About CSM

Castleknock School of Music was formally established in academic 1994-1995. The School's founder and current director Eileen Brogan has provided music education in Castleknock since 1981. The school's philosophy is to provide excellent music tuition and to provide stimulating music classes that will develop in our students an enduring and livelong love and appreciation of music. Our excellent team of highly qualified teachers provide quality music education for all ages and levels from beginners up to and including Diploma standard.

The school has three music education centres located at Castleknock Community College (1998), a purpose-built music school at 4-5, The Mall, Ongar Village, Dublin 15 (2009) and our new centre located at Saint Brigid's National School, Beech Park Lawn, Castleknock (2013).

CSM specialize in Early Childhood Music Education and our very young students in our Mini Music Academy can begin an instrument from as early as 4 years in our Stairway to Music Programme. Our teaching is based on the teaching methods of Hungarian composer and music educator Zoltan Kodály (1882-1967. We also embrace the pedagogical philosophies of Emile Dalcroze and Carl Orff.

CSM are affiliated with the Fingal Youth Orchestra (http://www.fingalorchestra.ie), the Dublin Youth Orchesta (http://dyo.ie) and the Hibernian Orchestahttp (//www.thehibernianorchestra.ie). It is our mission that all our students studying an orchestral instrument work towards becoming a member of one of our affiliated orchestras. Our Ensemble Groups: Junior Strings, Senior Chamber Group and Wind Ensemble are primarily for our students to develop the ensemble skills so necessary to being a successful member of an orchestra. Ensemble experience and being a member of an orchestra is a fantastic way to make new friends and develop as a musician.

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CSM Founder and current Director Eileen Brogan has been providing music education in Dublin 15 since 1981. She received a Licentiate from the Leinster School of Music (1992) and then studied piano, harmony, composition and pedagogy with Professor David Lee and Jean Archibald at the Royal Irish Academy of Music in Dublin from 1993-2000 obtaining her Licentiate Diploma from both the RIAM and Trinity College London. She holds an honours degree in music (2002) and a first class honours Masters Degree in Music from St. Patrick’s College (DCU) (2005). Eileen is a music examiner for the RIAM since 1999 and held the post of Senior Examiner (RIAM) from 2002–2004. She lectured in curriculum music at St Patrick’s College from 2002-2012, directed In-Service Summer Music Schools for primary school teachers for many years and lectures in music appreciation for Forás Éireann (Shaw Trust). Eileen is co-author of the Mini Music Academy’s First Steps in Music Series – a series of five books with specially composed songs with accompanying CD'S specifically written for Mini Music Academy.