Our Teachers

Aoife O'REilly

Founder of Mullingar Music School, Aoife teaches piano, flute, theory, Leaving Cert and Junior Cert music. She graduated from NUI Maynooth with a Bachelor of Music Degree in 2006 and completed the Graduate Diploma in Music Education in the University of Limerick in 2007. Following that she completed the Advanced Diploma in Special Educational Needs (Queen’s University Belfast) specialising in autism and dyslexia. Aoife has been teaching for the past twenty years and is also frequently involved in musical theatre and choral conducting in schools. Many of her pupils have won High Achiever Awards with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Aoife regularly accompanies exam students and provides specialist music education for those with learning difficulties.

 

Paulie Martin

Teaching both acoustic and electric guitar with Mullingar Music School for the past 11 years, Paulie Martin has had some of the schools best exam results in guitar. The vast majority of his pupils have received distinctions from RGT (London College of Music). Paulie teaches various different styles of guitar from pop, folk, rock, blues, funk and reggae. In his free time he plays with various bands in town such as Ricotta Rojo, Blues Confidential, Broken Strings and regularly sits in with other bands. Paulie is well known in Mullingar amongst the music community and is ready for any query or task at hand. Paulie is a founding member of Tonic House Collective, which showcases the many talents Mullingar has to offer over on their YouTube channel. Paulie holds a Higher Cert level 6 in Business with Music and Instrument Technology from Athlone Institute of Technology and has spent 10 years repairing and setting up musical instruments and has a wealth of knowledge in this area. Check out some of Paulies original music on SoundCloud https://soundcloud.com/pauliemartin.

 
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Niall Mannion

Niall began violin at secondary school where he excelled by gaining ‘Distinction’ for each grade including the Senior Certificate & Advanced Recital Gold Medal – collecting many accolades including an unprecedented eight High Achiever Awards. At Maynooth University he specialised in violin performance then furthered his studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and performance or teaching diplomas with some of Ireland’s leading pedagogues.

A versatile performer, Niall has amassed much orchestral experience (NYOI, MYO, IFPO & EFO etc), has been a soloist on TV/ radio both nationally and internationally and is a sought-after piano accompanist. Although greatly experienced in individual teaching, he has adapted these skills to provide group string programmes in various schools as part of Music Generation. He is currently a violin tutor with Athlone Youth Orchestra and MGOW Sinfonia.

 
  

Andrew Yau

Andrew Yau is a multi-instrumentalist and singer based in the midlands. He studied piano from the age of 12.  Clarinet, flute and cello followed shortly after and singing was always a part of his life during school. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree in 2012 in NUI Maynooth specialising in composition and piano performance. While in college, Andrew was a member of The Maynooth University Chamber Choir and Maynooth University Choral Society. After this Andrew participated in a choral education course under the esteemed professor Doreen Rao, an internationally renowned choral educator and director, completing his first certification in conducting. Andrew is also a tutor with music generation providing high standards of education to children in primary and post- primary schools throughout the county. Through this Andrew took an internship under Greg Beardsell for choral education during 2015/16. Andrew has played with many singers and musicians and appeared in the National Concert Hall, on RTÉ television and in many concerts as a supporting artist and a solo artist. He frequently accompanies examinations for students. He strives to provide a top education for his students, to develop lifelong skills which can be applied to any subject, to inspire them to achieve their fullest potential while performing and practicing with passion and encourages them to always do their best and more when it comes to their instrument of choice

 
 

Colleen Condron

Colleen Condron has been teaching piano at Mullingar Music School for the past four years and is proving to be very popular with her students.

She began her music education at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge where she actively performed in school musical events including the All Ireland School Choir Competition televised on RTE. She was also involved in the production of Les Miserable in 2010. During her final year at St Joseph’s she was awarded Music Student of the year!

Her third level education includes a Bachelor of Music Degree (specialising in Musicology) from NUI Maynooth where she was a performer in the Ladies Choir. She has also completed all her grades in piano and regularly performs and provides accompaniment to students for exams.

Teaching both children and adults. Colleen teaches all grades and all genres of music from Classical to Popular. All her students achieve amazing results in their examinations.

Caoimhe Kiernan

Singing teacher Caoimhe Kiernan is a graduate from BIMM Institute Dublin, DIT, with a Bachelors Arts Degree in Commercial Modern Music-Vocals. Throughout the four years studying there, she widened her range, technique, and skills, exploring many different genres of modern music such as RnB, Soul, Rock, Pop, Punk, Funk and much more. She has experience performing, with and without a band, throughout Ireland. Prior to her attending BIMM she completed all her RIAM grades in ‘Musical Theatre and Popular music’ and also received her Gold Medal in her Advanced Music Recital. She is a past student of the Mullingar Arts Centre Stage School and is also a past member of the Mullingar Student Players, participating in their productions of both Miss Saigon and Les Miserables. She is also a past member of the Mullingar Town Band and the Midlands Youth Orchestra playing the French Horn. Although there are many areas of music Caoimhe is talented in, voice is her main instrument but also loves teaching piano.

Billy Gilleran

Piano teacher, Billy Gilleran started his music training at seven years of age under the direction of Mrs Dorothy Horan, a renowned piano and singing teacher.  He joined Mullingar Cathedral Choristers in 2004 and at the age of  twelve was awarded the five-year Schola Cantorum music scholarship at St. Finian’s College, Mullingar where he trained under Mr Gerard Lillis, Mr John Rowe and Mrs. Marie-Therese Cotter. He also received workshops from Dr. John O’Keeffe and Prof. Gerard Gillen.  He completed Grade 8 piano in 2012 and received an A1 in Music in Leaving Certificate music. During his time at St Finian’s he took part in the Stanford Prize in the Feis Ceoil in organ playing. He also received a High Achiever Award and Silver Medal with the RIAM for singing.

Billy’s pastimes include taking part in musicals, with lead parts in Miss Saigon and Beauty & the Beast.  He was a band member with the local group Good Man Sheila for seven years as the keyboard player, performing at various functions around the country and Electric Picnic being his favourite.

Billy began teaching piano in 2011 and has been affiliated with the Royal Irish Academy of Music since then. He is currently a member of Mullingar Cathedral Choir having been involved with them since 2010.

His main influences include J.S. Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, Fredrick Chopin and more recently Billy Joel.

Courtney O'Connor

Violin and piano teacher Courtney, Courtney is a graduate of the Cork School of Music with a BMus (Hons) in Violin. She has performed in classical concerts, musicals and shows across the country and abroad. She was also awarded a High Achievers Award from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

Courtney has extensive experience in teaching, conducting and orchestration, and has completed community and music therapy modules with experience working with people with additional educational needs. 

Robbie Burzawa

Guitar teacher Robbie Burzawa is no stranger to the local music scene and has also played venues such as Electric Picnic and Whelans with his band ‘Bobby and the Blunts’. Having completed his CPD Diploma in Commercial Modern Music, Robbie has now almost completed his BA(Hons) at BIMM.
 
Robbie specialises in the genres of funk, hip-hop, soul and jazz. In addition to guitar performance, he also has an extensive knowledge of songwriting and sound production. Robbie is now available for lessons on Thursday, Friday.
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