Music Teachers

Cath Dowling

keyboard, guitar, ukulele, recorder, flute & percussion

Originally from Canberra, I completed my teaching degree at Australian Catholic University in my early 20’s and worked for several years as a classroom teacher.

During my time as a classroom teacher I was heavily involved in all the music pursuits in the school and so decided to make this the focus of my teaching.


Annie Holborow

guitar, ukulele & keyboard

For as long as I can remember, music has been a huge part of my life! Growing up I watched all the people around me play lots of different instruments. I started playing piano when I was 6 years old and started playing guitar at the age of 10.

I have always been involved in performing arts having studied drama with Helen o’ Gradys drama academy since I was 8 years old and participating in showtimes through scouting.


Annie Holborow

George McNab

Guitar, Voice, Keyboard/Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar

Since childhood , music has played a huge part in my life. Growing up with my mother, a concert violinist and teacher, was an incredible introduction to music, and I began studying music in earnest around 4 years of age, learning the violin from my Mum.

I started learning piano a few years later, and began singing in Young Voices of Melbourne and Gondwana Voices, touring with them nationally and internationally.


Nick Roney

woodwind specialist – flute, clarinet & saxophone

My musical career begun when I was at primary school and has continued ever since with no break as I have loved it that much. I begun my learning on the saxophone and have since picked up the flute and clarinet as not only a challenge but also so I can play in stage productions.


Patrick Yuen

guitar, drums, percussion & ukulele

My name is Patrick Yuen and I am a very experienced drum, ukulele, cajon and guitar teacher. I have taught many students over many years and my students have always enjoyed my fun and enthusiastic approach to learning.


Bethany Dixon

voice, keyboard & guitar

Beth has loved singing since being on all fours. Growing up with 4 older sisters who each had their own music taste, Beth obtained knowledge and love of a broad range of music genres.

Beth started singing lessons in primary school, and dancing lessons soon after. Beth performed in many musicals throughout highschool, and completed a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Australian Institute of Music, graduating in 2021.



Bethany Dixon

Colleen Brown

violin, keyboard, guitar, ukulele & abc

Growing up my family home was full of music. Everyone in my family plays an instrument,  and I was exposed to a huge variety of music travelling around to folk festivals with my Dad and to Classical Harp and Opera concerts with my mum!


Kristy Stafford

Keyboard, flute & voice

I took my first piano lesson at 6 years of age, and fell in love with music. I started working my way through my AMEB Music exams, and at age 10 decided to add another instrument, and started learning the Cello. In year 7, I began playing the flute, sitting my grade 1 AMEB Flute exam the same year. 


Tiffany Shui

Tiffany Shui

voice, violin & keyboard

I am Tiffany, originally from Hong Kong. I completed the Bachelor of Music in Education and the Master of Arts in Music Education in Hong Kong. I also completed the Master of Music (Performance Teaching) in Melbourne.

I am a qualified instrumental teacher and worked as a teacher for several years with experiences teaching students from four years old to fifteen years old.


Michael McNabb

drums, guitar, keyboard & ukulele

I have been teaching instrumental music in primary school settings for 12 years now! Back in 2012 I graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts where I studied jazz drumming. I also went on to study abroad with drummers Tony Buck (DEU) and Will Guthrie (FRA) in 2013.

I play drums in the band “Adore” with my brother, cousin and friend. We play shows around Melbourne and have released an album and 2 EPs (at the time of writing there’s another EP in the pipeline!).



After one year of keyboard, we were pleasantly surprised how well Christy performed as part of a group in a lovely end of year concert. Christy found further motivation when I finally made time to squeeze in a few private lessons so that she could measure her progress by completing exams. The group and private lessons provide complementary outcomes, by creating a musician who wants to improve and who can play as part of a group. Cath has a caring approach, and there is no pressure to take on private lessons.

Stephanie Mitten

My daughter has been attending Kids on Key through our school for the last 4 years. In this time she has developed a love of music and fostered a wonderful relationship with her music teacher. Kids on Key has provided my daughter with a positive, fun and challenging music program. My daughter is excited to be partaking in her next ANZCA exam for piano this year and I am positive that her love of music and piano is because of the fantastic environment provided by Kids on Key.

Kylie Kibsgaard

My children have been learning keyboard for about 4 years with Kids on Key. I think it is a fantastic program, especially as these classes can be done around school times. My children have learned to read music as well as learn keyboard, both of which I truly believe helps to expand our children’s mind for many other areas of their life, similar to the benefits of learning another language, and Susan is just a wonderful teacher. The opportunity to further the education with exams and grading is there for the students that wish to pursue their instruments further.

Nancy Gibson

My daughter has really enjoyed her Zoom guitar lessons during ISO. The audio is great at both ends, the teacher can see everything she’s doing with her hands and she is very engaged. On the technical side, I'm amazed how seamless the process is and how well it all works.

Catherine Green – St Peter’s

During the COVID lockdown, music lessons went online and I was a bit apprehensive about how it would work. After we sorted all the technical stuff, I was really surprised by how much Nate engaged in the lessons. He told me after a month or so that he really enjoys having the lessons online and that he finds it easier to focus and learn. The way Cath sets it up works really well in terms of seeing the keyboard and taking turns in playing and listening. Nate's been more motivated than ever to practice and engage in the end of term concert. He's thinking about continuing online lessons when school returns, so he doesn't miss out on school time.

Gwyneth Rees - Tucker Rd Primary

The online music lessons offered by Kids on Key have been fabulous. The sessions were scheduled around our existing commitments, were well structured and tailored to suit the needs of my son. It was easier for my son to focus, without any external disruptions, and he made good progress during this time. I will certainly be considering online lessons for the future.

Lorraine Theodore – Resurrection Primary