SINGING LESSONS

At WIMA, our experienced singing teachers will help students develop their vocal technique and their musical sense while working with suitable techniques. Learning to sing is a great way to express yourself and develop your self-confidence. WIMA’s singing lessons give you the best tools to develop this talent within the rules of the art form.

Techniques:

Each lesson begins with a warmup as well as a series of exercises that will help the student improve their range, breathing, accuracy, and pronunciation.

Support materials:

Students are encouraged to come to their lessons with their iPod to show their teacher the artists and groups that inspire them. The teachers will then choose some songs from the list submitted by the student in addition to songs of their choice that will lead the student to discover new musical styles. Students must bring the lyrics to the songs.

Teachers:

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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.

Aprajita is an accomplished vocalist with over eight years of experience in the music industry. She recently completed her Bachelors in Music performance and is currently enrolled in the graduate Music Therapy program at Concordia University. She has specialized in varied styles of singing including jazz, rock, pop and Indian classical music. Training through the technical complexities of Indian and jazz music, she brings a unique and enriching approach to teaching her students.

Aprajita believes in honing her students’ overall musicianship through performance based, fun and engaging singing lessons. She prepares lessons tailored to each student’s strengths and singing goals that helps them push through limits and make continual progress. She keeps a friendly learning environment that encourages her students to identify their unique vocal strengths, realize their true potential and perform fearlessly. She teaches advanced voice and beginner piano to all age groups.

Aprajita teaches Saturdays.

bellaBella Galasso is a singer/songwriter from Montreal who is currently studying jazz vocals at vanier college.  She was a student a WIMA for many years and has taken lessons for several different instruments including the rock band program. Although voice is her main instrument, she also plays rhythm guitar, piano, ukulele and banjo. She is known for writing her own songs, mostly in the pop/country/folk genre. At only 13 years old, she was selected to be in the top 10 of the Montreal songwriting competition. She is currently in a band called “The Record Breakers” and has a lot of experience on stage and in the studio. Bella has performed at venues such as The Corona Theatre, Club Soda and Oscar Peterson Hall.

Although Bella is newer to the teaching world, she is determined to help students develop proper vocal technique, song-writing and stage presence.

 

Bella teaches on Mondays and Sundays.

Bibi grew up in Kingston, Ontario. She started playing Violin at the age of six and has been singing for as long as she can remember. She studied the Suzuki Method growing up with Denise Williams and Deborah McFarlane. Bibi recently finished her fourth year of her violin studies at McGill University with Marcelle Mallette and will be finishing her Jazz Voice performance and Psychology minors in the upcoming year.

Over the last three years, Bibi has been teaching and tutoring violin students in Kingston, and recently completed her Book 1 Suzuki Teacher Training with Edmund Sprunger in Seattle. In 2015, Bibi toured with the Performance Ensemble of Canada in five cities in China, including Shanghai and Beijing, where she held concertmaster and soloist roles. In the summer of 2018, she toured Europe with the Montreal Suzuki String Orchestra, competing and placing third in the Summa Cum Laude festival in Vienna, as well as playing in Salzburg, Munich, and Prague. Bibi comes from a family of musicians and is experienced in teaching people of all ages and backgrounds. She wants to make sure that all of her students’ musical ideas and ambitions are being heard and nurtured, and believes that lessons should be a place where students, teachers, and parents learn from each other and grow together.

Bibi teaches on Wednesdays & Saturdays.

Emma Grenon is a singer/songwriter from Montreal currently studying Jazz Voice at Vanier College. She has been singing and writing since she was a child and started taking lessons when she was 14 years old. She is also a former WIMA student having studied Rock Band, Guitar, and Voice. She has performed at various showcases and talent shows including at Club Soda in 2017. Her knowledge in singing varies through many genres such as pop, rock, jazz, and classical. Her objective with students is to help them find their individual style and to assist them to reach their goals with healthy and solid technique.

Emma teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays.

Frankie is a passionate singer/actress. She is a graduate from Bishop’s University with a 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.

She also performed in the Fete du Lac festival in 2018. Although Frankie’s university training was focused on classical style, she is prominent 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 Tuesdays & Sundays.

Kerry Agnew has extensive experience as a teacher and performer working with musicians of all ages. Kerry received her Masters of Music, and Graduate Diploma in Performance at McGill University in the field of Collaborative Piano. While in Montreal, Kerry has been an integral member of the Opera McGill team as a playing piano and harpsichord on many shows.

 

Equally comfortable in many musical roles, Kerry has experience coaching, teaching, directing, conducting, and producing works in addition to performing both on stage and in the pit. Kerry taught high school and university music courses in her hometown of Saskatoon. There, she maintained an active performing and teaching schedule in addition to directing yearly Musical Theatre productions.  Kerry toured internationally with the Saskatoon Children’s Choir, and performed locally with many choirs, operas, and orchestras. She is an original member and past musical director for Little Opera On the Prairie.

 

Kerry has been lucky to share musical experiences with friends and colleagues across Canada and abroad.  She is passionate about teaching and sharing the joy of music with students of all ages and levels.

Kerry teaches on Wednesdays.

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

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

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 Tuesdays.

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, 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.

red_dress_300dpi-200x300Simone 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 Mondays & Tuesdays.

Beaconsfield

Frankie is a passionate singer/actress. She is a graduate from Bishop’s University with a 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.

She also performed in the Fete du Lac festival in 2018. Although Frankie’s university training was focused on classical style, she is prominent 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 Saturdays.