Learning guitar online with WIMA offers flexibility and unlimited access to the expertise of experienced teachers, right from your home. Suitable for all levels and musical preferences, our personalized lessons are designed to maximize your potential and enrich your musical journey.

Why choose online guitar lessons from WIMA?

Opting for the online guitar lessons offered by the West Island Music Academy (WIMA) means choosing a unique learning experience that stands out thanks to several key benefits:

  • Flexible schedules: With WIMA, select the time slot that perfectly suits your busy schedule, thereby allowing for learning at your own pace without geographical constraints.
  • Experienced instructors: Our teachers are passionate and experienced musicians with in-depth teaching expertise. They are committed to sharing their know-how by adapting their teaching to each student.
  • Personalized lessons: Our programs are tailor-made to suit your level, from complete beginners to advanced musicians, as well as your musical preferences. Whether you’re a fan of rock, jazz, classical, or pop, our music lessons for adults and children are shaped to meet your aspirations.
  • Tailored educational approach: We understand that each student has a unique learning style. Our lessons are therefore designed to match not only your technical level, but also your way of learning music.

By choosing WIMA, you’re opting for a rewarding guitar learning journey suited to your needs and musical ambitions.

How do our online guitar lessons work?

The transition to online guitar lessons with the West Island Music Academy (WIMA) is seamless because these lessons maintain the essence and effectiveness of an in-person experience. From the beginning, the student and teacher work together to set clear objectives, thereby ensuring that each lesson is aligned with the student’s needs and aspirations.

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Once these objectives are set, the lesson takes place via videoconference, allowing for a live interaction that faithfully imitates the dynamic of a physical guitar lesson. This virtual proximity makes it easier to review exercises, make progress on specific pieces, and introduce new musical concepts. Fluid communication between student and teacher allows for real-time correction and adjustment of the teaching methods according to the student’s reactions and progress.

Progress quickly thanks to feedback from our instructors

Feedback is a crucial element of each session, offering the student a clear understanding of their progress and areas for improvement. At the end of the lesson, exercises are assigned to prepare for the next lesson, thereby ensuring that the student continues to progress and engage with the material between each meeting.

This process reflects WIMA’s commitment to providing a quality, adaptive, and personal learning experience where the well-being and growth of each student are at the heart of our concerns, just as they would be in a more traditional setting.

What equipment is necessary for our online guitar lessons?

For an optimal experience during our online guitar lessons at the West Island Music Academy, you will need:

  • A guitar suited to your musical style that is in good condition and ready to be used.
  • A computer or tablet equipped with a camera and microphone for the videoconference.
  • A reliable internet connection to ensure uninterrupted communication.
  • Headphones for better sound quality during the lessons.
  • A metronome and a tuner, which can be applications on your device, to facilitate your daily practice.

These elements are essential to guarantee a smooth and efficient class session, allowing you to fully concentrate on your learning.




Guitar teachers:

alecAlec 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 in Pointe-Claire.

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imageMusic has seeped through my entire life and I feel that same connection with everyone that has ever heard music. Anyone that has heard it can learn music, and there is no clear line for any education. To form our connections with music and real life and how the beat and rhythm goes on is an essential pillar to my ideologies in the art of music and music making.

I have a graduate college certificate in Music Performance from Holland College School of Performing Arts, which included performance, theory, and business courses in all styles of popular music. I studied guitar privately from ages seven to nineteen, drumkit from ages ten to seventeen, Celtic & pipe band snare drum from ages fourteen to eighteen, and orchestral percussion from ages sixteen until eighteen.  Outside of professional training, I have performed in a multitude of musical groups from independent to professional touring and/or residencies over the course of the past twelve years.

Alex teaches in Pointe-Claire.

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Andrea-Peloso-bio-pic-eAndrea 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 in Pointe-Claire.

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annieI’m a passionate music teacher with a deep love for sharing the joy of music with students of all ages and levels. I’m currently studying music at Cégep Saint-Laurent, where I’m constantly refining my skills and knowledge as a musician and educator.  I believe that music should be fun and engaging, which is why I incorporate games, activities, and creative exercises into my lessons. Whether you’re a beginner just starting out or an experienced musician looking to take your skills to the next level, I can help you achieve your goals and reach your full potential.  In addition to my work as a music teacher, I’m also an avid performer and composer. I enjoy exploring different genres and styles of music, from classical to pop to jazz, and I’m always eager to share my passion and expertise with my students. 

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Sofar-St-JeromeDaniel 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 in Pointe-Claire.

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Image-scaledDevan 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 in Beaconsfield.

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scaledHayden 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 in Pointe-Claire.

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imageIlya’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.

Ilya teaches in Cote Saint-Luc.

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Mika is a seasoned guitarist and music composer for video games and films. With a passion for both artistic expression and community engagement, Mika brings a unique blend of creativity and dedication to the world of music.

Beyond the realms of composing music for visual media, Mika is deeply committed to community outreach and education. Understanding the transformative power of music, he seeks to share his knowledge and inspire aspiring musicians. Currently, on the verge of completing a music degree in composition at Berklee College of Music, Mika combines a strong academic foundation with practical and creative experience, enriching the educational environment with a wealth of knowledge. 

Mika is dedicated to providing a tailored learning experience for each student. 

Drawing from personal experiences where rigid teaching nearly hindered a love for the guitar, Mika prioritizes a student-centric approach. Understanding each individual’s unique needs and goals, he believes in crafting a personalized learning path, fostering not only technical proficiency but also a lasting passion for music.

So, whether you’re picking up a guitar for the first time or looking to explore the world of composition, join Mika on a musical adventure that’s all about the good vibes and the love of creating music together.

Mika teaches in Beaconsfield.


Nicolas_Foto-scaledNicolás 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 in Cote Saint-Luc.

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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 in Pointe-Claire.

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ScreenshotHey there, I’m Sam, and I can’t wait to share the magic of music with you. From Jazz to R&B, Rock, or Blues, I’ve been immersed in the world of music since I was a 10-year-old kid.

I’m currently pursuing my studies at McGill in the Jazz program, constantly fueling my passion for all things musical. Music isn’t just a subject to me; it’s my entire life. There’s nothing that brings me more joy than sharing this incredible journey with others.

In my 5 years of teaching experience, I’ve had the privilege of working with students of all ages. So, whether you’re a complete beginner or already have some musical chops, you’re more than welcome in my class.

My teaching style is all about getting the basics down pat because that’s what lays the groundwork for everything else. But don’t worry, I won’t be handing you a strict set of rules. Instead, I’ll guide you to discover the beauty of music for yourself, empowering you to keep learning and growing even after our lessons are over.

Music is a language, and I want to help you become fluent in it.

Sam teaches in Pointe-Claire.

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Tyler-Headshot-scaledTyler is a 21-year-old independent artist from the West Island. He’s been obsessed with perfecting his craft in all domains of music creation since he started learning the guitar. After years of admiring his older brother who played guitar very skillfully, Tyler finally decided at the age of 12 to dust off an old Yamaha guitar from the basement of his home to start learning all of his favorite songs. A few years later, 15-year-old Tyler begged his parents for an electric drum kit and started restlessly practicing that instrument too. Then at 17, he started writing his own music and learning music production and now has a decent collection of songs on Spotify. In 2022, Tyler took his skills to Berklee College of Music in Boston, the top music school in the world by some criteria and auditioned for their Songwriting and Production course. After being offered a scholarship based on his performance at the audition, he decided he was not ready to move to the U.S. yet and is studying in Montreal for now.

Tyler teaches in Pointe-Claire and Beaconsfield.

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