Julie Ryng is a Primary school teacher with an ALCM Diploma in Music. She was awarded Master in Education with Leeds University in 2002. Julie has taught classes at all levels in Primary School. During the course of her career she has led many bands, choirs and dramatic productions, and her pupils have participated in concerts and competitive events.
Julie co-wrote Whistle A While with Mary Mc Auliffe (Ryng) in the 90′s. This much acclaimed tin-whistle tutor presents tonic solfa notes over staff notation. In response to demand created by the implementation of the revised primary curriculum, Julie produced Whistle Along, which is a tin whistle tutor that uses a staff notation approach. Because of further demand for her work in this area, Julie compiled Melodies in D, a collection of 30 tunes suitable for the repertoire and ability level of Primary school children. Julie’s most recent work involves collaboration with Nina Garvey in the production of Strum Along.
Nina Garvey B.Ed has taught in Primary Schools in Ireland for 30 years. During this time, she arranged and conducted school bands and prepared many concert items.
She saw a need for a user-friendly guitar tutor, in particular one which would appeal to children and suit their vocal range and cognitive stage of development.
To this end, she has worked with her sister, Julie Ryng to produce Strum Along. Nina sings on the CD while Julie plays the guitar. Nina and Julie are currently working on Strum Along 2.
Nina runs a web store www.molanoige.com selling stickers, badges, pencils etc imprinted with words of praise for pupils.
Mary McAuliffe has over 25 years experience of Primary school teaching. Mary is very committed to the inclusion of music in the Primary curriculum: her pupils have always enjoyed a broad and balanced musical experience, and participated in school bands, choirs and children-led operas. Mary holds a PhD in Education from the University of Leeds. She has worked extensively in the area of teacher professional development in Music for many years, sharing her approaches and methodologies with her colleagues. Mary has also worked with the teacher Education Support Services, and led the national in-service programme to support the revised Music Curriculum.
Mary Mc Auliffe (Ryng) is the author of Recorder Rules.