How do I enrol ?

Submit an enquiry form on which you will provide details about your query, contact information, days and times that are convenient for the lesson. We will then let you know some options based on your form info. When the class details are confirmed we will email an invoice.  You can pay by card through the email or make alternative arrangements.

What age can my child learn music ?

Instrumental learning can happen from 6 or 7 depending on the instrument. Piano, ukulele, keyboard, tin whistle and bodhran are all appropriate for 6 year olds. Pre instrumental classes are offered for all ages. We have mini beats for 4 to 7 year olds and ‘Baby Beats’ class for 9 months to 36 months.

Do you teach adults ?

Yes, we teach adults and children.

Where do your classes take place ?

At our premises in Drumcondra. We are located in the basement of the ABC, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower, under Nelly's cafe. Access the basement by the front courtyard.

How much do private lessons cost ?

Private lessons are charged per term. For 2021 a 15 week term of private 30 minute lessons cost €330 for children and €360 for adults.

How much do group lessons cost ?

Group lessons are charged per term. For 2021 a 15 week term of group 30 minute lessons cost €165 for children and €180 for adults.

How much do partner lessons cost ?

Partner lessons are charged per term. For 2021 a 15 week term of partner 30 minute lessons cost €207 for children and €225 for adults.

Can I pay by instalments ?

Yes, term fees can be paid in 1, 2 or 3 payments throughout the term. 1st payment before term starts, 2nd payment in late October and the 3rd payment in late November. Each additional payment incurs an administration fee of €8. Paying by 1 payment saves you money.

How can I pay ?

You can pay by card, cash or transfer. Card payments can be made through an email invoice after enrolment. Transfer details are on the invoices. Cash payments can be made by appointment.

How long is a lesson ?

Our standard lesson duration is 30 minutes but we will teach 45 and 60 minute lessons if requested.

When does the term start, and can I join anytime ?

Term 1 starts after summer, around the first week of September for 15 weeks, and term 2 starts after christmas when schools go back and run for 22 weeks.


Yes, you can join anytime during the term if we have availability of your request. The listed term fee will be reduced accordingly.

What is required for online tuition?

For online tuition, you will need:


  • An instrument for tuition and practice (except for voice, theory, songwriting and music technology tuition).
  • An internet-connected laptop, computer, tablet or smartphone. (A laptop or computer with a webcam and microphone is recommended, as it will have the largest picture.)
  • Ideally, internet speed at least 1.5Mb per second. (You can test your speed using Measurement Lab’s Speed Test.)
  • Headphones or earbuds, if possible.
  • Free Zoom software or app.*


See our online lessons page for more information on online tuition with Tempo Music School.


Watch how to guides and videos here 

What are we doing to make the school safe during the Covid 19 pandemic?

We have adapted our classes and procedures in a number of ways to ensure the safety of our students and staff during this time:


  • Our classrooms are large enough to ensure proper social distancing between teachers and all students.
  • Classrooms are well-ventilated throughout the day with a window in each room. 
  • We have reduced the number of students in our group classes to ensure a safe distance between teacher and students.
  • Chairs will be set out for each class to ensure safe distances between students in group classes. 
  • Antiseptic hand gel is available at the entrance to our hallway.
  • Teachers clean the space used between each class with disinfectant wipes, paying particular attention to surfaces that may have been touched by students.
  • Classrooms and waiting areas are cleaned daily with reference to guidelines for best practice. 
  • We have a system in place (managed by the teachers) of staggering students when they are leaving classrooms so that several students are not in the hallway at any one time. 
  • Parents and adult students are reminded to arrive 2 or 3 minutes early and take a seat in the hallway. Students taking lessons will be directed out by their teachers and the waiting students will then be invited into the room by the teacher. 
  • Parents are also asked to ensure to collect children on time where possible for the same reason.

Where can I park my car or bike ?

There is on-street parking all around the block our building is located on. St Annes road, St Josephs Avenue and Alphonsus road.  There are also parking bays outside the front of our building, on Drumcondra Road, mainly for short term parking. 


There are bike racks outside on Drumcondra road beside the pedestrian crossing, also at the junction of St Annes road and Drumcondra road, and at the back of the ABC in the staff car park.

How can I get there by public transport ?

Tempo Music School is well served by public transport. There is a bus stop outside our building served by number 1, 11, 13, 33, 41 and 41C. Drumcondra railway station is next door to our building serving the Dublin Maynooth Longford Sligo line. 


See our Location page for details.

Do students need to have an instrument before starting lessons ?

Except for voice (singing), theory, musicianship and songwriting tuition, all students will need to have instruments at home for regular practice. And all in-school students – except those learning piano and drum kit, will need to bring their own instruments to the school for lessons or classes as well.