Here 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 schedule is quite intensive, but includes time for breaks, meals and refreshments, alongside space for relaxation or practice.

For the timetable, visit our Timetables Page and select the course type.

How do the courses work?

Participants prepare a number of short pieces in advance, usually two or three, to be worked on in masterclass-style tutorial sessions, with other participants observing. These take place in the main studio where participants can make use of our Steinway B piano.

Ensemble courses will also use the main studio, alongside smaller practice areas, allowing each ensemble space and time to rehearse. They may also incorporate some solo sessions depending on the course.

How large are the courses?

A typical Voice or Piano weekend course will have a maximum of 8 participants, to allow each person individual time for performance and tutorial.  The number of places on Ensemble courses may vary, depending on the type of course and number of course leaders. 

Where will I be staying?

Accommodation can be arranged through Jackdaws and is charged in addition to course fees. Please let us know your requirements when booking your place on a course.

You are also welcome to book your own accommodation or to commute, in which case just the course fee is payable.

View the Bed and Breakfast page.

What will I be eating?

All meals and refreshments (excluding breakfast) are included in the course fee and are freshly prepared on site. Please advise us at the time of booking if you are Vegetarian/Vegan or have any allergies. We are happy to cater for non-dairy diets – you may wish to bring your own preferred milk alternative 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 course leaders; seating is well spaced for your comfort. 

What can I do with my free time?

Our schedule includes time to relax and reflect during the weekend, to leave you refreshed and ready for each day.

Jackdaws has a number of practice areas which are available 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 to stretch your legs there are several local walks – we have some laminated cards showing routes from Jackdaws.

On a Saturday the Masterclass sessions finish at 6.30pm, followed by a relaxed supper together in the dining room, before the site closes at 8pm. You’re then free to rest and take time out before the classes begin again on Sunday morning. Why not bring a good book with you and settle into your B&B and enjoy the opportunity of a peaceful evening? Or listen to those podcasts you’ve been collecting?

If you’re not ready to rest, there are several local country pubs nearby to visit – The Talbot at Mells or The Woolpack at Beckington maybe? Alternatively, you might like to visit the busy market town of Frome, just 3 miles away, where you’ll find a cinema – The Westway, two theatres – The Merlin & The Memorial and various bars.

How can I pay my balance?

After placing your booking you will receive an email with a receipt for your deposit, which will include the remaining balance to pay. The balance of fees for each course becomes due 3 weeks before the course start date. We’ll be in touch to remind you and payment of balances can be made by:

  • Phone – call the office on 01373 812383 to pay with a card. We accept Debit and Credit cards (Mastercard, Maestro & Visa), but not American Express.
  • Bank transfer – email to request BACS details.

Contact Details

Jackdaws Music Education Trust
Great Elm
BA11 3NY
01373 812383
Weekend: 01373 812772

Office Opening Hours:

Monday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 4:00pm (6:00pm on a Course Start day)