Piano teachers

Patrice Keegan

Patrice Keegan began piano at the age of 7 and organ at the age of 16 under the Church Diocesan Scholarship set up by Fr. Pat O’Donoghue. She began her degree in the DIT Conservatory of music in 2002, where she studied piano with Evelyn Healy and organ with Una Russell. During her time there she won many prizes for both instruments including the Senior and Stanford prize in the Feis Ceoil and the Actors Church Union prize. She has participated in numerous courses for both piano and organ including the Académie de Musique Tibor Varga in Switzerland and the Oundle Academy in Cambridge, as well as numerous masterclasses. She graduated with First Class Honours in 2006. She was concurrently, for three years, Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Dublin. In 2009 Patrice completed a Masters in Music Performance at the DIT. She also holds numerous diplomas including ALCM and LTCL. Patrice is currently the resident organist in Holy Cross Church Dundrum where she is involved with the running of the Marmion recital series. She combines this role with piano teaching and accompanist work. Patrice has been teaching for Pianos Plus since 2007.

Carole O'Connor

Studied piano with Siobhan Kilkelly and Mary Lennon, and organ with Una Russell at the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, graduating with a first class honours degree in performance in 2006.
She holds diplomas from Trinity Guildhall and the ABRSM. During her degree, she won prizes including the Petrof Cup and Actors Church Union Award in the DIT and the Fitzgerald prize in the Feis Ceoil. She has participated in the Oundle Academy in Cambridge and the summer schools in Romainmôtier and Sion, Switzerland, as well as numerous masterclasses. In 2007, she completed a masters in musicology in UCD.
Carole is organist of St. Andrew’s Church, Westland Row. She studies organ at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and is a PhD student at the DIT. She has been teaching in Pianos Plus School since 2007.

Sifan Chen

Sifan has a Masters in Composition from Trinity College Dublin and a BA in Performance from Tianjin Conservatory of China, graduating with first class honours. Sifan has been teaching and performing for over 15 years. Her teaching methodology has benefited from her educational and teaching experience in both China and Ireland.

Ana Talmaci

Graduated from State University of Arts, Chisinau, Moldova, having specialised in music education. She continued her studies with Siobhán Kilkelly in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. Ana holds Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in Performance from the London College of Music and Diploma of Pianoforte Performance, LLCM, from the University of West London.

Aoife Fox

Aoife has studied in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama with Claire Flynn since the age of seven. She completed her Bachelor of Music Degree in June 2010, majoring in Pedagogy. She received a Second Class Honours Degree with a First Class grade in her dissertation on ‘Group Piano Teaching Lessons for the Young Learner.’ Aoife also received a distinction in her Diploma in Piano Performance from the London College of Music 2008.
She has taken part in many competitions in DIT and Feis Ceoil. In Feis Ceoil 2008 she won first prize in the Senior Piano Duet Competition with her duet partner.
In April 2009 Aoife took part in a week-long workshop on improvisation presented by Berklee College of Music and in December 2009 she undertook masterclass with Barry Douglas. Aoife also studied organ with Peter Sweeney in the Conservatory and currently holds the position of Church Music Scholar in St Anthony’s Church, Clontarf.
Aoife has been teaching in Pianos Plus School since September 2010.

Joshua Murtagh

Joshua studied piano with Dr. David Mooney in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, graduating with a BMus performance degree in 2016.
He also has a performance diploma from the Trinity College of Music London.

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