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

Colin has a DEC in jazz bass performance from Vanier College and is currently finishing his bachelor’s degree in musicology at Université de Montréal, where his principal instrument is jazz voice.


Colin teaches beginner to intermediate piano, as well as bass of all levels. Lessons can be done in French or English without a problem, for students of all ages and backgrounds, and often include ear training, analysis and history elements.

Colin teaches on Mondays and Sundays.

frankieFrankie is a passionate singer/actress. She is a graduate from Bishop’s University with Double Honours in Music and Drama. She is a classically trained singer but her first love is musical theatre, having performed in musicals such as Tom Sawyer, (playing the role of Becky Thatcher) and Mamma Mia, (playing Sophie Sheridan).

Frankie is no stranger to an audience, having toured Canada performing in “Home Child” in 2017, as well as performing in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in “Feet of the Angels” in 2018.

Frankie also performed in the Fete du Lac festival in 2018. Although her university training was focused on classical style, she is proficient in all singing genres such as jazz, pop and of course, musical theatre. Frankie’s goal is to lead her students to fully understanding their own voices so they can reach their full potential while singing healthily.

Frankie teaches on Saturdays.

Grace is a classical mezzo-soprano with a Bachelor’s of Music from McGill University. Originally from Alaska, Grace grew up playing piano and singing opera arias and musical theatre songs. At university she sang in vocal quartets and choirs as well as performed opera roles such as Miles in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Willie in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. From when she first began lessons, at age 12, to now, music has always given Grace a means for exploring her own creativity, a sense of community, and a love for performing and learning. She now wishes to bring this experience to her students. Grace teaches beginning to intermediate piano as well as singing for all levels. She enjoys exploring all genres of music and specializes in Italian, German, and French songs as well as musical theatre.

Grace teaches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Janna is a pianist/keyboardist based in Pincourt, Quebec. At the age of 10, she began taking piano lessons with a private teacher, and later joined the jazz band in high school. Janna’s love for performance grew, and at the age of 16, she joined The Becket Players and Star Image Band, performing a variety of genres such as pop, rock, funk, R&B, and jazz.

Janna continued her studies in music at Vanier College, receiving a DEC in Professional Song and Music Techniques in 2015. In 2019, Janna received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Jazz Studies at Concordia University. After graduating, Janna released her first CD titled ‘Where To?’ with her jazz trio Birnam.

Janna enjoys teaching all styles of music to piano students of all ages and levels. She combines her experience and abilities to be a compassionate and dynamic role model, while having a positive impact on every student’s learning experience.

 

Janna teaches on Sundays.

Laura is a passionate mezzo-soprano with a Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Performance Voice. She began performing at age 5 in Sunday school productions, since then she has performed across Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. She has also had the privilege of performing with the Canadian Tenors in 2019.

She has performed in many different languages including English, French, Italian, German, Tagalog, and Russian. She is classically trained but also loves to sing; folk, country, pop, gospel, and musical theater.

Laura has played roles from: Foot Loose (Ariel), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), The Drowsy Chaperon (Mrs. Totendale), The Magic Flute (The Three Spirits/Women), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mrs. Page), and Die Fliedermause (Princess Orlofsky) among many others.

While in College, Laura discovered she enjoyed learning how the voice works, the biology of it and why/how our bodies do what they do to make sound. Laura uses this knowledge to her advantage in her teaching and finds new and creative ways to do so.

Above all else Laura loves music and wants her students to as well! She is always energetic and greets you with a smile. Singing skillfully and beautifully can be a challenge, but the reward is worth the effort.

Laura teaches on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Nicholas is a drummer, pianist, arranger, band leader and music educator originally from Windsor Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree. He has not only been a part of various ensembles in his home town but has been the founding member of well known groups in the Windsor area. Nick has also been in the pit for many local musicals including Stephen Sondheim’s Company presented by Kordazone theatre as well as Tom Eyen’s Dreamgirls presented by Arts Collective Theatre. Nick has been teaching for over three years privately in his own studio as well as Long & McQuade (Windsor) and is a part of both the “Sabian Education Network” and the “D’Addario Education Collective”. In the fall of 2021, he moved to the city of Montreal to further his musical career by continuing to teach private lessons as well as perform in the local scene.

Nick teaches on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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.

Ula is a classical mezzo-soprano and Montreal-based composer. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music in Composition, with a concentration in vocal performance at McGill University. She is passionate about teaching voice, piano and songwriting. She teaches in many styles including classical voice, pop, jazz, musical theatre, and folk music. She believes teaching music is a collaborative and multidisciplinary effort and takes a holistic approach. In addition to singing/playing the right notes, her music lessons will revolve around the invisible things that work together to create an amazing performance, including breathwork, intention, and stage presence.

Ula started her musical journey singing in a youth choir at her synagogue and joined an acting program the next year, where her love of musical theatre emerged. At 13, she wrote, played a role in, and co-directed a two-act musical with her brother. She is currently performing at McGill and is working on a collection of small ensemble works for piano, string, and wind ensembles. Ula has sung with McGill’s Schulich Singers and is currently co-musical director of Soulstice a Capella, a soul-pop and funk singing group. Over the summer, Ula premiered two new works for the Wintergreen Music Academy Festival of the Artist.

She has also worked with a volunteer music education organization in Verdun, QC called School of Music Montreal. Ula taught singing lessons at Verdun elementary school, mentoring underprivileged students in exploring their musical potential and education. She wanted to not only give students the opportunity to be introduced to music, but also the opportunity to become musicians.

Overall, Ula brings joy to teaching voice and hopes to share her passion, knowledge, and love of music with her students.

Ula teaches on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Côte Saint-Luc

Ebony Jada is a singer/ songwriter from Montreal. After having completed her DEC for Vanier College’s Professional Music and Song Techniques program, she is currently at Concordia University to further her music education in Jazz Studies. Having gone to F.A.C.E elementary and highschool, Ebony has been exposed to music since the age of 7 and has never looked back. Touring around Quebec with her highschool Jazz Band made a huge impact on the course of her post secondary endeavours. She specializes in styles such as Classical, Pop, RnB and Jazz but she believes that with a proper foundation of singing techniques, any style is possible! Ebony wants to bring her love for singing to those who share the same passion.

Ebony teaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Grace is a classical mezzo-soprano with a Bachelor’s of Music from McGill University. Originally from Alaska, Grace grew up playing piano and singing opera arias and musical theatre songs. At university she sang in vocal quartets and choirs as well as performed opera roles such as Miles in Benjamin Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and Willie in Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. From when she first began lessons, at age 12, to now, music has always given Grace a means for exploring her own creativity, a sense of community, and a love for performing and learning. She now wishes to bring this experience to her students. Grace teaches beginning to intermediate piano as well as singing for all levels. She enjoys exploring all genres of music and specializes in Italian, German, and French songs as well as musical theatre.

Grace teaches on Mondays.

IlyaIlya’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 has led him pursue his studies in Jazz Guitar at Vanier College; where he is currently completing his final year of studies. 

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 and often plays at 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. Then they can move on to some more advanced techniques such as improvising and song writing. In this way, Ilya hopes that his students inherit his passion for music.

Ilya teaches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

Homme jouant de la guitareMichelle is a Lebanese guitarist and pianist who found her way into the world of music through films.  

At age 8, she starts taking theory, solfeggio and classical guitar lessons and has ever since had a  growing passion for this instrument.  

Fascinated by the versatility of guitars, Michelle decides to take a deeper dive into music. She got  her Bachelor’s degree in Musicology at USEK University in Lebanon and moved to Montreal to  complete her DESS in film scoring at UQAM.  

In Lebanon, Michelle worked closely with the Zouk Mikael Modern Orchestra and various local artists  with whom she explored different musical genres like Oriental pop music, Blues, Gospel, Reggae, Prog, Soul/R&B and Jazz. 

Influenced by a multitude of artists from both the West and the East, her playing engulfs  colourful elements of Western music in an Oriental blend; putting the soul and feel upfront.  

Michelle has been teaching music for 8 years now and strongly believes that “Practice equals time  and quality when you aim to master your craft”.

Michelle teaches on Tuesdays and 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.

Simone is an Australian singer-songwriter and vocal coach, passionate about helping her students to find their unique voices and learn techniques to create emotive vocal performances using the whole body as an instrument. Simone has toured internationally, studied songwriting under some of the world’s best songwriters, along with contemporary and classical vocal, gaining a Licentiate of Music Performance in 2011.

With a teaching style that is a fun and engaging way to build confidence, versatility and strength as a singer, Simone teaches rock, pop, folk, country and musical theatre. Learn about becoming a professional singer-songwriter in the music industry, including recording techniques, mastering music technology, and knocking the socks off your live audiences with your dynamic vocal performances. Simone is set to release her forthcoming EP with US record label, Fluff and Gravy records in the coming months.

Simone teaches on Mondays & Tuesdays.

Beaconsfield

Laura is a passionate mezzo-soprano with a Bachelor of Music, Concentration in Performance Voice. She began performing at age 5 in Sunday school productions, since then she has performed across Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan. She has also had the privilege of performing with the Canadian Tenors in 2019.

She has performed in many different languages including English, French, Italian, German, Tagalog, and Russian. She is classically trained but also loves to sing; folk, country, pop, gospel, and musical theater.

Laura has played roles from: Foot Loose (Ariel), Oklahoma (Ado Annie), The Drowsy Chaperon (Mrs. Totendale), The Magic Flute (The Three Spirits/Women), The Merry Wives of Windsor (Mrs. Page), and Die Fliedermause (Princess Orlofsky) among many others.

While in College, Laura discovered she enjoyed learning how the voice works, the biology of it and why/how our bodies do what they do to make sound. Laura uses this knowledge to her advantage in her teaching and finds new and creative ways to do so.

Above all else Laura loves music and wants her students to as well! She is always energetic and greets you with a smile. Singing skillfully and beautifully can be a challenge, but the reward is worth the effort.

Laura teaches on Wednesdays.

Nicholas is a drummer, pianist, arranger, band leader and music educator originally from Windsor Ontario, and holds a Bachelor of Music degree. He has not only been a part of various ensembles in his home town but has been the founding member of well known groups in the Windsor area. Nick has also been in the pit for many local musicals including Stephen Sondheim’s Company presented by Kordazone theatre as well as Tom Eyen’s Dreamgirls presented by Arts Collective Theatre. Nick has been teaching for over three years privately in his own studio as well as Long & McQuade (Windsor) and is a part of both the “Sabian Education Network” and the “D’Addario Education Collective”. In the fall of 2021, he moved to the city of Montreal to further his musical career by continuing to teach private lessons as well as perform in the local scene.

Nick teaches on Tuesdays.