Handy Links

Luke Pickett Teaching Dates 2020/21

Luke Pickett Teaching Dates 2021/22

Brass Instrument Cleaning and Maintenance

Letter regarding continuing lessons after First Access

Letter regarding moving from recorder to brass after the first year

Letter regarding starting lessons after a demonstration/assembly  (Brass)

Letter regarding starting lessons after a demonstration/assembly  (Recorder)

Letter regarding transition from Year 6 to Year 7

Luke Pickett Information Pack for Parents

Luke Pickett Information Pack for Schools

Luke Pickett Booking Forms (parents)

Luke Pickett Booking Forms (schools)

Publicity Flyer

Various Clubs and Groups for all ages

YouTube links to various performances (professional and not) can be found in the Pupils section


Nominated for 'Outstanding Contribution to Music Education 2020' in the Wiltshire Music Education Awards.

Nominated for 'Music Educator of the Year 2020 - Young People's Choice' in the Wiltshire Music Education Awards.

"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.  Thanks for everything you're doing with us at the Hub at the moment – your dedication does not go unnoticed.  We're all so grateful that we get to work with you!" [Development Manager, Wiltshire Music Connect, 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 highlyexperienced examiner, you worked with superb efficiency and accuracy. It was a pleasure to backread your marking which was clearly annotated." [Principal Examiner, July 2018]

"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, December 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]