Music teachers at the Co-op

Our mission is to offer high quality music lessons taught by seasoned artists. Our teachers are active performers on the Montreal music scene and abroad. They all possess a solid background in musical performance and have a strong passion for both their art and teaching.

Cooperation and equity are the core values of the Montreal Music Teachers’ Co-op. Our teachers receive fair wages and benefit from such advantages as the redistribution of the organization’s profits as well as support for their musical activities. By choosing the Montreal Music Teachers’ Co-op, you are fostering an organization that is based on resource sharing and mutual aid.

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Recorder Lessons

Alexa Raine-Wright
Pointe-Claire, 4220 Drolet Street

Recorder lessons in Montréal

Equally at ease on the traverso and recorder, American/Canadian Alexa Raine-Wright maintains an active Montreal-based performance career.  She is a graduate of McGill University, and is a founding member of the award-winning ensemble Infusion Baroque.

Winner of several national and international competitions, Alexa was awarded the Devonna & Amos Gerber Grand Prize and the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra Prize at the 2016 Indianapolis International Baroque Competition.  She also won First Prize at the 2015 National Flute Association's Baroque Flute Artist Competition in Washington DC, as well as Second Prize at the 2015 Mathieu-Duguay Early Music Competition in New Brunswick.

Alexa has performed with a variety of groups, including Arion Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble Caprice, La Bande Montréal Baroque, I Musici and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.  She has performed at music series and festivals across North America and has released recordings with Arion Baroque Orchestra, Flûte Alors!, Infusion Baroque and La Bande Montréal Baroque.

Trombone Lessons

Alexandre Gagnier
Villeray, 4220 Drolet Street

Trombone lessons in Montreal

Alexandre Gagnier began playing trombone at the age of twelve. His formative studies began in Quebec City at the Conservatoire de Musique under the tutelage of Andrew Clayden. Subsequently he studied with the international conductor and soloist Alain Trudel at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal where he received the coveted Premiere Prix. Former member of the I Tromboni trombone quintet, he as toured all over the country performing more than 100 concerts a year. Alexandre is a member of the Orchestre des grands ballets canadiens, Orchestre symphonique de Laval and Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville. Outside of hise musical activity he is co founder and director of the Music teacher's Coop.

Piano Lessons

Alice Hui Zhang
Ville-Marie

Piano lessons in Montreal

Alice Hui Zhang holds a bachelors from the Conservatory of Music of Montreal where she studied with Richard Raymond, André Laplante and Louise Bessette. She also studied at McGill university and participated in summer programs Orford Music Academy and Adamant where she worked with teachers such as André Laplante and Anton Kuerti. In 2013, Alice received the 1st prize in the solo and concerto category at the Festival de Musique Classique de Montréal and played in the Maison de la culture Mercier. Having a strong interest for pedagogy, she taught at the Pantonal Music School, the UQAM preparatory school and has been teaching privately for many years. 

Violin Lessons

André Généreux
Villeray


Musical comedy, Voice Lessons

Andréane Bouladier
St-Henri


Music Awakening Class

Andrée-Anne Mathonet
Plateau Mont-Royal

Musical awakening classes in Montreal

Andrée-Anne Mathonet was introduced to music at school, at the age of 6. She learned to play cello and piano. Later, she started to play the saxophone. She had classes with Marie-Chantal Leclerc and Jean-Marc Bouchard, who play in the QUASAR saxophone quartett. She also studied composition at Université de Montréal for five years, with Jérôme Blais et Isabelle Panneton.

Andrée-Anne started to teach music in 2002.  She started in various day care centers in Montreal. In 2007, she started to teach in a Montessori school. She is now studying at UQAM where she is getting her masters degree in pedagogy and she works as a teacher for the Commission scolaire de Montréal. She also has a lot of interest in music teaching to children with pervasive development disorders.

Piano Lessons

Anna Huettel
Plateau Mont-Royal

Piano lessons in Montreal

Anna Huettel began her piano studies at the age of 7. She graduated from McGill University with a Bachelors degree in classical piano performance with  Marina Mdivani in 2012.  From the ages of 10-18 she studied in New York City at the Special Music School with Natela Mchedlishvili . During her NYC studies she participated in the summer Horowitz Music Festival in Ukraine.  At the festival, she performed as soloist with the Kiev and Chernigov orchestras under the tutelage of Valery Kozlov and Vadim Rudenko.  

Since 2013, she has provided piano accompaniment to singers Virginie Mongeau and Gabrielle Emard.  These performances have taken place in cafes, churches, and senior residencies.  She additionally writes and sings music influenced by Russian folk songs.  

Anna has been teaching piano since 2005.  She has been a volunteer for the Heart of the City Piano Program and is a teacher at the Preville Fine Arts Centre.

Piano Lessons

Brigitte Papillon
Rosemont

Piano lessons in Montreal

From the age of four, Brigitte Papillon learned piano and violin, for which she demonstrates strong skills. She then began her training at the School of Music Vincent d'Indy, and she performed at the age of eleven a Mozart concerto with the orchestra of Camp Musical de Lanaudière.

She participated in several competitions: receives several prizes at the Inter-pupil competition of Vincent d'Indy, won second place in the Montérégie competition and then was a finalist at the prestigious Canadian Music Competition. In 2008, she won second place in the Music Competition Bas-Richelieu, in the city of Sorel-Tracy. In 2009, she went to the final of the Canadian Music Competition and won second place in the classical music festival of Montreal.


In her spare time, she studied cello and participated in several musical projects: she recorded for the group Frank et ses Potes as well as soundtracks for short films. She chose the Cégep Saint-Laurent for her interpretation program in classical piano with Myriam Gendron. She is currently an undergraduate student with Mr. Jimmy Brière at the University of Montreal.


Violin Lessons

Caroline Laurent
Rosemont

Violin lessons in Montreal

Caroline is currently completing her Bachelor of violin at Montreal’s Music Conservatory. She was first admitted to this high level institution at the age of 10 with Julie Cossette in Quebec, and then continued her studies in Montreal with Johanne Arel. During these years, she participated in many projects, had the opportunity to perform as a soloist with Les Violons du Roy and occasionally joined the Quebec Symphony Orchestra.
Caroline has also taken part of several summer programs, including the Domaine Forget music academy, the Laurentian Music Center and the String Academy at Indiana University Bloomington. These experiences have allowed her to work with great masters like Raymond Dessaints, Alexandre Da Costa, Mimi Zweig, Philippe Djokic, and Mauricio Fuks. In 2010 she was awarded with the Canadian Governor General's Academic Medal and received many other scholarships through her years of music studies.

Caroline is a dynamic violinist who loves to share her passion for music. She received music pedagogy lessons from Claude Letourneau’s Music Society, where she acquired experience in many areas of music teaching, like musical awakening, music reading and writing, private lessons and group lessons. Caroline began her teaching career in Quebec’s private schools and at the Aimé Gagnon summer music program at Quebec’s Music Conservatory. She has been a member of Claude Létourneau’s Music Society for many years and thus uses this acquired knowledge, using various methods, to provide her students with quality and personalized music lessons. Caroline’s patience and positive energy will make violin learning a fun and unique experience where everyone can develop at their own pace in a pleasant atmosphere.





Piano Lessons

Daniel Anez
Rosemont

Piano lessons in Montreal

Colombian pianist born in Cartagena, Colombia, 1982, Daniel Áñez started his piano studies at 9 with teachers Liliana Hernández and Mauricio Villa. In 2005 he received his Musician Pianist with Honors undergraduate diploma from the Los Andes University, Bogota, where he studied with Cuban teachers Ignacio Pacheco and Antonio Carbonell. In 2009 he finished his Master's Degree in piano performance at the University of Montreal, where he studied with Paul Stewart. He’s also a doctorate piano graduate from the University of Montreal, where he studied with Paul Stewart and Lorraine Vaillancourt.

He was selected for the Cycle of Concerts for Young Performers in 2002 by the Bank of the Republic of Colombia. He won the first prize in the 3rd « Maria Clara Cullell » International Piano Competition in San José, Costa Rica, in 2004. In 2005 he won an Honorary Diploma in the National Piano Competition in the Industrial University of Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia. As a concert pianist, he has played solo recitals in Colombia, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Argentina and Canada.

Daniel Áñez specializes in contemporary repertoire. He is part of « Ensemble CG » in Bogota, as well as Ensemble Allogène, Wapiti, Ciao Rhino and Ensemble Paramirabo in Montreal. He has participated in the premiere of works by Colombian composers Rodolfo Acosta R., Daniel Leguizamón, Camilo Méndez, and Ana María Romano, as well as premieres by Canadian composers André Hamel, Adam Basanta, Cassandra Miller and Michael Larocque, amongst others. He specializes in Latin-American repertoire.


Piano Lessons

David Bergeron
Ville-Marie

Piano Lessons in Montreal

Praised for his "passionate, colourful and refined pianism", David Bergeron is back in Montréal after spending over a decade in Vancouver.  While on the West Coast, he enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a pianist, pedagogue and arts administrator.   An integral part of the managing team of the Vancouver International Song Institute, where he ultimately became the Institute Director, he contributed to the promotion of Art Song in both traditional and innovative settings.  In 2013-14, David was on the piano faculty of the University of British Columbia, as a collaborative piano instructor. Still at UBC, in 2008-09, he was the Artistic Director of the Dodson Music Series, in the newly renovated Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.

A returning guest artist at VISI's SONGFIRE Festival, David has also performed at the Montreal New Music Summer Series, and as a soloist with the McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble under the direction of Denys Bouliane. In 2005, for the celebrations of Saskatchewan’s Centennial, he performed a solo recital at the refurbished Mae Wilson Theatre in Moose Jaw, for the Amazing Accomplishments Series of the Prairie Art Festival.  He is at ease equally as a soloist, a chamber musician, as well as in song repertoire.

He has performed with singers Lambroula Maria Pappas, Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Tracy Satterfield, France Duval, Bruno Laplante, Teiya Kasahara, Jacinthe Thibault and Andrea Hill, to name a few.   His collaboration with soprano Lambroula Pappas has led to the emergence of Duo Mythos, a musical partnership promoting interactive and innovative Art Song recitals. Duo Mythos (www.duomythos.ca) has perfomed extensively in the greater Vancouver region, including a well-received concert at the  celebrated "Wednesday Noon Hour Series" of the University of British Columbia, and is planning to reach new audiences across the country.

David holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia, where he benefited from the extraordinary mentorship of Professor Rena Sharon. His focus on contemporary music written in Québec culminated in a dissertation and lecture-recital on Claude Vivier’s virtuosic tour de force Shiraz for piano solo.  While at McGill University (MMus, BMus), he studied with Tom Plaunt, Michael McMahon and Jan Simons.

Clarinet Lessons

David Perreault
Villeray

Clarinet lessons in Montreal


Graduate of Université de Montréal, David Perreault holds a Master’s degree in performance and has been a recipient of the Graduate Faculty Committee Scholarship in 2008. He also had the chance to get a fellowship to attend for the music festival “The Pierre Monteux School” in 2010 in Maine.

Founding member of the Ensemble Arkea and the Duo Danaïdes, David also collaborates with several institutions including: le Conseil québécois de la musique, la Société Professionnelle des Auteurs et des Compositeurs du Québec, l’Institut national de l’image et du son, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, McGill University and l’Université de Montréal.

In addition to having participated in the l’Orchestre de la Francophonie in summer 2011 as the first chair, he is now second clarinet with the l’Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau.

Prized for its versatility, sense of hearing and its timeliness, he will be part of the season 2012-2013 of the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada. A hard working and dedicated performer, he is constantly looking for new challenges.

Cello Lessons

Élisabeth Giroux
Villeray

Cello lessons in Montreal

Élisabeth Giroux studied the cello at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Dennis Brott.  She graduated from the conservatory in 2006 and was awarded the Prix avec grande distinction after a unanimous decision of the board of examiners.  Since her beginnings at 13 years old, she has performed as a soloist with the St-Lambert String Orchestra, the string orchestra of the Conservatoire de Montréal and the Montreal Youth Symphony Orchestra.

For many years she has been a freelance musician with many orchestras in the province of Québec and has been teaching for the Coopérative des professeurs de musique of Montréal of which she is a founder member with two former students of the conservatory, Alexandre Gagnier and Lyne Allard.  She is also cellist with the Ensemble Triosphère, a trio completed by Lizann Gervais on the violin and Dominic Bouliane at the piano.  She is also comfortable singing and playing the piano.  She is attracted by other styles of music such as pop, jazz and modern music.  Under the name of Lili Bordélik , she also creates her own jewelry using semiprecious stones and recycled cello strings.  She is a multi-talented and open-minded artist.

From 2007 to 2009, she accompanied La La La Human Steps on a world tour for their ballet Amjad created by the choreographer Édouard Lock.  The production was acclaimed all around the world, especially in Paris and London.  This tour, which ended in 2009, allowed her to play on several major stages in North America, Europe and Asia and to participate in the recording of a record  distributed all over the planet. 

Since the summer of 2010, Élisabeth Giroux is cellist for la Pieta with which she regularly performs in North America and on records.

Violin Lessons

Émilie Brûlé
Hochelaga Maisonneuve, 4220 Drolet Street

Violin Lessons in Montreal

Émilie Brûlé, violinist, studied in the Early Music Program at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, with Hélène Plouffe and Mark Fewer. Passionate by her new ensemble Passiflore, she is also a guest performer of many Canadian ensembles: Les Idées Heureuses, Caprice, Theater of Early Music, La Nef, Skye Consort, Les Boréades, Les Voix Baroques and Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal.

Émilie is a winner of Early Music America’s 2nd Medieval/Renaissance Music Competition, CBC/Radio Canada’s Galaxie Rising Stars Award, Schulich Award ($10,000) and the Quellmalz Award for Early Music. She was also one of few violinists selected to attend three prestigious early music workshops, the American Bach Soloists Festival & Academy (San Francisco), EMA’s Select student ensemble of Young Performers Festival Premieres (Boston), and The Legacy of the Baroque (Early Music Vancouver), where she studied with Elizabeth Blümenstock, Robert Mealy, Scott Metcalfe, Marc Destrubé and Julie Andrijeski.

Émilie has performed as both a baroque violinist and a medieval vièliste in venues such as the Boston Early Music Festival, San Francisco's Summer Bach Festival, San Francisco Early Music Society concert series, Seattle's Early Music Guild International Series, Bloomington Early Music Festival, Festival Montréal Baroque, Kultur Forum Amthof in Austria and the Tage Für Musik Regensburg in Germany.

Following the success of Archets Boréals, concert by Feux d’Archetistes and La Nef on northern traditional music played on period instruments; Emilie was invited to perform her crossover-style compositions in a countryside series with Apollo’s Fire (Cleveland, Ohio), and later with Music City Baroque (Nashville, Tennessee) as a guest artist and leader in the orchestra. The latter project was published in Early Music America and Strings Magazine.


Cello Lessons

Émilie Girard-Charest
Plateau Mont-Royal

Cello lessons in Montreal

Holding degrees in music performance (under the supervision of Denis Brott) and in music composition (under the supervision of Michel Gonneville) from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, cellist Émilie Girard-Charest stands out for eclectism. She is as involved with traditional classical music as she is with contemporary repertoires. As a member of different ensembles (Allogène, Supermusique, La Machine) and as a soloist, she interprets music from different periods and premieres new pieces.

As a performer, an improviser and a composer, she as been able to work with artists from every stripe, for example with choreographer Andrew Tay, as well as the Instant, Éponyme and Émergence theatre companies, interdisciplinary artist Vicky Tansey, and publishers Poètes de brousse.

Since about ten years, Emilie teaches cello.

Piano Lessons

François Richard
Plateau Mont-Royal, Ville-Marie

Piano Lessons in Montreal

Man of integrity, connected by instinct, François is a very respected musician for his creative work. He is much appreciated for his versatile piano skills, his sense of groove, his inspired improvisations and his great orchestrator/arranger experience.
As a freelance player for studio sessions and touring, he has collaborated with performing artists such as Catherine Major, Damien Robitaille, Alexandre Désilets, Fredric Gary Comeau, Tomas Jensen, Gaële and many more.

His composing work can be heard on many albums, in multimedia installations, in films, in documentary series and museum audio guides, such as Paris en scène, presented at Musée de la civilisation de Québec in 2013-2014.

As a devoted album producer, François has developed a keen sense of organisation and a coherence in the artistic direction of a project. As a passionate teacher, he has a flexible educational approach which follows every student’s progress and motivation.

Piano initiation, Piano Lessons

Gabrielle Gingras
Hochelaga Maisonneuve

Piano lessons in Montreal

Gabrielle Gingras started studying music at 7 years old. She entered the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 1999 to study piano with Lise Boucher and Louise Bessette. In 2002, she won first prize in Chamber Music at the Festival de musique classique de Montréal. In 2004, she performed a concerto with the Joseph-François-Perrault string orchestra. Afterwards, she toured Europe with the Joseph-François-Perrault symphonic orchestra. In the same year, she performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal in concerts called Les matinees jeunesses. She participated in many master classes notably with the pianists Janina Fialkovska, Rolf Bertsch, Denise Trudel and Jean Saulnier. In parallel to her piano studies, she has performed in concerts, competitions and tours as a singer and a clarinetist. In 2008, she had a full scholarship to spend three months in Stuttgart, Germany, where she studied with Shosana Rudiakov. She just finished a chamber music Concours at the Conservatoire and now she will continue her master there. She will be also known as a massage therapist soon.

Piano Lessons

Gaël Lane Lépine
Villeray

Piano Lessons in Montreal

Gaël Lane Lépine just completed a year of training under the tutelage of renowned pianist Menahem Pressler at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. Graduated from the Conservatory of Music of Montreal, he won in 2007 le Prix avec Distinction, specialty piano in the class of André Laplante, and in 2008 graduated from the advanced training in interpretation. He also studied with Suzanne Goyette and Réjean Coallier.

Gaël Lane Lépine followed several training courses at the Orford Arts Centre and the Summer Music Academy and Festival of Toronto, in the classes of Menahem Pressler, André Laplante and Marc Durand. He has also participated in master classes of distinguished French pianist Pascal Rogé and Jean-Philippe Collard.

In 2005, he won the First Prize of the Music Competition of the Repentigny Association for the Advancement of Music (ARAM) in the chamber music category.

In addition to being a happy member of the Cooperative of Music Teachers from Montreal, Gael Lane Lépine often plays in solo and chamber music. Appreciated accompanist, he also participates in projects Chorum Ensemble, a very active group in the world of contemporary music, composed mostly of young musicians.


Violin Lessons

Geneviève Liboiron
Villeray

Violin lessons in Montreal

Born in Rosemère, Geneviève now lives in Montréal since more than 8 years. Geneviève studied with numerous skilled violonists and teachers. She started collective violin lessons at the age of 7 and pursued it in high school. At 17, she entered Claude Deltell's violin class at Cégep Marie-Victorin. She joined Anne Robert's class  for Bachelor at l'Université de Montréal and at the Orford arts center in masterclass training, right after meeting her. Geneviève had a scholarship for ''l'Orchestre de l'Académie d'Orford'' with Maestro Kent Nagano and Maestro Jean-François Rivest in summer 2010. She also had the chance to study with Jonathan Crow, Andrew Wan and Claude Richard that same summer and was a scholarship student for the Kayaleh Violin Academy of Geneva to study with Maestro Habib Kayaleh. She was an invited guest at the same academy, later that same summer, to play in the academy chamber orchestra with soloists Laurence Kayaleh et Jutta Puchammer. As she felt her passion growing for modern music, she took the new music session with the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne at Le Domaine Forget, working with Alain Giguère, Johanne Morin and Lorraine Vaillancourt during summer 2011. She has been a member of l'Orchestre de la Francophonie in summers 2008, 2011 and 2012. She's also a member of Orchestre 21, Ensemble Arkea, Ensemble Paramirabo and a violon/theory teacher at Vincent-d'Indy school of music, Crescendo school of music, and Externat Mont-Jésus-Marie.
 
Geneviève graduated at l'Université de Montréal for her Bachelor with Anne Robert and Laurence Kayaleh and is now doing her Master with Laurence Kayaleh in the same faculty.



Guitar Lessons

Guillaume Bourque
Hochelaga Maisonneuve

Guitar lessons in Montreal

Guillaume Bourque was born in Montreal in 1982. He studied classical guitar in Jean Vallière’s class at the Montreal Conservatory. He also is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, mastering stringed instruments such as lap-steel and pedal-steel guitars, electric guitar, bass, banjo, dobro and charango. This, and the knowledge of the different musical styles inherent to those instruments, allows him to be an active musician on multiple levels, notably as composer, arranger and producer. He is a regular studio musician, stage performer and sideman to different songwriters.

Tuba Lessons

Guillaume Garant-Rousseau
Greenfield Park

Tuba lessons in Montreal

Born in Montreal in 1985, Guillaume Garant-Rousseau started playing tuba in high school in Denis Ferragne’s class. After a year at the Cégep de Drummondville where he studied with Michel Blackburn, he was accepted at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. He spent seven years in Yan Sallafranque’s class and obtained a Bachelor diploma in 2008, a chamber music diploma in 2009 and his Master diploma in 2010.
Guillaume is a member of the Frolic Brass Quintet since its foundation. With this group, he has performed numerous times and won a scholarship for the Banff Summer Arts Festival in 2008. He had the opportunity to learn from great musicians such as: Joseph Alessi, Jens Lindemann, Manon Lafrance, Martin Hackleman, Roger Bobo and Chuck Daellenbach.
Guillaume is also interested in contemporary music. He as been working for 3 years with 2 great emerging composers: Olivier Girouard and Sophie Bélair Clément. In addition to his performance career, Guillaume has been teaching tuba in high schools since 2005 and has been conducting a high school band since 2008.

Piano Lessons

Guillaume Levy
Villeray

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Piano Lessons

Guillaume St-Cyr
Rosemont

Piano lessons in Montreal

Guillaume began violin courses at the age of 4 with Claude Létourneau in Quebec city, and piano lessons at the age of 10. He entered Quebec’s Music Conservatory in 2001 in Suzanne Beaubien Lowe’s class. While studying piano, he also studied organ for two years with Danny Belisle, singing for 3 years with Hélène Fortin, Lyne Fortin and Sonia Racine, and conducting for two years with Gilles Auger. Guillaume completed his degree in piano interpretation in 2011 in Quebec city, and the artist diploma in April 2013 with André Laplante in Montreal’s music Conservatory, while continuing singing studies with Donna Brown. Guillaume plans to pursue piano studying in the near future, specializing in piano accompaniment.


In addition to music studies, Guillaume has had many experiences as a professional musician. He currently is organist at St-Edouard’s Parishes, and chorister at Montreal and Quebec Opera Company. He also appeared on many occasions in Montreal and in Quebec city as a pianist accompanist for concerts, ceremonies, events, etc.


Guillaume teaches piano since he is 17 in private lessons as well as during music summer camps, and he certainly will be entertaining, motivating, and adaptatable!

Piano initiation, Piano Lessons

Hélène Claise
Rosemont

Piano lessons in Montreal

Helene Claise began her musical education at age 8 and later graduated from Bordeaux Conservatory (France) with a degree in piano and chamber music.

She then completed an undergrad in music and musicology at Sorbonne University (Paris) and is presently adding to her musical education an undergrad in classical singing at Université de Montréal.

Over the past years, she has publicly performed in many occasions as a accompanist and in multiple chamber music ensembles.

A comprehensive and specialized approach

Comprehensive educational methods being her passion as a skilled pedagogue, she specializes and teaches musical awakening at Bordeaux Conservatory. For the past 7 years, she has though piano and musical theory in multiple formats, including private session, and has done so in many music schools around France.

Teaching music with a ludic insight being part of Helenes main focus as a professional piano player, she offers a specialized approach that adapts to the students envies and needs while having a great consideration and respect for ones personality and creativity as an integral part of a successful learning process.


Voice Lessons

Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga
Plateau Mont-Royal

Voice lessons in Montreal

Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga is a lyric soprano born and raised in Calgary Alberta. As a child, she participated in various extra-curricular activities such as Triangle Musical Theatre, private voice lessons, piano lessons, dance classes, and gymnastics.  She began her classical training at eleven years old with Elizabeth Johnson and in 2005 completed a diploma in voice performance at Mount Royal College.  She continued her operatic studies at the University of British Columbia with Marisa Gaetanne completing an undergrad in Opera Performance in 2008. Recently in 2012, she completed her master’s at McGill University under the tutelage of Joanne Kolomyjec.

Hiather has performed many different roles in musical theatre and opera where she has had the pleasure of traveling across Canada, to Austria, Czech Republic, England, and the States.  The most recent of which are Geraldine in Barber’s one act opera A Hand of Bridge, Miss Jessel in Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Despina in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte, Flora in Benjamin Britten’s Turn of the Screw, Adina from Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, the lovely role of Musetta from Puccini’s La Bohème, Pamina in Die Zauberflöte, and the comical role of Gianetta in Gilbert and Sullivan’s Gondoliers. She has also worked with many renowned conductors and directors Jonathan Darlington, Les Dala, Robert Tweten, Martin Otava, Nobert Plaxa, and many more.  She has performed with Calgary Opera Chorus and plans to return in the future.  

In 2009, Hiather Darnel-Kadonaga made her professional debut with Vancouver Opera’s in School Tours Program singing the role of Piper/Pitch Pine in Veda Hille’s new opera Jack Pine.  She performed for children in elementary school from grades K-7 and it was one of the most memorable experiences of her life.  In 2012 and 2013 she returned to Vancouver Opera’s in School Tours Program to sing the title role in Naomi’s Road by Ramona Luengen.

Hiather is looking forward to working with the “Coopérative des professeurs de musique de Montréal”.  Her goal as a teacher of voice is to create a strong technical base for all singers so that they are able to move between different genres of music and with healthy technique, prolong the life of their instrument.   


Piano Lessons

Isabelle Caron
Rosemont

Piano lessons in Montreal

Isabelle Caron began her musical studies at the age of 5 with teacher Gislaine Nepveu. At the age of 6, she won and has been a finalist in several competitions, including the Canadian Music Competition. Very active on the music scene in her youth, Isabelle has played several times on radio as part of Les jeunes artistes and appeared on various TV shows.

Graduated from the University of Montreal, in 2004 she obtained a Master in Music Performance under the direction of Marc Durand. Since then, she devotes her time to pedagogy. She is currently teaching at the College Regina Assumpta.

Percussions ensemble, Drum and Percussions Lessons

Ivan Bamford
Mile-end

Drum lessons in Montreal

From Vancouver, Ivan Bamford has appreciated jazz since the age of 3. Later he left sports to dedicate his life to music. Claude Ranger and Dylan van der Schyff taught him how to improvise on the drums. He played with great musicians such as André Lachance, Bruno Hubert, Alan Matheson and Coat Cooke before moving to Montreal in 2001, where he found a rich scene and superb musicians. Since then he has found himself in numerous groups of different styles: Gadji-Gadjo, Weshida, Katya Sourikova trio, Straight Pipe, Kitchen Party and his own group Bam Bam. He has played all over Quebec, France(2008), North America and Romania(2009) and at jazz festivals in Vancouver(99-00), Montreal(2004-2010), and in Baku Azerbaïdjan(2005).  In 2009 he received a composers grant with Gadji-Gadjo.  As an educator he has over the past 8 years taught students from all ages.

Guitar Lessons

Jasmin Lacasse-Roy
4220 Drolet Street

Guitar lessons in Montreal

Jasmin Lacasse Roy is one of the most intense and honest artist of his generation. During his studies of the guitar at the Montreal Conservatory of Music and the University of Montreal, Jasmin was a top prize winner in many international music competitions including: Canadian Music Competition, Clermont Pépin competition, Music competiton "Bas-Richelieu" and the "Prix d'expression" of Quebec City, among others. He also as received the prestigious "Thérèse Filion" prize awarded at the Clermont Pépin international competition for the most outstanding performance of the competition. In 2008, Jasmin won first prize at the "Montreal Grand Prize of Guitar"and was also the laureate of a grant from the Council of Arts and Letters of Québec.


After being the chosen performer for the 2007 Montreal Guitar Society’s “New Talent” Concert, Jasmin was invited to play at the McGill University’s Tanna Schulich hall, the “Chapelle Historique Bon- Pasteur” and the Museum of Fine Arts of Montreal.
Jasmin was also a featured soloist at several international classical music festivals such as the Domaine Forget Music festival, the Guitar Festival of Ottawa and many guitar societies including the Montreal Guitar Society and Claude McKinnon Guitar Society. He has performed at the grand opening of the "Grande Bibliothéque de Montréal" and for the Montreal Guitar Salon. Jasmin was also invited to play at the Montreal Jazz Festival, an honor rarely given to a classical musician.

Double Bass Lessons, Music Awakening Class, Choir director

Jenny Labonté
Plateau Mont-Royal

Music Awakening classes in Montreal

Jenny Labonté completed her doctorate degree in the USA. During her studies, she served as teacher at the Montessori Country Day care center in Houston where she worked with children from 3 months to 3 years old. She continued her training through different positions at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, the Longy summer Baroque institute, the Stony Brook Chamber Music program and the "Music Basics for Kids" program of Stony Brook University (NY).

From 2008 to 2010, Jenny served as professor for the Music Basics for kids program of her university (age 2 to 12) and studied pedagogy with specialist Dalcroze teacher Dorothea Cook.

In all her classes, Jenny conveys her love of music, professionalism and contagious energy. She joined the Coop in 2011 to contribute to the structure and education of our Music Awakening program.

Violin Lessons, Music Awakening Class, Viola Lessons, Violin initiation

Julie Babaz
Plateau Mont-Royal

Julie lived in France until the end of his studies in university and conservatory. She succeeded mainly in viola and chamber music.

She lived 4 years in Reunion Island, participating in many different musical projects and teaching, before coming in Montréal in December 2009. She plays with Olivier Babaz in duet viola-double bass: Akoz

His interest of childhood and its status as a musician give her the opportunity to teach in schools and music schools.

Piano Lessons

Justine Pelletier
Plateau Mont-Royal

Piano lessons in Montreal

Canadian pianist Justine Pelletier has been featured as a soloist with the McGill Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre de la Francophonie, and her solo recitals have often been broadcast on national radio programs, such as the CBC’s Rising Stars series. She has appeared at the Lanaudière Festival in Joliette and at the Juilliard ChamberFest in New York, and has collaborated with such Canadian artists as the Cecilia String Quartet, violist Jean-Philippe Tremblay and pianist Jimmy Brière. She has won prizes from the Jeunesses Musicales of Canada Foundation (Université de Montréal), the Canadian National Music Festival, and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and Prix d’Europe competitions. Under full scholarships, she has participated in summer festivals in Orford, at the Banff Centre (Canada), in Stuttgart (Germany), and in Enghien (Belgium). She is a graduate of the Université de Montreal—awarded both a Bachelor of Music degree and a DESS (Diplôme d’Études Supérieures Spécialisées)—, where she studied with Jean Saulnier and Marc Durand.

Recently graduated from The Juilliard School in New York, she has completed a Master’s degree with Professor Julian Martin. She is the recipient of grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture, which enabled her to work with renowned Bach scholar David Schulenberg on performance issues related to the interpretation of J.S. Bach’s music, resulting in her own scholarly document, Tempo Issues in the Performance of Bach’s Sarabande in the Sixth Partita

Piano Lessons

Kanae Nobori
Plateau Mont-Royal

Piano lessons in Montreal

Kanae Nobori is originally from Nara in Japan. She started piano at the age of 6, giving performances at various concerts at the age of 12 and won numerous prizes. In 2004 she moved to Montreal and continues to be active playing solo, chamber music and contemporary music ensemble in the Montreal area, other parts of Canada, US and Japan. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Osaka College of Music in 2003, a Masters Degree (2006) and a Diploma d’Étude Superieure Specialisée (2008) in Performance of Music from l’Université de Montréal under the direction of Paul Stewart. She also studied at the Vienna Musik Seminar where she received a Diploma of Performance.

Besides her active teaching, Kanae performs as a member of ‘’Tomotrio’’ and ‘’Kô Trio’’. Tomotrio has been invited to the series of « Concerts du Lundi » at la Maison de la culture Frontenac and also Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire. She worked in Tenrikyo Music Institute, Nara Music Academy as a collaborative pianist. She also performs as an organist in Montreal area under the direction of Réjane Dessautels. Recently, she has led a concert series of ‘Kanae and her friends’ in Japan since 2007 and successfully led to organize benefit concerts in Montreal for the victims of Tsunami in Japan since 2011.

Voice Lessons

Kathryn Samman
Rosemont

Voice lessons in Montreal

Kathryn holds a Bachelors in Jazz Vocal Performance from The University of Montreal, and is currently a student in Jazz Performance at The Schulich School of Music. She is also a trained vocal technique instructor (DVI Method).
Since making her debut at the age of 14 as the principal singer in the Cirque du Soleil production of Quidam, Kathryn Samman has never looked back. As a back-vocalist, her numerous experiences have been inspired working alongside renowned artists and musicians. Between 2011 and 2014, she shares the stage with Gregory Charles on various occasions.


She is the cofounder and member of the feminine vocal trio The Brunettes, who’s repertoire revisits several vocal groups from The Boswell Sisters through the 20th Century leading to works of Destiny’s Child.


She also leads the Kathryn Samman Quartet, which revisits the great jazz classics colored with a contemporary touch. With her group, Kathryn performs regularly in the city’s different jazz clubs (The Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill, Le Dièse Onze), as well as private and corporate events.


In December of 2013, she recorded Duos, a demo of selected songs of the pop and jazz eras with pianist Jérôme Beaulieu (Radio-Canada Jazz Revelation 2013).
Kathryn teaches vocal technique and interpretation to students of all ages and levels, adapting to each individual's needs and musical preferences.

Guitar Lessons, Electric Bass Lessons, Ukulele lessons

Kevin O'Neil
Verdun

Guitar and ukulele lessons in Montreal

Kevin has been teaching music for over 20 years. In this long and eclectic career, he has taught guitar (electric, acoustic, and classical), electric bass, theory, composition, and improvisation. From 1999-2006, he was a band coach at the Summer Rock music school in Halifax, and in 2007 he founded a summer music camp for Acadian youth, Rock le Bot, that he continues to direct to this day. 

From his beginnings as a self-taught guitarist, bassist, singer, and songwriter, Kevin has gone on to pursue 15 years of formal studies in music. Following his bachelor’s studies in classical guitar and composition at Dalhousie University, he obtained a Master’s degree in music composition from Université de Montréal (where he studied under famed Quebec composers Denis Gougeon and Michel Longtin). He has most recently undertaken PhD studies in music education at McGill University, where his principle research area is creativity.

Kevin has composed for many instruments and contexts, including scores for film and theatre, and he has performed as a multi-instrumentalist in various ensembles and recording sessions. An active member of several of Montreal’s diverse musical communities, he divides his time between various solo projects and collaborations.


Piano Lessons

Laurence Lambert-Chan
Villeray

Piano Lessons in Montreal

Born in 1987, Laurence Lambert-Chan holds a Master’s Degree of chamber music and a Bachelor’s Degree in classical piano from the University of Montreal, where she studied under Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt and Jean Saulnier. She also holds a Diplôme d’Études Supérieures from the Montreal Conservatory of Music in piano. She is currently a PhD candidate in Études et pratiques des arts at the University of Quebec in Montreal under the direction of Isabelle Héroux and Joelle Morrissette, for which she received funding from the FRQSC (Fonds québécois de recherche science et culture). From 2001 to 2006, she continued her summer training in the United States.


Since 2003, Laurence has collaborated with many artists including Natalie Choquette, Gregory Charles and Daniel Lavoie. In 2005, she joined her younger sister Camille, flautist, and formed the Duo Lambert-Chan. The duo has performed in Quebec, South America and France, as well as on major Canadian radio and television stations. The Duo Lambert-Chan has recorded two albums, Un vent d’elles and Sognando. As a soloist, Laurence played in several concert halls including Carnegie Hall in New York, where she has played twice.


Laurence’s musical activities now revolve around two projects : The Story of Babar and the Duo Ex Aequo. In 2014, Laurence joined the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada where she takes part of a youth-oriented concert, The Story of Babar (story by Jean de Brunhoff, music by Francis Poulenc), for piano and narrator. In 2010, Laurence and her best friend Romain Pollet, pianist, decided to form the Duo Ex Aequo, a fun-loving piano four hands duo. They have been making people laugh since 2010, receiving great accolades from the public as well as from the critics.


www.duoexaequo.com

Trumpet Lessons

Laurianne Bellavance
4220 Drolet Street

Trumpet lessons in montreal

Laurianne Bellavance is a Victoriaville native, where she began her study of the trumpet at the age of 12. In pursuit of perfecting her craft, she has worked in a variety of ensembles, amateur to professional, from chamber music to full symphony orchestra. In 2015 she graduated with a Master's degree from Le Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. Laurianne has taught the trumpet both privately and in small groups in a number of settings, including both elementary and secondary school levels, from Sherbrooke to Montréal since 2008. Since 2013 she has been the trumpet professor for Le Pre-Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. She is becoming more and more in demand across the classical music scene in Québec. Most notably, she has collaborated with the orchestras of Longueuil, Drummondville, l'Orchestre des Grands Ballets Canadiens and l'Orchestre Metropolitain, as well as a number of pick-up orchestras. She has been a featured soloist with the University of Sherbrooke in 2010, where she performed the trumpet concerto of Alexander Arutunian, and with l'Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil in 2012, performing Telemann's concerto in F minor.

Oboe Lessons

Lindsay Roberts
Villeray

Oboe lessons in Montreal

Originally from Edmonton Alberta, Lindsay grew up in a very musical family.  She started violin at the age of four then continued studies on the piano, flute and sang in several choirs.  It was at the age of thirteen that she discovered the oboe.

In 2006, Lindsay completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Oboe Performance at Indiana University studying with Roger Roe and Linda Strommen and in 2009, her Master's Degree in Orchestral Performance at McGill University with Theodore Baskin.

Lindsay is a full time member of l’Orchestre Symphonique du Saguenay-Lac St-Jean as 2nd oboist.  As a freelance musician, Lindsay performs regularly with many orchestras in Québec such as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, Les Violons du Roy, I Musici,  l’Orchestre Symphonique de Laval and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil to name a few.   She has also performed with other orchestras in Canada, the US and the Europe, notably the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Hollywood Concert Orchestra, Bloomington Camerata Orchestra, L’Opéra Studio de Genève and Les Musiciens d’Europe.  She has also been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, l'Orchestre de la Francophonie and the National Academy Orchestra. 

With an active interested in chamber music Lindsay loves to collaborate with friends and colleagues in the creation of new projects.  Most recently Lindsay is part of a newly formed woodwind quintet, which is currently preparing an exciting season for next year.

Lindsay is a patient and dynamic teacher.  She taught piano for many years to young children and children with special needs.  She currently teaches the oboe at Collège Notre-dame and Collège Régina Assumpta.

Violin Lessons

Lisa Demay
Rosemont

Violin lessons in Montreal

Originally from the Outaouais region, Lisa Demay practice the violin since the age of 4. Having completed her Masters degree in violin performance at the University of Montreal in 2008, she is now very active in the Quebec music scene. Her versatility is her strength, she divides her time between orchestras, chamber music, popular and traditional Irish music and Quebec music.

Lisa is passionate about teaching. She has shared her love for the violin giving classes in Outaouais and Montreal for 12 years now. Dynamic and motivated, she participated in 2005 at the opening of music school The little fanfare in Ottawa. Driven by the desire to help the musical talent in the area, she worked there for 6 years as artistic director and violin teacher. She currently teaches violin at College Regina Assumpta in Montreal and completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa.

Piano Lessons

Lisandre Sévigny Di Quinzio
Villeray

Piano lessons in Montreal

Originally from Montreal, pianist Lisandre Sévigny Di Quinzio began her studies in classical music at Pierre-Laporte High School.  With the help of scholarships obtained during her studies, she was able to attend summer programs such as the musical Camp of Lanaudière and the musical Camp of Laurentides with Suzanne Goyette, Thérèse Gingras and Jean-Luc Cholette.  In 2008 she finished her DEC in classical music at Cégep de Saint-Laurent and she won the Yamaha Canada award for best average in piano.  She returned a few times to study at Orford Centre for Arts to study with Jimmy Brière , Maneli Pirzadeh and Marc Durand thankfully on scholarships that she had been awarded.  Holding a masters in interpretation from the University of Montreal under the tutelage of Jimmy Brière, Lisandre Sévigny Di Quinzio has played in many different musical halls such as La Chapelle Historique du bon Pasteur, les salles Claude-Champagne et Marguerite Bourgeoys, and La Petite Maison des Arts in Montreal.  Notably she has played in part of the Midi-Musique concerts as well as the Ouvrez grand vos Oreilles! music series.  An authentic and passionate pianist, she has been teaching since 2015 in the Camp musical des Laurentides to groups of 4 hand piano as well as 6 hand piano.  She is a piano teacher and ensemble collaborator at the reputed Régina Assumpta College in Montreal since 2011 as well as the music school of Saint-Laurent since 2008. 

Voice Lessons, Choir director

Luce Bélanger
Rosemont

Jazz and pop voice lessons in Montreal

Luce Bélanger left the Lower St-Laurent at the tender age of 16 to pursue a full time education in music. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in both Classical Piano and Musical Education at the Université Laval in 2009. In the course of a Jazz vocal class, she discovered a profound love for singing, which leads her to change instruments and begin a bachelor’s degree in Pop and Jazz Vocals. She then moved to Montreal in order to further grow in this new direction at McGill University. For her Master’s degree, she now studies under Madame Ranee Lee.

For the last 3 years, she has been a member of the vocal sextet Jazz Affair. Besides being active on the Quebec musical scene, the group participated in the Harmony Sweepstake A Cappella Festival in New York in April 2012, where they won the Best Arrangement. Luce also finds time for a solo career as a singer-songwriter and her debut album Désert Blanc was released in 2010. She has since acquired experience touring her show and participating in many contests including the Tremplin de Dégelis (2010 and 2011) and Ma Première Place des Arts(2011 and 2012).

For Luce, singing is a chance to grow and learn about oneself, while learning to abandon oneself. She enjoys guiding and shaping students by allowing them to free their minds, body and voices. In the course of her teachings of Jazz and Pop, she covers interpretation, rhythm, and improvisation by encouraging creativity and audacity.

Violin Lessons

Lyne Allard
Villeray


Cello Lessons

Marc Labranche
Centre-sud

Cello lessons in Montreal

Marc Labranche holds a Bachelor's Degree (Schulich School of Music, McGill University - Montréal, 2010 : Schulich Scholarship, Valerie Wood Memorial Cello Scholarship, Dean's Honour List) and a Master of Music Performance (Guildhall School of Music and Drama - Londres, 2012 : Leverhulme Trust Scholarship).

His profound interest for chamber music and orchestral music has led him to travel all over the globe, performing with prestigious musicians and ensembles across North America, Europe and Asia.

As a sought-after chamber musician, his numerous concert collaborations include perfomances alongside established musicians such as James Boyd (London Haydn Quartet), David Alberman (Principal Second Violin, London Symphony Orchestra; Arditti Quartet), Mark Fewer (St. Lawrence String Quartet; Duke Trio), Ronald Birks (Chilingirian Quartet), Richard Lester (Florestan Trio), Anton Kuerti (pianist), Laura Samuel (Nash Ensemble), Jonathan Crow (SuperNova Quartet; New Orford Quartet; Concertmaster, Toronto Symphony Orchestra), Teng Li (Principal Viola, Toronto Symphony Orchestra), Steven Dann (violist), Jacqueline Shave (Leader, Britten Sinfonia) and Huw Watkins (pianist and composer).

He is regularly invited by Spira mirabilis, highly-regarded European chamber orchestra rehearsing and performing without a conductor, and was Joint-Principal Cellist of Southbank Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in London, UK for its 2015 season. He is often hired by orchestras such as Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Les Violons du Roy, L'Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, McGill Chamber Orchestra, L'Orchestre du Festival de Lanaudière, to name only a few.

Recent solo performances include concerts in London (UK) and Italy, performing Haydn's second concerto in D Major, Hob. VIIb:2 with Southbank Sinfonia, as well as performances of concertos by Saint-Saëns and Vivaldi in the past. He performs in duo recitals with pianists Suzanne Blondin, Amy Zanrosso, Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, and more recently, Carl Philippe Gionet.
  Marc is also a passionate teacher, who was invited, in 2009, to lead the cello sectionals of the Montreal Youth Symphony Orchestra, in preparation for its European tour. He also has been teaching privately for about ten years. He taught private cello lessons at the Collège Régina-Assumpta for the 2013-2014 school year.

Guitar Lessons

Marc-Olivier Lamontagne
Plateau Mont-Royal

Guitar lessons in Montreal

Marc-Olivier Lamontagne is a Canadian guitarist who specializes in contemporary music performance on classical and electric guitars. He is a sought-after soloist, improviser and chamber musician who regularly performs with new music ensemble such as the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, ECM+, Quasar, Quatuor Bozzini, Orchestre 21, Chants libres, Ensemble Punctum (of which he is the Artistic Director) and Ensemble La Machine (of which he is a founding member).

Marc-Olivier is also an experienced guitar teacher and has been teaching students of all levels and ages for over ten years. His inspiring passion for the guitar and for music generally are the driving force behind his effective teaching methods and his students’ success.

Marc-Olivier has premiered several solo and ensemble works for guitar both in Canada and Europe. He has served as Artistic Director of Ottawa New Music Creators between 2012 and 2014, and became President of the Montreal new music concert production association, Codes d’accès, in November, 2013. Marc-Olivier Lamontagne just completed a doctorate in New Music Performance with Lorraine Vaillancourt and Bruno Perron at the University of Montreal. Thanks to grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, he spent time as a resident at the Cité des Arts in Paris, where he studied with Judicaël Perroy and Alberto Ponce.


Piano Lessons

Marianne Roy-Chevarier
Mile-end

Piano lessons in Montreal

Since her solo debut with orchestra at the age of 14, under the baton of Louis Lavigueur, Marianne Roy-Chevarier has been lauded for her refreshing and elegant performances. She has won prizes at numerous regional and national competitions, including the Concours de Musique de la Capitale, the Festival de Musique Classique de Valleyfield and CMC. She has been invited to perform throughout Quebec, from the “Concert sous les chandelles” series in Montreal and Longueuil.

In 2013/2014, Mlle. Roy-Chevarier will be appearing alongside violinist Karine Bouchard at Montreal’s ‘Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur’, as well as performing Schumann’s Piano Concerto with the Levis Symphony Orchestra in May (Gilles Auger conducting).

A passionate teacher, particularly of younger students, Marianne teaches out of her residence in the Mile-End since several years. As an accompanist she has appeared at recitals and competitions throughout Montreal and Quebec.

Marianne began her studies at the Montreal Conservatory of Music in 2006 with Suzanne Goyette, and completed her Master’s with Richard Raymond. She has also participated in masterclasses and open lessons with such artists as Benedetto Lupo,  Peter Longworth and Marietta Orlov. She was also a selected participant for Domaine Forget’s first intensive piano sessions, which included masterclasses performances for Jean-Philippe Collard, Benedetto Lupo and Suzanne Beaubien.


Piano Lessons

Marie-Fatima Rudolf
Plateau Mont-Royal

Piano Lessons in Montreal

Marie-Fatima Rudolf is a much appreciated presence on the Montreal jazz scene graduating from McGill in 2005. Over the past 10 years she recorded two albums of original music, played in many clubs and restaurants, and brought her trio to festivals in Montreal, Mont Tremblant, Lasalle, and Brantford.

As a sideman Marie-Fatima has contributed to many ensembles, both on stage and in studio, including the Fred Pauze Quintet, the Becky Noble Sextet, and the Cameron Wallis Quartet. She regularly accompanies choirs.

In 2013 Marie-Fatima began a masters degree in New York where she had the opportunity to study with Hal Galper, Kevin Hays, John Abercrombie, Scott Colley, Gary Smulyan. Having obtained her diploma, she has returned to Montreal to study music therapy. She offers lessons to students of all ages, teaching piano, composition, theory, improvisation, and continues to play show in Montréal, Toronto and New York.

Cello Lessons, Music Awakening Class

Marie-Michel Beauparlant
Plateau Mont-Royal

Cello lessons in Montreal

Marie-Michel started studying the cello at age 8.  She soon pursued her studies at the renowned Montreal Music Conservatory under the guidance of Denis Brott.   After she graduated with a degree both in cello performance and chamber music, she continued her studies at the Master's level with Norman Fischer at Rice University.  Marie-Michel participated in different musical summer programs in the United States such as the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center where she worked in close collaboration with chamber music coaches and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.  She had the chance to work in Master Classes with renowned international musicians and teachers such as: Yo-Yo Ma, Richard Aaron, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Laurence Lesser, Paul Katz, Roland Pidoux, Chantal Juillet, Zuill Bailey and the Muir String Quartet.  Since the fall 2010, she is attending Stony Brook University to pursue a Dma under the guidance of Colin Carr.  She is very involved in the CCP ensemble and chamber music program, working closely with the Emerson String quartet.

Fiddle Course, Violin Lessons

Marie-Pierre Lecault
Ahuntsic

Violin lessons in Montreal

An active player on the Quebec and international stage, Marie-Pierre Lecault graduated from the University of Montreal with a Bachelor’s degree of music in violin performance.  She is a passionate specialist of traditional Quebec music.  She actually invests most of her time and energy playing and transmitting these precious melodies to others.


The rhythmical aspect of the violin has interested Marie-Pierre for many years now.  Curious, audacious, sensible and intrigued buy the infinite possibilities that this instrument offers; she colors, as a freelance musician, the music of other groups and artists.  You may have seen her on stage buy the sides of Edith Butler, Yves Lambert, the Zogma dancers, and most recently, Steve Provost.  She also visits recording studios in order to work on different projects (publicity, albums, movie soundtracks, etc.).  During the past years, Marie-Pierre has spent quite a bit of time teaching.  Eager to help others discover music by learning the violin, she adapts.  She does so by proposing different activities to each student in order to carefully match their tastes and needs.

Violin Lessons

Marie-Soleil Bélanger
Villeray

Jazz violin lessons in Montreal


Marie-Soleil begins the violin when she is 8 years-old at Rimouski. Admited to the Conservatoire de Musique, she turns off classical training 12 years later to study in jazz at the Concordia University under the direction of Helmut Lipsky.
In 15 years on the scene, she accompanied Yves Desrosiers, Paul Kunigis, Thomas Hellman, Richard Desjardins, Laurence Jalbert. She also recorded with Pierre Lapointe, Plume Latraverse, Lhasa de Sela. One could hear her on the sound screen of the "Small World of Laura Cadieux". It also slips towards the Indian music with the group Ragleela and she is part of the Fanfare Pourpour for 7 years. She recorded two CD of her own projects, which one is traditional music (Mademoiselle s'Amuse) and the other of improvise music (Les Salines). Marie-Soleil was discovered a talent of actress with the Moulin à Musique which produces youths shows. She presents a conference on the violin for the 7-12 years-old, completely dramatized, which makes the turn of the history and the technical and emotive possibilities of the violin.
In 2009, she turns over to take courses of jazz, with Matt Glaser this time, in very famous Berklee College of Music of Boston. From this dash is born the Trio Helico, only made up of string instruments and which interprets a repertory jazz-rock with parts of Chick Corea, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver, Duke Ellington...
Marie-Soleil teaches jazz-pop violin in Cégeps (Joliette, Ste-Therese, St-Laurent, Drummondville) since 2000


Flute Lessons

Marilène Provencher-Leduc
Rosemont

Flute lessons in Montreal

Marilène Provencher-Leduc was born in Montréal in 1989. She completed her Master’s Degree in the studio of Lise Daoust  at the Université de Montréal.  She is also active in performing classical solo repertoire, jazz, improvisation, film music, klezmer, interactive music, chamber, and orchestral music. She began her professional training at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal in the class of Marie-Andrée Benny. During her studies, she participated in many youth orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and contemporary music ensembles under the direction of renowned conductors like Raffi Armenian, Jean-François Rivest, Lorraine Vaillancourt, Jacques Lacombe and Fabrice Pierre. During the summer of 2010 Marilène was part of a pan-Canadian tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, for the 50th anniversary of the ensemble.  She has participated in many Master Classes with great flutists, including Michel Bellavance, Juliette Hurel, Eyal Habar, Mathieu Dufour and Timothy Hutchins. She also worked intensively with the famous pedagogue Phillipe Bernold at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de musique et de Danse de Lyon for one semester.  Finally, to teach is a natural way for her to share her passion for music.


Piano Lessons

Marine Blassel
St-Henri

Piano lessons in Montreal

Born in France and established in Montréal since 2006, Marine Blassel earned a bachelor and master’s degree in classical piano performance from the University of Montreal.

From 1997 to 2003, she studied with Frédéric Aguessy and won a piano, chamber music and culture first prize at the Conservatoire de Rouen, in France.  She completed a french Baccalauréat in literature in 2004, and was rewarded with a unanimous first prize in piano at the Conservatoire de Reuil-Malmaison, in Denis Pascal’s class. In 2008, she won the Montreal classical music festival’s first prize and reveived a master’s degree scholarship from the University of Montreal.

Marine Blassel has taken part in numerous professional development programs in Europe and in Québec. She has notably studied with reputed pedagogues from the Gyorgy Sebök international academy, the Courchevel international academy, the Porticcio international academy, the Orford Art Center and the Valencia international piano academy. In 2006, she was invited to take part to the Carthage international festival in Tunisia.

Passionate about teaching and pedagogy, Marine Blassel is an active member of Montreal Music teachers Coop, and teaches piano at the Stanislas College’s Conservatory in Outremont.


Jazz Improvisation, Saxophone Lessons

Mario Allard
Plateau Mont-Royal

Saxophone lessons in Montreal

Originally from Cowansville, Mario began his study of
the saxophone at the age of 12. Throughout his high
school years, his role in various jazz ensembles under
the supervision of Alexandre Côté allowed his playing
to evolve. Mario pursued his studies in jazz saxophone,
first at Cégep St-Laurent, then at McGill University
from which he obtained a Bachelors degree in Jazz
Performance in 2006. He has studied with some of the
best musicians in Montreal, namely: Jean-Pierre Zanella,
André Leroux, Rémi Bolduc, Frank Lozano and Jan Jarczyk.
From 2001 to 2003, Mario’s role in the group Vénus 3,
with which he toured Belgium, allowed him to further
pursue his development as a musician. From 2004 to
2006, Mario was a member of La Chango Family. In
addition to having toured extensively throughout Quebec
and Canada as a musician in this group, he took part in
a greater venture which led him to Belgium and France.
He has performed most notably at the Francopholies.

Piano Lessons

Martin Pelletier
Plateau Mont-Royal

Piano lessons in Montreal

Martin Pelletier started playing piano at five. Few years later, he's admitted at the Conservatoire de Rimouski where he received a complete training from renown masters in many subjects including writing and history of music.

He then obtained a doctorate from the Université de Montréal in 2016 after an academical course of which the excellence has been underlined by the attribution of many scholarships. He then completed his education at the Conservatoire de Prague and the Universität für darstellende Kunst in Vienna where he received the teaching of a specialist of the great Viennese pianistic tradition.

During the last years, he performed as concert pianist in many events including at an annual concerts series that he contributed to found in his hometown.

He's currently pursuing his studies in pedagogy and is transmitting his passion for the piano with students of all ages and levels.

Choir director

Mathieu Loiseau

Choir in Montreal

Mathieu Loiseau fell into music when he was still just a kid.  He studied piano, violin, percussion, vibraphone, clarinet and flute before turning to classical and jazz saxophone. Choirmaster at age of 16 and making a living out of his art since the age of 17, he won numerous awards during his high school and college years. In 2003, returning from a five years ‘round the world trip as a cruise musician, he receives the Recherche et création grant from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, which allows him to found the Moineauphonik big band, which has since performed on stage with several well-known Québec artists, including a tour with Dan Bigras and two Shows du Refuge. He owns an MA in composition from the Université de Montréal and is currently completing a doctorate in composition and musicology at the Universität für Musik und Kunst darstellende in Graz, Austria.

Piano Lessons

Mélanie Cullin
Rosemont

Piano lessons in Montreal

Mélanie Cullin began her career as a musician and piano teacher in France at the conservatory of Toulouse. In 2007, while there, she won three first place prizes by a unanimous vote: two, in musical interpretation (piano and chamber music) and one in musical analysis. The following year, in 2008, she obtained a degree certificate in vocal and instrumental accompaniments. At the same time, she received a bachelor’s degree in musicology from the University of Paris La Sorbonne. After graduating in 2009 from the French State Piano Teacher Diploma she followed the master’s degree class of Paul Stewart at the University of Montreal.

Before her move to Montreal Mélanie Cullin belonged to two main musical groups, the Argentinian tango quintet Tango Libre and the duet with cello In Rythmus, with whom she performed regularly in concerts : “Classisco” festival of Toulouse, “Les lundis de Mont-Louis” festival in Mont-Louis and “Espace Croix-Baragnon” in Toulouse, amongst others.  Since her arrival in Montreal she has considerably diversified her musical approach, sailing between classical music tradition, contemporary repertoire and creation, and improvised music. Meanwhile, she has dealt with the confluence between music and others arts, particularly theater, dance, and visual arts. These new attractions reflect in her current artistic projects: pianist and actress of the opera-theatre company “Alma Viva” (Fringe Festival, 2010-2012), pianist at the Montreal Contemporary Music Laboratory (MCML, June 2013), pianist improviser of the improvised dancing group“Lindex”, pianist and actress for the project “The Rhythm of Butterflies” put on by the children’s theater company “Le Moulin à musique” (forthcoming, February 2014).

Her pedagogical research led her to explore innovative teaching practices, such as group pedagogy and classical music learning through improvisation. During her teaching training in Toulouse she wrote a thesis on “The interpretation and self-expression”. In Montreal she has continued her exploration by writing her own teaching method for children based on playful activities and creativity. Since 2010 she has taught piano creativity to groups of children and adolescents at the Youth School (“Ecole des jeunes”) of the University of Montréal. In that context she actively participates in the development of pedagogical programs of the school. In addition, through her regular activity of giving lessons to individual students, she deals with the question of the adult beginner learning process.


Piano Lessons

Michèle Bernier-Martin


Born in Rimouski, Michèle Bernier­Martin begins her musical training by studying classical piano with Soeur Pauline Charron at the Conservatoire de musique de Rimouski. She then pursues her musical education at the University of Montreal obtaining in 2011 a Bachelor degree in classical piano performance with Jimmy Brière. In parallel with her studies, Michèle frequently participates in many competitions, is laureate of many merit grants and attends summer masterclass programs at Orford Academy for the Arts, where she has the opportunity to work with renowned teachers such as Jean Saulnier, Richard Raymond and Maneli Pirzadeh. 

Having always felt great interest and attraction towards creation, Michèle then meets the singer Barbara Finck-­Beccafico which whom she creates “about:”, an audiovisual artistic project, in which she operates and programs softwares, samplers, drum machines, plays keyboard and sings.This fascination for acoustic sounds, analog and digital synthesis, musics generated by computer as well as a desire to deepen her knowledge and understanding of musical writing techniques naturally bringhertowards electroacoustic composition, specialty she studies at the moment at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal with Louis Dufort.

Double Bass Lessons, Electric Bass Lessons

Olivier Babaz
Plateau Mont-Royal

Double bass and electric bass lessons in Montreal

French bass player and composer Olivier Babaz has gained a rich sideman experience on stage and in the studio in France, Indian Ocean and Canada. He multiplies original creation projects such as Akoz duo, releasing the 2012 debut album "La Lune de Kala" and collaborates actively with numerous musicians from the Montreal scene. In 2013 He released his first trio album, Midnight Cafeine. An in-demand musician, he is one of the few bass player as confortable on electric than on acoustic.

His personnal path led him to obtain a first prize Jazz bass interpretation gold medal from Conservatoire while studying classical double bass. He is a Music Academy  International graduate (Nancy) and studied in Paris at the Centre des Musiques Didier Lockwood. Finally, he obtained a DESS in Music for motion pictures at UQAM in 2011.

He has been teaching more than fifteen years, mainly electric and upright basses as well as improvisation and rythm under its various forms and points of view.
www.olivierbabaz.com

Piano Lessons

Papacho Sirdey-Desgagnés
Plateau Mont-Royal

Piano lessons in Montreal

Papacho  Sirdey graduated in 2003 from the National School of Arts in Havana, obtaining his bachelor's degree in classical music as Professor-Instrumentalist . He then continued jazz studies at the American School of Modern Music in Paris (2006) and the School of Creative Music in Madrid (2008). Throughout his musical education he was mostly influenced by the Cuba  educator Alexis Baxter, American composer Art Lande, and pianist Larry Willis.


   Papacho has been performing since 2005 mostly as a jazz pianist. He has collaborated with saxophonist Richie Cole, bassists Vishnu Wood (Randy Weston Duo) and Tyler Mitchell (Sun Ra Orchestra), as well as jazz singer Nicholas Bearde. He has participated in international festivals such as the Cervantino Festival and the Montreal-Queretaro Jazz Festival. Papacho is founder of the Third Stream Ensemble, a project that aims to incorporate 20th century European composers to the Jazz tradition. He is also founder lf the Ad Libitum Jazz Quartet with whom he tours since 2011. Since his arrival in Montréal, you may hear him accompanying author-composer Philémon Cimon.


  The piano lessons' main focus is on creating a practice routine that will respond to each student´s musical needs. Through simple-but-effective exercises, the student will acquire reflexes that will allow him to grow on a solid foundation. Lessons may be taught in English, French, or Spanish.

Guitar ensemble, Guitar Lessons

Pascal Valois
Plateau Mont-Royal

Guitar Lesson in Montreal

Pascal Valois has received the most renowned bursaries in Canada for guitar performance (Canada Council for the Arts) as well as musicology (FQRSC and SSHRC). He was also awarded scholarships from the Desjardins Foundation, the Wilfrid-Pelletier Foundation, the Laval University Foundation and the Université du Québec à Montréal Foundation. He studied romantic guitar on period instrument with Hopkinson Smith at the Schola Cantorum (Switzerland). Prior to this, he had graduated with honours at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, under Jean Vallières, as well as receiving the prize Pierre J. Jeanniot during his studies at Université du Québec à Montréal with Alvaro Pierri, in Montreal. He performed in the masterclasses of Ricardo Cobo, Roland Dyens, Fabio Zanon and William Kanengiser. Pascal Valois gave solo concerts on period and modern instruments in Switzerland, France, Latvia, Ontario, Quebec and New-Brunswick.
 
While he maintained a busy concert schedule, Pascal Valois completed a Ph.D. in guitar performance practice at Laval University in 2009. He is also responsible for the publication of a series of scores dedicated to 19th century French guitar music at the Centre de Musique Romantique Française and at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.
 
website www.pascalvalois.com

Piano Lessons

Pierre Emmanuel Mariaca
Rosemont

Piano lessons in Montreal

Pierre Emmanuel Mariaca started the piano at the age of 10 years old in the Conservatory of Fribourg in Switzerland, after having study the accordion during 3 years in the same school.

During his studies of classical and jazz piano, he teached the piano, and began to study the classical singing, working for several years as vocal trainer and piano accompanist at the choir of the « Maîtrise de Fribourg ».

In Switzerland, he has performed in concerts as piano soloist and with several musical ensembles in retirement homes of his province.

He continued his music studies in the Quebec where he graduated with a Bachelor degree in classical piano at the University of Montreal under the tutelage of Jimmy Brière.

He teaches the piano in Montreal and surroundings for several years to students with all ages, and he acquired more teaching skills with his work in the psycho-social field, after graduating with a Masters of Psychology at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.

In North America, he took parts in various musical events such as the studio-recording with his trio of The 4 Seasons of Buenos Aires of Astor Piazzolla, and he performed in concerts with different groups of the Berklee College of Music of Boston and in concerts in Montreal one of which with his trio in a retirement home.

Currently, he studies piano and composition in particular at the Berklee College of Music of Boston.

He teaches in French, English, Spanish and German.


Piano Lessons

Qiao Yi Miao Mu
Plateau Mont-Royal

Piano lessons in Montreal

Qiao Yi Miao Mu is a native of China. Born in Yun Nan province in 1992, she started to study piano at the age of 4. After she moved in Canada in 2003, she worked with many piano teachers in Montréal, such as Julia Gavrilova of McGill University, Carolle Searles and Marianne Fontaine of Pierre-Laporte High school. At the same time, she participated in several Canadian music competitions, such as the Canadian Music Competition, where she won twice the 1st Prize in her age category (2007, 2008), the Performance Grand Prize at the Valleyfield Music Festival (2007) and the 1st Prize in the Concours de Concerto in Pierre-Laporte High School. For the same occasion, she performed F. Chopin's Concerto no.1 with the school symphonic orchestra and its conductor Louis Lavigueur, who's also conductor of many ensembles in Montréal.

In September 2007, Qiao Yi was admitted at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, in the class of her current teacher, M. André Laplante. She also participated in numerous master classes in different music festivals in Canada, including the well-known Orford Music Festival, the Toronto Summer Music Festival and the Adamant Music School. In 2010, she made her first appearance as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, in a concert presented by the Behre Piano Associates.









Piano Lessons

Romain Pollet
4220 Drolet Street

Piano Lessons in Montreal

Pianist and bassoonist from Bordeaux, Romain Pollet holds the musical degrees in piano, bassoon and chamber music from the Conservatoire de Bordeaux, the French State Professor Diploma in piano, and an MA in Performance from the University of Montreal. He is currently pursuing  doctoral studies in collaborative piano.

During his studies, he received numerous scholarships, including the Denise Angers and Paul-Marcel and Verna Marie Gélinas scholarships in piano. He is the winner of the Sorel competition (Quebec) and laureate of the Adilia Alieva competition (France). He was taught by Jean-Philippe Guillo, Aurélie Forré, Jean-Marie  Lamothe in Bordeaux, Marc Durand, Jean-Eudes Vaillancourt and Martin Mangrum in Montreal and participated in many masterclasses with, among others, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Desire N'Kaoua, Prisca Benoit, Claire  Desert, Marilyn Horne and Dalton Baldwin. During his PhD, he deepens the Lied and French Song repertoire and presents, in addition to several recitals, a research on Schubert’s Lieder piano transcriptions by Liszt under the direction of Francis Perron.   

Known for his collaborative pianist talent, Romain Pollet specializes in the operatic repertoire and in preparing singers for auditions and concerts, which led him to perform both in Canada and abroad. He has been also part of the pianists team of the Canadian Vocal Art Institute for several years. Furthermore, he collaborates with the pianist Laurence Lambert-Chan with whom he forms the Duo Ex Æquo. They were on tour in Quebec in 2014-2015 and performed in several festivals including Montreal en lumière, Classica, and Vue sur la relève. A disc is coming soon.

www.romainpollet.com
www.duoexaequo.com

Violin Lessons, Violin initiation

Shannon Bowles
4220 Drolet Street

Violin lessons in Greenfield Park

Shannon Bowles’ early musical education began in her home town of Nelson British Columbia where she studied with Wendy Herbison. Upon graduating from high school, Shannon studied for a year in Saarbrüken Germany with Margareta Adorf, in Calgary with Bill Van der Sloot, Toronto with Erika Raum, and most recently in Ottawa with David Stewart where she studied for a year with full scholarship. Shannon completed her Bachelors of music and Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School of Music.

As an orchestral musician, Shannon has performed as concertmaster of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, and associate concertmaster of the Symphony of the Kootenays. She has also performed as a member of the Orchestra Symphonie de la Francaphonie, National Academy Orchestra and the Nelson Songfest Orchestra among others. Shannon currently performs regularly with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. Also active as a chamber musician, Shannon has recently performed works including the Schumann Piano Quintet, Brahms Clarinet Quintet and the Elgar Piano Quintet.

French Horn Lessons

Simon Bourget
Centre-sud

Horn lessons in Montreal

Simon Bourget is a French Horn player from Dieppe, New-Brunswick. Bachelor of Music from l'Université de Moncton where he studied under David Parker, he has recently completed a Master of Music degree from McGill University with Jean Gaudreault and an Artist Diploma from l'Université de Montréal with Louis-Philippe Marsolais. Fellow of many musical institutions such as the ScotiaFest, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, l'Orchestre de la Francophonie and the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Simon intended to deepen his knowledge and artistic vision on orchestral playing. As a chamber musician, he has performed with the Katcor Horn Quartet and the baroque ensemble Les Lys Naissant .His career led him to perform with Quebec and Canadian orchestras such as the McGill and Appassionata chamber orchestras as well as the New-Brunswick, Nova-Scotia and Montreal Symphony Orchestras.

Voice Lessons

Sonia Johnson
Rosemont

Jazz and pop voice lessons in Montreal

Blame it on Michel Donato! Sonia Johnson was not planning on a career in jazz. All it took was a few master classes with the renowned bass virtuoso and she was hooked. Though known as a jazz musician, Sonia has never turned her back on other musical genres, leading an eclectic and varied musical career.

A woman of many talents, Sonia produced her first opus, Don’t Explain, in 2005. It is a multilingual collection of jazz standards bursting with the freshness of scat, a style that Sonia holds very dear. Her latest album, Le Carré de nos amours, JUNO Award winner for 2012 Vocal jazz album of the year, is a perfect blend of the improvisational spontaneity of jazz and the lyricism of French chanson à texte. The fiery singer’s passion for both musical traditions is on full display in this latest effort.

Ms. Johnson has performed at many high-profile events — including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, Jazz en rafale and the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée — and has won a number of prizes and bursaries from the Fondation du maire de Montréal pour la jeunesse, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and Musicaction.
Sonia has had the privilege of collaborating with exceptional musicians throughout her career, including Vic Vogel, François Bourassa, Sylvain Provost, Félix Stüssi, Roberto Lopez, John Roney, Marianne Trudel, Karen Young and Dawn Tyler Watson.
So thank you, Mr. Donato! Without your influence, jazz lovers would not be blessed with Sonia Johnson’s original and refreshing vocal talents...

Trumpet Lessons

Stéfany Breton
Villeray, Côte des neiges

Trumpet Lessons in Montreal

Originaire de Victoriaville, Stéfany Breton est diplômée du Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal, où elle obtient en 2009 son prix à l’unanimité et en 2010 son prix à l’unanimité en musique de chambres, dans la classe de Manon Lafrance.
Elle a également participé à des stages au Canada et aux États-Unis  qui lui ont permis de perfectionner son jeu avec des maîtres réputés : Vincent Chicowics, Barbara Butler, Jens Lindemann, James Thompson, James Watson, entre autres.
À  l’été 2008 elle est récipiendaire de la RBC Youth Excellence Scholarship,  pour participer avec son quintette du cuivres Frolic à la session de cuivres du Banff Center. Puis , à l’automne de la même année, elle participe à la demi-finale du concours OSM Standard Life.
Elle  poursuit présentement ses études  à l’Université Mcgill  sous la tutelle de Russell Devuyst. Stéfany est surnuméraire à l’Orchestre Symphonique du Saguenay-Lac –St-Jean, Orchestre Symphonique de Drummondville, Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke, Orchestre  Symphonique de Longueuil et l’Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montréal.
Stéfany  enseigne la trompette au Collège Notre-Dame depuis 2006 , à la Coopérative des Professeurs de musique de Montréal depuis 2009, à l’école préparatoire du Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal et s’est jointe au corps professoral du Camp Musical d’Asbestos à l’été 2007.

Guitar Lessons

Steve Paquet
Rosemont

Guitar Lessons in Montreal

Steve Paquet plays guitar for 30 years. He received a first scholarship to the CALQ (research and creation / song) in 2001, the same year he also formed his jazz trio. Since 2002, by "top40" groups, he gets a lot of stage experience in both Canada and the United States. Since 2004, he is appointed guitarist Funny Funky Brass Band one of the few bands "electric". He will receive his second award CALQ (research and creation / song) in 2006, which will lead him to his first album, LA TEMPS DES AVEUX.

Beyond the album, Steve has a corpus of compositions which allows him to appear alone. He particularly enjoys performing solo voice, fingers, foot tapping and some guitars. He is also fond of modern classical guitar and in particular tango nuevo. His shows have now become a reflection of this new flexibility where there are in the foreground the artist about his compositions followed by fine lace interpretations of jazz, classical and tango.

Steve has also been making and repairing guitars for fifteen years. His latest creation is a jazz type guitar of 19-inch circa 2011.He has been teaching lessons for 6 years at schools in Montreal and its suburbs. Versatile, he teaches jazz, blues, folk and classical. Good teacher, he always creates links between the instrument and music theory. Some of his students have continued their studies in college.

Site web :  www.stevepaquet.ca

Guitar Lessons

Sylvain Picard
Villeray

Guitar lessons in Montreal

The walls are covered with music sheets, posters of Félix Leclerc, Miles Davis and Gaston Miron. In the middle of the room, lying on their stands, reign a few guitars, a music stand with a pencil and a few erasers. It is in the heart of that space that Sylvain Picard creates movies for the ears.

It's also there that he has offered guitar and music lessons since 1998. Old children and youg graduates, all are welcome! His method is simple : teach the student the repertoire they want to learn. And it works!

A Gatineau native, Montrealer by adoption, Sylvain Picard has a bachelor's degree (jazz specilisation) from Concoria University. Fond of collaborations and large size ensembles, he directs a few bands. One of which is Pic et les blancs de mémoire (an octet for which he writes jazz arrangements of Québécois popular songs.) In a different format, but as festive and whimsical, there is the Sylvain Picard Trio. The mischievous album 'Airs à faire frire' (inspired by Érik Satie's musical universe) was launched in 2012.

More and more in demand composer, Sylvain Picard wrote a piece for the sympathic virtuosos of Magnitude6 (brass quintet with percussions). The same year, he received a commission to write 'Gloria', a jazz mass. Inspired by Stravinsky, Charles Mingus and Kenny Wheeler, he chose to write the music for a drumless quartet featuring Yannick Rieu on tenor and soprano saxophones, Maxime St-Pierre on trumpet and flugelhorn et Adrian Vedady on double bass.

Sylvain Picard has a knack for film scoring. His talent is coveted by movie directors for fiction and documentary movies alike.

Guitar Lessons

Vincent Duhaime-Perreault
Ahuntsic

Cours de guitare à Montréal

Vincent  est un guitariste diplômé de la faculté de musique de l'université de Montreal en Interprétation Jazz. Ce musicien aux multiples facettes a su faire son chemin tant dans le milieu Jazz, World Beat que Pop. Ses diverses collaborations et projets, tantôt comme  accompagnateur avec Bombolessé ou Los Quebecos del Son,  ou comme leader du groupe Amanha et du Trio VDP l'ont mené sur les scènes de l'Europe, de l'Ouest Canadien, des Etats-Unis et du Moyen Orient. Récipiendaire du Syli D'or 2011 avec le groupe "The Cuban Martinez Show", ce guitariste, multi-instrumentiste à cordes, compositeur , arrangeur et directeur musical est grandement en demande dans le paysage musical Montréalais. 

Flute Lessons

Yuki Isami
Plateau Mont-Royal

Flute lessons in Montreal

Native of Japan, Yuki Isami first discovered the world of music through piano lessons at the young age of four. At the age of ten, she began studying flute under the tutelage of Rika Nakagawa.
    After having obtained first prize from the Tôhô Gakuen University of Music in Tokyo, alongside Ryu Noguchi, Yuki was accepted to the studio of Claire Marchand at the McGill Conservatory; and the following year, to the studio of Marie-Andrée Benny at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal where she would receive the prestigious Prix avec grand distinction unanimously. After having completed her studies at the Conservatoire, Yuki continued her musical education, and obtained her cinquième cycle with a specialisation in orchestral excerpts.
     Chamber musician, orchestra player and sought-after soloist, Yuki Isami has additionally participated in numerous festivals through which she has performed in concerts in Japan, Canada, United States, and Europe. In the summer of 2008, she was invited to participate in the Idyllwild Arts Music festival in California.  She also participated in the Niedersachsen chamber music festival in Germany in 2006, the Domenico Cimarosa festival in Italy the previous year. She has performed under the baton of conducters such as Yannick Nézet-Séguin (Orchestre Métropolitan de Grand Montréal), Yoko Matsuo (Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra), Yakov Kreitzberg (Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra), Jacques Lacombe and Kazuyoshi Akiyama (National Youth Orchestra of Canada). She is playing in l’Orchestre Métropolitan de Grand Montréal as a substitute.
    Yuki is presently undertaking several projects, Lotus Trio with harp and viola, Duo Yusa, flute duo, as well as working with the Allogène ensemble: a chamber music group, an ensemble manifesting in various configurations (from duets to sextets). In August 2009 in Montreal, she presented a concert of Japanese traditional and contemporary music with young talented guitarist Jérôme Ducharme.

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