Piano Lessons Bentleigh - Alla's Music Studio

Piano Teachers

Our Piano Teachers

Alla Guberman

(M.Mus in piano performance)

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.

Ana Maria Rojas Leal

Qualification: Master in Music, University of The Andes
Teaches Piano from the beginner to advanced level.

Ana Maria began her piano studies at the age of four.
During her undergraduate studies, at the University of Andes she has developed her piano performance as well as piano accompanist skills.

Ana Maria participated in different musical ensembles performing as a soloist or accompanying violin or guitar.

Being able to teach 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. Patience and encouragement are her best qualities as a teacher.

If grade exams are the main goal for the individual, Ana Maria is comfortable to teach AMEB, ABRSM and the other syllabuses.

Mitchell Geddes

Mitchell teaches beginner to advanced piano in both jazz and contemporary styles, while he studies for his BMus in Music Performance at Monash University.

His piano teaching is greatly influenced by the modern Russian technique which combines an in-depth focus on technique, in conjunction to focused listening and connectedness to the space.

Mitchel likes to work on learning the fundamentals of reading and playing music but also letting his students be creative through improvisation and composition to reinforce musical concepts. Mitchell has been teaching for over 5 years and has been playing music in a variety of different settings.

Mitchell teaches for leisure as well as for AMEB grading including Classical Piano and Rockschool and the other popular syllabuses such as ABRSM.

Zachary Lazarevski

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.

Marina Slitinsky

Marina teaches in Bentleigh studio

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.

Riccardo Barone

Teaching only lessons online.

Riccardo Barone is a multi-instrumental teacher and a conductor, have obtained his qualification from Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples, Italy.
He has Bachelor of Music in Piano, Master of Music in Composition, Master Degree in Conducting. Riccardo teaches Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Drums, and Composition at an advanced level.

Riccardo in opinion that teaching children and adults music requires love and passion for providing students' knowledge and culture in order to create good citizens and to inspire future generations. During his passionate studies at the Conservatorio San Pietro a Majella in Naples, Italy with Masters of Music teachers he developed his own musical language.

Ricardo more and more fulfilled by his student's achievements.

During his teaching experience Riccardo witnessed different scenarios.

During his Piano Teaching job at the Civic School of Music Raimondo Sorrentino in Acerra he worked with disadvantaged teenagers offering them the gift of free piano lessons due to their poverty. Ricardo received personal phone calls from the Reverend of the Cathedral of Acerra with the most grateful feedback. In the Adelaide, where Riccardo lives and works now he has the joy of contributing to many private students studies. One of his students Ahilan Anandasivam who is now successfully studying in Germany at the Berlin Conservatory use to learn Composition, Harmony and Counterpoint with with Riccardo.

Riccardo's composition "Evasione IV per sax contralto ed organo" has been awarded by the "Antonio Manoni International Composition Competition" with Ist prize and a publication by Berben Editions.
Riccardo can teach many subjects: piano, music theory, composition, choral music. He also have a good basic knowledge of drums and guitar.
He is currently active as a concert pianist and a composer.
Riccardo wrote a music method which will allow his students to learn together as a band 4 different instruments, progressing time after time in social skills as well as in music knowledge.

Nina Li

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).

Lucinda Edwards

Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance), Certificate of Singing AMEB

Lucinda Edwards moved from South Australia to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) at JMC Academy in 2018. Lucinda has also obtained her Certificate of Singing with the AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board), finishing with an A+ result in 2017.

During her degree, Lucinda completed courses on music theory, music business and music production as well as Ear Training and Songwriting. Lucinda started Voice and Piano lessons at the age of 9 years old. She has been involved in many choirs, bands, ensembles, A Capella groups and Musicals with her biggest role being ‘Elle Woods’ in Legally Blonde the Musical.

She is knowledgeable in many contemporary styles of singing with a passion for Musical Theatre and Acting/Drama as well. She can assist any students interested in Acting and Musical Theatre style singing, including preparing for theatre auditions. She is also a songwriter and can assist with lyrics and structure for students interested in writing songs or breaking down a song to understand the writer’s intentions.

Lucinda works with students to perform pieces and songs that progress learning but most importantly pieces that the student enjoys. She believes that everyone should have access to music education as music is a universal language that brings people together.

Lucinda is passionate about working with the student to determine how they learn best and what they hope to achieve from the lessons. For voice, she focuses on ensuring the student has good vocal technique in order to ensure vocal health, as well as analyzing the song to portray the themes of the writer and express this using tone and different voice qualities. She believes it is important for students to learn music theory as they progress at their individual pace.

Lucinda is a friendly and encouraging teacher, who enjoys teaching and seeing students develop a love for music.

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.

  • Significantly improved sense of rhythm

  • 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. All lessons take place at our studio.

  • 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.