Our Ukulele Teachers
Liam Hopkins guitar teacher Liam have been playing guitar for nearly 10 years. He studied VCE music in high school and then went on to complete a Bachelor of Applied Music Performance Degree at Box Hill Institute. Liam plays in several bands and gig around Melbourne. Musical genres Liam influenced by are the blues, rock and roll, funk, soul and popular music from the 1960’s & 1970’s.
What Liam teach:
Liam's goal is to teach his students music that they are interested in or music they would like to learn but make sure they are learning the essentials of guitar playing along the way. Liam also make sure his students understand the importance of practice during the week to get the best out of them musically.
What can be covered:
- Chords and strumming to accompany singing
- Finger picking
- Rock riffs
- Lead Guitar
- Musical Theory
Michael has been playing guitar for about 11 years, and drums for 8 years. He studied VCE music in high school and he's currently completing the Diploma of Music Performance at Box Hill Institute. Michael plays in a Rock/Blues band and have had gigging experience all around the state of Victoria, performing with a number of original bands in the last few years. His influences mainly stem from 60’s & 70’s Rock N Roll, Blues, Punk Rock and Rockabilly.
Michael's goal is to teach students the importance of having the correct technique in order to play their instruments properly. Also, ensuring that students are kept interested and enjoy playing the style of music they like while at the same time applying the essential basic knowledge necessary. Overall, generally, making sure that each student stays inspired and excited about playing music!
THE THINGS that are to be covered in class would be:
- Applying knowledge for great rhythmic playing to accompany drums and bass in a group/band situation
- Correct ways of tuning guitar (by ear and using tuner)
- The correct way to strum for vocal accompaniment
- Finger picking exercises for beginners and intermediate/advanced players
- Improvising skills (soloing over a Blues progression etc.)
- Theory studies
- Scales practice
- And riffs
Michael is teaching the Guitar, Ukulele and Drums.
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.
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.
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.
- Develop finger precision, coordination and dexterity
- Trains focus and musical knowledge
- Provides an opportunity to relax through a creative outlet
- The portability of the instrument means instant fun!
- Develops a keen sense of rhythm and beat
- Improves cognitive processing speed and clarity
- Every practice session is like a trip to a tropical beach!