An increasing trend in Adult/Continuing Education is the use of the internet to deliver short courses online via video lecture and online forums. One of the largest organisations that do this is Coursera which is has a number of music courses that are either just about to start or scheduled to start in the next six months. They’re all free at the moment and here are the music ones that have caught my eye. All the courses are given by Universities or Music Colleges.

Fundamentals of Rehearsing Music Ensembles (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Dr. Evan Feldman
Workload: 4-6 hours/week
Sessions: August 2013 (8 weeks long)

Songwriting  (Berklee College of Music)
Pat Pattison
Jul 19th 2013 (6 weeks long)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week


Jazz Improvisation  (Berklee College of Music)
Gary Burton
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Jul 19th 2013 (5 weeks long)


Survey of Music Technology  (Georgia Institute of Technology)
Dr. Jason A. Freeman
Workload: 5-7 hours/week
Aug 26th 2013 (6 weeks long)


Introduction to Programming for Musicians and Digital Artists (California Institute of the Arts)
Ajay Kapur
October 2013 (8 weeks long)
Workload: 2-4 hours/week


Write Like Mozart: An Introduction to Classical Music Composition (National University of Singapore)
Peter Edwards
Workload: 2-3 hours/week
January 2014 (6 weeks long)
A complete list of the music courses is here: