Music Theory & Musicianship Courses & Classes in London and Online

Musicianship courses will support your instrumental or vocal studies with a focus on reading, writing and hearing music and musical patterns. For more details about musicianship and music theory courses please visit our blog: Musicianship and music theory at City lit which lists our full sequence of musicianship and music theory classes.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. Music theory: grade 7

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has scheduled breaks 28 Sept & 26 Oct and a break from 7 Dec, returning on 11 Jan.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  2. Music theory: counterpoint 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 2 next term. Break week: 26 Oct 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. Music theory: diploma topics 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. You may use this course as part of your preparation for this exam, or just to develop your knowledge. This term: Musical skills. This course has two scheduled break weeks: 28 Sept & 26 Oct.

    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: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa A

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    These online practical sessions will focus on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve your rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part B next term. Break week: 26 Oct 2020.

    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: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  5. Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Music theory: introduction to score reading & analysis

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to navigate music scores and analyse basic structures. Learn to identify stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  6. Music theory: grade 4

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the

    concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments. This course has a break week (27 Oct) and Christmas break (1 Dec-5 Jan) returning 12th Jan.

    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: £134.00

  7. Music theory: grade 1

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs. Break week: 27 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  8. Music theory: grade 6

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications). This course has a break-week (28 Oct), and a Christmas break (2 Dec-6 Jan) returning on 13 Jan.

    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: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  9. Musicianship 2: rhythm

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Supplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will play, sing and chant in these online classes, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear.

    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: £103.00

  10. Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. This online course is suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read music. Tutor : Matt Burdynowski.

    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: £103.00

  11. Music theory: grade 5

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and

    standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams. Break Week 1st November.

    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: £121.00

  12. Musicianship 2: ear training

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. In sessions online you will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and routines will be set for you to practise. Music theory is included.

    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: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Song lyric writing for popular music

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style. This short course will run online. Tutor : Polly Hewett.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Musicianship 3: sight singing

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your sight singing and related aural skills by reading, writing, listening and singing in these online sessions. Study scales, intervals, rhythm and pitch notation, patterns, part singing and harmony. You must be able to read music already, and sing in tune. tutor : Matt Burdynowski.

    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: £115.00

  15. Swing jazz rhythm notation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This online session aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

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