Katie Gallagher has come a long way in the past number of years, with a long list of singles behind her and a debut album in her immediate future.
But now she feels it’s time to pass her knowledge of music on - something she intends to do via her new music school, the Gallagher School of Music and Drama.
“The school is all about the students really - the students are so talented - not due to my teaching or anything but their own abilities,” Katie told the Longford Leader.
“But our ethos is to teach the theory behind the music because so often students do music lessons and don't really understand why they are doing it - we believe that learning the why also inspires the love for music and drama.”
Katie has been teaching from her home for six years and felt that she should set up the school as a musical hub, combining the two loves of her life - teaching and music.
“There were a lot of tears and meltdowns I can tell you that,” said Katie when asked what went into opening the school.
“I just want to say a huge thank you to all the people who went into the building work. Firstly to Cllr Paul who has been there for me and all my business queries and confusions and has supported me so much from day one.
“I also want to thank Micheal Egan for the electrical work, Des Byrne for the paint work and my dad for building all the partitions and taking time off work to do all this building for me.
“I also want to thank Mrs Cooney for letting me rent the building in the first place and acting as a mentor to me as I start my business journey.
“I am so excited it’s all finally happening and to have a safe space of music creation for the young people of Ballymahon and surrounding areas - it was definitely needed.
For more information on the Gallagher School of Music and Drama, see @gallagherschoolofmusic on Facebook.
Katie is also releasing her debut album on September 26. See @ktgmusicire on Facebook for updates.
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