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Irina Mezhov

Irina teaches in Bentleigh studio

Irina is an experienced music teaching specialising in piano. The styles of music she teaches include classical, jazz, contemporary and modern music. Irina likes helping her students, of all ages in discovering and advancing their musical talents.

She completed her studies at the State Conservatory of Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan specialising in piano and musical theory teaching. Irina performed accompanying leading soloists ranging from violinists and vocalists. She has worked at specialist music schools for approximately 25 years teaching piano and theory.

The instruments that Irina specialises in are piano and keyboard and subjects include aural training, music history and theory. For the last 15 years, Irina has been teaching music both at the Dandenong Music Time School and privately specialising in AMEB Exams, children and adult learning, sight reading and music awareness.

Carla Angelica Sella

Carla teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Carla has worked as a Music Teacher in Brazil for more than 25 years, teaching piano, singing, keyboard, music theory, recorder and violin for children, teenagers and adults. She has conducted many choirs and contemporary vocal groups. Carla also teaches Kinder Beat/Encore on Keys Program.

After getting a Diploma in Piano, she completed an Honors Degree in Education, specialized in Music Education, and finished her Master’s Degree in Education in 2013. She is passionate for Music and wants to share this passion with her students. Her aim as a teacher is to motivate her students to develop their talents and achieve their maximum potential.

Marina Slitinsky

Marina teaches in Bentleigh studio

Marina Slitinsky has over 20 years experience in teaching, having the opportunity to teach in different countries and absorb various methods and techniques. Marina teaches with care, consideration and accuracy and is able to achieve excellent results in the development of her students' professional skills. She prepares for AMEB, Royal School of Music, Trinity College Piano Practical and Theory exams. She also coaches for VCE exams, scholarships and festivals, or just for fun and pleasure.

She has received her education at the Special Music School for Child Prodigies in Kiev and then at the Saint Petersburg State Conservatoire. After completing her studies, Marina continued her professional career as one of the senior lecturers in Piano at the Kiev School of Music. Marina has participated at various concerts, as a soloist, an accompanist and a member of a chamber ensemble. She has performed at the International Festival of the Arts; she gave recitals at the Prime Minister's House and Massey University in Wellington, New Zealand.

Suelin Tam

Suelin teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Suelin Tam is a music teacher with a B.Mus (Hons), Monash University. She achieved AMEB Grade 7 Theory and Associate Theory Section II. Through her teaching, most of her students, especially at Level 1, had achieved outstanding results in both practical and theory examinations.

Being able to teach voice at beginner’s level, piano and theory at the advanced levels, she enables learning of music to be an enjoyable experience for students of all ages and adjusts towards her students’ individual needs according to their musical strengths and weaknesses including technique, scales, musicality, rhythm, sight reading, ear training and theory.

She has a strong focus in enabling students to be able to read music in both treble and bass clef, understand fingering, the passing of fingers and hand positions, believing that an understanding of musical terms can be instilled in the early stages of piano playing.

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.

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.

Melissa Langford

Melissa teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Originally from Ballarat, Melissa completed her Certificate III (music, dance and drama teaching) at the Ballarat Centre of Music and the Arts in 2012 before commencing a Bachelor of Dance at Deakin University. She holds a grade 7 AMEB certificate in the discipline of voice and is currently completing her Associate Diploma in Music. Melissa has performance experience ranging from playing piano and singing at soiree’s to performing in musicals and competitions and was lucky enough to be asked to perform the national anthem at the Victorian Total Girl Soccer Tournament in 2012. This experience is reflective in her teaching as she offers a range of styles.

Melissa has her own method of teaching drawing from the principals of the Alexander technique aiming to cater specifically to each individual student. Melissa has a love of teaching as she gets to share her passion and watch student’s confidence grow and currently offers voice and beginner piano lessons. Melissa is teaching as well Kinder Beat program level 1-3.

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.

Lawrence Tsui

Lawrence teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Lawrence has been playing violin since the age of 3. He has gained a vast knowledge in baroque, classical and romantic music over the years of playing. During these years, he has been privileged to perform and learn music from different parts of the world such as Europe and Singapore. Currently Lawrence is completing music course at Monash Uni.

Lawrence’s goal for teaching is to provide a motivating environment in which students can grow in to not only enjoying playing the instrument but also to always strive for improvement. Lawrence can teach violin up to advanced level and piano at the beginner level.

Josh Steyn-Ross

Josh teaches in Bentleigh studio.

Originally from New Zealand and has been teaching music in the form of piano, theory and voice lessons for five years. Josh holds a Bachelor of Media Arts in music and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from Trinity College London. He places a huge importance in creating an encouraging environment during the lesson for each student and believes the best results are always achievable through positive learning experiences.

Josh's main focus is to inspire interest and build a solid foundation in musicianship with the pupil regardless of exams. Apart from technical work, he incorporates aural and sight-reading skills as well as performance confidence in the lessons.

If grade exams are the main goal for the individual, Josh is comfortable teaching AMEB, ABRSM and Trinity syllabuses and has no problems incorporating a combination of other established methods such as Yamaha or Suzuki to better accommodate the student.

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.

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.