This is what my clients had to say………








Hi Robert, thanks for the great workshop.  The girls really enjoyed it and the teachers sang your praises!

Finola Ryan, (Maryfield College)



Hi Rob, thanks again for coming out! Feedback from kids has been great.

Sarah Mullen, (TY, Old Bawn Community College)



“Hi Robert, I met you with my son Conor at the ‘Bodhrán Beats’ workshop last week in the NCH. He loved it. I am wondering if you would consider giving him some follow up one to one classes over the summer holidays”

Gloria Watts, (parent of workshop participant)


“I recently met Robert O’Connor at a ‘Bodhrán Beats’ workshop at the NCH and my children and I had a thoroughly enjoyable workshop”

Leanne Willar, (parent of workshop participant)



“We organized a Bodhrán Workshop with Rob for a visiting group of colleagues of all levels. They had a blast.  Rob has a great style that immediately puts people at their ease and gets straight into the drumming. The session was fun and highly interactive.

Without realising it he also teaches a little bit of Irish with the “haon, dó, trí”…I would highly recommend him for an Irish or visiting group and we will definitely be using him again.”

Eithne Harley, Large Multinational (nameless due to company policy)


NCHlogo“Many thanks for the workshops on Saturday – we really enjoyed them and feedback 

from the participants was great!”

Claire McDonagh, Education Community and Outreach, National Concert Hall



“The Bodhrán Module in Transition Year is a very worthwhile and enjoyable course, introducing students to the world of traditional music with the Bodhrán. Students have always had a great experience and look forward to the end of year performance at the TY Graduation.  The Bodhrán module brings artistic variety and cultural appreciation to our TY course and provides a valuable foundation for students to develop their skills of Bodhrán playing”

Catherine Blighe, TY Co-ordinator, St Josephs College, Lucan


 “Hi Robert, they had a ball and the performance was very impressive. We would love you to work with the girls again, thanks again”

Tara Brady, JCSPE Coordinator, Caritas College, December 2013


“…the bodhrán workshop was fantastic.  We loved it!  Thank you so much for the work you did with the students and we look forward to another workshop in the New Year.”

Finola Ryan, TY Coordinator, Maryfield College, October 2013


Dublin City Council

“excellant, teacher very good, have more often”, “very informative”, “go hana mhaith ar fad”, “more time, more often”, “brilliant, longer session”,

“great teacher would have liked a longer session”

The workshop participants in Ballymun, Cabra, Terenure, Inchicore and Raheny library.  Seachtain na Gaeilge 2013





”  Tempo Music School have always provided superior bodhrán and Irish music workshops , oozing musical talent and so personable and great with the groups.  We would have no hesitation in recommending Robert and his team…””

Oran Masterson, Managing Director, www.teambuilding.ie

have a great summer“On behalf of myself and all the other members of staff from 2nd-6th class, we would like to thank you SO much for your musical contribution to our school this year! The kids loved your classes and so did we!!! Your talent knows no bounds!! Will do everything in my power to get you back in through the doors of Scoil Chrónáin next year!! I will beg, steal or borrow if needs be!!!have a great summer!I will be in touch!nice to have met you,to have had the crack working with you and to have learned how to play the bodhrán so elegantly too!!thanks again for everything Rob!”

Aileen Gavin, Scoil Chrónáin, Rathcoole, June 2013


colaistecoislife“Thanks a million for coming in to do the workshops.I did a survey afterwards and the feedback from the kids was great. Hopefully we’ll be able to do it every year”

Elaine Uí Ghéaráin, Colaiste Cois Life, May 2013


“This has been my first successful return to music classes since my childhood. Rob is an encouraging, helpful and enthusiastic teacher.”

Marguerite Murphy, Drumcondra, March 2013


“The lessons are really fun. I am learning a lot. Rob is a great teacher.”

James, Drumcondra (10 years old) April 2013


“Rob has developed an excellent rapport with a child who, up to now, had not succeeded with other music teachers. My son now looks forward to his music lesson and has finally found an area of music which he can enjoy at his own pace. I would highly recommend his classes.”

James Mum, April 2013


“I found Rob’s lessons and his approach in general very good and easy to follow. He assessed the level I was at and continued the lessons at a pace I was comfortable with. He also recommended some tunes I could play along to when practicing by myself. I would highly recommend Rob as a teacher for anyone considering bodhrán lessons”

Ciaran, Switzerland, April 2013


“thank you for suholychildkilineych a great set of workshops. The girls really enjoyed them, and    many parents commented on them at the P&T meeting last Thursday. We will definitely arrange something again for next years 4th year!”

Nickola Dempsey, Holy Child Killiney, March 2013


Kildare Youth ServicesTempo Music School supported us with our Summer Camp through an introduction to Bodhrán workshop. Although the group of Young People were reluctant to get involved with other workshops during our camp, Rob’s approach to engaging the group ensured the group got the most from the session. Rob facilitated the session at a pace that encouraged learning in a fun way. We would highly recommend Tempo Music School.

Mike Farrell – Naas Youth, Project Leader Kildare Youth Services 7/2012


I was at the Summer Camp this year and did drumming and I was helping the teacher so I was kind of the teacher too so he was a good teacher. It was some laugh and now I can play the drum.

Courtney, (Age 11) Naas Summer Camp 7/2012


“Having never played the bodhran before, nor being particularly familiar with traditional Irish music, I was very apprehensive to begin lessons even though I was adamant I wanted to learn. At one point I thought I could teach myself via videos on YouTube…this was not the case. Fortunately for those around me I came across Tempo Music School.

I was almost nervous walking into my first lesson, however straight away Robert put me at ease by creating a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. …with zero knowledge of basic rhythms I never felt lost during any of the lessons….Not only did I thoroughly enjoy learning the bodhran, I am now able to play to a standard I did not think possible after just 10 lessons. I would highly recommend Tempo Music School for anyone, young or old, who is seeking to learn to play the bodhran.”

Joanne Daly, Dublin, 8/2012


“I attended Rob’s bodhrán workshop, at Rush Scoil Samhraidh. Straight off he put us at our ease even though there were students of different abilities in the class. I have been learning the bodhrán for a number of years and have a number of hearing difficulties (amusia). This did not faze Rob, I was amazed to learn that it was some of the basic things about music that I did not know. He was very patient, demonstrated new beats and the construction of tunes. By enlightening me with the basic music theory that I didn’t know, I feel my playing jumped up a couple of levels immediately. It was a fun, worthwhile experience and I would wholeheartedly recommend Rob as a teacher to anyone interested in learning the bodhrán or music in general.”

Kara, Swords, 7/2012


“Tempo Music School facilitated four excellent bodhrán workshops for our transition year students as part of a cultural module. The students had made their own bodhráns and Tempo Music prepared the group to perform at their ceremony. The workshops were a huge success and the result was an amazing performance for their parents and staff”

Ms Martin, St Tiernans Community School, Dundrum, 6/2012


bodhran-classes“My name is Kevin O’Connor, I’m 12 years old and have been a student at Robert O Connor’s bodhrán classes for the past year. I joined as I always had an interest in percussion and traditional Irish music. I was made feel very welcome from the beginning and enjoyed all the classes. Roberts experience and excellent teaching skills meant that I very quickly gained confidence and could play along to Jigs,Slip Jigs,Reels,Polkas etc. all of which were emailed to us after the class for practice at home. Robert was also very helpful with advice when it came to purchasing my own bodhrán. I look forward to continuing bodhrán lessons in the future.”

Kevin O’Connor, Dublin 5, 5/2012


“Having never played the bodhrán before, I was amazed how much I could learn in a few weeks when learning in a group. It was very therapeutic too, drumming in time with other people(eventually in time anyway!). Robert was great in encouraging us all and the class was great fun with all age groups covered. I’m signing up for another term anyway!”

Albert Baker, Drumcondra, 5/2012



“Learning the bodhrán with Robert was a great experience, considering that when I arrived, I was barely able to hold the beater. He provided me with a wide diversity of rhythms, enough to cover the register of a session. He helped me choosing my own bodhrán, and made me listen to several artists in order to widen my playing. He even offered me his own CD ! I would recommend him to anyone willing to learn traditional music in a funny atmosphere, as he can play the flute as well”

Nils Staub, France, 4/2012

“Excellent workshops which appealed greatly to all students. Children were engaged from start to finish, listening, responding, composing their own rhythms. Tempo Music encouraged and nurtured the students musical talents”

Ms Tully, St. Aidan’s Community School, Tallaght

“It was important that the students would have fun but have a real learning experience too. Tempo Mstudents Reviewusic Schools program delivered this to our 4-7 year old’s. The music was taught using colour, texture, humour, dance and games. We’ve booked the program again for 2012.”

Lucinda Pachkam, School Completion Program


I took beginner flute lessons with Robert and I found him very patient and helpful. He pitched the lessons at the right level. He was very professional but also made me feel at ease. I would highly recommend Tempo.”

Anita, Dundrum

I took tin whistle lessons with Robert and found him to be a great teacher, very patient and clear with great teaching methods and tunes for learning. I would definitely recommend him to anyone interested in learning music”

Ciara, Rathmines

I took Bodhrán lessons with Robert. I was a little apprehensive at first but Robert made me feel very relaxed. He went out of his way to help me giving me sheet notes and a CD so I could practice at home…”

David, Donabate

Student Review“Tempo Music facilitated three fun, engaging and interactive workshops to our first year classes. Each student had a wonderful musical experience resulting in a very impressive performance and a great sense of achievement. Many of the students who attended the workshop have since taken up guitar, bodhrán and djembe lessons which are held after school once a week”

Yvonne Beardsley, School Completion Program,
Ballinteer Community School

“The percussion workshop facilitated by Rob was enjoyed tremendously by YMCA-logoour young people. An excellent variety of musical instruments, styles and rhythms were offered during the program and taught in a patient, friendly and fun manner. Our young people were encouraged to explore their musical potential and later performed a showcase of short percussive pieces at our annual Christmas show which stood out as a highlight. The program was a fun and educational introduction to different musical genres and performance for 10 year old’s (or above) and we highly recommend it.”

Dave Jackson, Youth Work Co-ordinator,
City of Dublin YMCA

“I enjoyed an outstanding Bodhrán workshop from Robert. He was not only a talented musician but very knowledgeable in theory and techniques. His teaching method was easy to follow and he catered to my abilities. As a bonus, Robert was an extremely friendly individual who went out of his way to assist me in any way outside of the workshop. He personally drove me to the factory where instruments were being manufactured so that I could pick one up for myself and he invited me to play with his musician colleagues at a local pub. If you want music lessons in Dublin, Robert is definitely the man to see.”

Wayne Currie, Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia, Canada