Courses for beginners

It’s never too late to learn something new. If you want to kickstart a new hobby or pick up a new skill then City Lit is a great place to start.

Our beginners courses will introduce you to your new passion and help you progress your skills to the next level. If you're not sure where to start then have a look at our selection below for some ideas and inspiration.

If you are ready for the challenge then let our expert tutors guide you on your journey towards to a rewarding new hobby.

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  1. Biblical Hebrew 1: module 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Rachel Montagu
    Learn the basic grammatical structures for reading and translating Biblical Hebrew. Also suitable for those who have a rusty knowledge of the language.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. Violin and viola 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Learn the basics of playing violin or viola in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. For complete beginners. Continues to Violin and viola 1B next term. Break week 24 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  3. BSL level 1
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Marios Costi
    Have you always wanted to learn British Sign Language and communicate with Deaf people? Develop the skills you need to gain the level 1 BSL qualification, accredited by Signature. The fees for BSL level 1 courses include a year's subscription to Signworld.







    You may wish to study BSL without the pressure of an exam, or just for fun. We can arrange for you to be taught without a formal final assessment and you will receive a certificate of attendance.
    Full fee £599.00 Senior fee £503.00 Concession £454.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  4. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Do you want to know more about classical music? Explore selected topics and key works in Medieval to (early) Baroque music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Classical guitar 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    Enjoy learning to play guitar in the classical style, and read notation, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. This study requires you to use a nylon strung guitar.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  7. Cello 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Learn the basics of playing this warm and mellow instrument in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. For complete beginners. Continues to Cello 1B next term.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Recorders 1A
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Wendland
    Discover the joy of this delightful instrument. Learn the basics of fingering and articulation to play melodies both in unison and in ensemble. You will need your own descant and/or treble recorder. Break week: 26 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  9. Flute 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pamela Pecko Smith
    Beginners can enjoy learning to play the flute in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. Develop embouchure, instrumental sound, listening skills and music reading. Continues to Flute 1B next term.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  10. Pop piano 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    If you have a good working knowledge of the keyboard (playing grade 4/5 standard), develop your playing towards popular and jazz styles in these live sessions on zoom. Learn to play rhythms, chord progressions and songs, and study the musicianship behind pop piano skills.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Jazz piano 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Frankel
    If you have pop piano training or equivalent keyboard harmony skill, come and tackle the easier end of the jazz piano repertoire. Our focus is the study jazz harmony and voicing, interpretation of a lead sheet and good timing. You need to play piano at grade 5 or above and be fluent in major and minor scales.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  12. Saxophone 1A
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Ideal if you are a beginner or have recently begun to study the saxophone. Any other musical experience will be an advantage and you will need a tenor or alto saxophone for class. You will learn to play and to read music. Repertoire will include popular sounds, jazz and world music.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Japanese beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Kiyomi Unten
    Learn to speak Japanese, with the emphasis on developing your listening and speaking skills, as well as reading Hiragana. Suitable for complete beginners.



    Based on Japanese for Busy People 1, Kana version, revised 3rd edition (Kodansha International).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  14. Italian beginners: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Mariangela Pilloni
    Learn to speak Italian on this communicative course for beginners, with the emphasis on the practical use of Italian and the development of your speaking and listening skills so that you can begin communicating quickly in Italian. Based on Nuovo Espresso 1 (Alma Edizioni, Italian version). Once you've completed this course you can continue with 'Italian beginners: module 2.'.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  15. Korean beginners: module 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jaeran Won
    Learn to speak Korean and develop your speaking and listening skills in these communicative classes, which emphasise the practical use of the language.Suitable for complete beginners.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100

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