THOMAS HUGHES (Specialist Musical Practitioner & Managing Director)
Piano; Saxophones; Keyboard; Recorder; Whistles; Accordion; Guitar; Tenor Guitar; Fiddle/Viola; Percussion.
Thomas studied piano, saxophone and music theory. At school and college he was involved in a variety of music groups, bands and orchestras. He has performed in venues such as St David’s Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and local venues such as the Shire Hall and The Courtyard. Music from his recordings has also been aired on BBC Radio.
Thomas' specialist areas: folk/traditional music; minimal/ambient music; instrumental and primary music teaching.
Thomas has worked in the education sector since 2003 and is an established instrumental tutor. He has also spent many years working as a specialist music teacher and subject coordinator in primary education.
Thomas' role as a senior music practitioner currently includes:
Teaching - children & adults.
Music consultancy - primary education.
Performing, composing & arranging.
Music transcription & engraving.
Director of a community choir.
Professional qualifications include:
Fellowship Diploma in Music Education - FTCL
Licentiate Diploma in Music Teaching - LTCL
Certificate in Wider Opportunities Music Teaching - Trinity Guildhall
Certificate in the Neuroscience of Music in Therapy
Diploma in Music Therapy
Diploma in Sound Therapy
Diploma in Child Psychology
Certificate in Educational Psychology
Certificate in General Teaching
Diploma in Business Administration
NVQ in Learning Support
CertHE in Nursing Studies
Thomas is a registered music teacher with the Musician’s Union and holds an enhanced DBS with Herefordshire Council.
Mandatory training (regularly updated)
Child Protection in Education - Level 2 (EduCare)
First Aid Essentials - Level 2 (West Midlands Ambulance Service)
PREVENT training/Channel Awareness (College of Policing)
GDPR Data Protection training - Level 2 (EduCare)
Music allows us to celebrate and preserve our cultural heritages, and also to explore the realms of expression, imagination, and creation resulting in new knowledge. Therefore, every individual should be guaranteed the opportunity to learn music and to share in musical experiences.
I believe every child comes to our world with musical ability. As a music teacher, it's my duty to foster and inspire this natural capacity. I strive to bring out the innate musicality in each and every student. Whether starting out for the first time at age six or sixty-five, or returning after many years away from an instrument, I am dedicated to providing music lessons tailored to the student's needs and goals. In music lessons, I encourage my students to learn and help them enjoy the process of making music with their instruments.
Music is a necessary part of life and children need the beauty and expression of music just as much as they need to know how to read and multiply.
I also believe that the relationship between teacher, student and parent is essential to the success of music lessons. We all have a very important role to play, and when we work together the result is a positive and rewarding experience. The student will develop discipline, sensitivity, ability to focus, ability to analyze and solve problems, in addition to the joy of making music.
I recognise that every student has unique needs and abilities; therefore I adjust my teaching approach to address those needs and maximise their potential. I believe that all children are capable of learning music and that teaching includes a never-ending journey of discovery to find out what enables them to be successful learners.
Music lessons can enhance the life of every child as they gain confidence, social skills, and academic expertise along with their new musical abilities.
My objective is not necessarily to produce concert musicians, but people who enjoy playing music, set and achieve goals, solve problems, and work with others (parents and peers). I encourage students to share their music with everyone around them, feeling that playing for others can be a wonderful service for the community.
Specialist Music Practitioner