Learning music in the UK

Learning to play an instrument? Learning in the UK? Make sure that your teacher is a member of the British Musicians’ Union.

A music education in the UK offers students a good quality education and the British Musicians’ Union allows students to choose music teachers with confidence. Learning a musical instrument can bring incredible rewards and satisfaction, along with a whole host of benefits. Research shows that these benefits include improved concentration, patience and coordination, relaxation and stress relief, boosted self-confidence and an improved quality of life. It can also help develop other skills such as reading, spelling, maths and listening, along with improved verbal, perceptual, numeric, spatial and motor skills. Those following a musical education will be looking for the best music teachers possible.

Studying music in the UK

“If you are looking to make all or part of your living as a musician, and have the right to work in the UK, then you may benefit from MU membership”

What’s the Musicians’ Union?The British Musicians’ Union (MU) is a UK organisation respected around the world, representing over 30,000 musicians working in all sectors of the music business.

As well as negotiating on behalf of musicians with all the major employers in the industry, the MU offers a range of services tailored for the self-employed by providing assistance for professional and student musicians of all ages and styles.

The Musicians’ Union has specialist full time officials available to immediately tackle the issues raised by musicians working in the live arena, the recording studio or when writing and composing.

Such issues can range from copyright protection to valuable contractual advice, or from the recovery of unpaid fees to crucial work in health and safety.

MU members, regardless of their genre of music, are part of one of the leading music industry bodies in Europe, and the Union’s democratic structures offer every opportunity for musicians to influence MU policy.

Add to this the many services that the Union provides and you have an organisation that can assist its members throughout their professional careers and beyond.

The MU helps musicians in a number of ways, including:

  • Careers, business and partnership advice
  • Legal assistance, contract advice and rights protection
  • Exclusive insurance schemes and Public Liability cover
  • Media and session specialists, and teacher services
  • Industry lists and leaflets
  • Courses, seminars and workshops, plus networking opportunities

For those who are haven’t started their music career yet, but are learning music, there are various benefits of having a professional teacher who is a member of the Musicians’ Union. This includes: access to help and advice about Continuing Professional Development and teaching diplomas; information about developments in music education; access to Criminal Records Bureau disclosure; and a teacher who has been given assistance to enable them to carry out their duties professionally.

If you are looking to make all or part of your living as a musician, and have the right to work in the UK, then you may benefit from MU membership.

To find out more about the Musicians’ Union, visit the website at - www.themu.org.

Provided by the British Musicians’ Union (2011)