sarah king


Sarah King, (BA Mus Hons, H. Dip in Education) is a music graduate of Waterford Institute of Technology where she studied voice and piano and received a Higher Diploma in Education from Trinity College Dublin. Sarah studied voice with Toni Walsh in the D.I.T Conservatory of Music and Drama. She has many years of experience teaching music at second level where she taught Junior & Leaving Certificate music and acted as musical director in school musical productions. Sarah currently teaches piano, voice, musical theatre, guitar, and music theory and is the director of both our children's choirs. She is very passionate about building each students character and confidence through the means of music.

Sarah is the eternal optimist and can always be spotted wearing sunglasses come hail, rain or snow. She loves butterflies but claims to know very little about them. This doesn’t deter her in naming her guest bedroom The Butterfly Room. She loves driving and as a result, is a self-proclaimed terrible back seat driver. She likes to think there are two types of people in the world. Drains and radiators. She tries to be a radiator and avoid the drains. Her favourite cake is coffee cake. She religiously completes The Irish Times crossword on a daily basis. Sarah is The Rock of MMA since she joined the faculty in 2012.
Sarah teaches on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

dr judit csüllög


Judit Csüllög originally from Hungary, holds degrees from Eszterházy Károly College, Miskolc University and Liszt Ferenc Music Academy Budapest, Hungary. In addition to piano, Judit also studied history, music theory, solfege, chamber music, and choral directing. Since 1999 she has worked at the Music Department of Eszterházy Károly University, recently as an associate professor.

Judit joined the Munster Music Academy in September 2019 where she teaches piano, music theory, Kodály, accompaniment and chamber music.

In her teaching, Judit’s main objective is to transmit her affection for music and allow children experience the miracle of playing an instrument while providing them with support to learn the necessary musical and technical knowledge. Judit teaches piano to all age groups, abilities, and musical interests. She is passionate to impart her love for music to all her students while fostering and nurturing their musical path.   
Judit leads an active performing career in addition to her academic and instrumental teaching. She particularly enjoys working with singers and has an extensive vocal repertoire in both classical and musical theatre genres. Judit has been the repetiteur, conductor and music director of numerous musical productions in Hungary including Chicago, The Sound of Music, and Annie. Since 2013 she has been the Musical Director of Egri Pinceszínház Theatre, Hungary.

In 2008, Judit obtained her Music Pedagogy Ph.D. diploma in Slovakia, the title of her thesis was: ‘The Role of Folk Songs in Teaching Piano to Beginners in Hungary’. Her favourite research area is piano methodology. However, she is keenly interested in Bartók and Kodály’s piano works. Judit has presented papers and publications in both Hungarian and English. As an honour, Judit was awarded the Eszterházy Károly Medallion in 2011, and the Academic Prize of Hungarian Academy of Sciences Regional Commission in 2016.

Judit favourite food is chocolate and Hungarian stuffed cabbage though not eaten together. Her favourite composer is Chopin. She is a sports fanatic. Her children know once the Olympics start on television “do not ask Mom, unless it is really important”. Judit is very fond of Agatha Christie's books. She has all her books in Hungarian and many in English. The very first English book Judit ever read was Agatha Christie’s Sleeping Murder and it remains her favourite to this day.

Judit is based in Hungary and is our unique virtual and visiting professor of piano and music theory. Judit visits Killaloe each term hosting two days of intensive lessons and workshops and for the rest of the term teaches her students weekly online. 

Judit welcomes students to join her online piano and theory classes.

celia donoghue


Celia Donoghue (B.Mus. LTCL, MA Music Therapy) teaches piano, clarinet, flute, saxophone, recorder and has taught at all levels from pre-school to third level. She plays clarinet in the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra, the Limerick Philharmonic and Derg Trio, and is also the organist in Ballina Church. In 2017 she qualified as a music therapist and works with young children and the elderly. 

Celia loves playing chamber music especially with her students. Other enthusiasms include swimming in the lake, watching Coronation Street and trying to tame a very wild garden. She spends hours doing Sukodu, cryptic crosswords and logic puzzles.  Celia's latest discovery is online jigsaws!

Celia teaches on Wednesdays.

rory moloney


Rory is a graduate of the Cork School of Music where he specialised in performance and composition, earning a first-class honours degree in the BMus programme. 

Rory has performed works all throughout the piano repertoire from Bach and Beethoven to Christopher Norton and John Gibson, receiving a grounding in many forms of play styles and performance practices. 

Rory is an avid lover of all things creative and believes the best learning is done through creation. Through his time in college, he has had his compositions played by the CSM symphony orchestra, Dublin's Crash Ensemble, as well as being commissioned to write a piece for the world record attempt at the highest altitude harp concert, which will be performed on mount Kilimanjaro later this year. 

In his free time, Rory might be working on his novel titled 'the intragalactic consequences of a parking ticket' or perhaps in Ponte Vecchio working his way through the pastries. 

Rory teaches Monday to Thursday inclusive. 

kirsten corbett


Kirsten Corbett started playing the violin at the age of five in Limerick School of Music under the tutelage of Ann O’Connor-Murphy and subsequently the piano. One of Kirsten's claims to fame is being awarded the highest marks in scales, aural tests and sight-reading - not many students or teachers can attest to that! 

Kirsten was a multiple prizewinner in both violin and piano at Feis Maitiú, Féile Luimnigh and more recently at Cork School of Music Advanced Recital Competition in 2022.  Kirsten is a graduate of CSM having studied violin with Eithne Willis and piano accompaniment with Frances Kelleher. Kirsten has a keen interest in music education and psychology and studied pedagogy and developmental psychology during her studies at CSM.

Kirsten has a great passion for orchestral conducting and has conducted the Cork School of Music Project Orchestra and Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra. She participated in the Cork International Choral Festival Conducting Course in 2022. Kirsten is an avid chamber musician having participated in chamber music courses and festivals including Dublin Youth Orchestra, Ceol na Mara, Summer Music on the Shannon and ConCorda. 

Kirsten speaks Irish, French and Korean and is learning German and Mandarin. She loves baking anything sweet, penning fantasy short stories and poetry, and precious time with her friends. Her favourite fantasy authors include Sarah J. Maas, David Levithan and Rebecca F. Kaung.

Kirsten welcomes violinists of all ages, abilities and aspirations to join her violin class at Munster Music Academy. Kirsten also teaches piano, music theory. 

Kirsten teaches on Mondays and Tuesdays.   

lucy thomas


Lucy was born in Bristol, UK and began studying the clarinet at the age of 9 and subsequently studied the piano and saxophone. She was a member of the National Youth Wind Orchestra and attended The Junior Welsh College of Music and Drama. It was at the renowned specialist music school, Chetham's School of Music, Manchester where, as a sixth-form student, Lucy as a member of Chetham’s Symphony Orchestra performed with the Halle Orchestra and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Lucy holds a Bachelors degree in music performance from Trinity College of Music in Greenwich, London. 

In 2008, Lucy moved to China taking up the post as Woodwind Specialist at Dulwich College, Shanghai. She also taught at Wellington International College, Shanghai and Harrow International School, Shanghai. After many years working in schools, Lucy founded her own company, Chalumeau Music, where she was a director and worked as a freelance music teacher. This gave her the opportunity to have more flexibility to add piano and music theory to her list of teaching skills. Her popularity as a highly respected and professional teacher really began to flourish during this time. Lucy gained close professional ties with both Concordia International School and Shanghai American School which gave her a glimpse into the music curriculum of the American band system. Lucy also volunteered as a clarinet tutor for Spring Music, an organisation that brings music to children in rural areas of China. 

As a clarinetist Lucy has performed solo recitals in the UK and Shanghai. As a chamber musician, Lucy has performed with The Yulan Ensemble, The Shanghai Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Shanghai City Swing Band, Shanghai International Choral League, and Jive Lizards Quartet. Lucy is a founding member of The Anemoi Trio. She continues to work with New York Jazz Academy’s Director, Javier Arau, on her personal and professional development as a jazz clarinettist. 

In 2022, Lucy and her partner decided it was time for a change and chose Ireland as their next adventure. They packed up their many instruments, furniture and 3 cats and moved to Ireland. With no real plan set, they bought a campervan and drove around Ireland looking for what was next for them.

After a friend took them to Killaloe they stumbled upon Munster Music Academy and after a very fun interview, we can say the rest is history. This is the start of a new chapter for Lucy, her partner and their 3 cats, where Lucy hopes to practice her jazz, enjoy nature, talk to anyone who has a cute dog and meet other like-minded musicians and perform together.

Lucy teaches clarinet, flute, saxophone, recorder, piano and music theory on Saturday. 

david szabó


David Szabó is a pianist, piano teacher, and accompanist from Hungary. He graduated from the prestigious Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest in 2009 with the highest grade of diploma. By invitation in 2011, David continued his studies in classical performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, Limerick graduating in 2013. During his studies and until 2019 David taught piano skills to BA degree students and accompanied voice, dance and instrumentalist students.
During his ten years in Ireland, David taught at the Munster Music Academy, Killaloe, Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe, Galway, Maoin Cheoil in Ennis and Limerick School of Music. In 2019 David returned to base himself in Budapest. David was recently appointed head of the piano department in Kodály Zoltán Music School, Szob,
2021 sees David embrace the world of online teaching as he returns like a piano Jedi to teach at MMA albeit it virtually. David returns in a new position we have created especially for him - visiting professor of piano. 
This will see him combine weekly online teaching supported by twice a term intensive piano lessons, workshops, and masterclasses in Killaloe for all his students. David welcomes all piano students at MMA to attend his in-person piano workshops. 

David's students have won numerous national piano competitions and have been accepted onto music performance degree programmes in esteemed establishments including Trinity College Dublin, and University College Cork, Franz Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest. David has won prizes at several national piano competitions and accompanist competitions. In concert, David has performed extensively across Hungary and Ireland both as a soloist with orchestra, a diverse chamber musician and accompanist. David’s most recent performances include Mozart's D minor piano concerto under esteemed international conductor, Robert Houlihan in Limerick, and Leipzig, Germany at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater performing Schubert's Piano trio in B flat major. 

Since 2009, David gives regular charity concerts in Hajdúnánás, Hungary which were broadcasted by the local Hungarian media channels raising over 1000 euros for the lunch of homeless people during Christmas time. He is a multiple prizewinner in maths and chess competitions including 1st prize in the National Maths competition, Budapest, Hungary, and an international chess competition, Bratislava, Slovakia.

In his free time, David likes reading, cooking, creating new recipes, being with friends and family and playing every type of sports and games including chess, cards, and board games. David is especially proud of recently completing the seventh venue in the Harry Potter board game, defeating Voldemort being Neville Longbottom.

David teaches online as part of the Munster Music Digital Academy and is a visiting professor in Killaloe.

tamás nagy


Tamás Nagy is a Hungarian guitarist and guitar teacher. He started his guitar studies when he was 7 years old. Tamás has won several prizes in prestigious national and international guitar festivals and competitions. He graduated from the Tibor Varga Musical Institute of the István Széchenyi University in Győr as a guitar teacher and from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest as a concert guitar artist.

Tamás has given solo guitar concerts in numerous festivals such as the International Guitar Festival in Marosvásárhely, the International Guitar Festival in Balatonfüred and in many illustrious venues including the grand hall of the Old Academy of Music Budapest, the Synagogue of Győr, the Óbudai Társaskör, Budapest and Hungarian Radio Márvány Hall in Budapest. He recently won the ’Köszönjük Magyarország’ program and gave five concerts throughout Hungary. Tamás also served as a jury member in various European guitar competitions.

Tamás has been working as a guitar teacher for ten years. He teaches 6 year to 18 year old children and is very proud that he has a stable faculty of guitar students in Hungary who return to him every year. His students successfully participated in many guitar competitions. Tamás believes that playing music together is the most inspiring way of making music. He also leads the guitar orchestra of the Pál Járdányi Music school. 

When he is not working with his guitar students and not practising for  concerts Tamás loves fishing and walking in nature. He is fond of going to the gym as he believes that the healthy way of life supports musicians in many ways. Fun fact - his fiancée, Noémi also teaches in MMA as a violin teacher.

Tamás is currently based in Hungary and teaches as part of our Digital Music Academy. We welcome students to join Tamás' online classes where he teaches classical guitar.

oisín mckeogh


Oisín is a musician, piano teacher, and filmmaker who has a passion for the arts and a keen interest in promoting creativity amongst young people. Oisín was recently  awarded his Trinity College Licentiate Performance Diploma on the piano under the guidance of Dr Judit Csüllög. He has studied both piano and music theory at the Munster Music Academy for over ten years.

As a teacher, Oisín's vision is to inspire his students to share the love of music-making and performing from the very first lesson. He understands the importance of balancing practise and fun and believes students can equally enjoy playing and learning about music.

Oisín is also an aspiring film director, having won multiple national awards and competitions for his short films. He approaches both directing and teaching similarly, encouraging and supporting his students in developing their musical personality and identity on their musical journey. Oisín particularly enjoys combining music and visual media. He is a massive foodie and is obsessed with anything French, so if you're looking to bribe him, he has requested that you bring croissants. His favourite movie is American Honey, but he loves everything from dramas to thrillers and comedies.

Oisín teaches on Saturdays and especially welcomes beginner students to join his classes.

noémi szentimrei


Noémi Szentimrei is a violinist and violin teacher from Hungary. She started playing the violin when she was seven years old. Pursuing her love for the violin she continued her undergraduate studies and holds a BA degree from the Tibor Varga Musical Institute of the István Széchenyi University in Győr and a Master degree from the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest. Noémi recently graduated with first class honours in the MA in Classical String Performance from Irish World Music Academy Limerick under the guidance of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

As a concert musician, Noémi has performed extensively throughout Europe with orchestras and chamber music ensembles. She is a passionate chamber musician winning prizes in national chamber music competitions in Hungary. 

She is an experienced teacher who loves working with children of all ages. In Ireland she had the opportunity to teach in the Sing Out With Strings and the Saturday Strings with the Irish Chamber Orchestra in Limerick. In her teaching, Noémi creates a friendly, relaxed yet supportive atmosphere in her lessons which encourages her students to be more confident and enthusiastic about their musical experience.

Noémi's strong bond with Ireland and traditional music was ignited a few years ago when she played violin in an Irish Punk Rock band consisting of Hungarian musicians! She is a multi-passionate creative who is fond of writing novels, composing music, taking photos, and drawing in her leisure time. Looking at her slender figure no one would suspect that she can eat bottomless bowls of her favourite food, french fries morning, noon, and night.

Noémi is based in Hungary and teaches as part of our Digital Music Academy. We welcome students to join Noémi's online classes where she teaches violin, viola, and chamber music. 

claire martin


Claire is a Functional Yoga teacher. The core of her approach is helping students to experience and recognise that every 'body' is different and responds uniquely to particular movement and postures. Specialising in Restorative, Slow Flow and Yin Yoga, Claire teaches with 'body awareness' - a key aspect of practising functionally and helping people to establish a better relationship to their body by 'listening to' and respecting what their body needs. She has a passion for human anatomy, the impact of habitual patterns on people’s bodies and everyday life, and how a functional practice can help people to develop more harmony between their bodies and daily activities. Mindfulness is woven into her practice, to help people cope with modern-day pressures, their resulting emotions, and to foster ‘inner-awareness’ - a better connection to the person within.

Claire grew up in Portugal, started learning music age 6. She played the flute with the Lisbon International Youth Orchestra until her early twenties. Her language studies took her into the world of corporate finance, where she turned to yoga to release stress and nurture her body, which was frequently hunched over a computer. Yoga soon became a passion, as it had a transformational and healing effect on Claire as she eventually became physically stronger and agile, and able to access a quieter space within. She turned her passion into her career and began teaching yoga in the UK and Portugal. Now in Ireland, Claire teaches in Killaloe Ballina and online, and writes on the topic of yoga and functional movement for her blog.

Claire is an artist, animal and nature-lover, tea-drinker, a self-awarded star at poaching eggs, and grew up tri-lingual in Portuguese, French and English.

pranayam aquino


Pranayam (Yam) musical life began in Batangas and Manila when he was 9 years old, with the guitar being his first instrument. He soon discovered his talent and interest also lay in playing the drums and he began performing with his father’s band at the age of 15. Pranayam studied music at the University of St. Thomas and subsequently performed with local and international bands.

Pranayam relocated to Shanghai with his band in 2004 and has since become a highly regarded and respected freelance drummer collaborating and performing with a diverse collective of musicians from across the globe.

Pranayam holds a First Class Honours Degree in Creative Music Performance from Falmouth University, UK and teaching qualifications from Rock School, London. He was a passionate dynamic drum and guitar tutor in Shanghai with a thriving teaching studio in primary and secondary schools.

In concert, Pranayam has performed in the Philippines, Hong Kong, UK, Germany, New York and extensively throughout China. He is an International Ambassador of 'Petra Drums' and enjoys performing both as the musician in front of the microphone and the sound engineer behind the magic. 

Pranayam enjoys photography and connecting and collaborating with fellow musicians. He is an avid fan of legendary drummers Dave Weckl, Steve Gadd and Virgil Donati and can regularly be found pouring over their tunes and drumming techniques. Pranayam enjoys spending time with his partner and their three cats. He is obsessed with Dragon Ball since childhood. If you’re also a fan, don’t be afraid to ask him about it because his partner doesn’t want to anymore!

We are delighted to welcome Yam to Munster Music Academy where he will be teaching guitar on Monday, Thursday and Saturdays. In October Yam will lead a fab and funky 6-week rhythmic percussion group course. 

we have been so lucky to have a music academy like mma on our doorstep, with teachers of the highest calibre - who are so dedicated, kind and take a real interest in their students - and give them such amazing training in performance

Sarah is a wonderful teacher who inspires a love of the piano in Katie. Tara-Lee's bootcamps this year were brilliant and the care in the feedback from the in house exam last year was fantastic - it really makes Katie feel like her piano is important and valued by her teachers, such a gift to a young person
thank you! 

helen purtill

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

natalie was wonderful. It is very hard to develop relationships online with a kid who has never met you, has just moved countries and was finding life a bit tricky. But Nathalie was able to do this, she was very kind, very encouraging but also gave great guidance and support. You could feel that she was a great musician and it was such a valuable experience to work with a talented musician and teacher

Sadhbh O'Dwyer

Holly has been a student with MMA for six years. In that time she has enjoyed learning piano and clarinet. Both her teachers Celia and Sarah have provided a supportive, and enjoyable learning environment for our daughter. We have seen her grow in confidence and develop a love for music which has also been extremely beneficial in her post primary education.
We would highly recommend MMA

Rhona Sheridan

katie is a Fantastic music teacher who has encouraged my child with her music and confidence. Thank you!

Laura Clarke

we are very happy with the munster music academy we feel very supported from all the teachers who go the extra mile. I can't recommend the experience enough

anne delaney

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