The Pathways to Music Strings Program


The Pathways to Music String Program caters for all capabilities and experience levels, and offers tuition on violin, viola cello and double bass from age five to adulthood. Pathways to Music embraces 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. Delivered by a team of highly experienced and renowned teachers and performers, our String Program fosters the holistic development of technical skills alongside a genuine connection to music. Our expert teachers ensure development of both the technical and artistic aspects of string performance, offering an enriching experience that will stay with students for a lifetime.

Finn Williams

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.

Adam Kehl

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.

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.

string teacher and child in strings lesson
viola and double bass class plus more strings
string teacher and primary school child in violin lesson

The Pathways program is highly valued by our family.

“Our 9 year-old daughter is able to learn from one of the best violin teachers in Brisbane, attend an outstanding Kodály-based, musicianship program, and then be extended in the string ensemble every Saturday. She finds it a truly enriching experience and it is one she looks forward to every week. The Colourstrings and Kodály methodologies of teaching combined have seen her performance and aural abilities accelerate substantially. We look forward to having our younger daughters attend the program when they are older.”

Anneliese  Parent

viola, double bass and strings class

String Ensembles

The Pathways to Music string program is unique in that it involves both individual tuition and ensemble lessons. Students are able to hone their individual technical skills and receive one on one, tailored 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.

strings student in music class
string teacher and child in strings lesson
string teacher and child in lesson

Why choose the Pathways to Music Strings Program?

Our expert teachers intuitively tailor lessons to each student’s age, capabilities and interests

Our teachers are highly trained and experienced musicians who are deeply committed to holistic music education

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

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

We make learning a string instrument joyful, fun and rewarding

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New term start dates for Ensemble and Musicianship Classes are in our FAQs. Private Tuition 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.