Expired Improvisation: An Art for Everyone with Mark Polishook

  •  June 14, 2019 - June 16, 2019
     6:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Jackdaws Piano Tutor Mark PolishookImprovisation: An Art for Everyone
with Mark Polishook

Friday 14 – Sunday 16 June 2019
Level: All
Fee: £210

Course No. 3334
Solo Study Course

This course will also run on 26 – 28 October 2018; click here to book for that course.

Mark will show participants how and where to begin with this fascinating, fun, but sometimes elusive practice. All aspects of the course will be applicable for musicians at any and every level of skill, ability, and experience; from beginners through to advanced pianists (other instruments may be considered, subject to discussion with the tutor).  Previous experience in improvisation is not expected or required, as the overall course ethos will be that improvisation can be a common rather than an exceptional practice.

The course will focus on four essential skills necessary for improvisation, the ability to relax, listen individually and collectively, collaborate with other musicians and derive ideas and techniques for improvisation in any musical genre.

Bring any choice of repertoire including, but not limited to, classical, jazz, and contemporary styles.


All courses are held at Jackdaws in Great Elm, a small village to the west of Frome in Somerset, approximately 14 miles south of Bath. Frome Train station is just 3 miles from Jackdaws with direct trains from Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and London.

A £50 deposit is required to secure your place on this course.

Course Fee
The Course Fee is inclusive of all meals, refreshments and tuition at Jackdaws, except Breakfast which is included in the separate B&B fee.

The balance payments for fees are due 3 weeks before the course start date, as indicated on your deposit receipt. Balance payments can be made in the following ways;
– By card, phone 01373 812383
– By cheque
– By bank transfer (BACS info sent out on request)

Accommodation Fees are payable in addition to the Course Fee. Jackdaws will take care of booking your accommodation; B&B rooms will be allocated a few  weeks before the course starts, and we will send you details of where you are staying. B&B rates start at £39 per night (single room, shared bathroom) and from £49 (en suite, subject to availability) including booking fee.

B&B accommodation is arranged with local hosts, who are happy to welcome Jackdaws course participants, and includes a continental breakfast. Several are within walking distance of Jackdaws in Great Elm, and in neighbouring villages just a short drive away (5 – 10 minutes). Alternatively, we can arrange accommodation in local inns and guest houses (with a cooked breakfast available) please call us to discuss your requirements.

If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies please let us know in plenty of time, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. All meals and refreshments (except breakfast) are prepared and served at Jackdaws by our dedicated cooks, Loo and Alex. 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.

During the weekend, communal lunch and dinner will be served at the table, allowing you to converse with your fellow participants and tutors.

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