Musicianship Courses & Classes in London

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.
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  1. Music theory: counterpoint 1

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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: 21 Oct.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  2. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa A

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    This practical course focuses 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: 21 Oct.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Music theory: diploma topics 1

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 three scheduled break weeks: 23 Sep, 7 Oct & 14 Oct.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Music theory: grade 7

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: International House
    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 on 30th Sept, 14th & 21st Oct and breaks for Christmas on 16th Dec returning on 13th January.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  5. Music theory: grade 3

    Course Date: Mon 16 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four sharps/flats. Break week: 30 Sep 2019.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Music theory: grade 6

    Course Date: Tue 17 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 scheduled break week on 8th October 2019.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  7. Song lyric writing for popular music

    Course Date: Wed 18 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  8. Composition workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 19 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    Develop your skills in composing. Analyse selected techniques and apply them to your own composition practice. Good music theory knowledge/practical skills needed (ideally grade 5 or equivalent).
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  9. Swing jazz rhythm notation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This 'clinic' aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  10. Songwriting: form and function

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 21 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your ability to make songs through practical exercises. Examine well known songs from pop, rock and jazz in order to understand their chord progressions, accompaniment, bass lines and rhythm. Ideal for players and singers with a good working knowledge of harmony.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  11. Musicianship: solfa choir

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and join the solfa choir to develop your musicianship and improve your sight-singing. This is a ‘rehearsal choir’ for the purpose of enjoying singing in a group as well as developing musicianship skills. Tutor: Alan Murdock.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  12. Music theory: grade 1

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 22 Sep 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  13. Music theory: grade 8 revision

    Course Date: Mon 23 Sep 2019
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A short revision course for ABRSM Grade 8 music theory candidates. Be guided through exam-style questions to focus your preparation.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

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

    Course Date: Tue 24 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. Suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Music theory: grade 4

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 25 Sep 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: International House
    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.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

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