Our Teachers

At Rainbow Music for Kids, our teachers are Kodaly trained and affiliated. Every class is a singing based music class, so all our teachers sing and use their high singing voice.  Our teachers  strive to achieve the highest quality music education in every class and use different themes to develop singing voices in children.

Niamh Parkinson is the teacher  for southside of Dublin classes and holds all workshops for educators. Phil Hargreaves is the teacher for northside of Dublin classes.

Niamh Parkinson  - Founder of Rainbow Music For Kids

M. Mus., BA Mus, Primary Music 1 Kodaly.



Niamh created Rainbow Music for Kids on her return from Australia where she gained valuable experience teaching early childhood music. During her time in Melbourne, Niamh discovered her natural gift for teaching kids music and instantly gained a great reputation. In Melbourne Niamh taught music programs to kids of 6 months to 6 years old, at many schools and pre-schools.  She completed Primary Music Level one from the Kodaly association in Australia  and a certificate of Music Education for Pre School Teachers at Rainbow Music. 

Niamh is also dedicated to teaching her teachers Rainbow Music education and is always happy to consult schools. She is also able to run teacher training courses to whoever wishes to learn about the musical rainbow! She and her staff are passionate about high quality music education and they create a program that offers a musical developmental for children from birth.  


Before Niamh began her quest into early childhood music education, she completed her Bachelor of Music and Arts Management degree at Middlesex University, London in 2003 and completed her Masters in Music in 2007, majoring in composition at Maynooth University, Ireland. This compositional skill benefits her music teaching, as she now composes children songs.

Musical Performer

This experience combined with her competence with stage performance and music composition provides Niamh with a unique opportunity to offer valuable skills and talents to students.  She has performed with leading Irish and Australian opera companies.She has just completed a tour of Italy including Master classes with Maestra Gabriella Tucci, Maestro Salvatore Fisichella, Maestro Vincenzo la Scola, Dr. Joseph Talia and Opera director Jose Luis Lopez.


Phil Hargreaves - Rainbow Music For Kids Teacher


Phil Hargreaves started teaching Rainbow Music classes in 2012 after completing Rainbow Music training and the teacher workshop. Phil discovered Rainbow Music while attending classes with his son and is now using his singing voice to entertain kids around Dublin. Phil teaches the Rainbow Music classes on the Northside of Dublin and has his own unique approach to the classes. Phil plays guitar and brings his guitar on special occasions so kids can interact with the instrument.  

“I totally recommend Phil's classes. My 2,5 year old Kuba loves them. We've been going for almost 2 years and I think the classes made a very positive influence on him, like interest in music, saying bye bye to toys when he's finished with them, being very inclusive of others! “

Phil has a loyal following on Facebook, you can like his page here