Allans Billy Hyde Academy
Allans Billy Hyde Academy | 152 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Our location in downtown Melbourne is ideally suited for people who work in the city or are joining the increasing number of permanent residents. Our lesson times can be flexible to cater for your needs, whether a lunchtime suits, or lessons on the weekend. We offer private air conditioned teaching rooms on the first floor of our iconic city store and cater for all ages and levels of experience.

We are now taking bookings for Guitar, Violin, Piano, Brass & Woodwind, Drum and Vocal lessons. We offer a no obligation FREE trial lesson so prospective students can view the updated rooms, the fantastic new performance stage and meet one of our teachers to discuss their objectives and our tuition options.

For more info about music lessons, please call (03) 9510 4455 or email your name and daytime telephone number to the Academy Coordinator at
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Elyan Fernova - Drums

Elyan Fernova - Drums Meet Elyan

From the age of four, Elyan drove his neighbours insane with his incessant playing. He went on to study the drum set with teacher, Mariano Manocchi (Italian State Television percussionist), for three years.

When Fernova turned twenty, he made the transition to professional, where he undertook a short summer course at the Dante Agostini College in Paris. He hit the "big time" in 1985, when he was asked to do a session for world-renowned band, Via Verdi. Elyan toured Europe extensively with Via Verdi, who, with the hit single “Diamond” sold over 7 million records worldwide!

When asked, "What kind of drummer would you like to consider yourself?" Fernova always replies, "I’m still working on it, you never can say I’ve got there, but I’m happy with my playing. There’s always a step forward. You know, if someone is happy with his playing, to me it sounds like you don’t have the courage to learn more - basically you halt your knowledge to discover new things. It’s very painful sometimes but I think in the end, it’s worthwhile to keep your spirit and curiosity about learning alive. For example, I consider myself a pop drummer. I like to keep steady beats on the tracks, live and in the studio, that’s why I’ve always loved Carlos Vega and Jeff Porcaro (Toto) - they’re still my main inspirations. You understand what they do and to me, the main role of a drummer is to keep a steady beat - it’s the backbone of the whole thing."

Matt Woolhouse - Drums

Matt Woolhouse - Drums

Matt began his musical journey on bass guitar but soon, by default and at age 13, became the drummer in a high-school band. At 19, Woolhouse relocated to Melbourne and successfully auditioned at NMIT for the Advanced Diploma of Music Performance and has since completed his Bachelor of Australian Popular Music Degree.

Matt has 6 years solid teaching experience and is also contracted through Creative Music and the Victorian Education Department. He has experience with large percussion ensembles, small group scenarios and one-on-one.

Matt has had some of Australia’s finest drummers as his teachers. Alex Deegan, Graham Morgan, Tony Floyd and Simon Barker. He finally felt his confidence and ability shine through with the tuition of the legendary David Jones.

Matt has played in many different bands from a Greek wedding band to extreme thrash metal, from indie pop rock to the occasional jazz trio. He has recorded and toured Australia with; One Way Out, Muscle Car, Master Smasher, Lady Byron and Desecrator.

Klara Zubonja  Violin and Vocal

Klara Zubonja - Violin and Vocals Meet Klara

Klara Zubonja has been involved with music from an early age, having learnt the violin at age 7. Klara has studied the Suzuki method for violin, AMEB for violin and music theory, all to tertiary level, and began her teaching career in 2008. Also in 2008, Klara joined the Wollongong Youth Orchestra and toured Perth, France and Germany performing at central Paris, The Madeleine Church, as well as The Lorraine Theatre in Nancy, France.

Klara studied violin with Scott Taggart and composition/theory/piano with John Spence. During this time she began composing and singing her own songs and in 2012, moved to Melbourne to pursue a Bachelor of Music, majoring in vocals. She has worked with singing teachers Karen Cummings, Diana Clark and Nilusha Dassenaike.

Zubonja has also been a part of traditional Croatian singing and dancing. She was the Director and Conductor of the Croatian Youth Choir Marijina Djeca in Wollongong, NSW from 2007- 2009. Klara has been extensively involved in various world music programs having participated in Balkan choir, South Indian rhythm and voice, Balinese Gamelan, Taketina rhythm and West-African Bata drumming.

Klara is currently recording her solo debut album, which is due to be released at the end of 2013.

Delaney Stewart - Guitar

Delaney Stewart - Guitar & Bass Meet Delaney

Delaney is a highly skilled musician with a young and fresh approach to communicating music to all demographics. As a student of The Victorian College of the Arts and Monash University, the last twenty years have been devoted to shaping an original style and brand for himself that has been rewarded with a solid reputation in the industry.

Primarily focusing on building repertoire, mastering skills and developing knowledge of the instrument, his lessons are exciting and his students progress quickly.

His experience is extensive in all facets of the industry ranging from writing, rehearsing and performing music, recording, engineering and producing music in the studio, promoting and marketing music for one-off shows or large scale tours.

Stylistically, Delaney’s skills and taste are wildly versatile. He plays in Rock ‘n’ Roll band Straylove, gypsy jazz band Rats in the Kitchen, and is half of a Brazilian guitar duo. Delaney has learnt from, and worked with some of the best musicians in the country and has toured Australia and abroad many times.

Will Whittingham - Guitar

Will Whittingham - Guitar

Will was originally a self taught electric blues guitarist and worked in his teens recording with Mushroom Records Australia. Will then travelled to London and attended the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BMus), where he studied classical guitar performance. While living in London, Will worked as a session guitarist recording and performing in many funk, soul and blues bands.

Since returning to Australia, Will has to continued to perform classical music in ensembles and as a soloist. He currently performs as part of a jazz duo around Melbourne and is presently recording some jazz standards for solo electric guitar.

Will is a highly versatile teacher with a passion for guiding students of all ages and standards towards their own personal goals. He has extensive experience in preparing students for graded exams and auditions.

Will also teaches at St Leonards College where he leads a guitar ensemble and works with more than 30 students ranging from years 1-12.

Matthew Smithies - Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Harmonica, Saxophone and Flute

Matthew Smithies - Guitar, Banjo, Ukulele, Mandolin, Harmonica, Saxophone and Flute

Matthew is a master instrumentalist. One of New Zealand's finest musical exports, Matthew is an award winning solo and session musician with a strong performance background in rock, blues, classical, flamenco and jazz. After graduating with his Bachelor of Music from Wellington's famed Massey Conservatorium of Music, he quickly rose through the ranks to become one of Wellington's most sort after musicians and soon to be quite in demand for private teaching and cruise ship work around the globe.

An enthusiastic and charismatic educator, Matthew strongly believes in the art of honing in on each students own unique musical strengths and desires to get the most out of their lessons. His extensive experience coaching beginner and professional students around the world in music academies and conservatories has equipped him with an effective and fun method of getting his students on the road to attaining effortless mastery in their chosen instrument.

Zachary Lazarevski - Piano

Zachary Lazarevski - Piano Meet Zachary

Zac is a very passionate teacher who loves to help people of all ages discover the joy of music, and become knowledgeable, independent and versatile musicians. He has the skill to balance innovative new methods and a natural instinct, with traditional teaching techniques.

A student of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Zac is currently in his 2nd year of his Bachelor of Music degree. Prior to being accepted, Zac studied for four years with Robin Smith, the musical director of the London Olympic Games opening ceremony, and composer of the title track from Luciano Pavarotti’s final album -“Ti Adoro.” Zac received his Diploma of contemporary Music in 2008.

Although his main field of expertise is classical piano, he’s a versatile musician and teacher who embraces all styles and genres including classical, jazz, pop and rock. A passionate singer since the age of five, his extensive experience composing songs and singing in choirs and rock bands makes him especially qualified to teach singers to accompany themselves on the piano.

He communicates with his students to determine exactly what they want to achieve, inspires them to aim high, and provides them with all the tools, resources, and guidance they need to achieve their goals.