Parents & Carers – extra info

Our Directory of Providers can assist you with finding a music tutor.

You can use the filter options to narrow down your search. We suggest writing down your queries and questions for providers and then pasting it in to messages to a number of providers.  Do remember that some providers may be fully booked at times so it is good idea to approach a few in the first instance. You can then base you decision on the responses you get.

Click here for Ten tips for finding the right music tutor for your child

If you wish to engage the services of an Associate to teach your child you should:

  • Request your own references
  • Ask for evidence of their public liability insurance certificate, and check it is up to date
  • Check the Associate’s DBS status

How do I check the status of someone’s DBS?

  1. Request the music teacher/leader’s permission to check
  2. Ask for the following details:
  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • DBS certificate number
  1. Visit the DBS Update Service checking page The Update Service

NOTE: the service asks for your organisation name – you can just enter your own name or “parent” for example. Anyone who has permission is legally entitled to check the DBS status.

If you use a provider who is not currently an Associate but you want to be able to access our subsidies and instrument hire then the solution is to ask them to become an Associate.

We welcome new Associate applicants, click here for details of the process.

What is a DBS check?

The Disclosure and Barring Service processes and issues DBS checks for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. DBS also maintains the adults' and children's Barred Lists and makes considered decisions as to whether an individual should be included on one or both of these lists and barred from engaging in regulated activity.

We require all our Associate Providers to have an enhanced DBS check. This level of DBS check is suitable for people working with children or adults.

More about the Disclosure and Barring Service