Tim JW Badgery
* Winner of the Wiltshire Inclusive Music Award 2021 *
I currently offer lessons in:
* Violin (up to Grade VII)
* Piano (up to Grade IV)
* Theory (all Grades / GCSE/A-Level / Post A-Level)
* Composition & Song-writing (pre-GCSE / GCSE/A-Level / Post A-Level)
* Aural (All Grades)
* Curriculum Music
* I am also skilled in Ensemble Direction and Workshop Leading
Rates/Fees vary depending on Instrument/Subject and Grade/Level studied or other project requirements
Children (5+) and Adults taught
* Currently only accepting new pupils for Violin at DAPS (West Lavington). Other requests will be put on a waiting list. *
Online lessons are currently only available to existing pupils, via Zoom or WhatsApp, in situations where face-to-face lessons are not possible (e.g. lockdown/shielding or during school holidays).
Having been a co-researcher for Wiltshire Music Connect’s What Are We Learning? (WAWL?) project, I have gained a strong insight into online teaching and how pupils find lessons in this format.
I encourage children/young people and their parents/guardians to stay safe online, particularly with regards to what they are sharing and who with. If you would like support with this or further advice, ThinkUKnow.co.uk is a good resource to try.
I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Music from Oxford Brookes University in June 2016; with Violin, Theory and Analysis, and Composition as my specialist areas. My Dissertation consisted of a Composition Portfolio which focused on music for strings, as solo and ensemble instruments, across a number of genres which I researched – my knowledge and skill from my own performance was crucial for me in developing this work.
During my time at university, I was Musical Director of the String Ensemble. My role as MD involved giving guidance to the ensemble in how to improve their performance, including giving some tutorials to small groups and individuals through sectionals. I also arranged all the music specifically for the ensemble, in order to suit each individual’s abilities – we had an extensive repertoire, ranging from Vivaldi to Disney’s ‘Frozen’. Work that I’ve done with other ensembles includes Orchestras, Choirs and Pit-Bands including being the Leader of the University Orchestra, Opera Society Orchestra, and Early Music Society Chamber Orchestra.
I have also worked with children and adults with special needs in a music therapy environment as part of a placement with Soundabout for my double honours module in Professional Practice that I took in my final year at university. I continue to work within the special needs sector, in both musical and non-musical roles (see below for further information).
In 2016, I worked as sick-leave cover for the Head of Music in Appleford School, a specialist independent school for children who have dyslexia and/or associated difficulties, near Shrewton. My work there involved preparing for their Carol Service and Harvest Festival with the Lower School as well as some classroom teaching of 8-12 year olds. I incorporated some Indian Music into my teaching, to link into the students’ studies of India across the other curriculum subjects. I continue to work at Appleford as a Peripatetic Music Tutor, on a 1:1 basis. In July 2019, two pupils achieved high pass marks in their Grade I and Grade III Piano exams!
I have also got a Facebook page, a Twitter profile, an Instagram profile and a Youtube channel for my work, which I update regularly – feel free to have a look and like/follow/subscribe to keep up-to-date with my news!
If you are interested in lessons, please do contact me – you can use the “Get in Touch” button on the left, or complete this Google Form. I will be happy to answer any questions that you have.
What I / we help young people achieve
I believe that music is important for everyone and has a unique therapeutic value. Whatever your ability or ambitions are: whether you want to 'play for pleasure' or work towards the rigour of examinations, music has benefits for us all!
I like to work on individual programmes of learning with my pupils, taking into account what they (and their parents) want to achieve and any goals they have. It is important for me to adapt my teaching to suit every pupil, as I recognise that they are an individual and everyone has different ways in which they learn best. I like my pupils to feel empowered by their music making and feel that it boosts their confidence and self-esteem.
Whatever your reason for wanting to play/write music, it will give you a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in itself as well as having many other beneficial skills which you can use in other subject areas - many employers look for those who have studied music to high levels as this shows that they have transferable skills such as communication, team-work and self-discipline.
I have had previous experience in Music Therapy environments working with children/adults with special needs and disabilities, but have also seen my pupils benefit from music through their 1:1 lessons. I believe that any musical activity can be therapeutically beneficial.
Part of my current work is as a peripatetic music tutor in Appleford School (a specialist school for children with severe dyslexia and associated difficulties). This includes teaching my pupils to read music and finding methods which prevent their dyslexia being a barrier to this.
Music is an inclusive subject and is accessible to all!
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- 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
Wiltshire Music Connect (Various Projects, March 2017-present)
Appleford School, near Shrewton (Peripatetic Music Tutor, September 2016-present)
Dauntsey Academy Primary School (DAPS), West Lavington (Violin Teacher, January 2021-present)
Avon Valley Academy, Durrington (Student Teacher, January 2021-December 2021)
Avon Valley Academy, Durrington (Music Teacher, September 2021-present)
Wiltshire Council’s Passenger Transport Unit (PA, July 2015-present)
Exeter House School, Salisbury (Music Session Leader, November 2017-April 2018, January-July 2019)
West of England Youth Orchestra (WEYO), Bradford-on-Avon (Guest Section Violinist [Violin I], April 2019)
Appleford School, near Shrewton (Lower School Music Teacher (sick leave cover), September-October 2016)
Oxford Brookes String Ensemble (Musical Director, 2013-2016)
Oxford Brookes University Orchestra (Leader, 2013-2015)
OBSU Opera Society’s Orchestra (Leader, 2013-2015)
OBSU Early Music Society’s Orchestra (Leader, 2014)
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
- Drop in
Working with special needs
* Winner of the Wiltshire Inclusive Music Award 2021 *
I have extensive experience working with children/adults who have a range of different special needs, learning disabilities and/or learning difficulties; through both personal and professional roles, in musical and non-musical contexts. I am devoted to inclusivity in my work and offer a patient and understanding approach to eliminate any learning barriers – I am happy to accommodate pupils’ needs. Wiltshire Music Connect also has a commitment to ensuring that Music is available to children who have SEND, and I am delighted to have my work recognised in that I have been consulted for/involved in various SEND projects.
Some of my work has been in a Music Therapy environment with Soundabout, as well as other groups/individuals, and I hope to study for an MA in Music Therapy in the future, so the more experience the better!
I have also taught children who have dyslexia, language difficulties and/or AS Conditions in classroom and 1:1 settings through my continuing work at Appleford School (a specialist independent school for children who have dyslexia and/or associated difficulties). So far, I have had five pupils from this school take Piano exams, all of whom achieved high pass marks (four at Grade I (including one high Merit) and the other at Grade III)!
My experiences include, but are not limited to, working with pupils who have: ADD/ADHD, Asperger’s, autism, dyscalculia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, echolalia, MLD/PMLD, language difficulties, physical disabilities, sensory processing difficulties, speech/communication difficulties, SpLD, tics, and Tourette’s.
I attended Wiltshire Music Connect’s Inclusive Music Conference on 21 June 2017, which gave me further insights into music making with children who have special needs and disabilities. I then also attended their Future Facing and Inclusive Music Conference on 15 May 2018 and Future Facing Music Conference on 14 May 2019, which has further developed my knowledge and approaches to SEND teaching.
From November 2017 until April 2018, I ran some music sessions at Exeter House School in Salisbury, working with their Key Stage 3 pupils. In January 2019, I was able to resume this with a different class of Key Stage 2-3 pupils.
During the 2019 Easter holidays, I assisted Emma Hughes and Adam Varney in running workshops for children who have SEND and their siblings. Inclusivity was at the heart of this, as we accommodated a vast array of needs and ability levels.
In 2020, I have been involved with Wiltshire Music Connect’s What Are We Learning? (WAWL?) project, in which I was a co-researcher and led a discussion on online teaching for children who have SEND.
In addition to my work with those who have any special educational needs and/or disabilities, I have a good awareness of various medical issues. This includes work with children/adults who have conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or EDS, whose medical needs can affect their ability to play. I have been trained in mental health awareness to a basic level and am keen to help pupils to use their music-making as a tool to promote their mental wellbeing.
Through my work with Wiltshire Council’s PTU, I have had training in manual handling, managing epilepsy and basic first aid.
- Piano / Keyboard
- Curriculum Music (Primary)
- Curriculum Music (Secondary)
- Music Theory
- Musical Director / Conductor
- Songwriting / Composition
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Help with GCSE, A-Level or BTEC Level 2
Scout Badges (or equivalent)
Musical Clusters Covered
- Salisbury / Wilton
* Winner of the Wiltshire Inclusive Music Award 2021 *
“Tim has always been a very supportive person both in rehearsals and outside of them. He always approaches each piece with confidence that we would accomplish it no matter how uncertain we were about our playing. Tim always came prepared to every rehearsal with folders and music marked up for every piece to help make them easier to learn.”
Daniella, Violin I – Oxford Brookes String Ensemble 2014-2017
“My son really engages with lessons from Tim. He balances the fun, practical side with just enough Theory. I love the way he is very encouraging but does not speak down to the children or lower his expectations. He is a great tutor and I love seeing my son’s progress.”
Mrs. P, Appleford School Colleague and Parent of Piano Pupil (6)
Since writing this endorsement, Mrs. P’s daughter and husband have started lessons with me too!
“Tim has been so encouraging and always finds something positive to say! I thoroughly enjoy my Piano lessons with him and appreciate how he makes complicated stuff simple! He has taught me to read music too.”
Mrs. H, Adult Piano Pupil
I have completed a 6-month Mentoring Programme with one of Wiltshire Music Connect’s most experienced tutors, Rob Priestley (brass tutor), to further enhance my teaching skills (March-October 2017).
Appleford School, near Shrewton
Exeter House School, Salisbury
“Clearly demonstrates potential. VERY detailed and in-depth submissions. The whole portfolio shows a good sense of progress for a relatively new educator. His ambition to be a music therapist seems to fit with his skill-set and strengths.”
Feedback about my Certificate for Music Educators portfolio from Wren Music [on behalf of themselves, Devon Music Education Hub and Trinity College London].
“The feedback that you give is excellent and always on point: I have never had such good feedback from any music teacher! I have been impressed both with your teaching and your dedication to doing a good job.”
Mrs. F, Parent of Piano Pupil (12) at Appleford School
“Tim is friendly and encourages me. He is nice and friendly. I love my lessons”
D, Violin Pupil (7)
“Having online lessons has seen my child make fantastic progress – I’m surprised at how well they remain focused.”
Parent of Piano Pupil (13) who has SEND, 2020
My Training & Development
- BA (Hons) in Music (Oxford Brookes University, 2016) – my degree involved a variety of Performance (Violin and Conducting), Composition (Double Hons) and Theory and Analysis (Double Hons) modules. My Dissertation consisted of a Composition Portfolio which focused on music for Strings, as solo and ensemble instruments, across a number of genres which I researched – my knowledge and skill from my own performance was crucial for me in developing this work. I was also involved in many extra-curricular musical activities such as String Ensemble, Orchestras, Choirs and Pit-bands which supplemented my degree. My main extra-curricular achievements are becoming Musical Director of the University String Ensemble (3 years) and Leader of the University Orchestra (2 years).
- Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (Trinity College London, 2019)
- Level 3 Diploma in Music Therapy (Centre of Excellence, 2019)
- A-Level Music (Bishop Wordsworth’s School, 2013)
- GCSE Music (Lavington School, 2010)
- Instrumental Grades
- Violin (Grade VIII)
- Piano (Grade VI)
- Safeguarding Training
- Routine training in schools, specific to the circumstances of their students.
- Prevent Online Training Course by The UK Home Office (UK Government) (20 July 2021)
- Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect – Core Refresher R3MV14, issued by Safeguarding e-Academy on behalf of Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board (18 October 2019)
- Child Protection in Education (Music) Level 2, online training by EduCare (1 November 2018)
- Foundation Safeguarding Training Session for Church Workers, training by Rev. Annabel Copeland on behalf of The Church of England: Diocese of Salisbury (18 July 2017)
- Child Protection and Safeguarding in Schools: Whole School Training 2016-17 (not certificated), training by Wiltshire Council on behalf of Appleford School (5 January 2017)
- Safeguarding Awareness for Music Leaders (not certificated), training by Wiltshire Music Connect (8 November 2016)
- Safeguarding for Drivers, issued by Wiltshire Council’s Passenger Transport Unit (28 October 2016)
- Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect – Core V7.1, issued by Safeguarding e-Academy on behalf of Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board (26 October 2016)
- Safeguarding Adults V4, issued by Safeguarding e-Academy (2 November 2015)
- An Introduction to Safeguarding Children V3, issued by Safeguarding e-Academy on behalf of Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children Board (1 November 2015)
- Continuing Professional Development – I am also keen to take part in CPD activities.
- Through Wiltshire Music Connect, I have:
- …been part of a 6-month mentoring programme with Rob Priestley (brass teacher) to further enhance my teaching skills (March-October 2017).
- …attended WMC’s Inclusive Music Conference (21 June 2017).
- …attended WMC’s Music and Mindfulness Seminar, run by Therapeutic Media Company (3 October 2017).
- …attended WMC’s Future Facing and Inclusive Music Conference (15 May 2018).
- …attended WMC’s Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Music Teaching Environment Workshop run by Kristina Takashina, an Inclusive Music Aware Associate Provider who is a trained Dance Movement Psychotherapist (27 November 2018).
- …attended WMC’s Primary Music Conference (3 April 2019).
- …attended the Amesbury Cluster Meeting (9 May 2019).
- …attended WMC’s Future Facing Music Conference (14 May 2019).
- …attended WMC’s Associates’ Online Conference (12-13 May 2020).
- …been part of WMC’s #DontDropMusic campaign (Summer 2020).
- …been a co-researcher for WMC’s What Are We Learning? (WAWL?) project (June-October 2020) in which I also led a session on Online Teaching for children who have SEND (20 October 2020).
- …attended WMC’s Associates’ Online Conference (20 October 2020).
- …attended MHFA England‘s Mental Health Awareness Course run by Tracy Sullivan (12 February 2021).
- …attended Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra‘s Wiltshire GCSE [Live Online] Concert (17 March 2021).
- …attended WMC’s Associates’ Online Conference (11-12 May 2021)
- As a member of The European String Teachers’ Association, I am able to access training opportunities and resources that they provide.
- In June 2020, I attended their online CPD course Resilience for the Changing World.
- I continue to have Violin lessons myself, under the tutelage of Rachel Luton, in order to maintain and improve my existing skills.
- Following completion in July 2019, I have passed Trinity College London‘s Level 4 Certificate for Music Educators (a qualification which gives recognition to the work I currently do). Funded by WMC, I studied for this with Wren Music in Okehampton, Devon.
- In September 2019, I attended Trinity College London‘s “Meet the Examiner” session in Cardiff, to gain a better understanding of the exam process and mark scheme.
- I am currently studying part-time towards a PGCE with QTS (Coventry University), and I also hope to study for an MA in Music Therapy in the future.
- As part of my PGCE placement with Avon Valley Academy (formerly Avon Valley College) I attend regular CPD sessions for all school staff. I have also performed with the school band and started a Choir there.
- Through Wiltshire Music Connect, I have: