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Choosing a singing class at City Lit

Story added 5th Sep 2017

This post aims to guide you through the process of choosing a singing course that’s right for you.

Choosing a singing course at city lit

Welcome to the music department City Lit. Here in the heart of Covent Garden we run a full range of music courses suitable for complete beginners right through to experienced performers.

We have a plethora of singing courses on offer so remember you can always call us on 020 7492 2630, email us or book an advice session if you want to speak/sing to us for help.

However if you are brave enough to dive in for a browse, this blog post aims to guide you through the process of choosing a singing course that’s the right level for you.

Group Learning Online

Learning in a group is great fun. You will find lively discussion, group and individual exercises/songs, singing along and harmonising with your tutor and keep good company in your class online. Beginners classes are limited to 12 people online. Foundation, workshop and advanced singing classes are limited to 10. While all courses are currently being taught online you should expect to sing solo every other week – just a few bars or an entire song depending on your course.

Tech Tips

For all online singing courses at City Lit you will be joining the class via Zoom plus logging onto Google Classroom to access and interact with resources. To get the best experience with Zoom, it is recommended you download the Zoom application on your computer or mobile device and enable "Original Sound". If you haven't already, you will need to create a free account with Zoom using your personal email address so that you have access to the full range of features such as Original Sound.

Computer instructions

Go to Settings> Audio> Advanced
turn on “Show in-meeting option to 'Enable Original Sound'”

also on a computer,
Go to Settings> Audio>
turn off "automatically adjust microphone volume"

Mobile instructions

Sign out and sign back in to the Zoom mobile app
Tap Settings> Meeting>
Tap the toggle to "Use Original Sound"


The full sequence of singing classes at City lit (from September 2019)

Please note that we offer multiple class-times: use the drop-down menu on the right-hand side of the course-outline to choose the correct time before you enrol.

Ensemble Singing

Short introductions Termly 4-week courses. Explore your voice in a friendly group setting.

Getting started we only ask that you can accurately repeat notes played or sung to you. No other experience needed.  Ideal for beginners to music notation.

Foundation level classes Beginners through to Grade 5. These 1.5-hour classes begin with group work, and solo content increases as you rise up through the programme. You should be learning to read basic music notation alongside these lessons. The ability to learn music independently is not necessary in these classes.


* If you prefer Rock, Pop, Soul or Jazz styles of music you may wish to take Sing rock, pop and soul 1 Sing folk, Sing Jazz 1 after Singing 2C

Singing workshops Grade 4-5 standard (except Mindful singing). For these 2-hour workshop classes, the ability to learn music independently is essential so you can focus on technique, interpretation etc. There is a strong emphasis on singing in foreign languages and there is usually a termly focus on a particular theme or repertoire.

Advanced singing workshops Grade 6 repertoire and higher with auditioned entry. You must prepare music, pronunciation and interpretation in your own time so that you can present pieces masterclass-style during the lesson and be ready to respond to interpretative coaching.

Jazz, pop and folk singing Please read the full course outline carefully, as some of these classes are not suitable for beginners. We recommend you start with Singing 1A and study through to Singing 2C first before exploring these specialist styles. 

Musicianship and music theory

Our complementary courses are designed to enhance your understanding of musical skills and musical notation. Please see our Musicianship and music theory programme for some ideas. 

Professional Development

Please also consider our programme of Professional & Personal Development For Musicians to find courses such as:

And music technology courses such as: