Brisbane Cello Lessons


Pathways to Music cello lessons – in the Brisbane suburb of Corinda – cater for all experience levels, for students aged five to adulthood. We embrace the Colourstrings approach, which is student-centred and draws on the aural musicianship foundations taught in our Early Childhood and Musicianship classes. Developed since 1970 in Finland by Hungarian brothers, Géza and Csaba Szilvay, Colourstrings is founded on the principles of Zoltán Kodály, and is now taught worldwide with extraordinary results. Our cello lessons foster the holistic development of technical skills alongside a genuine connection to music. Our expert cello teacher, Astra Chatwood, ensures development of both the technical and artistic aspects of cello performance, offering an enriching experience that will stay with students for a lifetime.

Astra Chatwood

Astra has completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Cello) and a Master of Philosophy in Music at the University of Queensland. Astra has studied cello and cello pedagogy at the East Helsinki Music Institute with Csaba Szilvay, creator of the Colourstrings cello method. In addition to teaching music, Astra also works for the Department of Education as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Within her teaching, Astra combines her understanding of child development with the principles of Kodály and Colourstrings, in order to support students with a holistic teaching approach.

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Cello within string ensemble

Cello Opportunities within String Ensembles

The Pathways to Music string program is unique in that it involves both individual tuition and ensemble lessons. Cello students are able to hone their individual technical skills and receive one on one, tailored cello lessons as well as developing the skills required to play successfully in a group with others. Ensembles are tailored to the interests and capacities of individual students, and students are also strongly encouraged to undertake Musicianship Classes.

Select students who learn a string instrument outside of the Pathways to Music program are also able to participate in the ensemble program. Placement in an ensemble on these grounds is decided by recommendation and/or audition and is dependent on students’ technical and performance abilities.

Why choose Pathways to Music cello lessons?

Our expert cello teacher tailors lessons to each student’s age, capabilities and interests

All Pathways to Music teachers are highly trained and experienced musicians, deeply committed to holistic music education

Our cello program develops technical strings skills and knowledge while fostering a love of music

Students can learn everything from playing the cello by ear, to reading music, to preparing for formal music exams

We make the journey of learning the cello joyful, fun and rewarding

Book Your Cello Lessons Now

New term start dates for all lessons and classes can be found in FAQs. Private Tuition and Musicianship attendance can commence at any time during the term. All pricing shown is per eight week term.

Sibling/parent discount:
When more than one person from the same immediate family (i.e. parent or sibling) is enrolled in Pathways to Music, full fees are paid for the first person and a 10% discount is applied on the total fees for each additional person.