Voice Lessons at Alla's Music Studios  

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.

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.

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.

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.