Our tutors

Piano Tutors

Patrick MacBeth (Piano Master Class) is a graduate of Birmingham Conservatoire, UK and the Liszt Academy of Music, Hungary. He has won numerous prizes as a chamber musician and is currently Head of Keyboard at Ampleforth College, UK.

Frances Kelleher is a graduate of the Guildhall School of Music, UK and the Cork School of Music, where she currently teaches. Frances also teaches at Ampleforth College and freelances for Opera North, UK. She has performed in many of the major Concerts Halls of the world.


David Howard is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music. He has won numerous prizes for both solo and chamber music, and enjoys a busy performing schedule. In the past few years he has played for audiences in Thailand, America, Scotland, Ireland and throughout the UK.


Evan McGarrigle (Duets and Piano Circus) is a highly sought after instrumental and choral pedagogue from south-west Donegal. Being an award winning piano soloist, he enjoys a busy performing schedule in collaborative and accompanying projects.

Kieran Quinn (Jazz Piano Masterclass) is classically educated and self taught. He attended the Newpark Music Centre's prestigious degree course in jazz performance.  He operates a successful private teaching practice in Co. Sligo, and is kept busy as a performer, composer and musical director.



Orchestral Instruments and Composition

Elaine Agnew (Senior and Junior Orchestra) was RTE composer-in-Residence with Lyric FM from 2008 to 2010. Her music has been commissioned and performed around the world. Her recent premier, 'Everyone Sang', celebrated the 30th birthday of the RTE Philharmonic Choir.

Niamh Crowley (Strings) is a member of West Ocean String Quartet and also plays with Camerata, NSO, RTE Orchestra and National Sinfonia.  She founded the Sligo Academy of Music, on of the most successful music schools in Ireland, in 2000.


Conor Shiel (Wind and Big Jazz Band) studied clarinet and piano in the DIT School of Music (now conservatory). As a soloist Conor has performed a wide repertoire including works by Mozart, Françaix, Weber and Rossini amongst others. As an orchestral musician Conor has been engaged by the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra as well as the Irish Chamber Orchestra, and has worked for Opera Theatre Company and for Wexford Opera Festival

Timmy Cape (Composition and Improvisation) graduated from TrinityLaban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. He is a composer whose influences range form Progressive Rock, Jazz and Contemporary music to Literature, Theatre and dance. he has created performances and installations in the South Bank Centre, London.

 Semi-Breves and Musical Minors

Louise Kelly (Semi-Breves, Introduction to Instruments and Junior Piano Improvisation) is an experienced Music Therapist. She provides creative music-making workshops for children and adults which explore sounds, music-making and instruments in new ways.

Music Technology

Jeremy Howard has a Masters in Soundtrack Production-Composing for the Screen. He currently works as Digital Media Facilitator in the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny.

Rock and Jazz

Mark Ponsonby (Guitar) is a well known singer and songwriter who has worked with many of the country's top musicians. More info about Mark can by seen at marksblack.com

Finbarr Doherty (Song writing) is a singer songwriter and has released CDs of his own work. Finbarr’s latest CD has been nominated for a Hotpress award

Seamus Devenney (Drums and Song writing) teaches drums, violin and plays in several bands, performing at festivals, on radio and TV.


Brendan Mc Glynn (Bass guitar) is a well-known musician locally and nationally. He returns to the DSSM for his 4th year.


Tine Verbeke has voice classes in Dublin and Donegal. She has coached many professional Rock, Pop and Classical singers. Tine examines with the RIAM and sings with Concorde. experienced music teacher.

Lorna Mc Laughlin is an experienced music teacher. She is a member of the highly successful Henry Girls and founder member of the Inishowen Gospel Choir.

Sara Laughlin completed a masters degree in music, specialising in vocal performance, and is a secondary school music teacher. She is also a voice tutor with Donegal Music Education Partnership and conducts the Donegal Youth Choir.

Art and dance

Anna West (Art) is a  graduate of The National College of Art and Design, Dublin. She specialises  in working with recycled metal and plastic.


Muireann Walshe (Art) is a graduate of The National College of Art and Design, Dublin, and is an award winning jewellery designer. She has a studio in the Irish Design Shop in Dublin.

Linda Bennett (Dance) Trained at Laban dance centre at Goldsmith College, London. Taught Modern Dance, rock Jazz and Funky Disco at Pineapple Dance Studios from 1983 to 1987. Has worked with renowned choreographers Arlene Philips and Bruno Tonioli. She has also done TV work in Japan and backing dancer with touring bands. currently choreographer to the Finesse gymnastics display team.


Thomas Duffy (Samba) is a percussionist specialising in Afro-Brazilian music and Samba. He is Director of Rhythmriot Music; performing and teaching Brazilian music nationally. He is Musical director of Maracatu Ilha Brilhante; Ireland’s only all Island Brazilian percussion and cultural group. He is also a member of the ‘Maracatu Europa’ International ensemble and of ‘The Mad Hatters’ street performance group

Peter Crann (Afro-Celt) teaches throughout Ireland and is founder of the travelling music company Itchy Feet. www.itchyfeet.ie


Ronan Mc Kee (Percussion/Xylophone) studied music at the University of Huddersfield. He has worked with the BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra and NYOI and he has toured with the Hofesh Shechter Company performing their acclaimed work Political Mother. He is also the founder and director of The educational company Play Percussion.