Patrick O'Donnell


A professional musician for over ten years, Patrick is a creative, highly motivated educator with a proven track record for encouraging a love of all things musical.


Patrick graduated from University College Cork in 2012 with a First class honours BMus degree. Subsequently, he received a scholarship from the Department of Music at UCC to continue his studies to a master’s degree in Music and Cultural History, from which he graduated on Merit in 2014. His academic interests range from popular music and digital culture to performance studies.  He has presented his research findings at academic conferences, such as the IASPM UK & Ireland Biannual Conference, the SMI Annual conference and the ICTM Postgrad conference.


As a performer, he has extensive experience, having toured both nationally and internationally in various ensembles including pop, funk, soul and original music. For the last several years he has been lead guitarist/vocalist for the Cork-based Pop outfit Collage. While has also featured as a guitarist in the soul/Motown big band, the Papa Zitas. In recent years, he has shared the stage with world renowned performers, such as Julie Feeney, Paul Brady, Joey Ryan and Túcan. Patrick writes songs, composes music and takes pictures for a multimedia arts project called ‘Beyond the Wash’.


Deeply passionate about the positive impact that music can have in people’s lives, he is proficient in Guitar, Ukulele, Vocals and Piano. Through his teaching work at Music4Children, Patrick aims to place emphasis on fun and imagination, helping youngsters to find their own voice on the Guitar and Ukulele.


Renowned for his professionalism and a consummate positive personality, Patrick looks forward to assisting his students in their development and growth in music.