Melina Soochan

RCM Piano Teacher No. 112201

Piano Teacher in Montreal

West Island Piano Teacher

Melina Soochan

Melina Soochan offers private lessons in classical and jazz piano to students in DDO, Montreal West Island. Following the Royal Conservatory of Music Classical curriculum at the core with complementary instruction in Jazz and Pop, students get a comprehensive overview of piano-playing either for their own enjoyment and personal development, or to pursue official RCM music certification.

Limited spots available. Contact Melina for your first FREE lesson, which includes an initial assessment and the chance to "meet-the-teacher" before signing up!

Telephone: 438-402-8564

Private Piano Lessons with Melina Soochan:

  • Location: Located on Roger Pilon, in Dollard-des-Ormeaux (West Island)
  • Lesson length*:
    • Weekly 1h lessons for kids age 8+, teens and adults
    • Weekly 30min lessons for kids age 8 and younger

    *Flex Plan: Drop-in lessons are possible with the purchase of 6 lessons. See Flex Plan: Drop-In pricing below.

  • English or French instruction
  • Schedule (contact Melina for current availabilities):
    • Mondays through Thursdays 9am-9pm
    • Sundays 9am-6pm
  • Specialized in:
    • Adults
    • Teenagers
    • Children ages 4+
  • 4 sessions:
    1. Summer (June to August): 12 lessons
    2. Fall (September to December): 12 lessons
    3. Winter (January to March): 12 lessons
    4. Spring (April to June): 12 lessons
  • All prospective students must participate in an initial assessment to determine their current level of piano competency, reading skills, and theory knowledge, and to discuss their objectives. Please note: Due to limited space, not all students are accepted.
  • Curriculum: All lessons follow the Classical methodology, with a minimum of 25% of time dedicated to Jazz/Pop instruction.
    • Classical: Royal Conservatory of Music curriculum
      • Beginner to intermediate levels, from Preparatory A through to Grade 8
      • RCM Examination Preparation
      • Theory and Ear Training
    • Jazz/Pop: Overview of jazz standards, pop songs, and improvisation methods


  • For 1 hour weekly lessons (kids age 8+, teens and adults):
    • $50/h
    • Sessions: 12 weekly lessons x $50/h = $600*
      *payable in full or 2 installments of $300, does not include cost of books
  • For 30 minutes weekly lessons (kids age 8 and younger):
    • $30/30min
    • Sessions: 12 weekly lessons x $30/30min = $360**
      **payable in full, does not include cost of books
  • Flex Plan: Drop-In Lessons (for adults only):
    • Sessions: Package of 6 pre-paid lessons x $60/h = $360***
      ***payable in full, does not include cost of books
    • Will be scheduled one at a time. Time slot may change frequently. Will take second priority after weekly lessons.

Two programs of study:

Enjoyment of Music

Students learn the basics of playing piano for enjoyment and personal development.

  • 12 One-on-one lessons
  • Participation in end-of-year recital
  • Music reading and basic theory
  • Easy popular Classical pieces
  • Introduction to Jazz/Pop

RCM Exam Prep

Personalized coaching to prepare students for official RCM exams.

  • 12 One-on-one lessons
  • Mock examination(s)
  • Complementary study in technique, theory, ear-training, sight-reading, harmony, history, counterpoint, analysis (as required by the RCM curriculum)
  • Registration to the next appropriate RCM exam (exam sessions are held in January, April, June and August)
  • Participation in end-of-year recital
  • Jazz/Pop Immersion
  • Master Classes available for students to play in front of each other *Additional fees may apply

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All students are encouraged to participate in the end-of-year annual recital (held at the end of the Spring session, end of May).

The studio is equipped with a high quality Yamaha GB1 5' baby grand piano to give students the opportunity to learn on a state-of-the-art instrument for the best touch and feel. IN addition, a second full size electronic piano, a Yamaha Clavinova, is available for siblings to practice on with headphones while waiting for their lessons.

The Royal Conservatory of Music: What is it?

  • Internationally recognized and prestigious certification program for music
  • 10 grades, including preparatory levels and Gr 1-10, ending in the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (ARCT) Diploma
  • Examinations test competencies in performance of selected repertoire, studies, technique, ear training, sight-reading and playback.
  • Each level requires a passing grade in practical examinations, and for the upper levels, theoretical (written) examinations as well
  • By taking weekly lessons, it takes approximately one year per grade, two years in the upper levels (Gr 6+)
  • The ARCT Performer's Diploma is considered equivalent to a Bachelor's degree in Music from a recognized university

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Melina Soochan's Credentials:

Melina Soochan performing

  • Certified Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto (ARCT) Performer's Diploma (Classical Piano), 2010
  • Bachelor of Music (Classical Piano) from McGill University, 2008, Montreal
  • MBA, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University, 2015, Montreal
  • Double DEC in Health Science and Music (Classical Piano), Marianopolis College, 2005, Montreal
  • Program director at Overture with the Arts, non-profit organization specializing in youth and arts, for the annual Teen Songwriting Competition, since 2019
  • Professional Lounge Pianist and Singer since 2009,
    • Performances and tours across Canada, the US, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, the Bahamas, South Korea, and more
    • Band leader, singer and keyboardist in her own Montreal Top 40 group, The Masters of Groove, as well as her jazz quintet, The Velvet Lounge
    • Lead singer in the internationally recognized Top 40 group, Kix Party Band
  • Started private classical piano lessons at the age of 4
  • Followed jazz piano and band lessons from the McGill Conservatory from 2005-2011

Why take piano lessons?

For parents of young children:

It is commonly recognized that music is directly correlated to high performance in academic subjects such as math and science. While stimulating the creative side of the brain, the discipline required to learn the language of music and to train the muscles and fingers for intricate coordination ensures a rigorous yet enjoyable development of neural pathways and motor skills.

Many of the world's top renowned doctors, scientists, Nobel prize winners, politicians, CEOs and entrepreneurs started music at a young age. Piano lessons should be part of your child's overall education and personal development. While music is taught in many schools in Quebec, rarely is it taught at the high level seen in private instruction. Years later, many high achievers in piano go on to become top students in many different fields and get into the university of their choice.

Don't miss out on the opportunity to give your child the best education possible!

For adults:

It is never too late to pick up a new skill like piano. Stimulation of the brain is required at all ages, and learning music is one of the best ways to work on memory and muscle coordination, while providing an enjoyable way to relax and release stress.

It is not true that it takes longer to learn piano as an adult compared to a child. The only difference is that, oftentimes, life gets busy and gets in the way of practicing. Motivated adults can learn basic piano skills and be able to read within just a few weeks of dedicated study.

For all adults at all stages of life, starting piano as a beginner, or picking it up again after a long absence, requires the basic ingredients of success: time, patience, practice and dedication.

Don't miss your chance to fulfill your dream of playing the piano!

Telephone: 438-402-8564


  • Dedicated. Patient. Organized. Committed. Encouraging. Passionate. Talented.

    Walking into Melina's practise studio is like entering another world. One inhabited by talent, fostered by patience, focus, commitment, encouragement, and a passion for music as both science and art. Transported at the seat of her grand piano, the student is accompanied by a master of her craft, navigating through all that is new, and polishing the old to make it shine. Each lesson with Melina is structured and each is refreshingly unique. Post-lesson comes an email summary, setting me up for success with homework that deepens my satisfaction and builds excitement for our next session together. Simply put, Melina is the BEST teacher I have EVER had. - Lisa, age 46

2019 Student Recital

Students Piano Recital 2019-05-26

The students' recital took place on Sunday, May 26, 2019 at the Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts, Pierrefonds.

It was such a great time!

2018 Student Recital

Students Piano Recital 2018-05-27

The students' recital took place on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at the Lambda School of Music and Fine Arts, Pierrefonds.

What a delightful experience!