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

Alyssa Yeung has been immersed in the world of music since the age of 5. She began with piano lessons and later on, studied voice. At 17, she enrolled in the CEGEP program of l’École de musique Vincent d’Indy in classical voice. She has since then grown and matured into the musical environment and would love to share her knowledge – be it through singing or piano. She is currently studying in classical voice performance at the Schulich School of Music at McGill.

She has acted in many theatre productions and has participated in numerous musical projects such as singing the role of Serpina in the Mozart’s operetta La Serva Padrona and being a soloist for Schubert’s Mass in G. She continues to evolve as a performing and creative artist.

Her goal is to teach her students the fundamentals of music and the techniques required for the instrument, but in a fun, lively and comfortable atmosphere. She only wants the best for her students–to find joy in practising music and for it to be a creative outlet in which they can express themselves.

Alyssa teaches on Thursdays and Saturdays

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 Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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.

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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 Wednesdays, 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.

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

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 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 and Wednesdays.

Yu started studying Classical Piano at the age of 6. Yu worked hard to obtain his Certificate of Practical Piano Level 9 from Royal Conservatory of Music in 2014. He later enrolled in the Professional Music and Song Techniques program at Vanier College in 2018 and joined the Vanier Jazz Big band. Although, Yu studies Jazz piano performance, he also performs in other genres such as pop, blues and classical.

In his piano lessons, Yu hopes to inspire, provide expert instruction, and to bring joy to students through a positive learning environment. He is passionate about piano teaching, always wanting to help his students reach their full potential. On top of that, Yu is a good listener, empathetic, understanding and encouraging person. He believes that these are important traits piano teachers must possess.

Yu teaches on Sundays.

Beaconsfield

Aprajita Saxena is an accomplished vocalist with over eight years of experience in the music industry. Coming from India, she is currently pursuing her music degree at Concordia University with a focus on Jazz Voice. She has also specialised in the rock, jazz and pop styles of singing through the Trinity College of London, and is a trained Indian classical singer. Training through the technical complexities of Indian and jazz music, she brings a unique approach to teaching her students. Apart from strengthening their vocal abilities, her style of teaching includes exercises that also develop their aural perception and rhythmic understanding simultaneously. 

Aprajita believes in honing her students’ overall musicianship through performance based, fun and engaging singing lessons. She prepares structured lessons tailored to each student’s strengths and singing goals that helps them in analyzing their progress regularly. She keeps a friendly learning environment that encourages her students to identify their unique vocal strengths, realise their true potential and perform fearlessly.

Aprajita teaches on Tuesdays.

Frankie 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 Wednesdays and Sundays.

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Maria teaches on Wednesdays.

Owen is a Pianist/Organist from London, Ontario. From an early age Owen gained a love of music from his parents and took up piano and singing in his local church choir at age 6, later he began studying the organ at age 11. Owen is an Associate of Conservatory Canada in both Piano and Organ performance and received the D.F. Cook Medal for the Highest combined average scored on the Associates written and practical Exams that year. Owen has a wide variety of experience ranging from leading Rock bands to conducting and accompanying Choirs and teaching piano and guitar privately. Owen Spicer was the Organ Scholar at St. Martin’s in the Field London, Ontario from 2015-2019 under William Lupton. During that time he also served as Choir accompanist at Wesley Knox United Church. Owen was also a trusted substitute for many Organists in London. Owen has played noon hour recitals at both St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, Ontario and at St. James Cathedral in Toronto. Owen is familiar with many styles of music including Jazz and Blues and has a love for improvising, especially with other people. Owen is currently studying at McGill University taking a Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance with Professor Hans-Ola Erickson. Owen is excited to be teaching at West Island Music Academy and looks forward to meeting new students.  

Owen teaches on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Veronica is currently completing a Double DEC at Vanier College in Music & Pure and Applied Sciences. Veronica was first introduced to music via piano lessons at the age of 5. She then went on in high school to complete the music étude program at Lindsay Place studying flute. She now continues to study at Vanier College where she embraces both the performance & theoretical sides of music. She is also a member of the West Island Youth Symphony Orchestra and has been for 2 years. Veronica has many years of teaching experience and believes that learning music should be a fun, patient and rewarding process. She hopes to continue her education in music management in university.

Veronica teaches on Sundays.