Sonya Murphy-Lyons

Sonya Murphy-Lyons

Mezzo Music Academy

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Sonya Murphy-Lyons BMus LTCL

Sonya began her musical journey as a young child, learning Piano at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She commenced Classical guitar lessons at the age of 8, and studied under Tony Lee for a number of years, completing all her grades in the Trinity College London exams syllabus. Having successfully auditioned to study Classical Guitar under the tutelage of John Feely, Sonya continued her studies part time at the College of Music in to her 20’s, and achieved her Licentiate Diploma during this time. With music in her heart from a young age, she continued with piano lessons and sang in a community choir for many years, performing at various recitals and concerts before embarking on a Music Degree at UCD. She graduated with a BMus (Hons) and taught Classical Guitar for many years before founding Mezzo Music Academy. Sonya spent some time abroad working in sales and marketing roles before returning to Dublin to assume the position of sales and marketing manager for a well known hotel group. She also successfully ran an interior design company with her mom Marie for many years. A mother of 2 boys, Ethan and Nevan, she brought them to Kindermusik classes from the age of 6 weeks, which she believes gave them an essential grounding in music. She soon realised the benefits of early music education and became a Fully Licensed Kindermusik Instructor, before introducing the award winning music and movement programme to the academy in 2012. Sonya’s father, William Murphy, a well known songwriter and musician, teaches at the academy, along with her sister, Maria Stanley, who directs the Mezzo Choirs and accompanies exam students and performers. Her niece, Sorcha Stanley is the Office Manager, and her mom helps out with admin from time to time, so Mezzo is very much a family effort!

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