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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Early Music Education Workshop

Sunday 26th March 2017

10.00 - 4.30pm

Studio One

Ongar Tuition Centre

4-5 The Mall, Ongar Village, Dublin 15 

Mini Music Academy Early Music Education Workshops are ideally suited to play school / Montessori teachers, community leaders, primary school teachers. music teachers, music students and parents / guardians who would like to learn more about the methodology of teaching children aged between 2-7 years. A background in music is an advantage but is not a pre-requisite for this course.

The workshops promise to be creative, educational, active, interactive, social, friendly and informative in an informal, relaxed and friendly environment. The workshops will cover:

  • The Kodály approach to education and methodology in early music education
  • How to develop children's understanding of the musical elements focusing principally on pulse, rhythm, pitch, dynamics, tempo and structure 
  • Activites for song singing through movement and musical games
  • How to develop creativity through composing activities
  • Listening / Responding to music through storytelling and movement
  • Use of percussion instruments in the classroom to develop pulse, rhythm and timbre
  • Active music-making for ages:
  • How to use puppets to encourage anticipation and participation
  • Activities for unconscious / conscious development of rhythm and dynamics
  • Pre-reading and writing of music activities
  • Activities to develop literacy 
  • Suitable song material to engage children and to develop pulse, pitch and rhythm
  • How to formulate a lesson plan
  • Useful resources for happy and stimulating music classes

Some of the benefits of the workshops include:

  • Opportunity to train with Early Music Education Specialists and experts in their field who have over 20 years of music teaching experience and knowledge in early music education
  • Develop your skills as an early music educator
  • Develop a systematic approach to teaching music
  • Gain ideas for active music making based on the three strands of the new music curriculum: performing, listening & responding and composing
  • Learn new songs and games to use in your class and gain an understanding of what the resource is teaching the children
  • Learn how to devise lesson plans
  • Receive a Certificate of Attendance in Early Music Education Training

Cost of Workshops: €120.00

Course venue: Castleknock School of Music, Studio One, 4-5 The Mall, Ongar Village, D. 15

Terms & Conditions Apply (Please see enrolment form)


  • Book with a Friend 10% Discount (for both bookings)
  • Prior Booking is essential 


Please download the form below and send together with the fee to Ms. Margo O'Shea, Administrator, 4-5 The Mall, Ongar Village, Dublin 15. Payment can be made by cheque, postal order or bank draft via post. You can also pay by debit / credit card at reception during reception opening hours at our Ongar Centre 3.0-0[m. which is Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday 2.00 - 6.00pm or on Saturdays between 10.00 - 3.00pm.

Alternatively, you can forward the enrolment to us via email and make payment online at www.easypaymentsplus.ie. You log in, scroll to Castleknock School of Music, select Mini Music Academy Fee and make payment there.

Download enrolment form here

The workshops will be given by Eileen Brogan and Margaret Reid (Directors of MMA). Eileen and Margaret have been teaching music for over 30 years and have been specializing in early childhood music education for over 20 years.


Christmas Concerts Series Gala Concert

Pianos Plus Concert Hall

Sunday 4th December 2016


Ready! Steady! Sing! Choir sing festive carols with special solo piano performances from selected students of CSM kicks off our

23rd Christmas Concerts Series this season.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Lorraine Galvin


Nicolaus Gregory


Admission Free

All Welcome

CSM Team

Directions to Pianos Plus can be obtained by pasting the link below into Google search:



Royal Irish Academy of Music Exams Schedule for CSM


Musicianship Theory Examinations

Saturday 4th Decemver 2016 at 2.00pm

Grade III  to Senior Certificate Theory Exams

Hartstown Community School (Main Hall)

Hartstown, Dublin 15

Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your written exams

All RIAM Piano, Woodwind, Strings, Vocal, Music Theatre & Medal Awards in performance exams  

CSM Ongar Centre

Sunday 4th December 2016  

09.30am - 18.00pm

Studios 1, 6 & 7

Examiners: Ms. Evelyn Herarns, Mr. Larry Carolan & Ms. Michelle Whelan (RIAM)

Sunday 22nd May 2016  09.30am - 18.00pm

Studio 1 & Studio 7

Good luck in your exams everyone!

CSM Team






CSM Teacher Varazdat Khachatryan will appear on THE LATE LATE SHOW this evening Friday 16th September 2016 performing with Vladamir & Anton Brothers.

Not to be missed! Listen to the piano part - that's the best bit obviously!!!!!

Check out their performance on UTUBE here:



CSM Student High Achievers 2015-2016



Congratulations to the following students who performed amazingly in their recent Royal Irish Academy of Music and Registry of Guitar Tutor Exam  


Student High Achiever Exam Taken Teacher
Darren Hughes Senior Cert Piano  Brendan Finan
Abayawickrema Emily Preparatory Sarah Dalton
Bourke Sophie Preparatory Varo Khachatryan
Byrne Layla Preparatory Sarah Dalton
Chan Eric Preparatory Sarah Dalton
Chinnappan Andrea Preparatory Krisztina Bartha
Domsa Matei Grade I Emma Tataru
Donohoe Rachel Grade 1 Sarah Dalton
Fadare Joy Preparatory Emma Tataru
Faharty Adam Preparatory Sarah Dalton
Flannery Bobby Preparatory Krisztina Bartha
Friel Anna Grade III Stevie Darragh
Good Victoria Preparatory Brendan Finan
Harold James Preparatory Varo Khachatryan
Homina Odosa Preparatory Krisztina Bartha
Jones Dylan Grade 1 Kirstie Muldoon
Jose Alfred Grade 1 Gertie Ryan
Kelleher Olive Preparatory Sarah Dalton
Krivakova Corrina Preparatory Krisztina Bartha
Mc Donagh Erin Preparatory Krisztina Bartha
Renehan Mark Grade 1 Keith Stears
Sam Sharon Preparatory Varo Khachatryan
Seery Cormac Preparatory Sarah Dalton
Talbot Amy Preparatory Sarah Dalton
Talbot Kate Preparatory Sarah Dalton






Trad Group Sessions


Tutor: Antonello Dorazio B.Mus (Perf) MA (Sax Perf)

Day: Thursday

Time: 6.30-7.00pm

Venue: St. Brigid’s National School, Castleknock

Sessions held bi-weekly

Want to be in a trad group and make music. Then this is your opportunity. We are looking for the following instrumentalists: flute, clarinet, whistle, guitar, keyboard and bodhrán/percussion.

Class Description

The focus of the class is to gain experience of performing in a trad group. You will learn tradition tunes, develop your aural skills and have lots of craic making music together. You will make new friends while developing your sense of rhythm, pulse, articulation and sense of flow. In other words, being on the way to becoming an excellent trad musician.

The final class of each semester will be an Open Rehearsal Session at a public venue. (Venue TBC)Please note, you need to have been playing your instrument for minimum 3 years and to be of Grade 1 + standard.

Enrolment is open to classically trained players.

Reading notation is an advantage. Children, teenagers & adults welcome to enrol!

Fee:  €70.00 per semester of 7 Bi-weekly sessions (internal students of CSM)

         €85.00 per semester of 7 Bi-weekly sessions (external students of CSM)

Enrol now! Places are limited. Download application form at:

www.castleknockschoolofmusic.com or email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone:
Margo on 01 826 1100



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