Music expresses that which cannot be put into words. You revel in teaching students how to read musical scores, understand music theory, play various instruments, and discover the joy of creating and performing music. It is your passion and raison d’etre. 

Like school teachers, private tutors, or professionals in other industries, music teachers and instructors also face liability risks for their services.

Regardless of the type of instruction you give, liability insurance is vital for any music instructor, including:

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  • Piano teachers
  • Guitar teachers
  • Drum teachers
  • Trumpet, saxophone and other woodwind or brass instrument teachers
  • Voice and singing coaches
  • Violin and other string instrument teachers
  • Private music instructors

You don’t want to miss a beat by paying thousands of dollars out-of-pocket for damages because of a liability claim. Furthermore, if you work at a conservatory, music studio, or private music school, your employer will likely require you to have a music instructor liability insurance policy.

Let’s go over what music teacher liability insurance includes, how it can protect you, and why you need it:

What Is Music Teacher Insurance?

Music teacher liability insurance is a customized policy containing various coverages to help protect music teachers or instructors from the risks they face. 

It’s necessary protection for music teachers working in a music school or conservatory or for private music teachers working from home or in a commercial studio that provides financial support in case of an accident, theft, or allegation of professional negligence.

A comprehensive music teacher liability insurance policy might include the following coverages:

  • General liability insurance covers third-party bodily injuries or property damage for incidents at your rehearsal studio, classroom, or a student’s home while giving lessons. For example, if one of your students trips over a patch cord in your studio and is hurt, or while visiting a student’s home, you accidentally damage a piece of furniture, general liability insurance is designed to cover the cost of an injured student’s medical expenses or to repair or replace a damaged item or piece of furniture in another location.
  • Commercial property insurance pays for repairs to your business property or home-based studio if damaged by fire, water, a natural disaster, theft or vandalism. It also covers the contents of your rehearsal space, including furniture, electronics, recording equipment, and musical gear.
  • Professional liability insurance provides coverage for your professional services. It’s also known as errors and omissions (E&O) insurance, and it covers you against allegations of negligent acts, mistakes, or failing to deliver a service as promised. It also provides you with financial support if facing allegations of defamation because of your media and advertising.
  • Instrument and equipment insurance covers your expensive, portable musical instruments and related equipment (amplifiers, microphones, music stands) if stolen, lost, vandalized, or damaged by fire or water in a musical venue or rehearsal hall.
  • Cyber liability insurance is vital for any professional or small business that conducts business online or uses email, a point-of-sale (POS) system, has a website, or sells products and services on their website or through a third-party marketplace such as Etsy or Amazon. As a music instructor, if you provide online lessons, book teaching lessons digitally, or exchange emails with your students, it’s your responsibility to keep their confidential information secure. Cyber liability insurance provides coverage if you’re a victim of a cyber-attack or data breach that compromises your and your students’ privacy and personal data.

7 Reasons Why Music Instructor Insurance Matters

Effectively protecting your finances, assets, and reputation as a professional music instructor requires a tailored music teacher liability insurance policy. Here are seven reasons why you should invest in insurance to protect your business and career:

1. Coverage for third-party bodily injuries

If a student or visitor is injured in your studio or during lessons, concerts, or recitals you host, music teacher liability insurance may cover their medical expenses.

2. Coverage for third-party property damage

If a student’s instrument or other property they own is damaged during lessons, music teacher liability insurance may pay to repair or replace their damaged items.

3. You give music lessons online

If you receive digital payments for your services or host online lessons and workshops, there’s always a risk your and your students’ private information can be compromised by a phishing attack, data breach, or another form of cyber-attack. Liability insurance can help you deal with the fallout of such an occurrence.

4. You own a studio or rehearsal space

Whether you run your music teaching business from home or a commercial space, business insurance covers damages to your studio or workspace and its contents if damaged by fire, water, a break-in (theft), or vandalism.

5. You rent or use music venues or facilities

If you rent or use a third-party facility such as a rehearsal room or live music venue for lessons or events and there are damages to the property, you can be held liable for paying for repairs. Liability insurance can help you cover the costs.

6. You give advice to students

Your professional reputation is critical to your success. If you’re accused of professional negligence by a student or their parents, fail to deliver a service as promised, give poor advice, or face an allegation of misconduct, you could be sued. Liability insurance can help cover your legal fees in such a scenario.

7. You own expensive musical instruments and gear

When travelling to a student’s home, studio, or venue, you haul your musical instruments and related equipment with you. If your instruments and gear are stolen, lost, vandalized, or damaged by fire, smoke, or water at another location or while in transit, liability insurance can pay to repair or replace them.

How to Get Low-Cost Music Teacher Liability Insurance Fast

Fine-tuning the protection you need for your music teaching career to keep things in perfect harmony is easy through Zensurance.

Filling out our online application for a free business insurance quote only takes a few minutes. Our experienced brokers will shop our extensive partner network of more than 50 Canadian insurance providers to quickly get the low-cost coverage you need. 

If you have questions about what coverage you need, take a beat and talk to us. Our friendly, knowledgeable team can answer your questions, advise you on the coverage and coverage limits to have, and customize your policy to ensure you’re protected.

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About the Author: Shelly Petrie

Shelly Petrie is a Team Lead, Digital Solutions Team, Zensurance.