Our Team

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Nicole Gannon

Guitar, Ukulele and Banjo tutor

"Hi, my name is Nicole Gannon and I am the Ukulele and Guitar tutor here in Westport Art and Music School. I joined the team in 2019 and have enjoyed watching all my students blossom into accomplished and talented musicians.  

 

Music has always been a huge part of my life from busking on the streets, to gigging in the local pubs in Westport, and to performing at all kinds of concerts and special events. 

 

Aside from my work in WAMS I am also a primary school teacher so I am passionate about helping others discover their potential and develop that to the best of their ability"

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Shauna Moran

Violin and Fiddle tutor

"My name is Shauna Moran,  I’m 20 and I’m from Newport in Co. Mayo. I have been teaching the fiddle and violin here at the Westport Art & Music School since January 2020.

The reason I joined WAMS was because I wanted to help others find the enjoyment in music, just like I do. I wanted to share my story and knowledge to other people and help them reach their goals however big or small...

Last August I joined the Mayo-Galway Traditional Orchestra as a Violinist and have competed in many competitions around the country on both Violin and Fiddle. I studied Music as far as Grade 8 in SCT and now have lots of experience teaching thanks to WAMS

Here we are not expected to have years of teaching experience or several degrees under our belt when we apply, all we need is passion and enthusiasm. We are then trained and taught all the necessities and importances of mentoring and our aim is to show the younger generation that anything is possible and that college is not always a requirement in this industry.

One thing I really want to achieve here at WAMS, is help my students become music teachers also so they can enjoy the rewards of teaching music to all ages and levels"

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Carrie Coleman

Voice Coach

"Hi my name is Carrie and I am the school's Singing Tutor based here in Westport. I joined the team in 2020 with the aim of guiding my students to reach their full singing potential.

With a singing background spanning over 15 years, Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Voice from The British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM).

She has performed in a number of singing Féis’s throughout the years and in 2009 she competed at The World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles as a part of Team Ireland.    

She teaches all levels and she loves encouraging her students to develop and strengthen their singing voices through creative singing games, techniques, stage performance and working on the songs they’re passionate about from everything such as pop music to musical theatre"

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Grainne Coyne

Button Accordion

"Hi everyone,

My name is Gráinne Coyne. I am a button accordion player

from Co. Mayo. I have been an accordion tutor in Westport Arts &

Music School since February 2020. I was delighted when given the

opportunity to join this team as Laurice has created a warm, friendly

& welcoming environment at WAMS & it creates a sense of

enthusiasm as soon as you walk in the door. I love to teach music

because music in general brings such joy to my life & has had a huge

influence on me as a person. I look forward to meeting new students

& admiring the progress they make, as they grow into aspiring young

musicians"

I graduated with a BA Hons Music degree in 2015, from

Waterford Institute of Technology & later that year was asked to

travel to Newfoundland, Canada as part of the Newfoundland Irish

Connections Festival. We travelled around various parts of Canada,

performing at several venues throughout, meeting new people &

learning about the culture. I returned again in 2017 as part of the same

group. I found the experience very beneficial during both tours & I

have gained great knowledge from the musicians I have had the

pleasure of meeting along the way.

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Colin Mulligan

Guitar/Keys/Voice

"Hey, my name is Colin

I'm currently in my third year of Vocal studies

in BIMM Dublin, I am a passionate vocalist

who loves to help others improve and

continue to develop along the way.

Growing up, music and singing was

always a huge part of my life, whether it be

musical drama, gigging and recording or

just jamming, I was always involved and

teaching at WAMS allows me to translate

that to others and do what i love to do the

most!"

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Aisling Tuohy

Piano/Keyboard

"My name is Aisling Tuohy.. I have been teaching piano for over 30 years to all age groups and abilities.. with Grade 8 and Senior Cert RIAM classifications. I also catered for all interested students in my Youth Choir which I set up in 2006 and held for 10 years.. I am delighted to be part of Westport Art and Music School this year and look forward to meeting lots of piano students !"