Students must enrol prior to commencing lessons each year.

Application forms will be emailed to existing students with their Easter invoices. New students may apply to the office for application forms or alternatively download from the Documents page on the Website. Priority of place allocation will be given according to the date the enrolment form is received.


All fees are due in advance and must be paid by the third week of term. Failure to pay fees in good time may result in forfeiture of place. Fees will not be refunded if a student cancels lessons during the term. Fees may be paid directly to the office or in the school during the first week of each term.


SAM prepares students for the practical and theory exams of the Royal Irish Academy of Music and ABRSM. There are three exams sessions per year and students are entered at the discretion of their teacher. Exam fees must be paid on time. Failure to pay the fees by the closing date (advertised on the school notice board and website) means students will not be entered for the exam. Exam fees are non-refundable.

Instrument Bank

SAM instrument bank provides instruments for rental to students. For information please contact the office.

Missed classes and punctuality

Students must attend their lessons at scheduled times. Teachers are not obliged to reschedule lessons missed by students or give extra time to absent or late students. If a teacher is unable to attend a lesson a deputy teacher may be appointed – if none is available the class will be made up at a mutually convenient time or the fee credited.

Force Majeure 

In the event of circumstances beyond our control for example school closures as a result of a government directive, students will be entitled to a 50% credit for the missed lesson.


The Administrator must be notified of withdrawal of a student from lessons. Adjustments to invoices or refunds can only be made after the date of this formal notification.


Students are required to respect school property and the building at all times. Please behave in a quiet and orderly manner both in the school and school grounds. Students must co-operate fully with teachers to ensure a good learning environment. Repetition of unruly behavior will be dealt with by the Director and can result in discontinuation of classes.


The school is open Tuesday – Saturday inclusive. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9.30am to 3.30pm. Students and parents should regularly check the school notice board,website and facebook for general information and details of exam fees, closing dates and school events.

General enquiries will be dealt with immediately, where possible, during office hours. Outside office hours please ring and leave a message: 087-6847792 or email: info@sligoacademyofmusic.ie

Note: Photographs

From time to time photographs and/or video may be taken of students for publicity purposes. Unless otherwise stated, submission of signed enrolment forms will be regarded as permission for use.

Covid-19 Procedures:

We will be recommencing with our face to face classes and will be continuing to review this in accordance with government guidelines. The online classes are still an option for any students who would prefer. As you will appreciate this is a fluid situation and SAM will continue to communicate our response to any new guidelines as necessary.

For the purposes of contact tracing all students are required to complete the SAM Covid Questionnaire which I will email to you separately. A reconfirmation of this form MUST be completed within the 24 hours prior to your weekly lesson time (the reconfirmation reminder will be emailed to you each week). Students who have not submitted their health questionnaire will not be admitted to the school until it is received.

Students must wear a face mask at all times in the corridors of the school, if anyone is unable to do so for medical reasons please contact the office. Tutors will be wearing a visor and maintaining a minimum of 2 metre social distancing in the classrooms. Hand washing stations have been installed for use on the corridors upstairs and in the GP area on the ground floor. Hand sanitisers are available at all entrances and in all classrooms. Students are requested to sanitise their hands on entering and exiting the classroom.

Students are requested to follow the one-way system in Summerhill by following the clearly marked arrows on the floor.

As per the guidelines issued, to minimise contact between people and to ensure effective contact tracing, we must limit access to the building. Only students with a scheduled lesson or class are permitted to enter the school. Parents/guardians or other family members are requested to wait in their cars. If you feel your child will have a problem finding their classroom please contact the teacher prior to the lesson and they will come and meet the student at the front door.

If a student displays any symptoms prior to their instrumental lesson please do not attend the class at the Academy. Contact your teacher and they will provide your lesson online at the scheduled lesson time. If you are unsure as to whether your child should attend or not, please err on the side of caution.


If a student displays symptoms of Covid-19 at the Academy:

As per the Academy’s Covid 19 Response Plan (Available on our website)

  • If a student displays symptoms of Covid 19 during their lesson time they will be taken to a designated isolation room.
  • The student must be collected as soon as possible.
  • You must contact your GP and discuss with them the symptoms displayed.
  • If a student’s condition deteriorates before they are collected we will contact the emergency services and advise you accordingly.

Covid-19 Prevention: 

  • It is vitally important that you are aware of the symptoms of Covid-19 and that students do not attend for a lesson if they or any member of their household is unwell with symptoms consistent with Covid-19
  • In keeping with public health requirements, a student who has Covid-19 must not attend the Academy for 14 days to eliminate the risk of transmission of the virus.
  • We expect all students to adhere to the public health requirements regarding travel outside the county.

Sligo Academy of Music Code of Conduct

By participating in classes at the Sligo Academy of Music it is assumed that the parents/students have read and agreed with the following policy.

Parents/Guardians will:

–          Remember that children and young people learn music for their enjoyment.

–          Ensure that their children undertake the weekly practise as advised by the instrumental tutor and complete the weekly theory homework set by the theory tutor.

–          Understand that entry for a formal RIAM examination is the decision of the instrumental/theory tutor and is at the tutor’s discretion.

–          Understand that the tutors at the Sligo Academy of Music are only responsible for students in the classroom for the duration of the lesson.

–          Refer any timetabling issues to the administration office.

–          Ensure that students attend their lessons on time. The tutor is not obliged to wait more than 10 minutes for a student.

–          Inform the tutor if their children will not be attending a lesson.

–          Ensure that students are collected from the lesson on time.

–          Not interrupt the tutor during another student’s lesson or a class lesson.

–          Adhere to the Sligo Academy of Music Missed Lessons Policy.


Tutors will:


–          Provide a broad and balanced musical education. We will help the student make the most of their musical education whatever their ability.

–          Treat every student equally.

–          Encourage and support students to reach their musical potential.

–          Keep parents and guardians informed about exams, concerts and any other events relevant to the students involved.

–          Provide a safe, caring and stimulating learning environment.

–          Aim to give every student a positive and enjoyable experience at the Sligo Academy of Music.

–          Enter students for exams when they are prepared and at the level of ability required for the exam.

–          Refer any timetabling issues to the administration office.

–          Be available to talk to you about your children’s progress during their lesson time.

–          Listen and act upon your concerns.

–          Adhere to the Sligo Academy of Music Missed Lessons Policy.


Students will:


–          Show respect for their tutor(s).

–          Ensure they practise regularly as advised by their tutor and complete the homework set by their theory tutor each week.

–          Be kind, sensitive and respectful towards other students.

–          Not use mobile phones during lessons and orchestra/ensemble rehearsals.

Sligo Academy of Music Missed Lessons Policy:


–          If a student misses a lesson for any reason unfortunately the Sligo Academy of Music is unable to make up that lesson.

–          Tutors will not work overtime, either coming in before their normal teaching session or staying later than it, to make up lessons a student has missed unless that lesson is paid for as an extra lesson.

–          Parents/guardians are to inform the tutor as soon as possible if their children are going to miss a lesson.

–          If a student misses a series of lessons due to unforeseen circumstances we will make every effort to be flexible and accommodate that student’s needs.

–          If a tutor misses a lesson for any reason the tutor takes responsibility for making up the class. An alternative lesson will be offered to the student or a credit will be given.


Orchestra Policy:


–          Orchestra members are expected to attend all orchestral rehearsals on time including sectionals.

–          Parents are to inform the office in advance if their children cannot attend an orchestral rehearsal.

–          The orchestral desk plan is set by the musical director and tutors and takes many factors asides from ability into account eg. attendance, reliability, age, previous seating positions and friendships. The tutors’ decision is final.

–          Students are required to bring a pencil, rubber, stand and music to every rehearsal.

–          Students/parents are required to help with set up and clear up at rehearsals and concerts as requested.

–          The use of mobile phones by students is not permitted during rehearsal.