DRUM LESSONS

At WIMA, our instructors teach students the basics of musical theory, stick control, and the major playing techniques. With our drum lessons, drummers of all levels will work on improving their sense of rhythm and their technique, all while exploring a vast range of styles (pop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, progressive, metal, Latin music, etc.).

Equipment:

All WIMA studios are equipped with drums, cymbals, lecterns, and other percussion equipment. All you need to do is bring your sticks, sheet music, and good mood!

Support materials:

Depending on the level of the student, our teachers will use different method books. Teachers will also adapt the sheet music from their students’ favourite songs with the help of specific notation for the drums. Students must bring their backpacks and music paper.

Techniques:

The drum is a very physical instrument, and bad technique can lead to injuries. Students will learn to play without hurting their hands, arms, and backs, as well as how to “hit hard” without injuring themselves. The lessons will allow students to learn different techniques such as the basics, independence, solos, the double bass drum pedal, and improvisation, to name just a few.

Teachers:

Pointe-Claire

Brennan has been involved in music since the age of 5, experimenting with a variety of instruments, ranging from wind instruments like saxophone and trumpet, to stringed instruments like guitar and bass.  Brennan ultimately gravitated to the piano and drum set. 

His wide range of influences include the classics, rock, jazz, progressive, metal and fusion. Brennan went on to study Jazz and Contemporary Drumming at Vanier College, and graduated in Software Engineering. He enjoys his share of live performances around Montreal at parties and holiday gatherings, and is currently preparing for the McGill Conservatory College II piano examination.

Brennan recognizes technique, tone, and timing to be cornerstones of musicianship development. Having taught for well over 5 years, he has come to incorporate a healthy blend of topics into his lessons. Song play-throughs, musical games, thorough sight reading, endurance and coordination exercises all come into primary focus, and for more advanced illustration and insight, mathematical and computer modelling are also frequently used.

Brennan teaches on Mondays.

Julian was born in Montreal and he was raised in a very musical family. Both his father and sister (who’s also his band mate) are Singer/Songwriters.

Julian studied Percussion all through High School in the Concert Band. He also took private lessons at WIMA during those years. In 2011, Julian joined his first Rock Band at WIMA (2011-2014) fronted by his sister, Bella. A few years later, in the Fall of 2013, Julian met another WIMA student, Hayden, through Bella at a Showcase and in Summer 2014 they formed The Record Breakers alongside two more WIMA students.

After graduating from High School, Julian completed his degree in Audio Recording Technology at Vanier College. His band, The Record Breakers, has recorded several albums, played countless shows from Montreal to Nova Scotia, and even opened up for Bon Jovi at the Bell Center.

Julian has a deep knowledge of drums from his years at WIMA and Vanier and aims to share that knowledge with his students in a fun and engaging way. His goal is to help them achieve their musical goals and enjoy every minute of their drum lessons.

Julian teaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

lianeLiane has been playing drums since the age of 9 and was enrolled in drum lessons for over 5 years. She was a member of her high school’s orchestra where she developed her skills in reading music by playing the drums and various types of percussion instruments. Over the course of 5 years, she won silver and gold medals while participating at Vanier’s MusicFest and Sherbrooke’s “Festival des Harmonies”. She also got the opportunity to play at the Montreal International Jazz Festival through Montreal’s Blues Camp. Liane’s rock band has most recently performed at the Montreal RibFest and their focus is writing original music and releasing their debut EP.
As a former WIMA Rock Band and drum student, Liane learned all forms of communication, creativity and musical tools, as well as different genres: blues, rock, pop, jazz and metal. With her abilities to relate to and understand fellow drummers, she can demonstrate her teaching techniques through simple, effective and fun ways. She seeks to provide confidence and performance skills to students along their musical path.
Liane teaches on Wednesdays and Sundays.

mattMatt has been drumming since the age of 10 and teaching drums for the last 5 years. Thanks to his exceptional versatility, he is currently the drummer for two bands with very different musical styles. He is also the session drummer at Avbury Studios, appearing on projects covering a wide variety of musical genres, including Funk, Soul, Blues, Classic Rock, Hard Rock and Punk.

As a competitive drummer, Matt won first prize two years in a row at the Quebec-Ontario Music Festival.

Matt‘s love for drums and performing are matched only by his passion for sharing his skills with aspiring drummers. His talent, enthusiasm and animated personality create a fun and inspiring learning environment for students of all ages.

Matt teaches on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

shayne

Shayne is currently finishing up his degree at Vanier College in the 3 year Jazz Performance Program. He started playing drums at 11 years old when discovering his love for the instrument at summer camp. Shayne spent the first 5 years learning on his own through participation in many community based music events, high school jazz bands and small bands. At the age of 16, he began studying with the drum teacher at Vanier College. A few months later, he was accepted into program. Shayne’s influences are deeply rooted in Rock, Funk, Hip hop and Jazz. Shayne is an active member in the Montreal Music scene, he currently plays with 3 bands as well as doing some work with Concordia Music department, often session drumming or subbing for drummers in class.  Shayne brings a fun, energetic learning approach to his lessons with emphasis on technique and using songs to drum up motivation.

Shayne teaches on Sundays.

William pic

William has been playing drums since the age of 14 and currently studies music in the Jazz Program at Vanier College. Since he started playing, William has participated in numerous Jazz bands and concert bands in school, playing shows both inside and outside of Quebec such as Jazzfest des Jeunes and the Dalhousie Youth Orchestra competition in Halifax. He is versatile as a drummer and teacher, capable of playing and teaching many different styles of music. William understands that each student learns differently, and typically puts a large emphasis on reading early on.

William teaches on Saturdays.

Côte Saint-Luc

Étienne began playing drums at the end of elementary school. At the age of 13, the music program of his high school enrolled him in its jazz band, orchestra and drumline. He was mentored all through High School by a professional jazz drummer who helped him develop his jazz and Latin skills. After participating in a myriad of music competitions during his early teens, he had the chance to compete in New York with his jazz band and his orchestra at the age of 16. During the same year, he enrolled in CEGEP Lionel-Groulx’s music program and subsequently graduated with a professional music degree. 

Etienne acquired great drumming skills throughout his college years and is now able to play and teach every style of music. He has played for various bands throughout his music career. As a teacher, he uses many different motivational techniques to help students surpass their expectations.

Etienne teaches on Wednesdays.

shayne

Shayne is currently finishing up his degree at Vanier College in the 3 year Jazz Performance Program. He started playing drums at 11 years old when discovering his love for the instrument at summer camp. Shayne spent the first 5 years learning on his own through participation in many community based music events, high school jazz bands and small bands. At the age of 16, he began studying with the drum teacher at Vanier College. A few months later, he was accepted into program. Shayne’s influences are deeply rooted in Rock, Funk, Hip hop and Jazz. Shayne is an active member in the Montreal Music scene, he currently plays with 3 bands as well as doing some work with Concordia Music department, often session drumming or subbing for drummers in class.  Shayne brings a fun, energetic learning approach to his lessons with emphasis on technique and using songs to drum up motivation.

Shayne teaches on Saturdays.

William pic

William has been playing drums since the age of 14 and currently studies music in the Jazz Program at Vanier College. Since he started playing, William has participated in numerous Jazz bands and concert bands in school, playing shows both inside and outside of Quebec such as Jazzfest des Jeunes and the Dalhousie Youth Orchestra competition in Halifax. He is versatile as a drummer and teacher, capable of playing and teaching many different styles of music. William understands that each student learns differently, and typically puts a large emphasis on reading early on.

William teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays.

Beaconsfield

Beaconsfield

Brennan has been involved in music since the age of 5, experimenting with a variety of instruments, ranging from wind instruments like saxophone and trumpet, to stringed instruments like guitar and bass.  Brennan ultimately gravitated to the piano and drum set. 

His wide range of influences include the classics, rock, jazz, progressive, metal and fusion. Brennan went on to study Jazz and Contemporary Drumming at Vanier College, and graduated in Software Engineering. He enjoys his share of live performances around Montreal at parties and holiday gatherings, and is currently preparing for the McGill Conservatory College II piano examination.

Brennan recognizes technique, tone, and timing to be cornerstones of musicianship development. Having taught for well over 5 years, he has come to incorporate a healthy blend of topics into his lessons. Song play-throughs, musical games, thorough sight reading, endurance and coordination exercises all come into primary focus, and for more advanced illustration and insight, mathematical and computer modelling are also frequently used.

Brennan teaches on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Étienne began playing drums at the end of elementary school. At the age of 13, the music program of his high school enrolled him in its jazz band, orchestra and drumline. He was mentored all through High School by a professional jazz drummer who helped him develop his jazz and Latin skills. After participating in a myriad of music competitions during his early teens, he had the chance to compete in New York with his jazz band and his orchestra at the age of 16. During the same year, he enrolled in CEGEP Lionel-Groulx’s music program and subsequently graduated with a professional music degree. 

Etienne acquired great drumming skills throughout his college years and is now able to play and teach every style of music. He has played for various bands throughout his music career. As a teacher, he uses many different motivational techniques to help students surpass their expectations.

Etienne teaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.