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).
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.
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!
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:
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.
Gustavo is a Brazilian guitarist who took up playing guitar at 13 years old. He is also a WIMA alumnus and a graduate of the Marianopolis College Jazz program. He is currently finishing up his degree at McGill University. Gustavo has experience performing with a variety of ensembles, including singer and guitarist duos, rock bands and jazz combos. His influences are diverse, including classic rock, blues, jazz, pop, funk, and latin music. His teaching style has a strong emphasis on fundamentals including technique and theory, but every concept is always introduced in the context of a song or piece that the student gets to choose! This way, the learning process is always fun and engaging. Furthermore, Gustavo believes that open communication between the student and teacher is essential, and he strives to maintain a relaxed but productive atmosphere.
Gustavo teaches on Saturdays.
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.
Mario is a former WIMA student. He started playing classical guitar at the age of 5, then switched to electric guitar at 12. Mario is also a fluent bassist and drummer, picking up both instruments at 14 years of age. He recently finished his studies at Vanier College in Jazz Performance, and hopes to continue his music studies in the future. His biggest influences are jazz guitarists Joe Pass and Grant Green. Mario plays a variety of music genres like Jazz, Blues, RnB, Pop and Punk. His teaching style is based around having solid technique and fundamentals of music theory. Mario ensures that his students are able to reach their goals, all while having fun in a laid back environment.
Mario teaches on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays
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 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
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 Tuesdays, Thursdays 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.
Jeff began playing Guitar at the age of 10 and immediately developed a passion for it. Having been self-taught up until the age of 15, he began taking private lessons for a few years from a variety of teachers. Wishing to explore his career trajectory in music he auditioned for Vanier College’s Music program and having completed a 3-year program he is currently studying music at McGill University. Over the years, Jeff has performed in a variety of downtown Montreal and West Island venues in a range of musical styles from rock to jazz to pop on both guitar and bass.
Jeff’s approach to teaching Guitar is rooted in developing the student’s musical abilities and tastes in music while incorporating music theory and ear training with practical Guitar playing methods. He aims for having fun lessons with his students by getting to know their interests and giving them a sense of accomplishment through short-term and long-term goals.
Jeff teaches on Saturdays.