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Sarah Loddington 

I run The Bee’s Keys piano studio in Swindon, where we have over 100 pupils aged between three and seventy-three! We encourage participation in local music festivals, annual Christmas concerts, and graded exams where appropriate. 

I have The certificate of The Piano Teacher Course UK (Cert PTC UK) and worked up to Grade 8 Piano, Grade 7 Singing and Grade 5 Music Theory. I believe these examinations’ first-hand experience gives me the best opportunity to ensure my students gain success. I completed a BTEC National Diploma in Popular Music, where I earned sixteen Distinctions and three merits. 

In addition to my musical qualifications, I have : 

20+ years of teaching experience; 

Enhanced CRB check; 

Child Protection in Education (Music) Level 2 course; 

Infection Prevention & Control In Education Level 2; 

NVQ Level 2 in Business and Administration; 

Inspire and Refresh Your Teaching Residential Course 2017, with Lucinda Mackworth-Young; 

Garage Band Composition Training Course; 

JoyTunes Silver Award For excellence in Technology; 

Incorporated Society of Musicians Membership; 

The Curious Piano Teachers Membership; 

Musicians Union Membership. 

 

Having had my first piano lesson at just four years old, I have loved music ever since and aim to pass this passion onto my pupils. My desire, as always, is to see pupils excel in their music, have fun at the piano, and ENJOY playing at home every day. My goal is to give pupils the confidence to pick up a piece of music, sit down, work out how to start, and then play it! I want them to know how to sight-read skilfully and to play musically from the very first playthrough. 

 

I started teaching Piano, Keyboard and Music Theory to pupils of all ages and abilities in 1994. I took a short hiatus while my daughter was small in 2008 but didn't realise I would miss teaching so much, so in 2013 The Bee's Keys was born. We added the WunderKeys Preschool Programme aimed at 3 – 4-year-olds, and it has become a big success, although I’m not sure who has more fun – them or me! 

 

From 2014 through 2016, I worked as a class music teacher at a local independent school. I taught music and drama classes for nursery class up to year six and was in charge of running school productions, nativity, and musicals. 

I have been playing the piano and singing with live bands since 1996. I have played with original and cover bands, accompanied singers, choirs, drama groups, and regularly play as an accompanist for local music examinations. I was the co-organiser of The Summer Breeze Music Festival 2008 - 2014, held just outside Swindon. I love to perform – so I encourage my students to perform at every chance they get. 

I continue to attend regular music teacher training events to ensure that I stay updated with new music, the latest apps, teaching tools and training. 

What will lessons be like? 

Our piano lessons are designed to be Creative, Fun and Motivating. Our pupils: 

● Make meaningful music from the very first lesson. 

● Build essential musicianship, technical and pianistic skills. 

● Include well-known fun pieces; everybody loves to play a recognisable tune!

● Learn sight reading and steady rhythm from day one, so they can play any musical genre they desire in the future. 

● Have the opportunity to perform at recitals and other events to show off their skills. 

● Review and reinforce concepts using games, iPads and composing activities.

● Reap the benefits that music lessons provide as proven by science (raises IQ, increases focus and attention, promotes a sense of balance and relaxation, increase self-esteem – to name a few!) 

● Learn music in a structured, rewarding and relaxed environment geared towards their own musical goals and interests. 

● Learn all of their music during the lesson, learning valuable practice techniques to use at home, so playing pieces is enjoyable and not a chore! 

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Hannah East 

Part Time 

I started piano lessons at primary school and this has given me the chance to develop a career based around music and I couldn’t think of anything more rewarding.

 

Working through grades 1-8 on piano as a student, and Music Theory to grade 6, and then going on to achieve a degree in Music at Bath Spa University has led to my current work as music teacher at Crowdys Hill School, a special needs school for ages 5 – 19. Watching our students enjoy making music together in an all-inclusive environment, giving them a chance to shine reminds me every day of how music, and learning to play an instrument, can have so many benefits. 

Through teaching piano I wish to give this chance to students of all ages – to feel a great sense of achievement but also to simply enjoy having the ability to play at their leisure. As part of the team at Bee’s Keys I look forward to helping pianists to achieve their own personal goals, whether it be graded exams or just for pleasure, but most of all to have lots of fun and enjoy music.

 

I am up to date with all of the latest safeguarding training, and have an enhanced CRB.

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Kieran Pocock 

Part Time 

I I only started play piano when I was 13, but that hasn’t stopped me from having an amazing career with playing piano. Over the years, I have completed my grade eight practical examination as well as achieving a diploma in piano performance.

 

I have put a lot of dedication into my career, going from being classically trained to now playing a range of modern/popular music as well as many other genres. If I’m not teaching at Bees Keys, I am playing in care homes- keeping the elderly entertained or other special events.

 

My technical skills are only matched by my joy of playing. This is something which I wish to give to the pupils at Bees keys. It’s not just about the skill, it’s about the enjoyment of playing. I hope to be able to help the pupils achieve whatever they would like to in their lessons, however they need the help

I am up to date with all of the latest safeguarding training, and have an enhanced CRB.