age 12 and is now currently studying under Dr. Christine Carter at the MUN School of music. Most recently she has been involved in productions with Gros Morne Summer Music in Corner Brook as well as the MUN Jazz band, chamber choir and wind ensemble. Sarah also enjoys skiing, travel and the great outdoors. She looks forward to sharing her love for music with her students!

Debbie Parsons – VP of Operations, Piano, theory
Debbie has been with the Music Collection from the beginning. In 2000 she was responsible for the opening of the Dance Corner, a division of the Music Collection, to provide customers with a large selection of bodywear, shoes and accessories for dance, skate, cheer, and gymnastics.
As a piano and theory teacher Debbie offers over twenty eight years of experience. Her music studies were accomplished though the Royal Conservatory of Music and Kindermusik International. Many of her current and past students have received accreditation through the RCM and have successfully performed in the Kiwanis Music Festival. Debbie has taught private students from the age of three to seniors. Group classes for newborn and parents to older teens in junior high and high school. Recently she started a class at Easter Seals for persons with a disability to explore dance through music and free movement.
It is a pleasure and so much fun to teach music and share it with others.

Rowan 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.
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!

Noelle Slaney – Voice, Piano
Noelle Slaney combines the edgy honesty of her favourite punk bands with the “lovely rich tone” of her coloratura soprano voice to tell a story in every performance. Born and raised in rural Newfoundland and Labrador, she is an active, award winning performer of opera and concert repertoire. Her recent highlights include Monica in The Medium (MUN Opera Workshop), Cunegonde in Scenes from Candide (Memorial University Wind Ensemble), La Pastourelle and Un Chauve-souris in L’enfant et les Sortileges (Atelier d’Opera de l’Université de Montréal), and First Witch in Dido and Aeneas (Atelier d’Opera de l’Université de Montréal). In 2018, she was one of eight finalists in the Canadian Opera Company Centre Stage Competition as well as the second place winner in the vocal category of the Federation of Music Festivals’ National Competition in 2016.
Noelle is an active member of the music community in St. John’s. She regularly contributes to the music program at St. David’s Presbyterian Church under the direction of Brian Way. There, she also collaborates with Phil Roberts to present various recitals of Aria and Art Song throughout the year. Noelle is sought after as both a soloist and clinician. Most recently, she appeared with the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble for the much-anticipated performance of ‘O Holy Night’ in their annual Christmas concert (2018). Noelle has also appeared several times as a soloist with the St. John’s Gay Men’s Chorus, with Shelley Neville in her annual Christmas Concert, O Holy Night (2018), and as a returning guest artist with the Memorial University Song Academy (2017 and 2018). Noelle holds an undergraduate and a graduate degree in vocal performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Rebecca Spurrell – Piano, Voice
Rebecca is a graduate of Memorial University with a major in music and a minor in mathematics, studying piano under Timothy Steeves. Their entire life, Rebecca had their mind set on teaching music as their life long career plan. In high school, Rebecca completed the Royal Conservatory program up to level 9, and has taught numerous students of all ages and levels, from preschool aged children to middle aged adults, in theory and techniques, piano and voice.
As well, they have taught rhythm, theory and techniques in snare drum, bass drum, and glockenspiel in their local army cadet corps for four years. Rebecca knows how important it is to understand and work with the needs of their students on an individual basis, and strives to provide an inclusive and enjoyable learning experience in every lesson.

Dave Walters – Piano
Dave Walters is a passionate piano teacher helping music students of all ages reach their full potential.  Dave has training in Classical, Popular, Jazz, Broadway, Rock, Folk, and Church Music.  An experienced performer and teacher, he has played in jazz ensembles, church bands,  festivals, weddings and other events.  A past Kiwanis Junior Rose Bowl Winner, he is a graduate of Mount Allison University where he earned his Bachelor of Music with Distinction. With a keen interest in music theory, Dave also finds innovative and useful ways of incorporating technology in piano instruction.

Melanie Walters – Piano, Theory
Melanie, native to Halifax Nova Scotia, completed her bachelor of music at Mount Allison in Sackville New Brunswick. Melanie taught private piano, group keyboard classes, theory and preschool music in Halifax for eight years before arriving here in Newfoundland and receiving a Masters of music in performance/pedagogy from Memorial University in 2009. She has also recently completed her Bachelor of Music Education at MUN. Melanie has done numerous solo performances and collaborations with various singers and instrumentalists while at Mount Allison and Memorial. Recently Melanie had the privilege of giving a presentation on the piano music of composer Clifford Crawley and its pedagogical value. Melanie received training for teaching group keyboard classes from Anne Crosby, another notable Canadian composer, in Halifax and also had the opportunity to coordinate the preschool music program for the Canadian conservatory for two years. Melanie also had the wonderful opportunity of being a choral scholar this year with the senior children’s chorus of Shallaway and the privilege of travelling to Paris, Amiens, Bruges and Amsterdam with the Camarata level of Shallaway on their Europe tour.

Emily Wright – Piano
A native of the west coast of Newfoundland, Emily Wright holds a Bachelor of Music from Memorial University where she studied piano under Dr. Phil Roberts. Prior to attending MUN, Emily studied piano for ten years and has completed several Royal Conservatory of Music practical exams as well as theory exams. She has also been an active participant in the Corner Brook Rotary Music Festival and the St. John’s Kiwanis Music Festival. Emily has worked regularly as an accompanist for church choirs as well as vocal soloists. Emily received the Howse of Flowers Scholarship from Memorial University for the 2015-2016 academic year. With a passion for both music and education, Emily will be completing her Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University in 2017. She looks forward to sharing her love of music with her students.

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