Frequently Asked Questions

We hope this section answers the questions you might have relating to Music Summer Schools at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Who is the Beyond the Dots Music Summer School aimed at?

The Summer School is aimed at young musicians, who play any instrument and are interested in creative work and exploring what it means to be a 21st Century musician.

How old do you have to be in order to take part in the Beyond the Dots Music Summer School?

We recommend between 11 and 19 years old.

How much experience do I need to be able to take part?

Anyone who has been playing their main instrument for more than 3 years will be able to take part in the summer school. There is a diverse and wide offer available designed to accommodate intermediate to advanced young musicians.

Can you let me know about accessibility?

King Charles Court is fully accessible and the course is open to disabled participants. We want to ensure a warm welcome to all so if you have any special requirements, it would be helpful if you discussed them in detail with us beforehand. Please contact us on 020 8305 4454 or [email protected].

Do you welcome international participants?

Absolutely! Participants come from all over the world to take part in Summer Schools at Trinity Laban. We do ask that participants have a good command of spoken English, as classes are taught in English and there will not be any translators.

Please also note that ‘Beyond the Dots’ is a non-residential course, and give this due consideration prior to booking.

How many people might there be in a class?

The days will start and finish with all of the summer school's participants playing music together. Sessions in between range from small chamber ensembles to chamber orchestras, and from open masterclasses to jazz and folk jams. A variety of group sizes and formats is key to the ethos of ‘Beyond the Dots’.

I am not sure if this Music Summer School is right for me?

Please find more information about classes and timetables on our Course Content page and read about our tutors  on the Tutors page as details are announced. There is no audition but you are welcome to contact us if you are unsure of what might be right for you at the booking stage. We are happy to advise you.

How much does it cost?

This course is non-residential; food and accommodation are not provided as part of the course fee. The course cost for 2017 has not yet been announced, however for 3 days in 2016 it was £210 at full cost. 

Do you provide accommodation?

This is a non-residential course, so we do not provide accommodation.

We cannot offer recommendations for accommodation; anyone requiring overnight accommodation is responsible for arranging it themselves. However, there are some websites which may help you find somewhere to stay; these are listed on the Accommodation page.

How long are the course days?

A full timetable will be listed on the Course Content page nearer to the start date. A typical day will start at 09.30h and end at 16.30h.

When and where can I pay?

You can book and pay for your place through our Online Shop when booking opens. Please note that any fees paid are non-refundable, unless the course is cancelled by Trinity Laban.

How early do I need to book?

We will start taking enrolments from February 2017. Places are limited so early booking is advised.

Is there financial support available for this course?

A deposit scheme is in place, to spread payments and bursary details will be announced closer to booking open. 

Should I book my flights straight away?

We strongly advise that you do not book any flights or additional accommodation until you have received an email confirmation from Trinity Laban of your place on the course. Any flight or accommodation bookings made prior to this confirmation are made at your own risk, and Trinity Laban will not be liable for any losses you incur in the unlikely event that the course is cancelled.

Can I start the classes later in the week?

We strongly advise that participants arrange to be in London and at Trinity Laban from the first day of the course to get maximum benefit from this programme. Due to the intensive nature of the classes, you would risk missing essential introductory work if you arrive after the first day.

Is it okay to leave the course early?

Yes - some international participants do have to leave to get an early flight during the last days of the course, but we'd recommend timing your journeys so that you don't miss anything! We are unable to offer discounts for those leaving the course early.

When will I receive full information regarding the course?

When you book your place through the Online Shop, an automated receipt is generated and sent to you. You will be asked to complete the Essential Information Form, for health and safety, before taking part in the course.

My payment has been processed; does this mean that the course will definitely go ahead?

Due to the high number of applications that we receive for summer programmes, we process payment upon receipt of each application. In the unlikely case that the course is cancelled by Trinity Laban we will issue a full refund. Trinity Laban reserves the right to cancel the course due to low course uptake.

What should I bring?

As well as suitable clothing and footwear for playing all day and occasional movement, we suggest you bring a flask or plastic bottle for water. Drinking fountains are also located around King Charles Court. You are welcome to bring a handheld recorder if you wish to record some sessions, and a notebook and pen will be useful for anything you would want to jot down.

Is lunch or dinner provided for students?

No, food is not included but can be purchased at the in-house Butler Café or a number of shops and restaurants in the local area (please note that for independent trips participants are required to have written permission as requested in the Essentiual Information Form). Participants are welcome to bring their own food to the building too. If you wish to eat your own food: there is space in the café and courtyard. In the Participant Information Pack, we will provide you with more information on options nearby.

What is your policy for late-comers to classes?

We ask participants to text the Summer Schools mobile number so that we will be aware of your late start and where to meet you. Consistent late arrivals will be questioned, as a late start will be interrupting not only your experience but of all those around you.

What about younger participants, from 11-16 years old?

We are pleased to welcome young people between the ages of 11 and 16, and we will have a designated Pastoral Manager on site as well as Trinity Laban staff supporting the tutors in sessions and across transitions and breaks.

We do wish to make clear that Summer School participants, who have been given written permission by their parent/guardian, have the freedom to come and go as they wish during breaks and after the course finishes each day (there will be a system in place to sign in and out).

What do we expect of participants?

We expect you to have fun, work hard, enjoy your time at Trinity Laban and come away inspired!

We also expect all participants to behave respectfully to each other, our Summer School teachers, staff and our facilities. Anyone found to be in breach of this will be requested to leave the course immediately. In that instance, no refund of fees paid will be made.

How do I get to King Charles Court?

All classes during the Summer School are located at King Charles Court, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich SE10 9JF.

For information on where to find us please visit the Directions page.

Can visitors or parents watch the end of Summer School Sharing?

The Summer School sharing takes place in a room which has very limited capacity beyond the participants and staff, so it is primarily for the participants themselves to watch and show the work they have made during the week. However, we will endeavour to make space for parents and friends who wish to attend. This will be discussed during the week of the Summer School.

Will there be any award for students?

The course is not accredited, but we provide a Certificate of Attendance to every participant who completes the course on the last day.

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