SMS provides exceptional quality music tuition in schools, music centres and homes, online and face-to-face across Sussex. We believe:  

  1. that music is a universal language through which all of us are able to express ourselves 

  2. music-making should always be creative and that all children have a right to a good quality music education.  

With Sussex Music School, students explore music of different genres, styles and traditions, playing to their strengths and preferences, as they build on their abilities as musical performers and creators. They regularly improvise and compose during lessons, ensuring that music making is enjoyable and relevant.  

Learners of all ages and abilities gain confidence, communication skills and well-being through the timeless activity of making music. 

Parents of children within a music centre setting agree to:  

  • Set up a standing order to pay monthly for instrumental lessons using the reference number given to you, where applicable

  • For group activities, pay in advance per term. Again, please give one month’s notice if stopping. 

  • Encourage the pupil to attend their lesson punctually each week  

  • Encourage regular practice and engage with the practice book (if having instrumental lessons) 

  • Purchase tutor and repertoire books as requested by the teacher. There should not be more than 2-3 books per year to buy. 

  • Inform the teacher as early as possible if unable to attend a lesson. Missed sessions at music centre cannot be refunded. 

  • Be assured that in the unlikely case that a teacher has to cancel a lesson and no cover is available, SMS will issue a refund or carry over until the following term. 

  • Give one month’s notice should they wish to terminate lessons. SMS will do the same on the rare occasion it has to withdraw the offer of lessons. 

Sussex Music School agree to: 

  • ensure excellent quality teaching, providing ongoing support and training to its teachers 

  • provide performance opportunities for all students  

  • Monitor our teachers, ensuring best practice, and provide on-going and up-to-date training 

  • Ensure all teachers have a current police check (DBS) and are fully insured 

  • Provide a practice book for all instrumental students 

  • Provide contact details of the teacher (in the case of instrumental lessons) so that parents and teachers can communicate 

  • Provide an opportunity to meet face to face with the teacher at least once per year (instrumental lessons only) 

  • Provide a yearly written progress report for your child (instrumental lessons only) 

  • Deal with concerns or complaints swiftly and professionally 

Teachers agree to:  

  •  work effectively by having specialist knowledge and skills. 

  • adopt the appropriate attitude, behaviour and dress code. 

  • manage my time effectively starting and finishing as planned and agreed. 

  • be aware of the support I may need and request help when necessary. 

  • keep up to date with all relevant paperwork, such as course planning and assessment documents, hand-outs, reports, registers, use of practice books, evaluation forms and invoices 

Be safe and responsible 

  • take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of everyone in my care, especially vulnerable children and adults. 

  •  ensure that the activity is adequately insured. 

  • provide references for my work on request and a DBS disclosure. 

Have appropriate musical skills 

  • ensure that the level of skills, knowledge and understanding are sufficient to undertake the work I am doing. 

  •  demonstrate musical expertise, creativity and versatility. 

  •  have appropriate musical resources to be able to adapt and react to changing circumstances. 

Work well with people 

  • value all students and treat them with respect. 

  • lead high quality and enjoyable music experiences. 

  •  be friendly, approachable and professional in my manner, communicating with parents and/or SMS promptly and professionally by email and text. 

Commit to professional development 

  • I improve and update my skills, knowledge and creativity through regular training, personal reflection and membership of professional bodies.