North County Dublin Music School


We offer tuition in a variety of popular instruments and styles
Go to Piano


Piano classes are conducted on a one to one basis. The class duration can be 30 mins, 45 mins or an hour, depending on the level of student. 

Beginners are instructed in the fundamentals of music, such as reading musical notation, rhythm, theory and aural skills. Our main aim when teaching piano is always to encourage learning through enjoyment. 
For more advanced students, we offer lessons covering all RIAM Grades, 1 through 8.

Go to Violin


Violin instruction is provided on both an individual and group class basis. Students can choose to focus their learning around either classical music or traditional Irish music styles. Exams are encouraged but by no means compulsory.

Go to Keyboard


Keyboard lessons are taught on a one to one basis. The majority of our keyboard students follow the London College of Music course, progressing through grades and completing the exams. Classical, Jazz/Blues and Pop Music are just some of the styles covered.

Go to Voice/Singing


Vocal lessons can be provided on a one to one or group class basis. A variety of styles are offered including Traditional, Classical, Pop and Musical Theatre. 

In addition to covering the different techniques for each style, instruction is also given in proper breathing, posture, vocal strength, clear tone production, range development, scales, dynamics and music theory.


Whether you want to learn how to rock out on your own, join a band or just learn to string a few chords together, we have guitar lessons to suit all levels and styles. Strumming techniques, chord structure, music notation and also learning popular songs are provided for on a one to one or group basis.


From the sounds of a Hawaiian party to the music of George Formby, the Ukulele is an incredibly versatile and fun instrument to learn. We offer lessons in music notation, strumming techniques and chords for popular songs.

Bass Guitar

Everybody loves a driving bass line that just cannot be ignored. The bass guitar is the backbone of all great rhythm sections. On a one to one or group basis, we can teach you to play popular bass riffs, strumming techniques and also how to create your own bass solos

Tin Whistle

Tin Whistle course teaches the basics of whistle-playing. This includes tonguing and slurring, and breathing techniques. Students will learn slow airs, jigs and polkas and through these ornamentation and variation are taught. Students are also taught music notation and rhythm.


Students will learn the basics of recorder including breathing techniques, tonguing and slurring. They will learn songs and airs. While learning recorder students will learn how to read music notation, rhythm and theory.

About Us

Music tuition and instruction for the Malahide and Portmarnock areas of Dublin

Founded in 2003 by Denise Carney and Karen McCauley, North County Dublin Music School has established itself as a popular provider of music tuition and instruction in the Portmarnock and Malahide area. 

Having built up a reputation based on a welcoming environment coupled with excellent tutors, the school offers expert lessons in piano, keyboard, violin and singing in a friendly yet professional atmosphere. All teachers are fully qualified and the majority of students sit Royal Irish Academy of Music, London College of Music or ABRSM exams. In general, these are encouraged but by no means compulsory.
 All our teachers are fully qualified and Garda Vetted. We provide an excellent and very professional service to all levels.


Karen McCauley

Piano, Violin, Tin Whistle, Recorder. Trad Violin, Keyboard
Karen is co-founder of North County Dublin Music School. Karen has a BA degree in music from WIT and has been teaching piano and violin for over 13 years in Dublin

Denise Carney

Denise is co-founder of North County Dublin Music School. She also has a BA degree in music from WIT and has being teaching with Karen for 13 years in Dublin

David Conyard

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Ukulele
David holds a BA (Hons) in Applied Music and an MA in Music Technology from DIT. David teaches guitar, bass guitar, piano, ukulele, vocals, percussion and recorder.

Regina Quinn

Regina has played music all her life and now enjoys supporting piano students on their learning journey

Alannah Thornburgh

Fiddle, harp, tin whistle & piano
Alannah is a multi-instrumentalist from Swinford, Co. Mayo, playing fiddle, whistle and piano and is an award winning harpist.

Faustina O’Sullivan

Voice & Piano
Faustina is an accomplished musician and soprano.

Andrew Mahon

Guitar, Ukulele
Andrew has over 25 years experience as a performer and teaches guitar across multiple styles and genres.

Ruth Gahan

Voice & Piano

Ioana Constantin Pipelea

Voice & Piano

Sarah Smith


Oísin Fitzgerald

Voice & Guitar