Catherine has always had much enjoyment learning and playing music, as well as being involved in teaching children. She began her musical journey by playing the recorder, flute and guitar at school, which involved participating in the school ensemble for a number of years, performing in school competitions and for the community. At the age of 15, she also began instruction in piano, quickly working through several levels of AMEB exams before completing high school. By 1992, Catherine completed her Graduate Diploma of Education in Music at RMIT. She continued to look for ways to enhance her music skills through performances in musicals and as a member of the Melbourne Youth Choir.