Annette McNelis is a creative music educator, composer, musician and keyboard tutor, with over 40 years’ experience working in music. She lives in Buncrana, Co. Donegal, Ireland, with her husband, Ciaran, and a cat called Wanda. They have three grown-up daughters and one grandchild. Apart from music, Annette also loves gardening, cooking and crafting. A dedicated environmentalist, she combines her music skills with a passion for raising awareness about caring for the environment. Her environmentally-themed educational music resources, and fun music workshops, are a big hit with primary schools across Ireland. Annette also delivers voluntary music workshops in schools, to help promote the work of her local Tidy Towns Initiative. Her Environment the Musical resource was featured on RTE’s Nationwide and RTÉjr, and its Dog Pooh song video has been used by 11 county councils. The Biodiversity and Living on an Island animated song videos were introduced to schools this year and her Wake Up song will be launched this summer, to help raise awareness about protecting nature for future generations. Annette was a contributor to the recently launched, open access book, Sonic Histories of Occupation (Bloomsbury Publishing).
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