About Us

Welcome to The Music Cellar! The Music Cellar has been Winnipeg's Premier Music School for almost 40 years, providing innovative music education to thousands of dedicated musicians during that time.

Vaughn & Collette Smith

The Music Cellar was purchased in Sept 2018 by Vaughn & Collette Smith. Vaughn and Collette started teaching privately in 1980 and 1985 respectively, and opened Modern Music in their home in 1995. After 10 years they moved to Vancouver where they taught at West Vancouver's Creber Music Academy. Eventually re-locating back to Manitoba, they started The Ste-Anne School of Performing Arts in Ste-Anne, MB and after 8 successful years moved back into Winnipeg where along with The Music Cellar, continue to operate their home-based music school, River Park South Music. 

We welcome you to "The Music Cellar family", our cohesive team of talented and dedicated musicians and educators. Our teachers are performers, recording artists, clinicians and students/graduates of post-secondary music education who understand what it takes to be well-rounded and professional in today's musical climate. 


David & Brenda Schneider

The Music Cellar began in the basement of original owners and operators, David and Brenda Schneider in 1985. The school eventually grew too big for "the cellar" and moved to its current St. Anne's Rd location 20 years ago. This important move allowed TMC to increase enrollment and expand its musical programming. In 2018 they decided to sell TMC to like-minded individuals Collette & Vaughn Smith. From 2018 to 2022 David & Brenda continued to teach for TMC and after many successful years, they both made the decision to retire from teaching in June 2022. TMC thanks them and wishes them all the best!