College Calendar College Calendar School Calendar School Calendar


MTU Cork School of Music is the leading conservatoire in Ireland, a specialist institution, which trains students in music and performing arts.

If your child is interested in taking part in music or speech and drama lessons, MTU Cork School of Music is the place to learn. All students receive a thorough practical based education in a fun and empowering learning environment.

Past pupils of our conservatoire have gone on to become; performers in national and international orchestras and groups, touring musicians, professional actors, master educators, arts administrators and community development professionals as well as doctors, teachers, business professionals and other careers outside of the arts.

Applications for all of our classes are open now. To submit an application, click here.





Anyone can apply to become a student of the School.


Applications are accepted online during the months of March/April each year. If you would like to apply to become a student at MTU Cork School of Music visit here. Although late applications can be sent in, often the number of applications exceed the number of places available so applications submitted by the due date are given priority.

An Enrolment Information Booklet is available from the School and can be downloaded HERE. Prospective students and parents are encouraged to read this booklet. – In it you will find details on the specific requirements for each given instrument/voice and/or ensemble, but also explains clearly the age and stage in school a prospective student should be at when applying to become a student of the MTU Cork School of Music.

Every child who is a beginner (i.e. has not already attended instrumental lessons outside of MTU Cork Shool of Music) is required to attend a Musicianship class or the Windwise programme before being eligable to attend an instrumental lesson. The Windwise programme has been specifically designed to encourage students who think they might want to learn a wind [woodwind or brass] instrument when they are old enough. Both Musicianship and Windwise classes take place twice weekly for the first two years. Windwise students are automatically assigned to an appropriate Musicianship class on completion of the two-year programme. After the first two years, Musicianship classes are held once a week (3 years for Junior Infant intake).See the Musicianship Tuition section on this page for more information.

Having completed at least one year in a Musicianship class or two years of the Windwise programme, and having attained the minimum age required, every child is eligible to apply for instrumental lessons. Every applicant is assessed by the relevant Department and ranked according to the result of the assessment and the result they achieve in the end-of-year Musicianship class tests. Instrumental lessons are then allocated according to the number of places available and the ranking achieved. Acceptance into an instrumental lesson is subject to availability. Any student in a Musicianship class or on the Windwise programme who is not allocated an individual instrumental lessons will automatically proceed into the next year of the Junior Musicianship Programme if they are eligible to do so, and may re-apply the following March for instrumental tuition provided they have not passed the relevant age limit. Please note: an unexplained absence for more than 3 classes may result in discontinuation from the programme.

Applicants who are “non-beginners” (i.e. have already attended instrumental/vocal lessons outside of MTU Cork School of Music) will be considered on the basis of (i) a Departmental audition/examination, and (ii) the availability of a place. Successful applicants under the age of twelve years will also be required to join an appropriate Musicianship/Access class.

Anyone interested in singing is initially encouraged to join the appropriate School choir because individual singing lessons begin from the age of 16.

Kindermusic is a one-year programme for children who will enter a Junior Infant class in Primary School in September 2023.

Kindermusic: K1

one 30-minute class per week

Attendance in each class with the child by an appropriate adult (ideally a parent or guardian) is required for K1 classes.

A child taking K1 does not have automatically graduate to a place in the Junior Musicianship programme, and cannot apply for an instrumental place until they have completed at least one year of the Junior Musicianship programme.

All instrumental students of MTU Cork School of Music are required to complete the Junior Musicianship Programme and be successful in the relevant examinations at the end of each year.

Lesson Durations


Junior Cycle Grades: Primary, 1 & 2

Normal lesson duration: 30 minutes per week


Intermediate Cycle Grades: 3, 4 & 5

Normal lesson duration: 30/45 minutes per week as appropriate


Senior Cycle Grades: 6, 7 & 8

Normal lesson duration: 30/45/60 minutes per week as appropriate

Junior Cycle

The School provides tuition up to the end of the Junior Cycle - depending on availability.

The tuition offered during the Junior Cycle seeks to ensure that every student is provided with a firm foundation for their musical studies.

Intermediate Cycle


Access to the Intermediate Cycle requires:

  1. a mark of at least 80% in the School’s Grade 2 examination
  2. a satisfactory lecturer’s report
  3. a satisfactory performance in the relevant Musicianship classes (except where an exemption has been granted)

Students studying Suzuki violin/viola/cello in their Primary School must achieve a minimum of 80% in at least the School’s Grade 3 Examination by the end of 6th class to be eligible for lessons to continue when they move to their Secondary School.

Acceptance of a place at MTU Cork School of Music is subject to availability.

Senior Cycle

Access to the Senior Cycle requires:

  1. a mark of at least 85% in the School’s Grade 5 examination
  2. a satisfactory lecturer’s report
  3. a satisfactory performance in the relevant Musicianship classes (except where an exemption has been granted)
  4. a satisfactory contribution to a designated CSM band/choir/orchestra

Acceptance of a place at MTU Cork School of Music is subject to availability.

Progress Reports

All individual performance tuition lecturers issue Progress Reports every January and/or May that address progress, application and attendance. Students about whom lecturers report unsatisfactory progress, application or attendance may not be re-enrolled.

Performance Grade Examinations

Students who receive individual performance tuition are required to take the appropriate MTU Cork School of Music Grade Examination at the end of each academic year. Students who, for any reason, do not sit a Grade Examination will be required to evidence progress by performing for the relevant Head of Department or his/her nominee before being allowed to re-enrol. MTU Cork School of Music Grade Examinations are conducted as follows:

  • Examinations at the end of each cycle: normally by a panel of three examiners, one of whom is an External Moderator
  • All other grade examinations: normally by a panel of three internal examiners

Mark scheme for grade examinations

  • Technical & Repertory requirements: 85-90 marks
  • Sight-reading:10-15 marks
  • Total: 100 marks

Results classification for grade examinations

  • Pass: A total mark between 60 and 79
  • Pass with Credit: A total mark between 80 and 84
  • Pass with Merit: A total mark between 85 and 89
  • Pass with Distinction: A total mark of 90 or over


Certificates are issued to students in respect of the grade examinations held at the end of each cycle.

Criteria for Progression

A mark of 80% or above is normally required for progression from any grade to the next, with the exception of Grade VI, which requires a mark of 85% to have been achieved at Grade V.

A student who receives a mark between 70% and 79% in any grade is not automatically entitled to continue receiving lessons. The relevant Head of Department will facilitate such a student to continue studying in the School only if they are aware of a good Musicianship record, in receipt of a very positive recommendation from the lecturer concerned, and a place exists. The relevant Head of Department also reserves the right to require any student to repeat the grade.

A mark between 60% and 69% is regarded as a basic level of achievement, but does not evidence an ability to undertake the next grade. Lessons will be discontinued unless the relevant Head of Department is aware of extenuating circumstances, is aware of a good Musicianship record, is in receipt of a very positive recommendation from the lecturer concerned, and a place exists. The relevant Head of Department also reserves the right to require any student to repeat the grade.

Appeals procedure

Appeals of performance grade examination results must be lodged in writing before the end of term with the Head of School, who will review the result in consultation with the relevant Head of Department, Lecturer and Examiners.

MTU Cork School of Music offers Speech & Drama Lessons.

Apply here.

Children from 5th class upwards can apply for lessons in Speech & Drama at MTU Cork School of Music. Students join a beginners drama group to start off with.

From first year onwards, students are eligible for an individual one to one lesson which happens once weekly. These indivdual lessons work towards a performance exam at the end of the school year.

Students receive tutelage similar to actor training to develop and foster creativity, imagination, expressiveness and how to apply these techniques to working with drama text. 

We also have two drama groups; The Intermediate Drama Group for fist and second year students, and our Youth Theatre Group for students in third year to sixth year in secondary school.



All instrumental students of the School are required to complete the Junior Musicianship Programme and be successful in the relevant examinations at the end of each year.

See our overview video about our musicianship courses here.

Junior Musicianship Programme

Junior Infants entry: J1–J8

Years 1 to 3: two 45-min classes per week; thereafter one 60 min class.


Senior Infants entry: MX1–MX7 or S1–S7

Years 1 & 2: two 45-minute classes per week; thereafter one 60-minute class per week.


First Class entry: MP1–MP6

Years 1 & 2: two 45-minute classes per week; thereafter one 60-minute class per week.


Second Class entry upwards: M1–M5

Years 1 & 2: two 45-minute classes per week; thereafter one 60-minute class per week.



Poco-dots is a one-year preparatory class for young children who may be interested in joining formal musicianship classes at a later date. Children can explore music-making in a nurturing, creative environment. They attend one 45-minute class each week for one year only and experience activities that will develop rhythmic and singing skills, in a playful manner with the emphasis on music making and enjoyment.

As this is a one-year course, parents will need to make an application for Musicianship in the spring for the next academic year if they are interested in pursuing music classes at that time. Participation in this class does not satisfy the requirement to have completed one year of a mainstream musicianship course for the purposes of applying for instrumental tuition.


Access: Students who are in Third class and upward and are already playing an instrument may apply for the one-year Access pathway to Musicianship.

Senior Musicianship Programme

The four-year Senior Musicianship Programme is optional and entry is subject to a minimum achievement of 70% in all areas of the final examination of the Junior Musicianship Programme and class lecturer’s recommendation.

Senior Musicianship: SM1–SM4

One 60-minute class per week.

Windwise Programme

This is a special two year programme for children who are in Second to Fourth class in preparation for the study of a wind or brass instrument on completion of the programme.

Years 1 and 2: two 60-minute class per week.

Senior Musicianship Enhancement

Due to changes in the Junior Certificate structure implemented by the Department of Education, CSM is now unable to offer tuition and examination for the Junior Certificate Music subject. As a result we now offer an option one-year Senior Musicianship enhancement course.

Leaving Certificate Music

Entry to the Leaving Certificate Music class is based on an assessment, and applicants must have completed SM3 prior to application.

Progress Reports

All students will receive a Progress Report during their first year of a Musicianship programme. This report will address the student’s ability to function in a group, as well as academic, application and attendance issues. Progress reports may also be issued to students other than those in their first year – e.g. to those who have changed programmes, or to those whose engagement with their study is in need of support. Progress reports are also issued to all students who are repeating a stage.


The minimum mark for progression to the next stage is 70% at Junior and Senior levels – with the exception of the final year of the Junior Musicianship Programme where a mark of 70% is required in each area of assessment for entry to Senior Musicianship. The minimum progression mark at Senior Musicianship level is 70%.

Appeals procedure

Appeals of Junior and Senior Musicianship examination results must be lodged in writing before 31 August with the Head of School who will review the result in consultation with the Head of the Department of Musicianship & Academic Studies, relevant Lecturer, and Examiners – or, in the case of the Senior Musicianship, the Senior Musicianship Course Board.


Queries about any aspect of a musicianship class should be referred, in the first instance, to the class teacher. The query may subsequently be referred, in writing, to the Head of Musicianship & Academic Studies.

The singing lessons we provide in the Conservatoire/after shcool lessons are classical vocal training lessons. We invite applicants, both beginners and non‑beginners, from the age of 16 and upward. All prospective students will be auditioned to assess vocal potential and musicianship. Successful students may be required to attend musicianship lessons, sight‑singing and other appropriate supplementary studies in conjunction with their singing lessons. Unfortunately we do not cater for popular music or Jazz singing in our conservatoire/after school lessons. Vacancies can be limited.

Click here to fill out an application form.

At present the School awards a Scholarship to every student Grade 2 and higher, who obtains a mark of 90 or over in an instrumental grade examination. The Scholarship covers 50% of the cost of the student’s relevant one-to-one lessons during the following year. Unfortunately, no scholarships will be awarded for the 2020-2021 school year as the grade examinations did not take place.

The School is proud of the range and standard of bands, choirs and orchestras that it provides, and regards the ensemble training and musical experience provided by these ensembles as critical to the proper development of all instrumental and vocal students.

The School wishes its students to appreciate that it is a privilege for them to be a member of an ensemble. Students are required to join one or more appropriate ensembles as advised by the relevant Head of Department.

One of the most important requirements of a musician - amateur or professional - is that they are reliable. To this end, once a student becomes a member of a School ensemble, s/he is required to attend rehearsals punctually and regularly.

Reliable participation in  School ensembles is taken into account when students are assessed for places in the Senior cycle (see Performance Tuition section on this page).

Membership of the CSM choirs, except Cappella Lyrica, is open to applicants who are not current CSM students also.

For more information on the varity of Performing Groups at CSM please visit HERE.

The School is also proud of the range and extent of opportunities it provides for its students and staff to perform in public.

It is absolutely vital that music students get to hear as much music as possible as well as having the opportunity to perform to properly constituted audiences.

It is recommended that parents set a good example by attending whenever possible, and encourage their children to learn through listening whilst supporting their peers.

Click HERE for further information on Recital Competitions

Click HERE for concert details

CIT Cork School of Music is a public building, incorporating a public restaurant

The CIT Cork School of Music is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment for the children with whom it works/interacts to ensure their safety and welfare at all times. CIT’s Child Protection Policy and the CSM Google Classroom Acceptable Use Policy are available here.

To help preserve the well-being of fellow students and the staff, a student who is not well enough to attend school during the day should not attend music classes/lessons after school hours on the same day.

All students are asked to regard skin hygiene as of major importance. Apart from ensuring that hands are washed thoroughly immediately before every lesson, it is absolutely vital that every student and/or parent should inform their lecturer(s) immediately if they develop any sort of skin problem.

Students and/or their parents must inform their lecturer(s) if they are suffering from any sort of illness/allergy and/or are taking any medication. For example, it is particularly important that our lecturers know if a student suffers from asthma, diabetes, and/or epilepsy so that they can respond in an informed way to any event.

It is your responsibility to ensure that each lecturer is alerted to any hearing and/or sight problems and/or learning difficulties that might affect a student’s ability to respond in either a class or an individual lesson.

If a student suffers from what is termed an ‘officially notifiable illness’ naturally we must be informed.

Please rest assured that the School’s staff will treat all information in this regard confidentially.

Please be aware that it is the sole responsibility of parents/guardians to escort their children to and from studios/classrooms for lessons/classes. Parents are responsible for children outside lesson/class/rehearsal time.

Young children should be supervised at all times and should not use the lifts unless accompanied by an adult.

In accordance with Child Protection legislation, photography and/or audio/visual recording is strictly prohibited except where express permission has been given by a parent/guardian and lecturer.

Running, climbing, heelies and scooters are not permitted in the building.

Apart from bottled water, eating and drinking are not permitted other than in the public areas of the Ground Floor Concourse.

Chewing gum is not permitted anywhere in the building.

All students must take responsibility for their own belongings and instruments and be mindful of the hazards they may present to others.

The HelpDesk is situated on the Ground Floor by the Main Staircase. All children should be aware of its location and use it as a first point of contact in case of any difficulty.

Fees for part-time courses can be paid online at

Semester Timeline


No Events Found for September

Color Reference





Semester Timeline


No Events Found for September

Color Reference