Violin Lessons at Alla's Music Studios  

Marina Feldman

Marina teaches in Bentleigh studio (Traditional method).

Marina began to play violin at the age of five as a pupil of her father, who was a violinist and orchestra conductor. She began a successful teaching career at 18, beginning at two music schools in the Ukraine and later in Germany.

While she was teaching, Marina was part of the women’s dance orchestra, performing many concerts. In Germany she developed a string ensemble featuring many of her students. Over 13 years this ensemble participated in many successful performances in Berlin and Potsdam and on German television.

Marina teaches violin to students at a variety of levels. For beginners, Marina combines Violin with Xylophone and keyboard.

Vincy U

Vincy teaches in Bentleigh studio (Traditional and Suzuki method).

Vincy started learning the violin at the age of four and a half years old and was introduced to the Suzuki method and progressed through to the AMEB traditional method after a few years. Because of this change, her technical skills improved immensely. She achieved her AMusA at 16. She was introduced to ensemble playing through various professional and amateur orchestras. Due to her experience with various orchestral and solo repertoire, she will teach the skills that are required to create a well-rounded violinist. Having taught violin at various levels and at different schools and places, she shares her musical knowledge through her lessons. Focusing on technique, Vincy will also introduce musicality to enhance the student’s experience and enjoyment in learning violin. She will advise them on how to practise wisely and enjoyably. Vincy teaches violin to students of all levels and relates well to students of all ages. “I mainly use the traditional style of teaching. For beginners, I would use Paul Rolland’s books for beginners. These books allow them to learn something new each lesson, giving them incentive to practise every week.

First of all, I would allow my students to familiarise with bow hold, how to hold the instrument. Then, I would allow them to familiarise with open strings. Bowing straight is a crucial thing. (i.e. parallel to the bridge, guide their right arm if needed) The left hand would come later so during this stage, the right hand would be placed just under the neck of the violin.

Counting can be taught using the bow and bow division would also be taught at the same time. This is done using open strings. Always providing positive praise and never saying no is an important point as criticism would tense the students.

In later lessons:
- A log book would be provided so they can keep track of how much practice is done. Left hand shape will be taught as well.
- Studies, scales, technical work will also be used.
- Repertoire will be also be taught.

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.

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.

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.

Hyun has completed Encore On Keys program workshop in January 2018, organized by the creator of the program Mark Gibson and now successfully introducing this program to preschool and primary school age children at Alla’s Music.

James Gillet

James teaches in Bentleigh studio.

James believes that learning any instrument begins with learning and mastering the basics of their chosen instrument and then developing a consistent and effective practice routine that is fluid and one that evolves according to the students needs. This is reflected in his familiarity with teaching various syllabi including the Suzuki Method and preparing students for both AMEB and ABRSM exams.

James has been playing violin professionally since 2001 and has over 15 years of both amateur and professional orchestral experience, including concertmaster for the Geelong Society of Dramatic Arts' (GSODA) production of Hairspray and played first violin for GSODA's production of Phantom Of The Opera. He also played violin for Australian Ballet Conservatoire's performance of Swan Lake, is an active member of The Australasian Orchestra and has been invited to go on tour to China with the Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra at the end of 2018.

James also teaches viola, piano, flute, music theory and musicianship from beginners to advanced.