Music teachers at the Co-op

Our aim is to offer our students a high quality experience: music lessons are taught by experienced pedagogues and professional artists whose musical careers are still blooming here and abroad. It’s the passion both for their art and its transmission which drives our teachers to share their knowledge with the next generation of artists. The Coopérative prides itself on selecting the best teachers for its students.


Recorder Lessons

Alexa Raine-Wright
Plateau Mont-Royal

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
Plateau Mont-Royal, Villeray

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
Sud-Ouest, Plateau Mont-Royal

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

Alvaro Larez

Cello Lessons

Amanda Keesmaat

Cello lessons in Montreal

Baroque cellist Amanda Keesmaat performs with Arion Baroque Orchestra, Les Idées Heureuses, La Nef, Clavecin en Concert and Studio de Musique Ancienne de Montreal (SMAM), and is a cellist of the classical orchestra "L'Orchestre Symphonique de la Vallée-du-Haut-St-Laurent". As a specialist on basse de violon, Amanda is a member of "Rendez-Vous Baroque Français", a chamber ensemble specializing in French baroque music. In 2017 she played basse de violon with the Opéra Atelier production of Charpentier's Médée in Toronto and in Versailles, France.

Amanda plays continuo on the Juno Award winning cd's "Vivaldi et ses Anges" (Ensemble Caprice) and "Prima Donna" (Arion et Karina Gauvin). Other recordings include Félix winning cd "La Traverse Miraculeuse", (La Nef), "Dowland in Dublin" and "The People's Purcell" (Michael Slattery and La Nef), and albums featuring Julie Bouliane, Daniel Taylor, Suzie Leblanc and Shannon Mercer. Amanda grouped colleagues together to perform on Ubisoft's video game "Assassin's Creed III" and has recorded for for the NFB and Québec films.

Amanda played chamber concerts with The Festival of Music and Sound, Music and Beyond, Domaine Forget, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Musique Royale, Ottawa Baroque consort, Montreal Baroque, Festival Vancouver, Sackville Early Music Festival, Indianapolis Early Music Festival, Hammer Baroque, Regensburg Festival (Germany), the Tilford Bach Festival (England) and the Lamèque International Early Music Festival. Amanda has also toured in Belgium, Spain, Colombia and the United States.

Violin Lessons

André Généreux

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

Brigitte Papillon

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

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, Piano initiation

Christine Séguin

Piano Lessons in Montreal

Christine began playing piano at seven years old and has never looked back. After l’École secondaire Pierre Laporte (a Montreal high school specialising in music), she continued her musical education at Cégep Saint-Laurent, where she obtained a diploma in music, piano performance. In 2010 Christine graduated from the Université du Québec à Montréal  (UQAM) with a Baccalaureate in piano performance.

Christine’s familiarity with and knowledge of various approaches to music pedagogy has been deepened and broadened by her involvement with a number of stimulating musical groups including Le Garage à Musique, La fondation du Docteur Julien, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (Music for Children program), Les petits chanteurs du Mont-Royal, and l’Académie de musique Pierre-Laporte. As well, after several very productive years with the École de musique Enchantée, she now collaborates as accompanist for the Ensemble Vocal Wellington.

She is presently continuing her studies in both piano technique and repertoire with the well renowned pianist Jean-Pascal Hamelin.

Christine’s approach to teaching is characterised by a focus on listening and an emphasis on flexibility. Her pedagogy highlights her students’ inherent personal worth and self-esteem, and she is committed to transmitting her love for the beauty of art and of sound by means of both a solid piano technique and a well-rounded musical culture.

Piano Lessons

Daniel Anez

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, Plateau Mont-Royal

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 ( 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

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

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

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

Francis Lehoux
Plateau Mont-Royal, Rosemont

Piano lessons in Montreal

Francis Lehoux is a solo and collaborative pianist, composer, teacher and musical director who graduated from the Schulich School of Music of McGill University. He accompanies singer-songwriters, music directs musical theatre productions, writes music for films (“La Brimbale” by Jean-Nicolas Orhon), teaches piano, and just finished recording his first solo album, The F Line, on which he’s accompanied by the Warhol Dervish string quartet. His original music is at once minimalist, romantic and cinematic (influenced by Philip Glass, Ólafur Arnalds, etc.), and tends to portray states of heart and mind induced by contemporary life. He has played at venues like Place des Arts and Webster Hall, and accompanied renowned artists such as Broadway/television actress Tovah Feldshuh, cabaret icon Jeff Harnar, and Arcade Fire’s violinist Sarah Neufeld. He’s set to launch his debut solo album in the fall 2017, and he’s very happy to join the Coop and contribute to the progress of piano students and musicians-to-be.

Cello ensemble, Cello Lessons

Gabriel Prynn
Outremont, Côte des neiges

Cello lessons in Montreal

Born and raised in the UK, cellist Gabriel Prynn is a founding member of the Trio Fibonacci, which is based in Montreal and celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019.

During his career as a soloist, as a member of the Trio Fibonacci, and as a guest artist with diverse ensembles, notably the Ensemble Alternance in Paris, Gabriel has both resurrected forgotten masterpieces and premiered over sixty new works. Gabriel has performed at Toronto’s St. Lawrence Centre, Merkin Hall in New York, at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in association with IRCAM and Radio-France, at the Aldeburgh Festival (UK) and at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. He has been both a resident artist and Chamber Music Coordinator at the Atlantic Music Festival (Maine, USA) since 2016.

He is passionate about teaching, and in addition to his position as Visiting Assistant Professor of Cello at Ohio University, USA, from 2016-2019, he has given masterclasses, coached chamber music, and given workshops at such prestigious institutions as the École Normale de Musique (Paris), University of South Africa, University of Curitiba (Brazil), Royal Academy of Music (UK), Conservatory of Belgrade (Serbia), Conservatory of Nagoya (Japan), Hochschule Hanns Eisler (Berlin, Germany) and at the University of Oxford (UK).

Gabriel’s most influential teachers were Clive Greensmith (Tokyo Quartet), David Finckel (Emerson Quartet) and Daniel Domb, Principal Cellist of the Toronto Symphony from 1974 to 2009 and a protégé of Paul Tortelier. Gabriel also received invaluable chamber music coaching from Menahem Pressler, Valentin Erben (Alban Berg Quartet), Arnold Steinhardt (Guarneri Quartet), Richard Young (Vermeer Quartet) and Eberhard Feltz in Berlin.

Gabriel has collaborated with some of the most respected composers of our time, notably Mauricio Kagel, Pascal Dusapin, Jonathan Harvey, Georges Aperghis, Hannah Lash, George Tsontakis, Pierre Jalbert and Henri Pousseur. From a pedagogical point of view, it can be said that new music presents the student musician with unique technical and interpretive challenges. Gabriel’s recent doctoral research on the subject, which won him the Luc Vinet Prize for Excellence from the University of Montreal, has led to his book, Taming the Cello: a handbook of contemporary cello for players, teacher and composers. Excerpts of his book were published in the December 2018 edition of The Strad.

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

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

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.

Piano Lessons

Hélène Claise

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

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

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
Plateau Mont-Royal

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.

Violin Lessons, Music Awakening Class, Viola Lessons

Julie Babaz
Plateau Mont-Royal

Violin lessons in Montreal

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

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.

Trombone Lessons

Karine Gordon

Musical Awakening lessons in Montreal

Karine begins her career at Cégep Drummondville where she specializes in classical trombone before moving towards a jazz profile. She continues her musical studies at McGill University, where she obtains a baccalaureate. She has the chance to be part of several ensembles during her studies, such as the McGill Jazz Orchestra and the McGill Trombone Ensemble.

Following an injury, she develops her interest in teaching. She comes across musical awakening for the first time in 2012. While she’s enrolled in various psychology courses at the University of Montréal, Karine began to give musical awakening lessons to children of Montreal daycares.

Today, she continues to spread her love of music through teaching. She conducts community jazz ensembles. She is a brass specialist in various schools. She also teaches musical awakening and continues to take an interest in pedagogy to provide a high quality education.

Guitar Lessons, Electric Bass Lessons, Ukulele lessons

Kevin O'Neil
Verdun, Plateau Mont-Royal

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, Plateau Mont-Royal

Piano Lessons in Montreal

Laurence Lambert-Chan in 140 characters : pianist and lecturer with a keen sense of humour and unafraid of self-mockery, committed to access to culture for all and to the environment. Laurence holds a Master’s Degree in chamber music and a Bachelor’s Degree in classical piano from the University of Montreal. With two recordings to her credit, she has given concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York, in Lima, Peru, in collaboration with the Canadian Embassy and at the Jean-Cocteau Amphitheater in France. She has also performed throughout Québec in numerous festivals, including Montréal en Lumière, the Montreal Symphonic Orchestra’s Virée Classique , the Festival of Sacred Music of Quebec, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Classica and Vue sur la Relève. Today, Laurence's musical activities revolve around three projects: The Story of Babar presented by Jeunesses Musicales du Canada with Elisabeth Payeur, actress; the Duo Ex Aequo with Romain Pollet, a comic and acrobatic four-hand piano duo; and Opera 101, a concert that mixes opera, comedy and clown with mezzo-soprano Charlotte Gagnon, a show that has one numerous prizes and raving reviews.

Trumpet Lessons

Laurianne Bellavance
Plateau Mont-Royal

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

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.

Piano Lessons

Lisandre Sévigny Di Quinzio

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. 

Violin Lessons

Lyne Allard

Music Awakening Class, Choir director

Marcela Flores Camargo

Musical awakening in Montreal

From Guadalajara Mexico, Marcela Flores began her musical training at the age of seven singing under the choir conducting of the musicologist Ileana Gueche. She was a member of the A Cappella ensemble of Guadalajara, with whom she had the opportunity of singing throughout Mexico and travelling to Europe and Latin America. Upon turning 18, she starts her professional studies at a core level of music at the University of Guadalajara after which she then continues studying her bachelor’s degree in this same institution. 

Equally, she has completed her formation with various opera singers, such as the baritone Luis Alvarez, the mezzo-soprano Grace Echaurri, the tenor Ramon Calzadilla, the baritone bass Ricardo Herrera as well as the Argentinean jazz singer Sofia Rei. In 2012 she travels to New York to learn from the great mezzo-soprano Hilda Harris in the Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival. As well, she has taken workshops of music for choirs with choral conductors like Leonor Suarez, Ana Patricia Carbajal, Ailyn Urquiza and Jorge Cozatl.

Later on she forms her quartet Vocal CREA, where she begins her development as choral conducting. With her quartet she represented her country when they participated in the Choral Festival of Medellin in Colombia, as well as in Corearte in Spain. She was part of the committee to organize the Festival Jalisco Canta from their first edition in 2010 until 2016. As well she worked as voice teacher and choral conductor for three years in different music academies in her state.

At the present time, she continues her preparation as an opera singer with the international singer Donna Brown in the Music Conservatory of Montreal. 

Piano Lessons

Marianne Roy-Chevarier

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.

Cello Lessons

Marie-Michel Beauparlant
Rosemont, 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

Violin lessons in Montreal

A versatile violinist, violist and fddler, Marie-Pierre Lecault is an energetic presence on the Quebec music scene at home and abroad. With a degree in classical violin from Université de Montréal and having immersed herself in the world of Quebec traditional music, she now devotes a large part of her career in promoting trad through performance, composition and arrangement. Over the past ffteen years, Marie-Pierre has accompanied various groups on tour, in the studio, and on flm and television. She has travelled the world alongside Bon Débarras, [ZØGMA], Edith Butler and Adam Cohen. Other notable collaborations include her work in Le Quatuor Trad with Le Vent du Nord as well as with 2015 Francouvertes prize winners, Élixir de gumbo. Her most recent project, La Suite - Inventions pour deux violoneux, is a co-creation with fellow violinist Robin Boulianne in which they explore an original repertoire infuenced by trad past and present. Marie-Pierre is also an active teacher, frequently invited to give workshops around
the world.

Violin Lessons

Marie-Soleil Bélanger

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

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.

Jazz Improvisation, Saxophone Lessons

Mario Allard
Plateau Mont-Royal

Saxophone lessons in Montreal

Graduated with a Master's degree in Jazz Performance from McGill University in May 2016, Mario Allard has been active on the professional scene since 2001. He released his self-titled debut album independently in September 2007. His band performed in concert among others, at the 2007 Off Festival de Jazz in Rimouski, at the FIJM in 2008 and at the National Jazz Awards in Toronto in 2009 and the unveiling of the web documentary Jazz Petite Bourgogne with Oliver Jones in 2013. His group won the Galaxie Prize of the CBC / Radio-Canada / CBC at the 2008 Montreal International Jazz Festival. The group was also selected by Entrées en Scène Loto-Québec in 2009. Bursary of the CALQ in 2010, he took classes with the New York saxophonist Donny McCaslin. Mario Allard has toured in Quebec, Canada, China and Europe with different bands such as The Chango Family, Papagroove, Coyote Bill and Auguste Quartet. He shared the stage and recorded albums with many artists including Robert Charlebois, Yann Perreau, Antoine Corriveau, Renee Wilkin, Greenland and The Brass Band Jarry. He has also been seen on TV shows including La voix and Le Beau Dimanche.

Music Awakening Class

Marion Corpet

Musical Awakening Class in Montreal

She began her studies with her teacher Zoé Dumais and she performed "jam" concerts throughout the city of Montreal. She loves improvisation and Gypsy tunes. It's about the same time that Marion discovers teaching to the little ones. For the last two years, she has been giving musical awakening lessons for young people aged one to five at the Wilfrid-Pelletier daycare centre in the Saint-Michel neighbourhood. She is particularly interested in the relationship between pedagogy in childhood and music. Marion plans to continue to teach young people the joys of music for years to come.

Piano Lessons

Martin Pelletier
Rosemont, 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

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

Nancy Gloutnez

Nancy Gloutnez s’est initiée au piano et à la gigue à un jeune âge.   Diplômée de l’université McGill, elle enseigne le piano depuis 25 ans.  Sa passion pour la musique et pour son instrument s’est cultivée dans une diversité de projets musicaux, chorégraphiques et vidéo, ainsi qu’en tant que technicienne-accordeuse de pianos.    Plusieurs fois boursière du Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec, et finaliste pour les Grands Prix de la culture des Laurentides, ses œuvres témoignent de sa passion du rythme et de son grand respect pour la gigue dont elle jongle à remanier le vocabulaire dans toute sa musicalité, complexité et beauté poétique.

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.

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.

Voice Lessons

Rachel Guertin-Lambertson

Rachel Guertin-Lambertson commence sa formation artistique dès l’âge de 4 ans avec le ballet classique. Elle développe ensuite un intérêt marqué pour la musique lorsqu’elle débute ses cours de piano et de chant. Elle poursuit sa formation dans ces trois disciplines tout au long de ses études secondaires. Elle prend alors la decision de suivre sa passion: le chant classique. Rachel débute sa formation spécialisée au Pré-Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, puis elle termine ses études collégiales en chant classique à l’école de musique Vincent-d’Indy, sous la tutelle de Marie-Danielle Parent, soprano. Son jeune talent commence à se faire remarquer lors de divers concours. Rachel est à sa dernière année de baccalauréat au Conservatoire de musique de Montreal en chant classique, avec Adrienne Savoie, soprano. Depuis son entrée au Conservatoire, elle a remporté plusieurs concours et bourses. Elle a aussi collaboré avec plusieurs maîtres d’ici et d’Europe et a dernièrement participé en tant que soliste au Festival Bach de Montréal.

mandolin lessons, Guitar Lessons, Ukulele lessons

Rodrigo Simoes

Guitar, ukulele and mandolin lessons in Montreal

Rodrigo Simoes is a composer and arranger who develops a style in between jazz and Brazilian music. During his international career, he has performed in China, Australia, Brazil, Canada and Paraguay. The guitarist and mandolinist has already worked with big names in Brazil and Canada. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education (FAP-PR) and a Master's Degree in Jazz Performance and Composition (UdeM).

Piano Lessons

Sebastian Verdugo
Plateau Mont-Royal

Piano lessons in Montreal

Pianist from Chile, Sebastian hold a master and a doctorate degree in classical piano interpretation from Université de Montréal, under the tuition of Marc Durand and Jimmy Brière.  Sebastian obtained his bachellor degree at Escuela Moderna de Musica in Chile in 2008 and then he received the most important scholarship given by the chilean gouvernement to complete his master and doctorate degree. He also participated in prestigious summer piano programs, such as: Banff Centre for arts and Orford music (Canada), Chautauqua festival and Mammuth Lakes piano seminar (USA) and Classics Abroad (France), where he had the opportunity to receive advices and guidance from reputed pianists, such as: Julian Martin, Jean Marc Luisada and Jean Francois Antonioli.

He is also passionate by Jazz, popular music and particularly by Latin American traditional music. Sebastian has performed at Place des Arts in a traditional argentine tango’s program and he has an active presence on the popular music scene in Montreal.

With a wide experience in teaching piano, he has taught at Universidad Catolica de Temuco (Chile), Escuela Moderna de Musica (Chile) and Montreal University (Canada). Sebastian has also taught privately since 2001 which gives him a great experience teaching at every age and level.

Trombone Lessons

Sébastien Côté

Trombone lessons in Montreal

Sébastien Côté holds a bachelor's degree from the Université de Montréal and a Master form Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. He also studied one year in the United Kingdom at the University of Leeds. He works actively as a freelancer in Montreal and he is solo trombonist at the Trois-Rivières and Drummondville Symphony Orchestra for several years. In addition to his occupations as an interpreter, Sébastien teaches the trombone, spends a lot of time with his three children and is passionate about the outdoor.

Violin initiation

Shannon Bowles
Plateau Mont-Royal

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

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

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...

Guitar Lessons

Sylvain Picard

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.

Baroque ensemble, Violin Lessons

Vincent Delorme

Violin lessons in Montreal

Originating from Chambly, Vincent Delorme completed his Masters Degree (Spring 2018), at the Conservatory of Music of Montreal, receiving the Viola Speciality Prize and the Chamber Music Speciality Prize, as well as being decorated with the Lieutenant Governor's Youth Medal in recognition of his remarkable involvement in school and the community.  Professors such as Jocelyne Bastien, Viola Professor, Denis Brott, Chamber Music Professor, and Eric Lagacé, Jazz Professor, are at the base of his intense artistic inspirations, enriched even more by taking specific courses and Master Classes under international violists such as Antoine Tamestit, James Dunham and Atar Arad.

Impassioned by chamber music, Vincent is, since the past four years, a member of the Andara String Quartet, formation with whom he has taken part in various residencies, seminars and international festivals, learning from European, American and Eastern Masters; to name a few, Johannes Meissl, the members of Cuartetto Quiroga, St-Lawrence String Quartet, Shangai String Quartet and many others.
Currently, Vincent is invested more than ever in rendering music, with the timeless and concrete messages it contains, to the general public, through various projects, be it the Andara String Quartet, the Volte Ensemble, composing, and teaching.

Guitar Lessons

Vincent Duhaime-Perreault

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. 

Piano Lessons

Vincent Réhel

Jazz and pop piano lessons

Keyboard player, arranger and composer, Vincent Réhel is known for is participation in lots of albums and concert as a musician, arranger, composer, producer and musical director (Rickie Lee Jones, Stefie Shock, Dumas, Yann Perreau, Robert Charlebois, Marc Déry, Ariane Moffatt, Diane Tell, Les Duos improbables, etc.).
He also did  movie soundtracks as a composer or arranger (Dans une galaxie près de chez vous 2, Nos étés, Fatal trust, La guerre des tuques 2,etc.).
He received very good reviews for his three solo albums, wich also valued him some nomination at l’ADISQ and the title of Album de la semaine dans La Presse.

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