Music lessons and playing the piano was a huge part of my younger years. I loved carrying around my books in my colourful music bag, showing my parents the songs I’d learnt - even practicing my scales. Music is a very powerful tool - especially in those early, formative years - and a good teacher can help develop new thinking skills, improve fine motor skills, and inspire a love of music.
Lorraine Liyange is not just a good teacher, she’s Head Teacher at SE22 Piano School. The school is a private piano teaching practice based in two locations in East Dulwich: South London Music on Grove Vale and commercial premises on Pellatt Road. Lorraine holds a piano performance diploma from Trinity College of Music (ATCL Distinction) and teaching and harpsichord performance diplomas from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). There’s no doubt she’s an expert at what she does, but looking at Lorraine, she doesn’t quite fit the strict, piano teacher stereotype. She’s young, bubbly and passionate about music - so much so she even puts on a yearly piano festival in East Dulwich.
She and her fantastic team of highly experienced and enthusiastic teachers teach children and adults from age 5 how to play the piano, from beginners to advanced levels in classical, pop, improvisation, jazz piano and music theory. She has quite the reputation for producing mini Mozarts, and many of her pupils regularly achieve results at Distinction level from grades 1 - 8. The school also prepares students for music scholarship entry to local private and state schools.
There’s a unique teaching style at SE22 Piano School. The teachers strike the right balance between strict and friendly, ensuring students know how to use fingers, wrists, arms and shoulders effectively. Once they have developed technique and skill, they then gradually step back and allow the personality of the student to flourish. They are also fun and creative with their lessons, and provide regular termly performance opportunities, recitals and music day trips for their students.
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