Welcome to Castleknock School of Music (CSM).

Our philosophy is to provide excellent music tuition and to provide stimulating music classes that will develop in our students a real and lasting love of music.

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Happy Mid-Term Break




A reminder that our mid term starts on Monday 15th February to Saturday 20th February inclusive.


Wishing you a happy mid term. It's hard to believe that we have all been on lockdown since Christmas. 
Keep safe and well.


Classes resume online from Monday 22nd February and will remain online until further notice.


Kind Regards
CSM Admin Team



COVID - ONLINE TEACHING for January 2021

CSM ONLINE TEACHING for January 2021
Dear Parents / Guardians and Students,
We hope you had a good Christmas and New Year 2021.
This has been a very strange year for us all and as we move into January 2021, our population are still extremely vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus.
Due to the government's announcement this afternoon - 06.01.21 and the NEW guidleines issued by the HSE and Dept of Education, CSM have now moved to ONLINE TEACHING ONLY effective from Thursday 7th January 2021 for the month of January. This date will be reviewed as the COVID situation unfolds over the next few weeks.
Your child / children's teacher will be in contact with you shortly to set up online classes.
For students at Castleknock Community College, classes will continue online as usual

Mini Music Academy Classes DEFERRED for the Month of January 2021

Mini Music Academy classes are now DEFERRED for the month of January 2021. 
We hope to resume at the beginning of February.
Classes normally finish in May and it is our plan to extend our MMA classes to June to make up for classes missed in January
 Online Resources

CSM Student Piano Exam Preparation

While online classes are flowing along, don't forget to use online resources to help with your musical development.

Here is Professor Reamonn Keary (RIAM) performing 2020 exam pieces - a fantastic visual / audio resource.


To find your exam pieces on YouTube, simply put Reamonn Keary together with the title of your piece, into the search bar.


RIAM Mock Examinations

You can become familiar with the format of the RIAM exams by checking out online videos.

Here is Ms Lorna Horan, senior examiner of the RIAM taking you through aural tests preparation:


You can see many videos online by typing in RIAM Mock Exams in the YouTube search bar


Please like CSM on FACEBOOK and keep updated with regular posts to help / support you with exam preparation and overall musical development:




The health and welfare of all our staff and students is of top priority to us, and we are continuing to actively monitor national and international sources of information to help ensure the wellbeing of the CSM community. 

We will continue to provide updates as they arise through our website, mailing list and facebook pages.

 Thank you for your kindness and support to CSM and our teaching staff through this pandemic as we endeavour to provide the best musical education possible to your child / children.

Wishing all our parents and students continued health. Keep safe!

CSM & MMA Team :)

Happy Christmas & New Year 2021



We would like to wish our students and their families a very happy, healthy and safe Christmas and may 2021 bring much peace and good luck to us all.


We are  closed for Christmas from Thursday 17th December until Saturday 10th January inclusive.

There will be no classes on or between these dates.

Classes will recommence on Monday 11th January 2021 as per the HSE and the Department of Education guidelines.

CSM & MMA Team


Congratulations to CSM Student Ferdia O'Cairbre who came 1st in Ireland for best Music Results in Junior Cert 2019

We are delighted to announce that Ferdia O'Cairbre, a student of CSM since he was 2 years of age, received the best result in the Junior Cert in Music for year 2019.

Ferdia has grown musically with us since he started with us when he was 2 years of age. He was accepted into RTÉ Cór na nÓg when he was 12 years old and remained with them until he was 15 when he then joined RTÉ Cór Linn.



While Ferdia loves to sing, his first instrument is piano and he has completed his Senior Certificate with RIAM and is currently studying with Varo Khachatryan at CSM to undertake a Performance Diploma Exam.

Ferdia also composes music for various instruments and was asked by  RTÉ Cór Linn  to compose a piece for choir and piano which has been performed in the National Concert Hall as part of the New Music Dublin Festival.

Here is Ferdia performing one of his first compositions at just 13 years of age.


We would like to congratulate Ferdia on his musical achievements to date and in securing such a fantastic result.

We wish him every success for his Leaving Certificate exam.

CSM Team Smile


Give the Gift of Music This Christmas

CSM Gift Vouchers 

Give your loved one the Gift of Music! 

Gift Vouchers start from as little as €15.00 - you choose!

Suitable for gifts for toddlers, wobblers, children, teenagers, adults, grandchildren, husbands, wives, friends.....

It's never too early or too late to learn to play an instrument.


Here's the John Lewis Christmas advert 2018 featuring Elton John



 Available for all ages, classes & instruments including:

  • Mini Music Academy Busy Classes (2 - 7 years)
  • Voice
  • Piano / Electronic Keyboard
  • Guitar (Acoustic, Classical, Electric, Bass - ALL Styles)
  • Ukulele
  • Violin, Viola, Cello, Traditional Fiddle
  • Recorder, Flute, Clarinet and Saxophone
  • ONLINE classes available
  • Physical classes available


To purchase a voucher simply:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Payment can be made by card, online at www.easypaymentsplus.ie or by bank transfer

Phone: 01 8261100 and order / pay over the phone by card


Office Hours:

Monday          14.00 - 19.00pm

Tuesday         14:00 - 19:00pm

Wednesday    14:00 - 19:00pm

Thursday        14:00 - 19:00pm

Friday             14.00 - 18.00pm

Saturday        10:00 - 16:00pm


CSM & MMA Team


CSM Students RIAM Theory Online Exams


 We would like to wish all our students sitting online theory exams this forthcoming Saturday the very best of luck.


Please see details below for your information. You will be receiving an email from the RIAM over the next couple of days.


Please print off your theory paper at the earliest opportunity and do some practice on the system as soon as it is available to you.


Some helpful notes below for you here.


Very best wishes,


CSM Admin Team


How to Access and Work Through Your Online Theory Exam –


Saturday 14th November 2020 - Midday - 18.00pm


(please note that you will only be allowed the usual amount of time for the grade exam once you log in to their system)


This document is compiled by CSM as a quick synopsis of how to access your exam on the day of your theory exam.


1.     Download and PRINT your exam paper from the RIAM email. You cannot do your exam without this paper.


2.     Have your APPLICANT NUMBER and email address associated with your APPLICANT NUMBER to hand as you will need this to access the exam online.


3.     Have pencil, sharpener and eraser ready for your exam.


4.     Young children sitting a theory exam should be supervised at home during the exam process.


5.     Read the questions online.


6.     Some of the questions require you to type the answer in on your computer in the boxes provided for you.


7.     Some of the questions require you to write the answers in the exam paper that you have printed out. Write in the answers clearly. When your paper exam is finished, take photos of the paper and upload to the RIAM computer software.


Disclaimer: This is a helpful synopsis of the email sent by the RIAM detailing how students can access their online theory exam.

CSM accept no responsibility for inaccessibility to your exam on the day.

Please consult the RIAM email for full detailed information.


Please see a copy and pasted email from the RIAM which provides all the details for how to access your online theory exam.


As a registered parent, you should have received a copy of this email but if you would like us to forward it on to you, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


You should also have received LOGIN DETAILS from the RIAM on Wednesday 11th November 202

Kind regards,


CSM Admin Team





Important information about  RIAM Theory Exams 2020



Dear Exams Community,

We hope you are staying safe and well at this time. We are contacting you with some important information about your upcoming RIAM Theory Exam, online from 12 midday on the 14th of November. We have updated our website with information for your upcoming Online Theory Exam. After you read this email please click on the button below to visit our site.


Important Information

  • The link for the Online Exams site will be live from 12 pm (midday), and open until 6 pm, you will be able to login any time and complete the exam up until 6pm
  • You will be sent login details to access the system the week commencing the 9th of November
  • Please be aware that you must use Chrome or Safari on your device in order for the system to run effectively
  • The login will give you access to your advance practice session (next week), and your exam (14th Nov)
  • Each candidate must have access to a separate email address in order to access the online system

To help you with accessing the system we have created short guides to assist you. Once you have been sent your login details next week you can refer to these on our website to help:



Exam Requirements

You will need access to;

  • A smartphone, tablet, or PC that has good internet access and can take pictures (camera/webcam). We recommend you use a tablet or computer to access the system
  • Paper and pencils
  • A Theory Resource Paper from RIAM (that can be downloaded)


The Exam can be completed by answering a combination of onscreen and written questions (which will be captured in a picture and uploaded)


There is no specialised music notation software required for the exam or additional specialised hardware

Younger candidates should have the help of a parent/guardian in helping them navigate the system and assist in the uploading of answers. Candidates aged 16 and under should have an adult present when completing the exam.

We provide accessible options for special needs candidates, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you require further information on this.

You will be permitted to login in advance to test the system, and we will contact you with details during the week commencing the 9th of November.


Theory Resource Papers


To complete the Online Theory Exam candidates will need a hard copy of the Theory Resource Paper, which will correspond to the online system questions. You must visit our website, click on the name of the paper you require, then save and print it. You will need a hardcopy paper ready on the day of the Exam.


Please note- if you have already requested a paper version when registering these will be delivered next week, to the address you provided at the time of registration. We cannot accept any further requests for paper delivery at this point.


We will contact you again with login details for your practice session, and more information to help you with your exam.


Please visit our website to access more information, and download your Theory Resource Paper:



CSM Team Smile


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