Below are short answers to some of our most Frequently Asked Questions. For more in depth answers, please visit the General Information page or contact us by phone or email.
What is the course timetable?
The course day runs from 10am to 9:30pm with breaks for meals and refreshments. There is a 2 hour break on the Saturday afternoon for relaxation or practice (See below – What can I do with my free time?).
For the full timetable visit the Course Information Page.
How do the courses work?
Solo Study courses involve participants preparing a number of short pieces which are worked on in masterclass-style tutorial sessions, with other participants watching. These take place in the main studio where participants can make use of our Steinway piano.
Ensemble courses generally break out of the studio into separate practice areas, allowing each ensemble space and time to rehearse, but may also some incorporate some solo sessions depending on the tutor.
How large are the courses?
A typical Jackdaws weekend Solo Study course has a maximum of 10 participants, but this can vary depending on the tutor and type of course. Ensemble courses have space for more participants, as do most courses with more than one tutor (an accompanist does not count as a tutor, although ours are extremely knowledgeable). Where more than 10 places are available, details are given in the course description.
Where will I be staying?
Good quality Bed and Breakfast, exclusive to Jackdaws, is available in warm and friendly family homes nearby. Many are within walking distance and some have en suite facilities or sole use of bathroom. Accommodation is booked through Jackdaws and is charged in addition to course fees. Please let us know your requirements when booking your place on a course.
View the Bed and Breakfast page.
What will I be eating?
All meals are included in the course fee and are freshly prepared on site. Breakfast is provided at your accommodation. Please advise us at the time of booking if you are Vegetarian/Vegan or have any allergies. We are happy to provide non-dairy food but please supply your own accepted milk substitute for tea/coffee etc. Meals are served at the table in a relaxed and homely style, allowing you to converse with your fellow participants and tutors.
What can I do with my free time?
Jackdaws has a number of practice areas which are free for participants to use throughout the duration of the course. Use the sign-up sheets each morning to book single slots, with consideration for others.
If you’re looking for a break from music, we have laminated cards showing routes for several local walks or run routes which leave directly from Jackdaws. We are also situated on National Cycle Network route 24 – Collier’s Way, running 75 miles from Bath to Hampshire! Perhaps you’d prefer to do a small section – turn left out of Jackdaws for 2 miles into Frome or right and head to Radstock and beyond to the popular Two Tunnels.
The Parkrunners and joggers among you will be pleased to know that The Old Showground Parkrun is a 10 minute drive away in Frome, and Southwick Country Park Parkrun is a 20 minute drive away (just outside Trowbridge). Participants have been known to do the 9am parkrun and be back in time for the 10am morning session (although we won’t mind if you’re a bit late!)
How can I pay my balance?
After placing your booking you will receive an email with a receipt for your deposit (if you have paid online), which will include the remaining balance to pay. The balance of fees for each course becomes due 3 weeks before the course start date. You can pay by three methods:
Online – at the time of registering for a course, your deposit can be paid using a Credit or Debit card with PayPal (no PayPal account is necessary – use “Guest Checkout”)
Phone – call the office on 01373 812383 to pay with a card. We accept Debit and Credit cards (Mastercard, Maestro & Visa), but do not accept American Express.
Cheque – send a cheque to our office payable to ‘Jackdaws Educational Trust’
Bank transfer – email firstname.lastname@example.org to request BACS details
Jackdaws Music Education Trust
Weekend: 01373 812772
Office Opening Hours:
Monday: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm
The office is not staffed at weekends. Please direct your enquiries during a course to the House Manager.