Michele Lomas BA Hons, LTCL, FISM
I have been a passionate brass player for over 40 years since I took up the trombone at school. I teach all brass instruments including trumpet, cornet, trombone, Eb tenor horn, French horn, baritone, euphonium and tuba.
I have taught brass instruments since I was at school when I lead the junior band at the local brass band.
I have a music degree and an LTCL teaching diploma.
I have been teaching brass as my main job for the last 16 years and I teach individuals, small groups and whole classes. I teach all ages and levels from age 6 to adults and from beginners to grade 8 level. I also perform regularly in symphony orchestras and other ensembles.
I am a passionate ambassador for music education and was interviewed for an article in The Guardian in July 2015 and appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme on 17th November 2016, interviewed by Nick Robinson. Following this, I had a longer interview on Radio Wiltshire on 20th November.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082kbbs#play from 2:22:37
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04g86mq from 13:10
During the Coronavirus situation I am teaching online using Zoom.
What I / we help young people achieve
I encourage my to join bands and orchestras which helps to improve their social skills as well as their independence and team working abilities.
Learning a brass instrument can help to improve co-ordination, memory, perseverance. I encourage breathing exercises which has benefit to health and fitness.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- 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
- Term Time
- After School
Working with special needs
I have extensive experience of teaching children with special needs. I have taught people with a wide range of learning difficulties including dyslexia, ADHD, Autism (including Asperger’s syndrome).
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
Musical Clusters Covered
- Marlborough & Pewsey
“You are, as always the most reliable, most conscientious peripatetic teacher I have ever had the pleasure to work with!” Emma Cypher-Neal, Head of Music, Melksham Oak Community School.
“It was very nice this afternoon to once again hear the children playing with the ‘Mrs Lomas magic touch’. Thank you for teaching all our children to such a high standard, getting such good results and supporting them like you do.” GE parent of grade 8 trombone and grade 5 cornet players.
“Thank you so much again for teaching J at Ramsbury. I am so glad he is able to carry on with you at St John’s. The concert was fantastic, and I wanted to say thank you to you for your work with the brass group, I thought they were excellent and played together so well, a number of other parents commented on it too. ” Mrs LS parent of grade 3 trumpet player
“I wanted to say a big Thank you to you for all you have done for J, since he started trumpet lessons with you – at primary school. He has really grown into a fine trumpeter! It’s thanks to you that we came to know of the Devizes Eisteddfod and other events.” Mrs M parent of grade 8 trumpet player. (July 2018)
“Just wanted to say a huge thanks for everything you have done for O. He has developed a real passion from his instrument and thoroughly enjoyed his lessons with you.” Mrs H parent of grade 2 trombone player. (July 2018)
“Many thanks for all your help and support for George over the last few years. It’s totally amazing he is now grade 3. we are sure George will continue to do well with his trumpet at his new school.” Mrs H parent of grade 3 trumpet player. (July 2018)
“Thank you so very, very much for everything you have done for J. I can’t believe how brilliantly he has progressed, he has really enjoyed learning the trombone with you and I am sure you have inspired a life long love of music. You really are a marvellous teacher” Mr & Mrs T (July 2019)
My Training & Development
Since Summer 2015
Alexander Technique – Summer 2015
Brass Faculty Update – October 2015
Safeguarding Training – September 2015 (Excalibur Academies)
Prevent Training – Feb 2016 (Excalibur Academies)
Safeguarding Training – September 2016 (Excalibur Academies)
Instrumental teachers training meeting – September 2016 (WS)
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Course – 30th July 2017
Trinity music exam training – 4th January 2018
Brass teacher meeting and update – 4th January 2018
Safeguarding Training – September 2018 (Excalibur Academy)
Safeguarding Training – September 2019 (Excalibur Academy)
Recruiting New Pupils for September 13th May 2020
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect – 10th June 2020
Preparing for a Different Normal 17th June 2020
First Access Exploring new models 24th June 2020
Preparing for a different normal 16th July 2020
Online teaching – 20th October 2020
Trinity College new digital assessments and diplomas – 20th October 2020
Video editing workshop 12th March 2021
Awareness of mental health first aid 31st March 2021