Meet the Teachers


We are very lucky to have a very dedicated team of educators at Everest School of Music, Bray. Many of our teachers are multi-instrumentalists who can provide lessons in a wide range of musical disciplines.


Guitar
(Also includes ukulele, banjo, mandolin, bass.)


Kevin McNamara
Teaches: Guitar, Keyboard, Piano, Beginner Banjo, Ukulele & Vocal.
Teaching Days: Monday, Wednesday, Saturday



Kevin is a music teacher and composer based in Dublin.
He teaches guitar, piano, beginner banjo, ukulele and vocals and has been a music teacher for over 8 years. He plays and writes for the group Blind Yackety and has composed the music for a number of short films and recently wrote a musical for young children. He is constantly exploring new fields.

Kevin studied classical piano for ten years and voice training, winning a number of competitions for solo voice and ensemble performance. He has a great knowledge of a vast array of styles. From folk, pop and rock musics to classical, jazz and an increasing interest in the exotic structures of African and Asian music.






Nathan Nicholl

Teaches: Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin & Banjo, Music Theory, Leaving/Junior Cert, Junior Cycle Curriculum.

Teaching Days: Monday, Tuesday, Saturday.




Nathan believes that music is the language of the world and plays an important part of life at every stage. Nathan has experience in teaching classical, electric and 'fun' guitar to students of all ages.


His experience has allowed him to acquire a proven ability to treat all students as individuals. He prides himself in allowing all his students the opportunity to pursue their own personal development. "When you make music fun, students will learn much quicker and enjoy it so much more", Nathan.




 Mike Evans 
PDE, M.Mus, B.A.Hons.

Teaches: Guitar, Piano, Ukulele, Music Theory, Leaving/Junior Cert
Teaching Days: Wednesday, Saturday.





Michael is a music teacher from Wicklow. He studied music for his undergraduate degree at NUIM and completed both a Masters degree in music and a professional diploma in Education in UCD. He teaches guitar and enjoys playing Rock, Pop and Blues Music.



Jack Kelly
Teaches: Guitar, Beginner & Advanced Bass, Ukulele
Teaching Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.



Jack has been playing music since he was 7, about 16 years in total. He has attended BIMM (British and Irish Modern Music) and achieved a level 8 course. As a result, he is fully proficient in live performance, theory, technique and styles and also studio recording, music business lectures, master classes and live performance workshops.

He loves playing funk, soul, jazz and prog! (especially on the Bass). Music, for Jack, is the only thing he wants to do and having the chance to pass on his experience and passion for music to his students, is a huge plus for him. He specialises in bass guitar technique but also plays guitar, banjo, ukulele, sings and a plays a little piano.




Kyllian Nicholl 
Teaches: Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin.
Teaching Days: Monday, Tuesday.


“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul” Plato


Kyllian Nicholl is a guitar teacher at the Everest School of Music and has played music all his life. He also teaches ukulele. He has working knowledge of various string instruments, and believes music is about fun and exploration.





Piano
(Also includes keyboard)



Anne Lee
LSMD Dip. Griffith College, Dublin

Teaches: Piano up to & including Grade 5 RIAM
Teaching Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.



Anne has played piano all her life. While she focuses on beginners she also teaches students who are pursuing graded examinations. Her focus is on pulse/rhythm, technique and dynamics.
Anne strives to adopt a holistic approach where the mind and the body become one with the music. Anne's mission statement says, that "every child has a wealth of emotion in their heart and soul waiting to be visited upon by the wonderful discovery of the art of music".







Róisín O’Flanagáin 
B.Mus (DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama)
 Teaches: Piano, Classical Singing, Vocals. 
 Teaching Days: Thursday, Saturday.





Róisín graduated from the DIT Conservatory having studied voice with Emmanuel Lawler and Piano with Celine Kelly. She specialised in the teaching strand of the degree for her final two years. In 2016 one of her students won the treble solo competition in the ESB Feis Ceoil. 




As a chorister Róisín has sung with the Irish Youth Choir, DIT Chamber Choir and the Lassus Scholars; winning a choral competition and performing an eclectic mix of choral repertoire ranging from Renaissance masses to contemporary Irish composers in the process. As a solo performer she has taken on the role of Dido in Purcell’s ‘Dido and Aeneas’ with North Dublin Opera and performs variously as a recitalist with choral groups and at gala performances.




Róisín immensely enjoys bringing out the innate musicality from within her students. Her teaching approach is greatly influenced by music educators such as Kodály, Dalcroze and Orff. Using solfa, rhythm instruments, movement and most importantly fun she creates an active music making environment which incorporates literacy in an accessible way.   






Karen Cowley
Teaches: Piano, vocals
Teaching Days: Monday, Tuesday.






Karen Cowley is a vocalist, pianist and composer from Bray. At the age of 17, Karen received a full scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston’s Summer performance programme. She then went on to study Music and English at Trinity College Dublin. 
She sings, plays piano, bass guitar, composes and tours internationally with her band Wyvern Lingo. She has also toured extensively as a backing vocalist with Hozier, and features on his multi-platinum album on the duet “In A Week”. 

Karen’s strengths lie in teaching performance and ear-training but she also has a passion for music theory and how that can be used as a tool to help musicians create and improvise. She’s a fan of blues, jazz, rock, RnB, pop and classical music but is always happy to explore new styles



Violin


Lorcan Cosgrave 
M.Phil, B.A.Hons Trinity College Dublin
Teaches: Violin, Viola, Music Technology, Guitar, Music Theory, Composition

Teaching Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday

Lorcan has 10 years experience giving music lessons, he holds an honours degree in Music from Trinity College Dublin, and an M.Phil in Music & Media Technology also from Trinity College Dublin. Lorcan has completed courses in the Kodaly Approach to Music Making  and has Grade VIII ABRSM for Violin.

Lorcan began his studies on the violin with the Suzuki Method at 5 years of age, and he uses his experience with this method in tandem with the Kodaly Method to give students a strong musical foundation. In doing this students not only achieve a very high standard in playing the violin, they also develop a strong ear, helping them understand the music they are playing. Lorcan also teaches, guitar, music theory, composition, songwriting, music production, and music technology.
Aside from teaching, Lorcan plays as a freelance performer for several musical artists and groups. He also plays with various chamber ensembles for private events. Lorcan sings bass with the award winning a-cappella choir Mornington Singers and is a member of the Irish Composers’ Collective. 



Agnieszka Bialek
MA, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna & RIAM
Teaches: Piano, Flute, Music Theory
Teaching Days: Monday, Tuesday.



Agnieszka will be joining Everest School of Music from January 2018. She teaches Piano, flute and music theory (up to grade 8).

Agnieszka Bialek, MA, University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna & RIAM

Agnieszka is a flautist, pianist, composer and conductor. For the past 7 years she has been working with children, teenagers and adults, teaching privately as well as in two music schools in Vienna. 
She moved to Ireland after she had earned a Diploma in Composition and Music Theory as well as a Master's degree with first-class honours in Instrumental and Vocal Music Education, specialising in flute, conducting, chamber music, and inclusive music education. She enjoys choral singing as a member of New Dublin Voices, one of Ireland's leading chamber choirs, and takes part in a wide variety of music-related projects.


As a teacher she believes that focusing on each student's unique strengths and interests, encouraging creativity and ensuring that students develop their technique and knowledge in a fun, active way leads to the best results. She loves Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky, and J.K. Rowling.

Drums
(Includes percussion and cajon)


Stephen Whelan 
Teaches: Drums, Percussion, Cajon. 
Teaching Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.




Stephen provides courses for all levels from total beginners right up to advanced players with all lessons conducted privately on a one-to-one basis. His strong educational background, experience and enthusiasm for music, combined with a professional approachable teaching technique make him one of Ireland's leading drum instructors.


Lessons are specifically tailored towards each individual to ensure that all goals are fulfilled, it is this solid foundation which will allow you to move forward with your playing in the best way imaginable. Every exercise will be clearly explained, demonstrated & a recording along with corresponding notation will be provided at each lesson. This will in return maximize your practice potential.






Keith Pogue
Teaches: Drums, Percussion, Cajon.
Teaching Days: Thursday, Saturday.






The early years


Keith first got the drum bug at the age of 13 and like most “kit drummers” of that era made for many years made the weekly pilgrimage to study with one of Ireland’s premier jazz drummer’s John Wadham in Dalkey, Co. Dublin. Over many years as a Player he has been involved with various bands which gave him the opportunity to play in pop, rock, blues, jazz musicals, Christian music, events and weddings, covers and originals as well as recording sessions, live radio and television, festivals along with last minute subbing with no rehearsal (1,2,3,4 and you’re in!)


Teaching

Keith started teaching drums 2011 and is now spreading the beat in a number of schools in Co Wicklow. “I’m really enjoy teaching and find it very rewarding. Watching students learn to read, develop technique and playing along to various styles of music as well as being able to talk about drums all day- surely what could be better.” Like all musicians, Keith is still learning and discovering new styles, attending drum building courses and attending clinics and workshops both in Ireland and the UK.





Teaching Positions
If you would like to be considered for a role at Everest School of Music please send your CV to bray@everestmusic.com.