Development Team

Aideen McLaughlin - MGSD Music Development Manager

Aideen McLaughlin - MGSD Music Development Manager

Aideen McLaughlin is a native of Carlow and holds a BMus degree from NUI Maynooth. Following her degree studies Aideen completed an MA in Musicology at NUI Maynooth. She also holds a Diploma in Journalism and Media Studies from Dublin Business School graduating with Honours (2012) where she was awarded 'Student of the Year' at DBS for that academic year.

Over the past number of years Aideen has been a member of various award-winning choral groups such as Carlow Young Artists Choir, the NUI Maynooth Chamber Choir, Schola Gregoriana Maynooth, The Academy Chamber Choir in Tullamore, who were awarded ‘ Choir of the Year’ at the Navan Choral Festival 2012 and more recently Newbridge Gospel Choir. She directed the NUI Maynooth Drama Society in their 2010 production of Fame: The Musical but her main passion lies in choral music.

She acted as music facilitator with The Academy of Music, Tullamore, Co. Offaly from 2010-2013 teaching piano, voice and pre-instrumental classes to children and young people. She coordinated weekly toddler music classes around the county and worked extensively with special needs groups during her time, acting as MD for various projects involving people with disabilities.

Aideen worked as Resource Worker with Music Generation Carlow from 2013-2017. She had the privilege of working both on the operational team and on the Early Years and Vocal programmes during her time in Carlow. She was honoured to lead and conduct the Borris VS Music Generation TY Choir for their 2013 composition project entitled Speranza, which was co-written with the TY students and renowned Irish contemporary composer Linda Buckley. Aideen also led the 2015 Music Generation Carlow collaborative project between Borris Vocational School and Irish composer Glen Austin.

She has taken up the role of Music Development Officer with South Dublin County since February 2017.

Rebecca Murphy - Hubs Manager & Violin Tutor

Rebecca Murphy - Hubs Manager & Violin Tutor

Rebecca, originally from Co. Mayo, has been working with Music Generation South Dublin since 2015 as a violin tutor and more recently the Community Hubs Manager. Rebecca started learning the violin at a very young age and grew up playing with various orchestras in Co. Mayo. She went on to teach with Mayo Youth Orchestra where she developed a passion for music education. She studied Music in UCD and played with UCD Symphony during her time there. She went on to study for a Diploma in Community and Group Music Teaching in the RIAM.

In 2010 Rebecca set up a whole school violin programme in Rathnew, Co. Wicklow. Every student in the school from Junior Infants upwards receives a weekly class violin lesson. Her passion and knowledge of the violin, combined with her ability to win rapport and communicate effectively with pupils, have played a vital part in the programme’s success. The students have taken part in RIAM Cara Awards, performed in the National Concert Hall and some have played the violin for their Junior Cert music practical. This experience has been vital in setting up Tallaght Strings with MusicGenSD in early 2019 which offers an ensemble experience to students in primary school violin programmes in Tallaght and Saggart. 

As Community Hub Manager, Rebecca's role is to coordinate all instrumental lessons, manage a team of 10 musicians and organise performances throughout the year in Rathcoole and Clondalkin. She assesses effective methods of encouraging students to practice at home and collaboration across all instruments within each hub.