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South Dublin Music is an independently owned music school with a mission statement to provide a high-quality educational environment for instrumental performance and music appreciation. As a registered company, the school is directed by its owner Niall O Brien ( and provides instrumental and group based music tuition in various locations within the Firhouse and Knocklyon catchment area. With over twenty years experience as Violin and Ensemble tutor Niall has also managed and Directed at Leeson Park School of Music and Newpark Music Centre. 


Company Information:

SDM is registered with the Companies Registration Officer ( as Standard Events with company number 580967. The registered address is 149 Kiltipper Gate, Tallaght, Dublin 24 YA6Y. 


Child Protection Policy:

SDM recognizes the importance of ensuring that all children and cared for, nurtured and protected within a holistic environment and seeks to ensure policies that are consistent with reporting and observational good practice. To this end, all employed teaching staff are Garda vetted and as company policy, made aware of their responsibilities to ensure the safety and care of all children attending the school. In line with guidelines from the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, Niall O Brien is the mandated contact with responsibility for ensuring that all concerns regarding child safety and protection are administered sensitively. Niall O Brien can be contacted here


Staff and Health and Safety Protocols:


Terms and Conditions: 

  • SDM academic year totals 26 weeks with an optional 6-week summer programme. 

  • Payment for classes is made in advance.

  • Payments made for classes are nontransferable. In the event of a student withdrawing from a class 50% of the remaining fees are liable.

  • Applications should be submitted on an official application form online. 

  • Attendance registers are maintained by teaching staff. Classes missed by students are forfeited but if sufficient notice is provided classes may be re-arranged depending on the tutor's availability. 

  • Classes missed by tutors owing to ill health, inclement weather, unforeseen circumstances etc may be covered by a substitute teacher or rearranged to a suitable time depending on circumstance.

  • Official school notification will be relayed by text and email. Parents are requested to provide up to date contact information.

  • Parents or guardians should ensure that an appropriate drop off and collection arrangement is in place in the interest of health and safety.

  • Classes are scheduled subject to a minimum enrolment. SDM reserves the right to adjust class times in accordance with the minimum enrolment policy.

  • External music examinations are encouraged but not obligatory.

  • Student progress reports remitted at the end of each academic year. 

Privacy and How We Use Data:

South Dublin Music (SDM) uses traditional marketing methods (house-to-house flyer drop, newspaper adverts), online marketing methods (social media such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) as well as Google Adwords, Email Campaigns and Owned Media ( to gather personal data on customers interested in using the educational opportunities available at SDM. 


Data is stored under two headings


  • Those taking lessons at the school 


  • Those currently not taking lessons at the school, but who have expressed an interest, or made enquiries about taking lessons at the school.


In both cases, Parent/Guardian Name, Contact Number, Home Address, Email Address and Name of Student are maintained and stored for communication purposes. 


SDM wishes to update current students on lesson updates, organizational developments, changes to the class timetable and any other relevant information necessary for effective school administration. 


SDM also wishes to gain consent to update all users on future marketing initiatives and in this regard seeks consent from subscribers to do so. At any point, a wish to be unsubscribed from receiving email updates, marketing and communication can be made. All requests will be administered within a period of 3 working days.


Personal contact information will be stored for the duration of a students enrolment at SDM. Past students, students not currently taking lessons at the school will have personal information removed from the database after a period of three years unless otherwise instructed.


All personal information is stored on a personal computer in a secure location and reasonable efforts to ensure security is maintained on an ongoing basis.


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