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
Michael has completed a Bachelor of Music (2014) and a Bachelor of Music Education (2016) from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He began studying piano at the age of 7 and clarinet at the age of 9, under the tutelage of Margaret Murray-Reed (piano), Lorne Buick (clarinet), Paul Bendzsa (clarinet), and Dr. Kristina Szutor (piano, MUN School of Music).
Michael is very active in the local music community as the accompanist of the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra (PCNSO), as an accompanist (and occasional Director) at St. Teresa’s Parish, and accompanying for numerous churches, organizations, and events throughout the year in the St. John’s and surrounding area. Michael has also recorded for numerous projects, including CBC Radio One, St. Bonaventure’s College, MUN Chamber Orchestra, MUN Wind Ensemble, VOWR, and more.
Michael looks forward to sharing his passion for music with his students!

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.”

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 the customer 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 five 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 performed in the Kiwanis Music Festival. Debbie has taught students from the age of two to seniors and loves teaching all ages and levels.

Rowan Sherlock – Piano, Violin/Fiddle, Guitar, 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.

Noelle Slaney – Voice, Piano
Noelle Slaney combines the edgy honesty of her favourite punk bands with the vibrant warmth of her coloratura soprano voice to tell a story in every performance.  Born and raised in rural Newfoundland and Labrador, she is an active performer of opera and concert repertoire and enjoys performing musical theatre and rock music in her free time.  Her recent highlights include Monica in The Medium (MUN Opera Workshop), La Pastourelle and Un Chauve-souris in L’enfant et les Sortileges (Atelier d’Opera de l’Université de Montréal), First Witch in Dido and Aeneas (Atelier d’Opera de l’Université de Montréal), and Soprano Soloist in the Vivaldi Gloria (MUN Chamber Choir and NSO Sinfonia).  Noelle was the winner of the Senior Vocal Rose Bowl at the St. John’s Kiwanis Music Festival in 2016 and represented Newfoundland and Labrador at the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals’ National Competition where she was awarded 2nd place that same year.  Noelle holds a Masters of Music and a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Rebecca Spurrell – Piano, Voice
As of May 2017, Rebecca will be a graduate of Memorial University with a major in music and a minor in mathematics, studying piano under Timothy Steeves. Her entire life, Rebecca has had her mind set on teaching music as her life long career plan. She began her own lessons at the age of four and has completed the Royal Conservatory Program up to level 9. Starting in high school, Rebecca has taught numerous students of all ages and levels, from preschool aged children to middle aged adults, in theory and techniques in piano and voice. As well, she taught rhythm, theory, and techniques in snare drum, bass drum, and glockenspiel in her local army cadet corps for four years. Rebecca knows how important it is to understand and work with the needs of her students on an individual basis, and she strives to provide a comfortable and enjoyable learning experience in every lesson.

Robin Stairs – 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!

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
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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