Tutor Name: Niall Preston


Instrument/ programme they teach: Bodhrán


When did you start learning a musical instrument?

I remember when I was about 4 or 5 my brother older brother was learning tin whistle in school and I know when I heard it I wanted to start playing. There was music in my family. Mam was brilliant on the tin whistle and dad was a great pipe band drummer.

I was about 7 or 8 when I started the tin whistle, and then I started the bodhrán when I was 9 and haven’t stopped since.


What did you like most about music when you were younger?

I loved the classes. They were always great craic and I was very fortunate to have the teachers that taught me. I was always challenging myself to get better too. I really enjoyed that and that kept me motivated to practice.


What prompted you to turn your hobby as a child into you profession?

I enjoyed it so why not keep going with it? Its great fun and I find it very important to enjoy what you do for a living.


What motivates you to teach?

I really enjoy the social side of it and working with people. I also think its a great opportunity in schools now that was not available when I was in school and it is something I would have loved then.


What do you like most about working with the Mobile Music School?

They have a lot to offer. If its a one off workshop or continuous learning throughout the year in the same school they have something to offer. I enjoy the once off workshops in particular as its an experience and an insight for the students into something they may not have ever done before.


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