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 and needs.
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.
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.
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 Thursdays.
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 Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.
Mary recently graduated from Vancouver Island University with a diploma in classical piano. She is currently working towards a Bachelors of Art at the University of British Columbia. Currently residing in Montreal to work on her French, she hopes to teach in French one day. Early on, her great-grandmother taught her piano until she was 15. She is also currently working towards her ARCT exam through the Royal Conservatory. She has a large interest in Musicology and is influenced greatly by the works of Schubert
Mary’s passion for piano is shared with her passion for choral music. Mary tries to incorporate a vocal aspect of learning into her lessons, i.e. mixing singing and playing. Her goal is to teach not only how to play piano, but how to listen and appreciate music as well.
Mary teaches Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Originally from a small farming community in Saskatchewan, Janessa began studying piano at the age of six. She moved to Halifax in 2010 and graduated from Dalhousie University in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance. In 2013, Janessa also received her diploma as an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Piano Performance.
Janessa is well versed in many styles of music. She enjoys classical music, indie, alternative, classic rock, jazz, and pop. Her primary focus is classical piano and music theory, from beginner to advanced levels. Having taught lessons for ten years privately, Janessa prefers to alter her teaching methods to fit with each student’s preferred style of learning, while still including the foundational elements of a music education. She encourages her students to find their own connection to music and to just have fun with it. Janessa also enjoys performing and finds that sharing music with others through both performance and teaching to be extremely rewarding.
Janessa teaches on Thursdays and Sundays.
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, Saturdays and Sundays.
Ashley has had a passion for music since she can remember. Singing since infancy and expressing an interest in piano, she began lessons at age 8. She completed her DEC in music at Cegep Vanier and is currently majoring in Music and minoring in Psychology at Concordia University in order to complete her masters in Music Therapy. For Ashley, music is an art to be loved and enjoyed by all ages. She is passionate in sharing and teaching music in a positive environment where students are encouraged to pursue what they enjoy as well as guiding them in technique, theory, and musicality.
Ashley teaches Tuesdays.
Ciata’s bio to come!
Ciata teaches on Sundays.