Colleen Brown

Vioin Teacher

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! I started Violin and piano at the age of 7 and spent my teenage and early adulthood playing and touring with Orchestras and playing in pit orchestras for live musicals .

I have a Bachelor of Arts and Early Childood Education. I taught instrumental music at Norwood High School and Ferny Creek Primary School in 2002 to 2004 and also taught a pre-school music program called Mini Maestros from 2002 until 2005. Since then I have worked in recreational programs in Kindergartens, After School Care and Vacation Care. I am passionate about working with children, particularly outside of the classroom to develop a variety of diffterent skills that will help them achieve balance as they grow. I believe music is a wonderful gift that has the potential to build and enrich so many attributes of a person and I am so excited and delighted to be able to share this gift with children through Kids on Key.


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