Keyboard Studies


The Department of Keyboard Studies provides one-to-one tuition in piano, piano accompaniment, organ, harpsichord and classical accordion from elementary to professional level. All part-time students attend an individual weekly instrumental lesson and musicianship class while wholetime (undergraduate and postgraduate) students receive more intensive tuition as part of their degree programmes.

It is the goal of the Keyboard Department to nurture talent by providing students in a stimulating and inspirational environment. The Department has a long and proud history of producing fine pianists and organists (including John O’Conor, Micheal O’Rourke and Gerard Gillen) and is delighted to number many of its graduates among the teaching staff.  Students are encouraged to participate in ensembles and chamber music at all levels.  All students are expected to take annual examinations and are encouraged to perform at the annual Conservatory competitions, regular concerts, external competitions and recital series.  The Department is proud to have the internationally-renowned pianist, Dr Barry Douglas, as visiting professor and Dr John O’Conor as distinguished visiting artist.

Tuition takes place both in the East Quad and the Lower House at Grangegorman. The Department is also engaged in outreach teaching projects with  Pianos Plus.

The department is well equipped with:

  • over 90 pianos (including Steinway, Kawai, Boston, Yamaha and Petrof)
  • 3 pipe organs 
  • 3 harpsichords (Rubio and Greenhalgh)
  • fortepiano
  • virginals (Morley)
  • keyboard lab with 10 digital keyboards

Head of Department:  Dr David Mooney
tel.  +353 (0)1 2205988

Head of Department:  Dr David Mooney

Visiting Professor

Barry Douglas

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