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Music Courses & Classes in London and Online

We offer a wide range of piano, singing and instrumental workshops from complete beginners to advanced standard, daytime, evening or weekend. We also offer music theory, music tech, history, choirs, orchestra and jazz ensembles.

Choosing your course

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos and two suites of digital pianos. Music students have access to practice rooms for the duration of their course and we use the latest versions of Sibelius, Logic and Max/MSP for our music technology courses.

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

Expert tutors

Our classes are taught by professional performers and practitioners, many of whom also teach at leading London universities and music conservatoires. We also offer advanced piano masterclasses with visiting performers and professors each year. Please refer to individual course outlines for individual staff biographies.

Studying at City Lit

City Lit students have a proud history of learning an instrument or singing from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses such as music theory exams, and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. Many of our jazz students form ensembles together and we frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.

Find a course

Browse our range of music courses in London and online below to choose your perfect option: both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit.

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  1. Introduction to electronic music

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The course is an overview of the history of electronic music in the 20th and 21st centuries and the concepts, technology and aesthetic ideologies that underpin the developments that took place.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  2. Nine lessons and carols: a brief history

    Course Date: Wed 2 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is a Service of nine lessons and carols? Where did it begin and how has it become associated with the chapel and choir of King’s College, Cambridge? Explore the cultural and musical history of this service in our short online course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  3. Christmas crooners

    Course Date: Mon 7 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Sparkly jumpers, snow and tinsel, a stool, a mic, and a crooner: join me in exploring the singers, arrangers and repertoire of sentimental but strangely compelling festive schmaltz, just in time to join in ourselves.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  4. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques

    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and exploit techniques typical of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders and mixers will be studied via BERNA emulation software.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Singing online (beginners): taster

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Would you like to like to join a singing class but are not sure what is involved and how a singing class can work on zoom? This fun and interactive taster for complete beginners will give you a chance to find out before committing to a longer course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  6. A lesson in carols

    Course Date: Wed 9 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Transport yourself into a joyous frame of mind and festive spirit as you sing through some of the most beautiful settings of well-known carols. Explore harmonic textures, musical interpretations, get technical tips for tricky corners and enjoy these wonderful pieces in a magical online atmosphere! This course is paired with Nine lessons and caorls: a brief history.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  7. Learn to read music: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn to name and recognise notes. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  8. Chamber music skills: taster

    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how to develop your ensemble skills online. Learn how you can study your own part and scores, play with a backing track, make use of recordings and learn to listen better in ensemble playing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  9. Singing online (mixed levels): taster

    Course Date: Thu 10 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Singers - would you like to like to know more about how a singing class can work on zoom? This fun, interactive, mixed ability taster for singers will give you a chance to find out before committing to a longer course. We will also help you identify which class is the right level for you.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  10. Swing jazz rhythm notation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This online session aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £24.00

  11. Healthy practice for wind instrumentalists

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Playing any instrument can be as demanding on body and mind as training for a major sporting event. In this online course, specifically designed for wind instrumentalists, we will explore ways that we can keep our musical practice sustainable, healthy and joyful. From beginners to professionals, we all need healthy habits in this regard. The tuition is split between a professional flautist and an Alexander Technique practitioner. Tutors: Lindsey Fillingham and Brita Forsstrom.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £59.00

  12. Kit drumming online: taster

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Dec 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Spend time with our drumming tutor, meet the drum kit, and - if you have sticks and a practice pad - come and play.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £10.00
    Senior fee: £10.00
    Concession: £10.00

  13. String winter school

    Course Date: Tue 15 Dec 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 or above.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  14. Sing with confidence

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £90.00
    Concession: £65.00

  15. Prepare for opera

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore classical operatic repertoire in this dynamic workshop with an experienced tutor and a professional accompanist. Learn which styles suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

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