PIANO LESSONS

Piano lessons are available to from the age of 5 and from beginner up to advanced.

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Piano Lessons

Learning to play piano presents a fantastic way to explore elements of music including melody, harmony, rhythm, dynamics, and touch. The layout of the keyboard itself gives clues as to how notes are grouped into scales, and how scales of notes are related to each other. As soon as we sit to play, we can make a sound, we can play notes separately and together, loudly and softly. Today, there is a wide variety of approaches to studying piano designed for people of all ages and backgrounds.

TUTORS

Tailored for You

At Rachel’s Music Centre, we recognise that each piano student comes to lessons with their own interests, capacities and approaches to learning. Things they find to be fun and interesting, and things not so much so! It is with this in mind that pieces, workbooks and other teaching resources are selected, and lessons are designed for each student as they continue through their learning process.

At Rachel’s Music Centre, students of piano can prepare for exam boards including: RIAM, ABRSM, Trinity College London, Rockschool

Testimonials

Aoife loves her piano classes and plays regularly at home, often giving us special performances!”

Deirdre

Seán was delighted to receive an honours in his exam.”

Carol

We love the concerts!”

Freya and Claire

Aoife loves her piano classes and plays regularly at home, often giving us special performances!”

Deirdre

Seán was delighted to receive an honours in his exam.”

Carol

We love the concerts!”

Freya and Claire

Studying piano at Rachel’s Music Centre can include:

  • fundamentals of playing piano including navigating the keyboard, learning to play melodies, chords, and other patterns, working on sound, dynamics and articulation
  • scales, arpeggios and other patterns to develop the co-ordinated uses of the fingers and hands and to expand our knowledge of the keyboard
  • a variety of styles of music and piano playing
  • music theory including rhythm, ear training, music reading and notation
  • opportunities to play in groups are made available to students
  • working towards external exams (or in-house exams) is encouraged so that students can have the benefit of all that can be learned in the preparation
  • for students not wishing to take exams, lessons can proceed on material from syllabus, or from elsewhere, towards goals that interest and excite the student

Tutors Teaching Piano

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.

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, 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.

Other Instruments of Interest

Guitar

Violin

Drums

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