Jazz and popular music

Learn how to play the saxophone or join our a capella course. Choose from a variety of different jazz and popular courses at a time that suits you.
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  1. Afro Cuban ensemble

    Course Date: Sun 7 May 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you're an intermediate player, this practical workshop is an exciting chance to experience playing in a Latin band. Our emphasis will be on reading charts and playing as an ensemble, improvising and developing rhythm skill. Before you enrol, please tell the music team which instrument you play: 020 7492 2630 or music@citylit.ac.uk. Tutor: Sara Dhillon.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £66.00

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. Drumming 1A

    Course Date: Sat 29 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For graduates of drumming level 1, and drum students with equivalent (12 lessons) experience. We will play and analyse classic grooves, and work to improve co-ordinated independence in application of rudiments to the kit.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00

  7. Folk and pop guitar 1: module 1

    Course Date: Sat 29 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about tuning your instrument, strumming and picking, simple chords for pop songs, scales and chord symbols on this beginner's course. Please bring an acoustic guitar.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. Folk and pop guitar 1: module 3

    Course Date: Sat 29 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For players who have learned a range of basic chords and can strum reliably, this third term of study will teach you new and challenging songs. New students should check the course outline prior to enrolling. Tutor : Tony Rowden.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Folk and pop guitar 2: module 3

    Course Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you can play basic chord shapes, in time, and can follow chord symbols, this second year of study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. Improve your musicianship and expand your repertoire. Tutor: David Harrison [external website].
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  10. Folk music of the British Isles

    Course Date: Sun 4 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to folk music from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. Learn songs and dance tunes, accompanying and improvisation. For instrumentalists who can read basic music notation, and have learned basic notes & chords. Tutor: Isobel Clarke.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  11. Jazz guitar 1

    Course Date: Tue 25 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An introduction to the jazz style and repertoire, chord/scale vocabulary, jazz harmony, time feels, accompanying and improvisation. Ideal if you have established guitar technique and are new to jazz. Not for novice guitar players.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  12. Jazz guitar 3

    Course Date: Sun 30 Apr 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Further study in harmony, 'comping' and improvisation for graduates of level 2. Learn more repertoire and develop your swing and Latin playing. Tutor: Branco Stoysin [external website].
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Jazz harmony and ear training 1

    Course Date: Sat 23 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With guided listening to music forms, and singing, you will study time, form, root movement and harmonic progression, chord types, intervals, scales and modes. Learn transcribed solos and participate in playing sessions. For players with a working knowledge of basic harmony and instrumental proficiency beyond grade 5. Practical assessment & audition mornings : book a place for Saturday 15th July or Saturday 9th September. music@citylit.ac.uk. Tutor: Cerys Hogg

    Course dates: 23 Sep-10 Dec 2017, 13 Jan - 24 Mar, 21 Apr - 30 June 2018.
    Full fee: £369.00
    Senior fee: £369.00
    Concession: £225.00

  14. Jazz harmony and ensembles

    Course Date: Sat 23 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you already play jazz and can recognise intervals and diatonic seventh chords in sequence, come and develop your aural, harmonic and rhythmic sense through the study of jazz standards and transcribed solos. Bring your instrument for ensemble playing and practice sessions. Practical assessment & audition mornings : book a place for Saturday 15th July or Saturday 9th September. music@citylit.ac.uk. Tutor: Cerys Hogg

    Course dates: 23 Sep-10 Dec 2017, 13 Jan - 24 Mar, 21 Apr - 30 June 2018.
    Full fee: £489.00
    Senior fee: £489.00
    Concession: £298.00

  15. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensemble playing

    Course Date: Tue 26 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your jazz musicianship, repertoire and playing. The syllabus will be the same as ‘Jazz harmony and ear training’, with additional ensemble work and performance opportunities. You'll need to have a working knowledge of harmony and proficiency on your instrument. Practical assessment & audition mornings : book a place for Saturday 15th July or Saturday 9th September. music@citylit.ac.uk. Tutor: Cerys Hogg

    Course dates: 26 Sep - 5 Dec 2017, 9 Jan - 20 Mar, 17 Apr - 26 Jun 2018.
    Full fee: £929.00
    Senior fee: £743.00
    Concession: £567.00

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