Academy of Popular Music (Singing, Piano and Guitar)

The Academy of Popular Music’s graded exams have been developed by leading popular music experts Dr. Trish Rooney and Karl Rooney - author of the Cork School of Music’s Degree in Popular Music.  These graded exams provide students with the skills and milestones they need to become successful contemporary musicians. They develop musicianship skills using the number rather than tonic sofa system which is used by contemporary musicians; improvisational skills that are vital for development as a popular musician;  appropriate scales for commercial music; and relevant graded sight reading skills.  Examinations are conducted in Singing, Piano and Guitar up to Grade 8.


Lucy has been attending Centre Stage since the age of 4.  I can’t thank the teachers and staff enough for all they instill in our kids; the talent, confidence & camaraderie inside those doors are so important, and it's a privilege for any child to be part of, and something which they’ll carry with them through life. 

Lisa Punch

My daughter Aoibhe Lilly has attended Centre Stage for the past 5 years. The overall experience has been phenomenal. She has always enjoyed the high standard of classes on offer. Centre Stage offers a caring, nurturing environment, where love of arts is encouraged, in a place where children can dance, act, sing, laugh and have fun, making lifelong friends and memories. In Aoibhes own words 'It's my happy place'!

Eilish O'Leary

My daughter has been attending Centre Stage School for 4 years. She started with Theatre Tots and moved on ward from there. The musical theatre classes have been instrumental in the development of her self-confidence, as well as her great love for music and dance. The teachers and staff include and encourage all children of all abilities, and each child has a chance to shine. I couldn’t recommend Centre Stage School highly enough. Thank you to everyone there for the amazing work you do!  

Caroline Hayes (Arts Educational School London)