We have four teachers working at the SE22 Piano School on Mondays to Saturdays. Each teacher has a different student base depending on the student’s level of playing and experience. Rachel, Claire and Peter focus their teaching on beginners and junior level pianists. Lorraine’s students are intermediate to advanced level students (Grades 3+) that demonstrate a passion and dedication to mastering the piano. Occasionally Lorraine will take lower-grade students if they show great enthusiasm and commitment to learning through daily practice. We review our teaching timetable yearly to ensure that you are learning with the teacher that best suits your needs.
Claire Harris started learning the piano at the age of four and has a classical training, gaining a Diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in 2005. She completed her undergraduate music degree at the New Zealand School of Music and graduated with first class honours in 2009. She will start her Master’s Degree at the Royal College of Music this year. Claire’s teaching practice includes beginners to intermediate level. As well as the classical exam curriculum, she really enjoys introducing students to jazz and other popular styles of music.
Rachel Bishop holds a teaching certificate from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and has recently completed a course at the British Kodaly Academy which specialises in music education for producing well-rounded musicians from an early age. Rachel’s teaching focusses on our youngest learners.
Lorraine Liyanage holds a performance diploma from Trinity College of Music and a teaching diploma from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. She also has Grade 8 certificates in both the harpsichord and the piano. She teaches intermediate and advanced level students a wide range of repertoire from Baroque music to the music of living composers. Lorraine enjoys teaching students that are passionate about music and understand the need for daily practice and hard work in the quest to conquer the incredibly difficult yet rewarding task that is learning the piano!
Peter Gosling completed his BMus in 1999 at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and went on to study composing for film and television, graduating with an MA from the National Film & Television School. Peter been teaching piano for 5 years to primary school age children. In 2012 Peter completed a City & Guilds Certificate of Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector and is now working towards Associate Teacher status from the Institute for Learning.