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.

Join Our Mailing List:
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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Music Aptitude Tests for 2018 secondary school entry

Now that the Easter break is over, many of my students at the SE22 Piano School in London will start preparing for the Music Aptitude Tests that take place this Autumn for 2018 state school entry. The tests vary from school to school, but the basic sections that are included in all tests are covered in our training tests that can be purchased online.
http://www.se22piano.co.uk/downloads/music-aptitude-tests/

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Pitch

Higher or Lower?
This part of the test asks you to listen to two sounds.  You have to decide if the second note is higher or lower than the first or the same. Ask yourself if the second note is rising (higher) or falling (lower) or staying the same.

Melody
If a student is able to sing back a short melody or play it back on their instrument, this will stand them in good stead for the Melody questions. You can help your child at home by playing their favourite songs and asking them to sing back different sections of the songs to you, just using one syllable such as “la” instead of the words.

The Melody questions will play you one extract of 5 notes in length. The second version may or may not be different and you will be tested on whether you can hear the difference in a melody line by selecting the number of the note that is different.

Texture
The Aptitude Tests play a chord and ask you to identify how many notes you can hear. A chord is two or more notes. In the tests, they will ask you to differentiate between 2, 3 or 4 notes being played at once. The more notes are in the chord, the more dense the sound appears. Here is one of our students trying out Section 3 of the Music Aptitude Test which is available from our MAT Training Web site.

Rhythm
Sense of rhythm can be developed by plenty of clapping exercises. You can help your child at home with this by playing their favourite songs to them, then asking them to clap back short sections of the song to you. Once they have mastered familiar songs, then present unknown songs to them to see how they cope with unfamiliar rhythms.

Purchase the tests online:
http://www.se22piano.co.uk/downloads/music-aptitude-tests/

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Upcoming recitals, January – May 2017

The Dulwich Music Festival adjudicators and SE22 Piano School team will be performing various recitals this year. Do come along!

Gary Branch & Lorraine Liyanage @ Clementi House, Kensington
26 February 2017
Piano Recital
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Lorraine Liyanage @ Huguenot Museum, Rochester
25 March 2017
Elizabethan Virginals Recital
[More Info]

Lorraine Liyanage @ Horniman Museum and Gardens
25 April 2017
Hear it Live: Harpsichord Recital (TBC)

Lorraine Liyanage @ Huguenot Museum, Rochester
20 May 2017
French Harpsichord Music as part of ‘Museums at Night’.
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Recital of French harpsichord music at the Huguenot Museum. Online ticket booking now open! http://huguenotmuseum.org/event/museums-at-night/

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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

music aptitude test

Check out our newly updated Music Aptitude Test site:

http://musicaptitudetest.co.uk/

Music-Aptitude-Test-Round-One

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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