About the School

About LSMD

The LSMD is an established national examining body in Ireland and the centre for excellence in music and drama education and training since 1904. Since its founding, the school has produced an array of accomplished performers and pedagogues.

Our mission is to nurture and support music and drama education and training. Through the LSMD, graded music and drama examinations, diplomas and teacher training courses, our aim is to make music and drama tuition and training accessible. Our graded exams are designed to encourage learners' technical and artistic development. When it comes to our graded examinations we pride ourselves on the support and flexibility that we offer music and drama teachers. We remain Ireland’s largest independent music and drama examining body.

The Benefits of Studying with LSMD

  • Leading Music Academy and Drama School: Over 100 years later, we remain Ireland's largest independent music academy, offering examinations both nationally and internationally.
  • Established Teaching Staff: Our staff are firmly established in the area of performance, which adds to the unique learning experience you will receive.
  • Prominent Students: Both past and present students have performed at a national and international level, whether it's performing at the National Concert Hall or touring the globe with opera and orchestra companies.

Our Courses

We offer Certificate courses, Higher Diplomas and 1 to 1 Lessons across music and drama. Our 1 to 1 lessons lessons are available to all individuals, ages and abilities. Read more about individual lessons here

We also offer a number of academic teacher training programmes in the form of our Certificate and Higher Diploma courses in Music and Drama. The focus of the LSMD’s academic programmes is to prepare students to be private music and drama teachers. The programmes are not teacher council recognised, so although graduates can of course teach private after school lessons in schools, they cannot teach as part of secondary or primary school curriculum. 

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