The Dwane School of Music in Ballina, Co Mayo offers courses in Leaving Cert and Junior Cert Music (including Music Technology), classical piano and beginners' guitar.

The part-time school is run by local man David Dwane, B.A., Dip Mus (Open).

For more information please email: or through Facebook Messenger.


Image of a Piano at Dwane School of Music

CLASSICAL PIANO: David teaches from his home at The Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo. He holds a Diploma in Music from the Open University and is an experienced piano teacher who has been teaching classical piano up to and including Royal Irish Academy of Music Senior Certificate Level for over 45 years. In that time he has provided one-to-one lessons to hundreds of Mayo and Sligo students.

David only considers those students aged 10 to 17 who are seriously interested in learning this most amazing of instruments.


Image of Guitars at Dwane School of Music

GUITAR: Foundation level courses in guitar are offered to young people aged 10-17. Classes take place weekly in small groups, for seven-week sessions, and are usually available in January, April and September.


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LEAVING CERT MUSIC IN BALLINA: If you would like to take music as an extra subject for the Leaving Certificate, or if you cannot study music at school, then David Dwane School of Music, Ballina is offering private tuition.

David Dwane holds a Diploma in Music and is a classical piano teacher with decades of experience.

Lessons are in Leaving Certificate Higher and Ordinary Level Music theory, delivered through audio aids, textbooks and notes.

  • You will learn the four set works, study Irish music, develop melody and harmony writing skills and see example questions from previous examinations.
  • An ability to sight read treble clef is essential.
  • Remember that, if you have been playing music since you were a child, then you already have a big advantage! 50% of Leaving Cert marks go to performance (singing or on any instrument). Or you can opt to take Music Technology for 50%!.
  • Remember that points are taken from your top six exam results in Leaving Cert.
  • Weekly lessons will be one-to-one or in small group classes.
  • Grinds are also available for the Leaving Certificate Higher and Ordinary Level music exams.


For more information please email:

You can also text 086-0684021 or Facebook Messenger: David.Dwane


Eoghan Durkan of David Dwane School of Music plays 'The Entertainer'

Piano student at David Dwane School of Music, Blathnaid Carr performs 'To A Wild Rose', for Grade 5