Each student needs a different approach. That’s why the teachers at WIMA know how to change their methods from one student to another. Guitar lessons at WIMA cover a wide variety of musical styles, such as rock, pop, jazz, blues, metal, finger style, and many others. Whether you’re learning to play as a beginner, want a technical upgrade for professional purposes, or just want to enjoy yourself while learning at your own pace, our lessons are structured to respond to your needs. We also help our students prepare for RCM exams and CEGEP and university entrance exams (specific instrument, theory, and ear training lessons).
Our teachers use a variety of books carefully selected to respond to the needs of their students. These include, among others, the works of Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Berklee. We also use adaptations of current pop music to help our students learn their favourite songs! Students will learn to read sheet music, chord diagrams, and musical notation.
Each WIMA studio is equipped with quality amplifiers, tuners, capos, and metronomes that are ready to use. You only have to bring your guitar, pick, and music!
Depending on the age of the student, beginners will learn the notes in the open position or the basic chords. The lessons then cover all the theory required for a guitarist, the different techniques necessary for the guitar (scales, barre chords, etc.), improvisation, composition, as well as many other aspects. Students can also record themselves digitally, with their teacher, to have the experience of a guitarist in the studio.
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Andrea is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter residing in Montreal and Toronto. Last Day Deaf named her first song Bird in Your Window (artist name Drea Lake) one of the “Ten Best Recent Indie Tracks.” Deborah Skoggard, the runner-up for the International Opera Award, mentored Andrea throughout her youth and adolescence. Her early education is combined with contemporary approaches learned over years of study with Ian Lebofsky and Simone Pitot. Andrea is a fingerstyle guitarist who studied classical guitar. Berklee College of Music Online awarded her a certificate in songwriting.
Andrea teaches on Tuesdays & Wednesdays in Pointe-Claire.
Adrian is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, singer-songwriter, and educator. He earned his Bachelor’s in Guitar at Humber College in Toronto wherein he studied under the country’s most celebrated jazz musicians. Despite being formally trained in jazz, he is adept at many styles of music and is perpetually curious to learn more about all genres. Adrian has taught music in formal capacities for many years, including a yearlong stint as an elementary school music teacher for Lester B. Pearson. While guitar is his primary instrument, Adrian also plays piano, ukulele, and mandolin. “My goal first and foremost as an educator is to share my love of music–but if there is any lesson I aim to impart, it is that with a little practice and discipline anything is possible.”
Adrian teaches on Thursdays in Pointe-Claire.
Alec first picked up the guitar at the age of 5. Throughout his childhood, Alec was always surrounded by musicians who lived up to the true sense of the term “rock and roll”. As the son of a semi-professional lead guitar player who played in various bands, Alec was consistently influenced into old school vintage rock and roll music. Deeply rooted in blues, rock, and soul music, Alec’s playing draws influence from players like Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Warren Haynes. After studying the guitar for over 10 years, Alec’s accomplishments include several years of teaching experience, various performances of a wide variety of genres with different bands in Montreal, and even composing music for two small time student produced films in Montreal. Above everything else, Alec’s favourite kind of playing is an old school style unrehearsed jam. Much of Alec’s playing is based on “feel”, and the teaching method implemented puts feel first with a broad overture and application of musical theory.
Alec teaches on Saturdays in Pointe-Claire.
Daniel is a guitar player and musician based in Montréal, Québec, Canada. He has 14 years of experience performing, arranging and teaching music and holds a Bachelors of Music in Composition-Improv and Double Bass from Wilfrid Laurier University. He’s performed in many cover and tribute bands playing festivals, theaters and corporate events. He has also worked as a session musician for Eroll Starr, Cecile Monique, Sierra Pilot, Vera Casa Opera and was a co-founder of indie group 12 Mile Island. He has also served as music director for Valerie Shearman and Knox Presbyterian Church.
Daniel teaches Mondays, Tuesdays & Sundays in Pointe-Claire.
Devan started taking guitar and bass lessons at WIMA at the age of 14. He spent the next 3 years studying bands like Green Day, Rush, and Muse. After finishing High School, Devan was accepted into Vanier College for Jazz Performance on Electric Bass. That same year he won the scholarship for the best Bass audition.
Besides Devan’s study of music in school he is involved in many of his own original bands. He currently plays bass in three local Montreal bands: The Record Breakers, Lost Lighthouse and The Chris George Project. The Record Breakers have released two albums, recently opened for Bon Jovi at The Bell Centre, and toured across Eastern Canada. Lost Lighthouse has one EP available and has been performing shows across Montreal for the last two years. The Chris George Project has one album recorded, that will be released soon, and has played many shows across Montreal.
Through Devan’s diversified musical career he has learned how to play many different styles of music, such as rock, blues, country, pop, funk and jazz. His goal is to be able to share his passion for music with others so they can experience all the great benefits music has to offer.
Devan teaches on Sundays in Beaconsfield.
Ethan has been playing electric and acoustic guitar since 2008. Ethan is fluent in several techniques and playing styles within genres such as rock, pop and jazz. From August 2015 to May 2018, he attended Marianopolis College, earning his Double DEC in Social Science and Music with a concentration in Jazz Guitar, having learned music theory, ear training and sight singing in the process. During this time, he also taught guitar lessons individually and took on positions as the music specialist at Côte Saint-Luc Day Camp and YCC. He is currently doing a Major in Music at Concordia University, on his way to obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.
Additionally, Ethan also has experience in vocals, bass guitar, drums and piano, having recorded a full punk rock EP, accompanying himself on all instruments, consisting of covers as well as pieces that he wrote and composed himself. He is currently writing and performing with his band, Vibrant Reset, and composing more new material for his solo work.
To Ethan, it is important for students to have fun learning, but also take it as a challenge to further their instrumental skill. It is a valuable asset to balance practicality and imagination when it comes to learning guitar, with a focus on observing influential guitar players and their songs, in the process. Ethan is passionate about music, having developed an enthusiastic and intuitive approach to teaching, with an emphasis on creating a comfortable and positive space for students to learn at their own pace.
Ethan teaches on Saturdays in Cote Saint-Luc.
Hayden was born loving music. He started experimenting with multiple instruments at a young age and focused in on the Guitar at the age of 9. Hayden studied with several Guitar teachers at WIMA over a 7 year period before furthering his studies at the Vanier Colleg Music Program. He is currently finishing up his degree in Jazz Performance.
Hayden is also an accomplished Singer, Songwriter and Performer. He fronts the Montreal country/pop rock band, The Record Breakers. They have released 2 albums and recently opened for Bon Jovi, at the Bell Centre.
Fluent in rock, country, blues, folk and pop, Hayden has a relaxed approach to teaching and encourages the student to become comfortable and familiar with their instrument while having lots of fun doing it!
Hayden teaches on Tuesdays in Pointe-Claire.
Ilya’s passion for music began at an early age when his father, a classical music enthusiast, would regularly acquaint him with various composers. As a young boy, Ilya also sang with an Orthodox Church choir yet his true devotion to music began when he picked up the guitar at the age of 8, practicing and composing in a multitude of genres ranging from rock to classical. His strong interest in the progressive jazz genre led him to pursue his studies in Jazz Guitar at Vanier College and later at Concordia University.
Ilya has also studied extensively in film production and has written numerous scores for various independent films. Furthermore, he has played in numerous Progressive Rock, Funk and Jazz bands, often in various venues in Montreal.
Teaching has always been a passion for Ilya and a means to convey his enthusiasm to the student. His method of teaching relies strongly on establishing good communication and a positive learning environment. The students first develop their basic guitar skills through songs they like and various popular songs. Ilya also enjoys teaching advanced techniques such as improvisation and songwriting.
Jeff has been playing guitar since the age of 10, at first taking private lessons from a family friend and later on learning proper theory and technique in high school music classes. During his time in high school, Jeff studied and composed mainly in the style progressive rock and heavy metal, playing multiple live shows with bands of these genres. Jeff has since gone on to explore Jazz, Blues and Classical ever since joining the Concordia Jazz Performance program back in 2017. The musical styles of jazz players such as Pat Martino, Wynton Kelly, Clifford Brown and John Coltrane have cultivated a deep love of jazz and the culture surrounding it throughout his time at Concordia.
The most important thing when playing music according to Jeff is consistent practice. Committing time to your instrument every day will cultivate a love that eventually grows into something spectacular. For Jeff, the mindset of a musician playing his instrument should be the same as that of a child at play and he emphasizes the importance of having fun with music in his lessons.
Jeff teaches on Mondays & Saturdays in Pointe-Claire, Tuesdays in Beaconsfield and Sundays in Cote Saint-Luc.
Juan is a Colombian bassist/guitarist/producer/composer based in Montreal. He is currently doing his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies at Concordia University, specializing in Bass Performance, and is expected to graduate in 2025.
Juan’s passion for music started from a young age, and after having formal training in guitar and percussion, discovered the bass at the age of 13 and has been gigging and recording with this instrument ever since. His style is heavily influenced by his Colombian upbringing and exposure to the country’s varied musical scene.
He started teaching guitar and bass at the age of 16, around the same time he discovered production and composition. During this phase, he was involved in creating music for short films which went on to win prizes in Colombia, and were featured across International Film Festivals.
In Montreal, Juan has worked alongside many local bands as a bass player, producer, and mixing engineer. He is currently working with The Chris George Project, Honeywaves, Ono Collective, The Big Neon, and Toh Nal Project.
Juan teaches on Thursdays in Pointe-Claire.
Matthew is a Montreal-based jazz pianist, composer and producer. He is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Studies with a Focus on piano performance at Concordia University. While the piano is his primary instrument, Matt is also a formally trained guitarist. He attended Vanier College with a double DEC in Social Studies and Music, majoring in Jazz Guitar. He has also freelanced as a Music producer where he composed music for commercial use . Matt believes that his students should have fun and enjoy the challenges of learning Music.
Matthew teaches on Mondays in Beaconsfield and Sundays in Pointe-Claire.
Nicolás started to play guitar at the age of 10 years old when he was at school. When he finished high school, he started a bachelor’s in music at the Universidad El Bosque located in Bogotá, Colombia. On August 2021 he received his degree as a musician with an emphasis on music production.
In his native country, Nicolás taught guitar and piano to children, where he developed his teaching skills and found methods and techniques to have a successful learning experience.
He also has been a member of many rock bands like “Elemental” and “Neofónica”, where he was an instrumentalist, composer, arranger and music producer. As an audio engineer, he has worked as a recording, mixing, and mastering engineer.
Nicolás is passionate about music and audio, and willing to share all his knowledge with his students.
Nicolas teaches on Wednesdays in Pointe-Claire and Saturdays in Cote Saint-Luc.
Ryan first picked up the Guitar at the age of 6 and started to take lessons in High School at the age of 12. In High School, Ryan performed many concerts with his school band all around Montreal and in China. In the early years of his musical career, Ryan played Rock and Metal and as he grew,, so did his taste in music. Ryan is now proficient in playing Jazz, Blues and RnB in addition to Rock and Metal. Ryan believes there are only really two styles of music: good and bad. He currently studies Music at Vanier College and hopes to continue his studies and make his career in Music.
Ryan teaches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays in Pointe-Claire.
222 Brunswick Blvd
Pointe-Claire, Quebec, H9R 1A6
WIMA Cote Saint-Luc
5555 Westminster #312
Cote Saint-Luc, Quebec, H4W 2J2
484 Beaconsfield Blvd. #204
Beaconsfield, Quebec, H9W 4C4