Information for Piano Lessons at Harris Primary East Dulwich

We offer piano lessons on Fridays at Harris Primary East Dulwich on Lordship Lane. There is currently a waiting list for lessons. Add your name to the list at Reception.

Information for Pianists:

Trial Lessons will be held on 23 March 2018.

Lessons start on Friday 20 April for a block of 5 lessons. This block of lessons must be paid by 5pm on 28th March. There is no lesson on the last Friday of term as this is an INSET day.

Missed lessons cannot be refunded or deducted from the invoice.

All pianists will require a suitable instrument for practising at home. Here is our recommended Casio digital piano & stool which is the entry level instrument.

Books required for lessons:

Autumn Informal Performance Opportunity at The Asylum in Peckham

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Bravo to all of our young pianists that took part in a free performance opportunity provided by Casio CELVIANO Grand Hybrid pianos at the beautiful setting of The Asylum in Peckham. We encourage all students to perform, even if you have only had 1 or 2 lessons. Our team of teachers from our East Dulwich Piano School are on hand to accompany you on stage and make you feel confident and ready to perform to a friendly audience. As well as informal events for pianists, we run some formal events that have a competitive element. Many students prefer not to compete against each other which is absolutely fine, so we ensure that we have a good balance of informal events so that all pianists can participate several times throughout the year. Occasionally we are lucky enough to secure sponsorship to cover the cost of these performance opportunities so that they are entirely free. We are very grateful to Dulwich Music Festival sponsors Casio for their continued support of our events for young pianists in the London area.

Our regular student meetups provide you with the chance to socialise with fellow pianists, hear lots of new repertoire and also eat lots of cake! We hope you all enjoyed the day as much as we did. The next event is our annual student recital at the 1901 Arts Club in Waterloo. Ticket booking now open:

ThinkBIG presentation at James Allen’s Girls’ School, East Dulwich

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Think BIG is a voluntary project run by a local community of female business owners in and around SE22 South London. I was invited to take part in JAGS’ 6th Form lecture programme aimed at giving year 13 girls information to help them explore life after school.

Screen Shot 2016-05-21 at 10.01.38The theme was career resilience and adapting to future life changes, giving insight and inspiration in case ‘Plan A’, or even ‘Plan B’ doesn’t go quite as expected. We showed them how as a strong individuals you can make the most of unexpected events and learn to take advantage of great opportunities out there if you go with them.

South London female business ownersMyself and two local business owners, Claire Empson and Natasha Roe, talked about the challenges we faced, how we’d adapted when life threw some economic and personal changes our ways, and what had been the spark for us to set up our own very different businesses. We took the girls with us on our journeys from school to the present day, exposing some of the things that have gone right (and not so right) along the way! The overriding message was not to fear change but to look for the opportunities it offers.

A career in musicMy presentation was entitled ‘Making Music Work‘ and covered the varied careers that finally ended up in self-employment as a musician. I also discussed the different elements of my business which include running a piano teaching agency in East Dulwich; a busy Music Festival that takes place several times a year and also working as a solo musician. A working musician will usually have a career made up of many different roles in order to make ends meet!

Also participating in the presentation were Claire Empson of Daisylets&sales and Natasha Roe of Red Pencil. Claire is the founder of the ThinkBIG project.