Starting Piano Lessons at the SE22 Piano School in East Dulwich

Welcome to the SE22 Piano School.

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2023/2024 Timetable

Monday 4 September 2023 to Saturday 21 October 2023 (7 lessons)
Half Term – 23 October 2023 to 29 October 2023
Monday 30 October 2023 to Saturday 16 December December 2023 (7 lessons)

Here is some information about the Consultation Lesson and the terms and conditions.

How the Consultation Lesson Works
We understand that you will have a lot of questions about starting piano lessons. The most common of these is what age should we start lessons. This varies but generally anywhere from age 4 upwards is a guideline for starting. We can only assess readiness to start when you book a consultation lesson as no two students are alike. Consultation lessons are 30 minutes in duration and 1-to-1 only. We do not offer group tutoring.

The consultation lesson is £45 and is payable in advance by online banking only. You will have time during the 30 minute lesson to speak to the teacher and we allow for 5 minutes at the end for a discussion of what we covered and how to progress. After the consultation lesson, we give you 12 hours to request an invoice and pay for the remainder of the term. We are unable to hold spaces open for students that do not contact us within this time period. Lessons are £40 for 30 minutes plus a new student registration fee of £20. We follow the Southwark state school timetable. We do not charge for holidays when we are closed. Your lesson time remains the same for the academic year and we do not refund or reschedule missed lessons for any reason as we are a private school.

About the SE22 Piano School
We offer lessons for adults and children from age 4 or 5. You can follow a graded exam system when you are ready or you can just learn for pleasure. We teach various styles of music including pop, classical and jazz. Some students will go on to achieve Music Scholarships to local schools such as Kingsdale, Prendergast and Haberdashers and we offer specialist tutoring for these entrance exams. We also tutor students for all local private schools (Dulwich College, JAGS, Alleyns). In addition to the weekly lesson we offer twice-yearly performance opportunities at our student recitals.

Please watch our welcome video from our Head Teacher Lorraine:

At your first lesson your teacher will go through the Terms and Conditions for lessons with you. These are included below and we ask all parents to sign a copy of these both electronically and on paper which you keep for your records.

Covid Protocol —-Only the student will be admitted to the building. Parents must remain outside . Hands to be washed/sanitised on arrival. Please note that in December 2022 we still had high numbers of students and teachers with Covid so we are only admitting the student to the building.

We are located at 85 Pellatt Road SE229JD. We do not offer home visits.

Please sign up to our mailing list and agree to the terms and conditions for lessons before attending your first lesson. You will also then receive all the group emails so it’s vital all students opt-in to the mailing list as we cannot add you to it for GDPR data consent reasons. (Mailing list link provided by email when you register).

Term Dates are listed on your invoice and on our website. We are unable to respond to emails asking for term dates but we have included this information on the auto-reply for your convenience.

Nb. We cannot swap or refund missed lessons as our timetable is heavily booked without any breaks and your teacher only works set days. Your lesson time is your weekly slot and cannot be altered so please look after it carefully! 

Late payments incur an admin fee of £10. This is automatically added to your next invoice should you pay late. For the smooth running of the piano school, we rely on your cooperation to settle all invoices no later than 5pm on the last Monday of each half term. 

Recommended Books for Beginner Pianists (Children)

Theory Books ~ and 

Theory Drills ~

Beginner Piano Book ~

Digital Piano Recommendation

You can choose from the entire Casio digital piano range and get 20% off any Casio piano and keyboard* when purchasing direct from Email se22pianoschool {@} for the discount code.

*Sale items excluded.

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. 

Payment is by online banking only on the last Monday of each half-term for the next block of lessons. We do not offer lessons during the school holidays and no charge is made for lessons during this period. 

How to Contact The Piano School

Please note we do not have a full-time administrator and your teacher will be able to answer all questions about progress, purchasing books, exams and any other music-related queries you may have. Our administrator primarily focusses on issuing invoices and chasing late payments. If you have asked your teacher a question and they cannot answer they will ask our administrator to assist you. The only way to contact the Administrator is the se22pianoschool [ at] address. Remove the [at]. Some of the teachers use a different email to send you the weekly teaching notes. Please do not reply this email as the inbox is not monitored.

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:

Could you earn a living from teaching the piano?

Could you earn a living from teaching the piano?

Piano Teacher East Dulwich 
Could you earn a living from teaching the piano?
Could you earn a living from teaching the piano?

Living in London is expensive – there’s no doubt about that. At the age of nearly 45, I am just over a week away from buying a house with my partner in Penge. Having lived in East Dulwich for around 17 years, I can’t afford to live in this area anymore so I have moved about 4 miles away. Luckily Penge is not too far away by bicycle, albeit a very hilly ride home! As a self-employed musician, it has been incredibly difficult to secure a mortgage and the whole process has taken 6 very stressful months to come to fruition. My colleagues at the SE22 Piano School are all in a similar position of not yet owning a property and contrary to popular belief, we do not all live at the piano school. We all rent or live with family and once I move, only one of us lives locally. The rest of the team are 30 – 60 minutes travel away by public transport. We are all non-drivers.

I love our small team of teachers at the SE22 Piano School – they are excellent tutors, great at communicating with the parents, supportive co-workers and our students love coming to their weekly lesson.

The reason that so many of our tutors stay for so long at the piano school is because they are offered a supportive working environment plus they are paid for the hours worked whether the student comes to the lesson or not. As a freelance musician, it’s not the most stable way to earn a living but by paying my team a set amount each week, they know that they have guaranteed hours and income from working at the piano school.

Our students also sign up to the same terms as a private school and the terms and conditions are clearly explained before you register. For example if you attend a local private school and you are sick or there is a family emergency that means you cannot attend school that day, you would not get a day’s fees back nor would you probably ask for this. However some of our students do ask for missed lessons to be carried over or credited even though we regularly remind them that this is never possible. If I was to credit a lesson then this would mean your teacher goes unpaid for that session and I have to dock their pay. If I was to do this regularly to our team then I am fairly sure it would be impossible to retain any of my teachers if their pay was randomly docked.

We hope you understand this is a fair system for our teachers. We are only open 36 weeks of the year so we are unpaid for the other 16 weeks. To lose teaching income regularly when students are away would make it financially impossible for us to be music teachers. There is little demand for lessons during the 4 months or so when we are closed for school holidays. Of course we do other work to sustain us through this time but it is not a regular and reliable as having a set number of music students each week during term-time.

In our email auto reply it does state that we are unable to respond to emails requesting lesson credits/refunds/reschedules. This is because every single email represents a significant cost to the business to respond. As we have been very upfront with all students about the terms and conditions plus we remind you in every single newsletter about this, we are unable to respond to emails regarding this matter. We do not have the operating capacity for a full-time (or even part-time) administrator and therefore your teacher remains the first port of call for all enquiries. It is worth noting that many parents will bring their child to the lesson and see the teacher and say nothing but then send an email later that could have easily been answered by the teacher there and then. If we can avoid doing this it will help greatly for the smooth running of the piano school.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Gift Vouchers for Piano Lessons in East Dulwich

We have a super simple way for you to gift piano lessons for adults or children age 4+. Print our voucher and then use the Eventbrite booking page to book the lessons at times that are convenient for you.

Please note we cannot refund or reschedule lessons for any reason as our teachers travel a long way to work on specific days of the week so they will be paid for the lesson once it is booked. If you are unwell then we can offer you the lesson on Zoom. We will send you the Zoom links a few days before your lesson just in case you are unable to attend. You do not need to email us if you are opting for a Zoom lesson as all teachers are logged on Zoom for the duration of their shift due to the high numbers of students not attending due to Covid reasons at the moment.

Nb. we do not have a full-time administrator at the piano school but if you need to email us then please allow 3-5 working days for a response. Lessons take place at our studio in East Dulwich at 85 Pellatt Road.

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