Dayna Hopkins – Director & Drum Teacher
Applied Music – Box Hill Institute
Monday - Saturday
Along with his wife Bianca – Dayna owns, manages and teaches at BFSM since its opening in term 2, 2013.
Dayna is an accomplished Melbourne drummer and vocalist who has been working professionally for 16 years with original and cover acts around Melbourne.
Dayna studied at Box Hill Institute under the tuition of Tony Floyd, Robi Parolin and John Corniola and has had private lessons himself for over 8 years under the tuition of Robi Parolin. Dayna attended a drumming intensive workshop with Gospel Artist - Chris Coleman and continued on with one on one tuition.
One of Dayna's earlier achievements was placing third in the intermediate section of ‘Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer’ competition. A national competition to discover drumming talent.
Dayna has been teaching from his home studio and other local music schools for over 14 years. He has a great rapport with students of all ages and abilities, using his experience in a variety of styles to inspire and challenge his students.
Dayna has a passion for live & studio sound engineering and has produced a number of original and cover band demos, E.Ps and live shows at BFSM and at other venues and studios. He has a keen eye for videography and movie editing and loves the ‘behind the scenes’ work just as much as ‘on stage’.
Lyle Jenkins - Drum Teacher
Applied Music - Box Hill Institute
Tuesday & Wednesday
Lyle was originally a student at BFSM undertaking lessons with Dayna Hopkins who helped build the pathway to full-time study at Box Hill Institute. There he was taught by Ben Wiesner, Tony Floyd and Robi Parolin. Outside of BHI he also had a lesson with Dave Elitch a renowned session drummer from LA (Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Mars Volta)
Lyle has been drumming for over 15 years and is currently gigging around Melbourne and inter-state with an original Rock band ‘Winter Moon’. Some gig highlights include being flown up to Sydney to fill in for ‘The Ugly Kings’, Played on the Australian premier of Shrek the Musical with a 16 piece orchestra and accompanied Pete Satchell (Dallas Crane, Jimmy Barnes) at a seminar for Box Hill Institute Students.
Lyle strongly believes it is never too late to start taking lessons and that everyone has the ability to learn to play the drums. He wants to bring the best out of his students by having reachable goals and structured lessons catered to them. Above all else he wants to inspire the passion of drumming!
Daniel McKoy - Drum & Piano Teacher
Applied Music - Box Hill Institute
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday
Daniel has been playing drums for 13 years and taking lessons for most of that period. His teachers at Box Hill included Robi Parolin, Dave Beck and Tony Floyd as well as internationally renowned jazz drummer and educator John Riley during his artist in residence.
Having played gigs for the last 8 years Daniel puts a strong emphasis on the practical aspect of playing and being able to play with other musicians and serve the music, whatever style that happens to be. Some of his gig highlights include playing at the Melbourne International Jazz Festival 2016 with the Craig Schneider Trio and multiple festival appearances (Stonnington Jazz Festival, St Kilda Festival and Moomba Festival among others) with various other groups.
This year Daniel has started taking his teaching more full-time and currently teaches five days a week around the Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne while still striving to play gigs every week. His current main project is Fulton Street, an original Melbourne Soul group, who will be releasing their debut album later this year. Daniel’s focus is on each student being individual and trying to help them find their own unique sound and musical direction on the drum kit in the most engaging and enjoyable way possible!