Upcoming Release the Pianist Within with Stephen Marquiss

  •  November 22, 2024 - November 24, 2024
     6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Level: All
Fee: £350

Release the Pianist Within

with Stephen Marquiss

Have you ever:

  • practised long hours without seeing results?
  • longed to play more fluently and expressively (at any level of experience)?
  • longed to perform confidently, even from memory?

As a result of an adult journey from frustration to facility in playing, Stephen has formulated a gentle, creative, inspiring approach to playing, which:

  • explores technique only within what pioneering pedagogue Abby Whiteside (1881-1956) called the ’emotional rhythm’ – an authentic, flowing connection to music, in the moment
  • dissolves technical difficulties through deepening self-awareness, not dogma or drills
  • spotlights oft-neglected elements of able players’ techniques, such as the crucial role of the torso and of playing by ear (over sight, rote or ‘muscle’ memory)
  • addresses whole-body coordination at all stages
  • invites critical thinking on technique
  • draws on musical genres other than classical traditions
  • draws on other fields such as sport, dance, art

This course will combine 1-2-1 explorations with group activities. It will draw broad, general principles from the challenges faced by each individual and engage everyone in exploring solutions appropriate to their experience. You will be invited to bring repertoire-in-progress that you find challenging, along with ideas for music in different genres that you aspire to play.

You’ll learn:

  • fresh, transformational points of focus for your practice
  • tools for diagnosing and dissolving difficulties through deepening self-awareness
  • concrete tools for confident performing and memorising (should you wish)
  • fresh tools for mastering the ‘holy grails’ of expert dynamic control, phrasing, articulation, balance, ‘simplicity’, ornamentation and more
  • holistic alternatives to conventional exercises
  • routes into other genres that you might’ve found inaccessible
  • invigorating, enjoyable practice processes for fluent, expressive playing
  • the value of exploring simpler music – for its own sake or in parallel to complex repertoire – even for Advanced players
  • ways to integrate and enjoy elements of improvisation, transposition and creativity in your practice

Suitable for Elementary to Advanced players

A £70 deposit is required to secure your place on this course. The balance of fees, including accommodation, is due 3 weeks before the course start date.

Details Price Qty
Attendee - Deposit £70.00 (GBP)  


Venue Phone: 01373 812383

Jackdaws Music Education Trust, Great Elm, Frome, Somerset, BA11 3NY, United Kingdom


Course Information

Is this Course right for me?

The answer is probably yes as we welcome musicians of all abilities and backgrounds on our courses but if you would like to find out more before you book please do email or call our office manager Karolyn on 01373812383 / music@jackdaws.org and she will be able to offer further guidance.

Observer places may also be bookable subject to availability call/email the office for more information.

Please see our General Course Information pages for further details and schedule information.

Our Courses are for adult musicians (except where stated) and take place at Jackdaws in Great Elm, near Frome in Somerset. The Course Fee includes all tuition, meals and refreshments at Jackdaws. Courses take place in the main studio, with Steinway piano, and generally follow a masterclass format. There are several practice rooms here, too.


For Voice, Piano & Wind courses; participants are usually requested to prepare 2 – 3 pieces in advance. We will ask you to provide a repertoire list for the tutor (& accompanist) ahead of the course.

For Ensemble courses; direction will be given by the course leaders.


If you require B&B, we can arrange that for you; accommodation fees are payable in addition to the course fee.

Meals and Refreshments

Lunch, Supper and morning/afternoon refreshments will be prepared on site by our dedicated Cooks.  If you are vegetarian/vegan, or have a food allergy, you must let us know in advance, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. We are ‘allergy aware’, but we rely on participants letting us know if they have specific food allergies. Please also let us know if you carry any emergency medication.

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