Policy

Here is the “small print” for music tuition. Please read carefully!

MUSIC TUITION

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1.    Private music tuition is offered at the rate of £16.50 per 30 minute lesson.
2.    Lessons are arranged in blocks of 5 or 10 lessons (whichever is preferred), payable in advance.
3.    Lessons missed by the students for any reason (including illness) with less than 24 hours notice will not be made up or refunded, unless it is a planned absence or holiday – see item 11, below.
4.   Online lessons only: If the pupil attempts to log on to an online (Zoom) lesson more than ten minutes after the start time, the Zoom link will be disabled and the session will automatically be cancelled without refund.
5.    Lessons missed by the teacher for any reason WILL be made up or refunded. PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT NOTE AT THE END OF THESE T’s and C’s.
6.    Lessons may be terminated either by the teacher or the student – two lessons notice must be given of termination. No refunds will be given if the student chooses to terminate in the middle of a block. This may be waived by the teacher in exceptional circumstances. The teacher reserves the right to terminate a course of lessons without notice.
7.    Students undertake to practise regularly, and therefore it is assumed they will have unhindered access to a suitable instrument at all appropriate times. Students of Music Theory, Composition, Musical Analysis etc will sometimes be required to do some individual work or research in their own time. Students breaching this condition are liable to have their course of lessons terminated without notice and without refund.
8.    Where necessary, music may sometimes be provided by the teacher. All other required music will be supplied by the student at their expense.
9.    Normally, only the teacher and student will be present in the teaching studio for the duration of the lesson, unless the teacher feels it is beneficial to invite the Parent/Guardian to be in attendance. However, the Parent/Guardian is welcome to sit in on the tenth lesson of every block (or at other times at the teacher’s discretion) in order to observe the progress being made by the student.
10.    Lesson notes, which include any relevant progress reports, will be emailed to the student (or their parent) shortly after the lesson – normally the following day.
11.    The student must inform the teacher of any holidays or planned absences at least one week in advance of their absence. Failure to do this will mean the full lesson fee will be payable.
12.    Students who breach these terms and conditions are liable to have their course of lessons terminated without notice and without refund.

NB: There will be some periods during the school year when I am away on examining duties for Trinity College London, or doing research / teaching in the music department at Nottingham University. Some of these commitments involve working abroad and can be up to three weeks in duration, and some trips are at short notice. I will keep you informed of when these are likely to be by email or text. Despite the occasional interruption to lessons this entails, my experience is that most students value a little extra time to brush up on their practising, and also find it useful to have a teacher who is also an examiner!

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