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  • 3 hours group tuition per day
  • Themed sessions every afternoon
  • Specialist workshops and masterclasses
  • Lunchtime tutor recitals

Classes are arrange according to instrument and ability.
Classes are open to adults and children of all ability levels.


Tin Whistle
Flute (timber and silver)
Guitar (DADGAD and standard tuning)
Piano Accordion
Mixed Instruments
(Banjo, Button Accordion, Concertina, Mandolin)


We are delighted to announce that the ICIA at the University of Bath will be supporting the Bath Folk Festival Traditional Music Summer School for a third year.

This year, the summer school will be held at the ICIA’s new home: The Edge.

The Edge building is a purpose-built rehearsal and performance space, providing first class facilities and acting as a centre of excellence for the arts in Bath.


The Edge, University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY

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Got a question about the Traditional Music Summer School?

Check out our frequently asked questions or contact for further details.

What is the format of the summer school?
Each morning you will receive a group lesson with other students of a similar standard between 10am – 1pm. There will be a refreshment break half way through each lesson, allowing you to socialise with students in other classes.

There will be a 1-hour lunch break, featuring a 30-minute tutor recital. If the weather is good, this will be held outside at the University of Bath’s amphitheatre, a picturesque setting next to a lake where you can eat your picnic lunch and enjoy listening to the recital in the open air.

Each afternoon there will be a choice of a mixed instrument session or a daily workshop/masterclass from a guest tutor between 2pm – 5pm.

Do I need to read music?
All of our classes are centred on learning tunes by ear, so there is no need to read music.
What standard do I need to be?
Musicians will be expected to have a basic grasp of their instruments and know their basic scales or chords. Classes will be divided according to ability.
What if I am a complete beginner?
Please contact If there is enough interest we may be able to offer classes for beginners on selected instruments.
How old/young do I need to be?
All ages are welcome and the classes will all be mixed ages. It is an important part of traditional music for all generations to play together so they can learn from each other.
Are your tutors DBS checked?
Yes, all of our tutors have been DBS checked.
What do I need to bring?
You will need to bring your own instrument to the summer school lessons. We recommend that you also bring a recording device, a pen and paper to get the most out of lessons.
What if I want to learn a traditional instrument that’s not listed here?
Get in touch with us and if there is sufficient interest we will organise additional classes.



Early Bird Rates*

Adults: £120

Students: £90

Children: £90

Standard Rates

Adults: £140

Students: £100

Children: £100

Group discounts are available.
Please contact for further details.


Advance booking is recommended.
* Early bird rates are available until 1st June 2015