Student’s Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the most common questions that we get asked from students from across the UK and Ireland. If you have a questions that is not covered in the list below please do get in touch with us on [email protected]. Should your query be about information specific to a teacher we will pass your enquiry onto the teacher so they can respond directly.

You can find a music teacher by going to the Home page, selecting the instrument that you want to take lessons upon, entering your postcode then pressing “search”. This will then bring up music teachers of the instrument that you have selected within 0 to 15 miles of your location.

Unfortunately, that means that we do not have a teacher within our database that matches your search. However, our database is continuing to expand with new teachers signing up all the time – hopefully we will have the right music teacher for your search shortly for you.

In the meantime we recommend Googling *Instrument Lessons Location*, so for example “Guitar Lessons Leicester” if you were looking for a guitar teacher in Leicester, to find suitable music teachers near you.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prevents unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). By a teacher saying that they hold a valid DBS check (or equivalent for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland) this means that they have undergone independent checks to ensure that they are suitable to work with vulnerable groups, including children.

We recommend asking the teacher to send to you as scan of their DBS certification before booking the first lesson for your child.

There are different levels of certifications, including a “Basic Disclosure“, “Standard DBS“, “Enhanced DBS“. There are also different certifications for Scotland (Standard Disclosure), Northern Ireland (Access NI) and the Republic of Ireland (Garda Vetting).

You can read more about the Disclosure and Barring Service on the Gov.UK website. To find out more about a specific type of certification please click on the names above which will take you through to a website with more information about that certification.

In regard to how we vet teachers, each teacher featured on the website has to fill out a detailed application to be part of the website. You can view this application form here:

Teacher Sign Up Form

As part of the application form a teacher has to agree to the Terms & Conditions of joining the website, which includes:

2.8. You agree that the information and content that You provide with the intention of being feature on the Website is a truthful and accurate representation of you as a teacher, ensuring that it does not embellish your ability. You agree that it is Your responsibility to ensure that this content published on the Website remains up to date by informing MGR Music Tuition of any changes, for example price changes or a change of teaching location, in writing immediately. You agree that all testimonials submitted to MGR Music Tuition are genuine statements in regard to Your Lessons and or teaching.

Therefore, a teacher is in breach of the Terms & Conditions if they do not provide accurate information about their teaching ability. In addition, we request documents, certifications and additional information from teachers to verify their stated qualifications where necessary.

Teacher’s Frequently Asked Questions

Below are the frequently asked questions that we are asked by music teachers from across the UK and Ireland – both those that work with us and those who are interested in joining MusicTeacher.co.uk. If you have a questions that is not covered in the list below please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at [email protected].

Yes, it is free for music teachers to have their profiles featured on the MusicTeacher.co.uk website. To apply to have your profile featured on the MusicTeacher.co.uk website head over to the Teacher Sign Up page.

Profile on the MusicTeacher.co.uk website are beautifully designed to present the music teacher in the best possible light to students – generating them as many students as possible. You can see an example profile below:

Leo Wood - Example MusicTeacher.co.uk Teacher Profile
Here at MusicTeacher.co.uk we work incredibly hard making profiles for teachers that are well designed and appealing to music students.

Please note you will be asked to submit suitable images of yourself teaching or performing music before your profile goes live (we do this via email as the file size is too large for the sign up form). Also note that applications are not automatically accepted and you might be asked to provide further information before your application is accepted.

To find out more don’t hesitate to email us on
[email protected]

At present there is no sign up fee and no commission on any of the students that come through the MusicTeacher.co.uk website.

MusicTeacher.co.uk is about building a large community of music teachers across all instruments located both in the UK and further afield, on a platform that is clean and user-friendly – I believe that there is real value to create these communities both for teachers and students, without charging teachers to sign up or commission on the students at this stage.

If built in the right way then in some point in the future there will be such value being part of this community that individuals will contribute to the continuation of that community. My desire to build communities therefore is more important than monetary income. This policy won’t change for the duration of 2017 and 2018, with me reviewing it in 2019 to see where the community as a whole is at and whether it provides enough value to part or the entire community that they wish to see it continue. Should individual teachers wish to support it at an earlier stage they would be most welcome to. Ultimately I want to create the best platform for music teachers, students and music organisations in the UK.

No, there is no fee to students as they enquire or book lessons – all enquiries come through to me and are then forwarded onto the relevant teacher to their personal email.

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) prevents unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). By a teacher saying that they hold a valid DBS check (or equivalent for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland) this means that they have undergone independent checks to ensure that they are suitable to work with vulnerable groups, including children.

We recommend all music teachers to gain at minimum a Basic Disclosure. It is a mark of professionalism and by holding the relevant certification will increase the numbers of enquiries you will gain as parents take account of such certification when selecting a teacher.

There are different levels of certifications, including a “Basic Disclosure“, “Standard DBS“, “Enhanced DBS“. There are also different certifications for Scotland (Standard Disclosure), Northern Ireland (Access NI) and the Republic of Ireland (Garda Vetting).

You can read more about the Disclosure and Barring Service on the Gov.UK website. To find out more about a specific type of certification please click on the names above which will take you through to a website with more information about that certification.

MusicTeacher.co.uk can help facilitate you undertaking certain DBS Certifications – for more information simply get in touch by emailing
[email protected]
.

You can also read more about DBS Checks and why we recommend gaining a DBS Check in our article here: DBS Checks for Music Teachers.

Yes, you can apply for a Basic Disclosure here mygov.scot/basic-disclosure/apply-for-basic-disclosure, even as a self-employed music teacher as unlike DBS Checks you do not need to apply through a corporate body or charity – for the Basic Disclosure “You can apply for a basic disclosure yourself for any reason”.

Public Liability Insurance (PLI) covers the costs of any compensation claim that arises from your work in music. These claims could include damage to property – whether it is your own home or a student’s house – or any injuries caused to a pupil in your care. PLI is a worst case scenario option, and as such you are unlikely you will have to use it during your time teaching. It is, however, an essential area of cover for any self-employed music tutor.

For more information about PLI please read our article on the importance of gaining PLI as a professional music teacher here: Public Liability Insurance For Music Teachers.

No, we will still feature your profile on our website if you are a qualified and experienced music teacher even if you do not have Public Liability Insurance. However, we strongly recommend that you gain suitable Public Liability Insurance from a reputable company – for more information about Public Liability Insurance please read our article here: Public Liability Insurance for Teachers.

For teachers who do not have Public Liability Insurance their profiles will display N/A , under the “Additional Information” tab on their profiles so that students are aware that they are are not covered, making students better informed as to who they wish to be taught by.

All teacher emails displayed on the website are [email protected], for example [email protected], to prevent teachers getting inundated with spam / fraudulent emails.

We will forward through all the enquiries that come in for your personal email. It also means that we build up a working relationship with the teachers we feature as we are in touch with them as / when they get enquiries – meaning that we can touch base to ensure that the information on the website is up to date and they are still active music teachers.

We do not include teachers mobile phone numbers on the teacher profile pages due to the high number of spam / nuisance calls that result for the teacher. We will collect the student’s phone number if they contact through the enquiry form on the right had side of the page of your profile (should they wish to provide it), meaning that you can call the student directly once an enquiry comes through.

If they email in then it depends on whether a student wished to leave their number or not – both forms of enquiry will be sent to your personal email to follow up with the student, meaning you can respond to them via email or phone (if applicable) without having to worry about receiving unwanted emails / calls yourself.