Lessons

Music City offers expert musical instruction in a one-on-one setting located right in our store. Our skilled teachers offer lessons on drums, piano, acoustic and electric guitar and bass, and they can accommodate any branch of learning, whether you want to adhere to the Royal Conservatory program or you just want to learn to play along with your favourite songs. Whatever style and direction you prefer, our teaching staff will help you on your musical journey.

Lessons are $18.00 per half-hour session, and we book students into a fixed weekly schedule. Longer sessions are subject to teacher and schedule availability. Music City’s policy is that new students register for a minimum of four lessons to begin. We typically will take students from the ages of 9 and up, however we can take younger students in on a trial session if requested.

For more information or to book a lesson spot, please call us at 705-472-9907. View our teacher bios below!

Eric Treleaven – Guitar

Eric is a young veteran on the sales floor at both Music City in North Bay and Remenyi Music in Toronto, and his quest to help people attain great musical tone has now been transferred over to help students find their voice on the guitar.

Though largely self-taught, Eric attended Sudbury Secondary School as a guitar major under the tutelage of Gary DiSalle, and furthered his education with music theory courses at Nipissing University.

His professional performing credits include various local groups, Cory Marquardt, Lindsay Broughton, Hayley McLean, and Eric Dubeau, and has contributed to many recordings by local artists such as Cole Fournier, Rose-Erin Stokes, Annie Sumi, White Coals, Craig Cardiff (his Juno-nominated album “Floods & Fires” featured Eric’s guitar work extensively), Matt Thibeault and Duke Marvelous.

Eric’s number one goal is to improve a student’s overall enjoyment of music, and will structure each lesson to the student’s individual needs. His skilled instruction includes reading, theory, learning songs, how to create guitar parts, songwriting, improv, and creating guitar tones.

Hans Hokstad – Guitar

Hans is a successful product of our lesson program at Music City, having started guitar lessons in 2004 at the young age of seven. He graduated as a guitar student in 2013 and immediately began teaching his own students at Music City. In addition to guitar instruction, Hans has recorded several solo albums (available for purchase at Music City), and has performed either solo or while accompanying local acts SPKR and Josh Stevens.

Hans will tailor his lesson to accommodate any students’ preference, from theory and reading to learning to play along to popular songs.He is comfortable teaching all styles of music and can instruct students of all age levels.

Catherine Trenker – Piano

Catherine has been an independent studio instructor for over 25 years, specializing in piano pedagogy, theory and history. She has been educated through the Royal Conservatory of Music and demonstrates her commitment to ongoing professional development by continually taking advanced study in piano and theory towards her completion of her A.R.C.T. (Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music). She is also an affiliate member of O.R.M.T.A. (Ontario Registered Teacher’s Association)

“I am having the greatest pleasure teaching at Music City following in the footsteps of my grandfather Nick Cangiano who taught in North Bay many years ago. Although he taught many instruments, my main focus is teaching piano, theory, and the history of music with its great composers who have enriched our lives with their beautiful music. I enjoy teaching to all ages, all styles of music along with preparing students for music and theory examinations, festivals and recitals. I use a program of study that involves a development of technique, listening skills, creativity and imagination. While working at the students’ pace with patience and enthusiasm, I create long and short term goals, to motivate the student to excel, progress and develop an appreciation of the enjoyment of music.”

Vince Aquilina – Drums

Vince brings to Music City over 15 years of experience playing and teaching drums. Over the years he has toured nationally with Canadian artists such as Kalle Mattson, recorded and supported two full-length albums with his group Faraway Neighbours as well as provided drum performances in the studio with many other local acts. He continues to play regularly in and around North Bay with various groups, and feels comfortable in many musical styles. His teaching methods focus on practical application in real-life situations and conversely his lessons provide students with musical context for technical practice as well.

Maria McParland – Piano

Maria has studied piano for thirteen years and continues to enjoy playing and sharing her love of music with others. She has performed in many recitals and Kiwanis Festivals, in addition to completing numerous theory and practical examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music. Having completed her grade eight piano examination and theory requirements, Maria now enjoys playing classical and popular music on the piano alongside being a student at Nipissing University in the Bachelor of Science Honours Program, majoring in psychology. Maria loves to work with people of all ages and can teach the basics of piano and theory, in addition to songs of any musical genre or style.

Michael Denomme

Michael Denomme is a high school student in Grade 11 at St. Joseph Scollard Hall. Michael is involved in many after school extra-curricular activities such as Marching Band, Vocal Ensemble and Concert Band. He plays piano, French horn, percussion, and many other instruments in these various groups. Michael is currently working towards the Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 10 level Piano and Theory and studies with Christine Fortin and Elsa Tafel. Michael is the recipient of numerous awards from the Kiwanis Festival and is working with the next generation of performers as he teaches piano at Music City. Michael is involved with many musical theater projects performing with T.O.R.O.S. and his school’s drama department. When Michael is not hard at work with musical projects he can be found at the 22 Wing Fitness and Wellness Center where is a lifeguard or swimming with the CT-33 Thunderbirds competitive swim team.