Frequently asked questions
Find answers here to commonly asked questions about our work and activities.
Private Lessons offer an opportunity for one-to-one coaching on syllabus or non-syllabus work for students and teachers. The sessions can assist with preparing for exams, studying a new syllabus or generally enhancing skills.
The content of Private lessons are usually RAD Syllabi-based, however, content can include Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Musical Theatre.
There is a limit of 26 students per class.
For more than eight students, a tailor-made Personalised Programme can be arranged.
The minimum duration of lessons is one hour and students can have unlimited lessons depending on faculty and studio availability.
Personalised Programmes can span more than one day and can include more than one lesson per day.
See our personalised programmes page for more information.
Where do Intensive Examination Syllabus Courses take place and how many students in a class?
Courses / 28 Nov 2013
Run over either five consecutive days, two or five Sundays, either at RAD headquarters or regionally.
Students participate in a syllabus class followed by a pointe work class for females and a virtuosity class for males. The classes are designed for intensive study of the syllabus in preparation for exams.
Who can attend: Students who are preparing for Vocational Graded exams. Please note that students must have a thorough knowledge of the syllabus in order to benefit from these courses.
- 5-day course - 2 ¾ hour class per day
- 2-day course - 2 hour class per day
To play music in public, you need a PRS licence, unless all the music that you play is out of copyright, or not licensed by the PRS. This is such an unlikely situation as to be almost impossible: even ‘Happy Birthday’ is in copyright, and requires a PRS licence when sung in public.
Although some RAD syllabus music is out of copyright, or is owned by the RAD, there are increasingly parts of the syllabus or related resources which are the copyright of third parties, and require a licence. The RAD itself has a PRS licence for the same reason.
I only use a small proportion of non-RAD music in my syllabus classes. Can I apply to PRS for a pro-rata discount?
Music / 06 Dec 2013
It is in the nature of a blanket licence to cover you for the use of one piece, or a hundred.
The musical content of the RAD syllabus and teachers’ use of music are constantly changing, and the best way to ensure compliance and freedom of choice is to obtain a blanket licence.
PRS and PPL have come together to form PPL PRS Ltd and have launched TheMusicLicence, which handles the arrangement of public performance licences and collection of royalties on behalf of their members. The aim is for to make it easier for customers by only dealing with one manager at one point in the year, resulting in one single licence rather than two.
Further information can be found on their website.
RAD graded and vocational exams remain exempt from music licensing.
Although you can transfer your CDs to an iPod or similar device for your personal use, as soon as the use of the music becomes commercial, you must pay a licence fee. If you use an iPod or similar digital music storage device in your class, you will need a ProDub licence.
What about ‘educational use’ or ‘fair use’? I’m a teacher, why do I have to buy a licence?
Music / 06 Dec 2013
Dance teaching in the private sector is viewed as a commercial activity, for which music licences are required.