Music

We offer a wide range of part-time, evening and weekend music courses at many levels to suit your needs and aspirations, with highly motivated teachers. You can learn to play a variety of instruments, or further develop your skills. Explore jazz, learn or improve your singing and work in our professionally-equipped music technology studio.
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  1. Aural awareness for grade 5+ exams

    Course Date: Wed 12 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and join this friendly and productive class to strengthen and add to your aural skills through improved musical knowledge, awareness and practice techniques. Taught in the digital piano suite. Tutor: Shelagh Sutherland [external website].
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  2. Baroque music on modern instruments

    Course Date: Fri 4 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore how to achieve a more 'authentic' sound when playing early music on modern instruments. This course covers interpretation of rhythm and ornaments, tone, embellishment, articulation and more. Tutor: Debbie Diamond [external website].
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  3. Bass guitar: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 19 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills as a bassist and your understanding of rhythm and melodic roles, playing with an ensemble or backing tracks. We will focus on groove playing in swing, rock, funk, R&B. (please note it is essential you can read for bass) Please bring your own bass guitar and lead (amps provided). Tutor: Paul Westwood.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  4. Bernstein's West Side Story

    Course Date: Fri 28 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Sixty years ago, West Side Story took Broadway by storm, and it has remained immensely popular. What came before, who created it and how, and what impact did it have on musicals afterwards? Tutor: Pauline Greene.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  5. Blues guitar

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore blues guitar techniques on this practical course : chords, scales, form, rhythm and phrasing for accompaniment; soloing that will allow you to play with confidence with other musicians. Suitable for guitarists who can play basic barre chords, and beyond. tutor : David Harrison.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  6. Blues harmonica for beginners

    Course Date: Wed 12 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn essential harmonica riffs and techniques on this lively and enjoyable course. Build musical skills and confidence in improvising blues music. Tutor: Jake Rodrigues [external website].
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  7. Blues piano introduction

    Course Date: Fri 14 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn and practise the 12 bar form, dominant chords, blues scale, basslines and boogie patterns. Explore how to improvise on a blues. For competent pianists who read music well and have good coordination between hands.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  8. Cello taster

    Course Date: Wed 16 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to hold the cello and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument. Tutor: Polly Hewett.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  9. Chamber music: introduction

    Course Date: Fri 14 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small ensembles with varied instrumentation, with repertoire ranging from early to modern. For instrumentalists at Grade 3 standard or above who can read music confidently. Tutor: Robert Puzey.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. City Lit a cappella

    Course Date: Wed 20 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs, and performs frequently. Develop your ear, timing, intonation, memory, performance and team work. New members with strong voices, good music reading and aural skills are welcome. Contact della.rhodes@citylit.ac.uk to arrange audition in July. Tutor and music arranger : Della Rhodes

    Course dates: 20 Sep - 6 Dec 2017, 10 Jan - 21 Mar, 18 Apr - 27 June 2018.
    Full fee: £469.00
    Senior fee: £469.00
    Concession: £286.00

  11. City Lit Big Band 1

    Course Date: Sat 16 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have several years' playing experience, apply for our jazz Big Band. An excellent way to practise sight reading and ensemble playing. Includes rhythm section, trumpets, trombones and saxophones. Contact music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange your audition in July. conductor : Simon Henry

    Course dates: 16 Sep - 9 Dec 2017, 13 Jan - 24 Mar, 21 Apr - 23 June 2018.
    Full fee: £489.00
    Senior fee: £489.00
    Concession: £298.00

  12. City Lit Big Band 2

    Course Date: Sat 16 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An ensemble for proficient jazz players to improve and maintain sight reading and section work, playing music from the classic era of Big Bands and contemporary and original arrangements. Gigs will be arranged. Contact music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange your audition in July. conductor : Simon Henry

    Course dates: 16 Sep - 9 Dec 2017, 13 Jan - 24 Mar, 21 Apr - 23 June 2018.
    Full fee: £489.00
    Senior fee: £489.00
    Concession: £298.00

  13. City Lit wind ensemble: summer season

    Course Date: Tue 11 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore the wonderful repertoire for mixed wind ensemble in an intensive workshop. You need to play an orchestral wind instrument at grade 5 standard or higher. Tutor: Karen Betley.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  14. Clarinet choir

    Course Date: Mon 17 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Any clarinet from Eb piccolo to contrabass is welcome. We'll play a range of music specifically written for clarinet ensemble. For players from grade 4 standard to advanced. Tutor: Anthony Bailey

    Please contact the Music Department to advise which clarinet(s) you will be bringing.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  15. Clarinet taster

    Course Date: Mon 14 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of clarinet playing and discover what is involved in learning the instrument: embouchure, breathing, articulation and fingering. Please bring your own Bb clarinet. Tutor: Ross Thomas.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

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