Our Experienced Music Teachers
All of School of Rock Dublin Ireland’s music teachers are experienced musicians devoted to helping students attain musical proficiency. Our instructors guide students one-on-one to personalize learning, inspire confidence and build social skills.
Aidan Curran Music Director
Aidan Curran is a veteran of the professional music scene in Ireland for over 20 years. With a wealth of experience in live performance and recording, Aidan has performed all over the world and worked with some of the finest musicians and composers.
Since 2012, Music Education has become a primary focus in Aidan’s career. He has previously held a position as Vice Chair on the Board of Directors for Access Music Project; a charitable organisation providing accredited education, support, & professional development for unemployed musicians. With qualifications in Teaching, Music Performance, Music Theory, Sound Engineering, & Ethnomusicology, Aidan has pioneered his own version of the School of Rock Method based in Galway City. We are delighted to announce him as the Music Director to establish our flagship School of Rock Venue in Ireland.
Aidan has most recently been employed as Musician Educator with Music Generation and has devised and rolled out many of the Music Education Programmes currently being delivered in Galway City and County. Aidan also provides workshops in various music disciplines at several 3rd Level Educational Institutes, while continuing to perform and record with Ireland’s top artists.
Lucy Lennox General Manager
Meet our General Manager, Lucy!
Since she picked up her first guitar at 9 years of age, music has always been at the heart of her life. Lucy has performed music to a high level, completing her Bachelor of Music majoring in classical guitar and then continued studying completing a Masters of Primary and Secondary Teaching degree. Lucy was recipient of the Top Music Educator award for her University. After graduating, Lucy worked as the head Classroom Music Teacher in a Primary School in Melbourne, Australia. She taught a classroom music programme to over 800 students where she ran choral groups and was involved in many productions and performances including directing an annual theatre production.
Lucy was nominated to become a board member of the Australian Society of Music Educators (ASME) Victoria and was elected as Deputy Chairperson in 2020. Her work in ASME involved the advocacy and support of music education programmes across the state and she presented many workshops. More recently, Lucy was co-author of a published music education journal article about teaching music throughout the pandemic.
Since moving to Ireland, Lucy has since been working as Musician Educator with Music Generation Galway and Music Generation Dublin City planning and delivering music programmes in national school settings.
Brid Lyons Keyboard Teacher, Guitar Teacher
Bríd Lyons has recently graduated from BIMM Institute Dublin, where she has been honing her craft as a songwriter and musician. She is an accomplished performer, having gigged at many prestigious venues throughout Ireland with the band Syrens and continues to perform in a solo capacity.
Bríd has been singing for as long as she can remember. Her love of music and performance began at an early age when she was introduced to the piano. She then discovered guitar in her mid teens and has loved it ever since. Bríd is excited for the opportunity to share that passion and pass her skills on to her students.
Ryan McClelland Drum Teacher
Having recently graduated from BIMM Dublin, Ryan has been busy playing with a range of different acts in Ireland. Growing up with a rock/prog background & recently specialising in hip hop/jazz/breakbeat, he is comfortable within any genre.
Ryan has an extensive list of notable gigs & has recently joined pop duo Siights on a UK tour opening for rising star Griff. He is also versed in live electronics/sampling and how to apply this behind the drum set.
Ryan is a firm believer in guiding a student down whatever musical path they are passionate about, strongly encouraging creativity and experimentation along the way - and most of all prioritising having fun!
Nigel Clarke Guitar Teacher
Nigel Clark was guitarist and arranger with Scottish chart band Hue & Cry. The band had four top twenty hits, and opened for U2 at Glasgow SECC, Simply Red at the G-Mex Manchester, and Madonna at Wembley Stadium.
Nigel has toured the world, working with Moya Brennan of Clannad, soul music superstar Gloria Gaynor, jazz diva Carol Kidd, the giants of European jazz guitar; Jan Akkerman and Philip Catherine and American jazz icons Steve Swallow and Carla Bley. He has also worked with multi award-winning cinema composers Craig Armstrong and Brian Byrne. Born in Scotland, Nigel began his professional career at the age of eighteen in London.
He now lives in Dublin, Ireland and we at School of Rock are very proud to have him teach our guitar students of intermediate and advanced ability levels.
Zara O’Brien Singing Teacher
Zara is a BIMM Dublin Vocals graduate who has been singing since a very young age.
Starting in Musical Theatre, Zara has continued on to broaden her vocal skills to a wide range of styles and genres from Soul to County to Pop to Rock. Zara loves experimenting with all different styles. As a vocalist, Zara believes that having a wide skill range in different styles and genres leaves you with no restrictions or restraints.
Zara has performed in various venues through out Dublin such as Whelans, The Button Factory and Twenty Two.
Alining with The School of Rock’s methods, Zara aims to to teach any and all musicians that walk through the doors to grow in their confidence and expand their vocal abilities, to enable them to be the musician that they aspire to be.
Charlie McCarthy Bass Guitar Teacher
School of Rock Galway alumnus Charlie McCarthy is a BIMM Dublin Bass graduate.
With 10 years of experience playing in many different genres and bands, Charlie is skilled in a wide range of bass styles, but particularly enamoured with Funk, Hip-Hop, Noise Rock, and Math Rock. Charlie has a wide range of experience in live performance, having toured throughout Ireland with several prominent bands and played such venues as Whelan's, Roisin Dubh and The Workman's Club.
A firm believer in the School of Rock method - Charlie follows a teaching philosophy of “Do less; Say more”, meaning that as a bassist, you are in a unique position to drive and give power to a track without having be overly virtuosic. He aims to teach this approach to all his students, while also hoping to be able to bring them to virtuosity and technical prowess.
Kevin Maxwell Guitar Teacher
Kevin Maxwell is an experienced guitarist and teacher from Dublin. Kevin has been playing guitar for over 15 years and has been working in the music industry since 2016.
Kevin has toured Ireland extensively with numerous event and agency bands along with working as a session musician for various acts, taking the stage with artists such as Craig Cooney, Saibh Skelly, Shollah, Aaron J, Micah and the Lighthouse Church house band.
Kevin has a BA honours degree in commercial modern music from BIMM Dublin. He is currently working towards his Teaching Diploma from LCME. With his extensive industry knowledge, Kevin aims to show his students the essential techniques from complete beginner, all the way up to coaching college level musicians.