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.

Participants

A typical Jackdaws weekend course will have a maximum of 10 participants, but this can vary depending on the tutor and type of course. For example, a course with two tutors or a tutor and accompanist will have 12 spaces. Day courses are limited to 20 attendees.

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 £36 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.

The final balance is then 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 a week before the course so that you can make contact before you arrive.

Course Timetable

Below is a timetable of a typical Jackdaws weekend course. Timings may vary slightly between courses.
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

Please note timings may vary depending on tutor.