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Laois School of Music Tutors

Kevin Connolly - Drums

Kevin ia a professional drummer for session recordings and live gigs, playing with various bands throughout the Midlands. He has a very methodical approach to his teaching and remains very popular with all his students.

Maurice Daly - Guitar

Maurice Daly specialises in guitar and bass tuition. He is currently teaching all grades up to diploma level at the Laois School of Music. His performing experiences includes Westend shows such as Evita and Cats and Motown artists including the American Drifters and Jimmy Ruffin.

John Davidson - Strings

John has extensive experience as a performer and teacher all across the globe. A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, he combines a variation of musical styles, encompassing classical, folk and traditional. He is much in demand as a session musician and has a keen interest in composition and recording.

Ed Dwan - Strings

Ed has many years teaching experience and is also an accomplished performer, playing in several ensembles and orchestras. He teaches Violin with the Laois School of Music and is on the faculty of the Limerick Municipal School of Music. 

Vincent Hunt - Orchestra/Cello

Vincent is from a well known musical family and has many years experience as a soloist and orchestral player and director. He has great enthusiasm for his work and has developed the orchestra to a very high standard in a short space of time. He is equally at ease teaching individual cello, his specialised instrument.

Dianne Marshall - Piano

Dianne currently teaches piano in the Laois School of Music. A native of Portlaoise Dianne studied in Dublin and London and is also a renowned harpist.

Kimberly Melia - Flute/Kindermusic

Kimberly joined the staff of LSM having re-located to Ireland in September 2005 from the USA. She brought with her a wealth of experience working with all age groups and currently teaches Flute and Kindermusic and is Assistant Orchestra Director.

Conal Rae - Guitar

Conal teaches Classical, Popular, Electric and Flamenco guitar and also plays Piano, Bass Guitar and Banjo. Having worked at Primary, Secondary and Third Level, his teaching incorporates traditional and contemporary methods, required for various styles of guitar playing.

Tatyana Vykhodtseva - Piano

Tatyana is a native of Russia and is qualified as a teacher and accompanist from the Ural State Conservatory of Musorgskiy. She is very methodical in her teaching and strives for the best from every pupil, whatever level they are at. Tatyana is very much in demand as an accompanist. 

Mary Wisely - Piano

Mary studied for five years in Waterford Institute of Technology and obtained her BA in Music, Grade VIII Associated Board and her teacher’s diploma in pianoforte from Trinity College of Music, London. She has been teaching music for over 20 years and prides herself in the good results of her students. Mary is also respected for her pleasant demeanour and for the professional relationship she forms with all her students.

Audrey Lynch - Violin

Audrey is from Birr, Co. Offaly and studied Violin with Geraldine O'Grady and Oonagh Keogh. She has won several awards for her playing and is a former member of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland. Audrey is very thorough with all her students and

Alison Sweeney - Piano/Keyboards/The Music Box

Alison is from Killenard, Portarlington and is a graduate of UCC with a Masters in Music Therapy from University of Limerick. She is also a talented singer/songwriter and in recent years, devised and developed the Music Box - a programme for children with special needs.

Sonja Cadogan - Cello

A native of Holland, Sonja has many years experience of Cello teaching and playing. She prepares students for annual RIAM Exams and also teaches in Kilkenny School of Music. 

 Robert Solyom - Clarinet/Saxophone/Keyboards

Robert is one of our more recent members of staff and is a native of Hungary, where he excelled in his studies at the renowned Liszt Academy in Budapest. His enthusiasm and passion for music and teaching knows no bounds and he dilligently prepares pupils for RIAM Exams and other performing opportunities.

Andrea Saachi - Junior & Leaving Cert Music/Singing

Continuing the trend of an International Teaching Team is Italian musician & singer, Andrea Sacchi. Andrea's background is in Rock and Popular Music but also teaches Classical singing and our Junior and Leaving Cert Music course. He is very proficient in Music Technology and worked in this area in Athlone IT for a number of years. He currently teaches curriculum Music in Mountmellick Community School.  

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