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. 

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

 

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’s experience as an arranger, composer, and accomplished pianist gives a real depth of knowledge to his teaching.   

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.

Ray also offers classes for adult students – whether you are a beginner who wants to learn a few party pieces, or a more experienced musician looking to deepen your knowledge of improvisation, composition, jazz, blues and more advanced classical, then Ray is the perfect teacher for you.

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 a real passion for sharing her musical knowledge and experience through her teaching.  She has a background in both classical and popular music, as both a vocalist and a pianist. 

In relation to piano study, Aimee received her Diploma in Piano Teaching from the Royal Irish Academy of Music.  In vocal study, she is a graduate of BIMM through the Commercial Music Degree.  

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.  

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