Guitar with Troy
Troy Devaney is a classical guitarist from Portaferry, Co. Down, currently living in the Finn Valley area. He trained through The Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and counts English Classical Guitar virtuoso Julian Bream as one of his main influences. Always keen to grow and develop as a musician, Troy is presently studying towards a Diploma in Performance with ABRSM.
Playing guitar for almost thirty years now, and in addition to writing his own compositions for classical guitar and song writing, Troy is a member of an Irish trio band “The Mysterious Chords” who were active on the Dublin circuit for many years and continue to play occasional gigs.
Troy has been giving private tuition to students of all ages in the Dublin, Kildare and Wexford areas for a number of years until his recent move to Donegal. His person centred calm approach to teaching ensures that the learning environment is an enjoyable, fun and rewarding experience for each student, regardless of age or level. Troy’s belief is that a good technique is essential in helping students reach their full potential. His teaching philosophy extends beyond the physical skill of guitar playing, and incorporates the development of the student as a whole; a learning for life process, the teaching of life skills; the art of commitment and practice; confidence and self-esteem building. Most importantly that these skills are developed within a fun and creative environment where students hopes, dreams and imagination are fostered and encouraged. Not only does Troy’s flexible and creative approach to learning ensure that each student is catered for according to their individual needs, but also ensures that no two lessons are the same, keeping each student actively engaged. Troy currently teaches Classical/Spanish and Acoustic Guitar in the Finn Valley Centre on Monday’s and Wednesday’s for both adults and children. For more information, follow Troy on Facebook at Guitar with Troy.
What can you learn in Troy’s classes?
Classes are available in Classical & Acoustic guitar and are suitable for all ages and abilities from the complete beginner through to students who wish to attain accredited music qualifications’ by completing grades and learning to read music.
Students with Troy can study for accreditation in the following association exams; Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Trinity College and also the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM)
What is the best age to start to learn to play?
Children can start classical guitar from a very young age approximately age 6 or 7 upwards and there is no upper age limit for adults who wish to start.
Troy also caters for those who just want to play for pleasure and improve their skills.
One to one classes take place on Mondays and Wednesday’s by appointment.
Minimum length of these courses is 10 weeks and consists of 10 individual half hour lessons.
So if you have ever wanted to play, either professionally or just for pleasure, this is definitely for you. Just contact Troy on (0876630451) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Guitar with Troy on Facebook
“Both my children aged 9 and 10 took up classical guitar lessons with Troy approximately two years ago. This was the first time that they both had any music lessons but both have developed a love of playing music and this is due to Troy’s endless patience but most importantly Troy made the class fun and both Finn and Lana thoroughly enjoyed going to every music lesson. Troy is a great teacher and I am sorry that he is moving from Dublin to Donegal. We will find it difficult to find another music teacher that will fill his shoes! We wish him the best on his new adventure”.
Rachel, Finn and Lana
“My son Harvey was a student of Troy’s for a year and he couldn’t have had a better introduction to the guitar or music! Harvey left his lesson every week full of enthusiasm and a desire to practice (which is so important to us parents). I think the main reason for this was because Harvey liked being in Troy’s company and in that environment of trust, a child learns very quickly and with joy”.
“I have been a student of Troy Devaney’s for the past four years, during this period I have found Troy to be a very professional teacher who places great emphasis on the finer details of classical guitar tuition. With Troy’s expert tuition I have been well prepared for all examinations and I would credit Troy for the high marks I have achieved. I have always found Troy to be pleasant, patient and professional and would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who is considering learning the art of classical guitar”.
It was an honour for me to be your student. You are the best guitar teacher. I wish you good on your guitar – keep practicing!
I would like to know if any of you do anything special for any of your other students? Thank you A LOT for the piece Harvey’s Hat – I am playing it right now. I would like to Skype with you one day and play together. Just remember you are still my guitar teacher. I have attached a photo of me and Elliott in Edinburgh and a picture of Douglas, my dog. Maybe I will sees you in Donegal one day”.
From Harvey aged 8 Dublin
“A few years ago I married my Danish wife on a small jetty in the middle of a Danish Forrest, sky was blue water like a mirror and all our family and friends gathered on the jetty to witness this joining. It was a magical. Day as it was. We were lucky enough to have Troy sitting on the corner of the jetty playing a mixture of classical and modern tunes. The melodic tunes drifted over the water and supplied us with a dream like audible back drop to our already perfect day. I can highly recommend Troy, to supply that extra bit of magic to your celebration be whatever it be”.