Tracy Friel

Tracy Friel has been working in the Youth and Community Sector since 2003. Working with people from all backgrounds, ages and abilities, Tracy has years of experience in creating supportive, safe and fun environments in which participants can develop and learn and is highly attuned and sensitive to the needs of the individual within a group setting A true believer in the transformative power of group music making, Tracy began delivering community and educational music workshops in 2011 and began delivering in school guitar/ukulele lessons in 2013.

Workshop Music Galway was started in January 2017, when Tracy decided to concentrate full time on making music in the community. Tracy holds a current Garda Vetting Clearance and is up to date on both Child Protection and First Aid Training. She also holds the following qualifications/completed training in:


  • NUI Maynooth H.Dip in Youth and Community Work

  • NUI Maynooth Certificate in Youth Arts

  • Access Music Project (Graduate in vocal, guitar, piano, music theory, drumming, percussion)

  • FETAC Level 6 Train the Trainer

  • Arthur Hull Rhythmical Alchemy Playshop




“Tracy’s classes were consistently stimulating and imaginative and our students enjoyed her classes immensely even those that were not aware that they liked music! She is confident and enthusiastic in her delivery and especially good at creating a safe space where even the shyest students can blossom.”

Cathrine Lillis, Tógáil

“Tracy has an exceptional talent for engaging people in music and music making. She has a deep understanding of the community context….and a talent for encouraging and supporting the very nervous learner to participate in a safe learning environment”

Dónal Walsh, Community Education Facilitator, GRETB

“I had the pleasure of working with Tracy in one of Our Youth Work Ireland Galway projects. She helped bring together a group of young people to write their own song and produce it. She was vibrant, professional, and very flexible. I cannot wait to work with her again.”

Susan Egan, Youthwork Ireland Galway