Frequently asked questions
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.
Where do Intensive Examination Syllabus Courses take place and how many students in a class?
courses, classes, exams / 28/11/2013
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.
Duration: 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 / 06/12/2013
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.
If in some of your classes you use RAD recordings exclusively (an RAD recording will have ‘(P) RAD Enterprises Ltd’ on it on the disc label) then you may discount those classes on your PPL form, because the RAD is not a member and they do not collect on our behalf.
Note: PPL do not collect money on behalf of composers, only performers and record labels. You will still need a PRS licence to cover the rights of composers of underlying works.
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 / 06/12/2013
Dance teaching in the private sector is viewed as a commercial activity, for which music licences are required.
Playing it in public in a dance class is a public commercial use of the music and hence incurs a licence fee. This is the meaning of the copyright statements on the CDs that you buy, which state that ‘unauthorized public performance’ is prohibited.