Updated: May 11
At Fingal Academy of Music, we have a large (and growing!) team of amazing musicians. Some teach our students one-to-one, some conduct choral rehearsals in Dublin and beyond, while others teach groups in classrooms in various schools across Fingal.
We asked our Guitar Tutor Graham Dunne a few questions as part of our Teacher Feature this week.
1. What is your favourite thing about teaching guitar? My favourite thing is when a student works hard to achieve something they never thought they would be able to do, and then suddenly, as if by magic, they’re able to do it as if it was no bother in the first place. 2. What is your proudest musical moment? I’ve been very lucky in my musical life over the years, and I’ve had many great musical moments, from playing with musical heroes such as Tommy Peoples and Paddy Keenan (both of The Bothy Band), to jamming in a hotel room in Holland with the great Arty McGlynn, touring the U.S. with Andy Irvine.
I was lucky to be heavily involved in a Niamh Parsons album that was nominated for the BBC 2 Folk Awards and another that won the AFIM category for Celtic music, to playing the closing concert with the great Louis Stewart as part of a Jazz school in County Clare.
Yet, above all of this, my proudest musical moment is probably playing in a ‘Bb’ session at the Willie Clancy Summer School in Miltown Malbay with the great fiddle player Connie O’Connell and the wonderful piper Padraic MacMathúna, playing the classic piping repertoire of the likes of Willie Clancy and Séamus Ennis. Pure Heaven! 3. What was the biggest lesson you learned from a music teacher? I never really had a music teacher, but I did take a Flamenco class for a few hours once, and the biggest lesson I learned was discovering I played with a lot of tension and to relax and play with a minimum amount of effort.
Graham has had a star-studded career and he bestows this wisdom to his students every single week. Graham teaches all levels of guitar to students on Fingal Academy of Music's Swords/Malahide campus.