Claire O’Dea graduated from WIT with a BA Honours Degree in Music having studied piano and flute. She has worked with WIT since 2001 and has taught piano, theory and musicianship. She has also worked within the WIT Choral programme and Kidz Klub programmes.
Teaching since 1993, Claire has a 100% pass rate with all her students who have undertaken exams. Among her students, she has RIAM scholarship winners, Feis winners and her students have also performed at the New Ross Piano Festival.
In 2012 Claire and her brother Aaron, opened Let’s Make Music Academy of Music in Carlow where she teaches piano, flute, recorder, theory, LMM Kids, and Junior and Leaving Cert Music, covering all ages from beginners to Diploma level.
Claire provides piano accompaniments for students performing exams and in her spare time plays flute with Allegro, the Carlow/Kilkenny Community Orchestra.
Claire has worked with number of schools within Carlow, Kilkenny and Kildare throughout her career teaching Recorder, Flute, Clarinet and early years in the classroom, conducting school choirs and orchestras and is also currently teaching for Music Generation Carlow.
Aaron graduated from WIT in 2014 with a BA Honours Degree in music. His studies in college provided him with many experiences from playing within large guitar ensembles playing contemporary pieces by composers such as Philip Glass to playing differing styles of jazz within smaller groups. Aaron’s final year consisted of composition and dissertation to provide him with a wider knowledge of musical analysis. During college, Aaron and Claire conceived of Let’s Make Music and are currently enjoying the challenges of growing their school, meeting and teaching new students along the way.
Before enrolling in WIT, Aaron began to teach himself guitar at the age of 20. Following this, he quickly joined a local band which built a reputation based on quality, professionalism and great music over the course of 11 years. They played regularly most weekends building a large fan-base. Within the band Aaron played both bass and later lead guitar throughout their lengthy career which saw them play throughout several counties as a covers band that played pub sets, weddings, parties and so on. Currently forming a new band, Aaron plans to further his education along with teaching and gigging.
Lisa Lazenby graduated from CIT Cork School of Music with an honours degree in Music specialising in violin teaching in her final year and following that received an MA from St. Patricks College, Drumcondra. She has over 15 years experience teaching violin, viola and piano in the Kildare and Carlow area. Lisa has also worked extensively in primary schools in County Kildare, teaching violin in groups in the classroom. She is also a keen conductor and has worked with youth orchestras and ensembles in Kildare.
As a performer, Lisa has played violin in the County Kildare Orchestra, The National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and the Cork School of Music Symphony Orchestra, performing in many of the major concert venues in Ireland. She is currently a member of the music group Highly Strung, who perform at weddings and concerts all over the country, and with whom she has performed in Aras an Uachtarain on two occasions for President Michael D. Higgins among others.
Lisa currently enjoys teaching violin and piano to children and adults of all levels and abilities.