music is 

1% theory

and

99% practise 

"Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul"

about us

Munster Music Academy on the shores of Lough Derg in Killaloe, Co Clare is a centre of artistic excellence in the west of Ireland. We are renowned for nurturing personal growth and musical potential across all ages, abilities, aspirations, and socio-economic backgrounds. Over the past twelve years our vibrant music community has grown to over 100 enrolled students, fourteen Irish and international teachers, and hundreds of dedicated parents and supportive families.


   

Meet the music makers

MY SONS HAVE LOVED LEARNING WITH MUNSTER MUSIC ACADEMY SINCE IT STARTED IN KILLALOE 12 YEARS AGO. THROUGHOUT THESE YEARS THE DEDICATION OF TARA-LEE AND HER TEAM OF WONDERFUL TEACHERS HAS ALWAYS BEEN EVIDENT. THEY HAVE INSPIRED A LOVE OF MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE IN ALL OF THEIR STUDENTS AND IT IS INSPIRATIONAL TO SEE STUDENTS PROGRESS AND DEVELOP AS MUSICIANS WITH EXCELLENT GUIDANCE 

Elaine McKeogh

I find it overwhelming the commitment, interest and dedication of Tara-Lee and all teachers to the students and the whole learning process, and I am very grateful my daughter has been doing the classes with Sarah. It has really helped boost her confidence not to mention honing her singing talents. It has truly been so positive all round

caroline rice

EXPERT TEACHERS WHO GIVE 100% TO STUDENTS, INCLUDING PARENTS IN THE PROCESS THROUGH PARENTAL MEETINGS AND CONCERTS, WHICH ARE VERY ENJOYABLE

Anne Delaney

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our philosophy

It is Munster Music Academy’s mission to kindle a lifelong interest in music and nourish each student's potential and personality as they explore and discover their musical identity. 
 
Our team of fourteen highly experienced teachers are leading Irish and international professional musicians who combine active performing careers whilst educating and inspiring musicians across the generations fulfil their musical ambitions and dreams. 

If you want to make the most of your musical ability, we are here to support you. We are committed to nurturing potential and offer a warm, creative, yet focused environment in Killaloe, Byron Bay, and on our new digital music academy platform. 

Music can help children to think more creatively, develop craftsmanship, discipline and learn the value of excellence. We encourage our students to aim for high standards and commitment whilst providing the environment for them to form lasting friendships with like-minded peers.

The seed for Munster Music Digital Academy was planted in a vegan cafe in Ubud, Bali in January 2020. Tara-Lee sat cross-legged on a hemp yoga cushion sipping a fresh coconut flailing her arms mimicking different bow speeds teaching Bach to Max, her 11-year old grade 3 cello student online at his home in Ireland. She observed with great curiosity and delight as Max explored her suggestions gaining clarity and confidence bow per bow, note by note. Light-bulb moment = Music lessons can be taught successfully without being in the same room as the student.

Two months later, the global pandemic shifted everyone to online learning including all our students and teachers in Killaloe. Fast forward fifteen months and 3,800 Zoom music lessons, we have fine-tuned and adapted our music lessons to be effectively and efficiently delivered online. Our passionate teachers and enthusiastic students have grown musically and technologically side-by-side, lesson-by-lesson. As educators we have expanded our teaching skillset, deepened our awareness of 'how it feels for the student', explored and developed new online teaching approaches, and integrated our new practises providing a truly holisitic online learning experience for students of all ages, abilities, and aspirations. 

We are delighted to introduce the innovative and dynamic Munster Music Digital Academy. You can live in Tipperary, Taiwan or Turkey and learn online with our international team of dedicated, sensitive, and highly experienced teachers from the comfort of your own home. Our teachers are geographically based in Ireland, Hungary, and Australia and can teach in English, Portuguese, French, Hungarian, and Italian. 

Applications open at the end of August for digital classes starting in early September. Subscribe here and be the first to know when we open our digital doors for applications. 

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you don't have to live on the wild atlantic way
to study at MMA 

MMA ARE AMAZING, LOVED THE ONLINE CONCERTS & IT IS GREAT TO SEE SUCH BUDDING TALENT. THE SCHOOL TAKES SUCH PRIDE & INTEREST IN THE KIDS REGARDLESS OF TALENT & ABILITY AND THE TEACHINGS ARE ADAPTED TO SUIT EACH AND EVERY STUDENT. IT CREATES A LOVELY HOMELY, KIND, CREATIVE & SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN

Sharon O'Donovan

IT IS A WONDERFUL HOLISTIC EXPERIENCE WITH GREAT FEEDBACK AND
LOOKS TO THE WHOLE MUSICAL EXPERIENCE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE CHILD


Nigel Mckenna

MMA and Natalie have been wonderful teaching my daughter Ailíse to learn to play the piano. She has loved all of it from the beginning learning her notes up to now doing exams. The one to one lessons tailored to her needs are excellent and we have seen her improve so much in her piano playing.
Tara-Lee's commitment has also been super with the end of term concerts and especially this last year with her bonus boot camps which really helped prepare everyone for their exams 

Siobhan Houlihan

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