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.