Our Story

Tempo Music School was started in 2011 by local musician Robert O Connor. In its early days lessons were taught from Rob’s home in Drumcondra. In 2014 after the birth of his first child, he moved Tempo into the Arts and Business Community at 40 Drumcondra Road Lower.

Tempo Music School has since continued to flourish and we now offer a wide variety of lessons and workshops such as bodhrán, guitar, singing, clarinet, saxophone and so much more. We pride ourselves on delivering expert teaching across all levels in many genres of instrument so whether you want to learn Irish traditional flute or classical flute we will pair you with a teacher who is well versed in the genre you wish to master.


We have a symphony of teachers bursting with talent who are dedicated and passionate not just about the music they play but about passing that passion onto others. They are continuously learning and pushing themselves to ensure that you, our students receive the best teaching available. With experience in everything from Classical and Rock to Old Time Blues our teachers bring a world of knowledge to the community of Drumcondra.


Tempo Music School also offers a selection of educational programs for primary and secondary schools, colleges, libraries and youth clubs in Dublin and the surrounding areas. Within these programs we deliver engaging and fun music classes that introduce students to the endless possibilities that music offers. We look at composition, orchestral layout, modern music and music history, creating a hands-on and unique performance experience for all involved.

Since its inception in 2011 Tempo Music School has grown not just because of its teachers but because of our students and the organisations we have worked with. We are always open to new challenges so if you have an idea for a workshop, we will work with you to make it a reality.

The Teachers

We have a wonderful and dedicated team of music teachers who are passionate about music and teaching. Each one with a different musical journey to this point and still learning. With traditional, classical, rock, jazz, old time and blues musicians on our team we bring a wide and varied knowledge base to the community of Drumcondra.

Robert O Connor

Robert is a flute, tin whistle, bodhrán and percussion player from Dublin. Over the last 15 years he has recorded and performed with many new talents and played in venues all over Ireland, England and Europe, shared the stage with members of ‘The Chieftains’ and presently is resident musician in McGowans of Harolds Cross and Duffys in Maladhide where he plays weekly sessions.

After receiving a Masters Degree in Irish Traditional Music Performance from University Limerick he concentrated on passing his love and knowledge of music to the next generation. He teaches weekly classes for Comhaltas in Kilteel, county Kildare where many of his students have had success at both county and national competitions. He has been teaching music for the last 20 years to 1000’s of students each year on bodhrán, flute, tin whistle and djembe in primary and secondary schools all over Ireland. He is the creator of ‘Bodhrán Beats’ a versatile workshop focusing on our native drum ‘the bodhrán’. His workshop is used as an ice-breaker, energiser and as a team building workshop for all the prominent event companies in Ireland

Cibele Sabioni

Dedicated music teacher and choir conductor with over 20 years of directing teaching, Cibele Sabioni holds a Master’s Degree in Music from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and a bachelor’s degree in piano from the University of Sacred Heart in Bauru, São Paulo. Cibele created and developed during her Master’s under Dr. Eduardo Lakschevitz’s guidance the successful website Choir from scratch, which provides material support and resources for choir conductors.

Cibele uses a warm and creative approach to engage piano and singing students of all levels, online and in the classroom. She is a bilingual (Portuguese and English) music education professional with a passion for chamber music. As a vocal teacher, she specialises in Latin and Brazilian musical genres for singers, musical theatre, and belting techniques.  Active as a teacher, conductor, and clinician, she has worked in several Brazilian states, Argentina, Spain, and the US. Sabioni coordinated three editions of the Journey of Choral Conducting, an international course in São Paulo, Brazil.  Currently, Cibele lives and develops an inclusive social project through the choral singing “All Together Choir”, in partnership with AMBI in Ireland.

Guilherme Rivera

Teaching music to all ages for about 8 years, Guilherme is a versatile pianist from Brazil who discovered his love for music at a very early age. Influenced by Elton John he decided to teach himself the piano when he was 10 years old, spending his teenage years immersed playing a huge range of styles, from gospel music at churches to progressive metal bands in pubs. Guilherme has also a long time experience playing Blues. 

Later on, the self taught talented musician had the opportunity to study with some of the best pianists in São Paulo (Brazil). There he was introduced to instrumental music, Jazz/Fusion & Brazilian music. In 2019 he moved to Ireland and since then has been sharing his experience and latin influences with his students and band mates as well as performing in different events

Mauro Angeletta

Mauro Angeletta is an Italian guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was 14 he was bewitched by the sounds of the electric guitar and was immediatley attracted to music. After a two year personal study, he started studying with Piero Simone who cast a huge influence on his way of thinking and living music. At the age of 19 he began classical studies gaining solfeggio and harmony licenses and 5th year classical guitar certificate within the conservatories of Lecce and Monopoli.

Private lessons with great jazz musician Fabio Zeppetella are the cornerstone and starting point for a new and still ongoing personal study on all his beloved music (ranging from Early 1900 blues, through classic Jazz, Folk-Rock and Rock and Roll and up to 1960s/70s Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Rock Blues and Hard Rock). He starts private teaching in his early twenties and he moves to Rome in 2012 where he starts working in various schools gaining a huge teaching experience as both guitar and music teacher. His interest in music is not limited to guitar but also extends to other stringed instruments (such as Ukulele, Piano and Bass Guitar) and percussions (such as Cajon and Drums).
Through the years he has been part of many cover and original projects and has performed in Italy, France and Ireland where he has moved permanently since September 2016.

Sarah Jansma

Sarah is a vibrant and engaging piano and violin teacher with over 14 years experience teaching children and adults with a wide range of personalities and abilities. As a musician Sarah has attained an ATCL qualification and played first violin in the Rand Symphony Orchestra and Johannesburg Youth Orchestra. 

Sarah has a passion for making music fun and easy for students, while developing solid technique and a strong sense of musicality, creating a lasting love for their instruments and the music they play; and building confidence and a sense of mastery that allows them to pick up their instruments and perform in both formal and informal settings. 

Daniel Rorke

Irish/Australian tenor and soprano saxophonist, clarinet, flute and piano player Daniel Rorke lives in Dublin, and  frequently works in Australia, Europe and The United States. He completed his  Masters in Jazz Performance at NTNU Jazzlinja in Norway. He also holds a  Bachelor in Jazz Performance with first class honours from the Sydney  Conservatorium of Music, and a PhD in music from the University of New England.  

He was, until the covid pandemic, Lecturer in Music at Syracuse University, NY,  where he instructed in Jazz and other creative music, and on the Berklee School of  Music Track Program. He is currently a lecturer in music at the Newpark/DCU Bachelor of Jazz, Ireland’s premier institution for the study of Jazz and  improvised music. 

Boasting a long and varied performance career, he has worked with cutting edge  European and American Jazz musicians such as Hilmar Jensson (Alas No Axis), Per  Oddvar Johansen (ECM recording artist), Rune Nergaard, Samuel Jon Samuelsson  (Sigur Ros), Sygtryygr Baldurson (Sugar Cubes) and many others. 

Rory Costello

Rory is a graduate of the Conservatory of Music and Drama DIT with a bachelor’s in music and a master’s in music performance and has over 10 years of teaching experience.  He is a multi-instrumentalist, teaching students on guitar, piano, ukulele, bass and vocals in a variety of styles.

He started his classical vocal training at the age of sixteen and since then has performed in many operas and concerts around Ireland. He has performed in many prestigious venues such as The National Concert Hall, The Gaiety, The Three Arena and the Belfast Opera House.


In 2016 he won the Bradbury Cup and the Bass Vocal competition for singing and playing the piano at the national music competition festival, the Feis Ceoil. In February 2016 he made his debut in St. Stephen’s Cathedral Vienna Austria as a bass soloist singing Mozart’s Mass in C with the Galway Tribal Choir accompanied by the Wiener Domorchester orchestra.


He frequently performs in venues all over Ireland and can be seen out busking on Grafton Street. Rory took part at The Ferrara Buskers Festival in Italy as one of the invited artists in the Summer of 2019.  He has a great passion for teaching and hopes to pass on his dedication to the art of music performance and learning to his students for many years to come.

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