Our courses are open to adults of all ages. We offer these guidelines in collaboration with the course tutor to try and help people decide whether a course is right for them, but if you would like any further advice please do not hesitate to ask.
Open to anyone who wants to come and work with the tutor or within the theme of that particular course. Course content and repertoire will reflect a wide variety and you should feel confident to tackle some of the repertoire suggested at whatever level you are currently working. The tutors will adapt their advice and teaching on an individual basis.
For people who have some limited experience or interest in singing or playing the relevant instrument, perhaps they have sung/do sing in a choir or played an instrument at school. You may not be able to read music and do not need to have had any formal training at all, or may have forgotten any formal training you have had and want to get started again.
You have probably had some individual tuition at some point in your life and want to refresh this. You may be moving on to the next stage, e.g. thinking about having regular lessons or playing/singing in a more formal ensemble on a more regular basis; perhaps you are working towards a grade exam or performance in some capacity. You can probably read music. As a guide we suggest grade 4/5+ but this does not exclude those who have not taken formal grades.
You have had some individual tuition with a teacher and play your instrument regularly or sing regularly and probably solo. You may be working towards an advanced grade exam or diploma or be a current or recently graduated music student. You may be a more seasoned performer who wants to work on a specific area or work in ensembles. As a guide we suggest grade 8+/diploma/tertiary education level.
A typical solo study Jackdaws weekend course will have a maximum of 10 participants, to allow each person adequate time for performance and tutorial, but this number can vary depending on the tutor and type of course. For example, a course with two tutors or a tutor and accompanist may have space for 12 participants, ensemble courses have more places available to facilitate repertoire and existing groups. Day courses are limited to 20 attendees.
Solo Study courses generally follow a masterclass format. ‘Ensemble’ courses will generally break out of the studio into separate practise areas to allow each ensemble space to rehearse, and may also some incorporate some solo sessions depending on the tutor.
Please ask for further information about specific courses if you have any queries.