At WIMA, each student will benefit from a personal approach based on their goals, whether they are at a beginner, intermediate, or advanced level. Fun is the heart of our philosophy, and we integrate it into all of our lessons while imparting our knowledge and passion for music to our students. Our teachers work with pieces chosen by the student and adapted to suit their level. Students will also have the opportunity to play one of their favourite pieces at the end-of-session recital.
Our teachers use creative methods and books that perfectly correspond to the level of the student and respond to their objectives. Students will learn how to read sheet music, chord diagrams, and musical notation at their own pace.
Each WIMA studio is outfitted with quality accessories and equipment. Just bring your violin, your sheet music, and your energy!
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.
Sofia Yatsyuk began playing the violin at the Ternopil School of Music in Ukraine at the age of six and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the Royal Academy of Music in London with Professor Mateja Marinkovich. She made her orchestral debut with the Ternopil Symphony Orchestra in 2014 and recently performed Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.1 with the Lakeshore Symphony Orchestra in Canada.
Sofia has given solo and chamber music performances in Ukraine, Italy, Slovenia, Poland, China, Canada, France and the UK, including a concert at Giuseppe Tartini’s house in Piran and the Parliament building in Westminster, London. Sofia just completed her Master’s degree at the Schulich School of Music with Professor Axel Strauss in Montreal, during which she was the winner of the Maruisa Yaworska Scholarship Award, winner of the Kathleen Trust Award and recipient of the Heinz Saueressig Scholarship for academic excellency. She is currently a member of Orchestre Nouvelle Generation and Concertmaster of the Sinfonia de l’Ouest in Montreal.
Sofia teaches on Saturdays.
Starting her music education at the age of 6, Mayu has been playing the violin and viola for over 15 years. She has taken private lessons with Jean MacRae and Steve Dann, and now enjoys teaching students of her own. Mayu has numerous years of experience playing in orchestras such as the FACE Symphony and Chamber orchestras, as well as the Westmount Youth Orchestra, where she was principal violist. Her orchestral playing has led her on various tours overseas to Greece and France.
She is currently finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Music at McGill’s Schulich School of Music and was a member of the McGill Symphony Orchestra from 2016 to 2018. She has worked at the Encore! Sistema Québec Day Camp and occasionally plays at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours in Montreal’s Old Port. Currently, she is the director of the Westmount Youth Orchestra’s beginner level String Ensemble.
Mayu teaches on Mondays.