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.
Alexa discovered her passion for music and performance at a very young age and hasn’t stopped since! She was a student at WIMA for four years in both private Voice lessons and the Rock Band program. Although her first love was singing, she also plays Guitar and Ukulele. Her favourite styles to sing are musical theatre, pop, indie and jazz.
Alexa has participated in several plays and musicals throughout high school and college. She is currently in her final year of John Abbott’s Professional Theatre Acting program and plans to study Musical Theatre in the future.
As a teacher, Alexa hopes to help students find their unique sound and an emotional connection to the music they perform, along with teaching proper vocal technique and stage presence.
Alexa teaches on Wednesdays and Sundays.
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, Tuesdays and Sundays.
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 and Sundays.
Kiara is a singer/songwriter from Montreal, with a focus on Pop, Alternative, Rock and Musical Theatre. She has been singing since she was seven years old, and is a former WIMA student. She writes and performs original material with her band, Pendulum Swing. She has performed at various venues around Montreal such as local Ribfests, Club Soda, and has been in several musical theater productions at John Abbott College.
As a teacher, Kiara will help to make an emotional connection to songs, improve technique, and above all hopes to fuel students’ love for music.
Kiara teaches on Mondays.
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 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, 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
Evan is a former WIMA student and is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree at Université de Montréal in Jazz Voice. Over the past several years of working as a professional musician, he has played in a wide array of styles and has performed everywhere from clubs, churches, concert halls, to high-profile venues such as the Bell Center and Carnegie Hall. He has also shared the stage with big-name artists like Ramin Djawadi and Hans Zimmer.
Evan teaches on 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
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
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 Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.