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 four or 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 three 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 Teachers

Allison Anderson – Piano, Violin/Fiddle
Allison taught at The Music Collection from 2000-2006 before moving to Edmonton to pursue a Bachelor of Education at the University of Alberta. While in Edmonton, Allison taught private music lessons and worked as a Primary school teacher. Since returning to St. John’s, Allison completed a Master of Education at Memorial University. Allison is now a Grade 3 teacher at St. Bonaventure’s College and she is passionate about working with young children. Allison is excited to be teaching piano, violin and fiddle again at The Music Collection and is looking forward to meeting new students and their families!

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!

Alicia Gillingham – Voice, Piano
Alicia Gillingham recently completed her Masters in Music specializing in Vocal performance at the Université de Montréal. Before moving to Montréal for two years she completed her Bachelor of Music at Memorial University of Newfoundland (2015). Alicia has performed roles as a part of the Université de Montréal Opera Ensemble in operas including: Le nozze di Figaro, Dido and Aeneas, and L’enfant et les sortilèges. She also performed in an opera scenes production, Cosi Fan Tutte, and Le marriage aux lanterns as a part of the MUN Opera Workshop. In the summer of 2014, Alicia performed in an Opera scenes program in the Halifax Summer Opera Festival. Alicia is a registered teacher with the Royal Conservatory of Music and has level 7 (piano) and level 8 (voice) certifications. Originally from Carbonear, Alicia taught private voice and piano lessons in the Conception Bay North area for two years before moving to Montréal. Alicia teaches a variety of genres including: Opera/Classical, Musical Theatre, and Folk. In her private lessons, Alicia strives to create progress through healthy vocal technique in a positive and supportive environment. Alicia is starting Music Education at MUN in the fall and Is thrilled to be returning to private teaching at The Music Collection.

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.”

Anna Moreau – Voice, Piano
Anna Moreau is a soprano based out of St. John’s. She has a Masters in Music in Performance and Literature from the University Of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Music from Memorial University. Anna has performed in operas in locales as diverse as St. John’s, London, Ontario, and Sulmona, Italy. Her roles have included Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, and Magda Sorel in the Consul. While opera is Anna’s personal passion, she loves all types of music. She is focused on healthy singing and wants to teach singers of all ages and tastes to enjoy singing for whatever purpose they choose . Anna is high energy and loves to balance fun with learning.

Peyton Morrissey – Piano, Clarinet
Peyton is in her final year at the MUN school of music, working on a Bachelor of Music with a minor in psychology. She has been taking piano lessons since the age of 3, beginning with the Music for Young Children program, then continuing to complete Grade 9 under the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as advanced theory rudiments. She began playing the clarinet at the age of 11 and is now pursuing the instrument as her major in university. She has been awarded the Calvin G. Powell Memorial Scholarship, and most recently the Winnifred Holloway Memorial Scholarship by the School of Music. Along with playing piano for St. Patrick’s church on Sunday mornings, Peyton also enjoys partaking in productions in the musical theatre community, and is an avid dancer. She looks forward to sharing her love and dedication to music with all her present and future students.

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 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, 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.

Amanda Short – Piano
Amanda has completed both a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Music Education degree at Memorial University, where she studied under piano professor, Dr. Kristina Szutor. Amanda has studied piano since the age of 5 and her interest in music has since become a passion. Prior to university, Amanda completed her Grade 9 practical examination with the Royal Conservatory of Music and has received several awards at the Kiwanis Music Festival. Over the years, she has acquired performance experience through her participation in concerts, weddings and music festivals. As an accompanist, she has worked with singers, small ensembles and choirs. Amanda looks forward to sharing her love of music with all of her students.

Megan Spencer – Piano, Flute
Megan Spencer is a Grade 12 student at Holy Heart of Mary High School. She has been playing piano since the age of 5 beginning with the Music for Young Children program. She has successfully completed Grade 8 in the Royal Conservatory of Music exams as well as Advanced Rudiments in Theory. Megan has been playing the flute since the age of 9 and has completed several Royal Conservatory of Music exams. She has received the Gold Award for Atlantic Canada in the Royal Conservatory of Music flute exam in 2013, 2014, and 2015. Megan is a member of the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as the Holy Heart of Mary Concert Band and Jazz Band. She also played flute in the pit orchestra for Holy Heart’s production of 42nd Street. In addition to her musical interests, Megan is involved in multiple dance classes.

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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