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Our Background

Educating. Guiding. Inspiring.

Pedal Notes is an music school for students to have fun and learn more about music. No matter which program you pick, you’re guaranteed a quality education from passionate instructors. Whether you’re enrolled or thinking of applying, continue browsing to read about our programs, admissions process and so much more.

Founded in 2017, Christine's passion for piano shines through in every one of her lessons.

 

Contact Pedal Notes today to find out more about how you can start your own music journey.

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Our Staff

Christine Grier, Founder and Head Teacher

I hold a Masters Degree in Music Education from the Royal College of Music, London, in addition to Piano Teacher and Performance Diplomas from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. After 17 years of freelance piano teaching and a successful career in medical device sales and marketing, I decided to pivot to teaching piano full-time and opened Pedal Notes in 2017. 

I specialise in applying a student-centred approach to teaching, guided by the goals of each individual student. To find out more about the types of classes we offer, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to give you more information.

Kaiwen Yang, Piano Teacher

I was born in China and moved to Ireland at the age of 6.  At secondary school, I was exposed to music and basketball and they became my biggest passions. 

Piano immediately grabbed my attention, and I began using social media to learn how to play it, eventually leading to the City of Dublin ETB music competition and winning prizes. I decided to pursue piano for my undergraduate degree, specialising in Pedagogy in TU Dublin Conservatoire. I have studied under Alison Thomas for piano and Simon Harden for my second study, organ. 

Teaching is exciting for me as I want my students to enjoy the process of exploring music and this beautiful instrument. I believe everyone should have an opportunity to experience music and that it could them bring them a pleasant experience. I have experience in teaching both younger age and mature students. I am student-oriented and I think everyone is different. I will try my best to make the lessons engaging and fun!

 

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Chloe McNamara

Chloe's musical journey started at 7 in Knocklyon, learning music theory. At 8, she fell in love with the alto saxophone and at 10, she began learning percussion. She played in the Knocklyon Concert Band and was part of the Swing Kings and TU Dublin Wind Ensemble. Chloe competed in band competitions across Ireland and has performed at the Cork Jazz Festival. She recently completed her BMus (Performance) degree under Kevin Hanafin's guidance in 2023. Throughout her degree Chloe also studied piano with Danusia Oslizlok and now studies with Nuala Levins.

"I love working with students of all ages and helping them discover their musical potential. Creating a calm and fun environment in my pre-instrumental classes is important to me. I personalise every class to fit each group, making sure everyone feels relaxed and excited for their weekly class. It’s amazing to see their love for music grow!"

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