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Thom Mills – Professional Drummer / Drum Teacher 2 Windmill Street, Brighton, BN2 0GN. Mob: 07812 750205 DOB: 01/03/85 Email: Website:

Multi-talented musician and teaching professional, committed to providing a solid music education and all round appreciation for all styles of music in every pupil. Proven ability to tailor lessons to meet student’s individual and diverse needs as well as providing a well rounded learning experience. Compassionate and inspiring; maintain a well disciplined and enjoyable atmosphere where students are motivated, cared for, supported and made to feel special and successful. Trustworthy and caring educator with exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to cultivate strong relationships with students, parents and all members of the schooling community.

Education & Credentials Head of Drums at Sussex Academy of Music. (2009-2011) BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship 2:1 (2003-2006). Brighton Institute Of Modern Music. Merit in HND for contemporary music. (2003-2004) . Brighton Institute Of Modern Music. CRB Certificate. Member of the Musicians Union.

Teaching Experience Freelance Private Drum Teacher (2001-Present). Provide instrumental tuition and music training to children and adults aged 7-35. Tailored lesson plans integrating a wide range of activities to accommodate all styles and levels of learners. Offer praise and encouragement to keep students motivated and push along the learning progress. Currently operating with 11 students at a home based drum studio. Head Of Drums at Sussex Academy of Music (2009-2011) Designed and presented fun and motivating lessons that explained the fundamentals of a drumset musician. Concentrated on 1 on 1 lessons within a classroom environment utilizing various activities to actively engage students and consolidate important concepts. Attended all staff meetings and professional development workshops to increaseproductivity of all employed drum tutors. Drum Teacher at Ashington CE Primary School (2009-2011). Develop, and present, stimulating lesson plans that cover a wide range of topics and music appreciation. Instruct students in the technical aspects of music, conducting rehearsals and put on drum solo performances at end of term show. Evaluate student progress, and direct in writing own drum solo piece. Drum Teacher at Littlehampton Academy Secondary School (2009-2011).


Created and implemented weekly lessons that accommodated multiple intelligences, aligned with grades 1-4. Instilled a senseof music appreciation and encouraged students to expand interests and musical tastes. Developed strong relationships with all students aged between 12-16 to make certain they feel welcome, at easeand appropriately challenged. Drum Teacher at Shoreham Beach Primary School (2009-2011) . Taught a group of children aged between 6-8 years old. Instructed lessons based on gaining music reading skills and increasing knowledge of music terminology, while creating and designing fun and interesting lesson plans, that keep the students motivated and engaged. Established a good rapport with young children ensuring they felt safe and cared for. Drum Tutor at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (2005-2006) Fill in tutor for diploma drum course. Taught large lesson groups from curriculum, developed understanding of well-balanced lesson plans that reached out to each student and facilitated their diverse capabilities. Also studied teaching module on degree course.

Professional Experience

Artists performed for: Noah And The Whale (Universal Mercury) Diana Vickers (RCA,Sony Music) Newton Faulkner (Sony Music) Sunless’97 (Abeano, XL) Mechanical Bride (Transgressive Records) The Maccabees(Polydor) Holy Vessels (Unsigned) • Full time position with professional original artists, Mechanical Bride (Transgressive Records), Sunless’97 (Abeano, XL) & Holy Vessels (Unsigned). • Full time member of Function band, Saint (Warble Entertainment), over 50+gigs a year. • Session work and Live Performance with, Noah and the Whale, Diana Vickers, The Maccabees,and The Ordinary Boys. • Radio plays on BBCRadio 1, Live Maida Vale session on Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 4, BBC6 Music, XFM & Selector Radio on various shows, including Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Lauren Laverne, and Huey Show and Jo Good. • Festival appearancesat The Great Escape‘09, 11, Les Inrocks ’11 (France), Crossing The Border ’11 (Holland & Belgium), Isle of Wight ‘09, V Festival ’09, Truck Festival ’11 and Beachdown ’08. • Support slots with David Gilmour, Friendly Fires, Yuck, Kwes, Heart & The Hand, Graham Coxon, Feeder, The Hoosiers, Craig David, Esser, Mylo, Rooster, Reuben, Beardyman, Hundred Reasonsand Engerica. • Various T.V appearancesin the U.K on Scuzz, Absolute Live TV, and the Musicians Channel.


Thom Mills Drum Teacher CV  

Drum kit tutoring music CV.

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