We are delighted to have you on board! 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. Your lesson includes time to discuss progress with the teacher so please ask any queries you have at the beginning of the lesson, not the end.
Covid Update for Reopening on April 19th 2021 —-Only the student will be admitted to the building. Parents must remain outside . Hands to be washed on arrival. Students age 11+ to wear masks during the lesson unless exempt.
We are located at 85 Pellatt Road SE229JD.
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).
Term Dates are listed on your invoice and on our website. www.se22piano.co.uk. We are unable to respond to emails asking for term dates. Please check the web site first.
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).
Your lesson time remains the same for the academic year
A supply teacher will be used if your teacher is not available
One term’s written notice is required to terminate lessons.
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.
Late payment of an invoice incurs at £10 administration charge.
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]gmail.com address. Remove the [at].
We are delighted that you are considering starting piano lessons at the SE22 Piano School. We have a fantastic team of teachers that offer you a weekly lesson plus lots of amazing performance opportunities, recitals and school trips. Before you start lessons, please read through this information to decide if we are the right piano school for you.
Our Philosophy: We are the premier private piano teaching studio in South London and we seek to collaborate with pianists to help them develop a passion for music on their lifelong journey of learning the piano. We are looking for dedicated, enthusiastic pianists that want to learn because they are intrigued and inspired by the piano. Graded exams are optional and we do not teach a rigid curriculum where our students only study graded exam pieces and nothing else. We teach the solid foundation of good piano technique, playing with expression and sensitivity and finding the music that resonates with you. We can also assist with Music Scholarship preparation.
Do you have enough time to practise?
Learning piano requires enough time to practise, ideally every day, but at least three times a week when starting. There will often be one page of theory homework too. If you are very, very busy with lots of extra-curricular activities, you may find it hard to fit enough time to practise. Without a regular schedule for practising, it will be difficult to make progress as the piano requires lots of time and patience. If it was easy, everyone would be able to do it! Students that wish to start graded exams must be able to demonstrate and effective practising schedule before the teacher will consider starting the exam system. Exams are optional and there is no requirement to follow this system.
Do you have an instrument?
In order to practise, you will need a piano! Here is our recommended starter digital piano pack. You can view our other options for Digital Pianos for Beginners.
Can you commit to a minimum of a full academic year of lessons?
After the half-term trial, all students are enrolled for the remainder of the academic year. Learning for an academic year allows you to participate in all the great events and performance opportunities that we offer to our students. It also gives you the chance to start working towards some graded exams if you’d like to do that. In line with other private schools in the area, one term’s written notice is required to terminate lessons. If you know that you will be moving house soon or that you are travelling a long way to get to lessons and you are looking around for a teacher nearer to your home, then we advise looking for a more convenient short-term option. We are only able to enrol students that are able to commit to lessons over the full academic year. You may choose to discontinue lessons after the half-term trial without any notice period, but if you would like to continue, you will register for the remainder of the academic year. You may also find it more convenient to learn at school so please investigate that option before engaging one of our tutors. We use the Incorporated Society of Musicians to enforce the notice period on our behalf.
Please pay your bill on time! With nearly 100 students on the register, we require all students to take note of the half-termly payment dates and set up a bank transfer so that the payment arrives on time (5pm on the day of the deadline). As I’m sure you can appreciate, chasing late payments takes up a considerable amount of time and causes a delay to our bookkeeping process so have a look at the timetable below and ensure you meet the payment deadlines. Late payment of your invoice after the 2nd occurrence may result in forfeiture of your lesson time. Repeated late payment of bills may result in termination of lessons. Please be mindful that we have a waiting list for prime time slots and will not continue to hold a space open for students that cause excessive admin to the school. We use the Incorporated Society of Musicians to collect late payments.
Terms and Conditions for Piano Lessons
We give you a copy of the terms and conditions and a timetable when you first enquire by email about starting lessons. You then return a signed copy to your teacher at the first lesson and keep one copy for your records. This is your agreement with the SE22 Piano School Ltd. We ask you to read it carefully before signing and returning to us. The document is located here: [View Registration Form
Are you available at the same time each week?
Your weekly lesson time is your dedicated slot in a very busy teaching timetable at our music studio. If you cannot attend, we are unable to swap, reschedule or refund your lesson so please ensure you only pick a time that is convenient for you on a regular basis. Our teachers only teach on specific days of the week and their students come one after the other so there are no spare slots in their schedule to fit in other students. Some of the teachers travel a long way across London to give you the lesson so they cannot incur additional travel time and expense coming on a day that they are not scheduled to teach any other students. Additionally, the amount of admin caused when lesson reschedules are requested caused an unnecessary burden on the Head Teacher and emails requesting a swap will be referred to the following link: [More Information]
Books for Young Beginners
Please order these books online and bring to your first lesson. Also bring an A5 notebook for your teacher to write down your weekly homework.