Marian Giltenane- Piano, Flute,Tin Whistle

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Marian Giltenane is pianist, flautist and an educator of music. She studied her music degree at WIT in 2000. Majoring in composition under Dr Eric Sweeney. Since then she has continued her studies in the Irish World Music Centre. She was awarded a Graduate diploma in Music education in 2003 and a masters in community Music in 2004. As an educator she has a vast amount of teaching experience teaching in secondary schools, working with Irish Chamber orchestra, and as a concert facilitator at the Irish world music centre. She teaches piano, keyboard and Traditional Flute and prepares students for the Junior and Leaving cert music.
She is the founder member with her husband Darren Murphy of the Croagh School of Music. With her vision and high levels of motivation the school has gone from strength to strength. Her entrepreneurial spirit in combination with natural musical talent has shone through.

Fiona Linnane- Piano, Clarinet, Voice, Recorder

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Originally from Cratloe in County Clare educator and composer Fiona Linnane has been based in County Limerick for ten years. She has been a member of the faculty at Croagh School of Music since 2005. Other work in education includes Artist in Schools projects with Limerick, Clare and Tipperary Arts Council; Piano accompanist for state examinations and Music Examiner with the Royal Irish Academy of Music.

An award winning composer, Fiona has held residencies at the Opera at Castalia Festival, Kilkenny; the Artist in the Community project Bells Across The Burren at Burren College of Art, County Clare; Vocalypse Opera From Scratch, Nova Scotia, Canada and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, County Monaghan. Her work has been performed in Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, France and Czech Republic. In 2014 she released her first album Magic – a collection of works for solo piano with a second piano album due for release in 2015.

Aishling Barry- Piano & Theory


Aishling Barry has been teaching piano and music theory since 2010. She studied for her Royal Irish Academy Associate Teaching Diploma in piano at the Peter Dee Academy of Music and is currently undertaking further studies. She began her musical career at the age of 8 studying piano and in later years also studied banjo and traditional Irish music. She received her Bachelor of Business Studies from UL in 2003 while continuing her musical studies throughout and after many years of working in Marketing decided to pursue music full time. She joined the Croagh team in 2013.

Aoife Chawke- Piano, Theory

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Aoife Chawke has been teaching piano and music theory since 2009. She began learning piano at the Croagh School of Music, back in the time of “the sheds” in 2001, and studied there until completing her Associate Teaching Diploma in piano with the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She went on to study piano under Anthony Byrne, senior lecturer in the Royal Irish Academy, and is now pursuing further studies at the Cork School of Music.
In addition to teaching and study, Aoife is an active performer and accompanist. In 2010 she joined the contemporary music group CoMA Limerick and has since played piano with the ensemble, performing a wide variety of music including many premieres of works by well known composers. In 2014 Aoife was involved in a fantastic project with composer Fiona Linnane, performing on her first solo piano album ‘Magic’ which is now available in local music shops, online and on iTunes. She also performed as part of Love: Live Music Day, Culture night, National Heritage Week, Bells Across the Burren and Opera at Castalia.

Fintan Hahnefeld- Drums, Guitar

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Fintan has been a member of the teaching staff at Croagh School of Music since 2007. He teaches a variety of instruments (Electric, acoustic and classical guitar, bass, drums and percussion) and is co-director of Croagh School of Music's Guitar Ensemble and the School of Rock. He is an extremely versatile musician with vast experience in live performance, composition, studio recording and sound engineering. He is also a trained classical guitarist and has studied under Donal Foley and Darren Murphy. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) and a Bachelor of Music degree (BMus) from University College Cork, and a Masters degree in Music Technology (MA) from the University of Limerick. During his Masters degree he studied electronic music and creative and experimental music production under the supervision of Mikael Fernstrom and Jurgen Simpson. Fintan's calm, patient and friendly nature has made him a great success with students young and old at Croagh School of Music.

Valentina Vilchanska – Piano

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Valentina hails from a very strong musical background which includes her father, an accordion teacher in Art and Music College, her mother, a music teacher in pre-school and primary school and her brother who is a successful Sound Producer in Ukraine. She has been immersed in music since the tender age of five when she performed in a family band alongside her father, brother and two cousins. Valentina started learning to play the piano at the age of 8 in the Music School in her hometown of Ternopil, Ukraine.

In 1996 she graduated from Ternopil Pedagogical University as a Primary School Teacher and Music Teacher and worked in both primary and secondary schools in her home country before moving to Ireland in 2001. Valentina has been registered with the Irish Teaching Council since 2003 and has taught Music Theory in St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary Town. In 2005 she joined our team in Croagh School of Music as a full time piano teacher. Combining the best of Irish and Ukrainian principles of teaching music she offers a complete professional music education for all ages and grades.

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