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Quality music education responding to students’ interests, goals, backgrounds, and styles of learning

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About Rachel’s Music Centre

Rachel’s Music Centre (RMC) was created in Rathfarnham by Rachel Armstrong, whose story with music began nearby as she took up piano at an early age. Rachel’s fascination with music saw her continue her studies at third level, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from UCD, and a Masters Degree in Music Technology from DIT (now TU Dublin). As Rachel’s teaching practice continued to grow, she pursued training specific to music education, earning a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin.

In recent years, hundreds of students have had lessons at the school, many returning year after year as they continue to learn. In addition, the range of instruments which could be studied at the school has been growing. Each year, concerts are held where students at all stages in their learning have the opportunity to perform, to show the material they’ve been working on, and to see and hear their fellow students at work. Since March 2020, RMC has added online lessons to the services on offer, and students and teachers alike have embraced the challenges and opportunities of continuing studies through this time.

Our Ethos

At RMC, we strive to provide quality music education for all of our students, with their varied interests, goals, backgrounds, and styles of learning. We work to create a positive learning environment that encourages and supports our students’ curiosity, creativity and interest in music and music-making. Each of our highly trained and experienced teachers makes use of flexible, student-centred teaching methods, informed by contemporary approaches to music education.

Many students at RMC choose to take exams as part of their studies. While exams are by no means required of students, at RMC we believe that exams are for… learning! And it is with this in mind that we encourage all our students to sit external graded exams or in-house exams as part of their studies. In preparing for an exam, students have a unique opportunity to work through a carefully selected collection of work with focussed study and practice, making exams among the very best ways to move forward in our understanding and our playing.

Instruments

  • Guitar (All Types)
    • Classical Guitar
    • Acoustic Guitar
    • Electric Guitar
    • Bass Guitar
    • Ukulele    

Why Choose RMC?

Inclusive
(music is for everyone)

Student-centred Approach
(We embrace individual interests and encourage)

Holistic
(Developing confidence, curiosity and creativity)

Modern Teaching Practices

Lifelong Learning
(Develop a love and desire to continuously learn outside of a formal setting)

Facilitate concerts and group playing opportunities

About Rachel

Rachel Armstrong (Owner) B.Mus, MA in Music Technology, H.Dip in Ed

Rachel’s Music Centre (RMC) was created in 2010 in Rathfarnham by Rachel Armstrong, whose story with music began nearby as she took up piano at an early age. Rachel’s fascination with music saw her continue her studies at third level, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from UCD, and a Masters Degree in Music Technology from DIT (now TU Dublin). As Rachel’s teaching practice continued to grow, she pursued training specific to music education, earning a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin.

Since Rachel began teaching music in 1998, she has gained experience teaching piano, choir, orchestra, music theory and Junior and Leaving Certificate music in a variety of schools. Rachel also has experience of teaching abroad, working with children’s music groups while living in France from 2008 to 2010. She has always been keenly interested in discovering the ways in which students learn, and how best to support students through their learning process. Through her teaching experiences and continuing research, Rachel today teaches and leads Rachel’s Music Centre with a sound basis in flexible and effective contemporary music education practice.

Our Team

Online & In-Person

Piano, Voice

Aimee

Aimée Kavanagh has always had a love of music. She was in RTE Cor Na Nóg for seven years until the age of 14. She graduated with a BA Honours degree in Commercial Modern Music from BIMM institute in Dublin specialising in vocals. She was also a songwriter during her time where she performed her own songs at several of the Live and Lyrical concerts and and was the house band keyboardist for the college.

Aimée has achieved an ARIAM diploma from the Royal Irish Academy of Music in teaching piano.

She has taught piano and singing for years and can teach beginners to advanced.

She has performed in all major venues and festivals in Ireland, including Electric Picnic, Independence and IMRO Cork Music for best new talents to watch.

She is currently in a the same band that is rebranding and about to debut soon but is working hard behind the scenes.

Her love and passion for music can be seen through her gentle approach to teaching and she is extremely supportive of all her students. She is currently teaching Piano and Voice.

Piano

Anne

In-Person: Wednesdays, Saturdays

Online: Tuesdays

Piano Accordian and piano
I have been a lover of music since a young age and began playing the piano-accordion in school , playing in many ensemble and school recitals. I studied piano in secondary school and completed my music grades with the RIAM.

I am currently studying organ with Simon Harden in TU Dublin.
I held the post of organist in the Holy Rosary Church, Greystones and currently deputise at many church services.

I enjoy playing duets and 8-handed piano recitals’ at the Dublin Piano Club .
I am passionate about teaching piano and like exploring various musical genres to suit individual students with a focus on enjoyment and fun in each lesson

Piano

Avril

Avril began studying piano at the age of ten. She completed all her grades with the Royal Irish Academy of Music and also went on to attain her teaching diploma from this highly regarded college. She has attended many master classes in teaching from the renowned John O’Conor in the Royal Irish Academy of Music where she also achieved a certificate in group teaching under the new RIAM Cara Awards evaluation programme. She is currently studying with the Royal Irish Academy for a diploma in performance. She has studied guitar in group settings and individual lessons. She also holds a diploma in Montessori Education where the ethos centres on the child’s holistic development, allowing them to “develop at their own pace and in their own way”.

Avril has taught music throughout the years alongside her career as a Montessori Teacher. Music in all its forms was an integral part of her Montessori curriculum and many of her students went on to study music at second and third level.

Avril is now teaching piano full time and continues to draw on her Montessori experience to enhance her music teaching. Her primary aim is to foster an innate love of music in her students (learning for life), while preparing them for exam grades and performances.

She hopes her own love for music will continue to shine through her teaching.

Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Bassoon

Bob

Bob originally studied violin in junior school, and switched to bassoon in secondary school. He achieved distinction in Grade 8 and was a member of the British Youth Wind Symphony (same year as Annie Lennox, later of Eurythmics)
A passion for jazz saw him take up the saxophone, flute and clarinet. He has played for many years on a semi-professional basis with a variety of jazz, rock and soul bands, including his own for which he arranged the music. He moved to Ireland to work in the pharmaceutical industry in 1997 and went into music and teaching full time in 2008. Since then he has taught privately, in specialist music schools and for Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath. He also worked with the Athlone Youth Orchestra and Sinfonia, a collaboration with Maynooth University.
Many of his students have achieved impressive exam results, both RIAM and ABRSM. Others play purely for pleasure. Whichever route students prefer, Bob is keen and able to help them reach their goals. Students range from national school age to retired. It’s never too late or too early (providing your hands are big enough for the instruments!)
Bob continues to play jazz with Laois based quartet No Coast and the Midlands Big Band from Athlone. He also works with a variety of bands ranging from wedding pop and rock to Afrobeat!
Instruments taught
Saxophone
Flute
Clarinet
Bassoon
Recorder
Drums, Piano

Brian

Brian Walsh is a Dublin-based drummer and percussionist. He began studying music theory and piano at an early age, and turned to drums in 1997, later studying with renowned teachers, Conor Guilfoyle and Seán Carpio. Brian has performed in many music venues, theatres and festivals in Ireland, mainland Europe and North America and his playing has been broadcast on television and radio in Ireland and UK.

Brian arranged and performed drums, percussion, and piano for Inni-K's studio album, ‘The Hare & the Line’ (2019) and also drums and percussion on ‘The King Has Two Horses Ears’ (2015). In recent years, Brian has collaborated with theatre groups, and performed at Dublin Fringe Festival and Live Collision festival.

Brian has been teaching drums and piano at Rachel's Music Centre since 2016, and is also a fully qualified teacher of ITM Alexander technique.

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Guitar

Donal

Donal’s first foray into life as a musician came as a child, performing many times with the Tallaght Boys Choir, including several performances of Handel’s Messiah in the National Concert Hall. Early grades in piano followed, but like many of us, he first picked up a guitar in his teens, and decided that was the one for him. He has and has been playing and recording with different bands ever since.

Having been fearful of following his first love as a career after school, Donal achieved an honours degree in Business Studies from DIT, which came in a nice frame that he now uses to display a picture of Eddie Van Halen.

During his ten successful years in the corporate sector, during which he covered a lot of air miles – enough to get one of those cards for the lounge at the airport - Donal decided he needed to get serious about his music qualifications. He completed his London College of Music exams to Grade 8 level in both electric and acoustic guitar. Since then, he has attained a Licentiate Diploma in Music Teaching and an Associate Diploma in Electric Guitar Performance from the LCM, and a Diploma in Electric Guitar Performance from Rockschool. He specialises in rock & blues, and arguing that even though they’re considered the greatest band in history, The Beatles still don’t get enough credit for what they achieved. He teaches acoustic and electric guitar and ukulele at the Dublin School of Music.

Violin, Viola

Fiona

I started to play piano at the age of 6 and followed by violin at the age of 8. I completed my grades for violin with the ABRSM and studied piano up to Grade V ABRSM.

Having started violin lessons in school initially, I then went to the Young European Strings School of Music where I had lessons from Maria Keleman, followed by Ronald Masin.

After school, I studied and achieved a BA in International Business and Languages (DIT), Msc International Business Management (Griffith College), a diploma in digital marketing and a special needs assisting certificate.

During my time working in the corporate world, I did much travelling and loved experiencing different cultures.
As a younger student, I performed with the Young European Strings Orchestra as well solo performances in venues such as the Pepper Canister Church and the Mansion House.

More recently, I have been involved with community orchestras and enjoy upskilling by attending courses for violin teacher training with relation to beginners, body mapping (how to hold the violin without injury), Dalacroze among other well-known teaching methods. I also enjoyed attending master classes whenever I have the time!

I place an emphasis on teaching music for enjoyment as this is a guaranteed way to ensure my students make good progress. I have experience working with children with additional needs and can cater my teaching to everyone, with a focus on well-being.

Guitar, Piano

Peter

Peter is a classically trained guitarist with professional qualifications from contemporary music university programs - jazz, blues, folk and rock. He teaches classical guitar, electric guitar, strumming guitar, ukulele, piano, music theory and chamber orchestras (ensembles). He has worked in primary schools, secondary schools, music conservatories and given workshops at various universities and city libraries. He has been working with young students (from 5 years of age), teenagers, adults and seniors and preparing them for RIAM, TRINITY, junior cert. and leaving cert. exams for the past 11 years.
School Director

Rachel

Rachel Armstrong (Owner) B.Mus, MA in Music Technology, H.Dip in Ed

Rachel’s Music Centre (RMC) was created in 2010 in Rathfarnham by Rachel Armstrong, whose story with music began nearby as she took up piano at an early age. Rachel’s fascination with music saw her continue her studies at third level, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from UCD, and a Masters Degree in Music Technology from DIT (now TU Dublin). As Rachel’s teaching practice continued to grow, she pursued training specific to music education, earning a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin.

Since Rachel began teaching music in 1998, she has gained experience teaching piano, choir, orchestra, music theory and Junior and Leaving Certificate music in a variety of schools. Rachel also has experience of teaching abroad, working with children’s music groups while living in France from 2008 to 2010. She has always been keenly interested in discovering the ways in which students learn, and how best to support students through their learning process. Through her teaching experiences and continuing research, Rachel today teaches and leads Rachel’s Music Centre with a sound basis in flexible and effective contemporary music education practice.

Violin, Viola

Victor

Victor started playing the violin at 6 years of age and went on to complete a higher degree in classical and contemporary violin interpretation.
He has been teaching the violin for the past 13 years, working at Rachel’s Music Centre since 2018. More recently he has been teaching pre-instrumental classes at the RIAM and has played with the RTE concert orchestra.

Victor thinks that music is probably the king of arts. I love to share the passion of learning an instrument with anybody who is interested to learn.

Victor always eat walnuts before I have to performance!

Live performance:

Testimonials

Brilliant place to learn, teachers are excellent and very friendly. Would definitely recommend, my family has made great progress here.”

Vanessa

Great teachers, my daughter love the lessons"

Daniel

Brilliant place to learn, teachers are excellent and very friendly. Would definitely recommend, my family has made great progress here.”

Vanessa

Great teachers, my daughter love the lessons"

Daniel

Brilliant place to learn, teachers are excellent and very friendly. Would definitely recommend, my family has made great progress here.”

Vanessa

Great teachers, my daughter love the lessons"

Daniel

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