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 incorporate some solo sessions depending on the course.


A £50/£70 deposit is required to secure your place on weekend/3 day courses. 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.

You can book onto any Jackdaws course through the relevant course pages on our website, or by contacting the office. If you require Bed & Breakfast, please let us know at the time of booking. Prices start at £40 per night (including 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.

The final balance (course fee, less deposit, plus B&B fees) is due 3 weeks before the start of the course; as indicated on your deposit receipt; Course Fee (less deposit paid) + B&B fee. Balance payments can be made by bank transfer (BACS info sent out with reminder email) or debit/credit card.

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.

Meals and Dietary Information

If you are vegetarian/vegan or have any food allergies you must let us know in advance, so that our cooks can plan the meals for the weekend accordingly. 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, lunch and dinner will be prepared on site by our dedicated Cooks and served in accordance with appropriate social distancing measures.

Bed & Breakfast

Accommodation is booked through Jackdaws starting at £40 per night (inc. booking fee) and is payable in addition to the course fee. Please let us know your requirements when booking on a course. B&B rooms will be allocated a few weeks before the course starts, and we will send you details of where you are staying.

Currently, accommodation will be arranged in chain hotels and B&Bs that have completed a risk assessment to our satisfaction, these are a short drive from Jackdaws (approx. 10 minutes). All rooms will be ensuite or have sole use of a bathroom. Please bear in mind that sharing cars with other participants may not be viable.

Alternatively, you may wish to arrange your own accommodation.


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.


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

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.