GUITAR LESSONS

Each student needs a different approach. That’s why the teachers at WIMA know how to change their methods from one student to another. Guitar lessons at WIMA cover a wide variety of musical styles, such as rock, pop, jazz, blues, metal, finger style, and many others. Whether you’re learning to play as a beginner, want a technical upgrade for professional purposes, or just want to enjoy yourself while learning at your own pace, our lessons are structured to respond to your needs. We also help our students prepare for RCM exams and CEGEP and university entrance exams (specific instrument, theory, and ear training lessons).

Support materials:

Our teachers use a variety of books carefully selected to respond to the needs of their students. These include, among others, the works of Hal Leonard, Mel Bay, and Berklee. We also use adaptations of current pop music to help our students learn their favourite songs! Students will learn to read sheet music, chord diagrams, and musical notation.

Equipment:

Each WIMA studio is equipped with quality amplifiers, tuners, capos, and metronomes that are ready to use. You only have to bring your guitar, pick, and music!

Techniques:

Depending on the age of the student, beginners will learn the notes in the open position or the basic chords. The lessons then cover all the theory required for a guitarist, the different techniques necessary for the guitar (scales, barre chords, etc.), improvisation, composition, as well as many other aspects. Students can also record themselves digitally, with their teacher, to have the experience of a guitarist in the studio.

Guitar Lesson Teachers:

Pointe-Claire

Joel

Joel grew up in the West Island of Montreal and began playing piano at the age of 5. At the age of 13, he took up the guitar, and at the age of 15 he took up bass and drums. Joel continued to study music at Vanier College while teaching privately. After graduating from Vanier, he went on to study at Concordia University in Jazz Guitar. During the summers, Joel taught Rock Band classes, taking the groups on tour throughout Quebec.

Since graduating from Concordia University, Joel has continued to teach privately, appearing on several independent releases as a guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, drummer, producer, and engineer, and has performed with several jazz combos, hard rock, funk and jam bands in the Montreal area and abroad. In the summer of 2010, Joel founded WIMA with the goal of making the most modern and fun music school Montreal has ever seen.

Joel’s teaching style is set in a relaxed atmosphere, using several popular guitar methods as well as his own instructional material to teach his students. He incorporates the student’s favorite songs into the lesson plan as well as the classics. Once the student has a solid base on the guitar, they move on to soloing, improvisation, composition, recording techniques, and much more.

You can hear some of Joel’s music by visiting www.thefuzzylogic.com

Joel teaches Thursdays.

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Michael started playing bass and guitar at 13 years old and has been teaching since the age of 17. He eventually went on to study bass at Vanier College and Concordia University. In addition to that he has obtained certificates from the Berklee College of Music through correspondence in Rock, Blues, Jazz guitar, improvisation and composition.

Teaching is one Michael’s biggest passions. For the past 13 years he has dedicated much of his time to music education and teaching students of all ages and levels. Michael provides an easy going and fun learning environment so that he can ensure every student can learn, absorb and ultimately reach their playing goals as efficiently as possible.

Furthermore, if you are looking to study music at a college level, Michael can help you out! He provides audition preparation for bass as well preparatory classes in music theory and ear training. This ensures his students are as prepared as possible for their entrance exams.

Michael teaches Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Mario is a former WIMA student. He started playing Classical Guitar at the age of 5, then switched to Electric Guitar at 12. Mario is also a proficient Bassist and Drummer, picking up both instruments at 14 years of age. He is currently finishing up his studies at Vanier College in Jazz Performance, and hopes to continue his music studies afterwards. His biggest influences are jazz guitarists Joe Pass and Grant Green. Mario plays a variety of music genres like Jazz, Blues, RnB, Pop and Punk. His teaching style is based around having solid technique and the fundamentals of music theory. Mario ensures that his students are able to reach their goals, all while having fun in a laid back environment.

Mario teaches Tuesdays.

Gustavo

Gustavo is a Brazilian guitarist who took up playing guitar at 13 years old. He is also a WIMA alumnus and a graduate of the Marianopolis College Jazz program. He is currently finishing up his degree at McGill University. Gustavo has experience performing with a variety of ensembles, including singer and guitarist duos, rock bands and jazz combos. His influences are diverse, including classic rock, blues, jazz, pop, funk, and latin music. His teaching style has a strong emphasis on fundamentals including technique and theory, but every concept is always introduced in the context of a song or piece that the student gets to choose! This way, the learning process is always fun and engaging. Furthermore, Gustavo believes that open communication between the student and teacher is essential, and he strives to maintain a relaxed but productive atmosphere.

Gustavo teaches on Saturdays.

 

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Ben is a former WIMA student, having taken up the guitar at the age of 10. He currently studies composition at McGill University after finishing up his degree in Jazz Guitar from Vanier College. Apart from his education, he has experience playing and performing with several bands in the local music scene, frequenting several of Montreal’s most notable venues. His influences range from newer punk groups, including Green Day and Rise Against, the 40s and 50s Jazz musicians, such as Chet Baker and Art Blakey. He employs a hands-on teaching method, providing thorough demonstrations while remaining wary of technique. Moreover, all teaching is approached in the spirit of fun and a love for music.

Ben teaches on Sundays.

 

IlyaIlya’s passion for music began at an early age when his father, a classical music enthusiast, would regularly acquaint him to various composers. As a young boy, Ilya also sang with an Orthodox Church choir yet his true devotion to music began when he picked up the guitar at the age of 8, practicing and composing in a multitude of genres ranging from rock to classical. His strong interest in the progressive jazz genre led him to pursue his studies in Jazz Guitar at Vanier College and later at Concordia University.

Ilya has also studied extensively in film production and has written numerous scores for various independent films. Furthermore, he has played in numerous Progressive Rock, Funk and Jazz bands, often in various venues in Montreal.

Teaching has always been a passion for Ilya and a means to convey his enthusiasm to the student. His method of teaching relies strongly on establishing good communication and a positive learning environment. The students first develop their basic guitar skills through songs they like and various popular songs. Ilya also enjoys teaching advanced techniques such as improvisation and songwriting.

Ilya teaches on Thursdays.

Ryan

Ryan first picked up the Guitar at the age of 6 and started to take lessons in High School at the age of 12. In High School, Ryan performed many concerts with his school band all around Montreal and in China. In the early years of his musical career, Ryan played Rock and Metal and as he grew older, so did his taste in music. Ryan is now proficient in playing Jazz, Blues and RnB  in addition to Rock and Metal. Ryan believes there is only really two styles of music: good and bad. He currently studies Music at Vanier College and hopes to continue his studies and make his career in Music.

Ryan teaches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays.

Côte Saint-Luc

Ilya

Ilya’s passion for music began at an early age when his father, a classical music enthusiast, would regularly acquaint him to various composers. As a young boy, Ilya also sang with an Orthodox Church choir yet his true devotion to music began when he picked up the guitar at the age of 8, practicing and composing in a multitude of genres ranging from rock to classical. His strong interest in the progressive jazz genre led him to pursue his studies in Jazz Guitar at Vanier College and later at Concordia University.

Ilya has also studied extensively in film production and has written numerous scores for various independent films. Furthermore, he has played in numerous Progressive Rock, Funk and Jazz bands, often in various venues in Montreal.

Teaching has always been a passion for Ilya and a means to convey his enthusiasm to the student. His method of teaching relies strongly on establishing good communication and a positive learning environment. The students first develop their basic guitar skills through songs they like and various popular songs. Ilya also enjoys teaching advanced techniques such as improvisation and songwriting.

 

Ilya teaches Mondays, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Joseph started playing music when he started high school and ever since then it has been his passion. He started performing regularly in local venues of all sizes at the age of 16 and has been going strong since. He is currently studying Jazz Performance at Vanier College and hopes to make a career out of playing music in the future. He writes and performs music with both of his bands and regularly takes up smaller projects to keep himself busy.

Joseph always found that teaching not only gives him satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment but also improves his understanding of music in general. He believes in teaching the students to be able to express themselves through the understanding of theory and practice.

Joseph teaches Saturdays.