Welcome to the Rockwell Music Academy

Creating music since 2017, Rockwell Music Academy provides music education in Cahir, Co. Tipperary. As a student, teacher, parent and examiner I have experienced firsthand the benefits of music education. Through our new, modern facilities and highly accoladed tutors, we endeavour to share our combined passion for music, nurturing the talent of each of our students. We have aspirations to be a hive of activity so come and join in the music making! 

Suzanne Buttimer
Rockwell Music Academy

Contact Suzanne: director@rockwellcollegemusicacademy.com 

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Rockwell College Music Academy Team. Photo Cred © Eamonn B ShanahanSuzanne Buttimer
RCMA Director


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.

Anastasia Blake

Anastasia is a native of Fethard, Co.Tipperary. Anastasia is a graduate of The Gaiety School of Acting full time professional acting program. She has achieved grades and her senior certificate with The Royal Irish Academy of Music and currently going forth with her Diploma with RIAM. She is qualified in Musical Theatre and Popular singing.

Anastasia has a real passion for Musical Theatre, she has worked from a very young age in performing arts and continues to do so while traveling down from Dublin to Tipperary to teach at Rockwell College.

Anastasia is very passionate about teaching musical theatre and getting her students to build confidence, team building, learning the different genres of Musical Theatre along with of course having fun!

Clare McHugh

Rockwell College Music Academy Team. Photo Cred © Eamonn B Shanahan

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.

Dom O’Driscoll

Eimear Howley

Eimear is a native of Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and past pupil of Rockwell College. She is a graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Limerick where she obtained a Bachelor of Education and music degree. Eimear received a medal for achieving top marks in music at her graduation ceremony in 2009. She also holds a RIAM teaching diploma in piano. Eimear is passionate about music education, especially at primary school level. She is the musical director of Clerihan Junior Choir, and she also established a school band in Powerstown N.S., where she currently works. Eimear is the organist for St. Michael’s church Clerihan.

Fidelma Nugent

Fidelma is a music graduate of N.U.I. Maynooth, studying piano, accordion and violin. She works as a primary teacher at Our Lady of Mercy N.S. in Cahir and currently directs the school choir aswell as having a particular interest in the benefits of music for second language acquisition and
for pro-social behaviour.

She is one of the founding members and musical director of Cahir to Sing – a ladies’ choir based in Cahir which seeks to build community through singing and through members connecting artistically with each other.

Fidelma’s main interest is in Church Music and she is organist at St. Mary’s Church, Cahir where she began a young organists’ programme in 2016 to encourage children to participate in music in the liturgy.

She has been involved in numerous performances both as accompanist and conductor and accordionist with an Argentine Tango Trio.

Rockwell College Music Academy Team. Photo Cred © Eamonn B Shanahan

Fiona McHugh
RCMA Administrator


George (Gev) Barrett

Gev Barrett has been teaching drums for over 10 years, and is a full time professional drummer based in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. He currently teaches out of his own school based in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and out of Rockwell Music Academy. He drums with Crow Black Chicken and Philip Donnelly’s Mid Atlantic Rhythm Section, recording on 7 albums and multiple EP’s, touring extensively in the USA, UK and Europe, sharing the stage with multiple artists. Gaining from his experience of touring and recording he has developed a lesson plan which can be adapted to help each student progress in their preferred field of drumming, from rudimental drumming, to styles like Rock, Jazz and Latin. His first book for beginner drummers is set for release in 2019.

Imogen Ryan

James O’Donovan

Rockwell College Music Academy Team. Photo Cred © Eamonn B Shanahan

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.

Linda Ryan

Linda is from Thurles, Co. Tipperary. She began training with Bryan Husband, Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire, London in 2011 and under his tutelage achieved a distinction in an Associate Diploma in Classical Singing with Trinity College London in 2017. Linda is the singing teacher in Dwan Theatre School, Thurles. She completed the BDA Music Learning and Dyslexia course in 2018 which outlined practical solutions that can be used to teach music to a dyslexic individual including theoretical approaches such as Kodaly, Simultaneous Learning, Dalcroze and Suzuki. In July 2019 Linda completed a Kodaly course run by the Kodaly Society of Ireland. Linda is currently studying Grade V piano. Having attended a workshop on Estill Voice Training Linda commenced further study of the Estill figures with Kaeylea Van Keith in June 2019.

Linda has over twenty-five years of varied performance experience to draw from as a teacher. She has been a member of Thurles Musical society for twenty years and with them has played many leading roles including Mother in Ragtime, Lucille Frank in Parade, Sylvia in All Shook Up, Deloris Van Cartier in Sister Act, Lucy Harris in Jekyll & Hyde, Mary Magdalene in Jesus Christ Superstar, Buttercup in HMS Pinafore and most recently Delia/Player 3 in Michael Collins A Musical Drama. Linda is a member of Gaudeamus Choir, Tipperary and a soloist with Premier Swing Band, Clonmel.

Other memorable performance experiences include soloist and ensemble member of Thurles Gospel Singers, soloist in all of Vince Productions’ concerts in The Source Arts Theatre, Thurles and soloist at the AIMS 40th  Anniversary Concert in The Helix in 2008.

Nancy Farrell

ALSMD, ASSOC. DIP, Leinster School of Speech 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.


Nicole Morris

Nicole is a native of Thurles, Co.Tipperary. She started her musical training in St. Angela’s Academy of Music in Thurles, where she took lessons in Flute, Piano and Voice (Classical & Musical Theatre). In 2018, she graduated from CIT Cork School of Music with First Class Honours (BMus). During her time in Cork she was a member of many ensembles including CSM’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Cappella Lyrica, an equal voice choir which competed at both national and international levels.

Nicole is very passionate about music education, especially at primary school level. As part of her BMus degree Nicole took Class Teaching Modules which focused on teaching children basic musical concepts using the Kodaly Method. She teaches the RIAM Cara Awards here at Rockwell College Music Academy. Nicole also teaches in St. Angela’s Academy of Music, Thurles.

Rockwell College Music Academy Team. Photo Cred © Eamonn B Shanahan

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.

Victoria Birlea