PIANO LESSONS

Whether they want to play popular songs or follow the Royal Conservatory of Music program, students will benefit from specific private piano lessons with our professional instructors. WIMA students will also have the chance to learn theory, different piano techniques, improvisation, composition, and stage presence, depending on their objectives.

Techniques:

All our teachers have experience with the most popular piano methods, such as Piano Adventures, Michael Aaron, Hal Leonard, Leila Fletcher, The Alfred Series, and the books of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Printed or transcribed sheet music is also used for pop, jazz, or rock songs. The teacher chooses the most appropriate method according to the age and objective of the student.

Style:

During the lessons, each student can choose a style to study, be it classical, blues, pop, jazz, etc. All students are strongly encouraged to bring their iPods along to share their favourite musical styles with their teachers. Students will also have the chance to play a current popular song or their favourite piano piece at the end-of-session recital.

Teachers:

Pointe-Claire

Originally from Ottawa, Carley began her violin studies 16 years ago in Spring, Texas. She has since lived in Seattle, Washington, and now Montreal, where she continues to study Violin at the McGill University Conservatory. Carley has enjoyed being a part of large and small ensembles in the Pacific Northwest, including the Everett, Seattle, and Cascade Youth Symphony orchestras. She has held concertmaster and principal roles and was featured as a soloist in the Marrowstone Music Festival. In Seattle, Carley studied under Marcus Talley and has participated in masterclasses with Los Angeles Opera violinist Leslie Katz, Patti Kusturok, and Kelli Trottier.

Carley holds a Bachelor’s degree from McGill University and post-graduate diploma from the University of Leicester in Psychology. She is also a registered Suzuki teacher and teaches Piano in addition to Violin. She enjoys teaching different styles of music, incorporating fiddle, classical, pop, and jazz music into her teaching repertoire. Carley’s approach is focused on building and developing a strong technical foundation through engaging and fun lesson plans that are adapted to each student’s learning needs and musical preferences. 

Carley is passionate about teaching and enjoys working with students of all ages. When she is not teaching, she enjoys playing in chamber ensembles.

Carley teaches on Mondays and Sundays.

Chloe has been in a constant musical environment ever since the age of 6. Chloe has performed classical music in choirs and orchestras her entire life. While she started her musical education in Classical Piano, she eventually made the switch to Electric Bass in her teenage years. She puts a lot of emphasis on Ear Training and Rhythmic Precision in her lessons. She is proficient in Jazz/Latin, Classical, Motown/R&B, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre and Pop. She takes inspiration from the music of James Jamerson, Anderson Paak, Esperanza Spalding, Roger Waters, Queen, David Bowie and Tchaikovsky. Chloé is currently finishing up her degree in Bass Guitar specializing in Jazz Performance at Vanier College.

Chloe teaches on Mondays and Sundays.

Dao started studying the Piano when he was 10 and went on to study Music at Concordia University under the guidance of Dr. Yaron Ross. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Music and is currently working on towards a Masters Degree of Piano Interpretation at Universite de Montreal. Dao’s methodology is part of a teaching tradition that owes itself to legendary pianists such as Mindru Katz, Michelangeli, and Kendall Taylor. He is very passionate about teaching and spreading music to all sorts of audiences, young and old. Dao truly believes that having joy and discipline for music is applicable in all fields of study and life.

Dao teaches on Thursdays.

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Kevin started played the piano at the age of four listening to sounds and imitating them on the piano. He eventually fell in love with music and enrolled into private piano lessons at the age of 7. He proceeded to further his education into music and was accepted into Vanier College specializing in Classical Piano. His love for improvisation however led him to switch into Jazz and has now completed his DEC. He is currently enrolled at McGill University in Music Education. Kevin plays in a rock band Called Cowboy Meets Pirates and has his own project called Saja. Kevin believes theory and knowledge of your own instrument is very important to understand its complexity and how to use it to its full potential. Theory and ear training are key in professional improvisation and can open the doors into almost every style. Kevin is soft-spoken and patient; he is great for beginners and advanced students alike!

Kevin teaches on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

International mezzo-soprano Leah Johns is a Montréal based opera singer.  Originally from North Carolina, she received her Bachelors of Music from DePaul University (2014) and Masters of Music from McGill University (2019).  She has performed across North America as well as Europe. In Montreal, she has performed the roles of Zweite Dame in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte at Monument National, Mum in Britten’s Albert Herring with Opera McGill and Mauyra in Vaugh Williams’ Riders to the Sea with TheHorizon’s Project. This summer she will be performing the role of Laura in Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta in Philadelphia. 

Leah enjoys singing and teaching music of all genres including pop, jazz and musical theater. She teaches voice students of all ages and levels, as well as beginner piano. Her goal is to give her students an understanding and appreciation of music, as well as providing them with the technical ability and the confidence to perform.

Leah teaches on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Lucas Eldem is a former WIMA student. During his 6 years as a student, he took lessons in Piano, Voice, Bass, and was part of the Rock Band program for 3 years, in which he played all 3 of these instruments. Lucas grew up in Labrador City, Newfoundland, where he started playing Piano and reading music at the age of 3, and singing at the age of 7.

Lucas is very eager to help students of all ages with both Voice and Oiano. He has taught students of all ages in both instruments, and pushes all students to reach their maximum potential in whichever instrument they choose, in a lighthearted and relaxed, yet challenging approach.

Lucas teaches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Lucy started playing piano when she was 6 years old. She instantly gravitated towards the sound of the instrument and the complex symphony of melodies that can be produced by only two hands. Since then, music has played a large role in her life, and Lucy strives to improve her skills in piano as well as passing on her love for it to her students. Performing at Carnegie Hall in 2013 was her favourite experience in her musical journey. She loves to play music of all genres, from classical to pop songs. Lucy focuses on the joy that comes from music, and she hopes to bring lots of fun into learning piano.

 

Lucy teaches on Saturdays.

Marcus has extensive performing, and teaching experience with a wide variety of age and proficiency levels. At the age of 17 he was an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) scholar to the Royal Academy of Music (UK) in piano. He graduated with the Graduate diploma, Performers certificate, and the Professional Piano Teaching Licence (GRSM, LRAM). He furthered his studies in Canada completing a Bachelors of Music from the University of Toronto, and Masters degree, and Artist diploma in piano performance from the University of Montreal. 

He specializes in classical styles of piano repertoire but also enjoys pop, jazz, show-tunes, and contemporary film score. Marcus believes in a teaching methodology that involves a creative, fun, stimulating, and multi-faceted approach to the physical mechanics, and musical interpretation involved in piano playing. Repertoire can be chosen to suit all tastes: From beginner tutors to Chopin Études, Sonatas to Show Tunes & Pop/Rock, Beethoven to Yann Tiersen. His lessons are a collaborative effort to learning that is always inspiring for students of any age: children to adults.

Marcus has served on the faculties of the University Settlement Music & Arts School (Toronto), High-Note Academy (Ottawa), and is now at the West Island Music Academy (Montreal).

Marcus teaches on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Sandrine  is currently completing her Professional Degree in Music at Vanier College with a focus on Jazz Voice. She has been singing and playing classical Piano since the age of six, where her love for music emerged. Sandrine has participated and won countless music competitions in Voice, notably in La Festival de la Voix in 2013, where she won 1st place for her original composition as well as the Quebec/Ontario Youth Music Festival. She writes her own songs, mostly in the pop/folk/rock genre. She was the leader of the Glee Club in her high school and was assistant Choir Director at her church when she was 15. She has completed her RCM level 9 exam in Piano, in which she received first class honors, and she’s looking to complete her level 10 exam in January.

Sandrine has several years of experience in teaching Piano and Voice students of all ages, and her lessons focus on helping each of her students develop their own voice and individual style while having fun. She is patient and understanding of each of her students needs and her goal for her students is to develop the proper techniques to develop self-confidence, stage presence and a love and appreciation of music.

Sandrine teaches on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Côte Saint-Luc

Ciata started the Piano at 10 years old and fell in with the instrument at first sight. Her passion for Piano led her to obtain a DEC in Classical Piano at Vanier College, where she studied with Julia Gavrilova.

As a pianist, Ciata has appeared as a soloist, as an accompanist for ensembles, and for theater productions, (Beauty and the Beast) for seasonal concerts throughout her High School years. She continues to perform as a soloist and accompanist for vocalists, intrumentalists and presently serves as Pianist at the Lasalle New Life Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Ciata uses methods that introduce basic piano technique as well as knowledge of music theory, according to a student’s needs. She is very passionate about music pedagogy and finds great joy in sharing her musical knowledge with others, both young and old.

Ciata loves music for strings and is also an active cellist. She has 7 years of orchestral and chamber music experience and is presently a cellist in thePhilharmonie jeunesse de Montréal.

Ciata teaches on Sundays.

Dao started studying the Piano when he was 10 and went on to study Music at Concordia University under the guidance of Dr. Yaron Ross. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Music and is currently working on towards a Masters Degree of Piano Interpretation at Universite de Montreal. Dao’s methodology is part of a teaching tradition that owes itself to legendary pianists such as Mindru Katz, Michelangeli, and Kendall Taylor. He is very passionate about teaching and spreading music to all sorts of audiences, young and old. Dao truly believes that having joy and discipline for music is applicable in all fields of study and life.

Dao teaches on Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

Evan is a former WIMA student and is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree at Université de Montréal in Jazz Voice. Over the past several years of working as a professional musician, he has played in a wide array of styles and has performed everywhere from clubs, churches, concert halls, to high-profile venues such as the Bell Center and Carnegie Hall. He has also shared the stage with big-name artists like Ramin Djawadi and Hans Zimmer.

Evan teaches on Sundays.

Singer/songwriter/recording artist, Rosie, is a powerhouse of a teacher.  She carefully asses each student’s goal, vocal and learning ability, and constructs a unique to student protocol to ensure they successfully push through barriers, and surpass their own expectations.  Rosie has trained with the Royal Conservatory of Music in piano and voice (which has awarded her 2 silver medals for voice performance), graduated from Vanier College’s music program, as well as earned her degree from Concordia University in Classical voice.

Rosie’s bubbly personality quickly establishes a comfort zone in class that allows students to express themselves while using proper technique made fun. She’s done it all, from multi-lingual Classical, Pop, Jazz, and Rock; gracing the stages of Place des Arts, Club Soda, etc, if you’re looking to develop technique, vocal tone, power, performance abilities, song-writing, and confidence, Rosie is the teacher for you.  Signed to a record label in California, Invitation Records, Rosie has worked with songwriters and producers around the world.

Rosie teaches on Mondays and Tuesdays.