Lil’ Rockstar’s leaders – The Soundlab Music School Melbourne
Leah Gallin – Guitar & Vocals
The founder of The SoundLab, Leah Gallin takes to the stage as one of the leaders of your Lil’ Rockstar event.
Leah is a respected and energetic leader, who loves to share her passion for music with others. Her love of music became evident through her ongoing involvement in her family business the distributors for Gibson/Epiphone Guitars & Orange Amps, as well as a chain of retail stores Gallin’s Musician’s Pro Shop. Her passion to support musician’s became so great she was inspired to start The SoundLab to help further the development of Australian Artists in the Australian music industry.
Leah specialises in leading the Guitar & Vocal stations, having played and sung since she can remember, having been raised in such a musical family. An excellent and patient teacher, working at a pace to suit each group of students. Her love of music is contagious, while her upbeat and bright personality make her a hit with people of all ages, especially children and she is always encouraging expression and talent.
As Lil’ Rockstar Program Leader at The SoundLab, Leah works with each group of children to explore their musical interest, but most of all have a fun and unique experience.
Georgia Flipo – Drums & Percussion
‘Hello, my name is Georgia Flipo A.K.A G Flip! I’m from Melbourne, Victoria and I’m currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance, majoring in drums at Box Hill Institute of Tafe. I’m a drummer at heart but I love jumping on the guitar, keys, mic or even the DJ decks time to time! I love working with kids and I love passing on my knowledge, which helps being a part time drum teacher / rock star J. I’m currently in a few different bands ranging in genres from Alternative Rock, Acoustic and Electro.
Music is an integral part of my life and I hope to be pursuing it for as long as I live! Some of my favourite artists include The Rolling Stones, The Clash, The Cure, Jimi Hendrix, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts and plenty more. The SoundLab’s Lil’ Rockstar programs are an absolute joy to run especially along side Allara & Sarah, not only being great chicks but awesome musicians as well. Hopefully us here at The SoundLab will see you soon! Rock On!’
Monika Shkolnik – Vocals, Songwriting & Performance
With a focus on technical training, understanding breath control and connection to emotion through lyric, Monica has great capacity to support your song writing, free writing, vocal improvisation and assist with progression building exercises.
Having an International Baccalaureate at Wesley College, Monica went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Music) at The Australian College of the Arts, majoring in Composition and Performance. With a focus on the development of song writing practice, Monica was under the tutelage of artists such as Ainslee Wills, Jesse Hooper, Ella Hooper and Annie Neil. Upon graduating this degree in the top percent of her class, Monica was awarded a Scholarship to work with Melbourne based Producer Ryan Ritchie. This consisted of song development from writing through to final production.
Having learnt under past Director of Opera Victoria Julie Edwardson, Monica’s own lessons were focused on Classical Techniques and Training, while completing levels 1-6 of AMEB and performing periodically throughout the years in both classical and contemporary forums.
Having a deep love for music and expression Monica looks forward to the opportunity to share these skills with a new generation of evolving musicians in Melbourne.
With sometimes confronting lyricism woven into stories of sweeping melodies, soulful soundscapes and songs of heart ache, growth and observation collect for her new EP, Escapism. Surrounded by art and philosophy since childhood, Shkolnik wants to make you think.
Allara Pattison – Guitar & Drums
‘Hello, my name is Allara Pattison. I am originally from Bendigo, central Victoria but am currently half way through my second year at Box Hill Institute of TAFE, Studying a Bachelor of Music Performance and living locally in Box Hill. My first instrument is electric bass, but I also play guitar and am learning the double bass. I am a hard working student and love working with kids as part of what we do here at The SoundLab. In future I hope to complete a Diploma of Education, and study Aboriginal health in an effort to help “Close The Gap”.
I myself am Aboriginal and my people are the Yorta Yorta people from Barmah, on the Murray River. My mum Sue Briggs is a primary school teacher and writes educational picture storybooks about Aboriginal culture. She is my inspiration and my rock. I love to play and teach music. My Funk/Soul band, Up Up Away gig weekly around Melbourne, often playing at venues such as The Evelyn, The Penny Black, The Espy, 303bar and The Workers Club, just to name a few. I am a proud recipient to a large Indigenous Tertiary scholarship, awarded by the Rotary Club of Balwyn to allow me to study here in Melbourne. I am very lucky as all of the other recipients were also as deserving as me and so here I am, trying to make the very best of my experience!’