DRUM LESSONS

At WIMA, our instructors teach students the basics of musical theory, stick control, and the major playing techniques. With our drum lessons, drummers of all levels will work on improving their sense of rhythm and their technique, all while exploring a vast range of styles (pop, rock, jazz, blues, funk, progressive, metal, Latin music, etc.).

Equipment:

All WIMA studios are equipped with drums, cymbals, lecterns, and other percussion equipment. All you need to do is bring your sticks, sheet music, and good mood!

Support materials:

Depending on the level of the student, our teachers will use different method books. Teachers will also adapt the sheet music from their students’ favourite songs with the help of specific notation for the drums. Students must bring their backpacks and music paper.

Techniques:

The drum is a very physical instrument, and bad technique can lead to injuries. Students will learn to play without hurting their hands, arms, and backs, as well as how to “hit hard” without injuring themselves. The lessons will allow students to learn different techniques such as the basics, independence, solos, the double bass drum pedal, and improvisation, to name just a few.

Teachers:

Pointe-Claire

brennanBrennan has been exploring of the art of drumming for the past eight years, and ever since the beginning he has seen the instrument as a versatile tool that allows an individual to express them self in uniquely creative ways. He began his musical journey in high school where he participated in a variety of musical endeavors, such as performing with the high school’s own Jazz Band and the Quebec Honor Band, while being influenced by passionate music teachers.

Brennan was enrolled in Vanier College’s “Professional Music & Song Techniques” program where he had the chance to broaden his understanding of the art and play in a variety of performances ranging from jazz to progressive-metal. Brennan not only perceives each of his lessons as an opportunity to teach students about the instrument, but as an environment that gives the students the freedom to explore their own creativity. As a teacher, Brennan is thrilled to provide all the encouragement necessary to assist each individual down whichever musical path they wish to venture.

Brennan teaches on Saturdays.

Marcy-300x209Marcy has been playing drums for 20 years, during which time she has travelled around the world learning from some of the best teachers. She graduated from Vanier College in the music program, where she studied both jazz and classical drumming. She then moved to Australia to study at a top Theological university, where she majored in gospel drumming. She had the opportunity to learn from some of the best and most famous church musicians in the world, and she has appeared on live DVD’s and concert videos.

Upon returning to Canada, Marcy began a career as a professional musician, playing in numerous churches and concert venues throughout the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. She has been teaching drums and music theory full-time since 2008. Marcy’s drumming style is quite versatile, as she has studied many different musical genres, and performed with various bands and groups throughout the years. She is able to offer students a vast knowledge of music in general, specializing in drumming techniques.

Marcy teaches on Mondays.

shayne

Shayne is currently finishing up his degree at Vanier College in the 3 year Jazz Performance Program. He started playing drums at 11 years old when discovering his love for the instrument at summer camp. Shayne spent the first 5 years learning on his own through participation in many community based music events, high school jazz bands and small bands. At the age of 16, he began studying with the drum teacher at Vanier College. A few months later, he was accepted into program. Shayne’s influences are deeply rooted in Rock, Funk, Hip hop and Jazz. Shayne is an active member in the Montreal Music scene, he currently plays with 3 bands as well as doing some work with Concordia Music department, often session drumming or subbing for drummers in class.  Shayne brings a fun, energetic learning approach to his lessons with emphasis on technique and using songs to drum up motivation.
Shayne teaches on Sundays.

mattMatt has been drumming since the age of 10 and teaching drums for the last 5 years. Thanks to his exceptional versatility, he is currently the drummer for two bands with very different musical styles. He is also the session drummer at Avbury Studios, appearing on projects covering a wide variety of musical genres, including Funk, Soul, Blues, Classic Rock, Hard Rock and Punk.

As a competitive drummer, Matt won first prize two years in a row at the Quebec-Ontario Music Festival.

Matt‘s love for drums and performing are matched only by his passion for sharing his skills with aspiring drummers. His talent, enthusiasm and animated personality create a fun and inspiring learning environment for students of all ages.

Matt teaches on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

lianeLiane has been playing drums since the age of 9 and was enrolled in drum lessons for over 5 years. She was a member of her high school’s orchestra where she developed her skills in reading music by playing the drums and various types of percussion instruments. Over the course of 5 years, she won silver and gold medals while participating at Vanier’s MusicFest and Sherbrooke’s “Festival des Harmonies”. She also got the opportunity to play at the Montreal International Jazz Festival through Montreal’s Blues Camp. Liane’s rock band has most recently performed at the Montreal RibFest and their focus is writing original music and releasing their debut EP.
As a former WIMA Rock Band and drum student, Liane learned all forms of communication, creativity and musical tools, as well as different genres: blues, rock, pop, jazz and metal. With her abilities to relate to and understand fellow drummers, she can demonstrate her teaching techniques through simple, effective and fun ways. She seeks to provide confidence and performance skills to students along their musical path.
Liane teaches on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays

Côte Saint-Luc

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William has been playing drums since the age of 14 and currently studies music in the Jazz Program at Vanier College. Since he started playing, William has participated in numerous Jazz bands and concert bands in school, playing shows both inside and outside of Quebec such as Jazzfest des Jeunes and the Dalhousie Youth Orchestra competition in Halifax. He is versatile as a drummer and teacher, capable of playing and teaching many different styles of music. William understands that each student learns differently, and typically puts a large emphasis on reading early on.
William teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Sundays.

shayne

Shayne is currently finishing up his degree at Vanier College in the 3 year Jazz Performance Program. He started playing drums at 11 years old when discovering his love for the instrument at summer camp. Shayne spent the first 5 years learning on his own through participation in many community based music events, high school jazz bands and small bands. At the age of 16, he began studying with the drum teacher at Vanier College. A few months later, he was accepted into program. Shayne’s influences are deeply rooted in Rock, Funk, Hip hop and Jazz. Shayne is an active member in the Montreal Music scene, he currently plays with 3 bands as well as doing some work with Concordia Music department, often session drumming or subbing for drummers in class.  Shayne brings a fun, energetic learning approach to his lessons with emphasis on technique and using songs to drum up motivation.

Shayne teaches on Saturdays.