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"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming" - John Wooden


Voice • Piano • Guitar


Have you ever asked any of the following questions:

  • How do I expand my range?
  • How can I get more control over my voice?
  • How can I get rid of the strain when I reach for my top notes?
  • How can I improve my stamina?
  • How can I get more confidence?

We believe that you can become a better singer and we can help you get the most out of your voice.

Get in touch with us and open the door to the rest of your life!

At The Vocal Academy we also provide tuition in Piano/Keyboard, Guitar/Ukulele/Bass with motivated, Professionally Qualified Instructors.

Thanks for visiting

Bobby Harpur, Owner of The Vocal Academy

The Vocal AcademyTeachers

  • Kate Donohoe

    Quick Facts

    Full Name: Kate DonohoeOccupation: Vocal and Piano Teacher


    Kate is the recipient of a Vocal Diploma from the London College of Music and completed her full Piano Grades with the Royal Irish Academy of Music when she was just a teenager. Kate is also Choir Director with St. Johns Gospel Choir in Ballinteer. She has been teaching Singing and Piano for over 10 years.

    From a performance perspective Kate has vast experience appearing on Television both at home and abroad, reaching the semi finals of The Voice of Ireland and the finals of Sky One’s ‘Sing: Ultimate A Cappella’. Kate’s vocal a cappella group The Apple Blossoms won first place in the Irish International A Cappella Festival. She has sung in the National Concert Hall, Vicar Street, The Academy, The Sugar Club, The Gaiety and Olympia Theatres and has toured extensively including performances with Celtic Woman in the famous Radio City Music Hall in New York.

    Odhran Mac An Aircinn

    Quick Facts

    Full Name: Odhran Mac An Aircinn


    Odhran has finished 4 years of Vocal Study at BIMM in Dublin. He is also in his second year of Vocal Pedagogy with the Institute for Vocal Advancement. As well as teaching for the past two years one to one classes at The Vocal Academy, Odhran works as a vocal instructor at Independent Theatre Workshop, one of the foremost theatre training groups in the country.


    Quick Facts

    Full Name: David McDonaldPlace Of Birth: Dublin

    Best Known For

    Guitar, Bass Guitar, Ukelele


    David McDonald is both an experienced guitar teacher and performer.

    He has been teaching one on one guitar for many years and recently completed a BA Honours Degree in Commercial and Modern Music from the BIMM institute in Dublin.

    David also plays with the award winning Irish band ‘Fox.E and the Good Hands’ who have played at all the major festivals in the country from Oxegen to Electric Picnic.

    David offers a wide range of guitar lesson styles and topics that cater to the beginner right up to more experienced players.

  • Diarmuid

    Quick Facts

    Full Name: Diarmuid CoffeyOccupation: Voice Teacher/Piano Teacher


    Diarmuid has been both studying and teaching singing, piano and acting for many years. He is a graduate of the Gaiety School of Acting’s full time actor training programme. He holds a Diploma in Piano Performance from London College of Music (DipLCM) and studied music at NUI Maynooth. Diarmuid has been studying the IVA method of singing for over 3 years. After studying the method and seeing first hand the results that it can produce Diarmuid was motivated to train as an IVA teacher himself and is soon to be certified as a Level 1 instructor. Diarmuid is passionate about sharing this method of singer training with his students. Diarmuid is a fan of all genres of music but is particularly fond of folk, singer-song writers and musical theatre.


    Quick Facts

    Full Name: Bobby HarpurPlace Of Birth: DublinOccupation: Owner

    Best Known For

    Vocal Technique


    Bobby is a Singer and Vocal Technique Teacher based in North Kildare. Bobby has been studying technique and pedagogy with The Institute for Vocal Advancement since 2013 where he has worked with Jeffrey Skouson, Spencer Welch, Stephanie Borm Kreuger, Kathy Kennedy, Linda Tomkinson, Guy Babusek. He has also studied with Andres Martorell, Dave Stroud and Professor at Berklee College of Music, Pat Pattison.

    Passionate about singing and good technique, the work at The Vocal Academy is a vocational calling. Bobby strives to help his students open doors they never thought they had the key to.

    Bobby is also the Area Representative in UK and Ireland for the Institute of Vocal Advancement.

  • Having spent 36 years avoiding singing, I now have the confidence to sing along in front of people.

    Louise G
  • He tailored the lessons towards the singing style I wanted to pursue rather than forcing into a classical singing style as many other vocal teachers do

    Conor C
  • I had tried some very genuine opera teachers over the past year but made little to no progress. Bobby has been outstanding and from the the very first lesson he identified a basic flaw in my voice.

    Colin B
  • He points out exactly what you need to work on and works hard to help you achieve your goal.

    Colina M
  • Over the course of three months my voice has improved massively with the help of Vocal Academy, an improvement I just wasn't seeing with other singing teachers.

    Odhran M

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