New SE22 Piano School web site coming soon!

Our new web site is online and this blog has moved. We will no longer be updating this blog.

Have a look at our new site: SE22 Piano School.

Click to visit our new web site!

Click to visit our new web site!

New Students: For lesson enquiries, please email lorraine@se22piano.co.uk for an application pack. Lessons are £25 for 30 minutes or £50 for an hour. We are meeting prospective students in the February half-term for a consultation lesson to determine readiness to start the piano. We have vacancies on Monday and Saturday afternoons.

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Find out about our latest vacancies by joining our mailing list: http://mad.ly/signups/22304/join

Music Aptitude Tests:
If you are applying for secondary state school entry on a Music Aptitude place, have a look at our dedicated web site for MAT training tests. http://musicaptitudetest.co.uk/

Performance Opportunities in London:
If you would like to socialise with fellow pianists and musicians, then have a look at our regular events in Central and South London. Observers and performers most welcome. Beginners are encouraged to come and share your repertoire.

Saturday 20 July at Jaques Samuel Piano Showroom:
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/217875

Saturday 10 August at Jaques Samuel Piano Showroom:
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/217877

Buying a Piano
Many visitors to our site are looking for advice on buying a digital piano. We recommend the Roland SuperNATURAL digital piano. Simon Pollard from Two Circles Music can also advise on acoustic piano purchases if you are based in the UK so do get in touch with him: simon@twocirclesmusic.com. Two Circles Music also offer a great discount to our students and web site visitors, use the promotional code DULWICH13 at the checkout for a 5% discount and free next day P&P on all sheet music purchased online.

Two Circles UK Sheet Music retailer

Exam Results:
View our students’ exam results and achievements in this gallery: ABRSM Piano Exam Results

Safiya, age 7, Grade 3 ABRSM Piano, Distinction. January 2013

Safiya, age 7, Grade 3 ABRSM Piano, Distinction. January 2013

Grade 8 Distinction - student of Lorraine Liyanage

Grade 8 Distinction – student of Lorraine Liyanage

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Iris cooks… Pol Sambol

Here is Iris’ latest cookery video filmed in Sri Lanka:

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Music Aptitude Tests for 2017 state school entry

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Check out our newly updated Music Aptitude Test site:

http://musicaptitudetest.co.uk/

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The 4 sample tests contain 60 questions in each test (total 240 questions).
You can purchase these online for instant download.

If you are experiencing any issues with our online payment system, please email londonpianoevents@gmail.com and we will be able to assist you.

You will receive a Zipped folder containing:

4 complete specimen tests
Blank question sheet – multiple choice
Answer sheet

The files are Mac or PC compatible. Use your computer or laptop to download and unzip the files. You can then transfer these to an iPad or iPhone using iTunes. Do not use Outlook to download the link, please use a browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

For help with unzipping a folder, see here:

Buy the Music Aptitude Tests
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Masterclass for Young Pianists in association with Casio Bechstein

25th September 2016 hosted by Dulwich Music Festival, Asylum & Maverick Projects, Caroline Gardens Chapel, Asylum Road, SE15 2SQ London. Performer and audience spaces are available for a free e…

Source: Masterclass for Young Pianists in association with Casio Bechstein

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Music Aptitude Tests: September 2017 State School entry

Music Aptitude Tests
Try out the practice tests online in advance of the Autumn MAT tests for September 2017 state school entry. [musicaptitudetest.co.uk]

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Music Aptitude Tests for 2017 secondary school entry

2017 Secondary School Entry: The timetable is available for the SW Herts Consortium Music Aptitude Tests.

You can download and practice the specimen Aural Tests online so that you know what kind of tests to expect.

Music Aptitude Test web site:
https://musicaptitudetest.wordpress.com/

TO REGISTER FOR THE CONSORTIUM TESTS, PLEASE GO TO: www.swhertsschools.org.uk

TO REGISTER FOR THE CONSORTIUM TESTS, PLEASE GO TO:
http://www.swhertsschools.org.uk

The South West Hertfordshire School Admissions Consortium was formed by the following schools

Bushey Meads
Rickmansworth
St Clement Danes
Parmiter’s
Queens’
Watford Grammar School for Boys
Watford Grammar School for Girls


About the Music Aptitude Test (Round One)

The written test consists of questions involving three areas of music, namely PITCH, MELODY, and TEXTURE.

Pitch: For example candidates listen to two sounds and have to indicate whether the second sound is the same as the first, or whether it is higher or lower.

Melody: For example candidates listen to two tunes consisting of five notes. Candidates have to decide whether the second tune is the same as the first or if one of the notes has been altered. If there is a change, candidates will be expected to identify which note has been altered by giving the note number.

Texture: For these questions candidates listen to a number of extracts containing multiple instruments or sounds. Candidates need to comment on the amount of instruments and compare any differences between examples.

In addition to the written aptitude test, Candidates will be required to complete a musical performance aptitude test. Each child will be allocated a 5 minute slot to perform their chosen piece of vocal or instrumental music. Their aptitude for music will be further assessed from this performance and, as there is a free choice of piece, this will allow candidates of all cultures an equal chance to succeed. An accompanist will be provided. Students can bring their own CD backing track.

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Music Aptitude Tests for 2017 secondary school entry

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Proposed changes to the admission arrangements for The Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School for the academic year of entry 2017/2018

Year 7: To use a single music aptitude test, rather than the current arrangements which employ two tests.

You can prepare for the Music Aptitude Tests by using the following specimen tests that are indicative of the style of test used: http://musicaptitudetest.co.uk/

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Music Aptitude Tests for 2017 secondary school entry

PARMITER’S SCHOOL SECONDARY TRANSFER TO YEAR 7 IN SEPTEMBER 2017

Parents of children currently in Year 5, who might apply for a place in Year 7 for Secondary Transfer in September 2017 under Academic or Music, must register with the South West Herts Consortium.  Registration for the tests will open in May 2016 and will be available via the SW Herts Consortium website:   www.swhertsschools.org.uk. The entrance tests are normally held in September but the dates are not yet available.

You can prepare for the Music Aptitude Tests by using the following specimen tests that are indicative of the style of test used: http://musicaptitudetest.co.uk/

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Casio Workshop for Piano Teachers

Conrad's Chords

Come and see me and get in for cheap!

Fun-Games-Front-CoverSince Launching Fun, Games and Party pieces I have been really pleased with how versatile it has proved to be in my own teaching. I added chord diagrams to each tune for family members to play along on different instruments, or teachers who like to work with chords like me.

The book functions well enough as a collection of fun pieces for beginners, but also has real scope for opening up the world of harmony for teacher and pupil alike, starting a journey that will ensure a deeper understanding of all the music the student will encounter in their future.

There are so many things you can do with these chord diagrams, giving students the ability to use chords, harmonise and understand harmony right from the beginning.

Excitingly, I’m going to get a chance to demonstrate these techniques in the Casio…

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Dulwich Piano Festival

Some thoughts on the Dulwich Piano Festival duet class from adjudicator Rosa Conrad

Conrad's Chords

Set piece for the 2014 duet class: Andante con Moto, IV from Rosamund Conrad’s Delightfully Easy Piano Duets: book 1


dulwich winnerI’ve realised you can’t create something and expect people to care about it without getting out into the big wide world and showing your face. Or put another way: creating something and putting it out there brings new, interesting and challenging  things your way.

When I emailed the unstoppable Lorraine Liyanage, founder and director of the Dulwich Piano Festival from my cozy kitchen suggesting that my book might be good for a duet class, I didn’t foresee I would be asked to go and adjudicate the class myself.

I have some experience of Piano Festivals – as a kid freezing mid tune, cheeks burning and being politely advised to start again, and later winning the cup for under 15s Beethoven when I was around 14.9 (recurring). A passionate believer that…

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Hear It Live! At the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Tuesday 29 April. Free entry.

http://www.horniman.ac.uk/visit/events/hear-it-live

From The Horniman web site:
To celebrate the arrival of our new At Home With Music display, we are hosting a live performance on our 1772 Kirckman harpsichord in the Music Gallery, on the last Tuesday of each month.

On Tuesday 29 April Lorraine Liyanage will perform selected movements from JS Bach’s French Suite no.1, and selected sections of the Württemberg sonata in A minor by Carl Philip Emanuel Bach. The programme includes music to commemorate the 300th anniversary of CPE Bach.

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