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.
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.
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.
Tricia is a Brazilian singer/songwriter, currently finishing her bachelor of education at McGill University. She has completed 10 years of experience in the industry including studio sessions, on-stage performances, and working behind-the- scenes as a songwriter and artist manager. As a solo artist, she has been showcased at some of Montreal’s finest venues, made television appearances, performed at the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015 as a special guest, participated in local and international collaborations, and in September 2016, Tricia released her debut album, “The Storm”.
She is an active musician in the Montreal scene and a strong supporter of local talent. Tricia encourages a fun and relaxed atmosphere, while also pushes you to recognize your vocal potential. She works as a vocal and performance coach, specializing in the genres of Musical Theatre, Pop, and Rock. If you’re looking for someone who will boost your confidence, polish your technique, and guide you to put on the performance of a lifetime, Tricia’s your go-to gal.
Tricia teaches Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.
Justine is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Vocal Performance at l’Université de Montréal. Justine started studying Voice at a very young age, allowing her to acquire a taste for many different instruments, such as piano, guitar and flute. Although her technique is primarily classical, she has mastered other genres: Jazz, Broadway and Pop. She believes that music should be a way of expressing your emotions, while always improving your technique. Justine loves to share her passion with others, and does so by teaching Voice. Her lessons focus on having fun, singing the students’ favourite songs, and also discovering new techniques and repertoire. She listens to her students’ needs and is open to suggestions. She believes that, while maintaining a healthy and comfortable technique, Voice should be about having fun and getting out of our comfort zone.
Justine teaches on Thursdays.
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 specialized 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 Saturdays.
Bella 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.
Bella teaches on Mondays and Sundays.
Rebecca Fiset-Côté (also known as Becky), is a Singer/Songwriter from Montreal currently studying Jazz Voice at Vanier College. In 2016 Becky’s talent landed her a spot on Quebec’s television show “La Voix” (French version of The Voice) where she proudly reached the “champs de bataille” round. Some of her previous accomplishments also include her appearance at the age of 14 on YTV’s nation-wide show “The Next Star” where she was chosen as one of the top 6 girls from across Canada. Becky truly enjoys sharing her passion for singing as well as her on-stage experience with her students giving them the necessary tools to help them reach their full potential all the while having fun!
Becky teaches on Tuesdays and Sundays.
Brandon attended the Vanier College Music Program, studying as a jazz vocalist, and also optained a Degree as an Audio Technician from Recording Arts Canada. On his path, he’s acquired a taste for many different genres of music and has learned a vital lesson: music is about having fun, no matter how seriously you take it!
He is currently involved in his own pop/rock band called “The Moon and Back”, and has played at some well known Montreal venues, such as Le National and Club Soda. They released their first self-titled album in 2015, for which Brandon wrote most of the music, recorded all guitars, and the majority of the vocals.
Brandon teaches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
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 Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
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.
Nick 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
Isabella Rachiele is currently completing her Professional Degree in Music at Vanier College with a focus on Jazz Vocals. She has been singing since the age of 5 and has also been trained in Musical Theatre. In 2016 Isabella was invited to sing at a Recital at Carnegie Hall as the First Place Winner and Jury Favorite Award winner in the American Protégé International Music Competition.
In 2015 she won 1st prize in the talent contest at the Brome County Fair and in 2014 she performed to over 3000 people on the Montreal Jazz Festival’s TD stage. She currently performs around Montreal with her band Just Drop Out singing an eclectic mix of soul and pop covers and some originals. In addition, she sings in a jazz trio for special events. Isabella adapts her classes to the objectives of each person and is patient and understanding.
Her goal is to help her students develop self-confidence, proficiency, active listening skills, and a love and appreciation for music.
Isabella teaches on Sundays