PIANO LESSONS

Whether they want to play popular songs or follow the Royal Conservatory of Music program, students will benefit from specific private piano lessons with our professional instructors. WIMA students will also have the chance to learn theory, different piano techniques, improvisation, composition, and stage presence, depending on their objectives.

Techniques:

All our teachers have experience with the most popular piano methods, such as Piano Adventures, Michael Aaron, Hal Leonard, Leila Fletcher, The Alfred Series, and the books of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Printed or transcribed sheet music is also used for pop, jazz, or rock songs. The teacher chooses the most appropriate method according to the age and objective of the student.

Style:

During the lessons, each student can choose a style to study, be it classical, blues, pop, jazz, etc. All students are strongly encouraged to bring their iPods along to share their favourite musical styles with their teachers. Students will also have the chance to play a current popular song or their favourite piano piece at the end-of-session recital.

Teachers:

Pointe-Claire

kevin-red-jacketKevin started played the piano by the age of four listening to sounds and imitating them on the piano eventually he fell in love with music and enrolled into private piano lessons at the age of 7. He proceeded to further his education into music and got into College Vanier into Classical piano. His love for improvisation however led him to switch into Jazz and has now completed his DEC. Kevin plays in a rock band Called Cowboy Meets Pirates and has his own project called Saja. Kevin believes theory and knowledge of your own instrument is very important to understand its complexity and how to use it to its full potential. Theory and ear training are key in professional improvisation and can open the doors into almost every style. Kevin is soft-spoken and patient; he is great for beginners and advanced students alike!

Kevin teaches on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Mary is a recent graduate of Vancouver Island University where she studied classical music. She is currently working towards her ARCT exam through the Royal Conservatory of Canada. A long time fan of romantic music, Mary’s favorite composer is Franz Schubert. Having experience playing contemporary music, she is able to incorporate both classical and jazz/pop teachings into her lessons. Mary believes in the connection of piano and singing, and uses a technique which strengthens the ear while also advancing your playing. Pitch recognition and rhythm are key fundamentals to her teachings.

Mary enjoys teaching theory, harmony and technique. From the early beginner to students already years into their studies, Mary will create a comprehensive curriculum specialized for the student’s needs.

Mary teaches Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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Janessa began studying piano at the age of six and has been teaching piano since 2005. She received her diploma as an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Piano Performance in 2013, and graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2015.

Although Janessa’s formal education is classical, she is also very influenced by folk, rock, pop, and jazz. A well-rounded and experienced musician, she has been the musical director for popular musicals, performed as a soloist with orchestra, and plays and sings regularly with folk/rock groups.

Janessa’s teaching emphasizes the foundational elements of music in order to gain a broad understanding that can lend itself to any kind of music, classical or otherwise. She encourages her students to find their own connection to music and to let their personality and imagination shine through. Janessa especially enjoys performing, and finds that sharing music with others through both performance and teaching to be extremely rewarding.

All ages and skill levels are welcome!

Janessa teaches on Thursdays and Sundays.

Côte Saint-Luc

Stang-RH-7-120-13_5x7Janessa began studying piano at the age of six and has been teaching piano since 2005. She received her diploma as an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto in Piano Performance in 2013, and graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in 2015.

Although Janessa’s formal education is classical, she is also very influenced by folk, rock, pop, and jazz. A well-rounded and experienced musician, she has been the musical director for popular musicals, performed as a soloist with orchestra, and plays and sings regularly with folk/rock groups.

Janessa’s teaching emphasizes the foundational elements of music in order to gain a broad understanding that can lend itself to any kind of music, classical or otherwise. She encourages her students to find their own connection to music and to let their personality and imagination shine through. Janessa especially enjoys performing, and finds that sharing music with others through both performance and teaching to be extremely rewarding.

All ages and skill levels welcome!

Janessa teaches Mondays and Tuesdays.

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Ashley has had a passion for music since she can remember. Singing since infancy and expressing an interest in piano, she began lessons at age 8. She completed her DEC in music at Cegep Vanier and is currently majoring in Music and minoring in Psychology at Concordia University in order to complete her masters in Music Therapy.

For Ashley, music is an art to be loved and enjoyed by all ages. She is passionate in sharing and teaching music in a positive environment where students are encouraged to pursue what they enjoy as well as guiding them in technique, theory, and musicality.

Ashley teaches Tuesdays.

Ciata’s bio to come!

Ciata teaches on Sundays.

Sue’s bio to come!

Sue teaches on Tuesdays.