Direct Billing for Instrumental and Voice Tuition
Some schools have expressed an interest in EMS billing parents directly for instrument and voice tuition (a.k.a., ‘Direct Billing’). EMS currently expects to introduce this facility on a case by case basis starting in January 2021.
EMS standard charges for instrument and voice tuition are listed below. Inevitably these will differ to charges paid by parents through schools under the ‘School Billing’ scheme as inevitably each school will have its own approach/policies regarding the charging for instrument and voice lessons, admin costs and managing lessons subsidies offered through by the school or DfE (Pupil Premium, etc.).
The charges below represent EMS base charges for directly billed lessons prior to any remission offered either by EMS or through the school. EMS operates a number of schemes which can reduce costs for parents, most notably the ‘Endangered Species’ scheme to support teaching of instruments such as Bassoon, Cello, and French Horn, etc.
Schools are strongly encouraged to offer subsidies for pupils in accordance with their Remissions Policy which can be funded either by Pupils Premium funding, by adjusting their fee schedule or other sources, and consult with EMS on how they can be managed whether by offering them directly to the parents or passing the subsidy on to EMS so that charges to parents can be reduced. For further guidance refer to the Schools SLA, Charges for Music Tuition (England) Regulations 2007.