B. A., Grad. Dip. Ed.(Mus)
Catherine is a qualified and registered teacher with over 30 years of experience in music education. As director of the Ainslie Park Music Group, Catherine is passionate about engaging people (young and old) with music, and equally passionate about these learners developing their own musical journey. Her past students have pursued careers as teachers, performers and music therapists. Catherine has also nurtured the gift of music in her own children, inspiring each to develop their own unique appreciation of music and to engage in music both professionally and for pleasure.
Catherine teaches contemporary and classical piano, theory of music, musicianship and aural training. She also tutors for the aural and written components of the VCE Music Performance examination. Catherine regularly enters students for external practical and written examinations with AMEB and ANZCA, and her students receive excellent results.
Catherine’s professional approach to teaching is holistic, positive and encouraging. She is able to adapt to individual interests and learning styles and thus make learning an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Her lessons incorporate the skills and knowledge necessary to become technically competent, but just as importantly she also inspires her students to explore music from a wide variety of cultures and genres and to thus develop a genuine appreciation of the powerful influence of music in our lives.
Catherine is a strong advocate for the transforming power of music to bring people together and she has worked with acclaimed artists such as The Idea of North, The Swing Sisters, Harambee and the Victorian Police Showband to put together local community concerts that raise funds and create awareness about poverty and homelessness in our community.