Music history - Keeley Street

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 music@citylit.ac.uk with any questions.

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  1. Exploring opera 3
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Join 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
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    95% of 100
  2. Introduction to musical analysis
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    An 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
  3. The music of the Ballet Russes
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Get to know the music used and commissioned by the Ballet Russes from 1909-1929. This fascinating moment takes us from the 19th century Russian music of Borodin, Rimsky Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, through controversial neo-primitive like the Rite of Spring to the cool neoclassicism of Satie, Milhaud, Poulenc and Stravinsky. Break week: 30 May 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  4. Early music in the 20th century
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the early music pioneers of the 20th century. Learn about different approaches in each genre and unpick some of the arguments about ‘authenticity’ and ‘historically informed performance’ with instruments and voices. Scheduled break week 30 May 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  5. Exploring opera 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Join us to explore the history of opera over three enjoyable terms. In this second term we’ll explore the innovations of Mozart, the impact of the French Revolution and the early Romantics. This course has a scheduled break week: 13 February 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  6. Exploring classical music: module 4
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    This course offers a (very) brief history of Western art music during the 20th century. Suitable for classical music enthusiasts as well as near beginners. Each week we will look at a key work of classical music from the twentieth century and use it as a jumping off point to discuss the important historical and aesthetic developments that affected composition in the modern era. Break week: 14 Feb 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  7. Bach: instrumental works
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    From the Brandenburg Concertos to the Partitas for solo violin, instrumental music played an important role in the output of J.S.Bach. Come and explore these extraordinary works by this late Baroque master. This course has a scheduled break week: 21 Feb 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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