Upcoming Foundation Stage Piano Summer School

  •  July 18, 2025 - July 20, 2025
     6:30 pm

Jackdaws Tutor Mark TannerLevel: Beginner*
Fee: £350

Foundation Stage Piano Summer School

with Mark Tanner

*A two-day course aimed at the adult early-stages learner – it is anticipated that course participants will not be raw beginners, i.e. the basic foundations of sitting at the instrument and playing with two hands are already underway, but there are no formal prerequisites.

Perhaps the greatest value will come from discussing and sharing approaches, ideas or even insecurities with people at a similar stage, but there will be ample opportunity to receive focused one-to-one sessions with Mark in the company of fellow course participants. You’ll come away enthused and itching to try out ideas to make the learning process an even more smooth, enjoyable journey, and Mark will also be taking you through aspects of theory and score-reading that will help in tackling new music on your own at home. This aspect will be very much on a need-to-know basis. While of course you will be encouraged to play to each other as much as you wish, there is no pressure to ‘perform’ – indeed there is much to be gained from moving your learning forwards slowly, at a pace that suits your confidence, knowledge and experience.

There will be sessions on piano technique, understanding your instrument and learning how to use your practice time effectively. There will also be discussions about repertoire choices, whether exams are a good idea for you and how you might ultimately wish to take your playing forward. For those up for a fun challenge, duets will feature during the course, and for those who prefer to improvise (any style) there will be plenty of scope to expand and grow. The course is all about taking you calmly from where you currently are to the next logical stage.

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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