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.

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.

Julian Dobric

Julian teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Julian is a confident multi-instrumentalist teacher with great aural skills and an infectious enthusiasm for music. He has been teaching guitar since 2012, starting out as a group teacher for primary and secondary school kids at YMCA Endeavor Hills, and also as a home tutor.

In the last five years, Julian has performed with a variety of bands and ensembles all around Melbourne, composed music for film, created music workshops for the Whitehorse Council 'Youth Connexions' program, hosted small and medium size concerts for students and parents, and completed a Bachelor of Music with high distinction in Jazz Guitar at Box Hill Institute.

Julian can teach guitar, at advanced level, bass guitar, piano, drum and voice at intermediate level.

To hear some example of Julian's film-scoring work and self-recorded music, visit: Vimeo and Soundcloud

Hayley Ohlsen

Hayley teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Hayley began playing drums in high school and has been performing for over ten years. During her VCE studies Hayley also became proficient on the guitar as a secondary instrument. Hayley is trained in both Classical and jazz music theory.

After completing VCE music, Hayley continued further study in music performance. Obtaining her Cert III, Cert IV and Advanced Diploma of Music Performance at NMIT. Hayley decided to further her education by completing her Bachelor of Arts - Applied Music Performance, majoring in drums at Boxhill Institute of TAFE. Hayley is a competent teacher of both drums and guitar, specialising in rock, jazz, latin and classical techniques.

Hayley enjoys a challenge and she is always working to further develop her skills in all aspects of her music career.

Andrew Dobrowolski

Andrew teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Andrew is an adaptive musician who can jump from style to style, instrument to instrument at the drop of a hat. He strongly believes every genre of music is worth exploring. From Classical to Electronic, Hiphop to Folk. Any style you want to learn, he can teach!

Andrew can offer advanced guitar lessons, as he has been playing for 14 years. As well as beginner - intermediate drum and piano lesson. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Music at Box Hill Institute.

Andrew also specialises in modern music production, utilising digital audio workstations to create music. So if you’re interested in pursuing digital music and expressing your creativity, bring your a laptop or iPad to a lesson and we can create some music!

Pat Lajoie

Pat teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Pat first started playing guitar at the age of 12. At the time he mostly taught himself by playing along with his favourite records. At the age of 15, he discovered the world of Jazz and soon realized he lacked the skills to be able to fully function in this music art form. In 1981 Pat started his jazz guitar studies with professional guitarist Mark Cally.

After completing "A Modern Method Guitar" series of books Mark recommended Pat to continue his studies with Melbourne jazz guitar icon Bruce Clarke at the Bruce Clarke Guitar Workshop. Pat studied with Bruce for a year before having to move out of Melbourne for work.

During the 1990s Pat travelled to New York City on numerous occasions in order to continue his studies and experience the NYC jazz scene first hand. During these visits Pat managed to study guitar with contemporary guitarist / educator Bruce Arnold amongst others.

In 1996, Pat attended a jazz guitar master class workshop with guitar great, John Scofield. A highlight for Pat was that he managed to sit in with John Scofield’s trio during the final performances. A week later Pat also attended two other master class workshops with world-renowned jazz guitar icons Jim Hall and Pat Martino.

From 2002 – 2008 Pat worked in the Cruise Ship industry internationally. He successfully completed contracts as a professional guitarist for Holland America Line, Princess Cruises and Cunard Cruise lines. During these contracts Pat perform nightly, functioning either within the on-board Show-band or playing solo guitar at the Atrium stage mid ship.

Pat also holds a Master Certificate in Songwriting and a Professional Certificate in General Music Studies through the Berklee College of Music - Online School.

Through his experience as a professional guitarist and educator, Pat was able to gain recognition as a Registered Guitar Tutor at London College of Music - RGT@LCM. This means he is able to guide guitar students through the RGT@LCM system of Performance Diplomas. Click: RGT@LCM Exams to find out more.

When learning guitar with Pat you can expect to follow a guitar method, which has been proven to deliver results. Past students have been kept motivated and challenged, as they progress through the study material. Pat believes: "as musicians, we work in the entertainment industry, so I always make it clear to young students that music is firstly about having fun. The more you learn, the more fun you’ll have".

Pat has studied singing with Glenda Walsh, and Ken Tamplin. Glenda Walsh is a very experienced singer and educator. She was recommended by Australian pop idol - Kate Ceberano to work as a Vocal Coach on the Australian TV show The X Factor.

Also Pat has studied piano with Los Angeles based Pianist / Educator Mark Harrison. Mark has a wealth of experience as a composer and educator. He has authored a number of piano method books and has taught at the renowned Grove School of Music.

Pat is now also available to take on students in piano and singing in contemporary styles of music.

Nowadays, Melbourne based guitar teacher Pat Lajoie is busy composing and producing his original music as well as producing for other clients. He has been very successful getting his original music placed in music libraries in the USA.