Guitar Lessons at Alla's Music Studios  

Liam Hopkins

Liam teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Liam Hopkins guitar teacher Liam have been playing guitar for nearly 10 years. He studied VCE music in high school and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Applied Music Performance Degree at Box Hill Institute. Liam plays in several bands and gig around Melbourne. Musical genres Liam influenced by are the blues, rock and roll, funk, soul and popular music from the 1960’s & 1970’s.

What Liam teach:
Liam's goal is to teach his students music that they are interested in or music they would like to learn but make sure they are learning the essentials of guitar playing along the way. Liam also make sure his students understand the importance of practice during the week to get the best out of them musically.

What can be covered:
- Chords and strumming to accompany singing
- Finger picking
- Rock riffs
- Lead Guitar
- Improvisation
- Scales/Exercises
- Musical Theory

Jarrad Pobjoy

Jarrad teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Jarrad teaches guitar, bass, mandolin, piano and drums. He has learned all these instruments from a young age and has performed and composed music on guitar, bass and mandolin for over 15 years and piano and drums for over 5 years . Jarrad is a live and studio session musician in Melbourne and plays in several bands. Jarrad is also a multi-genre composer who writes music in styles ranging from rock, reggae, blues, metal, prog, folk, hip hop, trance, electronica, classical and any combination of these. He is interested and influenced by all musical styles, particularly those that involve improvisation.

Jarrad’s aim is not only to teach the essential practical and theoretical aspects of an instrument but also to engage students in a manner that enables them to have fun with every aspect of learning music. Jarrad also aims to nurture expression and creativity in his students and he believes this is vital in not only the arts but in life.

Michael Kleiman

Michael teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Michael has been playing guitar for about 11 years, and drums for 8 years. He studied VCE music in high school and he's currently completing the Diploma of Music Performance at Box Hill Institute. Michael plays in a Rock/Blues band and have had gigging experience all around the state of Victoria, performing with a number of original bands in the last few years. His influences mainly stem from 60’s & 70’s Rock N Roll, Blues, Punk Rock and Rockabilly.

Michael's goal is to teach students the importance of having the correct technique in order to play their instruments properly. Also, ensuring that students are kept interested and enjoy playing the style of music they like while at the same time applying the essential basic knowledge necessary. Overall, generally, making sure that each student stays inspired and excited about playing music!

THE THINGS that are to be covered in class would be:

- Applying knowledge for great rhythmic playing to accompany drums and bass in a group/band situation
- Correct ways of tuning guitar (by ear and using tuner)
- The correct way to strum for vocal accompaniment
- Finger picking exercises for beginners and intermediate/advanced players
- Improvising skills (soloing over a Blues progression etc.)
- Theory studies
- Scales practice
- And riffs

Michael is teaching the Guitar, Ukulele and Drums.

Andrew Pope

Andrew teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Having worked with some of Australia’s finest such as Darren Cordeaux (Kisschasy), Chris Decinque (Closure in Moscow) Andrew Pope is one of the finest vocalists in the area.

Currently studying a Bachelor in music Performance (voice) at Box Hill Institute, he can teach majors in Voice and minors in both Guitar and Piano. Andrew still gigs regularly around Melbourne in his band Beautiful Beasts and the band enjoy regular airplay on radio stations such as Triple M, PBS, RRR, SYN etc. He also has a diploma in composition (MWT) and is a regular judge at songwriting competitions and local battle of the bands.

Andrew focuses mainly on the Estill method of teaching voice but likes to combine his own experience for a more personalised approach to learning. Ranging in genres from Gospel – rock – Rnb – Soul – Jazz Andrew has learned from some of Australia's finest teachers such as Katrina Wellins, Peter Vox and Melinda Ceresoli.

Ailsa Mitchell

Ailsa teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Ailsa is a passionate singer, piano and guitar player studying Jazz voice at Monash university. She believes that a good learning environment is a compassionate, energising and enjoyable one.

Ailsa strives to achieve this by making sure lessons are engaging as students develop skills that allow their creativity, confidence and talent grow. It is a genuine joy for her to share music and help students on their own musical journey. Ailsa teaches piano, guitar, voice and Kinder Beat/Encore on Keys Program.

Henry Robinson

Henry teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Henry Robinson is a multi-instrumental teacher. He attained a Bachelor of Music from JMC Academy. Henry is a very active musician in the Melbourne scene, and with over 8 years experience teaching drums, guitar and piano. Henry is catering to each individual’s needs through focus of theoretical and performance practices.

Yury Frolov

Yury teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Yury regarded as one of the finest Double Bass players in the world. He studied at Moscow Conservatoire, where he qualified as a Chamber music performer, Orchestra soloist and teacher.

In 1972 Yury won the Double Bass category in the national Koussevitsky Competition of the Soviet Union and recognized as the best performer of the Koussevitsky Double Bass Concerto. Principal Double Bassist - Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, Opera Orchestra of New York City and Philadelphia Orchestra, The National Symphony Orchestra of South African Broadcasting Corporation and the Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra.

Recently Yury was a Double Bass Teacher at the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne University, as well as performing with the State Orchestra of Victoria.

Yury is teaching the Bass, Cello, Piano, Guitar, Violin, Viola.

Denis Frolow

Denis teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Denis is an experienced musician and teacher. He has completed Maimononide's classical academy (Moscow), Music production and music management courses, "Kulcha Fremantle"(Fremantle, Western Australia). Having performed internationally (Germany, Japan, Norway) and nationally ("Kulcha on Swan" festival Midland, Western Australia) and having had students from different countries and backgrounds (International school 2012 - 2015) he has settled in Melbourne with focus on teaching and composing.

His way of teaching combines elements of classical, jazz and modern music – he believes that being based on these three will most fully reveal the picture and sense of music for a student. His method is based on personal approach to every student – he believes that every student is unique therefore there's no general method to be applied for all students. Only with careful consideration he finds the way to teach in every case.

The instruments he's teaching are guitar, saxophone, piano, clarinet, recorder and music theory/aural training. He's also specially focusing on band practising that he believes is one of the most important things in music. Group/band practisimg allows a student to progress not only in music but in social aspect.

In terms of band practising he also leads vocal and drums parts of the band. Drums styles for the band are bossanova, swing, funk, rock and pop music

Having prepared students for ABRSM he will also prepare those who aim for AMEB exams - full support is provided.

Hyun Joo Lee

Hyun Joo teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Hyun Joo has worked as a Music Teacher, Jazz Pianist and Song writer in Korea. She has lots of experience in playing at concerts and festivals. Based on that experience, she has a strong focus to make her students feel enjoyment out of music as well as improve their skills and build confidence levels.

Hyun can teach Piano, Violin, Synthesizer and music theory from beginner to advanced levels and Voice, Guitar, Drum, Recorder from beginner's to intermediate level. Her focus is to teach and develop each students individual sound. Patience and encouragement is her best qualities as a teacher.

Milan Perkins

Milan teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Teaching style: Classical with a contemporary twist and a dash of laughter.

Everyone learns more effectively when they are having a good time and simultaneously experience growth and development of their skills and abilities.

Milan combines classical theory training with modern tools including digital tablets and learning apps for aural, written and practical rhythm and notation training, whiteboards and worksheets for drawing/notation skills and scales, arpeggios and technical drills, to form a well-rounded process, which accommodates every learning style and covers every aspect of the instrument and music.

Milan likes to tailor his teaching delivery to each student's needs, adapting quickly to their responses and development but always applying the basics of scales, arpeggios, sight-reading and notation.

At the heart of Milan's teaching style is FUN. A lot of teachers claim to know how to make music fun but Milan has trained as a performer for years and has enjoyed working with children for decades now, making silly voices, telling jokes and keeping learning enjoyable and humourous. Milan's enthusiasm is catching and his love of music spreads quickly with those he coaches.

His motto is, "Get the job done, then we can have some fun."