Music history - Keeley Street - Online

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 with any questions.


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  1. Exploring Samuel and Avril Coleridge-Taylor
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Sep 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Come and discover the music of a brilliant father and daughter writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Samuel and Avril Coleridge-Taylor. These two conductor-composers enjoyed prestigious careers in the UK and America. We explore their lives and works.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  2. Exploring Brahms’s symphonies
    Course start date:  Wed 1 Nov 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Brahms wrote just four symphonies over the course of his career and found the genre a difficult one to engage with. We investigate the ways in which Brahms constructed his symphonies: the debt they owe the past, and their innovative and unusual characteristics.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  3. Jazz piano: a history from blues to bebop and beyond
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    Trace the development of jazz piano from its origins in New Orleans to later styles, including boogie woogie, stride,

    bebop, post bop and abstraction, and look at key influential pianists of the period.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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