Mairéad has always loved singing and has been a member of many choirs since childhood. She completed a B.A. in Music and English in U.C.C., followed by a Bachelor of Music degree and a Higher Diploma in Education. She sings with The Fleischmann Choir in Cork city and plays viola with KAOS in Kinsale and Cork Concert Orchestra in Cork. She first experienced Music Together® as a parent attending a term with her daughter while living in California. She loved the classes so much she subsequently completed Music Together's teacher training course and brought the first Music Together centre in Ireland to families in Co. Cork. Classes have been running since January 2006.
Mairéad is passionate about music and young children, and hopes to inspire a whole new generation of music-makers who can sing in tune, move in rhythm and participate with joy and confidence as they create music with family and friends throughout their lives. Her Wriggletto classes create a fun, informal social setting that spurs engagement of both adults and children and that supports each child's musical development. You never know what she'll play in class - accordion, ukulele, viola, tin whistle, guitar among others - and the children love to have their turn on most of the instruments at the end of class!
Comments from Wriggletto parents include:
"Wriggletto is highly enjoyable for both parent and child. It is a highlight in our week and a chance for me and my child to spend quality time together doing something fun and creative in a relaxed and stimulating atmosphere with a wonderful, enthusiastic teacher." Joy B.
"Mairéad has fantasic musicality herself - it is fascinating to watch how she interprets the music with her whole body. She has excellent group facilitation skills catering for a mix of age groups as well as including and supporting the parents also. She is always very well prepared and is a very highly skilled facilitator who can take both adults and children from where they are at. The classes are action packed, with a variety of instruments, activities and movements, while still safe, structured and comfortingly familiar. Mairéad oozes positivity, love of music and passion for her work and the result is that everyone feels included, nurtured and guided in a fun atmosphere."