The CCSM orchestra in Concert

The CCSM - reaching new creative heights through music

The CCSM Trumpet Ensemble

The CCSM - making music in County Cork

Violinists from the CCSM Orchestra

The CCSM - committed to fulfilling every student's potential

Students of the CCSM

The CCSM fosters a unique love of music through music education and performance

The Staff of the CCSM

A dedicated body of music staff who are enthusiastically enriching local communities in County Cork

The Staff of the CCSM

The CCSM, through the medium of music, enriches and enhances the lives of many individuals within the community

Traditional Musicians from the CCSM performing in concert

The CCSM - delivering excellence through varied music programmes

Woodwind players from the CCSM in performance

The CCSM - now working in over 30 centres throughout County Cork

Cellists from the CCSM Orchestra

The CCSM - excellence in community-based education

Brass Players from the CCSM orchestra in performance

The CCSM - promoting instrumental excellence and providing inspiration for Cork communities

Instrumental Tuition


CCSM offers individual and in some instances group  instrumental lessons in the following instruments

  • Piano
  • The String Family including Violin, Viola, Cello, Classical and Leisure Guitar
  • The Woodwind Family including Flute, Oboe, Clarinet and Saxophone
  • The Percussion Family including Drums
  • The full range of Irish Traditional Instruments
  • Irish Harp

The School operates a limited instrumental loan scheme for certain instruments.

Students involved in the 'Let’s Play Together Programme' are actively encouraged to participate in our CCSM Christmas and May 'Concert Series' and our annual 'Gala Showcase Concert'. Many of our students gain considerable experience and success at competitive levels.


Violin Section of the CCSM Orchestra

The following is a list of LIST OF COUNTY CORK ENSEMBLES. Many CCSM students are actively participating in this extensive programme of ensemble activity.

  • CCSM Senior Orchestra
  • CCSM Junior Orchestra
  • Ballincollig Junior Band
  • Ballincollig Intermediate Band
  • Ballincollig Junior Orchestra
  • Ballincollig Youth Orchestra
  • Bandon Youth Orchestra
  • Kinsale Community Orchestra
  • Macroom Community Orchestra
  • St. Patrick's Brass Band Clonakilty
  • Ballincollig Concert Band
  • Blarney Brass and Reed Band
  • Cuisle Avondhu
  • Fermoy Youth Band
  • Fermoy Concert Band
  • Midleton Junior Band
  • Midleton Concert Band
  • CCSM Piano Ensemble Programme
  • CCSM String Ensemble Programme – 1. Spots ‘n Dots 2. Sounderellas 3. Simply Strings 4. Not Bananas
  • CCSM Brass Ensemble 1. Trumpet Ensemble
  • CCSM Woodwind Ensembles – Rhythm ‘n Reeds
  • The Minors - Voice and Piano Duo - Ballincollig Centre
  • Harptastic - Harp Ensemble - Coláiste Treasa, Kanturk
  • West  Cork  Wind Ensembles - Flute and Saxaphone Ensembles - Bantry
  • Ballygown Ensemble - Traditional Group - Ballygown National School
  • The Four Seasons String Quartet - Glanmire
  • Picato String Quintet - Students from Kinsale, Macroom and Cobh
  • Piano Trio - Piano, Violin and Cello Ensemble - Kinsale and  Schull

Violin-Students-at-the-CCSM.jpg CCSM activity encourages students to  participate in group music making . We believe that the work of our ensembles, bands and groups allow our students to gain valuable life long learning skills, foster & confidence building and nurture self esteem.

Our concerts and performances  series contribute significantly to strengthening music within the context of the broader community . CCSM also engages in national and international tours with our ensembles.

Best practice in Ensemble/Group performance and tuition is constantly being developed by the school.



CCSM MusicMakers Programme


  • The CCSM MUSIC MAKERS Programme is the School's year long interactive music course.
  • Our weekly group classes are practical, hands on opportunites for our students to experience and enjoy key aspects of LISTENING.
  • PERFORMING AND RESPONDING to Music. MUSIC MAKERS covers a wide range of musical styles and traditions and provides a social and musical dynamic which compliments our instrumental tuition programmes.
  • THE CCSM MUSIC MAKERS programme is currently offered to students at our GLANMIRE AND BALLINCOLLIG CENTRES ONLY.
  • Places in MUSIC MAKERS are offered in collaboration with the offer of places on our instrumental programmes in these two CENTRES only.
  • Participation in the CCSM MUSIC MAKERS programme is compulsory for students who are placed at our GLANMIRE and BALLINCOLLIG centres for instrumental tuition. No separate application form for MUSIC MAKERS is therefore necessary. Classes are 45 minutes in duration. Each student is required to attend one class each week alongside their instrumental programme.



"It was a lovely evening filled with lots of delightful music. I loved the orchestra but was also taken with the TY group from Glanmire and their body percussionist performance. "
- Millie Kingston, CCSM Parent

Instrument Care & Maintenance

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