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

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Kevin started played the piano at the age of four listening to sounds and imitating them on the piano. He eventually 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 was accepted into Vanier College specializing in Classical Piano. His love for improvisation however led him to switch into Jazz and has now completed his DEC. He is currently enrolled at McGill University in Music Education. 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.

Marcus has extensive performing, and teaching experience with a wide variety of age and proficiency levels. At the age of 17 he was an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) scholar to the Royal Academy of Music (UK) in piano. He graduated with the Graduate diploma, Performers certificate, and the Professional Piano Teaching Licence (GRSM, LRAM). He furthered his studies in Canada completing a Bachelors of Music from the University of Toronto, and Masters degree, and Artist diploma in piano performance from the University of Montreal. 

He specializes in classical styles of piano repertoire but also enjoys pop, jazz, show-tunes, and contemporary film score. Marcus believes in a teaching methodology that involves a creative, fun, stimulating, and multi-faceted approach to the physical mechanics, and musical interpretation involved in piano playing. Repertoire can be chosen to suit all tastes: From beginner tutors to Chopin Études, Sonatas to Show Tunes & Pop/Rock, Beethoven to Yann Tiersen. His lessons are a collaborative effort to learning that is always inspiring for students of any age: children to adults.

Marcus has served on the faculties of the University Settlement Music & Arts School (Toronto), High-Note Academy (Ottawa), and is now at the West Island Music Academy (Montreal).

Marcus teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Chloe has been in a constant musical environment ever since the age of 6. Chloe has performed classical music in choirs and orchestras her entire life. While she started her musical education in Classical Piano, she eventually made the switch to Electric Bass in her teenage years. She puts a lot of emphasis on Ear Training and Rhythmic Precision in her lessons. She is proficient in Jazz/Latin, Classical, Motown/R&B, Hip-Hop, Musical Theatre and Pop. She takes inspiration from the music of James Jamerson, Anderson .Paak, Esperanza Spalding, Roger Waters, Queen, David Bowie and Tchaikovsky. Chloé is currently finishing up her degree in Bass Guitar specializing in Jazz Performance at Vanier College.

Chloe teaches on Sundays.

 

Ciata started the Piano at 10 years old and fell in with the instrument at first sight. Her passion for Piano led her to obtain a DEC in Classical Piano at Vanier College, where she studied with Julia Gavrilova.

As a pianist, Ciata has appeared as a soloist, as an accompanist for ensembles, and for theater productions, (Beauty and the Beast) for seasonal concerts throughout her High School years. She continues to perform as a soloist and accompanist for vocalists, intrumentalists and presently serves as Pianist at the Lasalle New Life Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Ciata uses methods that introduce basic piano technique as well as knowledge of music theory, according to a student’s needs. She is very passionate about music pedagogy and finds great joy in sharing her musical knowledge with others, both young and old.

Ciata loves music for strings and is also an active cellist. She has 7 years of orchestral and chamber music experience and is presently a cellist in thePhilharmonie jeunesse de Montréal.

Ciata teaches on Thursdays.

Dawn Bontemps has completed diplomas in Piano, Voice and Organ at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. Dawn currently teaches Piano at WIMA and is the Musical Director at St-Michael’s and All Angels Church in Pierrefonds. Dawn has tremendous amounts of experience as a soloist vocalist and pianist over the years and enjoys passing on her passion for music to students of all ages.

Dawn teaches on Mondays

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Zach started playing the piano at the age of 11. A multi-instrumentalist, he played not only the piano but the drums, bassoon, orchestral percussion and sang through secondary school. Zach attended MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, and graduated with a Music Diploma in Jazz Piano Performance.

Zach has had the opportunity to study with Chris Andrew (Edmonton), David Tutt (Edmonton) and Taurey Butler (Montreal). He is currently studying under Julia Gavrilova (Montreal).

An enthusiastic and active musician, Zach has worked in styles ranging from jazz to pop and folk to classical music. He considers teaching to be an extremely important element of his musicianship, and he’s grateful for any opportunity to work with students.

 

Zach teaches on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays.

 

Ciata started the Piano at 10 years old and fell in with the instrument at first sight. Her passion for Piano led her to obtain a DEC in Classical Piano at Vanier College, where she studied with Julia Gavrilova.

As a pianist, Ciata has appeared as a soloist, as an accompanist for ensembles, and for theater productions, (Beauty and the Beast) for seasonal concerts throughout her High School years. She continues to perform as a soloist and accompanist for vocalists, intrumentalists and presently serves as Pianist at the Lasalle New Life Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Ciata uses methods that introduce basic piano technique as well as knowledge of music theory, according to a student’s needs. She is very passionate about music pedagogy and finds great joy in sharing her musical knowledge with others, both young and old.

Ciata loves music for strings and is also an active cellist. She has 7 years of orchestral and chamber music experience and is presently a cellist in thePhilharmonie jeunesse de Montréal.

Ciata teaches on Sundays.