"Lesson" refers to the agreed upon lesson or block of lessons between the Teacher and the Student. “Term” corresponds to the termly calendar in Local Authority (LA) schools or the termly calendar of the school in which the Lessons take place. "Student" corresponds to the person taking lessons (if 18 or over) or the student (if under 18) and their parent or guardian. "Teacher" refers to the person delivering the lessons.
Fees and Late Payment
Lesson fees are subject to annual review. Where Lesson fees are increased as a result of such a review, the Teacher shall endeavour to give the Student at least one months’ notice of such increase. The Student shall have the right to terminate this agreement immediately on written notice to the Teacher without liability to pay for any further Lessons from the date of the increase in the event that the applicable Lesson fees increase.
Please be aware the Musicians Union (MU) recommended minimum hourly charge is £ 34.00, equating to £ 17.00 per half-hour lesson. My fees remain below this figure.
For Lessons delivered in a school, although the invoicing figure each Term amounts to a fee equal to 10 lessons, the Teacher may deliver additional or less Lessons in each term, providing a total of 30 lessons is delivered across the full academic year. This accounts for the variable lengths of school Terms and gives scope for rearranged lessons, if required. As there are three Terms in an academic year, the Student should expect three separate invoices. Invoices are usually issued in advance of each term.
For Lessons delivered privately, Lesson charges are due in advance of each lesson.
Each invoice must be paid within one calendar month from the date of issue (or the date of the lesson). I reserve the right to claim statutory interest at 8 % above the Band of England base rate at the date the debt becomes overdue, in accordance with the Late Payment of Commercial Debts (interest) Act 1998.
Fees are paid direct to the Teacher by cash, cheque or BACs.
Any Lesson missed by the Student shall be paid for unless otherwise agreed with the Teacher. If the Teacher is unavailable to give any scheduled Lesson, the Lesson will be carried forward to another date. If this is not possible, any fee already paid will be used to pay for a future Lesson or be refunded.
It is the Students responsibility to inform the Teacher of anything or event that might affect the running of the Lesson, such as a school trip, holiday, illness or other absence. Please give at least one weeks’ notice of any absence to enable the Teacher to consider alternatives. The Teacher will consider each circumstance on its own merit.
If the Teacher chooses to waive any right or remedy under the agreement or otherwise (for example, if the Teacher chooses to waive fees for any Lessons which the Student does not attend) this shall not mean that he or she must do so in future or that he or she waives any other rights or remedies.
It is the responsibility of the Student to ensure they arrive at the Lesson on time. If I Student arrives for their lesson more than 10 minutes late (without prior notification), it is agreed that Lesson be counted as missed.
If the School is closed or the Teacher is otherwise prevented by the School from conducting any Lesson or Lessons, the Teacher shall not be obliged to conduct any such Lesson or Lessons without liability to the Student.
Extra Lessons may be scheduled during holiday periods or at any other time by mutual agreement and at a cost mutually agreed between the Student and the Teacher. If the Teacher is not able to provide such extra Lessons at the School, as a result of the School being closed or for any other reasons, the location of such lessons shall be agreed between the Teacher and the Student.
The Cooling-Off Period
You have the right to cancel each contract within 14 days without giving any reason under the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013. The cooling-off period will expire after 14 days from the day of the conclusion of the contract. To exercise the right to cancel, you must inform the Teacher of your decision to cancel this contract by a clear statement (e.g. a letter sent by post or email). To meet the cancellation deadline, it is sufficient for you to send your communication concerning your exercise of the right to cancel before the cooling-off period has expired.
If you cancel the contract during the cooling-off period, we will reimburse to you all payments received from you unless the services began during the cooling-off period. The reimbursement shall take place no later than 14 days after the day on which we are informed about your decision to cancel this contract. If Lessons start during the cancellation period, you shall pay for the Lessons provided.
For Students that already started lessons (more than 14 days before the date of this agreement) and have made on-going payments to the Teacher, they have already entered into a contract between the Student and Teacher and the cooling-off period has already expired.
Termination of Agreement
A decision to discontinue Lessons after the cooling-off period may be taken by the Student or the Teacher in which case written notice, the period of which is stated below, shall be given by the party seeking to discontinue. Notice should be served no later than prior to the half-term holiday before the Term where lessons wish to be terminated. In the event that the Student discontinues Lessons with insufficient notice (i.e. notice is served anytime from the beginning of the half-term holiday to the end of Term), the Student will be liable to pay for 50 % of the fees for the following Term period (presently £ 82.50). If notice to discontinue is not given before the end of Term (or no notice is recieved before the next Term begins), the Student will be liable to pay for 100 % of the fees for the following (or - if no notice is received - current) Term period (presently £ 165.00).
If the Student stops attending lessons during half-term, the Student is not entitled to a refund of any fees paid for the full Term. The Student is entitled to attend any lessons paid for. Individual circumstances will be considered.
For private Lessons, a decision to discontinue Lessons after the cooling-off period may be taken by the Student or the Teacher in which case written notice of not less than four weeks shall be given by the party seeking to discontinue. Lessons are liable throughout the notice period, even if the Student chooses not to take the lessons. In the event that the Student discontinues Lessons with insufficient notice, the Student will be liable to pay fees for those Lessons not taken during the notice period (as well as those taken).
Where fees are not paid on time, the Teacher reserves the right, entirely at the Teacher’s discretion, to terminate the agreement with immediate effect by giving written notice of termination to the Student. The invoice will remain due. This right to terminate is without prejudice to any other rights the Teacher may have. Should payment be made late, tuition may be reinstated; however, Lessons missed through late payment of the invoice will be forfeited.
If the Teacher, in his or her reasonable opinion, feels unable to continue tuition on account of unreasonable conduct by the Student or anyone connected with the Student, the fees for any outstanding lessons will not be refundable.
Music tuition will continue automatically from one academic year to the next unless cancellation notice is received.
Neither party shall be liable to the other party for any breach by the other or any of the terms and conditions herein occasioned by any act of God, war, revolution, riot, civil disturbance, strike, lock-out, flood, fire or other cause not reasonably within the control of such party.
The Student undertakes not to make photocopies of any music without permission.
Examination entries, festivals, competitions or otherwise will only be entered if the Student and Teacher are in agreement. Any entry fees will be paid for by the Student.
The Student is responsible for the insurance of the Student’s instrument.
In the interests of the Student’s well-being whilst in the Teacher’s care, the Teacher must be informed of any medical or other condition affecting the Student.
If the Student is under eighteen, the Student’s parent or guardian gives permission for the Teacher to teach the Student.
The Teacher is a member of the Musicians Union (MU) and agrees to abide by the MU’s code of Conduct, a copy of which can be obtained from the MU, whose address is 60–62 Clapham Road, London, SW9 O11.
Should the Teacher stop teaching Lessons for whatever reason, it may not be possible to give adequate notice. The Teacher will refund Lessons paid for in advance that were unable to be delivered. The Teacher will not accept any liability for Lessons that have not been paid for or Lessons in future periods.
It is important to note that whilst a Teacher will use his or her best endeavours to ensure the Student makes satisfactory progress, this cannot be guaranteed. In particular, careful regular practice as advised by the Teacher is a prerequisite of success on any musical instrument or in any musical endeavour.
Details of the Student disclosed the contract (or anywhere else) will be kept and used by the Teacher only for the purposes of teaching and delivering Lessons at the school or privately. Should Lessons discontinue, details will be disposed of in a timely manner. Evidence of payment will be retained for tax and accounting purposes.