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 18 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.

Aisling keogh

Aisling Keogh is a dedicated traditional fiddle player and teacher. She brings to Tempo Music School a vast array of performing and teaching experience on her beloved instrument. For over 20 years, she has developed and honed a natural, vibrant style of playing in both traditional Irish and American old time fiddle music genres.

An in-demand tutor with her local Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann branch in Co Kildare, Aisling has also studied traditional Irish music performance. She is an enthusiastic performer and teacher and Aisling relishes every oportunity to share her love of music through her focused and friendly teaching methods with dedicated students. Aisling is also a busy session musician around some of Dublin’s most popular traditional sessions.

Paul seeber

Paul Seeber is a passionate musician with over 20 years experience in the Music Education, Performance and Management Industry. Following his passion for Music Performance, Paul pursued a music education from the Dublin Conservatory of Music & Drama, Thames Valley University & London College of Music.

Paul has studied Piano & Percussion under some of Ireland’s best performers and has 20 years experience performing in Professional Standard Pop Bands, Orchestras, Jazz Bands, Wind Ensembles, Percussion Groups to name just a few.
Paul is currently the Director and Band Leader of the Downtown Big Band, a 21 piece Big Band featuring some of the very best musicians in Ireland. The band regularly performs in Dublin.
Driven by a passion for music education & performance, Paul’s mission is to help others to follow their dreams and ambitions to learn to play the music that they love. Whether it be pop, rock, jazz, classical etc, Paul will be delighted to take the time to make your musical ambitions a reality!

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.

Shay Sweeney

Shay Sweeney is no stranger to the Irish music scene. Starting his music career out at a young age, Shay competed across the country in Irish music competitions such as the fleadh ceoil, with his love for the banjo and the bodhran. He even went on to win Llangollen international musical Eisteddfod competition, where he was victorious against 52 countries in 2008.

Shay achieved a Diploma in professional musicianship in 2014 and a BA Honours Degree in commercial and modern musicianship from BIMM Dublin in 2018. During his studies Shay joined well known Dublin bands such as ‘Pine the ilcrow’ , ‘Lowlight Gathering’ and ‘Laura Ryder Ampersand’. With these, he recorded albums and debut singles in ‘Orphan studios’ , ‘Sun Studios’ and ‘Jealoustown studios’ with Gavin Glass and Ryan Sheridan.
From 2017-2018 Shay has played in Paris, London, Sydney, Melbourne and Fiji, and has also had the pleasure of playing at Electric Picnic, Vantastival, Knockanstockan and Secret Village festivals. Shay is planning on completing a masters in third level learning and teaching in 2019. This will allow Shay to become a lecturer of music, where he hopes to inspire young artists and share his passion.

Andrea Jones

Andrea is a passionate and experienced Musician from Dublin with several years of experience in orchestra and band performances. She is a saxophone, clarinet and piano player, adept at writing, arranging and recording music. She studied Classical Performance for many years in the Malahide School of Music and has achieved up to grade 8 in both piano and saxophone in the Royal Irish Academy of Music examinations.

She has participated in many music competitions and has achieved 2nd place in the Feis Ceoil and won the piano and woodwind category and overall competition for the Malahide Young Musician of the Year and also won the award for Most Promising Young Musician.
Andrea found her love for improvisation and is currently studying a BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance in DCU with experience playing weddings, Electric Picnic and many other festivals and prestigious venues and events such as Button Factory, Grand Social, Lost Lane, Bello Bar, Harbour Bar, The Workman’s Club and Arthurs.
Andrea enjoys teaching students of all levels while supporting them with preparation for exams and live performances. She brings forth a self motivated attitude and a lifelong love and commitment to music.

Olesya Zdorovetska

Olesya has studied music all of her life. After graduating from the Ukrainian National Academy of Music in 2008 she started her professional career in music education working as a piano and vocal instructor at the Kyiv School of Arts.

 

Since moving to Dublin in 2011 has been involved in numerous national education programs, including the Dublin City Council Children’s Art for Libraries program and Jazz for early years at the National Concert Hall.

She has participated in many music competitions and has achieved 2nd place in the Feis Ceoil and won the piano and woodwind category and overall competition for the Malahide Young Musician of the Year and also won the award for Most Promising Young Musician.
Andrea found her love for improvisation and is currently studying a BA in Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance in DCU with experience playing weddings, Electric Picnic and many other festivals and prestigious venues and events such as Button Factory, Grand Social, Lost Lane, Bello Bar, Harbour Bar, The Workman’s Club and Arthurs.
Andrea enjoys teaching students of all levels while supporting them with preparation for exams and live performances. She brings forth a self motivated attitude and a lifelong love and commitment to music.

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa is a piano teacher from Dublin. She began learning piano at the age of six and hasn’t stopped since. She plays classical music but loves playing all types of genres on the piano. She started teaching piano to children in Rathfarnham where she built up a large student base. She has a great interest in child development and childcare.

She pursued an education in childcare and as a result worked in a crèche where she regularly entertained the younger kids with her piano skills. She loves teaching piano and the combined interest of child care goes hand in hand. She grew up in a very musical household and wants to continue to teach and inspire people to have the same love of the instrument and music in general that she has.

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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