Piano

At SuSo, our piano teachers are curious, innovative and student-centred.   We aim for an holistic music education that encourages whole musicianship – playing by ear, reading music, improvisation, composition, playing popular music and inviting musical exploration.  We teach according to the learning style and musical preference of the student.  Whether you are interested in the more traditional exam route, or wish to explore your own musical creativity and self-expression through improvisation and creative play, we will develop a program to best suit your needs.  In advance of starting piano lessons, students receive an assessment with the Head of Piano, Claire Crehan, who will suggest a teacher to best suit their learning style and musical goals. 

Claire Crehan 

Claire started teaching piano in 2003 and has been actively developing her own teaching methodology since then.  She is a member of the Curious Piano Teachers, an online global community of teachers who are at the forefront of pedagogical research and innovative thinking in relation to teaching piano as holistically as possible. 

“My daughter absolutely loves piano and literally bounces into her lessons every week.  Not only have her musical skills dramatically improved but also her self-confidence under Claire’s expertise”. 

Claire also teaches adults from beginner to advanced levels.

“Moving at my pace was key to my learning, and Claire’s patience, ability and willingness to adjust our lessons to the level of instruction to meet my needs is a credit to her wonderful personality and teaching skills…  She has a good sense of humour and each lesson is so enjoyable that the time flies by”.  (Geraldine, adult student)

To read more about Claire’s way of teaching, check out her blog From Heart to Heart – The Joy of Teaching

Ray McLoughlin

Ray is an arranger, composer, and accomplished pianist, who has been a professional musician since 1992, touring worldwide and performing in venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House.  He has worked as Musical Director in shows for RTE, BBC & PBS America & SKY, covering a wide variety of musical genres, and his work as a session musician has seen him play and record with artists such as Francis Black, Daniel O’Donnell, Cliff Richards, Brian Kennedy, Derek Ryan, Nathan Carter, the RTE Concert Orchestra and Mary Coughlan, to name a few.  

Ray owns and operates RMC Recording Studios, a Mullingar based recording facility boasting a long list of high profile artists and clients, as well as local talents. 

As a teacher, Ray can cover all kinds of piano styles you’d like to learn.  He can take you through the graded system, work on music technology, improvisation, general musicianship and much more. 

Niamh Lennon

Niamh is a regular face around SuSo.  She has been in our Gospel and Community Choirs for many years, and her family have played an active role in everything from choirs, summer camps, concerts and festivals.  This offers her a unique perspective and understanding of the philosophy that underpins our organisation, and her own personal and musical growth through our choirs has been phenomenal.  

Niamh has a passion for teaching children, and has been teaching from her home for a number of years.  She is a member of the Curious Piano Teachers, an international organisation committed to creative piano teaching that encourages access to the arts for everyone, and is currently completing her piano teaching diploma course with the London College of Music. 

She is profoundly committed to her continuing professional development, with a keen interest in Kodaly philosophy and how that helps us to encourage an holistic musicianship for every child. 

Niamh is committed to her own performance practice, and has completed her grades through the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  

As Niamh said herself:

“I truly believe you are never too young or too old to enjoy making music”. 

Aimee Kavanagh

Aimee has always had a love of music, from her early days in Cór na nÓg, to the completion of her BA Honours Degree in Commercial Modern Music from BIMM where she specialised in vocals.  She is also an avid songwriter, performing her own music at several BIMM Live & Lyrical Concerts, and she was the house band keyboard player for the college. 

In relation to piano study, Aimee received her Diploma in Piano Teaching from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  

Aimee teaches singing and piano from beginner to advanced.  She works according to the learning styles and desires of the student, be it popular music, improvisation, band work, or graded exams.  

She works as a musician, performing in many major venues and festivals in Ireland, including the Electric Picnic, Indie-pendence and the IMRO Cork Music for best new talents to watch.  She continues to perform and is currently working with her band on a re-launch debut.  

Her love and passion for music can be seen through her gentle approach to teaching and her consistent support to all her students.  

Costs:

€25 annual registration fee

€83 / month over 10 months

€69 / month over 12 months

This includes:

  • 37 half-hour lessons 
  • 2 recitals per year
  • supplementary teaching material 
  • access to online technology