Short Courses


Our popular music courses explore many musical genres and develop practical musicianship skills. As well as offering courses on individual composers, performers and musical periods, we offer courses through which students can enjoy making music together. No experience necessary!

Courses marked as (credit) are open to everyone. As a credit student, you will matriculate as a student at the University of Edinburgh as part of the registration process for these courses. For more information, please visit the Studying for Credit pages.

Studying for Credit


Booking Deadline

Courses will close for booking 8 days before the course start date. Book early to secure your place and avoid disappointment!

Term 1 Courses (Starting September 2018)


The Life and Music of Claude Debussy
Great Choral Masterpieces
Practical Musicianship 
The Blues
The Music of Chopin (October Start Date)
Favourite Composers (October Start Date)


An Introduction to Music Theory
Popular Music: Ten Landmark Albums 
Learn the Ukulele: Beginners
Learn the Ukulele: Intermediate 
Learn the Acoustic Guitar

Term 2 Courses (Starting January 2019)


Great Masterpieces
More of Larkin's Jazz
Music of European Cities
Practical Musicianship 2


Learn the Acoustic Guitar
Learn the Ukulele: Beginners
Learn the Ukulele: Intermediate

Term 3 Courses (Starting April 2019)


Icons of Jazz
Alexander Technique
Instruments of the Orchestra

For all general enquiries relating to the course, such as places available or location, please contact COL by phoning +44(0)131 650 4400 or emailing

Our Course Organisers can help you with enquiries about the academic content of courses.

Rachael King

  • Programmes: Archaeology; Literature & Theatre; Music

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