Cadence Music is a collective of music teachers and performers who share a love of music and offer guidance to aspiring musicians. We manage bookings for weddings and events /wedding-music, and run the Music Academy in Balbriggan, County Dublin. We work with a network of musicians from all over Ireland whom we have played with in various ensembles at home and overseas. All musicians are highly qualified and have vast performance experience from All-Ireland competition winners to members of internationally acclaimed groups.  

We believe that everybody's musical journey is unique, whether that's learning for personal enjoyment or to sit exams. We can prepare students for Grade Exams through recognized professional bodies such as RIAM, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, ABRSM, Leinster School of Music & Drama and Rockschool.

Our Tutors are qualified, professional musicians with many years experience working in areas such as: performance, composition, recording & arrangement, orchestral work, wedding music coordination, touring and education. Our combined knowledge gives students a great understanding of today's music industry.

Our Ethos is to nurture a love of music in our students to help them become well-rounded musicians. Learn to read and write music, play by ear, improvise, compose, and sight-read. Develop an appreciation for all styles of music before concentrating on one particular discipline. We offer students the option to join Group Music Theory classes and to play as part of an Ensemble after their first or second term.  

Our Aim is to focus on the needs of each student, taking into consideration their musical goals and tailoring a course that suits their preferred style. We offer courses in Classical, Contemporary, Folk and Irish Traditional Music where students learn the basics of theory, how to play an instrument with correct posture and technique combined with aural training.


Managing Director of Cadence Music. 

Co-ordinator for Exams, Wedding Music & Events.

Classical Violin & Traditional Irish Fiddle, Tin-Whistle, Beginner Piano, Guitar, Singing. 

Group Musicianship & Theory.

Sarah started playing violin at age 6. She studied classical violin at the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama, Chatham Row, Dublin 2, along with music theory up to Diploma level, and played with the DIT Orchestra. She studied Traditional Irish Music in ‘Scoil Acla’ with fiddle teacher Paddy Ryan every summer and was a member of the St. Louis Traditional Irish Group, finalists of the 'Slogadh' for schools competition in 1999. She has performed on stage since age 14, with various bands and groups, in a wide variety of genres; Traditional Irish, Folk, Classical, Country & Bluegrass, Contemporary and Original music. Sarah toured with successful Irish show Tony Kenny's Ireland across America and on Cruise Ships, played in Las Vegas 2011 in the Mandalay Bay Hotel and performed on the winning entry song which represented Ireland in the Eurovision 2014. 

Sarah received her Bachelor of Music Degree from NUI Maynooth, majoring in Composition & Performance, where she was a member of the Orchestra & Traditional Irish Ensemble. She has appeared in numerous venues in Ireland and abroad at Corporate Events for clients such as Google, UCD, Jameson Distillery, Guinness Storehouse, and most notably at the World Leadership Summit, Auckland, New Zealand. TV appearances (Late Late Show, Nationwide, BBC's Great Railway Journeys).  Festivals appearances include Electric Picnic, Vantastival, Spirit of Folk, Longitude. She is an active member of the Irish Folk Scene and regularly collaborates with original artists at home and abroad for live performances & recording, both singing & playing Violin / Fiddle. 

Sarah has been teaching Classical Violin privately since 2000 and in various music schools across Dublin for over ten years. She has spent many years learning different types of musical styles, and enjoys teaching in a positive way, to bring out the best in students and help them become confident performers. She is Principal Violinist with the Island of Ireland Peace Choir, who have performed at National and International events; The Opening Ceremony of the Easter 2016 Commemorations and concerts in Messines, Belgium for Peace Truce Christmas Concert 2014. 

Sarah is a Mum of two living in North County Dublin and studying a Diploma in Instrumental Teaching through the ABRSM.


Piano, Guitar & Vocal Teacher. 

Composition & Song-Writing. 

Paul Butler is a classically trained pianist, vocalist and guitar teacher. He began his training with the Royal Irish Academy of Music at the age of nine.

After his classical training, he studied in Ballyfermot College of Further Education, studying performance production, instrument techniques, music technology applications, vocal development, music business, improvisation, arrangement and style analysis.

He has been a piano, guitar and vocal teacher for 10 years, running courses in the Donahies community school and Stoneybatter school of music. He is also a fully trained Special Needs Assistant and has been involved in several music initiatives and music therapy programmes for students with intellectual and physical disabilities. His most recent music initiative, run by a Walkinstown group for students with special needs, finished with an end of year gig in The Tivoli Theatre.

Paul plays with Irish band The Young Folk. Their music is a mix of Irish, Indie and Folk. They have been performing and travelling for 8 years and have successfully toured America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Currently they have recorded two studio albums and are working on a third album.

Elizabeth Stears: Piano and Vocal Teacher 

Liz completed a joint major Bachelor of Arts degree in music and drama from University College Dublin, then graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters in Music Education. She completed voice and piano training in the Royal Irish Academy of Music and Parnell School of Music. 

Liz was involved in the Arts from a young age, as a stage performer and professionally trained vocal coach, musical director and choreographer. She has extensive experience performing and teaching, has worked in various performing arts schools and teaches children and adults of all ages.   



Guitar, Ukulele & Drums Tutor

David Flood is a musician, teacher and choral director hailing from Swords, Co. Dublin. He holds a BA Honours Degree in Applied Music after graduating from Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2013. David has been playing music avidly since an early age and began learning the guitar and bass guitar. Since then he has become an accomplished multi-instrumentalist performing all over Ireland in bands and musical groups. He has been teaching music to people of all ages for many years, working in various schools such as Walton’s New School of Music as an Outreach guitar teacher and the Glasnevin Academy of Music as a Drums, Ukulele, guitar and bass teacher.

David has also worked as a vocal tutor for the organization co-funded by Bono and the Edge called Music Generation (South Dublin), teaching contemporary songs to kids from 4 to 13. Another group includes teaching singing, guitar and tin whistle to the service users of St Michaels House on Bolton St.

Along with instrumental tuition David has been heavily involved in the choral scene since late 2011. He is the co-founder of the award-winning Fingal Gospel Choir and has taken them from strength to strength winning First, Second and Third place titles in Sligo International Choral Festival, Navan Choral Festival and Cork International Choral Festival. He has also founded Tremoloco! Rock and Pop choir based in Swords and Amici Vocal Ensemble in the Southside of Dublin.

Other notable groups David is involved in are the 50-piece Dublin Ukulele Collective, whom performed all over Ireland in 2017 at festivals such as Electric Picnic, Longitude and Castlepalooza, and for the President of Ireland at Áras an Uachtarain. As well as the West Dublin Prison Service Choir, for the guards at Wheatfield Prison, and the IFTA winning High Hopes Choir for the homeless. The High Hopes Choir has been a brilliant opportunity for David, allowing him to direct the choir in the 3Arena, City Hall, Christchurch Cathedral, Mansion House and European Parliament, and will soon be performing on the Late Late show.

David is very excited to be a part of Cadence Music Academy and is delighted to be sharing his passion for music to the next generation of local talented performers.  



Classical Flute, Traditional Flute & Uileann Pipes for weddings & events. 

Eoin Kearns hails from Balrothery has been playing flute for over 10 years, and Uilleann Pipes for the past 5 years. He is currently a student in Music Education in Trinity College Dublin and in the DIT Conservatory of Music & Drama. He has played with the Cross Border Orchestra in first flutes, and in St. Patrick's Brass and Reed Band on Piccolo. 

He has extensive performance experience playing concerts and has toured many venues around Ireland and abroad, from the National Concert Hall, Dublin to Carnegie Hall, New York.  In 2018 he performed Shaun Davey's infamous piece, The Brendan Voyage, on Uileann Pipes with the Trinity Orchestra in Dublin. 

Eoin prepares students for Classical Grades on the Silver Flute, also Traditional Irish Flute and has recently deveoped his love of the Uileann Pipes. 

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Zena Palmer: External Piano Accompanist for Grade Exams


Zena began her musical journey at the age of 7 playing piano. She studied at the Royal Irish Academy of Music, sat her Grade 8 at age 13 and ABRSM Grade 8 at age 17. She has performed as a professional singer, had various TV appearances and toured and recorded with successful international folk groups and artists. When Zena was 17, she recorded a solo album, accompanied by some of Austrias finest musicians entitled ‘Zena’.

Zena now teaches students from her own home in Lusk, North County Dublin. She provides tuition in Piano and Music Theory and prepares students to sit their graded exams with RIAM. She holds a DipABRSM in instrumental teaching passed with Distinction in 2018.