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.
PIANO MUSIC TEACHER
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.
VIOLIN & VIOLA TEACHER
Yuri Djachenko is an Australian-Estonian violinist/violist and is well respected as both a teacher and performer. Throughout his performing career he has held positions with a number of professional Australian orchestras, including deputising regularly as Principal Violist with the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. More recently he was Guest Concertmaster with the Lentua Sinfonietta (Kuhmo, Finland) and the Darwin Symphony Orchestra. As a pedagogue, Yuri has been mentored by Colourstrings founder Géza Szilvay for two decades. Having held senior teaching positions locally, in the UK and Finland, Yuri is a much sought after teacher for violin and viola students of all ages.
Sally-Ann Djachenko is a Scottish violinist and pianist who studied at the RSAMD (Glasgow), RAM (London) and the Queensland Conservatorium (Brisbane). Sally-Ann brings a wealth of experience to her violin lessons. Career highlights include playing violin with the European Community Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, a touring season of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie with the National Theatre and 5 years as 2nd violinist with the Bingham Quartet (London). For the past 8 years Sally-Ann has been a member of Camerata and also enjoys freelancing and playing chamber music with other groups in Australia.
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.
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.
EARLY CHILDHOOD MUSIC TEACHER
Debbie Wilson is a Prep Teacher at St Peter’s Lutheran College and an Early Childhood teacher for Pathways to Music. As an accredited Do re mi teacher Debbie has extensive experience teaching music to children in both Early Childhood and Primary School. She holds the Australian Kodály Certificate in Music Education and is an administrator for Queensland choir Vivace. Children love playing, singing and moving in Debbie’s Pathways to Music Early Childhood classes.
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 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.
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.