We hope this section answers the questions you might have relating to Music Summer Schools at the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
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.
We recommend between 11 and 19 years old.
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.
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].
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 note that ‘Beyond the Dots’ is a non-residential course; give this due consideration prior to booking.
The Short-Term Study Visa is appropriate if you are attending a Summer School course and you do not intend to remain in the UK to study after this course.
The information provided below is given in good faith and has been carefully checked. However, Trinity Laban accepts no legal responsibility for its accuracy. UK Visas and Immigration regulations are revised regularly and you must refer to the latest policy guidance.
Visa requirements vary according to your nationality. Check if you need a visa on gov.uk.
Please visit gov.uk for full details on how to apply for a short-term study visa.
You will need an official confirmation letter from Trinity Laban. You can only obtain this one you have paid for the summer school in full. Please contact Ben Redmayne at [email protected] to request this or for more details.
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’.
Please find more information about classes and timetables on our Course Content page, and read about our tutors as they are announced on the Tutors page. 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.
The full cost of the ‘Beyond the Dots’ Music Summer School 2017 is £210. Optional taster lessons cost £20 for 30mins (max 1hr). This course is non-residential; food and accommodation are not provided as part of the course fee.
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:
- The Royal Borough of Greenwich Council website has details of hotels, guest houses and hostels, catering for a range of budgets.
- For accommodation in Central London try Visit London.
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.
You can book and pay for your place through our Online Shop from Monday 12 December. Please note that any fees paid are non-refundable, unless the course is cancelled by Trinity Laban.
We start taking enrolments on Monday 12 December. Places are limited so early booking is advised.
A bursary scheme is available on a first come, first served basis to applicants who are able to evidence eligibility for free school meals or whose parents/ guardians / carers are in receipt of means tested benefits (income support, job seekers allowance). Bursary holders will pay a fee of £70 (without taster lesson) or £80 (with 30min taster lesson) for the summer school. Please email [email protected] if you want to be considered (with evidence of the above) or to find out more. Alternatively, a deposit scheme is in place to spread payments.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 (available for independent trips if you have written permission). 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
We ask participants to text the team 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.
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).
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.
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.
Due to limited space size we have a limit on the numbers of family members / guardians we can accommodate at the sharing. Allocations will be finalized once final participant booking numbers are confirmed.
The course is not accredited, but we provide a Certificate of Attendance to every participant who completes the course on the last day.