St. John's

Music Lesson Centre

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447 Kenmount Road
St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, A1B 3P9
Lesson Centre:Phone or Text (709) 753-1893
Store Phone: (709) 753-1885
Fax: (709) 753-8767

Lesson Centre Email: stjohnslessons@long-mcquade.com
Store Email: stjohns@long-mcquade.com

Lesson Centre Hours
Monday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED
Chris Davis - Lessons Coordinator - coordinator of the music lessons in St. John

Chris Davis - Lessons Coordinator

In addition to receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from Memorial University in classical double bass, Chris has studied jazz at Humber College in Toronto and at the Bass Collective in New York City, under the tutelage of Mike Downes, Paco Luviano, Lincoln Goines, and Dr. Nathan Cook. His travels as a musician have seen him perform in Orlando, London, Hiroshima, and Beaumont-Hamel - but St. John’s is still home. He has extensive studio experience and has performed with groups such as the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, Florian Hoefner Trio, Havana to Canada, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. After working in L&M St. John’s’ band department for several years, he is honored to take on the role of Lessons Coordinator.

This Location Offers:

Online Lessons

All Lessons

Private Lessons

Find qualified music teachers at St. John’s largest music lesson centre! Conveniently located on the west end of Kenmount Road, we offer quality musical instruction for all skill levels on a variety of instruments! We specialize in all styles of music, from rock and pop to classical and even traditional fiddle and accordion, unique to our Newfoundland heritage! Our outstanding teachers provide a comfortable environment for guitar lessons, piano lessons, whatever your interest may be! Open Monday to Friday, 10am to 9pm and Saturdays 9am to 5pm, we offer flexible scheduling in our 14 well-equipped studios. There are no registration fees for lessons and no commitment is required! We also provide recitals twice yearly free of charge for all students, friends and family! Call one of our friendly lessons associates at 709-753-1893 to book a lesson and begin your musical journey today!

Group Lessons

Group jam session

Group ukulele session

Our Teachers:

Clayton Saunders - Drums, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano music lessons in St. John

Clayton Saunders (Drums, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Mandolin, Piano) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Clayton Saunders is a composer, performer, and private music teacher from Grand Falls-Windsor who studied jazz guitar at McMaster University. Since moving back to Newfoundland, Clayton has played music all across the island with multiple groups including international artists such as Chris Kirby, Matthew Hornell, Brad Jefford and The Once. He has also been in multiple tribute concerts, such as The David Bowie Tribute Show (guitar), The 20th Anniversary Tribute of Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill (guitar), a John Prine Tribute (drums), and a Tragically Hip Tribute (drums). Clayton currently teaches guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, piano, drums (kit) and auxiliary percussion and has been teaching since 2003. Clayton’s rate is $24 per half hour lesson.

Cleary Maddigan - Cello music lessons in St. John

Cleary Maddigan (Cello) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Cleary is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Music program at Memorial University. Cleary has enjoyed performing music from the spry age of eight, when he began playing cello in a strings program offered by his elementary school. He continued playing cello in the public school system until grade eleven, when he joined the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Orchestra under the direction of Dr. Peter Gardner. During this time, he studied privately with Theo Weber. During his studies at Memorial, Cleary has had the pleasure of studying composition with Dr. Andrew Staniland, Dr. Clark Ross, and cello with Dr. Vernon Regehr. Cleary is the recipient of the NSYO Founders Leadership Award. Cleary currently lives, studies, performs, and works in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Cleary's rate is $24 per half hour lesson.

Colleen Beson-Nolan - Piano music lessons in St. John

Colleen Beson-Nolan (Piano) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Colleen possesses Bachelor of Music in Education and Bachelor of Education degrees from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. She has taught at Mary Queen of Peace School as the choral director, and has taught private piano lessons for many years. Colleen’s rate is $23 per half hour lesson.

Damien Roy - Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass, Theory music lessons in St. John

Damien Roy (Guitar, Mandolin, Ukulele, Bass, Theory) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Damien has been teaching music since 1997.He is an author, composer, arranger, musician and music publisher. He studied at the Conservatoire de Saintes, France, and has a degree from The Music Academy International de Nancy (Partner with Berkley Music College). Damien was an Ibanez guitar instructor in France for 13 years and an entry examiner for the Music Academy International de Nancy. Damien has played with a finalist participant of the French version of The Voice, has toured in Europe, Newfoundland and St Pierre with several pop rock bands, performed in rock operas and wrote and performed for A CBC documentary. He teaches guitar (classical to metal!), electric bass, ukulele , theory , song writing , and composition; Damien has also published 5 educational music books ! (Damien donne des leçons en français également). Damien also teaches our Friday Jam Class as well as workshop classes that focus on Groove, Rhythm, Musical genres, Music history, Music Theory, Composition, Musical arrangements and Group Work. Damien's rate is $25 per half hour lesson.

Frank Fusari - Double Bass, Piano Accordion, Bass music lessons in St. John

Frank Fusari (Double Bass, Piano Accordion, Bass) Registration Request
Online Lessons: No

Frank Fusari teaches electric and double bass as well as piano accordion. His teaching and performing experience includes school concerts and workshops for all ages, principal bass with the NSO, Atlantic String Quartet, Shallaway, Spirit of Newfoundland, the opera “Ann and Seamus”, as well as playing with Pat Boyle, Sandy Morris, Sean Panting, and Duane Andrews. Frank’s rate is $23 per half hour private lesson.

Fred Norman - Drums music lessons in St. John

Fred Norman (Drums) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Fred has been playing drums for over twenty years. He is a freelance studio musician, with extensive experience in recording sessions for folk, rock, and country artists. In addition to the above styles, Fred is also well versed in funk, Motown, and hard rock, having performed in these styles on the national club circuit. Fred’s rate is $23 per half hour lesson.

James Paluk - Flute music lessons in St. John

James Paluk (Flute) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, James is a freelance flutist and teacher in St. John’s, Newfoundland. James holds an undergraduate degree in flute performance from Brandon University as well as a master’s degree in pedagogy from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is currently completing his second master’s degree from MUN in flute performance. His pedagogical studies have lead him to explore effective and varied educational techniques and language, as well as what makes efficient and successful practicing. James currently works with the CBS Concert Band as well as assistant-teaching the beginner and step-up bands. He also teaches the flute classes through the local Sistema-inspired program, Project Grace. He has performed with numerous ensembles including Opera on the Avalon, The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, and the Winnipeg Wind Ensemble. James’ rate is $25 per half hour lesson.

Jeff Dyer - Guitar, Voice music lessons in St. John

Jeff Dyer (Guitar, Voice) Registration Request
Online Lessons: No

Jeff has been writing and performing music for over forty years. His formal music education includes jazz studies at the Banff School of Fine Arts, and vocal studies at the University of Toronto. Jeff has performed and recorded with folk, rock, R&B, and jazz bands, and is currently performing in four local groups. Jeff has been teaching guitar and vocals since 1980. Jeff’s rate is $25 per half hour lesson.

Katharine Nuotio-Trimm - Voice, Piano music lessons in St. John

Katharine Nuotio-Trimm (Voice, Piano) Registration Request
Online Lessons: No

Katharine Nuotio-Trimm is a 4th year voice major studying under Dr. Jane Leibel. Katharine is an avid member of both the Memorial University Festival and Chamber choir and has been featured in their performances. In addition to her work as a performer, she is also a dedicated teacher and volunteer. In 2014, Katharine founded the Grand Falls Windsor "Creative Arts Program”. As a dedicated teacher, her students have been featured in the Kiwanis Music Festival and provincial musical productions such as The Sound Of Music (Mokami Players) and A Gift To Last (Northcliffe Drama). Katherine's rate is $23 per half hour lesson.

Kyleigh Brisson - Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar music lessons in St. John

Kyleigh Brisson (Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Kyleigh is in the final months of her B.Mus with a minor in Psychology at Memorial University, where she studied classical guitar under Sylvia Proulx. Kyleigh began playing guitar with the instruction of Brian McHugh at the age of 9, and began writing music and performing in 2011. Some of her performances include the Corner Brook Rotary Arts Centre Concert Series, IGA Music Concert Series, West Street Lunchtime Series, Strawberry Festival, Sounds of Summer and Winter Wonders. She has also opened for musicians such as The Fortunate Ones, Brian Byrne and Stompbox NL. Kyleigh is the recipient of numerous awards including the Achieving Community Excellence Award (ACE) 2016 Emerging Artist of the Year, runner up in Music NL’s Newfound Talent Competition and Outstanding Soloist Award at Atlantic Festivals of Music 2016. Kyleigh’s rate is $23 per half hour lesson.

Laura Johnston - Voice music lessons in St. John

Laura Johnston (Voice) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Laura Johnston has worked as educator for 15 years. She is a lyric soprano and has directed numerous school choirs and musicals. Laura believes music and singing are for everyone and has taught children and adults from varying musical backgrounds and experiences.

She is a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University (M. Ed.) and Acadia University (B. Ed., B. Mus.) and is currently a student at MUN (M. Mus.) in Voice Performance/Pedagogy. Laura is also an Orff Specialist and completed her Orff Level III training in 2017 at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

A promoter of music education programs for both adults and youth, Laura is the former Education Director with Opera Nova Scotia. With the Nova Scotia chapter of Carl Orff Canada, she has been a clinician, conductor, and event organizer. Active as a performer, recent roles include Casilda in Opera Nova Scotia's production of The Gondoliers and the role of Duchess in Memorial University's production of William Todd's opera Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Laura's rate is $25 per half hour lesson.

Sarah Newell - online lessons only - Saxophone, Clarinet music lessons in St. John

Sarah Newell - online lessons only (Saxophone, Clarinet) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Sarah Newell is a recent graduate of the Memorial University School of Music where she studied saxophone under the tutelage of Dr. Christine Carter and Dr. Sean Rice. She completed her Bachelor of Music Education in 2019 where she developed her skills and passion for teaching. Sarah is an active member in the music community playing in local groups With Violet and Quote the Raven as well as being a chorister in Les Ms. women's choir directed by Dr. Valerie Long. Sarah’s passion for all genres of music has led her to develop her skills, in piano, voice, guitar, and songwriting in addition to her love of the saxophone. She has over 8 years of teaching experience. Sarah’s rate is $24 per half hour lesson.

Savanna Muscat - Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Voice, Piano music lessons in St. John

Savanna Muscat (Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Voice, Piano) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

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. Performance highlights include singing in the Symphony Chorus alongside the Windsor Symphony Orchestra to perform in many masterworks and operas; touring with Mid-America Productions to perform at Carnegie Hall; playing lead trumpet in local Broadway productions; and playing alongside Windsor Symphony Orchestra. She is eager to continue her teaching career here in St. John's. Savanna's rate is $24 per half hour lesson.

Shae-Lynn Winsor - Violin, Fiddle, Piano, Flute music lessons in St. John

Shae-Lynn Winsor (Violin, Fiddle, Piano, Flute) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Shae-Lynn is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Music program at Memorial University where she studied under Dr. Nancy Dahn, and Jennifer Johnson. She is a violinist, pianist, and flautist from Clarenville, Newfoundland who began her music studies at the age of five. The piano was her first instrument and lessons on the violin and flute followed shortly after. Since then she has continued to learn new instruments and use them to write and record songs. Shae-Lynn has been performing in the Kiwanis Music Festival of Clarenville since the age of six years old. She has been a member of the MUN Chamber Orchestra, as well as small chamber ensembles since she began her studies in 2016. In 2018, she was accepted as a new member of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, where she has had the opportunity to play with professional musicians. Shae-Lynn's rate is $23 per half hour lesson.

Shane Tetford - Piano music lessons in St. John

Shane Tetford (Piano) Registration Request
Online Lessons: No

Shane Tetford is from a small town named Laurenceton, located in central Newfoundland. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in piano performance at Memorial University, studying with Timothy Steeves. He also holds a Bachelor of Music (Honours) from Memorial, with a major in performance and a minor in composition. During this time, he studied piano with Dr. Phil Roberts and Dr. Kristina Szutor, and composition with Dr. Andrew Staniland and Dr. Clark Ross. Shane has been an active participant in the Kiwanis Music Festival over the years and has won numerous awards. He has also worked with such groups as the Cantus Vocum Chamber Choir and has participated in the Tuckamore Chamber Music Festival here in St. John’s. Already an experienced teacher and collaborator, he continues to explore new approaches and is open to working with students from all backgrounds. Shane’s rate is $25 per half hour lesson.

Sharon Hynes - Piano music lessons in St. John

Sharon Hynes (Piano) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Sharon offers piano lessons for all ages including a specialized curriculum for beginner adult students. Having her grade 9 RCM, she will set goals like RCM exams for the truly ambitious and offer morning, afternoon and evening lessons to suit various lifestyles. Sharon has played and toured in various bands of different genres for many years, has recorded 2 CDs with reggae band Pressure Drop and has been teaching since 1997. Sharon’s rate is $23 per half hour lesson.

Steve Murphy - Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Theory, Bass music lessons in St. John

Steve Murphy (Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Theory, Bass) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Born in Baie Verte, NL, Steve is a classical guitarist and composer with over 20 years teaching experience. He studied at Acadia University under Ken Davidson and Eugene Cormier, recieving his Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2005. He has performed in a variety of genres, including rock bands, traditional music groups, jazz ensembles, and punk bands. He worked as Music Director for the 24 Hour Play, a charity production that sees performers prepare and perform a full length musical in twenty four hours. His compositions have been used in theatre, video games and televison, with a performance of his original fingerstyle guitar music being featured on MTV Live. His solo compositions for classical guitar have been featured on recordings supported by grants from MusicNL. He currently works as the Artistic Director for the Atlantic Guitar Society, a non-profit organization that aims to bring meaningful classical guitar experiences to Newfoundland, and to provide scholarships to students pursuring post-secondary studies in classical guitar. He has recieved grants from MusicNL as well as the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council.

Steve teaches acoustic, electric and classical guitar, bass, mandolin, ukulele, and banjo. He also offers lessons in theory, composition, and songwriting. His students have won Gold Medals in Royal Conservatory exams, recieved awards and scholarships through Kiwanis festivals and Rose Bowl performances, and have gone on to excel in post-secondary education. Steve also hosts a variety of group lessons. His Improv Group sees students learning to solo in a variety of styles, with a focus on jazz standards. His ukulele group features "ukulele orchestra" style arrangments, and singalongs where anyone of any level can come and join in the fun! He is the conductor and arranger for the Classical Guitar Quintet, an ensemble featuring students of all skill levels. Steve also runs the Long and Macquade Classical Guitar Camp, a summer event that brings teachers from across Canada to St. John's for a series of concerts and masterclasses. He currently offers lessons in person, and online. Steve's rate is $25 per half hour lesson.

Tony Tucker - Drums, Djembe, Hand Drums, Percussion music lessons in St. John

Tony Tucker (Drums, Djembe, Hand Drums, Percussion) Registration Request
Online Lessons: Yes

Tony Tucker ‎is a drummer and percussionist from St. John's who started playing drum kit at the young age of 10, alongside his parents who played piano and organ in church. Throughout his teens, he recorded and toured with bands ranging in style from rock to traditional/folk, including ECMA nominees The Danette Eddy Band and Potbelly. In the 1990’s, Tony began studying world percussion, with his primary focus being the traditional rules of Flamenco, West African, Middle-Eastern, and Latin percussion.

Tony's passion for West African music led him to study under master djembe players Famoudou Konate, Mohamed Kalifa Kamara, Mamady Keita, and M'Bemba Bangoura. He performed with five-piece drum ensemble Fola, specializing in Guinean percussion. Fola has played at the annual Victoria Day Festival in Bermuda, as well as Halifax’s Atlantic Jazz Festival, Multicultural Festival, and Drum Festival.

In 1997, Tony joined the group El Viento Flamenco, wherein he has perfected the complex hand clapping so integral to the art of flamenco and has added Cajon, Bongos, Darbuka and Udo to the group’s sound. El Viento has released three CD's, one of which won a 2007 ECMA for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year. The group has performed with numerous Canadian Symphonies, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, the Atlantic Festival of Lights, PEI’s Folk and Jazz Festival, The Atlantic Film Festival, and the prestigious Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Tony's rate is $25 per half hour lesson.