Music History Courses in London and Online
City Lit offers an extensive programme of online music history and music appreciation courses with a focus on Western classical music, Folk, Jazz, Rock and Pop. There are new topics each year across a growing range of music styles and traditions.
To find out more about music history classes and to read our year-long selection of courses, please see the blog post Music history: your guide to our programme which lists our full programme of classes ordered by term, and by day of the week. You may then click on each title to read the full course outline.
Our staff are all professional musicians who teach, write, broadcast, lecture and perform widely. In recent years they have worked with BBC Radio 3, Gramophone magazine, Birkbeck (University of London), The Open University, Oxford and Cambridge University Press, Early Music, The Orchestra of the age of Enlightenment, The Wigmore Hall and the Aldeburgh Festival.
Many of our students learn for pleasure but some also come to enhance their careers: recent examples include board members of music charities, marketing and administration professionals from orchestras and gap-year students considering university entrance.
Feel free to browse our programme and do email us at email@example.com with any questions.
- The operatic tenorCourse start date: Fri 19 Jan 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Pauline GreeneHandsome, romantic, confident; getting the girl, or dying in the attempt: we explore the operatic Kings of the High Cs throughout history to encompass their thrilling vocal skills and rôles.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- Exploring Brazilian music: bossa nova and beyondCourse start date: Fri 23 Feb 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetThis course will present an overview of Brazilian musical history through a study of its most prominent styles and composers. Genres such as Choro, Samba, Bossa Nova, Northeastern music (Forró, Baião) and Ijexá will be introduced and analysed.Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
- Music history book clubCourse start date: Fri 19 Jul 2024
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Edward BreenThe music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is The Jewels of Paradise: Donna Leon.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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