The temporary disregarding of strict tempo to allow an expressive quickening or slackening,
usually without altering the overall pace. In other words: flexibility without losing sight of the
intended goal. This has been my teaching philosophy for years and it is how I enjoy adding
expression and character to shape music when I perform and compose.
THOMAS HUGHES (Principal Musical Practitioner)
Piano; Saxophones; Keyboard; Recorder; Whistles; Accordion; Guitar; Tenor Guitar; Fiddle/Viola; Percussion.
Thomas studied piano and saxophone along with 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.
He 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 in primary education.
Professional qualifications include:
Licentiate Diploma in Music Teaching - (Trinity College of Music FHEQ Level 6)
Certificate in Wider Opportunities Music Teaching - (Open University)
Certificate in 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
Common Foundation Programme in Nursing Studies
Thomas is a registered music teacher with the Musician’s Union and DBS checked.
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)