Our Piano Teachers
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 Licence 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
Hyun Joo Lee
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.
Andrew is an adaptive musician who can jump from style to style, instrument to instrument at the drop of a hat. He strongly believes every genre of music is worth exploring. From Classical to Electronic, Hiphop to Folk. Any style you want to learn, he can teach!
Andrew can offer advanced guitar lessons, as he has been playing for 14 years. As well as beginner - intermediate drum and piano lesson. He is currently studying a Bachelor of Applied Music at Box Hill Institute.
Andrew also specialises in modern music production, utilising digital audio workstations to create music. So if you’re interested in pursuing digital music and expressing your creativity, bring your a laptop or iPad to a lesson and we can create some music!
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.
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.
Alla is an experienced music teacher, with over 30 years of experience teaching in Ukraine and Australia. She specialises in piano and keyboard both for children and adults at varied levels, and in assisting in the development of a multitude of skills including musical theory, aural skills, sight reading and improvisation skills. Alla has extensive experience in preparing for AMEB exams for grades - preliminary to grade eight, as well as having an experience in conducting a Choir.
Alla has completed a Bachelor of Music at Pedagogical University in Ukraine, and a Graduate Diploma of Music Education at Deakin University in Melbourne.Alla is a very enthusiastic teacher, trying to make learning interesting, exciting and valuable, encouraging children to develop love for music and motivation for learning and achieving results.
Airom holds a Bachelor of Music with Honors in Music Education from the University of the Philippines College of Music.
She has toured the world with her music, having performed in various countries in Europe, Latin America, Asia, and in the US as a soloist,
chorister, and as a choral conductor.
In 2015, Airom led and sang with a group who won the Grand Prix in the Krakow Choir Festival in Poland. In 2017, she led Koro Paraluman in the 2nd Cantata Macau International Choral Festival, being the youngest conductor and musical director of the global event.
She is also a composer and arranger for liturgical music.
Airom has taught Music to early childhood and primary children in the classroom and in one on one lessons for a number of years now. She is experienced with utilizing several methods of teaching such as the Kodaly and Orff methods, and with different teaching techniques such as the Alexander technique. She specializes in Voice and Piano and teaches classical Guitar, Ukulele, and Music Theory as well. She is currently completing her Master's degree in Teaching (Primary) at Victoria University in Melbourne, Australia.
Robyn teaching Piano and Voice from beginner to advanced level.
- 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