Cork City Music College was founded in 1987. The aim of the fledgling college was to provide a comprehensive music education for adults and children, recognising that every student has different interests and capabilities. In 1990 the College moved to Drinan Street, and from here the Music Outreach Network was developed. This scheme provides instrumental tuition by fully qualified teachers in 10 different locations throughout the city and county at no extra cost to the student. Tuition is provided in a large range of instruments, theory of music, and for the Junior and Leaving Certificate Musicianship courses. Opportunities for ensemble playing are provided in our Junior and Senior Orchestras, and various wind ensembles.
In 2016 Cork City Music College moved to Deerpark CBS which is now the main teaching and administrative centre.