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 24 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    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. Please contact the Music department on 020 7492 2630 or music@citylit.ac.uk to seek approval to enrol.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  2. Bass guitar: advanced

    Course Date: Mon 2 Oct 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your skills as a bassist, your understanding of rhythm, melodic roles, and playing with an ensemble or backing tracks. We will focus on groove playing in swing, rock, funk, R&B. It is essential you can read for bass. Please bring your own bass guitar and lead (amps provided).
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Blues guitar

    Course Date: Wed 5 Jul 2017 (and 1 other date)
    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

  4. Blues harmonica

    Course Date: Wed 10 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  5. 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

  6. 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 skills and team work. New members with strong voices, good music reading and aural skills are welcome. Contact della.rhodes@citylit.ac.uk to arrange an audition in July.

    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

  7. 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.

    Course dates: 16 Sep - 9 Dec 2017, 13 Jan - 24 Mar, 21 Apr - 23 June 2018.
    Full fee: £469.00
    Senior fee: £469.00
    Concession: £286.00

  8. 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.

    Course dates: 16 Sep - 9 Dec 2017, 13 Jan - 24 Mar, 21 Apr - 23 June 2018.
    Full fee: £469.00
    Senior fee: £469.00
    Concession: £286.00

  9. Drumming 1

    Course Date: Sun 24 Sep 2017 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you're a beginner, come and learn the practical skills you need to play drumkit in contemporary music, including stick technique, four-way coordination, listening and music reading. You will play acoustic and practice kits in class. Please bring your own sticks.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  10. Drumming 2

    Course Date: Sun 14 Jan 2018 (and 1 other date)
    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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  11. Drumming 3

    Course Date: Sun 15 Apr 2018
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Play and analyse classic grooves and work to improve coordinated independence and application of rudiments to the kit. Includes reading drum notation. Ideal if you have completed Drumming 2 or have equivalent experience.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. Drumming for beginners

    Course Date: Thu 13 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Introduction to drum kit playing, starting with set up of the drum kit, posture, stick grip/control, and how to play fundamental grooves. There will also be some starter rudiments and essential coordination exercises - hand to hand and hand to foot. Tutor: Mark Huggett.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  13. Drumming taster

    Course Date: Mon 10 Jul 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Meet the drum kit and start to play essential drumming exercises. Sticks supplied. Tutor: Mike Bennett.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  14. Drumming: advanced

    Course Date: Sun 24 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have completed the intermediate drumming course, or you play at an equivalent level, our advanced class is a great chance to practise all the essential popular grooves. Enhance and maintain your technique, reading and stamina. Course dates: 24 Sep-10 Dec, 14 Jan-25 Mar.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  15. Drumming: intermediate

    Course Date: Sat 23 Sep 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Play and analyse classic grooves and work to improve coordinated independence and application of rudiments to the kit. Includes reading drum notation. Ideal if you have completed 'Drumming 1' or have equivalent experience. Course dates: 23 Sep-09 Dec, 8 Jan-24 Mar.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

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