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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'Cairbe, 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 7 years old and remained with them until he was 15.

https://www.facebook.com/RT%C3%89-C%C3%B3r-na-n%C3%93g-160128527393522/

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 commissioned by  RTÉ Cór na nÓg  to compose a piece for choir and piano which has been performed in the National Concert Hall as part of the Young Composers Series.

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

https://www.facebook.com/RT%C3%89-C%C3%B3r-na-n%C3%93g-160128527393522/

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cA7RjKcbk8

 

 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:

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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

IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR ONLINE THEORY EXAMS SATURDAY 14TH NOVEMBER - 12.00 - 18.00PM                         

 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

 

CSM Reopens Saturday 31st October 2020

 
Dear Parents and Students,
We hope you enjoyed the midterm break and are keeping safe and well.
A reminder that we reopen for all classes tomorrow Saturday 31st October. Looking forward to seeing you then.
Happy Halloween!
CSM & MMA Team
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

RIAM Deferred Theory Exam Registration and Process

Dear Parents, Guardians and Students,
 
Please see important details below for students entered for deferred summer theory exams.
Your exam will be held online on Saturday 14th November 2020 at Midday.
You need to REGISTER with the RIAM online in order to sit this exam.
To REGISTER, you will need the APPLICANT NUMBER.
If you do not have this number, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will send it on to you.
Kind regards,
CSM Admin Team


 
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Important information about  RIAM Theory Exams 2020
 
 
Dear Applicant,

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 want to provide you with some useful information as you continue to prepare for your Exam:
  • All Exams will be held Online (we will supply special provision for special needs candidates)
  • The link for the 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.
 
Exam Requirements
You will need access to;
  • smartphone, tablet, or PC that has good internet access and can take pictures (camera/webcam)
  • Paper and pencils
  • Theory Resource Paper from RIAM (that can be downloaded, or delivered in advance), available from Tuesday 3rd of November. The Exam will be completed by completing a combination of onscreen and written answers (which will be captured in a picture and uploaded)
 
Question Types
As candidates move through the Exam they will answer in two main methods:
  1. Questions that can be answered on the screen (by typing letters/numbers)
  2. Questions that will require writing musical notation on the resource paper, prompted by a question on the screen. A picture/scan of the Theory Resource Paper can be uploaded onto the system.
 
There is no specialised music notation software required for the exam, or additional specialised hardware or tablets.
 
Younger candidates are permitted to seek the help of a parent/guardian in helping them navigate the system and assist in the uploading of answers.
 
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.
 
Next Steps
You will be required to supply an email address and candidate name to log in (please note one email per candidate is required. Parents/guardians of under 16-year-olds should use their email address on behalf of the candidates).
 
 
You will be permitted to login in advance to test the system.

Households with several candidates and only one device may stagger the access to the system, no additional devices are required.

Candidates should be registered before next Friday the 30th at 12pm midday;
  • If you are the applicant who has booked on behalf of a candidate please forward this email to your student, or all parents/guardians, and ask them to complete the details on the link below to register.
  • If you are the student or parent/guardian of one, please click on the link and fill out the form yourself.
  • You will need to download and print a Theory Resource Paper in advance of the Exam. If you do not have access to a printer please request for a posted paper when registering.
  • The registered details will be used to access the Online Theory System- please make sure that the email is that for the person sitting the exam, or is the parent/guardian who will be present on the day.
 
 
 
Please see a side by side example below of theory questions and how they will be answered for the Online Theory Exam. 
 
 
 
You can continue to prepare by downloading some free practice papers on our website, link available below.
 
Music Workout Book
 
Theory Papers
 
We have made some theory papers free to download in order to help you keep working towards your goal. The papers can be found by clicking below. Again, the content and structure of these papers will all be applicable to the Online Exam to be held on the 14th November 2020.
 
Download Papers
 
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Mid-Term Break - October 2020

HAPPY Mid Term Break October 2020

 

We would like to wish all of our students, parents, teachers and staff a very

happy, peaceful and safe mid term break.

 

CSM & MMA will be closed from Saturday 24th October until Friday 30th October inclusive.

School reopens on Saturday 31st October 2020.

We look forward to seeing you then!!

 

CSM & MMA Team 

 

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