Location: Wiltshire Schools (mainly West and North), at home or at pupils' homes and online Website: www.lukepickettmusic.co.uk
Associate Provider
Associate Provider
(First Access)
Associate CPD
Inclusive Music Aware
Singing / Voice
Curriculum Music (Primary)
Curriculum Music (Secondary)
Music Theory
Musical Director / Conductor
Teaching Models:
One to One teaching
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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Luke Pickett BMus PGCE MISM


Nominated for Outstanding Contribution to Music Education 2020 & 2021 in the Wiltshire Music Education Awards.  Nominated for Music Educator of the Year 2020 – Young People’s Choice in the Wiltshire Music Education Awards.

N.B. I am not currently taking any new bookings.

I am a highly motivated and enthusiastic peripatetic brass and recorder teacher offering a diverse range of high quality musical learning opportunities for instrumental tuition, First Access (whole class) and Curriculum Music teaching as an Associate Provider for Wiltshire Music Connect. I am also a freelance brass player, specialising in trombone/euphonium. Working closely with Wiltshire Music Connect I chair the steering group for the Instrument Hire Scheme in Wiltshire, I lead CPD events for other Wiltshire teachers, and act as a mentor for new Associate Providers. I also work as a supply teacher across all age ranges, and am a senior examiner, team leader, moderator, examination paper scrutineer and standards verifier with a leading exam board, marking GCSE and A Level Music papers, as well as moderating GCSE and BTEC coursework.

Working with children and young people is particularly important to me, as I believe music provides a valuable foundation to increase self-confidence, develop teamwork and social skills, and provides an environment for achieving higher self-esteem. As a peripatetic music teacher, I work both in schools and in the home environment. My classroom experience is varied and includes working with primary, secondary and special schools. This provides me with the ability to work with children across the behavioural and educational needs spectrum.

I am currently the conductor of North Wiltshire Intermediate Wind Band and Westbury Choral, and the assistant conductor for West Wiltshire Intermediate Wind Band, West Wiltshire Junior Wind Band and Amesbury Town Band. I am also the principal trombonist here and play second trombone for Bratton Silver Band, as well as singing with In Ecclesia. I perform at concerts and events throughout Wiltshire and the surrounding area, and regularly conduct and play for bands and orchestras across the south west of England, including pit bands for amateur and professional shows.

Extra-curricular activities are very important to me; I am passionate about creating highly successful productions and performances for the enjoyment of those involved and the wider community.

What I / we help young people achieve

I feel that music is multi-faceted; therefore the importance of music education is also multi-faceted. Every pupil that studies music should leave the classroom with a positive experience in some form or another. Some pupils enjoy the physical challenge of learning to play an instrument. Some pupils enjoy how music makes them feel emotionally. Some pupils enjoy the fulfilment of working together to achieve a common goal. Whatever the case, the goal of music education is to allow a pupil to experience success within a musical environment.

I believe that music should always form part of the core curriculum at all Key Stages. This will help prepare pupils for a great career. Music allows pupils to experience a much more realistic view of the job market with its emphasis on teamwork as well as developing a pupil's active listening skills. Further skills that are increased when studying music include: knowledge – how to play an instrument/sing, communication/social skills, listening, creativity, group work/independent workers, increased self-esteem, increased aspirations, numeracy, literacy, language, and development of the pupil’s cultural agenda.

All pupils are encouraged to perform and I arrange numerous performance opportunities throughout the year, with schools and ensemble groups, to enable pupils to showcase their talents, whether this is a simple three-note tune, or a more advanced concerto. Performances are always well received and parents are often surprised by the standard that has been achieved.

Some pupils are entered for instrumental examinations. This is in consultation with pupils and parents. No pupil is ever forced into this if it is not what they wish; however examinations are often a good way to focus practise, and to provide a benchmark level for progression. 100% of my pupils I have entered for exams have passed, most with merit or distinction.

Please see the 'Endorsements' section for feedback from schools, parents and ensemble groups.

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
  • To learn to sing
  • 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

Amesbury Town Band

Bratton Silver Band

Southwick Entertainers

Westbury Choral

Wiltshire Music Connect

Wiltshire Young Musicians

Zenith Youth Theatre


  • Term Time
  • After School
  • Project based

Working with special needs

My classroom experience is varied and includes working with primary, secondary and special schools, both as a music specialist, and as a supply teacher. This provides me with the ability to work with children across the behavioural and educational needs spectrum. I currently teach pupils with a range of SEND, including Autism, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia and SEMH needs.  I have previously assisted in delivering music workshops at Exeter House Special School, Salisbury, and taught whole class trumpet to pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs at Nyland Campus Special School, Swindon. I also taught the trumpet to a severely autistic child at Rowdeford School, Devizes, for several years. Whilst this pupil struggled to succeed academically, playing the trumpet allowed him to achieve great success, and was a highlight in his week (and mine!).  Currently I teach an autistic student to play the trombone, focusing on working towards successful integration with the National Open Youth Orchestra (NOYO).

Taught Instruments

  • Brass
  • Singing / Voice
  • Curriculum Music (Primary)
  • Curriculum Music (Secondary)
  • Music Theory
  • Musical Director / Conductor

Ages Taught

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

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Tasters

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Instrument grades
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Chippenham
  • B-on-A / Corsham
  • Calne & Melksham
  • Trowbridge (CSL)
  • Warminster
  • Westbury


“I would like to say how fantastic I think your lessons are and how much the children get from them. My classes have always loved learning the recorder and I think the amount of progress they make with you over a short amount of time is amazing.” [School Music Coordinator, April 2021]


“I’ve shared the link for this week’s video. I’ve already had one child send me a video of them practicing singing and their recorder. They looked so happy! I just wanted to say a huge thank you for making those videos.” [School Music Coordinator, February 2021]


“Luke was very thorough as always and willing to find out anything he didn’t know.” [Participant, November 2020]


“The session was well structured, clear, well-resourced with time for questions and applying the advice to participants’ own circumstances.  Luke was very honest and supportive.” [Participant, November 2020]


“I watched the recording of your CPD session on video making.  I think it was fabulous.  You pitched it perfectly for the audience and your delivery style is super clear and logical.” [Participant, June 2020]


“Thanks for everything you’re doing with us at the moment – your dedication does not go unnoticed.  We’re all so grateful that we get to work with you!” [Manager, Music Organisation, June 2020]


“Luke you have been an absolute star and a major factor in the girls enjoyment of music.  Thankyou.” [Parent, May 2020]


“A huge thank you for all you have done for […].  The gift of learning to play an instrument and the joy I know they get from the wind band rehearsals and concerts will stay with them as they move through their lives. You have actively encouraged them to step out of their comfort zone and play in public (something I was never able to do). That confidence will also stay with them for the rest of their lives – its no small thing and a major contributor to raising strong confident girls who will go on and be successful in all they choose to do. Our enormous gratitude.” [Parent, May 2020]


“I have known Luke since 2011 when he took up the position of Conductor of Westbury Choral Society, of which I was then Chairman and have been Secretary since 2012. His energy and drive, even after a day’s teaching, are commendable, and his commitment to the Choral Society is shown in many ways. He is always well-prepared for rehearsals, puts a lot of thought into choosing music for our concerts, and has set up a website for us. He has even organised an online meeting for us since coronavirus put a stop to rehearsals for our spring concert, so that we could keep in touch. He has formed good relations with our members, knowing all by name, and is well-liked by all.” [Secretary, Westbury Choral, March 2020]


“You are a true team player: at every stage in the examining process you generously give of your time to support others. You have been the “go-to” man for all advice on IT and ePEN. Thank you for spending hours ahead of the marking season watching ePEN tutorials and getting to grips with ePEN functionality. We have all benefitted. Thank you. It was unfortunate that you were allocated many new markers this year; however, you looked after them and supported them with great care and I know that they very much appreciated your professional approach. You are excellent at keeping me up to date with the progress of your team. Your own marking was exemplary: you worked very carefully through your allocation and maintained excellent accuracy even when marking trickier items (adjacency agreement: 100% in both Validity and Backreading). You are very loyal to Pearson. They are incredibly fortunate to have you on board.” [Principal Examiner, July 2019]


“Thank you so much for all your hard work this year as a team leader. I greatly appreciated your well-considered suggestions for additional points to the mark scheme prior to Pre-Standardisation in addition to collating points from examiners in your team. Your input and contributions during the three days of Pre-Standardisation meetings were valued. You selected appropriate validity items and responded to those in a short timescale. I very much appreciate the support and encouragement that you gave to your examiners with a particularly large and demanding Online Standardisation experience and a new marking system which brought significant challenges to the examining this year. You bring a lot of experience as an examiner and you worked with superb efficiency and accuracy. It was a pleasure to backread your marking which was accurate and showed clear and helpful annotations. You communicated extremely well with me throughout the marking session, keeping me well informed about the progress of the examiners in your team with useful regular updates. You carried out your duties as team leader conscientiously with careful monitoring, feedback and on-going support for your examiners. You took on extra marking in ePEN which was greatly appreciated in order to help reach the final deadline. You wrote informative E13 reports to your examiners and you provided me with an extremely useful U4 report at the end of the marking session. Many thanks again for all your hard work on this paper and I look forward to working with you again next year.” [Principal Examiner, July 2019]


“I have had three new parents speak to me about how much their children are enjoying your [whole class brass] lessons and how unique an opportunity this is.  Hearing the children’s progress throughout the term has been lovely.  Thank you.”  [Headteacher, October 2018]


“Just to say that my daughter is thrilled with her trumpet and thoroughly enjoyed her first lesson. She is busy practising as I write and your lesson notes are extremely helpful.  Thank you for organising everything and getting her off to a great start.” [Parent, September 2018]


“I suspect that you rarely sleep, as you are always several steps ahead of me! Your meticulous and effective approach to every TL task is quite simply staggering. I have very much appreciated your regular contact: at every stage of the game, you have kept me informed of the progress of your team. I feel very privileged to have had you working on this unit. I know that there were aspects of the Face-to-Face Standardisation that made you a little anxious. However, the proof is in the pudding: your team were excellent and clearly respected your guidance. Your own marking is super. You spend a significant amount of time marking each item and your careful use of highlighting tools and dialogue boxes makes it easy to ascertain where, and why, you have awarded marks. Your Validity statistics, even on the trickier items, are strong. I have really enjoyed working with you this year. I very much hope that you will want to be a TL again for this unit in future years.” [Principal Examiner, July 2018]


“Thank you so much for all your hard work this year as a team leader. At all stages of the process you have provided valuable contributions. I greatly appreciated your thorough and well considered suggestions for additional points to the mark scheme prior to Pre-Standardisation and your input during the three days of meetings in June. As was to be expected from a highly …experienced examiner, you worked with superb efficiency and accuracy. It was a pleasure to backread your marking which was clearly annotated.  You communicated exceptionally well with me throughout the marking session, keeping me informed about examiner progress and you handled a very difficult examiner with such a professional manner. You carried out your duties as team leader conscientiously during Standardisation, the monitoring process and providing feedback and on-going support for the examiners in your team. You particularly put in extra effort regularly checking and marking the review items and followed up problems. You wrote informative reports to your examiners and you provided me with an extremely useful and insightful report at the end of the marking session. You helpfully took on extra marking at the end of the session. Many thanks again for all your hard work and I look forward to working with you again.” [Principal Examiner, July 2017]


“I would like to wish you the very best for the future.  This also seems an opportune moment to congratulate you on your excellent communication, it is far above the standard I experience elsewhere or expect. Well done!” [Parent, May 2017]


“Luke, I can’t thank you enough for being a great music teacher here at Walwayne.  You are certainly instilling a love of music which is making our children flourish and blossom.  The children absolutely love brass during Sparkletime.  Thank you for all your contributions over the past couple of years.” [Headteacher, Walwayne Court School, Dec 2016]


“My son had such a fantastic day yesterday with North Wiltshire Intermediate Wind Band.  It was the first time he had been involved in such an event and it certainly motivated and inspired him. He was so proud to be involved.  As audience members it was a great event and we enjoyed all the performances.  I would like to thank you for all the hard work you obviously put in and let you know we truly appreciate it.  Your obvious dedication, teamwork and enthusiasm for music is teaching our children so much more than just how to play an instrument. It’s something really special and I am so happy my son has become a part of it.” [Parent, Wiltshire Young Musicians]


“Thank you for your all your marking. It has been a delight to check through with clear annotations and excellent judgement of marking. Your levels of accuracy are exceptionally high and absolutely superb. Thank you for all the effort that you have put into monitoring [x]; she has been more time consuming than your average examiner but your communication with her has been regular, clear and really helpful in order for her to improve her marking.” [Principal Examiner, July 2016]


“Many thanks for your enthusiastic lessons. It’s so good to see my son enjoying something. In fact, he is keen to own his own cornet!” [Parent, April 2016]


“My daughter came home yesterday expressing how overjoyed she was with her lesson with you and that you were funny, she was a little scared to give it a go but really wanted to do it, so just to say thank you, you obviously made her feel at ease.” [Parent, September 2015]


“It was a pleasure to work with you as always […] I enjoyed the concert very much; you compiled a super programme. The choir goes from strength to strength under your guidance and several members commented about how you have given them confidence.” [Soprano Soloist, Westbury Choral, April 2015]


“Thank you for the generous and efficient way with which you managed our rehearsal time. It was hugely appreciated. You have clearly done a huge amount of very good work with the choir who I thought were singing better than ever before; congratulations.” [Baritone Soloist, Westbury Choral, April 2015]


“Thank you for your inspirational sense of calm organisation and your wonderful playing! You gave up a lot of your time to help us at the Junior Wind Day and I fully appreciate it. [Junior Wind Day Organiser, March 2015]


“Thank you for teaching me to play the baritone. It was great!” [Y5 pupil, March 2015]


“Excellent subject knowledge, excellent ability to promote learning, excellent quality of materials.” [Secondary Music teachers’ evaluations of training course, Nov 2013 & 2014]


“My son is enjoying his lessons and has asked for a trumpet for Christmas.” [Parent, Nov 2014]


“Thank you for all that you do for Wiltshire Young Musicians. I greatly appreciated your efforts with WWJW and also the various bands and orchestras which you supported through the year.” [Music Director, West Wiltshire Young Musicians, July 2014]


“Thank you for being an amazing brass lesson teacher.” [Y4 pupil, July 2014]


“My daughter is really enjoying her trumpet lessons and we are all so delighted with her progress under your tuition.” [Parent, May 2014]


“Thank you for all your support here at Walwayne.” [Headteacher, Walwayne Court School, Dec 2013]


“Thank you for the time and commitment you have shown to Wiltshire Young Musicians this year. Your time and energy with the West Wiltshire Junior Winds is greatly appreciated and this hard work was evident by the performance they gave in the Summer Festival. Your support to the brass section of WWYO was also much appreciated and I was very please with the endangered brass teaching that you undertook on our behalf.” [Music Director, West Wiltshire Young Musicians, July 2013]


“Thank you for all the help you have given us this year.” [Year 5 First Access, Walwayne Court School, July 2013]


“Thank you for teaching us how to play the recorder. Our lessons have been great fun!” [Redland Primary Nightingale Class, July 2013]


“Thank you! I’ve learnt lots too! Brilliant!” [Class Teacher, July 2013]


“You are a great supply teacher, thank you so much. We hope you can work at our school again.” [Supply Class, March 2013]


References are available on request.

My Training & Development

February 2021: Working with Groups Online, Wiltshire Music Connect

January 2021: Using Technology Effectively in Musical Learning, BANES Music Hub

January 2021: Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect – Core Refresher RMV14, Virtual College

December 2020: Safer Recruitment, NSPCC

October 2020: Dyslexia and Music: A Personal Journey, Incorporated Society of Musicians

October 2020: Associate Conference, Wiltshire Music Connect

September 2020: TD Day, Walwayne Court School, inc. Safeguarding update

August/September 2020: First Access Body Percussion, Ollie Tunmer, Beat Goes On

June & July 2020: Preparing for a different normal, Wiltshire Music Connect

May 2020: Online Conference, Wiltshire Music Connect

March-June 2020: Weekly Networking Meetings, Wiltshire Music Connect

October 2019: Teach Meet, Wiltshire Music Connect

May 2019: Conference, Wiltshire Music Connect

April 2019: Charanga

April 2019: Primary Music Conference, Wiltshire Music Connect

March 2019: Paediatric First Aid

October 2018: Complaint Handling, Pearson Education

October 2018: Display Screen Equipment (DSE) Awareness (UKEU), Pearson Education

October 2018: Supporting Looked After Learners, Pearson Education

October 2018: Mental Health, Mike Armiger, Walwayne Court School

October 2018: Networking Conference, Wiltshire Music Connect

October 2018: British Dyslexia Association: A Music & Dyslexia Day Conference

September 2018: Exam Board Series Webinar: Trinity College London, Incorporated Society of Musicians

September 2018: Exam Board Series Webinar: ABRSM Assessment, Incorporated Society of Musicians

September 2018: Safeguarding/Child Protection, Christ Church CE Primary School, Bradford-on-Avon

September 2018: Safeguarding/Child Protection, St. Laurence School, Bradford-on-Avon

August 2018: Mindfulness in Primary Schools, Pearson Education

August 2018: Mental Health Awareness, Pearson Education

August 2018: Marking Practical Examinations Work, Pearson Education

July 2018: GDPR for Musicians Webinar, Incorporated Society of Musicians

May 2018: Future Facing and Inclusive Music Conference, Wiltshire Music Connect

May 2018: Teach Meet, Woodwind & Brass, Wiltshire Music Connect

May 2018: Managing Virtual Teams, Pearson Education

May 2018: Effective Delegation, Pearson Education

March 2018: The Pivotal Curriculum, Unit 4: Anger, Walwayne Court School (Pivotal Education Ltd.)

March 2018: Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect v8.1, Virtual College

March 2018: Primary Music Conference, Wiltshire Music Connect

October 2017: Simultaneous Learning, Paul Harris, Wiltshire Music Connect

October 2017: Networking Conference, Wiltshire Music Connect

October 2017: Introduction to Project Management, Pearson Education

October 2017: Interview Techniques and Guidance, Pearson Education

October 2017: Writing Better Assessments, Pearson Education

October 2017: Basic Guidance on Using ‘Google’ Applications, Pearson Education

October 2017: African Drumming Workshop, Kakatsitsi, Wiltshire Music Centre

September 2017: Safeguarding/Child Protection, The Clarendon Academy, Trowbridge

September 2017: Safeguarding/Child Protection, St. Laurence School

August 2017: Safeguarding & Prevent, Pearson Education

August 2017: Behaviour Management, Pearson Education

May 2017: Curriculum Planning, Pearson Education

May 2017: Teach Meet: Woodwind & Brass, Wiltshire Music Connect

May 2017: Colleague Lesson Observation – New Behaviour Policy

March 2017: Governor Meet: Ofsted & Governors, The Effectiveness of Governance

February 2017:  Introduction to Governance: Modules One & Two, Modern Governor

February 2017: Governing Board Meetings, Modern Governor

February 2017: The Role of the Chair, Modern Governor

February 2017: The Role of the Clerk, Modern Governor

February 2017: Helping Headteachers get the best out of their Governing Board, MG

February 2017: How to Increase Learner Engagement, lynda.com

January 2017: An Active Approach to the Classroom, Pearson Education

January 2017: Assessment in Key Stage 3 Music, ISM

January 2017: First Access Development, Wiltshire Music Connect

December 2016: Royalties for Composers: PRS for Music and You, ISM

August 2016: Leading and Working in Teams, Pearson Education

July 2016: PCV Category D Training & Test

April 2016: First Aid Training

March 2016: Using Social Media as an Assessment Associate, Pearson Education

March 2016: Combining being an Assessment Associate with working as a Teacher, Pearson Education

February 2016: Channel General Awareness, College of Policing

February 2016: Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent, Grove Primary School

January 2016: Group Instrumental Teaching – Challenges and Rewards, Richard Parsons

October 2015: Brass Faculty INSET, Wiltshire Music Connect

September 2015: Conflict Resolution, Pearson Education via lynda.com

May 2015: Maximising Internet to do Business, Wiltshire Business Support Service

May 2015: Open Forum, Wiltshire Music Service

May 2015: Becoming Your Own Boss, Wessex Chambers

April 2015: Communicating the Impact of Musical Learning, Nell Farrally

March 2015: Awareness of Child Abuse – Core V5, Safeguarding e-Academy

March 2015: Safeguarding Children Refresher, Virtual College

March 2015:  National Curriculum, West Country Educational Agency Ltd.

February 2015: Music Inclusion Conference, Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnership

February 2015: Information Management, Pearson

January 2015: Child Sexual Exploitation, Safeguarding e-Academy

October 2014: Simultaneous Learning, Paul Harris, Wiltshire Music Service

September 2014: Working Together, Wiltshire Music Service Conference

May 2014: Musical Inclusion, Wiltshire Music Service

February 2014: Teaching Music to Groups, Make Music Swindon

November 2013: Faculty Day, Wiltshire Music Service

September 2013: Views from the other side, Wiltshire Music Service Conference

May 2013: Lesson Development, Wells Cathedral School

November 2012: NQT CPD, West Country Educational Agency Ltd.

October 2012: Maximising Learning, Wiltshire Music Service

September 2012: Learning, Wiltshire Music Service Conference

July 2012: Foundation Child Protection Training, Wiltshire Local Safeguarding Children Board

May 2012: Engaging Young People, Wiltshire Music Service

February 2011: Conducting Workshop, Richard Gonski, ICIA, Bath University

November 2010: Indian Drumming workshop, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

September 2010: Swindon Music Conference, including Child Protection Training

May 2010 – May 2011: KS2 Music CPD Programme, Trinity Guildhall/Open University

July 2009: Music Education Conference, Bath Spa University

April 2009: CPD session on Restorative Justice strategies for Behaviour Management: The Clarendon College, Trowbridge

September 2008: Subject Knowledge Booster Course, Bath Spa University

August 2007: Gamelan workshop, Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

Previously Worked With

Numerous schools in Wiltshire and Swindon; Wiltshire Music Service; Swindon Music Service; Westbury Choral, including professional soloists; Wiltshire Young Musicians; Amesbury Town Band; Wiltshire Youth Marching Band; Zenith Youth Theatre; leading GCSE & A Level exam board