Welcome to our 7th Annual Music Summer School held at Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott, which runs from Monday 13th – Friday 17th August 2018.
2018 Residential Music Summer School Info.
Our 7th Annual Music Summer School is to be held at the fabulous location of Abbotsford, the home of Sir Walter Scott. The Music Summer school runs from Monday 13th – Friday 17th August 2018 inclusive and classes will be taught in the beautiful house and grounds of Abbotsford House, the Historic House where Walter Scott wrote many of his novels. The location is easily accessible by rail to Tweedbank and a great variety of accommodation is available in the nearby towns of Melrose and Galashiels.
We are delighted to be offering a residential music summer school with an accommodation package on location for 2018 with residence being available in the beautiful Hope Scott Wing.
All instruments and ages are welcome including Fiddle, Voice, Guitars, Piano, Accordion, Drums/percussion (give us a call if you are not sure) for 5 days of great music, sessions, food and the opportunity to learn from some of Scotland’s finest musicians.
You will be learning and playing tunes, improving your technique and invited to come up with arrangement ideas. Teaching will be mainly in mixed instrument classes but with regular break out sessions for back line, melody players and voices.
As a general guide to levels, you will probably get more out of the experience if you are not a complete beginner. In the registration form we have three levels for you to choose from;
Improving Beginner: You’ve been playing for a short time but can feel your way around the instrument and can play a few tunes or chords.
Intermediate: You’ve been playing for a couple of years and know a dozen or so tunes or can play a few by ear although not necessarily up to speed. Or you can accompany songs or tunes from chord charts given to you.
Intermediate/Advanced: You’ve been playing for longer, can play tunes more or less up to speed or accompany songs and tunes by ear. Can sight read tab or notation quite well.
It would help us plan classes if you can choose what you think is the closest match to your current level.
We use a combination of guitar and other tabs, chord charts, notation and learning by ear to teach tunes and arrangements. It also helps if you can bring a recording device and a music stand.
The Summer school is an intensive experience that is as much about creating a healthy participative and sharing musical community as it is about developing instrument skills and so the evening activities are an important part of the week that should be regarded as part of the experience. There will be a Tutor Concert, Talent Show, Community BBQ, Singaround plus much more.
On the Friday participants will have the opportunity to share the material we’ve been working on with friends and family.
Registration & Cost
Prices and booking for Music Summer School 2018 will be available shortly.