Welcome to our Online Short Music Courses for Adults

  • 16 Short Online Music Courses for Adults
  • Group Online Music Courses for complete beginners, intermediate and advanced music students. We have something for every level!
  • Enjoy our online courses from the comfort of your home (sofa, armchair, desk, bed... you name it!)

If you are interested in a specific course, please email us and we will send you each course’s timetable individually as well as instructions on how to enrol in your course of choice: fireworksmusicschool@gmail.com

1)ย Discover the Harp with Helena - Music Appreciationย ๐ŸŽต

You do not need to be a harpist, or have any previous musical knowledge to join this course.ย 

Did you know that harp strings are made of sheep gut? That playing it at the royal court was considered inappropriate until Queen Marie-Antoinette picked it up? That the tension of the strings equals the weight of an elephant? If you would like to find out more, follow Helena into a harp extravaganza like no other!

Message from the teacher:ย Nicknamed as the "instrument of the angels" the harp transports you into a sound world like no other. You will recognise the beloved glissandos and beautiful arpeggios, discover the more percussive and romantic sides of the harp as well as hear many stories about it which are generally unknown. The harp can play any genre and with a rich repertoire spanning more than 1000 years it is my pleasure to introduce you to its well-known classics and more mysterious sound effects. You will be surprised by the possibilities of the harp and be delighted to hear your favourite tunes alongside some new ones.

The course will consist of 3 online group sessions (30mins each):ย ยฃ10 per pupil per lesson.

4. Discover the Harp

2) Discover the Trombone with Patrick - Music Appreciation ๐ŸŽต

You do not need to be a trombonist, or have any previous musical knowledge to join this course.ย 

The Trombone is arguably the most diverse instrument in the modern brass family of lip reed instruments. It has the ability to play everything from beautifully quiet music with a mellifluous tone to thrillingly loud and explosive outbursts! Discover this important member of the orchestra with Patrick, an amazing trombonist who is the master of many musical styles on his instrument.

Message from the teacher: The styles that the trombone plays across are probably the widest of any brass instrument - classical, jazz, Latin, early music (the trombone remains largely unchanged since the 16th century being the first ever brass instrument with the ability to play chromatically over its entire range!), pop, rock, reggae, ska, funk and many more, so it really does have something for everyone. In our classes Iโ€™ll take you through the fundamentals of the trombone and how it works through a wide range of repertoire.

The course will consist ofย 5ย online group sessions (45mins each):ย ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

6. Discover the Trombone
9.Fall in Love with Opera

3) Fall In Love With Opera with Eleanor - Music Appreciation ๐ŸŽญย 

You do not need to have any previous musical knowledge to join this course.

Message from the teacher: Would you like to know more about opera, its rich history, and the fascinating technique that goes into operatic singing? Then let Fireworks Music School introduce you to this wonderful art-form! In our adult's course, youโ€™ll get a gentle introduction into the different styles of opera, the stories behind the famous composers and singers, with live demonstrations from a professional opera singer, and the chance to get answers to the questions youโ€™ve always wanted to ask! Alongside the adults course, our kids classes are interactive and will introduce your child to singing in a fun and engaging way. Each session will be focussed on a different opera story, and weโ€™ll be learning about the characters, about how to tell a story through song, and how they can create their own music-theatre shows at home. Costumes very much encouraged!

The course will consist ofย 5 online group sessions (45mins each):ย ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

13. Discover the Trumpet

4) Discover the Trumpet with Brendan - Music Appreciation ๐ŸŽต

You do not need to be a trumpet player, or have any previous musical knowledge to join this course.ย 

Message from the teacher: Everyone loves the trumpet! And thatโ€™s no surprise โ€“ itโ€™s one of the instruments we most often see at special events and ceremonies, or hear played during epic moments in our favourite films. And the beautiful instrument that we know nowadays has a fascinating past. If youโ€™d like to learn more about trumpets through the ages, and hear some brilliant music, join me for this series of classes. Weโ€™ll look at how the trumpet has developed over the years, and then take a closer look at all the different styles of music that feature the trumpet โ€“ from medieval music and classical music right through to jazz, funk and film music of the last century.

The course will consist ofย 5 online group sessions (45mins each):ย ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

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5) Discover the Flute with Epsie - Music Appreciation ๐ŸŽต

You do not need to be a flute player, or have any previous musical knowledge to join this course.

Message from the teacher:ย Theย Flute is perhaps the best known member of the Woodwindย family and is becoming increasingly popular with artistsย such as LIZZO giving it its moment in the limelight! Our music appreciationย sessions will provide an introduction to the instrument: howย it works and sounds, its position in the orchestra and aย history of the instrument. We will also cover the manyย different types of flute there are and times where you mayย have heard the flute featured in songs or films without evenย realising! You donโ€™t need any previous musical knowledge to join, just come alongย to listen, learn and have fun!

The course will consist ofย 5 online group sessions (45mins each):ย ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

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6) Film Music History with Shane - Music Appreciation ๐ŸŽฅ

You do not need to be a composer, or have any previous musical knowledge to join this course. "Improvisation is the expression of the accumulated yearnings, dreams and wisdom of the soul",ย Yehudi Menuhin.

Message from the teacher:ย Do you love film music? Fireworks Music School is offering aย Film Music History online course aimed at adults. The course will trace the history and function of film music from the silent era, through the Golden Age of Hollywood and to the diverse sound of blockbusters, independent and experimental films of the present day. We will examine some of the most beautiful and influential film scores and learn how and why they are so effective. I hope youโ€™ll join me to discover the magic of film music.

The course will consist of 5 online group sessions (45mins each): ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

7) Discover the Cello with Idlir - For Adults - Music Appreciation ๐ŸŽป

You do not need to be a cellist, or have any previous musical knowledge to join this course.ย 

"It is my aim, my destination in life to make the cello as beloved an instrument as the violin and the piano",ย Mstislav Rostropovich.

Discover the Cello through centuries of music and beautiful playing with Idlir in our new music appreciation course for adults.

Message from the teacher:ย ย I would like to invite you all on a journey through some of the most amazing pieces of music which are an essential part of the cello repertoire. I want to explore with you starting from the very first pieces ever written for cello to the most recent ones by living composers. Join me!

The course will consist ofย 5ย online group sessions (45mins each):ย ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

18. Discover the Cello with Idlir

8) Discover the Clarinet with Katie - Music Appreciation ๐ŸŽถ

You do not need to be a clarinettist, or have any previous musical knowledge to join this course.ย 

"No Birdcall is the musical equal of a clarinet blown with panache",ย Edward Hoagland.

Our music appreciation course focusing on the clarinet will allow you to delve deeper into the instrument from its beautifully soft Chalumeau register to its incredibly intense high register whilst listening to amazing compositionsย through centuries of music.

Message from the Teacher: Join Katie on an adventure through the history of the clarinet, a highly-versatile woodwind instrument, used in classical, jazz and modern music. During the course you will learn about how the clarinet works, how it has changed over time, and enjoy hearing performances of lots of different styles. You do not need to be a clarinettist, or have any previous musical knowledge to join this course (although, of course, everything learned will be helpful for clarinettists and beginners alike). Welcome to all with an interest in music, join me to learn some fun facts about the clarinet!

The course will consist ofย 5ย online group sessions (45mins each):ย ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

22. Discover the Clarinet
1. Fast Track to Grade 5 theory

9) Fast-Track to Grade 5 Theory with Miles ๐ŸŽ“

Anyone who plays any musical instrument or sings is eligible to join this course. All ages and levels welcome.ย 

The ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory Exam is a compulsory exam that students of all instruments (including Voice) have to take in order to progress to Grade 6. The examโ€™s result is out of 100, and the student needs 66/100 to pass. This module gives you the fantastic opportunity to study with our wonderful music theory teacher Miles whose students all attain merits (80/100) and distinctions (90/100). You can take the Grade 5 Theory Exam at any point during your musical journey - you donโ€™t have to wait until your Grade 5 instrumental exam in order to take it.

Message from the teacher:ย Music Theory really is the workings behind the beauty of music! And because all students going through the ABRSM exams in their instruments will have to pass their Grade 5 Music Theory to progress to Grade 6 and beyond on their instrument, Fireworks Music School is offering a โ€˜fast-track to Grade 5 Music Theoryโ€™ online course of 45 minutes per session. The course will include a lively, fun, and engaging approach to the 12 topics of the Grade 5 Music Theory Examination, and will maximise success. You donโ€™t need anything to join in except a pencil and paper. Join in the fun!

The course will consist of 12 online group sessions (45mins each): ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

10) Join our Guitar Finger-Gym with Pavel! ๐Ÿ’ช

 

In these five x 45-minute workshop sessions you will tackle a range of issues in guitar playing, focusing on correct movement and avoiding unnecessary tension and injury. Each lesson will include supporting material that you can print and keep for future reference which will come in handy in your daily practice. In our finger gym we will focus on:

  • Left-hand slurs, finger independence and agility
  • Right-hand alternating, string crossing and arpeggios
  • Harmonics
  • Position shifting
  • Coordination
  • Stamina

Message from the teacher: We will go through a number of exercises which I have collected over nearly twenty years of studying with many of the greatest guitar players and pedagogues in the world. I will also give you the tools to create exercise variations to suit your own desire for mind-boggling combinations. I will share my best tricks for learning and memorising scales and arpeggios. In the last session you will learn a simple 10-minute daily warm-up routine covering a range of movements, setting you up with the right fundamentals for your practice sessions and for a lifetime of enjoyment. At the end of the five sessions you should feel that your hands are stronger and able to do more complicated movements with greater ease. Challenge yourself and join me in the Finger Gym!

The course will consist of 5 online group sessions (45mins each): ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

2. Guitar Finger Gym
3. Write your own Song

11) Write Your Own Song with Vincenzoย ๐ŸŽ™

Anyone who plays any musical instrument or sings is eligible to join this course.ย All ages and levels welcome.ย 

Message from the teacher: Who said that making music only means playing the notes that other composers wrote down many centuries ago? If, like me, you feel the need to express yourself through music, if you have always been curious to see if you could come up with your own composition, if you love songs and want to put down in lyrics and music your own ideas, then this is the course for you! During these lessons Iโ€™ll teach you the basics of songwriting, the power of harmony and chords, how to come up with a catchy melody and how to work with the infinite colours and possibilities of music writing!

The course will consist ofย 8 online group sessions (45mins each):ย ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

12) Write Music for Film with Vincenzo ๐ŸŽฌย 

Anyone who plays any musical instrument or sings is eligible to join this course. All ages and levels welcome.ย 

Message from the teacher:ย Take a moment and try to imagine watching your favourite film without music... Itโ€™s pretty hard, isnโ€™t it? Music has an incredible evocative power. With different kinds of music you can make people feel joy, sadness, excitement, fear, love and all sorts of other emotions! If you want to explore the amazing possibilities that music and sounds have when matched with moving pictures, then join me on this course! Iโ€™ll teach you all the secrets that we film composers use and at the end of the module youโ€™ll walk away with your own little piece of film music written and arranged for a film clip!

The course will consist ofย 8 online group sessions (45mins each):ย ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

8. Write Music for Film

13) Join our Piano Finger-Gym with Angelina! ๐Ÿ’ช

Anyone who plays piano is eligible to join this course. All ages and levels welcome.ย 

Message from the teacher:ย Improve your piano playing techniques with me. Practising scales and arpeggios can be challenging at times but it is an essential part of developing good playing technique. I have collected a number of finger exercises to help you navigate even the most difficult piano piece. Here is a summary of some of the topics we will cover in our piano gym:

  • yoga exercises for warming up and good hand position
  • understanding of the circle of fifths and the key signature of each scale
  • effective methods for memorising scales and arpeggios
  • exercises for developing finger strength and independence (Hanon & Czerny)
  • good warming up exercises
  • preparation for trills & moving thumb exercises
  • coordination exercises for legato and staccato

The course will consist ofย 5 online group sessions (30mins each):ย ยฃ10 per pupil per lesson.

10. Join our Piano Finger Gym
11. Improve your Aural Skills

14) Improve your Aural Skills with Stefania ๐Ÿ‘‚๐ŸŽค

Anyone who plays any musical instrument or sings is eligible to join this course. All ages and levels welcome.ย 

'Improving your Aural Skills' is an engaging and fun series of online lessons focusing on ear training, consolidating musicianship and understanding key musical elements through essential listening and analysis of different pieces of music.ย Ear training is the foundation for every musician and you will enjoy learning whilst having fun, during these lively and interactive sessions with Stefania. She will explain and demonstrate various concepts before involving each student individually with exercises and fun games.ย  Individual attention is guaranteed as well as individual feedback and emphasis on each pupil's strengths and weaknesses.

Message from the teacher: We will go through ABRSM Aural grades 1-8 focusing on interval training, sight-singing, understanding melodic and rhythmic patterns and listening to pieces of music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Contemporary eras. The course will not be limited to the ABRSM grade syllabus; we will also use those requirements as a starting point to improve our general aural skills, no matter which instrument you play! Through a holistic approach, we will also learn elements of Music Theory, harmony, music history, music appreciation and even touch upon the basics of vocal techniques (breathing, tone, control, projection and more). We might even work on melodies and rhythms from contemporary genres such as pop, soul and R&B if we have time! Come and join the fun!

The course will consist of 5 online group sessions (30mins each): ยฃ10 per pupil per lesson.

15) Improvisation Class for Adults with Marco ๐Ÿคน

This course is specifically tailored to adults. Any adult who is at least Grade 3 level in their instrument or singing isย eligible to join thisย course.ย 

"Improvisation is the expression of the accumulated yearnings, dreams and wisdom of the soul",ย Yehudi Menuhin.
Message from the teacher:ย In ourย series of workshops we will explore a wide range of repertoire,ย from theย bluesย form to well known jazz standards. We will analyse famous solos from the masters of jazz and learn why they sound so good!ย We will cover many different musical styles, as well as delving into harmonic, melodic and rhythmic principles of making musicย together whilst improvising. The only requirement for the class is that you come eager to learn and to grow as a musician. I look forward to meeting you!

The course will consist of 5 online group sessions (45mins each):ย ยฃ15 per pupil per lesson.

12. Improvisation

16) Sight Reading becomes a breeze with Lewisย ๐ŸŒŸ

We run two online courses for this module: 1 course for children and 1 course for adults. Anyone who plays any musical instrument or sings is eligible to join this course.ย All ages and levels welcome.ย 

Having a tough time with sight reading? Sight reading will become a breeze with Lewis, one of our incredible music teachers who will explain everything about how to improve your sight reading skills. Lewis will take you through different approaches and techniques so that you can start enjoying sight reading rather than stressing about it!

Message from the teacher: For so many of us, sight reading is the part of our music exams we approach with dread. However, gaining confidence with your sight reading is actually one of the most useful skills you can develop as a musician! Not only does it mean you can have a go at playing that piece you've wanted to tackle for ages without getting stuck at bar 4, but can also quicken your learning of new music, give you the skills needed to perform under pressure, open up new opportunities for you to play with others and much more!ย If you think you could benefit from some of these skills (we all can in some way!) Fireworks Music School is offering a course of 5 x 30-minute online sight reading classes! Each session will cover a broad range of skills which can apply to music of any difficulty, with a chance to ask questions and discuss your own approach to sight reading with fellow students. You don't need any experience to join the class; all are welcome! All you need is yourself and access to your instrument to try out some of the techniques. We can't wait to get started!

The course will consist of 5 online group sessions (30mins each): ยฃ10 per pupil per lesson.

16. Sight Reading Becomes a Breeze