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Montreal Piano Lessons

Whether learning popular songs, or following the graded Royal Conservatory curriculum, students will benefit from “one-on-one” lessons with our professional instructors. Students will enjoy a program of theory, technique, improvisation, composition and performance tailored to suit their goals.

Methods Used

Our instructors are well versed in many popular methods, such as Hal Leonard, Four Star, Leila Fletcher, the Alfred Series and the Royal Conservatory methods. All of our teachers are capable of modifying the lessons to fit each individual student.

Styles

Depending on the method used by the teacher, every student can choose classical, blues, pop, jazz, and many other styles of music for their Montreal piano lessons. Our students are encouraged to bring their iPod to share their favorite songs with their teachers. Many students will perform popular material from their own favorite artists at the semi-annual Recitals, as well as favorites from their own method books.

Instructors:

 Pointe-Claire

 

Stephen is a recent graduate of McGill’s Schulich School of Music, with honours in Composition. Although a theorist and composer at heart, Stephen has ample performance experience as a vocalist, pianist (jazz and classical), guitarist, and French horn player. He studied classical piano for many years with Frances Balodis (the founder of Music for Young Children), as well jazz piano with Josh Rager and Steve Amirault. He has also studied classical voice with Gloria Jean Nagy (mezzo-soprano) and Winston Purdy (baritone).

His attempt to incorporate jazz sensibilities with other types of contemporary music has yielded some interesting new compositions, and has helped him develop a unique teaching philosophy. Stephen plays regularly with rock and jazz ensembles in the Montreal area, and is dedicated to inspiring young musicians to pursue any and all types of music.

Stephen teaches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Kevin started played the piano by the age of four listening to sounds and imitating them on the piano eventually he fell in love with music and enrolled into private piano lessons at the age of 7. He proceeded to further his education into music and got into College Vanier into Classical piano. His love for improvisation however led him to switch into Jazz and has now completed his DEC.

Kevin plays in a rock band Called Cowboy Meets Pirates and has his own project called Saja. Kevin believes theory and knowledge of your own instrument is very important to understand its complexity and how to use it to its full potential.  Theory and ear training are key in professional improvisation and can open the doors into almost every style. Kevin is soft-spoken and patient; he is great for beginners and advanced students alike!

Kevin teaches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Ana studied piano in Venezuela under the famous “System” before coming to Montreal. She earned her piano certificate degree with High Distinction (Schulich Conservatory of Music), and she has undertaken her B.F.A. Music degree at Concordia University. She also holds a B.Sc. Psychology degree from Concordia University as well. Ana is interested in making Venezuelan folk music more known in Montreal. She is currently working on a repertoire that she plays occasionally in public, accompanied by other Venezuelan instruments (Cuatro, Maracas). She also sings in the vocal ensemble “Cantaclaro”, which sings Latin music.

Ana has over 10 years of teaching experience; teaching plenty of children as well as seniors and adults the joy of piano playing. She has also sent children to friendly piano competitions and a couple of them have won the highest medals. Ana has also worked with groups of kindergarten classes and toddlers in music awakening programs. She absolutely loves watching toddlers learning music skills and enjoying music. Ana is patient and enjoys turning kids with bad experiences and helping them enjoy music and piano playing once again!

Ana teaches Mondays and Saturdays.

Jason has been playing piano ever since he was 7 years old. While studying jazz piano at Vanier College, Jason was influenced by many different styles of playing aside from jazz. Some genres he prefers to listen to are pop and hip/hop funk. Jason’s philosophy to teaching is that his students must have the most fun possible during their lessons, but at the same time maintain the discipline to practice and excel. Jason is an exciting and outgoing individual, who loves to explore different kinds of music to play. When it comes to playing mainstream pop music and hip-hop, Jason is able to learn from ear, which makes it easy for students to hear songs they want to learn. While having fun, students will feel confident that Jason will guide them to success!

Jason teaches Wednesdays.

Marcus is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music (UK), Glenn Gould School (Toronto), University of Toronto (BMus., M.A.), and the University of Montreal (MMus., Artist Dip.) He has been a piano faculty member at the University Settlement Music & Arts School (Toronto), and the High Note Academy (Ottawa).

Following a previous career as a primary school music teacher at the English International School of Padua (Italy), and the Stuttgart International School (Germany), he returned to piano performance and completed post-graduate studies under the guidance of Prof. Jimmy Brière. Currently Marcus uses his vast experience both performing and teaching to WIMA’s young piano students.

Marcus teaches on Sundays.

 Côte Saint-Luc

 

Jason has been playing piano ever since he was 7 years old. While studying jazz piano at Vanier College, Jason was influenced by many different styles of playing aside from jazz. Some genres he prefers to listen to are pop and hip/hop funk. Jason’s philosophy to teaching is that his students must have the most fun possible during their lessons, but at the same time maintain the discipline to practice and excel. Jason is an exciting and outgoing individual, who loves to explore different kinds of music to play. When it comes to playing mainstream pop music and hip-hop, Jason is able to learn from ear, which makes it easy for students to hear songs they want to learn. While having fun, students will feel confident that Jason will guide them to success!

Jason teaches Mondays and Sundays.

EmilieEmilie’s bio to come!

Emilie teaches Tuesdays and Sundays.