Course Levels

Course Format

A typical Jackdaws weekend course will have a maximum of 10 participants, to allow each person adequate time for performance and tutorial, but this number can vary depending on the leader and type of course. For example, some courses with two leaders or a leader and an accompanist will have space for 12 participants and ensemble courses may have space for more than that. Day courses are limited to 20 attendees.

Solo Study courses take place in the main studio, where participants can make use of our Steinway piano, and generally follow a masterclass format. ‘Ensemble’ courses will generally break out of the studio into separate practice areas to allow each ensemble space to rehearse, and may also some incorporate some solo sessions depending on the course.

Booking

You can book onto any Jackdaws course through the relevant course pages on our website, or by contacting the office on 01373 812383 or emailing music@jackdaws.org. If you require Bed & Breakfast, please let us know at the time of booking. This is charged in addition to course fees starting at £40 per night (includes booking fee).

Upon receipt of your booking form and non-refundable deposit we will send confirmation of your booking and provide a questionnaire for you to complete and return to us detailing your choice of repertoire for the weekend. Your deposit can be paid online using a Credit or Debit card with PayPal (no PayPal account is necessary – use “Guest Checkout”) or by phoning the office on 01373 812383.

The final balance (course fee, less deposit, plus B&B fees) is due 3 weeks before the start of the course; once we have received the balance we will allocate your Bed and Breakfast, if applicable, and send you details at least a week before the course so that you can make contact with your hosts before the day to let them know what time you will arrive.

Timetable

Below is a timetable of a typical Jackdaws weekend course. Timings may vary slightly between courses as each course is carefully scheduled by the course leader to ensure all participants receive equal performance and tutorial time.

Day of arrival (Thursday or Friday)

  • Supper 6.30pm
  • Session 8pm – 9.30pm

Middle day (Next 2 days if longer course starting Thursday)

  • Session 10am – 11am
  • Coffee 11am
  • Session 11.30am – 1pm
  • Lunch 1pm
  • Session 2pm – 4pm
  • Tea 4pm
  • Session 4.30pm – 6pm
  •  Free time 6pm
  • Supper 6.30pm  

Last day (Sunday)

  • Session 10am – 11am
  • Coffee 11am
  • Session 11.30am – 1pm
  • Lunch 1pm
  • Session (Concert as appropriate) 2pm – 4pm
  • Tea 4pm
Metronome

During a course, Jackdaws will be open until each day from 9am and will close on Friday at 9.30pm, after supper on Saturday and 4:30pm on Sunday. Participants are welcome to use the sign-up sheets each day to book single slots for practice and rehearsal time in one of the several practice spaces available, with consideration for others.