Piano Lessons Melbourne - Alla's Music Studio

Alla's Music Studio offers piano lessons for all ages, from beginner all the way to professional levels. Whether you're looking to take to the world stage in a band or orchestra, or just hoping to play your favourite songs at home, our teachers will work with you to help you achieve your goals. We aim to foster a love and passion for music in all of our students, providing you with the support and guidance you need to succeed. We're one of the leading providers of piano lessons in Melbourne.
Book a trial lesson today with one of our talented piano teachers.

Why Should You Learn Piano?

The piano is often regarded as one of the fundamental musical instruments. With each musical note laid out in a row, it's the perfect way to put music theory into practice and visualise the way music works. While it can take a while to become truly comfortable with the piano, the work is worth it as it opens up a whole new world of music. We offer lessons for a wide range of styles, including Classical piano, Modern, Jazz, Blues, Rock and more. Through your lessons with us, you'll learn melody, harmony, rhythm, and practical music theory, and develop skills like hand-eye coordination, how to read sheet music, improvisation, and more.

  • Relieves stress
  • Enhances split concentration (through use of both hands + feet)
  • Stimulates the brain, improving neural connections
  • Strengthens hand muscles
  • Improves language skills
  • Improves vocabulary and other classroom skills
  • Stimulates growth hormones to aid development
  • Helps in receiving criticism more easily
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Tailored Piano Lessons In Melbourne

While our lessons are based on a set curriculum, following one of four main streams of musical education, we tailor all our lessons to match the student. Everyone learns music differently. For some, it's mechanical learning, precise and organised, while others learn through experimentation and emotion. We aim to work out what works best for each student and provide them with lessons that will help them achieve their goals in a way that works for them. The teacher you choose can have a large impact on your learning as well.
Book a trial lesson today with one of our teachers. No commitment necessary.

Keyboard Purchase and Hire

If you don't have a piano, we offer keyboard hire and purchase through our music studio. We have a range of piano keyboards available that can be brought home to practice with if you're not ready to commit to buying a full piano.
Talk to us today for more information.

Our Piano Teachers

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Alla Guberman

Master of Music ( Piano performance) Monash University, Melbourne
Fully accredited member of AMTA

Alla is the director and founder of Alla's Music Studio has been playing and teaching the piano for over 25 years.

Alla started her professional music education in Russia and completed in Australia, at Melbourne Monash University. Under the guidance of Tamara Smolyar (a continuer of traditional Russian piano school) and the team of pianists - Max Cooke, Robert Chamberlain and Darryl Coote (continuers of French piano school), Alla graduated with a Masters in Music (piano performance) from Monash University.

She was awarded a High Distinction for Piano Performance as part of her Master's degree (click to listen Alla's performances).

Alla enjoys teaching piano to children from the ages of 2.5 years old, as well as primary, secondary and tertiary students and adults. She starts with student from 2.5 years old and leads them to the highest grades of AMEB or ABRSM.

Alla believes that one of the most important parts of her teaching is to explain to her students how to practice at home, between piano lessons in class. How to benefit the most from practice sessions. Alla sets up clear home tasks for the student in their music diary and every lesson begins from checking those tasks. New steps can be taken once the previous assigned tasks have been completed and understood by the student.

Alla's education in Preschool programs.

Alla completed Preschool music education and attained her License for teaching Kinder Beat level 1,2,3 and Encore on Keys music programs in 2014 with Encore Music Education team, creators of the program Mark Gibson and Morna Robinson.

Nina Li

Bachelor of Music (Music Performance and Film) Melbourne Conservatorium of Music

Nina is a classical piano teacher who teaches from beginner to advanced level. She graduated from The University of Melbourne (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) with a Bachelor of Music degree (Music Performance and Film Music) in 2021 and is currently doing Master of Secondary Teaching in the same institution.

Her teaching method is heavily influenced by Suzuki Music, John Thompson, Hanon piano and Alfred Music. She deeply focuses on rhythm and finger techniques (positions and articulations) for beginners and strong techniques for the advanced piano learners. With competition, orchestral, big band and choir experience, she understands learners psychological behaviours.

Nina would love to explore students' interests and the learning pathway they want to take in order to help them better. She has been teaching students piano, voice and music theory since 2018.

She teaches AMEB exam as well as leisure. She is well familiar with the ABRSM curriculum too as she grew up doing piano exams from ABRSM in both piano performance and music theory. (Grade 6 theory and Diploma in Piano).

Michael Jiang

Michael is a piano teacher with over 13 years of classical piano experience, achieving his AmusA diploma at the age of 14 and achieving an AW award for his LMusA (licentiate) exam at the age of 16. From a very young age, he has attended and received many awards in numerous piano competitions and performed in a variety of recitals and concerts. He has also been a part of Orchestra's, bands and is also quite experienced in chamber music. His biggest achievement apart from passing Lmus was his performance of Grieg Piano Concerto as well as being allowed to play Rhapsody in Blue with his school orchestra.

Throughout the years of his musical journey, he has obtained a broad range of musical knowledge and is very enthusiastic to share his experiences and teach others how engaging piano is.

Michael's teaching style is very adaptive and responsive to the students' needs and play style, bringing a strong focus towards educative learning, musical growth, and most importantly enjoyability. He believes that everyone is capable of learning music and it has many benefits to people's wellbeing and intellect, and to be immersed in music will only bring amusement and joy.

Whether it be improving sight-reading, musical theory, aural training, or playing the piano as a whole, throughout your time with Michael, you will experience how entertaining playing the piano is as well as developing your musical knowledge, skills, and style at your own pace.

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Alex Medvid

Qualification:

- Bachelor Degree in Music Moscow Conservatorium

- Certificate IV in Training and Assessment Diploma of Music MWT Institute Melbourne

- Diploma of Music MWT Institute Melbourne

Alex was born in a very musical city Odessa. He started to learn music at the age of 5 being inspired by his father who was a talented musician and his first music teacher.

Alex began learning Clarinet at the age of 9 in a special military music school in Moscow. He continued his music education at the Moscow Conservatory.

Alex graduated from Moscow Conservatory as a woodwind (saxophone, clarinet and flute) teacher, performer and a Conductor of symphony orchestra. His other major instrument at Moscow Conservatorium was Piano.

Alex's working experience includes Conducting of symphony Orchestra, Performing with Band at different parts of the world, teaching privately woodwind and piano students for over 20 years.

Alex's passion is pop, jazz, rock, blues as well as classical music.

Alex enjoys teaching students of all ages.

His main aim is to make each lesson comfortable and fun for the students and at the same time to teach students from basic to advanced music skills such as correct use of a chosen instrument in conjunction with keeping posture naturally relaxed during playing, reading music notation, general knowledges and aural skills.

Alex teaches for leisure as well as for AMEB exams if requested.

Lydia Flowers

Qualification:

- Bachelor of Music Performance, Victoria University

- Fully Accredited Member of VMTA

Lydia Flowers is a Piano & Ukulele Instructor. She has been playing the piano since she was 6 years old, was classically trained and obtained a Bachelor's Degree of Music from Victoria University.

In 2019, she became a member of the Victorian Music Teachers' Association (VMTA).

She had experienced in classical piano, theory, bands/ensemble recitals, song-writing and playing-by-ear. Which means she not only teaches classical piano but can also teach students contemporary styles, beginners to advanced, tailored to their personal interests. Although, piano is her 'forte' she can teach basic ukulele skills. This includes learning how to read Tab, strumming patterns and playing simple chord progressions - just to name a few.

Her teaching methods are age-relevant, engaging and in a fun and supporting style. She also incorporates technology into her teaching - especially with sight-reading, learning the notes, and aural training. Lydia is passionate about working with students on their musical goals, and helping them to achieve to their fullest potential, in whatever shape or form that is for them.

Liam O'Neill

Bachelor in Music Performance (jazz) University of South Australia

The piano is an unbelievably important asset in any musician's arsenal. Liam is a predominantly self-taught jazz pianist with classical training, having a Bachelor in Music Performance (Jazz). He teaches beginner-intermediate level classical as well as beginner-advanced jazz and all styles in between. He has learnt from some of the greatest pianists in Australia: Grant Windsor, Mat Jodrell, James Morrison, and Tony Gould. Lessons with Liam entail an emphasis on the foundations of technique and an understanding of the inner workings of the music. This means all students will not only garner the ability to play the music they love with great technique, but also understand how it was made if they so desire. This is unbelievably valuable who students who also wish to pursue writing music of their own. Liam's priority is to garner serious exponential improvement alongside the inherently pure joy that music brings to all of us in a low-pressure, understanding environment.

Brenny Dinh

Qualification: AMusA Diploma, Melbourne

Brenny first began his musical education learning piano and cello at the age of 5. He was later awarded the Patrick Loftus Hills Music Scholarship at Xavier College where he completed his AMusA Diploma on cello under the guidance of Rohan De Korte from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Throughout his musical journey, Brenny has had the opportunity to tour and perform in the Summa Cum Laude International Youth Music Festival in Vienna in 2016 as the principal cellist. Learning the cello has allowed Brenny to engage in a variety of ensembles such as string quartet, symphony orchestras, string orchestras and musical theatres where he has performed in venues such as the MCG, Hammer Hall, Cathedrals and the Wiener Konzerthaus.

Brenny has experience performing a wide repertoire on the cello, ranging from the Renaissance period to Contemporary Music Period. He especially enjoys music from the Romantic Era and Contemporary Period where he can express his musicality to match the characteristics of the piece. In addition to classical music, Brenny enjoys improvising mainstream music on piano where he was influenced by his piano teacher Tim Topham to learn new genres and hopes students will feel encouraged to expose themselves to different musical styles.

Brenny's teaching style is focused on building a musical foundation with students and fostering effective practice habits by incorporating self-discipline. Ultimately, Brenny aims to ensure lessons are enjoyable and hopes students can utilise their new skills through performances and ensembles to make the most out of their musical experience.

Samuel

Qualification: Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) and Master’s degree in Creative Studies in JMC Academy Melbourne

Samuel studied classical music performance, majoring in piano during his initial years in STIKMI conservatory in Serpong, Indonesia. He then completed his Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) and Master’s degree in Creative Studies in JMC Academy Melbourne, Australia. As part of his learning endeavours, Samuel was taught by many distinguished pianists from all over the world, including Kuei Pin Yeo, Charlotte Panggabean, Marco Grieco, Kyunghee Yoon, Snezana Stankovic, and Giuseppe Andaloro. Additionally, Samuel has also spent one year studying Early Childhood Education in RMIT University.

As a pianist, Samuel has been performing both classical and contemporary music for seven years and aside from performing and composing music, he is ready to impart what he has learned from his teachers to his students. He has been teaching music for three years and he enjoys seeing his students’ passion and progress in music. In Australia, Samuel has had the honour of being part of an Australian original musical "POST, A New Musical" as assistant music director.

To him, it is important that students improve not only in their technical skills, but also in their musicality. Beyond that, however, it is also essential that students are able to have fun playing and learning music. In his classes, Samuel incorporates "play" as part of both aural and reading exercises. This is especially prevalent when he teaches his younger students. For older students, Samuel acknowledges his students’ circumstances and discusses ways for them to improve, such as how they can practice at home, and how to face possible learning problems. Additionally, Samuel encourages his students to explore and choose their favorited song/piece that they want to learn.

"When you’re at the piano, I give you full authority to do whatever you want. Follow freely the ideal you’ve set for yourself and which you must feel within you. Be bold and confident in your own powers and strength and whatever you say will always be good."

Gabe Zafrin

Gabe is currently entering his third year at Monash University, studying a degree in Music Performance (Popular Piano and Voice)

Playing piano since the age of four, Gabe has immersed himself in various styles of music, stemming from Classical, Jazz, Pop, RnB/Soul, Blues and Rock.

You can listen Gabe playing piano: https://youtu.be/VlOAtW_OOe4

Whilst piano is a specialty of his, Gabe is also an experienced vocalist, having studied Popular Voice and Vocal Mechanics, prior to transitioning to his piano studies. However, you will often hear his voice emanating behind the keys of a piano!

Here you can find Gabe's musical Instagram page:https://www.instagram.com/gabezaf/?hl=en

Along with a couple links to his original works:
Summer City Cruise (Male Vocals, Keyboard solo, Lyrics and Composition)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1R6AbF-mLfY3TYJJzDdqZ4mRv07VQwEiv/view?usp=sharing
Spectre (A re-composition film scoring project, Gabe on Piano, Male Vocals, Lyrics and Composition)
https://drive.google.com/file/d/18eY8EwMWVnwFlbdHvS6aiilO72VKfheP/view?usp=sharing

Gabe's main influences and inspirations stem largely from piano/vocalists such as:

  • Billy Joel
  • Ray Charles
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers)
  • Donald Fagen (Steely Dan)
  • Cory Henry (The Funk Apostles)
What Gabe will offer as a Piano/Vocal teacher:
  • Improvisation (implementing relevant scales and chords to match the appropriate key)
  • Textual understanding (dynamic control, rhythmic variation, tension and release)
  • Learning by ear (linking theory to make intuitive learning easier)
  • Notes and chart reading (understanding key, form and rhythm)
  • Hand techniques, fingering and right hand/left hand coordination
  • Singing and playing piano simultaneously
  • Practice routines
  • Performance practice! Aspects of performance including stage presence, storytelling and entertainment.

But the most important learning factor Gabe would like to pursue with students, is creating their own unique, individual sound!

Gabe's teaching methods will inspire you with creativity, fun and excitement, for all ages, as sessions will be tailored towards each student's individual needs!

Gabriel Kenner

Having started learning cello at the age of 5, Gabriel completed the music program at his high school, finishing Year 12 with a Music Award.

Wanting to find a connection between modes of healing therapy and creative music practice, his study journey has seen him complete a Bachelors of Psychology and Psychophysiology at Swinburne University (Hawthorne) and move on to his second degree: a Bachelors of Music (Composition and Cello Performance).

He hopes to soon apply to one of Australia's few Masters of Music Therapy programs at Melbourne University.

Gabriel enjoys teaching young students as well as adults. Gabriel strives to bring a sense of fun and enthusiasm to his classes.

Looking to bring out the best in his students, he hopes that everybody learns to love music - the lessons, the understanding, the practice, and the performance - in their own personal way.

Gabriel teaches beginner to intermediate cello and beginner piano.

Vanessa Marryatt

Vanessa Marryatt began her studies in music first on the piano at the age of five, and later on the cello at age ten. Finding a strong passion for music, she is currently studying for a Bachelor of Music at the University of Melbourne, majoring in cello performance. As a performer, Vanessa has attended several festivals such as the Melbourne Cello Festival (2017) and the Akaroa festival (2018 & 2019), where she had the opportunity to perform as a soloist as well as within various ensembles. She has worked alongside and learned from world-class performers such as Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi, Brandon Vamos, Alvin Wong, Howard Penny, Ramon Jaffe, Inbal Megiddo, Yelian He, and Alexander Gebert. She also had many performance opportunities during her studies with the Pettman National Junior Academy in Auckland.

While in Auckland, Vanessa was heavily involved in her high school and extra curricular music ensembles. Vanessa has also been the recipient of the University of Melbourne's Liselotte 'Lilo' Nassau Scholarship in 2019 for excellence in music. Currently, she is involved in the University of Melbourne Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as various student-run ensembles. She enjoys working with a range of musicians, with experience collaborating with both contemporary composers at the Victorian College of the Arts, and classical composers and musicians.

Vanessa is a passionate and engaged teacher, with experience teaching both cello and piano and a diverse range of ages. She carefully tailors her lessons to the needs and interest of the student, and believes that joy in music should be cultivated throughout the learning process. She strives for all her students to not only develop a strong technical and musical understanding of their instrument, but also an independent and unique approach to their expression of their music. Vanessa also incorporates theory into all lessons to strengthen her students' fluency in the language of music.

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Zachary Lazarevski ( teaches online only )

Zachary is currently studying jazz, majoring in vocal performance at Monash University. He previously studied piano performance at The University of Melbourne at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2012). He also has a TAFE diploma in popular music performance (2008).
Zachary is the pianist & singer at Christ Church St Kilda. He previously performed regularly as pianist & singer on the Bourke Street Mall, where only the most experienced and professional buskers may perform.
Zachary teaches many styles of piano,
here are some videos of Zachary performing at the piano:

  1. Beethoven (1): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1movgEt4Pg8
  2. Beethoven (2): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pLZZis8KWA
  3. Chopin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2G27dikoHs
  4. Debussy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yONnGUPI_0o
  5. J.S. Bach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3-MMS2BqOA8

Zachary's specialization and biggest passion is popular music, jazz, R&B, and gospel music.
Here he plays & sings a jazz standard: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0t3Hf5pVxV4 Here he plays and sings a gospel song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_jZS4PYX-g Zachary is passionate about researching the best methods of music education. His innovative keyboard teaching method emphasizes the importance of learning by ear and improvisation. He follows a whole-parts-whole approach where the student chooses their personal favorite songs then they follow this process:

  • Whole: Zac teaches the whole song, by rote and by ear.
  • Parts: They analyze the song, identify all the parts - the rhythm patterns, tonal patterns, and chord progressions.
  • Whole: They master the parts by improvising with them and creating new songs & compositions. This is the new whole.

There are many benefits to this - students tend to enjoy the lessons much more. Scales, chords, and music theory becomes interesting & makes more sense, because it is directly related to the songs. The student develops a feeling of ownership and pride in the music they create. Through learning by ear, improvising and composing, students learn in a similar way to Mozart, Beethoven, J.S. Bach, Du

Ellington, Stevie Wonder and Elton John. All these great musicians were composers or songwriters who played piano. Zachary is also a highly experienced vocal coach and can teach singing & piano together.

So, if you'd love to focus on pop music, R&B, or jazz & be able to listen and learn your favorite songs by ear & easily improvise and compose new music, Zachary is the perfect teacher for you.

With Zachary you will begin a music journey lesson full of fun and creativity no matter if you are learning for leisure or for AMEB exams.

Sonny G Brown

Sonny G Brown is a classically and contemporary trained pianist.

He combines teaching classical and contemporary piano including improvisation and jazz to students from beginner to advanced level.

Sonny enjoys a wide musical education studying Music at the College of Arts and later Melbourne University.

He believes that music enriches the lives of anyone willing to learn, play, be creative and give back the magic that it has to offer! Sonny rewards each incremental step in the learning process, which he believes is essential.

With Sonny, you can be sure in receiving a comprehensive education which covers the foundation of music and the confidence and knowledge needed to succeed in your musical goals.

Why Choose Alla's Music Studio?

Alla and the team at Alla's Music Studio have been providing leading musical education for beginners and professionals for years. We're passionate about what we do, putting our all into helping you achieve your goals for musical learning. If you're looking for piano lessons in Melbourne, talk to our team today for more information or enquire online for a trial lesson.
Book two lessons in the same week and you'll get a discount on your second lesson!

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  • We offer face to face and online individual and group lessons.

  • We provide preparation for AMEB, ABRSM, VCE and other examinations.

  • We organize student's performances several times a year.

  • We can book music lessons for all of your children at the same day and time.

  • We can sell and hire music instruments and books for you from our studio.

  • Discounts are available for families with multiple children enrolled, as well as for multiple lessons booked in a week.

627 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East, Melbourne, Victoria, 3165

(near Mckinnon Secondary College)

Phone: (03) 99424066
Mobile: 0422 835 857