We personalize the lessons to respond to student’s specific needs, whether you’re a beginner or are simply looking to improve. Depending on your goals, we can offer you the opportunity of learning theory, different playing techniques, composition and stage presence.
We carefully selected books and varied methods perfectly suited to the student’s level in order to teach them how to read sheet music, chord diagrams, and musical notation.
Each WIMA studio is outfitted with quality accessories and equipment. You only have to bring your flute, your sheet music, and your smile!
In order to teach the musical basics while respecting the musicality of each student, we encourage them to show their teachers their favourite pieces and to choose the musical style that they would like to work on.
Ashley teaches Saturdays.
Kiel Howden is currently an elementary teacher at Clearpoint IB World school. He earned his DEP in jazz performance from Vanier, along with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Trumpet performance and Bachelors of Music Education from McGill University. Having toured around most of Europe and North America with various groups and orchestras, Kiel makes Montreal his home where he has shared the stage with such artists like Lulu Hughes and the Montreal All City Big Band (Montreal Jazz Fest), Jason Mraz (Metropolis), Talib Kweli (the Spectrum), and the Vic Vogel Big Band (Cuba). Kiel is also an accomplished conductor, having brought several high school bands to music competitions where they all scored silver or gold. He has also worked extensively with the West Island Student Theatre association as its orchestral conductor. Kiel is WIMA’s best (and only) trumpet teacher, though he also offers beginner ukulele lessons.
Kiel teaches on Thursdays.
Alessio was born and raised in Montreal. He is a soulful, expressive tenor saxophonist influenced by the greats such as Dexter Gordon, John Coltrane, Joe Henderson, George Garzone and Jerry Bergonzi. Alessio has been playing since the age of 8 years old. Alessio has a music performance DEC from Vanier College and is currently at Concordia University in Jazz Studies.
Alessio teaches on Thursdays.