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Key Skills 2022 - REPLAY

Key Skills 2022 - REPLAY on-demand access to recorded Dublin Workshop - PLEASE NOTE ABOUT HANDBOOK (see below section HANDBOOK)


Please note: There are no hard copies of the Key Skills 2022 Handbook available anymore.

We will supply you with a personalised PDF version for you to keep on your PC/Laptop, containing annotated scores and teaching notes for all pieces from the new Piano Albums 2023 (Elementary - Grade VIII)

The fees have been reduced to €100 to accommodate the fact of not getting a physical hard copy.

By booking this course, you constitute acceptance of not receiving a hard copy. There will be no refunds for bookings made on the assumption of getting a hard copy in the post. 



The on-demand Key Skills 2022 - REPLAY recording will be available for viewing from early October until May 2023.

Key Skills 2022 - REPLAY will give you access to a recording of the Key Skills 2022 Live Events in Dublin (18th & 25th September) on-demand. (RIAM Digital Resource on VIMEO).

RIAM Chief Examiner Lorna Horan examines all repertoire from the new RIAM 2023 Piano Albums (Elementary to Grade VIII) with performances and tips on approaching the technical and musical challenges of all pieces.

Study this course at your own pace, anywhere and at any time.

Course Handbook



Learning Outcomes

Topics covered will include

• Recognising and conveying the style and character of each piece

• Suggesting teaching and practice methods to overcome the potential challenges in each piece

• Adding the finishing touches that turn an Honours performance into a Distinction

• Approaching the big exam day itself


For Piano Teachers

Tech: A computer or device with good internet access


Lorna Horan, Chief Examiner (Mus) at the RIAM is a musician with extensive international experience.  Her piano training began at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and she subsequently studied at the prestigious Chethams School of Music in Manchester. She is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Vancouver Academy of Music, where she undertook three years’ postgraduate work.  Lorna is also a masters graduate of the RIAM, where she studied with John O’Conor.
Lorna has been the recipient of many distinctions and scholarships for her chamber music and solo playing; she has broad radio and television experience and has worked on a number occasions with the RTE Concert Orchestra.  Lorna has performed throughout Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe and Canada.
For the past fourteen years Lorna has been a Senior Examiner for the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She is the Education Officer for the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival and works on the Executive Committee of the Dublin International Piano Competition.


The Key Skills course was so good. To have these recordings, along with the hand book will be such a help!

Thanks to Lorna for all her hard work in making our teaching job so much easier!

It answers all those questions on the pieces that can build up and sometimes cause us to stress.

I have no doubt this will help me hugely with my teaching this year.  (A. MD)


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