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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 and needs.

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 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 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

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 Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Aleks picAleksandar graduated from University of Novi Sad, Serbia as pianist with highest honours. His eclectic piano experience goes from classical, ethno, blues, jazz and avant-garde music styles. He has very solid and successful training in one of the strongest classical piano traditions in existence today, with roots both in the great Russian and the Austro-Hungarian traditions. He has performed in international music competitions and festivals across the world including in Germany, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Great Britain, Japan and more.

With more than eight years of experience in piano pedagogy, Aleksandar is comfortable teaching students of all ages. His distinguishable teaching approach encourages individual preferences and tastes in music. He teaches classical piano, jazz improvisation, pop/rock and music theory.

Aleksandar teaches Mondays and Wednesdays.

peggy happy singing

Peggy is a Montreal-based multi-disciplinary performing artist and music educator. She is a graduate of Concordia University’s jazz program, holding a BFA Spec. Jazz Studies, Maj. English Lit with distinction, as well as having completed the Royal Conservatory of Music’s certificate program for Grade 10 Examination in Piano with Honors. She is an active member of Montreal’s artist community, performing as an enigmatic rapper/singer, and continues to practice her jazz chops in small venues throughout the city of Montreal.

Peggy is a hard-working and dedicated teacher and strives to instill in her students the importance of musicianship, vocal health, and strong performance skills. Peggy enjoys working with students of all levels, and vocal styles and encourages her students to study repertoire that is personally inspiring to them in order to fully develop each of her student’s unique voices.

Peggy applies a three-fold approach to vocal technique, focusing on correct production of sound through breath and vocal fold coordination, breath pacing and control and vocal placement to ensure a healthy and full tone. She is committed to adapting this approach to suit the needs of each individual student, and strives to help her students understand their instrument on a deeper level with the study of vocal physiology.

Peggy teaches Mondays and Thursdays.

SamuelAfter buying his first CD, Samuel started showing interest for piano at the age of 5 and began taking lessons at the age of 9. Piano remains his biggest passion. He is currently enrolled in the last year of piano performance at the Cégep Saint-Laurent. This young man has distinguished himself by obtaining the highest distinction diploma in the Collégial I category in the McGill exams. He often takes part in musical contests such as Pierre de Sorel as well as the Canadian Music Competition in which he competed as a finalist in 2014.

He specializes in the classical repertoire however he believes that it is important to target the students musical preferences and tastes in order for the student to find motivation in his learning process. According to Samuel, the love of music is the most important thing he has to transfer to his students as it is the principal source to outstanding achievements. His pedagogy style relies a lot on fun and visuals. What you can expect in a lesson with Samuel is a funny and friendly ambiance that stimulates the students interest and imagination.

Samuel teaches on Saturdays.

 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 Sundays.

Aleks pic
Aleksandar graduated from University of Novi Sad, Serbia as pianist with highest honours. His eclectic piano experience goes from classical, ethno, blues, jazz and avant-garde music styles. He has very solid and successful training in one of the strongest classical piano traditions in existence today, with roots both in the great Russian and the Austro-Hungarian traditions. He has performed in international music competitions and festivals across the world including in Germany, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Great Britain, Japan and more.

With more than eight years of experience in piano pedagogy, Aleksandar is comfortable teaching students of all ages. His distinguishable teaching approach encourages individual preferences and tastes in music. He teaches classical piano, jazz improvisation, pop/rock and music theory.

Aleksandar teaches Sundays.

Katy has adored music since she was a small child.  She studied classical piano for many years, and earned her associateship from the Royal Conservatory of Music (A.R.C.T.) in piano performance. Her work as a pianist has included solo recitals, accompaniment of choral ensembles, and piano composition.  Katy obtained a bachelor degree in music from York University in Toronto, Ontario.

Katy enjoys many aspects of music.  She has sung in several choirs, including Concerto Della Donna, the York University jazz choir, and the University of Guelph Chamber Singers.  She has composed and produced music for a play, and has written and performed pop songs in live venues while dabbling in guitar. Bridging her love of the arts and her interest in sciences, Katy now works as a community health care provider.  She looks forward to sharing her love of music with the students of WIMA!

Katy teaches Mondays and Tuesdays.

Greg’s bio to come!

Greg teaches Mondays and Tuesdays.