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 day varies with breaks for meals and refreshments and time for relaxation or practice.

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

How do the courses work?

Solo Study courses involve participants preparing a number of short pieces, usually two or three, to be worked on in masterclass-style tutorial sessions, with other participants watching. These take place in the main studio where participants can make use of our Steinway piano.

Ensemble courses generally break out of the studio into separate practice areas, allowing each ensemble space and time to rehearse, but may also incorporate some solo sessions depending on the course.

How large are the courses?

A typical Jackdaws weekend Solo Study course has a maximum of 10 participants, but this can vary depending on the type of course. Ensemble courses have space for more participants, as do most courses with more than one leader. Where more than 10 places are available, details are given in the course description.

Where will I be staying?

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

View the Bed and Breakfast page.

What will I be eating?

All meals are included in the course fee and are freshly prepared on site. Breakfast is provided at your accommodation. 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, but you may wish to bring your own preferred milk substitute 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. Please note that some arrangements may need to be adjusted to meet Covid safe guidance.

What can I do with my free time?

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 for a break from music, we have laminated cards showing routes for several local walks or run routes which leave directly from Jackdaws. We are also situated on National Cycle Network route 24 – Collier’s Way, running 75 miles from Bath to Hampshire! Perhaps you’d prefer to do a small section – turn left out of Jackdaws for 2 miles into Frome or right and head to Radstock and beyond to the popular Two Tunnels.

The Parkrunners and joggers among you will be pleased to know that The Old Showground Parkrun is a 10 minute drive away in Frome, and Southwick Country Park Parkrun is a 20 minute drive away (just outside Trowbridge). Participants have been known to do the 9am parkrun and be back in time for the 10am morning session (although we won’t mind if you’re a bit late!)

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. You can pay by three methods:

  • Online – at the time of registering for a course, your deposit can be paid using a Credit or Debit card with PayPal (no PayPal account is necessary – use “Guest Checkout”)
  • Phone – call the office on 01373 812383 to pay with a card. We accept Debit and Credit cards (Mastercard, Maestro & Visa), but do not accept 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 – 3:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 6:00pm