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 production, music theory, history, singing and 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.
Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.
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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- World music mix: rhythm driven tunes from Brazil, Cuba, Ghana and SenegalCourse start date: Fri 29 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarha MooreCome to play tunes from several traditions and two continents, working with complex rhythms in related and contrasting ways. There is a musical narrative that begins in Africa, travels to the Caribbean and South America, then back to Africa, carrying musical styles and rhythmic patterns. We will explore samples of this rhythmic timeline.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £97.00
- Piano/keyboards 1DCourse start date: Mon 18 Sep 2023 (and 7 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ana Claudia MagalhaesThis is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.
- String ensembleCourse start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Robert PuzeyCome and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above. Please click the 'start interview' button to apply. This is to make sure we have a balanced array of instruments for our ensemble. Break week 24 Oct 2023.
- Music production with LogicCourse start date: Tue 3 Oct 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Max La VillaLogic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments.
- Sing jazz: advancedCourse start date: Sat 23 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Clare FosterFor jazz vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire in this further edition of our advanced class. Some repertoire (see below) and vocalese will be taught, and you will be invited to contribute and perform repertoire of your choice.Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00
- Sing jazz: EllingtonCourse start date: Tue 10 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Clare FosterSome of the best known songs were composed by Duke Ellington, and this new course will guide you through several and prepare you to perform his remarkable work. Ideal for singers with enthusiasm for and experience in the jazz idiom. Newcomers to jazz are also welcome to join.Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £146.00
- Creative instrumental ensembleCourse start date: Wed 11 Oct 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: George SleightholmeCome and get creative with your instrument! Learn to create original music in a collaborative and supportive atmosphere with an experienced tutor and like-minded musicians.Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £90.00
- Musicianship for singersCourse start date: Fri 13 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ruth BeckmannImprove your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the singing. This course is for any singer who would like more understanding of the music they sing.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
- Piano: return to playingCourse start date: Fri 13 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Gary PrestonDid you once play the piano? Are you thinking of returning to playing? This short course, taught in a friendly and supportive environment, will help you refresh your dormant skills and re-kindle your passion for playing.
- Transcribe jazz solosCourse start date: Sun 15 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Tim RichardsA study and sharing group for experienced jazz players with a good working knowledge of harmony and experience of improvising. We will focus on in-depth listening and transcription of recorded examples by jazz musicians. Sessions will include demonstration and performance opportunities. Course dates: 15 October, 12 November, 3 December, 21 January, 18 February, 17 March 2023.Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
- Chamber music: advancedCourse start date: Thu 21 Sep 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Gisela MeyerDiscover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 5/6 or above. Due to the demanding nature of most piano parts, pianists should play at Grade 8 level or higher. Good sight reading skills and experience in chamber music are required.
- Early music ensembleCourse start date: Wed 20 Sep 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Layil BarrAn ensemble for musicians interested in learning the skills of playing consort music in different instrumental combinations (broken consort). It will be a journey exploring the variety of sound combinations in 17th century repertoire. Break week: 25 Oct 2023.Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
- Recorder consortCourse start date: Mon 23 Oct 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Layil BarrExplore the weath of consort music for recorders in this practical worshop. Suitable for those with at least two years' playing experience, and confident in music-reading. NB: No break week.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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