A music teacher has been recognised at the House of Lords after dedicating his life to educating young people and their families.
Solihull resident Tim Low, 55, has been awarded for his outstanding work giving young people and their families’ musical opportunities. It is this selfless commitment that has earned him one of the country’s highest accolades – a British Citizen Award (BCA).
Launched in January 2015, the BCA, in partnership with InMoment, recognises extraordinary achievements by everyday people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.
Tim received his BCA Medal from Professor Andrew Graves, supporter of the awards, at the Palace of Westminster on 7th July.
Teaching since the age of 18 Tim has enabled thousands of young people to access live music and take part in an array of musical and cultural experiences.
Tim said: “The single best decision of my life was at age 11 when I started playing the trombone. The benefits of playing an instrument transformed my life and I learned so much. I want to pass that on to the kids I teach and I want them to experience the same benefits I did. I believe it develops confidence and social awareness. Playing an instrument opened doors and gave me opportunities I might not have had without it.”
Tim has led and managed music sessions providing a wide range of musical opportunities for children of all ages and from all backgrounds. He has strived to ensure the sessions are inclusive and Tim has instilled a positive ethos among the students, making the sessions extremely popular for participants.
Tim continued: “This program has transformed my pupils into confident citizens in their own right. I hope that I’m growing my students into people that would be nominated for a BCA. I believe there is a better sense of community and that they’ve become more musical. I feel the community has grown through the teaching of music.”
Tim has seen thousands of children and young people develop their confidence through music, picking up important transferable skills such as respect and teamwork along the way. He is committed to empowering young people and giving them the self-believe they need to go on and become successful in life by engaging them and their teachers in music.
His passion and tireless commitment has positively impacted on the lives of many young people in the area and he is determined to continue providing the support and inspiration that young people need to become successful adults. Many of his former pupils have come back to teach at the music centre with him and a number of his students have even gone on to work in orchestras.
The BCA is proud to be supported by the world’s largest optical retailer and audiologists, Specsavers; one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People; leading ethical law firm Irwin Mitchell; palletised freight company, Pall-Ex; and creative communications group, Beattie Communications.
October 2016 will also see the introduction of the British Citizen Youth Award, recognising young people under the age of 16 who have positively impacted communities or particular groups and have contributed through their own endeavours to making a difference. Nominations can be made now until September 16th 2016.
To find out more about the BCA or British Citizen Youth Awards, and to nominate someone for the next awards in January 2017, please visit britishcitizenawards.co.uk
"This program has transformed my pupils into confident citizens in their own right. I hope that Im growing my students into people that would be nominated for a BCA."
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