PIANO LESSONS

Whether they want to play popular songs or follow the Royal Conservatory of Music program, students will benefit from specific private piano lessons with our professional instructors. WIMA students will also have the chance to learn theory, different piano techniques, improvisation, composition, and stage presence, depending on their objectives.

Techniques:

All our teachers have experience with the most popular piano methods, such as Piano Adventures, Michael Aaron, Hal Leonard, Leila Fletcher, The Alfred Series, and the books of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Printed or transcribed sheet music is also used for pop, jazz, or rock songs. The teacher chooses the most appropriate method according to the age and objective of the student.

Style:

During the lessons, each student can choose a style to study, be it classical, blues, pop, jazz, etc. All students are strongly encouraged to bring their iPods along to share their favourite musical styles with their teachers. Students will also have the chance to play a current popular song or their favourite piano piece at the end-of-session recital.

Teachers:

Pointe-Claire

stephen-pensiveStephen 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 Thursdays.

kevin-red-jacketKevin 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 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

Mary’s bio to come!

Mary teaches Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Neha graduated from Vanier College with a Double DEC in Social Science and Music and will be continuing her studies at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. During her cegep years, worked as an accompanist with both soloists and with chamber music ensembles. While performing classical music was a large part of her life, education and composition have now taken a greater role, especially video game music. This then lead to a strong interest in arranging and composing music of different styles.

In 2014, she had the chance to participate in the SOCAN Foundation Award For Young Musicians. Neha realized that having solid technique gives students many more opportunities and choices. She believes that inspiration is the best motivation, and finding that inspiration is her purpose for her students.

Neha 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 by 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.

Ashley’s bio to come!

Ashley teaches Tuesdays.

Ciata’s bio to come!

Ciata teaches on Sundays.