Music Exams

Mayo School of Music is a center for Royal Irish Academy of Music examinations.

Music exams provide an excellent structure for progression and overall musical development. They also are very significant for Personal Statements and CV's - they give credence to pupils' self-discipline and self-motivation; qualities that count for a lot when applying for University or employment opportunities. 

However, it is important to balance exams with developing technique, musical knowledge and repertoire, and the enjoyment of playing beautiful music in a variety of settings.

Music Exams take place at our schools once per term.

Latest Exam News

Please contact the school for information regarding changes to our March and summer exams

- Exams due to take place at our schools on 13/3/20 have been postponed until further notice.

- Our summer exams have been submitted. Please expect delays to the schedule.

Information for students taking exams

  • Exact payments must be payed in advance of submitting for exams.
  • Prices can be found on the Royal Irish Academy of Music website. We do not charge any additional fees.
  • We will notify you of the exact time/day of your exam by text, at least two weeks before the exam.
  • Unless you are taking a piano or guitar exam, you will require a piano accompanist. If requested, we can provide an accompanist for an additional €20, which will include a ten minute run-through before your exam. 
  • Photocopies are not allowed to be used in exams.

About R.I.A.M.

The Royal Irish Academy of Music is Ireland’s oldest conservatoire, ranked in the top 50 institutions in the world for the performing arts. We train gifted musicians from all over the world for careers in music performance, composition and pedagogy. Our graduates are innovative and reflective, with skills that enable them to take on the challenge of a life in the creative arts with confidence and zest.

Our teaching staff includes many international prize-winners and principals of professional orchestras in Ireland. It also includes individuals whose names have become synonymous with music education in Ireland. These experienced teachers are passionate about working with talented students to unlock their artistic potential.

Regular visitors include international artists such as:

  • Sir James Galway, Ann Murray DBE,
  • guitarist Xuefei Yang and
  • violinist Daniel Rowland.

Our performing groups are celebrated for the vitality and passion of their performances. These groups are regularly invited to perform at significant venues both in Ireland and overseas.