GUITAR LESSONS

Each student needs a different approach. That’s why the teachers at WIMA know how to change their methods from one student to another. Guitar lessons at WIMA cover a wide variety of musical styles, such as rock, pop, jazz, blues, metal, finger style, and many others. Whether you’re learning to play as a beginner, want a technical upgrade for professional purposes, or just want to enjoy yourself while learning at your own pace, our lessons are structured to respond to your needs. We also help our students prepare for RCM exams and CEGEP and university entrance exams (specific instrument, theory, and ear training lessons).

Support materials:

Our teachers use a variety of books carefully selected to respond to the needs of their students. These include, among others, the works of Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Berklee. We also use adaptations of current pop music to help our students learn their favourite songs! Students will learn to read sheet music, chord diagrams, and musical notation.

Equipment:

Each WIMA studio is equipped with quality amplifiers, tuners, capos, and metronomes that are ready to use. You only have to bring your guitar, pick, and music!

Techniques:

Depending on the age of the student, beginners will learn the notes in the open position or the basic chords. The lessons then cover all the theory required for a guitarist, the different techniques necessary for the guitar (scales, barre chords, etc.), improvisation, composition, as well as  many other aspects. Students can also record themselves digitally, with their teacher, to have the experience of a guitarist in the studio.

Guitar Lesson Teachers:

Pointe-Claire

Alec 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 Mondays.

Brandon attended the Vanier College Music Program, studying as a jazz vocalist, and also optained a Degree as an Audio Technician from Recording Arts Canada. On his path, he’s acquired a taste for many different genres of music and has learned a vital lesson: music is about having fun, no matter how seriously you take it!

He is currently involved in his own pop/rock band called “The Moon and Back”, and has played at some well known Montreal venues, such as Le National and Club Soda. They released their first self-titled album in 2015, for which Brandon wrote most of the music, recorded all guitars, and the majority of the vocals.

Brandon teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Hayden 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 on Tuesdays

Juan started taking Piano lessons when he was 6 years old and at the age of 14 he picked up the Electric Guitar. His interests in different types of music familiarized him with several music styles ranging from Rock and Metal to R&B and Jazz. His Latin American background has been a massive influence on his musical taste and knowledge, as he started to explore music genres such as Flamenco and Salsa.

He is currently a music student in Performance at Vanier, which has helped further develop his understanding of Classical Music and Jazz, as well as his abilities to adapt to different musical situations. Some of his influences as guitarists are Julian Lage and Kurt Rosenwinkel. Juan believes that a strong musical foundation and proper technique on the instrument are essential elements to becoming a great Guitar player. However these can only be obtained by having fun and with the guidance of a teacher who loves to share their knowledge.

Juan teaches on Mondays and Saturdays.

Michael started playing bass and guitar at 13 years old and has been teaching since the age of 17. He eventually went on to study bass at Vanier College and Concordia University. In addition to that he has obtained certificates from the Berklee College of Music through correspondence in Rock, Blues, Jazz guitar, improvisation and composition.

Teaching is one Michael’s biggest passions. For the past 13 years he has dedicated much of his time to music education and teaching students of all ages and levels. Michael provides an easy going and fun learning environment so that he can ensure every student can learn, absorb and ultimately reach their playing goals as efficiently as possible.

Furthermore, if you are looking to study music at a college level, Michael can help you out! He provides audition preparation for bass as well preparatory classes in music theory and ear training. This ensures his students are as prepared as possible for their entrance exams.

Michael teaches Saturdays.

 

Robert started playing guitar at the age of 14, and while initially self-taught, he started taking lessons at the age of 16. He grew up listening primarily to classic rock and blues, such as bands and artists like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, and many more. These genres provided the foundation for his musical influences when he started playing, but after taking lessons he became interested in a variety of other genres such as Jazz, Funk, and R&B. His favorite guitar players include David Gilmour, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Wes Montgomery, and Jimi Hendrix.

He is currently in his last year of studying Jazz Performance at Vanier College. Robert believes that a strong theoretical understanding of music is important to developing as a player, but that the most important thing is learning to play the music that inspires you.

Rober teaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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 on Sundays.

William is a self taught musician who carved out his beginnings as a blues guitarist at the age of 15 before later attending Vanier College specializing in Jazz Guitar. Will has played and performed with numerous local musicians. Having learned from jamming with friends and to backing tracks on YouTube, he started frequenting open jams at bars across Downtown, the Plateau and St.Henri areas in his late teens.

So far he has had the fortune of being involved in several projects as a session musician for Bass and Guitar or as a full time member ranging from sounds such as indie/alternative with Slow Power Up, to Pop/R&B with IAMREBELWILL, to rock and soul with The Barrel Heads and Hanorah among many other groups. This has lead to a decent resume of playing venues in the city such as Theatre Corona, Club Soda with his own band The Space Wizards,  touring Eastern Canada from Toronto to Moncton, performing in a SoFar Sounds loft show as well as taking part in a few open air festivals like West Island RibFest and PoutineFest at Dundas Square, Toronto.

 

Will is also currently finishing his degree in Music studying Jazz Guitar at Vanier College, which has opened doors to understanding jazz harmony, resulting in many session gigs recording guitar and bass for rap producers such as Jay Century, True Hunger Music, DJ Majess (Sony BMG) and others.

 

As a Guitar teacher, William believes in teaching his students using the music they love. This helps develop a strong relationship between the fun of expressing oneself in music and the fun of learning new ideas early on, so that the internalized music can be reviewed with a theoretical eye and critical ears after. Will’s aim is to establish fluency with making sounds that the student cares to make in hopes to make them receptive to learning about the underlying workings of those sounds. Students will be able to, if they choose, learn to improvise and flesh out ideas, learn how chord progressions work/make their own, prepare for CEGEP level auditions, learn solo techniques, learn fingerstyle techniques and of course, learn their favorite songs, all in the name of leaving the practice room happier than when they entered it.

William teaches on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

Côte Saint-Luc

Ethan has been playing electric and acoustic guitar since 2008. Ethan is fluent in several techniques and playing styles within genres such as rock, pop and jazz. From August 2015 to May 2018, he attended Marianopolis College, earning his Double DEC in Social Science and Music with a concentration in Jazz Guitar, having learned music theory, ear training and sight singing in the process. During this time, he also taught guitar lessons individually and took on positions as the music specialist at Côte Saint-Luc Day Camp and YCC. He is currently doing a Major in Music at Concordia University, on his way to obtaining his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

Additionally, Ethan also has experience in vocals, bass guitar, drums and piano, having recorded a full punk rock EP, accompanying himself on all instruments, consisting of covers as well as pieces that he wrote and composed himself. He is currently writing and performing with his band, Vibrant Reset, and composing more new material for his solo work.

To Ethan, it is important for students to have fun learning, but also take it as a challenge to further their instrumental skill. It is a valuable asset to balance practicality and imagination when it comes to learning guitar, with a focus on observing influential guitar players and their songs, in the process. Ethan is passionate about music, having developed an enthusiastic and intuitive approach to teaching, with an emphasis on creating a comfortable and positive space for students to learn at their own pace.

Ethan teaches on Saturdays.

Ilya’s passion for music began at an early age when his father, a classical music enthusiast, would regularly acquaint him to 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 on Tuesdays and Sundays.

Lucio has been a professional guitar player and a music teacher for over 10 years. His first contact with the guitar dates back to the age of 11, when he started to practice by himself and began self-teaching. Since 2006, he has taught students in music schools in Brazil, as well as in individual lessons. As a consequence, Lucio has extensive experience with the learning processes in music. He is currently finishing his Master degree in Performance and Composition in Jazz at UdeM.

He first graduated in Psychology and this knowledge is certainly a very useful tool in understand his students’ learning process and ultimately help them to advance in their studies. But music was always his true passion. He started a Bachelor Degree at Faculty of Music of the UFRGS (Brazil). He started to explore Music Theory, classical guitar and jazz. He is a passionate musician, who has developed his identity into a vibrant, empathetic and enthusiastic teacher.

In regards to his work as a musician and performer, his main music project is with the band Marcelo Fruet e os Cozinheiros (http://www.cozinhandomusica.com). Lucio has had the opportunity to go on international tours to several countries, including the US and Japan. Also, he has played in major music festivals, such as SXSW (Austin, Texas) and Kansai Music Conference (Osaka, Japan). He has also taken part in several local concerts and studio recordings.

Lucio teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays.