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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What makes First Tutors: Music unique?
  2. What is the difference between First Tutors: Music and going to a tutoring agency?
  3. Does First Tutors: Music offer support?
  4. Why should I use First Tutors: Music rather than a recommendation from a friend?
  5. I need a teacher for an instrument not listed here, can you help?
  6. How do I give feedback?
  7. Who uses First Tutors: Music?
  8. I'm looking to recruit numerous music teachers for evening classes, can you help?
  1. What makes First Tutors: Music unique?

    First Tutors: Music enables music teachers to promote themselves through profiles for free. Only when a music teacher is matched with a tutee do we make a small charge, i.e. when the advertising has proved its value. First Tutors: Music is unique for students and parents in giving them greater choice and making them aware of the costs of private music lessons and their chosen teacher's qualifications upfront.

  2. What is the difference between First Tutors: Music and going to a tutoring agency?

    Firstly, First Tutors: Music is open 24 hrs a day, 7 days a week: you can always go online and request a music teacher. For this reason First Tutors: Music is a very fast way of finding and selecting a music tutor. Rather than talking to a middle man and waiting to hear which teachers are available, our system enables you to contact the tutors direct and ask them your questions. First Tutors: Music is also very competitively priced: the average agency charges £10.00 on top of every hour of tuition, whereas we only charge a tutee £7.99 for the release of their chosen tutor's details.

  3. Does First Tutors: Music offer support?

    For tutors or parents/tutees experiencing technical difficulties, contact us via our online support form and we will help you with any difficulty.

    For parents seeking advice on choosing a music teacher, read Which Music Teacher? or for commencing music lessons please see Your First Music Lesson.

  4. Why should I use First Tutors: Music rather than a recommendation from a friend?

    First Tutors: Music provides a built-in review facility - we invite feedback from tutees and parents about how their music tutoring sessions have gone. For parents and tutees, this provides objective advice, whilst also giving the best music teachers a platform upon which to shine.

  5. I need a music teacher for an instrument not listed here, can you help?

    Contact us and we'll make every effort to help you.

  6. How do I give feedback?

    We much appreciate feedback and where appropriate usually act on it very swiftly - use our feedback form to tell us what you think.

  7. Who uses First Tutors: Music?
    • Parents with children from both the independent and state sector. We enjoy a lot of repeat custom once we've been tried and tested.
    • Adult learners looking to learn an instrument for fun or for exams and professional purposes.
  8. I'm looking to recruit numerous music teachers for evening classes, can you help?

    Seems likely! Please contact us to discuss your needs further.

If you have any further questions not answered in our FAQs, or are unsure about anything, please ask us your question here.

Frequently Asked Questions by Tutees

  1. At what point do I have to pay?
  2. How do I choose a music teacher?
  3. Do you CRB check music teachers?
  4. How do I contact the music teachers?
  5. I have not heard from a teacher and wish to release their details.
  1. At what point do I have to pay?

    It is free to search, browse and contact music teachers. Only when your tutor has accepted your offer of tuition (and you have indicated you are ready to proceed) do we charge a one-off £7.99 introduction fee. You must pay your tutor their hourly rate directly.

  2. How do I choose a music teacher?

    Please see our article, Which Music Teacher? for guidance.

  3. Do you CRB check music teachers?

    Legally, we cannot, given that private tuition is not counted as a 'regulated activity' under government legislation. However we do conduct ID checks on our tutors and ask them to submit at least two references. However some of our tutors do possess CRB checks because they are also employed as school teachers. We recommend that tutees request to see any photo IDs and advertised CRB certificates at the beginning of the first lesson.

  4. How do I contact the music teachers?

    Contact a prospective music teachers free of charge by becoming a member. Once your tutor has received and accepted your request we will release their contact details after you've confirmed your choice and paid the one-off £7.99 details release fee. We also e-mail the tutor your details simultaneously so you can both contact one another.

  5. I have not heard from a music teacher and wish to release their details.

    It may be your tutor is on holiday or temporarily unavailable. We contact all music teachers as soon as you make your enquiry but cannot force them to respond. We would always recommend contacting more than one tutor.

If you have any further questions not answered in our FAQs, or are unsure about anything, please ask us your question here.

Frequently Asked Questions by Music Teachers

  1. How will I hear from prospective tutees?
  2. How do I commence music lessons?
  3. How do I change my profile?
  4. How do I pay my First Tutors: Music fees?
  5. I understand tutees can create feedback about me, how does this work?
  6. What if the tutee changes their mind and no longer requires lessons?
  7. Do I need a CRB check to be a music teacher?
  8. What qualifications do I need to be a music teacher?
  9. Do you employ music teachers?
  10. I'm an international student, can I be a music teacher?
  1. How will I hear from prospective tutees?

    We will e-mail you when a new learner requests to hear from you. You will be invited to log into your member's area and respond to the request as soon as possible. Please note that teachers who do not respond to learners (neither accept or decline) will have their profiles suspended so other teachers can benefit from the opportunities, and so future learners' requests don't go unanswered.

  2. How do I commence tutoring?

    First, you need to register on our website so that potential new learners can browse your advertising profile. New learners contact you first, and you accept or decline their requests. If you accept to teach someone and the learner is happy with your offer we will send you their contact details so you can call and arrange a first lesson. We recommend acting on this quickly, as with all teacher/learner correspondance.

  3. How do I change my profile?

    Once you have registered you can log in at anytime to alter your profile information (photo, details, fees etc) through your members' area.

  4. How do I pay my First Tutors: Music fees?

    Currently First Tutors: Music is free for tutors, so there are no fees to pay!

  5. I understand tutees can create feedback about me, how does this work?

    After one month we invite learners to leave a brief comment about their music teacher. This is because the teaching industry works on referrals: the more good feedback you receive as a music teacher, the more enquiries you are likely to attract. You can also reply to any feedback given.

  6. What if the tutee changes their mind and no longer requires tuition?

    Most tutees put a lot of thought into choosing their music teacher so are unlikely to cancel before tuition commences. The usual reason for changing their mind is that the tutor has left a long period of time between receiving the tutee's contact details and initiating tuition. Please ask your tutee to contact us if this occurs.

  7. Do I need a CRB check to be a tutor?

    No, because current legislation doesn't allow private tutors to submit themselves to CRB checks, due to it not being a 'regulated activity'. In the event that you do accept a lesson request from a parent/guardian on behalf of a student who is under 18, it would be useful to bring along your references for parents to see, as well as any CRB check you happen to have.

  8. What qualifications do I need to be a music teacher?

    Music tuition attracts a very broad range of learners - from kids taking their first steps learning the guitar or piano, to maestros brushing up ahead of their next concert. As such, the requirements of these learners vary widely and we do not place limitations on teachers by qualification - rather we let the learner pick the teacher they feel is most appropriate for their needs.

  9. Do you employ music teachers?

    No, we don't employ anybody: all our teachers work on a self-employed basis.

  10. I'm an international student, can I be a music teacher?

    Whilst we don't object, we would recommend checking the terms of your visa to ensure you are allowed to work on a self-employed basis.

If you have any further questions not answered in our FAQs, or are unsure about anything, please ask us your question here.