EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC TEACHER
Jennifer Teh is the Founding Director of Hush Little Baby Early Childhood Music Classes and the Director of Pathways to Music. She strongly believes that music and singing should be a part of every child’s life. Jennifer has taught everything from primary, high school and tertiary music, directed choirs, presented workshops, written papers for national and international conferences and symposia in music education and carved out a career as a professional live and studio singer and vocal coach. Jennifer is passionate about ensuring that music should belong to everyone, from infancy to adulthood, and loves sharing that passion with the families in her Early Childhood classes.
Mark Hooper studied piano at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, the Royal College of Music, London and The Banff Centre, Canada. An accomplished international performer and teacher, Mark’s career has included teaching piano at Oxford University, performing in concerts worldwide and working closely with renowned composers such as Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Steve Reich. Mark has also released five solo CDs. Mark shares his joy and passion for the piano in private lessons that are tailored to each individual student. Students of all ages love Mark’s warm and engaging approach.
Judy Fromyhr is a senior lecturer in music at Australian Catholic University, Brisbane Campus. She is a fully-accredited Colourstrings violin teacher and a specialist in Kodály-based music education from early childhood to tertiary level. Judy has undertaken postgraduate studies at the Zoltan Kodály Institute in Kecskemet, Hungary, The East Helsinki Music Institute, Finland and the University of Calgary, Canada. Judy shares her passion and expertise with with great warmth, and students love her engaging and encouraging approach.
VOCAL ACADEMY TEACHER
Annie Lower is a professional soprano and singing teacher who has sung extensively on both national and international stages in opera, oratorio, musical theatre and jazz. A graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Masters in Music Studies), Annie is held in high regard as both performer and teacher. With broad experience across a wide range of teaching situations and proven success in the area of vocal teaching and coaching, Annie has an enviable reputation in assisting each individual to maximise their potential as convincing and confident performers. Annie has a holistic, student-centred approach to her teaching, tailoring her lessons to each individual student’s abilities and interests. In her private and ensemble lessons, Annie combines a rigorous technical knowledge of singing with a fun and dynamic exploration of music.
Campbell recently completed his Bachelor of Music (Honours) with the aid of a full scholarship and is now continuing with a Masters of Music Research through the Queensland Conservatorium. Throughout his studies Campbell has been exposed to various musical and teaching styles, having the opportunity to learn from respected pedagogues and pianists Oleg Stepanov, Daniel De Borah and Mark Hooper. Campbell is an enthusiastic teacher finding great satisfaction in teaching all age groups. He has a specific interest in the formative years of a student’s piano study, directing content towards ‘keying-in’ the student’s ear within a focused play environment.
VIOLIN & VIOLA TEACHER
Finn Williams is a highly skilled violinist and violist, with extensive solo and orchestral experience. He is a graduate of the Colourstrings program and employs this approach in his Pathways to Music private lessons. Finn is currently studying under Graeme Jennings at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and has been involved in Pathways to Music since its inception in 2016.
MUSICIANSHIP AND PIANO TEACHER
Kristen Brown is a highly regarded classroom music specialist and private piano teacher and accompanist with 20 years experience. A graduate of the University of Queensland (Bachelor of Music (Honours) – Piano performance and pedagogy/ Bachelor of Education – Primary/Secondary Classroom Music), Kristen has experience teaching classroom music and conducting choirs in a sequential aural approach from early childhood to adulthood. Kristen has presented at numerous workshops and conferences and has written articles for professional publications in the fields of music education and leadership. She feels passionately that music is for everyone and that there is much value to be gained from good education in good music, both on an individual and communal level, not least of which is the ability to have more love, more compassion and more gentleness. Kristen enjoys sharing this passion and energy with the students and families of her musicianship and piano tuition classes.
Saxophone and Double Bass TEACHER
Adam Kehl is a Kodály inspired classroom music teacher and a passionate double bass and saxophone tutor. He has completed a Bachelor of Music and a Graduate Diploma of Education (Senior Years) and is currently completing requirements for the Australian Kodály Certificate. Adam is committed to exploring and utilising the relationships between classroom music and instrumental pedagogies to create proficient and functional musicians.
Susan Creese is currently the Primary Music Coordinator (P-6) at St Peters Lutheran College Indooroopilly, Brisbane. She has taught music to students of all ages, from newborn babies to adult learners and has recently specialised in designing and implementing Primary Music programs that are inspired by Kodály’s educational philosophies within P-12 schools. Susan holds a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance and Pedagogy from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Queensland, and a Master of Arts degree in Kodály Music Pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy in Hungary. She is the current National Secretary of the National Council of the Kodaly Music Education Institute of Australia. Susan has a passion for teacher training and development and has worked as a clinician and lecturer in musicianship, choral conducting and methodology across Australia.
Carla Trott is a Classroom Music Specialist and Coordinator of Instrumental Music at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School, and teaches Musicianship Classes for Pathways to Music. 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.
Vocal Academy TEACHER
Naomi Hodges is a contemporary vocal teacher, with a strong foundation in vocal anatomy and physiology. She is a graduate of the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Bachelor of Popular Music Class I Honours; Music Studies Grad Cert Vocal Pedagogy), and an academic author (The Routledge Research Companion to Popular Music Education, 2017). Naomi is a prolific performer from weddings, large conferences and Christmas productions, to touring as a singer/songwriter supporting artists such as, Josh Pyke, Vance Joy and Passenger. With experience in directing contemporary community choirs, small vocal groups and studio teaching, Naomi is well esteemed. Her approach is holistic and based on singing as a neuropsychobiological experience involving brain, mind and body, developing technical skills while nurturing the joy of music and the art of creative expression.
Astra is the Director of Manly Strings, where she teaches violin, cello and ensemble classes. Astra has completed a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Cello) and a Master of Philosophy in Music at the University of Queensland. As part of her Master’s degree, Astra spent 12 months at the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland), where she participated in the music education doctoral program as a visiting research scholar. Astra also 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.
Hayley Ritchie is the friendly face and voice of Pathways to Music. As Senior Administrator, she works closely with our students and families to find the perfect music tuition options. As an avid musician and choral singer, Hayley is passionate about facilitating opportunities for music education through Pathways to Music.