Student Of THe week

Avril Moran

Avril Moran has the honour of being Galway Music Academy's first Student of the Week for 2020.

She has shown a consistent and significant increase in her abilities since the start of the term. This is no small feat considering she pulls double duty learning both piano and guitar.

Her nominating teacher

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Camila Maia, says that,

"Avril did a great job performing 'Hallelujah' (Leonard Cohen) and 'Imagine' (John Lennon) - the last couple of pieces we’ve been working on. Really impressive sight-reading and dynamics!"

We're delighted to celebrate such a powerful multi-instrumentalist - the bar has been set, and we'd like thank Avril and her family for all her hard work.

Cillian Darcy

Cillian Darcy is Galway Music Academy's second

Student of the Week for 2020.

Cillian has shown great progress since starting online in the summer. The Knocknacarra based student shows up on time, and ready to learn.

His nominating teacher, Gregory Prendergast says, "Cillian has gone from complete beginner, learning the names of the strings and how to tune the guitar, to learning loads of songs like ‘7 Nation Army’, ‘jingle bells’, and ‘Ireland’s call’. I’m delighted with the progress he’s made so far and with his positive attitude.”

We are really pleased with how well the online lessons are working for Cillian and we wish him and his family all the best!


Joseph Faherty

Joseph Faherty is Galway Music Academy's third

Student of the Week for 2020.

The Claregalway based drum student attends online lessons with our very own Brendan Jones.

His nominating teacher says,

"Joseph has shown great progress in the last year. His focus and attention during online lessons is excellent and has attributed to him having a deeper understanding of stick technique. His hard work both in lessons and in practice has shown improvements in coordination, rhythm and time- keeping, Joseph has shown himself to be the most improved student. 

Well done sir!"

We, here at the academy, are delighted Jospeh's self discipline and hard work are paying off with his online drum lessons. Congratulations to he and his family!

Rock on!

Orlaith Kelly 

Orlaith Kelly is Galway Music Academy's fourth

Student of the Week for 2020.

She is currently taking her lessons online, but usually attends in our Claregalway location, Colaiste Bhaile Chlair.

Her nominating teacher, Eoghan Gallagher, had this to say,

"Orlaith goes above and beyond with her practice week in week out and never fails to impress me with her hard work ethic. She engages with each lesson with great positivity and energy, whether it’s online or in person. Not only is she a cracking banjo player, she’s a lovely girl and an absolute pleasure to teach"

We couldn't be more delighted to see yet another self disciplined and confident student come out of the academy. 

A big thank you to Orlaith and her family for their continued presence and hard work.

Ella-Rose Boland

Orla Hanratty

Ella-Rose Boland is Galway Music Academy's fifth

Student of the Week for 2020.

The Claregalway  based student attends her classes at our  Colaiste Bhaile Chlair location.

Her nominating teacher, Niamh O'Meara says,

"Ella-Rose only started with Galway Music Academy this term and has already progressed remarkably in her piano lessons. She is a quick learner with a talented ear for music. Her sunny disposition and eagerness to learn has made her a joy to teach - going from strength to strength with her piano lessons each week. Due to Ella- Rose’s hard work and effort, she has improved significantly in her chord progressions, sight-reading and finger work. Well done Ella- Rose keep up the good work!” "

It's great to see a student progress so well and so quickly. Excellent work and congratulations to the Bolands.

Orla Hanratty is Galway Music Academy's sixth

Student of the Week for 2020.

The Rosshill based student attends her classes online at the moment. 

Steph Geremia, her nominating teacher, says, 

"Orla has been preparing for her first upcoming flute exam and has put in so much hard work over the past few weeks. She has improved wonderfully on her scales, performance pieces, articulation and dynamics."

Some say that luck is when preparation meets opportunity, and we at the academy know that Orla will be accompanied by great luck on exam day.

We wish her and her family all the best, and a Happy Christmas.

Emma Hounkponou

Moly Brandon

Michael Nickleson

Emma Hounkponou is Galway Music Academy's lucky seventh

Student of the Week for 2020.

The Monievea based student attends her classes in Claregalway, but is online at the moment.

Her nominating teacher, Rónán Ó Flaherty says,

"Emma has put in many hours of hard work and practice in preparation for her Grade 1 violin exam for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In these uncertain times, Emma had to adapt to government guidelines in submitting her exam, and did so with great determination and always a smile on her face. She is 100% focused in every lesson whether it's online or in person and is a pleasure to teach. Well done Emma and Happy Christmas to you and your family."


Excellent work Emma and family, and have a Happy New Year! 

Molly Brandon is Galway Music Academy's eighth Student of the Week for 2020.
The Tuam based student attends her classes online. 
Caroline Ó Donoghue, Molly's nominating teacher, says,
"Molly started playing just before the summer via online lessons and from day one has absolutely blown me away with her dedication. Every week she has her tune learned off and has made huge progress in recent months with her ornamentation. Last week she learned The Blackthorn Stick by heart with a mixture of rolls, cuts and chords and it was clear she deserved Student of the Week. Congratulations Molly and keep up the hard work."
We are delighted to have Molly as our student of the week, and we wish her and her family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Michael Nickleson is Galway Music Academy's ninth student of the week. We are happy to start the new year off right with such a shining example of a student.

His nominating teacher, Margaret Newell, says, 

"Michael has been making great progress at the fiddle since starting back in September. His love for music is evident in the practice he does during each week. He never turns down a challenging piece and sticks with it until he gets it right. He even played a piece in front of his class before Christmas. Overall, Michael deserves recognition for all his hard work put in over the last few months and with the way he is going he is headed for great things!"

Hard work pays off again. We are delighted Michael and his family are kicking off the new year on a positive note.

Ava Mullins

Ava Mullins is Galway Music Academy's tenth student of the week.

Her nominating teacher, Jim Higgins, says, Ava is a very dedicated student who puts in great practice every week. She is a terrific guitar player who produces a fine tone from the lovely new guitar she recently got. Ava has a beautiful voice, and we have worked on a lot of contemporary songs throughout our musical time together, such as ‘Jar of Hearts’, ‘All of me’ and some classics like ‘Wise Men Say’ by Elvis  Presley, ‘Hallelujah’ and ‘Let it Be’ by the Beatles. She aIso does a fantastic version of ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ which we worked on leading up to the Christmas period. I very much look forward to working with Ava on new songs and guitar tunes in the New Year.

On top of all this "Ava is also a brilliant soccer player, Gaelic footballer and Camogie player! I don’t know where she finds the time to keep it all going!"

Amazing stuff from a stand out student on all fronts. Congratulations to Ava and her family.

Chloe James

Tara Hynes

Chloe James is Galway Music Academy's eleventh student of the week.

She has been with the academy since 2015 and currently takes her classes via Zoom.

Melanie Higgins, her nominating teacher, says,

"She is a really hard worker and always makes time to practice in her busy schedule. Chloe is such a pleasant student who is a delight to teach and she always puts in the effort to get good results in her exams. This week especially she has been working really hard on her pieces for her upcoming grade 6 exam which she will sit in the summer."

We know her with all her hard work and excellent instruction that the grade 6 exams will go brilliantly.

A big congratulations to Chloe James and her family.

Tara Hynes is Galway Music Academy's twelfth student of the week.

The Renmore based student currently attends her classes online.

Her nominating teacher, Anna Mullarkey, says,

"Tara is a fantastic student. She is now working towards grade two. She has a great flair for the piano and is very diligent with her practice. She is a wonderful sight reader and has a great understanding of her scales."

A big congratulations to Tara and her family. We at the academy wish her the best of luck with the grade exams and all her future musical pursuits.

Nikhil Vegi

Moya Cummins

Nikhil Vegi is Galway Music Academy's thirteenth student of the week.

The Roscam based student currently attends his classes online.

Dave Clancy, his nominating teacher, says,

"He has a fantastic ear, great timing and rhythm. He is a thrill to teach and has explored his love of melodies especially Irish ones such as 'The Rights of Man'. He puts in the practice every week and the sky is the limit for him."

It's great to see consistent hard work paying off. Congratulations to Nikhil and his family this week. All the best and many happy returns.

Moya Cummins is our fourteenth student of the week. 

Her nominating teacher, Camilla Maia, says, 

"Moya is extremely talented and passionate about music. She has been doing an incredible job learning the new pieces for grade III and composing her own tunes. Her enthusiasm to learn and get to know new composers and styles is something I truly admire. I'm delighted to be her tutor."

We are delighted to hear such great progress.

A huge congratulations to Moya and the Cummins family

ny happy returns.

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Lessons are expected to return to in-person classes in schools in September 2020, however this is subject to change and online lessons are an ongoing option under adverse circumstances due to Covid 19.