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Brigitte Rivet

(Director)

Brigitte Rivet was born in St-Jean sur Richelieu. She began recorder lessons at 7 years old and the piano at 10. She attended the Jocelyne Laberge School of Music in St Jean for over 10 years!

While working towards her General Art degree, she  was awarded the ‘’Laureat II’ ranking at the prestigious Vincent d’Indy Music School and subsequently went on to complete a music degree from the University of Montreal. In 1996, she decided to open her own music school in Napierville. Working under the title of affliated teacher with the Vincent d’Indy Music School, she later won two awards recognizing the quality of her piano teaching! She now runs her two music and acting schools and has most recently, begun teaching music in local public schools.

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Francine Bergeron

(Piano Instructor)

Fully bilingual, Francine is originally from Montreal. She began piano lessons at 13 years old and continued her training all the way up to obtaining a diploma from the  renowned Vincent d’Indy School of Music. She has over 25 years of teaching experience and has been an employee of the Jocelyne Laberge School of Music since 2002.

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Martin Caron

(Piano Instructor)

A native of Rimouski, Martin began piano at 6 years old. Beween the ages of 9 and 23, he won several Canadian music competitions. He later  went to obtain  his Master’s degree from the University of Montreal. For several years following this, he acted as official accompanist at the Pierre Laporte School of Music  and Hull Conservatory.He has made several records including one with his sister Josée, also an accomplished pianist. He continues to work as an accompanist for several ballet schools and has taught for the BR Music Schools since 2002.

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Rébecca Walker

(English and French as a Second Language Teacher)

Fully bilingual, Rebecca is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has more than 20 years of teaching experience, including, recently, 4 years at Berlitz, a top Canadian provider of language courses. After obtaining her BA in French Literature from the University of Winnipeg, she taught one year in as an assistant in a high school in France, an experience she describes as life-changing. 

Back in Canada, she pursued her high school teaching degree at the Collège de St Boniface and taught French Immersion in Manitoba before moving to Quebec where she obtained her TESL (Teaching English as a Second Langage) Certificate from McGill. She loves substituting when the work is available but her true love is teaching French to adults and having fun  and games teaching English to young children.

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Martin Egan

(Guitar teacher)

Born in the city of Quebec, M began the guitar at the age of 14. In addition to having started his Master’s degree, he holds a Degree in Popular Music Studies from UQAM. Martin’s experience is outstanding: he has worked as a guitarist, producer, conductor and composer for several concerts and tv shows, including the  Cirque de Soleil (Quidam), Ginette Reno, Joanne Blouin, DLavoie  and also on the variety show ‘’Ad Lib’’. He has been teaching at the Jocelyne Laberge Music School since 2007.

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Kamilya Agoshkova

(Vocal and piano teacher)

Kamilya was born in Kazakhstan into a family of musicians. She speaks French, English, Spanish and Russian. She began singing at the early age of 18 months and the piano at 4 and a half years old. Her first  music instructors were her two parents, both musicians themselves.

She holds a doctorate in Music Instruction from the  National Conservatory of Alamty(Kazakhstan)and a Bachelor’s in Classical Voice   Training from the University of Montreal.

She has been teaching music since 1994 and has taught in Kazakhstan, Ecquator and Canada. She has been a part of our teaching team since 2015.

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Saya Nakano

(Piano teacher)

Saya speaks French, English, Japanese and a bit of German.

Her initiation to music dates to elementary school in Japan where her  first instrument was the recorder. At high school  she joined a baroque music ensemble. She also plays the flute and the violin but her main instrument is the piano.

After having studied and worked in  landscaping for several years, Saya went on to obtain her Bachelor of Music from the University of Sherbrooke.

She has given private piano lessons since 2011.

She also taught in a music school in Sherbrooke during her university studies. After completing her degree she  moved to Montreal where she joined the teaching team in 2016.

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Sylvie Lamanque

(Piano teacher)

Sylvie Lamanque is originally from Montreal. She started playing the piano at the age of nine with the help of her older sister who was taking lessons. It is at the age of 14 that she, in turn, was able to begin receiving private lessons from a teacher.

In 1985, she obtained her bachelor's degree from the Université du Québec à Montréal in Music Education (with a Piano Interpretation option). In 2012, she obtained a Master's degree in choral conducting from the Université de Sherbrooke under the direction of Robert Ingari.

Upon her arrival in Châteauguay in 1993, Sylvie Lamanque taught piano and theory at the Jocelyne Laberge School of Music. In fact, she was trained by none other than Jocelyne Laberge herself to teach initiation to music to toddlers.

For 34 years, she taught music at the Montreal School Board, both at the elementary and secondary levels, in addition to giving private piano lessons. From 2007 to 2020, she worked at FACE school where she directed the choirs from grade five to high school. In addition, she taught the Jocelyne Laberge Method to the school's kindergarten groups.

Recently retired from the school board, it is with great enthusiasm that Sylvie Lamanque returns to teach at the Jocelyne Laberge School of Music under the direction of Brigitte Rivet.

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Daniel Paquette

(Drum teacher)

Daniel is originally from Montreal. He started playing the trumpet at the age of 13 and drums at the age of 15. At the age of 18, he started playing in bars. He attended St-Laurent and Marie-Victorin CEGEPs. He was a musician on cruise ships around the world for five years and even played as one of Elton John's musician! He is currently preparing the release of his second album.

Daniel is part of our teacher team since September 2019.

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Rosabelle Slevan

(Violin teacher)

Native from Beauharnois, Rosabelle started learning violin at five years old at the École de musique Jocelyne-Laberge. She graduated from McGill University in violin performance and currently pursues her studies at the master level in the same institution. She is a founding member of the Collectif Novart and held the position of principal second violin for the 2019-2020 season of the Orchestre Philharmonique de la Relève du Québec.

In November 2019, she was the concertmaster for the Orchestre symphonique de la Côte-Nord. Rosabelle took part in many concerts and recitals across the province of Quebec, as well as in Germany, and she also portrayed a violinist in several performances of the play La visite de la vieille dame presented by the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal. Rosabelle loves to have more than one trick up her sleeve.

Being bilingual (French and English) and having a real passion for languages, she will graduate from the master's program in translation and terminology at Laval University in Fall 2020.

She is also a newcomer in the Jocelyne Laberge team in September 2020 and has been teaching violin since 2013.

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Luz Maria Alvarez Peralta

(Vocal teacher)

Luz Maria is originally from Chile and her mother tongue is Spanish. At the age of nine, she started singing at local festivals and events. At the age of 15, she started lessons in a music school for up and coming young talents in her town. At the age of 17, she was accepted at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile in Lyrical Singing (Interpretation), where she studied for four years. She also graduated from the Universidad Tecnologia Metropolina de Chile in Education. She has more than 15 years of experience teaching music and singing in her country, both privately and in elementary schools.

Luz Maria has been part of our teaching team since November 2019.