Micheál spent 14 years studying at the Cork School of Music, Ireland. He is a graduate of University College Cork, Ireland and the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary, where he studied under Péter Erdei. Micheál has held positions at the Canberra School of Music – Australian National University, the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music – University of Tasmania, and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts – Edith Cowan University. He offers a unique form of training to students of every age from 5 years through to university level.
In 1998 Micheál moved to Perth to establish Cottage School of Music. Since then, he has also held a position as lecturer in music at WAAPA. He is currently Senior Lecturer in Music, specialising in the areas of Aural Training, Music Theory, and Choral Conducting. He is the Director of Eneksis, a vocal ensemble which has gained a reputation as one of the finest choirs in Australia, and he is a Choral Director and Musicianship teacher at the Perth Choral Institute.
Micheál conducts regular workshops for teachers, students, and community organisations in Australia and overseas; many of his workshops have featured at national and international conferences and festivals. He also worked as a consultant to the Singapore Ministry of Education on the development of creativity through music education.
In 2010, Micheál received a Citation for Excellence in Teaching as part of the Australian Learning & Teaching Council’s ‘Australian Awards for University Teaching’.
Micheál undertook the role of ‘Classroom Music and Choir Mentor’ for the 3-part ABC Television documentary series, ‘Don’t Stop the Music’. This series showed the transformative effect that music can have on schools.
He is also the proud father of six children: Tadhg, Éilis, Conor, Rory, and twins, Flora & Adeline.
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