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Erin Sawicka - Piano & Theory Teacher

Erin Sawicka Classical Piano Teacher (South East London)

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  • Professional Qualification MMus with merit
  • Professional Qualification ATCL diploma
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check DBS (formerly CRB) Certificate
  • Professional Membership ISM
  • References References are available upon request

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Personal Message
Whether students wish to play for personal enjoyment or as a career I am very committed to my role as a piano teacher, delivering the lessons with enthusiasm, finding great joy in seeing them progress and helping them to achieve their full potential.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach piano & theory of music to pupils of any age or level of ability
Tell me about your qualifications.
I graduated from Birmingham University in 2006 with a BMus (Hons) in Music and a Masters in performance (piano) from Trinity College of Music, London in 2008. I have my ATCL diploma in solo piano, Grade 8 in singing, Grade 8 in flute and Grade 8 in the theory of music.
What kind of experience do you have?
As a teacher, I have been teaching piano and theory privately to both children and adults since 2008. Some I have taught as complete beginners and others have come to me having learnt with other teacher(s) previously. During this time I have entered pupils for both theory and practical ABRSM exams, passing with an average mark of 124/150 (merit) for practical exams and 90/100 (distinction) for theory exams. I also have experience of teaching pupils as young as 3 through games, singing, story-telling and crafts.

In terms of my own playing ability: Since graduating from Trinity College of Music in 2008 with a Masters in Piano Performance, I have been working as a pianist for ballet and musical theatre classes and accompanying dancers and musicians for exams, auditions, concerts and exams. I also enjoy working as a function pianist, playing in a variety of styles. I won the "Vale of Glamorgan Young Musician of the Year" competition in 2005 performing as a solo pianist and continue to attend "Chethams International Summer School and Festival for Pianists" yearly to further develop my own playing ability, technique and gain further inspiration from world class pianists and teachers. I have been awarded scholarships for both Chethams Summer School and and the "Birmingham International Piano Academy" which I attended in 2005 where I had the opportunity to play in public masterclasses for renowned concert pianists such as John Lill and Martin Roscoe.
How much do you charge?
60mins: £30
30mins: £15

Travel costs included
Where do you teach?
I teach in the Blackheath, Lewisham and Greenwich areas. I travel to pupils' homes.
When are you available?
My timetable is flexible. Please contact me to discuss further.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach piano and theory to both children and adults, from complete beginner to advanced level.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I am very familiar with the ABRSM examination board system, entering pupils, both children and adults for practical and/or theory of music exams if they so wish.

To date, since making my first exam entry in June 2009, my students have achieved a 100% pass rate in their practical exams with an average pass mark of 124/150 (Merit) and for theory exams, passing with an average pass mark of 90/100 (Distinction).
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes - through the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) of which I am a member.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)
Do you have a personal message for students?
To enable students to flourish as confident & independent learners, I teach theory of music alongside the practical aspects, as well as focusing on sight-reading skills. However, all lessons are adapted to suit the individual’s needs and interests.