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 Instructor
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.

Caitlin Brown Violin, Cello, Piano Instructor
Caitlin Brown - Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Piano

Caitlin Brown has been an active music educator and performer in Florida. She holds a Bachelor in Music Performance and a Bachelor in Music Education degree from Stetson University, FL. Since 2013, she has performed as a soloist at the Orfeo Music Festival in Italy, as well as Belgium, England, Wales, and throughout the United States. In 2016, she was honored to place 2nd in the Orfeo International Music Competition. Over the years, Caitlin has been highly invested in expanding music education in her community. In college, she helped found the American String Teachers Association chapter at Stetson University and built a classical concert series within the West Volusia public libraries. In 2017, she took over as director for the Stetson Youth String Orchestra- becoming the youngest director of the youth orchestra in its 20+ year history. She has recently been the music teacher at Deltona Middle School and has maintained a private violin studio at the Cuchetti School of Music. Caitlin started her graduate studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland in Fall 2019.

Michael Fagan Piano Instructor
Michael Fagan - Piano, Clarinet

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!

Azadeh Hadad - Piano, Guitar, Classical Guitar

Azadeh is a master’s student of Guitar Performance/Pedagogy at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has been teaching guitar, piano, and music theory for over twelve years. She also presents annual student concerts to boost her students’ confidence. In 2010 she received her Bachelor of Music from IAUCTB University in Tehran, Iran, where she majored in guitar and minored in piano performance. After five years, she established her music studio in that city. In 2019 she was accepted to Memorial University and permanently moved to Newfoundland, Canada. She has performed recitals in classical guitar at the 27th and 29th Fajr International Music Festival. Some of her students have received admissions from Tehran Music School and the Music and Fine Arts University of Ankara, Turkey. Examples of her methods of teaching include “I Enjoy Playing The Guitar” by Debbie Cracknell, the Classical Guitar Series by The Royal Conservatory of Music, “Pumping Nylon” by Scott Tennant, John Thompson's "Modern Course For The Piano", and “60 Exercises” by Charles Hanon.

Krystal Knee
Krystal Knee - Piano

Krystal has been playing piano since the age of five and has been professionally teaching for over twenty years. Music Collection colleague Don Boland was her teacher when she completed the grade eight/nine Royal Conservatory of Music exams. As a certified Music for Young Children instructor, she has had students as young as three, and in private piano students over the age of sixty. She has both a B.A. and B.Ed. from Memorial University and has been a substitute teacher for many years. Krystal has prepared many students for the Kiwanis Music Festival and Royal Conservatory of Music exams. Although classically trained, she enjoys helping her students have fun in all styles of learning.

Robin Lush Piano Instructor
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!

Julianne Meaney Voice, Ukulele Instructor
Julianne 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.

Savanna-Muscat
Savanna Muscat - Euphonium, Trumpet, Trombone, Low Brass, Voice, Piano

Savanna Muscat was born and raised in Windsor, Ontario. She completed her B. Mus in Euphonium and Classical Voice at the University of Windsor and is currently pursuing her M. Mus at Memorial University in Newfoundland. During her music journey, she started teaching privately and in the school system in piano, voice, and brass. Aside from her teaching career, she is an avid performer, both in the instrumental and choral world. Vocal highlights include singing alongside the Windsor Symphony Orchestra in productions of Candide, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Mozart’s Nozze de Figaro (Marriage of Figaro), Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Mozart’s Requiem, and Puccini’s Madama Butterfly; touring with Mid-America Productions to perform Ola Giejo’s Sunrise Mass at Carnegie Hall, and singing in the Canadian premiere of Whitacre’s The Boy Who Laughed At Santa Claus. Instrumental highlights include playing lead trumpet in local Broadway productions of Legally Blonde, Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors, and Seussical; and playing alongside Windsor Symphony Orchestra in Side x Side x Side concert with euphonium solos in Holst’s First Suite in Eb, Appermont’s Noah’s Ark, Whitacre’s October, and Holst’s Mars from The Planets.

Miranda Osmond Piano Instructor
Miranda Osmond - Piano

Miranda is a third year student at memorial university completing a Bachelors of Arts with a major in English. She hopes to continue studying at MUN and work towards a Bachelor of education to become a school teacher. Miranda has completed her royal conservatory of music grade eight piano examination certificate. She has completed the theory portion and also studied the grade nine repertoire. Throughout high school she played clarinet in her high school concert band. Along with an interest in music, Miranda also took part in ballet for many years. She looks forward to meeting new students and helping them learn to play piano.

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Debbie Parsons - Piano, Flute, VP of Operations

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. She loves teaching and sharing her love of music with others.

Rowan Sherlock Violin, Viola, Fiddle Instructor
Rowan Sherlock - Piano, Violin/Fiddle, Viola, Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, String Ensemble

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.

Rebecca Spurrell Piano, Voice Instructor
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.

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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 (Grade 10 Royal Conservatory and up equivalency). Presently, Dave is a music leader with Reunion church in downtown St. John’s. While a traditional Classical pianist with a keen interest in music theory, Dave also finds innovative and useful ways of incorporating technology in piano instruction, including electronic keyboards, synthesizers, and computer/iPad software.

melanie walters
Melanie Walters - Piano

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.

Private Music Lessons

Guitar Lessons
Guitar

& Bass Guitar+

Violin and Strings
Strings

Violin, Cello, Viola, Fiddle

Woodwind and Brass Lessons
Winds

Woodwind, Brass

Drum Instruction
Drums

+ Percussion

Folk, Accordion, Banjo, Mandolin
Folk

Mandolin, Banjo +

Ensembles & Groups

Enabling students a chance to apply their skills in a group, rehearsing and performing together. Inspiring, yet fun and informal. Drumline, Vocal Performance, Rock Band or Ukelele.