Gráinne Deery

Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education

School of Education
(01) 474 7451


Gráinne Deery holds a dual appointment as Lecturer in Education (with a specialism in Music Education) at the Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education, Maynooth University and Lecturer in Musicianship  (with a specialism in instrumental and classroom pedagogy) at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Her research interests include the development and perception of musical potential within teaching and learning environments.

As a passionate advocate of music education and key contributor to the development of music education in Ireland, Gráinne recently served as a committee member of the Society for Music Education in Ireland (SMEI) and the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA). In addition, Gráinne held the position of Chair of the Irish branch of EPTA 2009-2013 during which time she founded and directed the EPTA Ireland Piano Competition.

Gráinne holds a Masters in Music Performance (University of Leeds), and a Bachelor in Music Education (Trinity College Dublin and the Royal Irish Academy of Music). In addition, she holds a Higher Diploma in Music Teaching, Graduate and Associate Diplomas in Piano Teaching and was awarded a Commendation for Excellence in Teaching by Trinity College Dublin. As a prizewinner and scholarship recipient Gráinne also continues to be active as a pianist, adjudicator, and piano/keyboard harmony teacher.

Selected Presentations 2017-19:

Gráinne Deery, Composing in the Classroom, CPD staff presentation, Prosperous National School, Co. Kildare, January 2019

Gráinne Deery, Music in the Primary School: Challenges & Solutions, CPD presentation, Maynooth University, October 2018

Gráinne Deery, The Reflective Practitioner, RIAM Teaching & Learning Network Conference, RIAM, June 2018

Gráinne Deery & Reamonn Keary, A New Qualification for Instrumental & Vocal Teachers: Introducing the DipRIAM, RIAM Teaching & Learning Network Conference, RIAM, June 2017

Gráinne Deery & Reamonn Keary, Introducing the DipRIAM, presentation for EPTA Ireland, Rathmines & Rathgar Musical Society, January 2017