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.
- Music history book clubCourse start date: Mon 3 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Edward BreenThe music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biographies with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is a new novel about Handel.
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
- Great works: The Beggar's OperaCourse start date: Mon 3 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneWas this the first musical? Using popular song and opera tunes of the day, new satirical words poked fun at serious opera in this everyday tale of skulduggery among the criminal classes, with a charismatic but murderous hero.Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
- Exploring opera 3Course start date: Mon 24 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneJoin us to explore the history of opera over three enjoyable terms. In this third term we’ll explore Verdi, Wagner and the early 20th century. Break weeks: 01, 06 & 29 May 2023 (Bank holidays).Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- Introduction to musical analysisCourse start date: Mon 24 Apr 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneAn introduction to the major building blocks of music. Learn about melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form and performance directions, and how to recognise these facets within further areas of study. Break weeks: 1 May, 6 May, 29 May 2023.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- The piano and modernism 1880-1930Course start date: Mon 15 May 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Karl LutchmayerExplore the birth of Modernism through the prism of piano music from 1880-1930. Learn about different approaches taken by key composers and how they influenced, and were influenced by, other art forms: e.g. The Impressionists, The Vienna Secession, and The Futurist Movement. Scheduled break week: 29 May 2023.
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 £135.00 Concession £110.00
- Great artists: Enrico CarusoCourse start date: Mon 24 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneCaruso, born 200 years ago, was not only a stupendous singer but also a best-selling recording artiste. We find out how he became the first modern superstar tenor.Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
- Opera appreciation: an introductionCourse start date: Mon 24 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneWhat is opera? And how do you approach it? Explore the ostentatious, sometimes overwhelming, world of opera through study of two major works and styles.Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00
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