About 2017-11-08T08:58:36+00:00

Welcome to the Rockwell College Music Academy

It gives me great pleasure to announce the opening of this new facility within Rockwell College providing an inhouse service as well as to surrounding community. As a student, teacher, parent and examiner I have experienced firsthand the benefits of music education. I endeavour to share my passion for the subject and, along with other specialist tutors, nurture the talent of each individual. We have aspirations to be a hive of activity so come and join in the music making! 

Suzanne Buttimer
Rockwell College Music Academy
Director

Contact Suzanne: director@rockwellcollegemusicacademy.com 

Rockwell College Music Academy Tutors

SUZANNE BUTTIMER
SUZANNE BUTTIMER
Suzanne hails from Carrickfergus. Having studied at UUJ, DIT, TCD and UUC she relocated to Warsaw, Poland in 2006 due to her husband’s work commitments. There she was a Music Specialist at the British School. Suzanne also implemented the inaugural ABRSM examination session in Warsaw along with regular gigs for embassies.

On return to Tipperary in 2010 Suzanne undertook her Speech and Drama teaching diploma with Miriam Daly accredited by Royal Victoria College, London. In 2013 she was added to the panel of local centre examiners for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Suzanne also accompanies grade exams, recitals, auditions and Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate practicals.

Suzanne’s main interests are Musical Theatre and Music Therapy. The latter demonstrated in her voluntary position as Lead Musical Director for ‘Something to Sing About- global choir for cancer survivors’ from 2013-2016. Suzanne has been involved in numerous shows both on stage, in the pit, conducting and directing.

NANCY FARRELL ALSMD
NANCY FARRELL ALSMD
ASSOC. DIP
LEINSTER SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND DRAMA

Nancy is a native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. She is a Graduate of the Leinster School of Music and Drama, having studied for her Diploma under Anne Simpson. She specialises in Elocution, incorporating Speech & Drama and is an experienced teacher in South Tipperary, at both Primary and Secondary levels. She follows the Syllabus of the Irish Board of Speech and Drama up to Diploma level and facilitates one-to- one tuition as well as group classes. Nancy has been involved in the performing arts for a number of years and with a background in classical music, particularly enjoys choral singing.

Nancy is a member of the Speech and Drama Teachers of Ireland.

MARGARET HOBAN
MARGARET HOBAN
Margaret Hoban is based in Naas, Co. Kildare. She holds a Music Performance and Teaching Diploma (ALCM) and a Masters (MA) in Traditional Irish Music Performance with piano as her main instrument and modules in concertina and harp.

Margaret has many years teaching experience in both traditional and classical music. She is a keyboard skills tutor in University of Limerick and also teaches in local music schools and a local Comhaltas branch.

Margaret has performed with various ensembles, groups and Ceili Bands. In recent years, she performed in France, Hawaii, Switzerland and Canadian Maritimes.

COLIN HARRIES
COLIN HARRIES
Colin Harries is a native of Manchester who has lived in the south east of Ireland for the past fifteen years. Colin is a Classical guitarist who is adept in numerous musical styles, he studied under Michael O’Toole at the W.I.T. and attained an M.A. in classical performance there in 2014.

An experienced teacher in a number of styles Colin also teaches in the Dungarvan School of Trad and The Grennan College School of Music. He also tutors students in his locality in Fiddown Co. Kilkenny where he aims to raise the profile of both classical and traditional guitar.

Currently Colin performs both as a classical and traditional musician. His classical work comprises of mainly solo recitals as well as collaborations with other guitar players and ensembles in Ireland. His work in traditional music has seen him perform with numerous groups with whom he has toured Europe, North America and China as well as more local concerts at folk festivals around Ireland and Britain.

EOIN O'KEEFFE
EOIN O'KEEFFE
Eoin O’Keeffe is an Irish composer, arranger and educator, specialising in wind instruments.

Eoin grew up in Clonmel, Ireland, playing clarinet and trumpet in the youth band in Banna Chluain Meala, before spending time as conductor and arranger. He studied for a BA Music in WIT, graduating with a graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in 2001, majoring in composition, and also being awarded with the Good Shepherd Arts Award. He then graduated from University College Cork with a Higher Diploma in Education in 2002. And he studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London between 2005 and 2007, graduating with an MA Composition.

His music has been performed in Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany, the Czech Republic, and USA, and was featured in an exhibition at the Chelsea Art Museum, New York. Eoin is in demand as an arranger, particularly of wind music, and has written for numerous award-winning bands throughout Europe, many of whom he has taught and worked with as a consultant.

Eoin has maintained his links with the music education sector, involved in teaching a number of different projects, and has been involved in creating music for a number of other performing groups, and working in schools (Eoin is a fully qualified teacher), including co-directing the school musical at Rockwell College recently. Eoin continues to play various brass and woodwind instruments in different ensembles, and is in demand as a teacher at various bands throughout the country.

THERESE MAHER
THERESE MAHER
A native of Thurles, Therese holds a BA in Music and has recently passed the new RIAM Teaching Diploma in Piano. As well as teaching piano and flute she runs her own performance school for children, Dwan Academy.

Therese’s first love is musical theatre. A past performer with Pauline Dwan school of dance and Phoenix Productions, where she held the role of Dance Captain for several years, Therese now directs and choreographs musicals in schools around the country.

She holds a postgraduate diploma in stage management and worked for many years in the UK and across the world as a production manager, most notably at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and at the Royal Albert Hall.

ED DWAN
ED DWAN
A graduate of Maynooth University, Ed holds a degree in Music, a H.Dip in Music Technology, and a masters degree in Computer Music. He also holds a diploma in Violin Performance from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and has just completed a masters degree in Performance Science at the Royal College of Music, London. Ed has held teaching positions at the Limerick School of Music, Laois School of music and the Ursuline Convent Convent, Thurles and has a wealth of performance experience, having toured extensively with various ensembles across Europe, Middle East and the US and has recorded and performed on national and local radio and television.
SARAH KEANE
SARAH KEANE
Sarah Keane is a singer, pianist and music teacher from Cork. She began her formal musical training in the CIT Cork School of Music, graduating BMus in 2012. She has since been teaching extensively in
both individual and group settings in Thurles, Tipperary where her professional engagements included position of Musical Director for the Tipperary Constituent of the National Childrens’ Choir.

During this time, she became passionate about an effective approach to community music-making and group-teaching. In 2015, she completed a Diploma in Community and Group Music Teaching with the Royal Irish
Academy of Music. She firmly believes that the effective way to introduce anyone to music, young or old, is through movement and singing. For Sarah, an effective approach must span pop, classical and
folk music genres.

Last year she undertook an MA in Kodály Music Pedagogy from the Kodály Institute of the Liszt Academy, Hungary. This has influenced her approach to working creatively with children and singing groups. During her time in Hungary, she also completed a Diploma in Vocal Pedagogy which saw her give numerous public performances in Kecskemét and Budapest. She has recently returned from a position as vocal coach on a summer course with the Csíkszerda Community Choir in Szeghalom,
Hungary.

JAYNE MCCONNON
JAYNE MCCONNON
For the past 10 years Jayne has been teaching the internationally-acclaimed Kindermusik music and movement development programme to infants, toddlers and young children and also works extensively with children with special needs. She is constantly inspired that every child, regardless of their age or learning ability,
responds and learns through music.

Originally from Sydney, Jayne had the privilege of growing up in a musical family and from a young age studied Classical Violin playing with the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra and various string ensembles. From a very early age she discovered her singing voice and has sung extensively in many choral groups and choirs in Australia and Ireland.

Now calling Tipperary home, Jayne is committed to sharing her experience and love of music with young and not-so- young in her community. In recent years she has been instrumental in establishing and directing a local adult choir and has been involved in various choral projects with the local Arts Festival. Jayne has had the
pleasure of directing a number of choral projects with one of the local primary schools and she has established various pop up youth choirs for special occasions.

PETER TAYLOR
PETER TAYLOR
Peter Taylor is a native of Clonmel but currently living in Waterford. He is a BA Mus. (Hons) graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology and is very pleased to be one of RCMA’s brass/wind and percussion tutors.

Peter is the current Musical Director of Clonmel’s concert and marching band, Banna Chluain Meala. He is also a member of the Clonmel Concert Band, The Premier Swing Band, The Opus Pocus Big Band, Tipperary Millennium Orchestra and more. His main
instruments are trumpet and regularly plays for musicals both locally and further afield. Peter also works in several schools locally focussing on training Primary school bands.

GINA O BEROI
GINA O BEROI
FIONA MCHUGH
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