General Course Information

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All – Open to anyone who wants to come and work with the tutor or within the theme of that particular course. Course content and repertoire will reflect a wide variety and you should feel confident to tackle some of the repertoire suggested at whatever level you are currently working. The tutors will adapt their advice and teaching on an individual basis.

Beginner – For people who have perhaps a little limited experience of the voice or relevant instrument, perhaps they have sung/do sing in a choir or played an instrument at school. You may not be able to read music and do not need to have had any formal training at all, or may have forgotten any formal training they have had and want to get started again.

Intermediate – You may have had some individual tuition at some point in your life and want to refresh this. You may be moving on to the next stage, e.g. thinking about having regular lessons or playing/singing in a more formal ensemble on a more regular basis; perhaps you are working towards a grade exam or performance in some capacity. You can probably read some music.

Advanced – You have had some individual tuition with a teacher and play your instrument regularly or sing regularly and probably solo. You may be working towards an advanced grade exam or diploma or be a current or recently graduated music student. You may be a more seasoned performer who wants to work on a specific area or work in ensembles.

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 tutor and type of course. For example, a course with two tutors or a tutor and accompanist will have space for 12 participants. 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 tutor.


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 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 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.

Course 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 tutor to ensure all participants receive equal performance and tutorial time.
Jackdaws Course Information sheet

Day of arrival (Thursday or Friday)
Supper 6.30pm
Session 8pm – 9.30pm

Middle day (Next 2 days if 4 day course starting Thursday)
MetronomeSession 10am – 11am
Coffee 11am
Session 11.30am – 1pm
Lunch 1pm
Free time 2pm – 4pm
Tea 4pm
Session 4.30pm – 6pm
Free time 6pm
Supper 6.30pm
Session 8pm – 9.30pm

Last day (Sunday)
Session 10am – 11am
Coffee 11am
Session 11.30am – 1pm
Lunch 1pm
Session (Concert as appropriate) 2pm – 4pm
Tea 4pm

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.
During a course, Jackdaws will be open until each day from 9am and will close on Friday and Saturday at 9:30pm and 4:30pm on Sunday.

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