Children are taught and enjoy music as part of the curriculum at Thistly. If they wish to take additional lessons, teaching is provided by our talented visting music teachers. Please contact the teachers directly if you wish your child to take music lessons.

Clarinet, Saxophone and Recorder lessons 

Jo Hemmings 

Jo has been teaching saxophone, clarinet and recorder in schools around the Leicestershire area for the past 20 years and has been a self-employed teacher since 2012. She graduated from Leeds College of Music and then went on to teach in schools for the Leicestershire Schools Music Service (LSMS) for 17 years during which time she conducted the LSMS Big Band 2. She also plays in a soul band, 80’s band & function band around the country on her saxophone and with the Leicester Big Band whenever she can.

If your child is interested in lessons, please contact Jo via email: or on 07729 018735

* Please note the school has a supply of clarinets for your child to use on a first come first served basis.

Guitar lessons 

Bradley Overton BA

Brad is an experienced guitar teacher who has been teaching for over ten years and has been a professional musician for just over five. Brad teaches in seven different schools across Leicestershire and Northamptonshire and teaches around thirty private students per week. Brad also plays in a semi-professional function/wedding band called The Replica and concentrates mainly on the Rockschool syllabus and current Popular music. He has recently had two students from Thistly Meadow pass their first guitar exams with Distinction.

Music Qualifications include:

Grade 8 Guitar Rockschool Exam Board

BA Hons in Music Technology and Innovation

Grade 5 ABRSM Theory

Grade 3 ABRSM Piano

Lessons cost:

£4.00 for a group lesson – 25 minutes

£8.00 For individual 1:1 lessons – 20 minutes

If your child is interested in guitar lessons and would like a taster session free of charge please contact Brad via email or on the number below. For more information please visit Brad’s website

Email :    Tel : 07525827650

* Please note guitars are supplied in lessons for children to use while at school, but in order to practise they will need their own guitar.

Flute lessons

Jo Conquest GBSM ABSM

Jo is an experienced flute, piccolo and recorder teacher and is a member of the Incorporated Society of British Musicians and British Flute society.  She has been teaching and performing for over twenty three years. Children can be taught individually or in groups.

Lessons cost:

£6.00 for a group lesson with two pupils – 20 minutes

£6.00 for a group lesson with three pupils – 30 minutes

£10.00 for individual 1:1 lessons – 20 minutes

If your child is interested in flute lessons, please contact Jo by email at: or on the numbers below:

Tel: 0116 240 3905    Mob: 07584 196 242