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Finding Work

Here is where you will find advice on finding work either as a private instrumental or vocal teacher, or through a third party such as a teaching agency.

On this page you will find information about:

  • Free services on for MU members
  • Advertising locally
  • A Teachers’ Toolkit
  • Third party organisations
  • Teaching agencies
  • Where to look for teaching work

As a Private Teacher

The MU has teamed up with, the largest online database of UK music teachers and accompanists, to help you reach a wider audience.

Free services for MU members include:

  • Listing in a database searchable by keyword, instrument and region
  • Personal profile where you can upload your photos, videos and audio files
  • Qualification verification
  • Testimonials

Local music shops

Your local music shop notice board can be used as an effective way of advertising locally. Ask if you can leave promotional material which includes your contact details.

Through a Third Party

Any organisation who organises the teaching for you or introduces you to students is acting as a third party.

These include schools, music services, music hubs & cooperatives, agencies, music schools etc.

Teaching agencies

There are many teaching agencies operating to sell music teaching to schools and parents. We strongly advise our members to enquire carefully about the terms and pay before signing up with these organisations.

While most are fair, there are some exploitative agencies for instance charging parents £48 per hour and giving the tutor £18 per hour. We recommend that agencies should not take more than 15 - 20 % of the amount charged.

As with all work for third parties we recommend members check with the MU first, before they sign. If in doubt, wait and check your contract with us.

Organisations sometimes advertise in some of these websites and journals -

Teachers' Toolkit

From the parents' perspective (PDF 1.4 MB file opens in new window)

From the employer's perspective (PDF 141.52 bytes file opens in new window)

Where can I find teaching work? (PDF 143.29 bytes file opens in new window)

Starting your private practice (PDF 99.79 bytes file opens in new window)