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 taught 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 has worked with number of schools within Carlow, Kilkenny and Kildare throughout her career teaching Recorder, Flute, Clarinet and early years in the classroom, one to one piano/ flute, conducting school choirs and orchestras and is also currently teaching for Music Generation Carlow.
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.
Paul studied jazz & contemporary music for 4 years in Newpark Music Centre and DCU. Subjects included ensemble performance, composition, arranging, sight-reading, ear training and rhythm studies.
He has taught guitar, voice, bass and ukulele in Mullingar Music School, The Music Institute Rathmines and in various schools for Music Generation.
He has been a professional musician for 16 years, including 9 years in a busy wedding band. During this time he also sang and performed classical guitar at church weddings with Nicola McGuire.
Paul is currently touring with The Three Tenors Ireland as a baritone singer. He also performs bass, guitar and vocals in several acts including Flavorful (trio), Soul Mates (5-piece), The Funk Family (5-piece), Soultown Groove (9-piece with brass) and The Metabolix (9-piece with brass)
Paul has also performed in many original acts a bassist, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. A song that he co-wrote was nominated for a meteor award. He has performed original music in venues such as The Olympia Theatre, UCD Ball, Trinity Ball and Whelans.
Let’s Make Music’s vocal, theatre and dance teacher is Stephanie Murphy from Carlow. She is a graduate from the University of Limerick where she completed the Voice and Dance (BA) programme. Stephanie majored in Voice for her degree which gave her the opportunity to work as a vocal coach in school musicals and pantos throughout the Munster region. Stephanie was tutored by the renowned opera singer Marie Walsh during her studies.
After studying classical music extensively, Stephanie decided to broaden her academic knowledge with musical theatre, popular music and their delivery in a classroom setting at Newcastle University for several months.
Stephanie has been involved in music for many years, having started out with a stage school as a child and touring Ireland and the UK with Hermitage Green and Lisa Canny in recent years. Stephanie is also a songwriter after releasing her first pop single recently and continues to write and develop her own material.
We look forward to Stephanie sharing her excitement and enthusiasm for music with all of our students.