The Pathways to Music Musicianship Program


Pathways to Music is committed to the holistic musical development of all of our students. The expansion of the musical mind is the most important aspect of music education, and the key component in that process is the ongoing development of Musicianship. The Pathways to Music Musicianship Program is a sequential music education program based on the revolutionary work of Zoltán Kodály which strives to balance technical knowledge with the capacity for understanding through audiation (inner hearing).

In our Musicianship Classes, students come together in a group to learn how music works: how to read, write, perform and create music. They learn this through engaging wholly in music making, using their voices and bodies. Musical literacy is a key component of this process and students who participate in our Musicianship Classes not only become better music readers but also understand music, theoretically and practically, in a much more sophisticated manner.

It wouldn’t feel like Saturday without clapping, tapping, singing and laughing our way through the morning.

“I have been coming to musicianship classes for two years now. I look forward to coming to Kate’s class on Saturday mornings and love the way she is able to accommodate all levels of skills and knowledge in her class. It wouldn’t feel like Saturday without clapping, tapping, singing and laughing our way through the morning.”

Anne-Marie  Adult Student

Our Teachers: Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson is frequently invited to be a guest clinician at various conferences and workshops across Australia and New Zealand. Kate has taught classroom music for ten years at both state and independent schools and is currently the Primary Music Specialist at Ambrose Treacy College in Brisbane. Kate is the Immediate Past President of the Queensland Chapter of KMEIA (Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia). She is an esteemed choral specialist and is currently the conductor of the Birralee Piccolos and the assistant conductor for the Birralee Blokes and the Queensland Kodály Choir. Kate teaches Musicianship Classes for Pathways to Music as well as presenting in the Methodology Masterclass Series.

Jason Goopy

Jason Goopy is Head of The Arts and Choral Coordinator at Ambrose Treacy College, Vice-President of the Kodály Music Education of Australia, and lecturer in music education and aural musicianship. He has taught in early childhood, primary and secondary classrooms, tertiary institutions and community contexts, and is a respected chorister and choral director. Jason completed the Bachelor of Music (First Class Honours) and Bachelor of Education at the University of Queensland (UQ). He specialised in Aural Pedagogy in the Master of Music and is currently a Doctor of Philosophy candidate at UQ. Jason is committed to mentoring early career teachers and is a passionate advocate for excellence in music education.

Carla Trott

Carla Trott is a Classroom Music Specialist and Coordinator of Instrumental Music at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School. She holds a Bachelor of Music (majoring in Cello), a Graduate Diploma of Secondary Education and the Australian Kodály Certificate. Carla is committed to teaching and learning in Music and is held in high regard in the Music Education fraternity. She is a committee member of the Kodály Music Education Institute of Australia (Queensland Chapter) and also serves on the committee of the Queensland Kodály Choir. Carla is the initiator of the Emerging Music Teachers’ Network, a group aimed at supporting and mentoring beginning career music educators.

“Musicianship classes are the best way for me to improve my own skills, and to help me prepare for my own classroom teaching. The practical classes are so relevant and I enjoy every lesson!”

Amy  Adult Student

Classes for Children and
Adults Available

We offer Musicianship Classes for Primary and Secondary School students and adults. Our expert teachers cater for all experience levels from beginner to advanced, and each student will be carefully placed within a suitable class.

Our beginner and intermediate Musicianship Classes help students to develop an innate understanding of music that will help them to become more skilled, intuitive and knowledgeable musicians. Our advanced Musicianship Classes provide a pathway for the development of aural musicianship for tertiary students, studio teachers, classroom music teachers and conductors.

Why choose the Pathways to Musicianship Classes?

We help students to form a deeper and more sophisticated understanding of music

We offer classes for everyone, from Primary School to adulthood and beginner to advanced

Our classes combine perfectly with private lessons and ensemble classes to develop students as whole musicians

Our program develops knowledge and understanding of music using a hands-on, practical approach

We make music learning joyful, fun and rewarding

“I am a 71 year old who (55 years ago!) reached a Grade 6 level in Music piano and theory and thought I knew it all … I didn’t!!

The teaching method back then was simple. You learnt everything by rote. Asking “why?” was severely discouraged. The new world that opened up to me through the Kodály Musicianship Class led by Carla Trott was amazing, informative and great fun. Learning to “hear” notes in your head, memory training through listening and singing, questions answered through individual exploration and fun – and through it all, the development of real understanding. It’s a “MUST DO” if you want a full musical experience that leaves you with a smile on your dial… I’ll be back next year!”

Sharyn  Adult Student

Book Now

New term for Musicianship Classes starts 28 April 2018. All pricing shown is per eight week term.

Sibling/parent discount:
When more than one person from the same immediate family (ie 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.