Instrumental Music Service - Terms and Conditions 2021/22

  1. You will be charged for a minimum of 30 lessons over a three term academic year. This fee makes a contribution towards the total cost of the service which not only includes instrumental instruction but participation in school bands and ensembles. The additional costs are subsidised by East LothianCouncil.
  2. Standard group lessons usually last for 25 minutes. Group size and length of tuition may change without notice. Individual lessons may be offered at the discretion of the Instructor. Pupils normally start off in groups and may move to individual lessons at secondary school.
  3. Lessons taken in school will usually lead to pupils being withdrawn from their normal school classes, where possible not from the same class every week. Pupils will be expected to catch up lesson time missed for music tuition by collecting notes/homework from the teacher.
  4. Unless 72 hours prior notice is given lessons will be charged for as an unexcused absence, as outlined in our information booklet.
  5. Instrumental Instructors are not responsible for escorting children to and from lessons. It is the responsibility of the pupil to attend lessons.
  6. The Instrumental Music Service only accepts responsibility for pupils during the actual lesson time.
  7. The Instrumental Music Service does not accept liability for loss of or damage to pupils own instruments or other personal possessions. We recommend parents ensure instruments are insured against loss or damage, usually as an extension to their home contents insurance policy.
  8. To ensure the musical development of a pupil, the purchase of music and accessories is likely to be required, and parents and guardians will be expected to bear the reasonable costs associated therewith. Schools may be able to signpost concessionary pupils to financial support to assist with these purchases. While Schools may be able to signpost concessionary pupils to financial support to assist with these purchases there can be no certainty that such support will be forthcoming.
  9. Membership of school bands and ensembles is not a contractual right of all pupils accessing the Instrumental Music Service. Instead, participation in school bands and ensembles is at the discretion of teaching staff. 
  10. If a pupil wishes to withdraw from music tuition prior written notice must be given to ims@eastlothian.gov.uk by the parent/guardian and the instrument returned prior to cessation of charging
  11. Tuition may be withdrawn in the event of disruptive or anti-social behaviour, poor attendance or failure to practise.
  12. If payment is not received prior to lessons taking place, East Lothian Council regrets that lessons will have to cease.
  13. Non-payment of fees will be addressed on a term by term basis, pro-rata. No pupil is allowed to continue lessons if payment from a previous term is outstanding.
  14. No sibling can commence tuition where fees are outstanding for another sibling. 
  15. The Music Service reserves the right to change terms and conditions at any time and without notice.