Meet the Teachers of Making The Grade:

Martina Burgoyne – The Academy of Music, Tullamore

Martina Burgoyne is the Director of The Academy of Music, Tullamore. She has an Honors Bachelors degree in Music&German from N.U.I. Maynooth. She also holds an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance and an Honours Licentiate Diploma in Piano Teaching from the Victoria College of Music London. Martina Burgoyne also has experience working with US Companies such as Iomega and HP in Financial roles.

Aidan Duggan – Cork

Aidan Duggan has been teaching piano, theory and diplomas for 36 years. His qualifications are: MA ; B.Mus ; H.Dip.Ed ; ALCM. He has taught students of every age between 6 and 70 , both for exams and the sheer pleasure of playing. He still enjoys what he is doing every day

Kim Jackson Grant – The Royal County School of Music, Meath

Kim Jackson Grant is with The Royal County School of Music which is one of Meath’s most successful schools and submits over 150 students each year for exams on piano, violin, vocals, guitar and drums. Their accolades include 1st place winners at both The Navan Choral Festival and Wesley College Interschools Music Festival.
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Ray Mc Ginley – The Mc Ginley School of Music & Drama, Derry

Ray Mc Ginley A.L.C.M. is from Buncrana, Co. Donegal and was educated at Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana. She is the director of the Mc Ginley School of Music & Drama in Derry and is an examiner for the London College of Music. Her school in Derry is the London College Examination Centre for the college’s graded exams. She also prepares and presents the Mc Ginley Choir at St. Eugene’s Cathedral on Sundays and is delighted to be associated with this film.

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Sr. Karol O’Connell – Galway

Sr. Karol O’Connell teaches piano, voice, choir for National school children and ladies, music for the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert along with much teacher training of her Music is Fun textbooks for National Schools. Sr. Karol is a member of the Benedictine Community at Kylemore Abbey and wishes there were ten days in every week!

Tatiana Timofeeva – Maoin Cheoil Music School, Clare

Tatiana Timofeeva is a Russian piano teacher who has been studying piano since she was 8 years old: 7 years in a music school, 4 – in a music college and then – in conservatoire. She also has a degree in music theory. Tatiana came to Ireland in 2003 and started working in Maoin Cheoil Music School (Ennis, Co. Clare) in 2006. She loves teaching piano, it is her life’s passion! For Tatiana, nothing can be better than to share the gift of music with an interested and enthusiastic student. She tries to put fun and humor into the process of learning piano as it could be quite demanding mentally and physically. Tatiana developed her own system where she teaches technique and sight-reading from the very beginning. She hopes to share it with other music teachers one day… But at the moment her students use the system and their results are very promising.