Hey Guys… Claire & Eimear here. We are delighted to be saying hello. It is our pleasure to be part of SpeakUp SingOut. We are a music school based in Kilcock, County Kildare that is all about music & community & creativity & you!
While the seeds of this organisation have been growing for many years, we only found our home in Kilcock & officially opened our doors in January 2015. SpeakUp SingOut is ran by sisters Claire and Eimear. We are a music school and a community space, and we offer extensive programs in everything from piano to drama, alternative nights to vocal classes, community projects to choral work. The ethos behind the school is one of acceptance, awareness, personal development and inclusivity. We believe anyone can do anything – it is never too late to open yourself up to creativity, to experience the joy of trying a new thing, learning a new skill, making new friends and connections. We run programs for ages newborn to ninety plus – there is something here for everyone.
A little about us…
Claire is a community music teacher, piano teacher, composer, performer and musical director. Claire arranges all the music for our choirs and accompanies all choirs. She loves to write her own music and arrangements, and herself and Eimear devised the ‘Choral Doctor’ program for choirs everywhere. In addition to facilitating tailor made programs for groups, Claire is a Naked Voice practitioner, training as a sound healer, and facilitates community singing, chanting, meditation and other vocal practices from around the world.
Claire has been playing music since the age of 5. She graduated with 1st Class Honours from the Bachelor of Music program in UCC in 2003, majoring in jazz vocal performance, and continued her studies in the DIT Conservatory of Music graduating with 1st Class Honours from the Masters in Classical Piano Performance in 2009.
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Eimear is a community & youth worker as well as a life coach, with extensive experience in music facilitation and choral directorship. In addition to working with the schools’ four choirs and looking after the drama groups, Eimear teaches singing in the school and specialises in working with stage fright, anxiety and people who think they cant sing. Eimear also loves nothing more than a good community project and can often be found designing a new program to run or course to facilitate!
Eimear studied in Maynooth University, graduating with a BA in Music and Irish, and a HDip and MA in Youth and Community Work. In 2015 she graduated from Marino College with a HDip in Executive and Life Coaching and she was awarded Coach of the Month in June 2016 from all the graduates of the this program.
Eimear is also the lead singer of the renowned and award winning Irish band, ‘Fox.E and the Good Hands’.
A little about our team…
Cian Lernihan is a professional musician, sound engineer & guitar teacher. Cian studied classical guitar in the Royal Irish Academy of Music and has qualifications in both sound engineering and music technology. Cian has 13 years of guitar teaching experience in various music school and private lessons.
Cian’s outlook on learning a music instrument:
“It’s never too late to start playing. For me playing music is the ultimate form of self expression. I feel everyone owes it to themselves to give it a shot at some stage in their life. For me learning an instrument isn’t just about mastering the craft to play for others but about the fun you have, the friends you make and life lessons you learn along the way.”
Cian is a member of funk-ska band The FitzaFrenic who are currently gearing up to release their second album. Cian also works as a sound engineer in The Sound Yard recording studio in between his teaching and performance commitments.
Dave is both an experienced guitar teacher and performer. He has been teaching guitar for many years and recently completed a BA Honours Degree in Commercial and Modern Music from BIMM Institute in Dublin.
Dave also plays with the award winning Irish band, ‘Fox.E and the Good Hands’ who have played at all the major music festivals of Ireland.
Dave teaches for all abilities from beginner to advanced, and adapts his teaching style to suit the needs of his students.
Trish is our Early Childhood Development Specialist. She is a qualified Play Specialist, Baby Signs Instructor, Baby Massage Instructor and is currently in the second year of her Masters with the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy. She runs many classes for babies, preschool and young children including Gymboree Play & Music classes, special needs classes and Soulkids Confidence building classes. She also works in a school as a Child Play Therapist with both individual children and groups.
Cayleigh Crehan Reilly
Cayleigh assists on all of our camps. Cayleigh has been working with children from a young age and is going on to study Childcare at 3rd level this coming September. The children love her and respond to her gentle ways. Cayleigh loves music and art and working with drama.
Jamie works in SuSo as an intern. He helps with the general day to day running of the school in addition to being one of the founding members of the Youth Choir, Gospel Choir and Kilcock Youth Theatre. Jamie is also a member of the Maynooth Gospel Choir.
Jamie’s great passion is writing and film making. He creates short films and has been accepted into the Television and Digital Film program in Ballyfermot College, beginning in September this year. One of his short films is below:
Saoirse works in SuSo as an intern. She assists with all of our group programs, and is a member of the Youth Choir, Gospel Choir and Kilcock Youth Theatre. Saoirse is a singer songwriter, and is currently recording her first album. Her stage name is Beatrix Nova and you can follow her on Facebook.