The Heart of Intervals Music Studio
While the name is new, Intervals Music Studio had its beginnings quite some time ago.
It all started as a little seed in the heart of a passionate young music student who wanted to make a difference in her little corner of the world. We’ve seen many changes over the course of the years as we blossomed from a handful of piano students to serving music lessons and music classes to 300+ families in the St. John’s, Newfoundland region annually. Through it all, our heartbeat has remained the same – we do it for the love of music.
Music and connections.
We want to be part of that journey and are excited to share our passion with you!
WE’RE BLESSED TO TEACH!
We’re blessed to have a wonderful team of music teachers and educators who see music education and performance as more than a job. We seek to inspire JOY during each and every music lesson, performance, training session, and group music class. We’re enthusiastic about fostering a lifelong love and appreciation for music and the arts.
Click on the links below to learn more about our outstanding Educators and Staff.
Gillian Harris, Office manager
Background: Gillian was born and raised in St. John’s, and has an educational background in both office administration and accounting. She has four children, ages 14 through 24, and has spent much of her adult life raising and caring for children (our beloved Miss Rachel just happens to be one of her kiddos!). Gillian started with Intervals almost 10 years ago and has been with Robyn and the team throughout the growth of the business. Actually, before working with Intervals, her own two small boys were part of Miss Robyn’s very first Kindermusik classes ever. I guess you could say she believes in what we’re doing on a personal level.
Gillian is passionate about growing and nurturing young lives, and is responsible for the daily operations and scheduling for Intervals.
Hobbies/Activities: Gillian loves reading, puzzles, walks, and spending time with her family.
Abi Schwartz, Accredited Kindermusik Educator, Private piano/voice instructor, & Triple Threat Troop leader
Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland
Abi has been passionate about music for as long as she can remember. She is currently a third year B. Mus student at Memorial University, studying voice with Dr. Jane Leibel, with hopes to pursue a career in music education. Abi has completed her Grade 9 RCM voice and Grade 8 piano RCM exams under the direction of Noreen Greene-Fraize, as well as her Grade 10 Music Theory and Music History exams under the direction of Susan Quinn. She also enjoys playing the guitar and ukulele. Abi has been very active in the local musical theatre community, participating in shows such as Our Divas do Christmas (TaDa Events), The Little Mermaid (Theatre St. John’s) and Billy Elliott (Atlantic Light Theatre).
Abi credits her many amazing teachers for helping her to grow as both a person and a musician. She believes that music is for everyone, and loves making connections with the Intervals community through music. Abi is so excited to share her love of music with her students!
Hobbies/Activities: Reading, dancing, and spending time with family and friends.
“Happiness and confidence are the prettiest things you can wear.”
― Taylor Swift
Abra Whitney, Licensed Kindermusik Educator, and Voice, and Piano Instructor
Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland
Abra is a very active member of the local arts scene in St. John’s and holds a BMus in Vocal Performance and an MMus in Choral Conducting, both from the University of Alberta. She has been a singer, actor, clinician, conductor, and educator for the past 6 years in St. John’s, and recent credits have included Chorus Master/Ensemble for Opera on the Avalon’s Shanawdithit and The Phantom of the Opera, Mary, Only Young (RCA), Florinda, Into the Woods (Opera on the Avalon) and Alto Soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Bay of Islands Musical Arts Chorus in Corner Brook. Abra has also been a featured soloist in Our Divas Do Christmas (TaDa!), An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber (Theatre St. John’s), and From Eve to Mary (Blackmore, Duff). As a producer/performer, Abra has created her own shows celebrating the music of Edith Piaf, Nina Simone, and Gladys Knight & the Pips. Abra has also been a member of Shallaway, QVE, ProCoro, and is a current member of Projekt Chamber Voices and Lady Cove Women’s Choir.
She is very passionate about community music-making, and the overall benefits for all ages, especially through group singing and learning. What we are able to learn about ourselves on a deep, personal level through music translates into all aspects of our life, and enriches our interactions, understanding of each other, and compassion for the world around us!
Hobbies and Activities: Cooking/baking, choral singing, hiking, and spending time with my cat Milo and dog Jacket!
Favourite Quote: “You’ll never do a whole lot unless you’re brave enough to try”. -Dolly Parton
Casey Pearce: Guitar teacher
Hometown: St. John’s NL
Even from a very early age, music has always been part of Casey’s life. He loved being part of an early childhood music class with “Miss Lori” and also took piano lessons. However, at 7 years of age, he decided that guitar was the instrument for him and he’s never looked back! He loves learning new styles and techniques, and enjoys playing classical, blues, jaz, folk, rock, and pop. Casey has performed in several Kiwanis Music Festivals and has received the honor of qualifying to play classical guitar in the Rose Bowl twice.
Casey attended Holy Heart of Mary High School where he was involved with a number of choirs and ensembles. His favourite, however, was playing in the jazz and concert bands under the guidance of Robert Lee, for whom he has the highest respect (and thanks!).
His journey now continues as a Music/Business student at Memorial University, under the guidance of Canadian virtuoso guitarist Silvie Proulx. Casey is also part of a classical guitar ensemble at Long & McQuade (led by guitarist Steve Murphy) and he’s also part of the Atlantic Guitar Society.
Hobbies/Interests: Mountain biking, hiking, soccer, woodworking, spending time with friends and family
Favorite quote: “Where words leave off, music begins.” ~H. Heine
Melanie Cleal: Kindermusik Accredited Educator
Hometown: Seal Cove (originally Marystown)
Ever since Melanie was a little girl, she always dreamed about becoming a teacher. Although her career has led her down a different path, one thing has always remained constant – her desire to work with young children. She has worked with children in various different capacities, but found her true love of Kindermusik when she began it with her own daughter. Melanie is so excited to have the opportunity to join in making some magical family memories!
Hobbies: Figure skating and spending time with family.
Quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou
Stephanie Fowlow, Kindermusik Accredited Educator
Hometown: Paradise, Newfoundland
Stephanie is a wife and loving mother of two beautiful, sweetly silly, and energetic little girls. She has always had a love of music and a heart for children. Piano lessons and vocal training were part of her own growing up years, and definitely sparked her interest in the arts. Stephanie has many years of experience working with children of all ages and has also spent some time studying child development. She first experienced the joy of Kindermusik when her oldest daughter was a baby, and she fell in love with itright away. Kindermusik allows her to combine her passion for music and her love for children.
Hobbies/Activities: She loves to make up songs and have dance parties in her kitchen with her daughters, as they cook and bake together.
Favourite quote: Kind words are like honey–Sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Robyn Pearce, Accredited Kindermusik Educator, Voice & Piano Instructor, Play a Story Instructor, and Studio Director
Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland
Music is a main thread in the tapestry of Robyn’s life. It was part of her everyday—from singing with her mom and brothers while doing the dishes, to her piano lessons or singing in the church choir. Music touched everything. Robyn discovered fairly early on that she loved to teach as well. Combining teaching and music was not only a logical choice, but also a way for Robyn to share a piece of her heart with others. She received her BA in Music in the United States, and also spent extensive time traveling the US and Canada as part of 3 different gospel musical troupes.
Her little studio started way back in her parent’s living room around 1997, and over 20 years later, it has blossomed into Intervals Music Studio. She’s thankful for her family and for the dedicated staff who work alongside her to reach the next generation of minds with the gift of music.
Activities/hobbies: Robyn loves to hike with her family and their dog, Kiki. She’s up for trying new things —even if it’s the roller coaster she promised she would NEVER ride. She also loves quiet time with a good book…or a really good Netflix series.
Favorite quote: Maya Angelou: I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Noelle Cullen, Kindermusik Accredited Educator
Hometown: St. John’s, NL
Background: Noelle has a varied musical background from her years of vocal training (Sister Katherine Bellamy and Marilyn Murphy), to playing trumpet in her school’s jazz band. She spent 12.5yrs working in the retail industry, honing her managerial and customer relations skill set. Life took her down a brand new road in 2013 when she became a first time Mom. While her own two children were enrolled in the Kindermusik program, she was presented with an amazing opportunity to combine her 2 passions – children and music! Noelle was a perfect fit for our Intervals Kindermusik team and became a licensed Kindermusik educator in September 2016. She loves being able to connect and make memories with her Kindermusik families each week.
Hobbies/Activities: Spending time with family and friends.
Amy Dalziel, Accredited Kindermusik Educator, Private Piano iInstructor & Play a Story instructor
BMus (Mount Allison), MMus (Memorial University), ARCT
Hometown: Dartmouth, NS
Teaching Specs: Licensed Kindermusik Instructor
Background: Amy is thrilled to return to St. John’s and find work that combines her two main passions: playing piano and teaching. Her teaching style provides an enthusiastic and engaging learning environment to bring out the creativity and curiosity in each student. Having spent two years performing and teaching in London, UK, Amy is excited to share her musical experiences and continue making new ones!
Hobbies/Activities I enjoy: Playing piano, travelling and working on her new musical endeavour – the pipe organ.
Favourite quote: Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference – Winston Churchill
Ella Antle, Accredited Kindermusik Educator, Private piano/voice instructor, Uke Crew instructor, and Triple Threat Troop leader
Hometown: St.John’s, NL
Ella has loved music from a very young age and her passion grows with each passing year. She has studied voice, piano, and music theory for many years as well as playing guitar, bass guitar and ukulele. Ella is continuing her musical training as a piano major at Memorial University under the guidance of Timothy Steeves.
Ella has also been a dedicated student of dance and active in the musical theatre community and enjoys the musical connection she can make through these mediums. Because of the positive learning experiences she has had herself, Ella is passionate about helping young musicians develop a love of music in a welcoming environment.
In addition to teaching as a private instructor, Ella is one of our Triple Threat Troop teachers as well as an accredited Kindermusik educator.
Hobbies/Activities: Spending time with my family, writing songs with my sister, and playing boardgames.
Favourite quote: Every moment is a place you’ve never been.
Lois Gingrich, Private piano instructor
Hometown: Newton, Ontario
Lois completed her BMUS in Music Education at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario and recently moved to St. John’s to begin her MMUS in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Memorial University. She began her piano studies at the age of ten and has been in love with music ever since! In 2019, Lois had the opportunity to participate in an academic exchange and spent a semester in Lyon, France studying at the Conservatoire de Lyon. This experience was life-changing and provided a chance to travel and explore diverse cultures and to study and apply different musical techniques. She was able to gain broader perspectives which have been immensely helpful in her approach to teaching and being capable of tailoring lessons to the students needs. Lois has been teaching piano for five years and absolutely loves helping students find their own passion for music. She firmly believes that music is powerful and can change lives. She also refuses to accept the idea that some people are not musical; they just need to have the right teacher!
Hobbies/Activities: Playing the piano, singing, travelling, hiking, reading a good romance novel or watching a movie with friends!
Favourite quote: “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” ~ Victor Hugo
Molly Anderson,Private Voice/Piano Instructor, Small Vocal Group Instructor
Hometown:Tantallon, Nova Scotia
Molly has been an avid musician her whole life.
She began her musical journey in a Kindermusik classroom in Nova Scotia and started playing the piano and singing in choirs not long after.
Molly recently completed a Bachelor of Music at Acadia University where she focused on Education and Vocal Performance. Throughout her degree, she sang with many choirs and participated in opera and musical theatre development opportunities.
Molly is passionate about music education and community music-making. She is completing a Bachelor of Music Education at Memorial and hopes to start her career as a Music Educator very soon! Molly believes that music sharing and music-making should be for everybody, and hopes to incorporate this into her teaching.
Molly is looking forward to discovering the musical community in St. John’s and sharing her love of music with her new students at Intervals!
Hobbies/Activities:Learning to play guitar, crafting and spending time with friends
Favourite quote:“We see with our eyes. We know with our hearts.” – Jim Henson
Molly Anderson,Private Piano Instructor
Education: Fangrao is currently completing her BMus – Piano Performance at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Hometown: Hebei, China (Hebei is a province in northern China surrounding Beijing.)
Fangrao fell in love with piano music and started playing piano at the age of 4. She has been living in St. John’s since high school and she is now completing her last year studying at the university. Fangrao has always been enthusiastic about music teaching, collaborating, and performing because her desire is to share the joy of music with others. Fangrao is very excited to work with and spend time with the lovely students at Intervals and will be filling in for Amy Dalziel this year while she is on maternity leave. Our Intervals team wishes that we could keep Fangrao forever!
Hobbies/Activities:Playing collaborative piano, badminton, table tennis, watching movies and concerts, horseback riding, traveling
Favourite quote: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” -Lao Tzu
Emily Klein, Private Piano Instructor
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Emily has a deep interest in music education, alternative education, and teaching philosophies. She has been teaching piano in her hometown for almost a decade and now is studying for her BMus at Memorial University, where she is pursuing her love of piano while also exploring musicology and music pedagogy. Music has always been valued in Emily’s life, and though piano is her primary instrument, she also has experience with several different instruments and musical practices, including playing cello, singing in choirs, and studying/teaching West African music.
Emily is passionate about creating unique and positive teaching environments where each student can develop their skills and discover what music means to them as an individual. She encourages students to find their passions, build confidence and simply enjoy the music!
Hobbies/Activities: Emily is passionate about many art types and is always eager to demonstrate how various arts are connected, especially music and dance, but also finds links between literature, visual and culinary arts. She enjoys cooking, reading and spending time in nature in her spare time.
Favourite quote: “While it is best to believe in oneself, a little help from others can be a great blessing.” ~ Avatar: The Last Airbender
Emma Schwartz,Triple Threat Troop Instructor
Hometown: St. John’s, Newfoundland
Emma has been involved with music from a very young age. She is currently enrolled in her first year at Memorial University with plans to pursue a degree in Primary/Elementary Education. She has taken both piano and voice lessons since the age of 5 under the direction of Noreen Greene-Fraize. Emma has also been an avid dancer and performer and has been involved with multiple school and community productions including Holy Heart’s “The Little Mermaid” and Tada Events “Our Divas Do Christmas”. Emma loves working with children and is so excited to be a Triple Threat Troop leader this year!
Hobbies/Activities:Dancing, spending time with family and friends, and shopping.
Favourite quote: “Everything happens for a reason.”
Mary Antle, Accredited Kindermusik Educator, Private piano/voice instructor, Uke Crew instructor, and Triple Threat Troop leader
Hometown: St.John’s, NL
Background: Mary has always been passionate about music. She started voice and piano at a very young age, and continues her music journey as part of several bands and choirs at her school. She currently studies piano with Joan Woodrow, voice with Ronalda Hutton MacDonald, and saxophone with Emily Follett. She is a dedicated dancer and dance assistant. Mary also frequently performs locally and around the island with her sister as a folk duo.
Mary has seen how much teachers can inspire students on their musical journey. She is very excited to share her passion and love for music with her own students. In addition to private instruction, Mary can be found on Saturday mornings assisting in our Kindermusik classrooms. She absolutely loves making music with these littlest musicians. If you happen to peek inside the classroom, you’ll undoubtedly see one or two of her music friends glued to her side!
Hobbies/Activities: Spending time with family, having game nights with friends, and writing and performing songs with her sister.
Favourite quote: Life is good!
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We love getting to know you.
We share in your victories and struggles.
We delight in the connections you make with other families at our studio.
We’re so grateful that you allow us to share our heart for music education with your family each week.
What Parents are Saying
“Your studio has been such a constant in my life as a mother! It is so warm and welcoming. We have felt a sense of community rooted in the natural and wonderful experience of sharing music that stays with my children as they grow. Happy memories – all of them.”