With the 2024 Southwark Awards approaching, here is our experience of winning the 2021 Business Resilience Award during lockdown.

For SE22 Piano School, winning the 2021 COVID-19 Business Resilience Award sponsored by Lendlease, was validation of their outstanding work to support clients and keep the business going during lockdowns.

Lorraine Liyanage, Head Teacher and founder, said: “Covid had been such a struggle and we had stayed afloat by looking at ways in which we could add more value while kids were at home during lockdown. We are the only business of its kind in the area and we got this award because we offered more than just the lesson.”

During the pandemic the school was able to offer Zoom music lessons and in addition, organised weekly group lessons that were open to all young musicians, not just students. These allowed a meeting place for both teachers and students to perform music for each other.

The winner’s graphic has been placed on the school’s website and social media and there has been a spike in enquiries since the Virtual Awards Ceremony last October and as COVID-19 restrictions lift.

The East Dulwich-based music school is now open for piano, guitar, singing and theory lessons in person, and helps students prepare for the upcoming music scholarships and aptitude tests to local state schools.

Its achievement in the 2021 Southwark Business Resilience Awards was all the more welcome after an initial disappointment in 2019.

“We first entered the awards programme in the year they started but didn’t get anywhere so decided to try again – in business you can’t get put off – and it was a massive surprise that we won.”

Beginner Piano Books & Information for New Piano Students in East Dulwich

We are delighted to have you on board! Once you have paid your invoice for your first block of lessons, please ensure you sign up to our newsletter link that you received in the email containing the link to this page.

You will also need the following books:

Books for lessons:

Theory Books ~ and Theory Drills ~

Beginner Piano Book ~

You can also purchase these books at the local music shop by East Dulwich station (South London Music)/

Piano Books for Young Beginners

Please note:

Your teacher is your first point of contact for all queries. The admin email is only used to enrol new students. Going forwards, please discuss any issues with your teacher at the start of the lesson. They will contact us if they cannot assist with your enquiry.

Terms and Conditions for Lessons:

  1. We do not reschedule or refund missed lessons as we operate the same terms as a private school
  2. Your lesson time remains the same for the academic year
  3. A supply teacher will be used if your teacher is not available
  4. In the case of lockdown, lessons will be online. No refund or carrying over of lessons is allowed so please ensure you are able to attend Zoom lessons before you enrol for lessons.
  5. Late payment of an invoice incurs a £10 administration charge. We reserve the right to give away your space if payment is not received after issuing one reminder.
  6. Your teacher is the first point of contact for all queries. They will contact our admin team on your behalf if they are unable to assist you. 

Music Aptitude Test tips: Texture

Music Aptitude Test tips: Texture

The SE22 Piano School is running a competition on Instagram. Win a 1-to-1 Music Aptitude Test scholarship preparation lesson in September 2023. All the info is here:

I will be regularly blogging with tips on how to ace the Music Aptitude Test. Lots of my students in Year 5 are thinking ahead to September and how they will prepare for the MATs this Autumn.

The trickiest section, by far, is the Texture section. Here’s a video that I did recently to give you some tips on how to distinguish 2, 3 and 4 notes. I will also be running monthly group and individual training sessions so do get in touch if you would like to book a session. For all of my piano students, Music Aptitude Test training is included as part of the weekly lesson. We have students gaining scholarships each year to local schools such as Kingsdale, Haberdashers and Prendergast. Our tests have been successfully used by students applying to schools across the UK including Ashmole Academy, Parmiter’s, Dame Alice Owen and more! Have a look at our dedicated Music Aptitude Test web site for full information and lots more tips. You can also download the training tests materials that we use in lessons.

Buy Music Aptitude Tests for SW Herts Consortium Dame Alice Owens Schools