Here is on overview of courses offered at City Lit. See the listing of currently available course dates and times or click through to the more detailed course outlines from the titles below (if there is no link, there is no course ucrrently scheduled - please check back or email the Music department).
Visit our Music technology equipment advice blog for detailed information about platforms, devices, programs and apps.
We hope you will be inspired to start – or continue – your creative journey!
Introduction to music production is for complete beginners to music technology, and covers the basics of audio recording, editing and production in a user-friendly program that can run on Mac or PC.
Music production with Logic: learn how to use Apple's industry standard software for audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording through to sophisticated functions such as ESX24 sampler, Flextime, drum replacement, parallel compression, and using busses.
Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips covers the basics of audio recording and editing, suitable for students, amateurs and professionals. Some knowledge of audio software needed. In this online course, you can use any DAW (Logic, Cubase, Protools, Reaper, Sonus etc.) on either Mac or PC platform. The tutor will teach you to make the best use of the equipment you have at home.
Mixing and music production techniques is for experience software users. Using Logic in our Mac studio, develop your own projects to create professional sounding mixes by improving elements such as EQ, panning, compression, separation, depth of field and clarity.
Vocal recording: production techniques focusses on more complex elements of vocal recording, including mic and room set-up, reverb, tuning, and the psychology of recording singers. Good knowledge of any standard audio software is needed on this course.
Sampling, beat-making and synth programming covers skills from working with loops and patch phrasing to drum layering and programming commonly used synth sounds. Suitable for beginners.
Creating drums and beats goes further into patch phrasing, quantising, swing and shuffle, drum layering and EQ.
BBC radiophonic workshop techniques explore the techniques of the classic 1950s reel-to-reel electronic studio using specialist emulator software. Techniques can be applied in other software as well. Suitable for beginners.
Music theory, musicianship, songwriting and composition
Media: radio and voiceover
Video and film-making
Wordpress: learn how to build your own website
Social media and blogging