Welcome to the Rockwell Music Academy

Creating music since 2017, Rockwell Music Academy provides music education in Cahir, Co. Tipperary. As a student, teacher, parent and examiner I have experienced firsthand the benefits of music education. Through our new, modern facilities and highly accoladed tutors, we endeavour to share our combined passion for music, nurturing the talent of each of our students. We have aspirations to be a hive of activity so come and join in the music making! 

Suzanne Buttimer
Rockwell Music Academy

Contact Suzanne: suzanne.buttimer@rockwellmusicacademy.ie 

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Rockwell College Music Academy Team. Photo Cred © Eamonn B ShanahanSuzanne Buttimer
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Suzanne hails from Carrickfergus. Having studied at UUJ, DIT, TCD and UUC she relocated to Warsaw, Poland in 2006 due to her husband’s work commitments. There she was a Music Specialist at the British School. Suzanne also implemented the inaugural ABRSM examination session in Warsaw along with regular gigs for embassies.

On return to Tipperary in 2010 Suzanne undertook her Speech and Drama teaching diploma with Miriam Daly accredited by Royal Victoria College, London. In 2013 she was added to the panel of local centre examiners for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Suzanne also accompanies grade exams, recitals, auditions and Leaving Certificate and Junior Certificate practicals.

Suzanne’s main interests are Musical Theatre and Music Therapy. The latter demonstrated in her voluntary position as Lead Musical Director for ‘Something to Sing About- global choir for cancer survivors’ from 2013-2016. Suzanne has been involved in numerous shows both on stage, in the pit, conducting and directing.

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Jayne McConnon
📧 jayne.mcconnon@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

For the past 10 years Jayne has been teaching the internationally-acclaimed Kindermusik music and movement development programme to infants, toddlers and young children and also works extensively with children with special needs. She is constantly inspired that every child, regardless of their age or learning ability, responds and learns through music.

Originally from Sydney, Jayne had the privilege of growing up in a musical family and from a young age studied Classical Violin playing with the Western Sydney Youth Orchestra and various string ensembles. From a very early age she discovered her singing voice and has sung extensively in many choral groups and choirs in Australia and Ireland.

Now calling Tipperary home, Jayne is committed to sharing her experience and love of music with young and not-so- young in her community. In recent years she has been instrumental in establishing and directing a local adult choir and has been involved in various choral projects with the local Arts Festival. Jayne has had the pleasure of directing a number of choral projects with one of the local primary schools and she has established various pop up youth choirs for special occasions.

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Colin Harries
📧  colin.harries@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

Colin Harries is a native of Manchester who has lived in the south east of Ireland for the past fifteen years. Colin is a Classical guitarist who is adept in numerous musical styles, he studied under Michael O’Toole at the W.I.T. and attained an M.A. in classical performance there in 2014.

An experienced teacher in a number of styles Colin also teaches in the Dungarvan School of Trad and The Grennan College School of Music. He also tutors students in his locality in Fiddown Co. Kilkenny where he aims to raise the profile of both classical and traditional guitar.

Currently Colin performs both as a classical and traditional musician. His classical work comprises of mainly solo recitals as well as collaborations with other guitar players and ensembles in Ireland. His work in traditional music has seen him perform with numerous groups with whom he has toured Europe, North America and China as well as more local concerts at folk festivals around Ireland and Britain.

Dom O’Driscoll
📧.  dom.odriscoll@rockwellmusicacademy.ie


Annie Blake

📧  annie.blake@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

Annie is a professional musician based in Ireland.

While studying Music in CIT Cork School of Music, Annie focused on Electric bass and Double Bass performance and attained a First Class Honours BMus Degree. She has experience arranging music and playing for large ensembles including Jazz Big Band as well as having years of orchestral playing experience.

Since moving to the UK, her work has mainly focused in the Theatre world, performing on the West End and for UK tours. She is delighted to be the main bass deputy for Six The Musical on London’s West End as well as Six The Musical UK Tour. In September 2019, Annie was delighted to be asked to play for Angela’s Ashes the Musical which made its UK debut in Fairfield Halls, Croydon.

As well as Theatre shows, Annie has also worked with a number of function bands and original artists from both the UK and Ireland.

During the weekdays Annie teaches instrumental lessons with The Rock Project, Herfordshire and also privately.

Fidelma Nugent
📧  fidelma.nugent@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

Fidelma is a music graduate of N.U.I. Maynooth, studying piano, accordion and violin. She works as a primary teacher at Our Lady of Mercy N.S. in Cahir and currently directs the school choir aswell as having a particular interest in the benefits of music for second language acquisition and
for pro-social behaviour.

She is one of the founding members and musical director of Cahir to Sing – a ladies’ choir based in Cahir which seeks to build community through singing and through members connecting artistically with each other.

Fidelma’s main interest is in Church Music and she is organist at St. Mary’s Church, Cahir where she began a young organists’ programme in 2016 to encourage children to participate in music in the liturgy.

She has been involved in numerous performances both as accompanist and conductor and accordionist with an Argentine Tango Trio.


Nicole Morris
📧  nicole.morris@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

Nicole is a native of Thurles, Co.Tipperary. She started her musical training in St. Angela’s Academy of Music in Thurles, where she took lessons in Flute, Piano and Voice (Classical & Musical Theatre). In 2018, she graduated from CIT Cork School of Music with First Class Honours (BMus). During her time in Cork she was a member of many ensembles including CSM’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Cappella Lyrica, an equal voice choir which competed at both national and international levels.

Nicole is very passionate about music education, especially at primary school level. As part of her BMus degree Nicole took Class Teaching Modules which focused on teaching children basic musical concepts using the Kodaly Method. She teaches the RIAM Cara Awards here at Rockwell College Music Academy. Nicole also teaches in St. Angela’s Academy of Music, Thurles.

George (Gev) Barrett
📧 george.barrett@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

Gev Barrett has been teaching drums for over 10 years, and is a full time professional drummer based in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary. He currently teaches out of his own school based in Clonmel, Co. Tipperary and out of Rockwell Music Academy. He drums with Crow Black Chicken and Philip Donnelly’s Mid Atlantic Rhythm Section, recording on 7 albums and multiple EP’s, touring extensively in the USA, UK and Europe, sharing the stage with multiple artists. Gaining from his experience of touring and recording he has developed a lesson plan which can be adapted to help each student progress in their preferred field of drumming, from rudimental drumming, to styles like Rock, Jazz and Latin. His first book for beginner drummers is set for release in 2019.

Victoria Birlea
📧 victoriabirlea@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

Nicole Butler - Rockwell Music Academy - Tutor

Nicole Butler
📧 nicole.butler@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

Nicole is from Cahir Co. Tipperary. She has a true love for everything singing, dancing and acting. Nicole studied a Bachelor of Arts in Drama and Theatre studies in University College Cork and is a highly trained vocalist. She has her vocal grades and has achieved an Honours in her Senior Certificate with The Royal Irish Academy of Music, she has also completed up to grade 7 in Speech and Drama with The Leinster School of Music and Drama. Last year Nicole completed an Acting for Camera course with The Gaiety School in Dublin.

Nicole is a professional events singer and has performed in many plays and musicals, such as Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar and Les Miserables with musical societies in Tipperary, Cork and Waterford. She has a huge passion for boosting her students confidence, reaching their full potential and having lots of fun!

Carrie McCollum

Carrie McCollum
📧 carrie.mccollum@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

Carrie studied her BA Music Degree at Waterford Institute of Technology and then moved to Cork to study for a Masters in Music Performance at University College Cork. She has been influenced by many genres of music like Pop, Soul, R&B, and Rock to name a few. Carrie has experience teaching pop vocals, group ensembles, choirs and music theory. Recently, Carrie was a guest assistant lecturer in University College Cork, for the Department of Applied Social Sciences, as a singing teacher for the Creative Contemporary Living Certificate. She has taught in numerous music schools including Music4Children, Sonatina Music Academy, Klub Muzik, Mobile Music School, Curious Keys and Star Camp. Carrie has worked with the renowned vocal coach, Kim Chandler, (Paloma Faith, Oli Sykes, Birdy and more…) and she can’t wait to share tips and tricks with you.

Mathias Levy Valensi

Mathias Levy Valensi

📧 mathias.levyvalensi@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

Mathias is a pianist, composer, orchestrator, and conductor from France. Having just completed a First-Class Honors BMus Degree in MTU Cork School of Music, Mathias now focuses his career on piano education as well as composition, currently working as Anna Rice’s assistant. It is with great enthusiasm that he shares his passion for music in all possible ways.

Quynh Shannon

📧  quynh.shannon@rockwellmusicacademy.ie

A native of Hanoi, Vietnam, Quynh Shannon began her studies in piano studies at the Hanoi Conservatory, earning an undergraduate performance degree. She was awarded a DAAD (German Academic Exchange Program) scholarship to complete her Masters degree (also in piano performance) at the Hochschule fuer Musik Karslruhe, under Michael Uhde, and studied chamber music accompaniment under Wolfgang Jahn. In this time she performed many piano concerti with orchestra, including Schumann concerto, Chopin 2ndconcerto, Poulenc double etc.

On successful completion of her masters, she undertook a second masters degree at the Hochshule fuer Musik Mannheim, specialising in Lied accompaniment and chamber music performance under Michael Hauber.

On moving to the USA in 2009, Quynh was appointed Piano Instructor at Savannah State University, a position she held for 10 years before moving in 2019 to Ireland with her family.

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Adrian Ivicevic

Adrian Ivicevic was born in 1991 and is native of Dubrovnik, Croatia. He’s been playing cello since his early days and, having opportunity to listen to world-class musicians at the famous summer festival in his hometown, became deeply immersed into classical music from beginning. He studied cello performance with Yevgeny Xaviereff at the Music Academy of Sarajevo, himself being student of the famous Russian cello virtuoso Mstislav Rostropovich. Later on, he continued with his Master’s studies at the Academy of Arts in Split with late Mihovil Karuza. From 2015 to 2019 he was a part-time cellist of the Dubrovnik Symphony Orchestra. Since 2019 he’s been teaching, performing and studying in Ireland. In May 2021 he graduated at the Irish World Academy, acquiring Master of Arts’ degree in Classical String Performance, an innovative course performed with the Irish Chamber Orchestra. He is interested in exploring various musical style (trad, world music, pop, jazz etc.) and incorporating them into the musical and technical idiom of the cello repertoire.

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