Welcome to Discovering Music

This is the space where you’ll find everything you need to get started in the wonderful world of music, including practical skills, resources, lessons, and lots of encouragement.

There are so many styles of music and so many ways of playing it, so why is it that there can sometimes feel like a huge cavern between those who ‘can’ and those who ‘can’t’? The fact is, we’re all primed to enjoy and make music, even if we’ve forgotten how to do it or had someone tell us we shouldn’t even try (shame on them).

But if you’ve ever sung Happy Birthday at a party or tapped your foot while listening to your favourite song, then as far as I’m concerned you’re already a musician. Are you ready to get started?

The Discovering Music newsletter: sign up here for my free weekly newsletter about all things music, including resources, exercises, and text about getting started, reading music, rhythm, music psychology, creativity, and more.

Teaching Studio: to find out all about piano, singing, and musicianship lessons, visit here

About me: I’m Dr Kate Paine, an Australian musician, educator, and writer living in Meilen, Switzerland. Click HERE to find out more about me and my qualifications, and HERE to read about my teaching philosophy.


'Kate has an excellent rapport with her pupils. My two sons,11 and 13, thoroughly enjoy going for their piano lessons. We are extremely fortunate to have found someone who has both the knowledge and the ability to teach it.

It gives me so much pleasure seeing my daughter being taught something that she clearly loves, by someone who clearly cares.

My singing lessons help keep me sane! Thank you, Kate, for opening up this new world for me.

The other kids can't play anything unless someone shows them what to play. I played everyone my own song!

I wondered if my daughter was musical, as she always insisted on playing anything that made a noise. We decided on piano lessons as we thought it would be a good introduction to music. We had met Kate, and were immediately impressed at her calm, professional but fun approach to music. Maisy loves her lessons.

I've always loved music but never thought I could sing by myself, but now I do it all the time, and it's the best feeling.