About

Let your light shine!

At Centre Stage Vocal Academy we love to sing! It’s really that simple.
Maureen started her teaching career 20 years ago out of a passion for helping students find their voice and to love it. Seeing your voice as a unique part of you, like your fingerprint, is paramount. Your voice is uniquely yours, it’s your sound and that needs to be explored and developed in a safe and supportive way. Why copy someone else’s sound when you have your own beautiful voice?

Shona is a past pupil of Maureen’s and shares the same philosophy about singing. She has added so much to Centre Stage since she joined the school, her students love her classes and find Shona’s natural caring personality encouraging and supportive.

We love to teach singing because there’s nothing quite like being there when a student has a vocal breakthrough and they start to realise their vocal potential. Or helping a stressed-out exam student with repertoire or a vocal issue. Or hearing from an ecstatic student that they finally sang that party piece that they previously lacked the confidence to do so. These are very special moments. This is why we do what we do.

We often find that having a goal to achieve can really focus the student and with this in mind we offer Royal Irish Academy of Music exams in Classical Singing and Musical Theatre. When students receive their certificate, there is an immense sense of achievement which further encourages a confidence and love for their voice.

We also help students with Junior certificate and Leaving certificate practical exams in music. It can be incredibly frustrating to produce a programme for practical exams that show off vocal ability whilst also exploring different genres. With our direction we can help our students choose a suitable and enjoyable programme to wow any examiner.
This can all be achieved online from the comfort of your own home.

We use Musico for all our classes. Each student has their own private account on Musico. Lesson plans are shared to students timelines and can be enjoyed between class to encourage practice. It’s like having a digital folder! Everything is there at your fingertips.

Maureen Lawlor

Maureen studied Music and English in Maynooth University and subsequently opened up her singing school ‘Lawlor School of Song’ in 2002. Since then the school has grown and in 2016 became ‘Centre Stage Vocal Academy’.

Since opening her school Maureen has produced numerous concerts, musicals and has been involved with local community events such as the ‘William Wallace Bicentenary Concert’ and Musical Director for the ‘Mr Yeats visit to Killala’ events.

She has also organised Singing Competitions for her students working with Dr Hannah Fahy Irish World Academy UL and Maire Keary-Scanlon Irish World Academy UL. Under Maureen’s baton, students enjoy learning about their voice as an instrument, how to take care of their voice and also learn valuable tools such as breathing and vocal techniques all the while developing their own individual style.

Students can take exams with the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Classical or Musical Theatre studies. Music Theory is an important part of Maureen’s Singing Lesson classes. Students learn to read sight-sing, understand rhythm and also develop Aural skills.

Over the years Maureen has developed a way of teaching that students respond to in a positive and creative way. Students learn to discover their voice, nurture it and love it!

Shona Louise Seck

Shona successfully completed her degree in Voice and Dance in the University of Limerick in 2017 and since then has completed a post graduate in Vocal Pedagogy (professional practice) with distinction, and is currently achieving her master’s degree in Vocal Pedagogy.

She previously researched various areas of vocal pedagogy such as the developing voice in adolescents and postural alignment and breathing for singing. Shona current topic of research for her MA is the vocal health and rehabilitation for healthy and injured singers. Prior to her degree Shona also attended Galway Community College and completed a one-year level 5 course in Theatre and Performance with which she also completed with distinction and excelled in the lead role of the annual production, which ran for two nights in the prestigious Druid Lane Theatre under the direction of Aoife Connolly.

Her musical career began when she joined Centre Stage Vocal Academy as a teenager where she completed her Royal Irish Academy of Music musical theatre and popular singing exams with distinction under Maureen Lawlor. Shona has been teaching solo singing, musical theatre stage school classes, preschool classes both in studio and online over the last 7 years from which she has gained extensive experience in the world of teaching and performance.