Information for Schools



Fees and Payments


For academic year September 2016 - July 2017



Charges per hour (or part thereof)

Individual and small group instrumental teaching*1


Large group instrumental teaching (8 pupils or more)*1


First Access*2


Instrument hire (brass only)

£40.00 per year

Music Theory


Conducting/Music Directing


Whole class singing/vocal ensembles


Curriculum Teaching


GCSE & A Level Consultancy


Supply Teaching*3

£121 full day / £66 half day


*1 Subsidy is available from Wiltshire Music Connect for pupils in receipt of remissions (see below).

*2 Subsidy is available from Wiltshire Music Connect for all schools (see below).

*3 Fees when booking direct.  Luke Pickett can also be booked for supply teaching through West Country Educational Agency Ltd.  Tel: 01225 706726.  Fees will likely differ.


·         There is a discount of £2.50 per hour on all time over 8 hours per week on all services, excluding supply teaching.

·         The minimum order is 30 minutes per week, which can be made up of a mixture of services.  For supply teaching the minimum order is half a day.

·         If your school is more than 15 miles from Trowbridge, Luke Pickett reserves the right to add an additional charge for any order less than two hours.

·         Arranging (writing) music for ensembles may attract an additional charge, to be agreed as necessary.

·         Should you need to change your order during the year this can be arranged, providing at least 4 calendar weeks’ notice is given.  Full terms and conditions can be found in the Appendices.

·         Subsidy is available from Wiltshire Music Connect for pupils entitled to remission.  See the ‘Subsidy’ section below for further details.

·         All fees are inclusive of PPA and set-up time.  In the case of Curriculum Teaching the fee is also inclusive of discussions with class teachers for annual report writing in line with school requirements.

·         Subsidy and instrument hire must be booked through Wiltshire Music Connect.  Luke Pickett will assist with the completion of the necessary paperwork and will contact schools upon booking to arrange a meeting.


For instrumental teaching and music theory, payment can either be made direct from parents or through the school.  Please indicate on the booking form which method of payment you would like to use.  For all other services schools will be invoiced directly.  Invoices will be raised termly in advance, based on a three-term year.  If payment has not been received by the deadline stated on the invoice, Luke Pickett reserves the right to cease delivery of the service until payment is received.  Payment can be via cheque, made payable to ‘Mr Luke Pickett’, or via BACS transfer to the account listed on the invoice.


Please see the full terms and conditions regarding payment.




Subsidy and remissions


Instrumental brass and recorder teaching


Schools booking an Associate Provider at no less than £27.00 per hour can: 


·         Access instruments at reduced rates for their pupils (subject to availability) 

·         Claim subsidy from Wiltshire Music Connect Music Education Hub for some categories of pupil for 15 minute individual, 20 minute paired or 30 minute paired lessons:



-          100% reduction in fees for pupils who are Looked After/In Care (LAC) – this is through a partnership with Wiltshire Virtual School.


-          70% reduction for pupils eligible for Pupil Premium (including those entitled to Free School Meals and Service Pupil Premium), meaning that it would cost the pupil £2.59 per week (reduced from £8.60). 


-          70% reduction for pupils with Special Educational Needs and/or a Disability, meaning that it would cost the pupil £2.59 per week (reduced from £8.60). 


40% reduction for pupils who schools classify as vulnerable for other reasons and who are unlikely to take up (or continue) lessons as a result of economic or social circumstances.  This is at the school’s discretion.  This would mean that it would cost the cost the pupil £5.18 per week (reduced from £8.60).


-          Note that there is no option for a 15 minute individual lesson on the booking form for parents.  If pupils are entitled to subsidy, parents should select a 20 or 30 minute paired lesson option.  If a suitable pairing cannot be found, pupils will be allocated a 15 minute individual lesson.


-          The amounts of remission are set in blocks and do not vary if other music teachers are charging different rates.


-          Further remission will be considered on a case by case basis for pupils in the above categories who really need a longer lesson.


-          The majority of pupils in the county (and who don’t need financial support) are therefore paying the real cost of their tuition and that cost is no longer vulnerable to cuts in public funding. The real cost is £34.50 per hour. 


-          Pupils in receipt of remission will be getting their provision at a level which is set to be sustainable over a period of time. 


-          Subsidy must be claimed in advance through Wiltshire Music Connect, in conjunction with the provider.  Luke Pickett will liaise with schools to set up meetings to assist with this.  Instrumental subsidy should be claimed by submitting a form via email, which can be found here.




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