Location: Bristol, Wiltshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire Website: musicovermatter.co.uk
Associate Provider
Associate Provider
(First Access)
Inclusive Music Aware
Guitar & Bass

Singing / Voice
Piano / Keyboard
Curriculum Music (Primary)
Curriculum Music (Secondary)
Music Theory
Teaching Models:
Small / medium Group Tuition
Whole Class tuition (Primary)
Large group / ensemble tuition
Remote / distance tuition
Informal workshops
Performance opportunities
Online tuition
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Emma Hughes - Music Over Matter


I am a multi-instrumentalist based in Bristol UK and currently studying towards my Masters in Music Therapy at UWE.

I studied music performance at The Academy of Contemporary Music (Guildford, UK) specialising in the bass guitar and graduated in 2011 with a 1st class degree.

In 2016 I gained PGCert in Sounds of Intent (specialising in music and SEND) through a scholarship programme with music charity Soundabout and The University of Roehampton.

I also teach bass guitar lessons from beginner to advance, guitar lessons for beginners to intermediate and ukulele lessons for beginners to intermediate.

Previous teaching and workshop experience includes work with the following companies, schools & organisations:

  • Girls Rock London
  • PopRox Academy
  • The Bridge School London
  • Clic Sargent
  • BBC Blast
  • The Academy of Contemporary Music

As well as teaching I have been a touring musician (playing bass, guitar and singing backing vocals) for Brit-award winning singer song writer Kate Nash. Since 2011 I’ve toured across North America, South America, Europe and Canada and performed at many prestigious festivals such as Glastonbury, Coachella, Reading & Leeds, Bestival, Rock AM Ring and many more.

I have also worked with Charli XCX (performance on Alan Carrs Chatty Man), James Arthur (Performed with him during the X-Factor 2012 final) and supported Queen & Adam Lambert on their European tour in June 2016 with my previous band.

What I / we help young people achieve

I take pride in creating a fun and personal learning environment for all students.

I believe that my knowledge (through formal education and training) combined with experience as a professional touring musician helps inspire students in many ways.

I can help young people develop musicianship, musical skills and techniques, whilst giving a honest insight into developing a hobby into a potential career.

Musical development and enjoyment are my top priority but not the only. Every session also aims to also support and develop confidence, self awareness and emotional wellbeing.

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
  • To learn to sing
  • To create / write music and / or lyrics
  • To play, perform music with others
  • To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
  • To work with and support other young musicians
  • To develop their wellbeing

Also Works With

Soundabout UK – www.soundabout.org.uk

Clic Sergent – https://www.clicsargent.org.uk/what-we-do/for-teens-and-young-adults/clic-sargents-music-programme/

Tempo Music Tuition – Bristol – https://bristolmusiclessons.co.uk/


  • Term Time
  • Weekends
  • School Holidays
  • Project based
  • Seasonal
  • Drop in

Working with special needs

I am a proud advocate for inclusive music making and I believe everyone has a right to access music education regardless of abilities.

Since gaining a PGCert I have designed and developed diverse music lessons on guitar, bass, piano and vocals for children with SEND. These are aimed at beginners to intermediate. I am inspired by and work closely with the Sounds of Intent framework to deliver high quality music lessons.


I currently work with:

Soundabout UK :

Workshop leader – Designing and delivering music workshops for children and adults with SEN/D for their Saturday community sessions.

Music Education Consultant – I’m delivering the Sound Potential project at schools in Berkshire looking at developing best practice in approaches to music making with children with PMLD.


Banardos, Wiltshire:

Workshop leader – since 2018 I have been delivering music workshops at respite services across Wiltshire for children with SEN/D


Bristol Play Bus:

In the Summer of 2019 I delivered music workshops for children with SEN/D at their respite services.



Other relevant employment includes:

-Teaching Agency (2019 -2020) Monarch in Bristol – working as a TA in SEN schools.

-Teaching agency ‘Smart Teachers’ in London and was hired as a teaching assistant and music teacher for a range of schools across the city.

-Teaching assistant at The Ridgeway school Farnham.

-Sighted guide for students at The Academy of Contemporary Music

Taught Instruments

  • Guitar & Bass

  • Ukulele
  • Singing / Voice
  • Piano / Keyboard
  • Curriculum Music (Primary)
  • Curriculum Music (Secondary)
  • Music Theory

Ages Taught

  • 4 and under
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16+

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Instrument grades
  • Rockschool

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Chippenham
  • B-on-A / Corsham
  • Calne & Melksham
  • Trowbridge (CSL)
  • Salisbury / Wilton
  • Marlborough & Pewsey
  • Amesbury
  • Devizes
  • Warminster
  • Westbury
  • Tidworth


As bass player I am Endorsed by Zon Guitars and Darkglass Electronics.

My Training & Development

I am always looking to further my knowledge through CPD.

Recent courses completed & events I have attended include:

First Aid Mental Health Course – June 2018

Music and Drama Education Expo London – Feb 2018

Music and Mindfulness – Oct 2017 (hosted by Wiltshire Music connects)