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New and Updated MU Teaching Contracts Published

MU members can now access updated teaching contract templates as well as two new template contracts.

Published: 23 February 2023 | 9:00 AM Updated: 22 January 2024 | 4:30 PM
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A written contract is an essential form of protection for your teaching practice. Photo credit: Shutterstock

Developed by the MU’s Music Education Official, David Barnard, the template contracts have been designed to protect musicians teaching music while they work. The contracts are compliant with consumer law.

The updated contracts cover teaching privately, at home or in schools, online and face-to-face lessons, and the new contracts cover those delivering workshops (T4 Workshop Agreement) and those conducting and ensemble leading (T5).

The MU Contract templates for musicians who teach now include:

A written contract is an essential form of protection

Whatever work you do as a music teacher, it should be covered by a written contract. A written contract is an essential form of protection for your teaching practice as it sets out the terms and conditions for your relationship with your pupils. It also professionalises your work and ensures that you are covered for all eventualities.

Avoiding potential misunderstandings and disputes

The MU’s Music Education Official, David Barnard says:

“These contracts are designed to protect the self-employed music teacher/conductor/workshop leader by establishing the fundamental parameters of an agreement. These include, understanding the services to be provided, fees and payment terms, cancellation, insurance and safeguarding.

“Taking the time to consider these factors and discussing them with the client in advance, helps to avoid potential misunderstandings and disputes.”

We hope the new contracts are useful and welcome feedback in an endeavour to refine and improve this service.

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