|Ages:||6 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:||Musical Theatre, Pop/Rock, Classical and more|
Leanne Kean – Voice, Guitar
Leanne obtained her “Voice Technique & Musicianship” specialist certification from Berklee College Of Music (based in Boston, MA) in 2013 which focused on vocal technique, music theory and ear-training. She recently attended the “Vocal Pedagogy Professional Workshop 2018” (acquiring the professional development course on campus) at the Boston Conservatory. She enjoys teaching many contemporary genres; including pop, (classic) rock, soul, folk, NL, musical theatre & jazz. She performs in the local music scene through-out the year as a solo singer for many different venues (weddings, dinner music, local productions, pub matinees, corporate parties, tribute shows, back-up vocals, sporting events & fundraisers) She was a showcased singer for “Our Divas Do Christmas” in 2006/2016/2017. She was also a featured performer in local shows such as; The “NSO Silver Ball” The “Frosty Festival” and touring theatre shows “Summer Of Love”, “How Sweet It Is; James Taylor” and “1975”. She has an extensive background and formal training in voice, piano and acoustic guitar and was an active competitor on a provincial/national level for several years – Some of her past achievements in her adolescence include: Making the top 30 in Canadian Idol in 2006, reigned the “2006 NL Teen Karaoke Idol” – awarded $5000 and a cd recording, and winning the “O’Reilly’s Pub Teen Open Mic” in 2005. She was also the lead singer for a well-known local band, “Miss Conduct” (a top 40 cover band) playing in the downtown scene from 2011-2013. Leanne is thrilled to be spending her 10th year as vocal/guitar coach. She thoroughly enjoys working with kids and teens in helping them hone their skills and encouraging them to express themselves. Her lessons include the focus on singing technique, diaphragmatic breathing, body alignment, physical relaxation, diction & vowel articulation, overcoming performance anxiety, confidence building, theory for singers, and maintaining vocal health. She also provides beginner guitar lessons for vocalists who want to learn how to accompany themselves through the use of chords, finger-picking/strumming techniques, easy guitar tab, beginner theory, and learning how to sing and play at the same time.
Allan Locke – Guitar, Classical Guitar, Bass, Pop/Rock Voice
Allan Locke attained a B.Mus. in Theory/Composition from MUN in 2005, whereby he was named to the Director’s List “in recognition of sustained academic and musical excellence”. His primary instrument at MUN was classical guitar, though he sings and plays many other instruments proficiently. Allan has been teaching at the Music Collection for ten years, and he has been performing, writing, and recording all types of music for almost twenty years. Allan has performed with many musical ensembles, including the MUN Jazz Band and the MUN Festival Choir, and he currently plays with the band Miss Conduct. Allan has also attained a Master of Employment Relations degree from MUN in 2010.
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.
Monike Porter – Voice
Lyric soprano Monike Porter was raised just outside of Halifax Nova Scotia, with a passion for music which stemmed from a deep love for Shirley Temple musicals. She studied at Acadia University under Paula Rockwell and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in 2015, having performed in many operatic productions and concerts. Most notably, while at Acadia she performed the role of Dame Doleful in Edwin Penhorwood’s Too Many Sopranos and was a featured soloist in Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with the Acadia University Orchestra. She has also taken part in opera programs in Canada and internationally, such as Halifax Summer Opera Workshop and Yorkshire Opera Workshop in the United Kingdom. Ms. Porter recently graduated with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from Memorial University of Newfoundland under the guidance of Shelley Neville. While at Memorial she participated in two scene productions with the MUN Opera Workshop in which she performed the roles of First Lady in The Magic Flute and Servilia in La Clemenza di Tito among others.
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. 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.
John Williams – Brass, Piano, Voice/Musical Theatre
John Williams is a versatile, multifaceted entertainer from St. John’s. A vocalist, instrumentalist, actor and writer, this dynamic performer has thrived on the creative energy of this incredible province. He is also a substitute music specialist with the NL English School District, and loves to draw on his diverse background to help students find their unique musical voice.
John has degrees in music and music education from Memorial University, where he majored in trombone. He also has completed the Royal Conservatory grade 8 practical exam on piano.
He has experience performing and teaching in a variety of styles – from classical and jazz to pop and music theatre – as a trombonist, pianist, and vocalist. You can see him performing regularly on stages in and around the city. Most often, he can be found as a regular cast member of Spirit of Newfoundland.
He is looking forward to working with our city’s up-and-coming musicians.
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