Ukulele 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

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.

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.

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."