Somerton Music School
(Director: Majella Higgins)
(Birr, Co Offaly)

Somerton Music School
Emmet St
Co Offaly


About the School


Majella Higgins is Director of the Somerton Music School in Birr, Co Offaly. Majella has worked in a number of schools over the years (Wesley College, Dublin and Institute of Education, Dublin) as well as teaching privately and in music schools. She is a past pupil of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin and UCD and is an experienced teacher of piano, theory, music technology and both JC and LC music. She has recently co-authored a series of Leaving Cert music books. See ‘Notes’ and 'Tones 1' for Junior Cycle.










Classes/Courses Instrumental

  • Students of all ages.
  • Piano.
  • Study for exams, competitions and concerts.
  • Take part in group/ensemble classes.

Usual class length is 30 minutes. Shorter classes may be arranged for very young students. Longer classes may be required for senior students. Students are prepared for exams (RIAM, JC and LC), concerts, competitions, feiseanna and other activities.

Individual guitar classes are 30 minutes. New MEB acoustic guitar exams are taken at end of each school year

Chamber Music/Orchestra.

Group classes are now compulsory for all string students. The groups will work on exam, feis and concert material. Students will also be prepared for JC and LC practical exam where necessary. Anyone, whether taking string class in the school or not, can join.


  • Take music as a subject in the Junior Cert or Leaving Cert - even if not available to you in your school.
  • Study the theory of music and take our MEB theory exams. These provide great preparation for your instrumental theory and aural exams and are an excellent help for students taking JC and LC music.
  • Individual and group theory classes available for ABRSM, ARIAM and Diploma theory exams.
  • Classes in music technology prepare students for both the 25% and 50% LC practical options.

It is advisable for all students to take at least one term of theory and aural training. It is compulsory for students taking grade 5 or higher to attend at least two terms of theory/aural training before entering for exam.


LC and JC revision courses are organised throughout the academic year. These can be customised to suit the students' needs.



Contact Majella

Telephone: 057-9125923

Text / WhatsApp: 086-8108813


Post: Somerton, Emmet Street, Birr, Co Offaly

© Somerton Music School 2018