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:

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Cedric de Saint-Rome is a multi-instrumentalist (Classical and Jazz Piano, Drums, Guitar and Saxophone) currently in his 3rd year of studying Jazz Piano at Vanier College. Having played Piano since the age of 5, Cedric has participated in many performance and composition competitions, and achieved First Class Honours with Distinction in his RCM Grade 10 practical exam. Additionally, he is an electronic music producer and drummer for indie-rock band The Day Dreamers who is currently recording their second studio album. Cedric is incredibly passionate about music and loves to share this love with friends.

Cedric teaches on 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.

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 Thursdays.

Dawn Bontemps has completed diplomas in Piano, Voice and Organ at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. Dawn currently teaches Piano at WIMA and is the Musical Director at St-Michael’s and All Angels Church in Pierrefonds. Dawn has tremendous amounts of experience as a soloist vocalist and pianist over the years and enjoys passing on her passion for music to students of all ages.

Dawn teaches on Mondays

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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.

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, Wednesdays and 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, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.

Marcy has been playing Piano and Drums for 20 years, during which time she has travelled around the world learning from some of the best teachers around. She graduated from Vanier College in the music program, where she studied both Jazz and Classical drumming. She then moved to Australia to study at a top Theological university, where she majored in Gospel Drumming. She had the opportunity to learn from some of the best and most famous church musicians in the world, and she has appeared on live DVD’s and concert videos.

Upon returning to Canada, Marcy began a career as a professional musician, playing in numerous churches and concert venues throughout the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. She has been teaching Drums, Piano and Music Theory full-time since 2008. Marcy’s musical style is quite versatile, as she has studied many different musical genres, and performed with various bands and groups throughout the years. She is able to offer students a vast knowledge of music in general, specializing in drumming techniques.

Marcy teaches on Mondays and Thursdays.

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.

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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 and Wednesdays.

nick-picNick is a Montreal artist, who trained, and still trains ruthlessly in not one, but three fields: dance, drama, but mostly music. He’s a triple threat, which has brought him over time to be casted in over twenty musicals, mainly as a lead. Nick started singing musicals and classical style, but eventually went on to Vanier in jazz voice. His style ranges from funk to pop, with a strong belting range. Nick has also played for Montreal’s International Jazz Festival, is a regular at the House of Jazz, sang at Classica festival, and is featured in many events, fundraisers, and special performances all around town. Nick is currently working on his debut album.

As a teacher, Nick is eager to push his students to be the best they can be. Being a dance coach, his method is the same throughout his classes: technique, interpretation, and raw emotions are the key. Nick’s vision is for his students to find their inner voice, and let it resonate to the world.

Nick teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays

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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.