I have been teaching music for over 30 years privately and at primary, secondary and third levels. My goals for students are that they enjoy learning whilst progressing and develop a life-long love for music and competence in it. Last year I filled a parental leave at Alexandra College, teaching violin, viola, guitar, ukulele, and piano. Pre-Covid I also taught violin at 4 primary schools in Dublin, and pre-instrumental music. The orchestra at Our Lady’s National Girls’ School was selected to be part of the Primary Ensemble Project of the National Concert Hall. In New York I taught specialist music from infants through 2nd year as well as teaching students at third level for their degrees. In addition, I have done a few years of resource teaching for both typical children and children with special needs who were mainstreamed, broadening my teaching perspectives in working with neurodivergencies and disabilities.
I moved to Dublin from New York with my family in 2012. My grandfathers, from Sligo and Monaghan, were trad musicians well known in their localities, so my father strongly encouraged my love of music, which allowed me to start on guitar at 6, classical violin at 9, and trad fiddle at 10. Years of playing grades followed (NYSSMA competitions in solo violin, viola, cello, and voice, as well as string ensembles and madrigals ensemble, etc.) as well as leading award winning school orchestras. I graduated with a BA in Music from the Fredonia School of Music with a concentration on teaching instrumental music (all string orchestra instruments and most band instruments) and training in vocal and specialist music.
In addition to my experience teaching music, in Dublin, I have played with the Co-Orch for the past several years, raising money for charities. I have played violin professionally with the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra in Pennsylvania, the Glens Falls Symphony, and the Schenectady Symphony. I also led the music department at a church in New York, working with amateur and professional musicians of all ages.