"I like to keep things fun and creative!"
Megan Epp is a music instructor and the founder/owner of the House of Music teaching studio and store in Sylvan Lake. Megan started her teaching career in Red Deer 2005 while completing her last year of the RDC Music Diploma program. In 2009 she decided to call Sylvan Lake her home and dove into the musical community here. In 2016, the Chamber of Commerce awarded the House of Music Small Business of the year and in 2017 Megan was awarded Business Woman of the year. She has personally designed many of the music programs being run at the studio, and has at one time or another taught most of the classes. She is currently instructing Private Piano lessons, Musical Theatre classes, Acoustic Trio's and co instructs the Rock Band Classes. In her spare time, Megan still enjoys songwriting, record production and gigging in a band called Lakeshore. Megan has also produced three EP’s - under her maiden name Meg Callan - with her most recent entitled "What it Meant" and was released February 2016 - available on itunes.
Megan also enjoys volunteering her time to the annual Sylvan Celebration of Music Festival. She has been with the committee since 2012 and is very much invested in the spirit of the festival. In 2014 Megan also travelled to Uganda Africa with Touch Ministries to work with orphan children. Megan loves her Job and feels it is a great privilege to work with the youth in her community. Megan, her husband Chris and their two young daughters love living in Sylvan Lake and are proud to call this community their home.
Voice Instructor/ General Manager
Voice & Beginner Piano, Starter Singing, Pop vocals, Musical Minis, Triple Threat
Hope White grew up in Sylvan Lake where music has always been a part of her life as she studied piano, guitar, drums and voice. She began her career in voice when she was directly admitted into the two-year music diploma program at Red Deer College with a major in voice in 2010. She since has become a well-established performer, instructor, singer and musician.
Hope has trained in many styles including Classical, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Soul and Folk. She sang with many different ensembles including a Jazz ensemble and various choirs and performed in many different venues as both a lead and back-up vocalist. She graduated with honours in 2012 with a music diploma. Upon graduation, Hope has also experienced one year of further education at the University of Lethbridge studying Digital Audio Arts. She has completed her grade 8 Royal Conservatory Voice exam with first class honours and has recently completed a Business Administration Diploma in Marketing from Red Deer College.
Teaching started for Hope in Sylvan Lake while she was studying at Red Deer College. Music theory, performance skills and confidence building are incorporated in her lessons as well as singing/ piano ability while always having fun! She loves getting to know each individual student and is very excited to be teaching at the House of Music.
"From Jazz styles to Classical piano; Composition & the Suzuki Method
Elaine can take your new beginner player to an Elite level."
Considered one of the most Highly
Recommended Teachers in the Sylvan Lake Area, Elaine Rowthorn
has now been teaching music for over 30 years.
Originally from Saskatchewan, Elaine began her studies with Agnes Graham & Lyle Gustin. Going on to post secondary, she pursed her passion and furthered her Musical Studies at Red Deer College. In 1986 Elaine received the Louise McKinney Scholarship for Outstanding Academic Achievement and Graduated the Music Diploma Program. Since then, Elaine has gone on to study with the likes of Christopher Norton, Cheryl Cooney, Charles Austin & Duke Thompson. Elaine absolutely loves sharing the gift of music with her students, feels blessed to be the organist for her church congregation and still very
much enjoys composing, recording and jamming out with her fellow musician friends.
"Elaine loves to Play and Compose, and is looking forward to recording some of her work this winter!"
Jazz, Blues, Broadway & Contemporary - private Voice & Vocal Performance.
An established performer who enjoys a wide variety of music. Blues, Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Rock and Country are a few of the music styles that have been explored by this versatile alto. Singing and performing has been a part of her life since she was a child, it's more than a hobby...it's a passion. She is currently working on a CD project.
Along with being a music teacher to all ages for over ten years specializing in Jazz performance and songwriting, she is also a professional photographer.
Lewis is also a community advocate, building strong roots here in Central Alberta founding the Christmas fundraiser "Hark" and a fun loving event promoting female artists event called "One for the Girls", as well as co-founding the Summer Camp "Diva Boot Camp"...check it out here on the House of Music website!!!
Guitar/ Art Instructor
Carmen is a singer/songwriter based out of Red Deer. She has been performing in the local music scene for the past few years as a solo performer and in collaborations with local musicians. Carmen’s passion for music started early, and she was involved in many music programs throughout her school years. At the age of 15, Carmen received her first guitar on Christmas, and spent the next year teaching herself how to play it. The following year she began a decade of private lessons with local ledged, Ian Stewart. At the age of 26, she recorded her first demo CD.
Carmen has a great love of music and a special talent for teaching guitar to young and old alike. She specializes in singer/songwriter, folk and classic rock guitar. Her lessons are geared towards ear training and live performances; focusing on chord development, song compositions and adaptations, finger picking, and coordinating singing while playing. She also works with some students on song structure and original composition. Carmen is also an accomplished artist specializing in mural's - you can see some of her work displayed around the downtown core of Red Deer.
Carmen is very excited to be continuing teaching at the House of Music, and looks forward to another year of working with her students to help create the musicians of tomorrow!
Corey got his first guitar as a christmas present when he was 6 years old, and has been passionate about music ever since. He has played in various bands and projects in the Red Deer area, including a folk duo, a funk/blues cover band, and more recently writing and performing original material in the band "Conniferius". He studied at Red Deer College where he received his music diploma, and for the last couple years has lived and taught guitar in Calgary. But he has now moved back to the area, and is really looking forward to teaching at The House of Music.
Corey loves to pass on his love of music. His goal is making sure students have fun, while also learning the fundamentals required to achieve a strong musical foundation.
Hello! My name is Roy Card. I am 32 years old and I have been singing and playing guitar for over 20 years. I attended the Red Deer College Music Diploma program as an Electric Guitar Major from 2004-2007. At RDC I performed on the Main Stage in various ensemble groups, including Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, and Neoclassical styles. Since college I have performed in hard rock and heavy metal bands, playing local performance venues. For the last 5 years my primary musical focus has been acoustic guitar, piano and voice. I enjoy learning and performing music by artists such as The Lumineers, City & Color, The Black Keys, Vance Joy, Jack Johnson, Neil Young, James Taylor, Tom Petty, The Beatles and many others in the Adult-Contemporary genre. Music is my passion and I am very eager to share my skill with others, whether through performance or instruction. If you are interested in Beginner Guitar lessons in a relaxed and fun environment, please contact the House Of Music to arrange a meet-and-greet. All ages are welcome and lessons will be structured around individual goals and current skill-level.
I look forward to starting your musical journey with you!
Drum/ Rock Band Instructor
Coltan Shell is a Red Deer based musician who has been performing in the music scene for much of the last 4 years with his band “St. Groove”. As well, He currently works with two other local groups: “The Randi Boulton Band” and “Conniferius”. Apart from performing with these groups, Coltan pursues Jazz as another outlet of expression, and he has performed with musicians such as: Charles Austin, Morgan Mckee, Curtis Phagoo, and Jeremy Doody. Coltan has a great passion for creating and performing music, and finds inspiration from many different genres.
Originally a self-taught drummer, Coltan gained much experience playing in different church worship bands while growing up in Claresholm, AB. Two years after graduating high school he began music studies at the Red Deer College. It was through studies at the RDC upon which a great love for many different styles of music was built. Upon receiving his music diploma from RDC he gained entry into the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he spent a semester studying with American world percussionist, composer, and author- Jerry Leake.
Coltan is very happy with where his musical journey has taken him so far, and is very optimistic about the future. He is very excited about the opportunity to teach at the House of Music, and is looking forward to the upcoming season.