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.
- Great works: White ChristmasCourse start date: Mon 4 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneHow did we all become so obsessed with snow in December? From Irving Berlin’s song to its use in several films and on stage, we look at the huge impact of this little ditty which has become the defining image of Christmas for many.
- Great artists: Sir Charles Mackerras and Czech musicCourse start date: Mon 4 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetSir Charles Mackerras was one of most significant and influential artists of the last seventy years. After winning a scholarship to study in Prague in 1947, he became besotted by all things Czech and was determined to become a champion of that country’s music. He later proudly described himself as an ‘honorary Czech’ and was often at his artistic happiest when working with singers and musicians from the Czech and Slovak republics. Tutor: Professor Raymond Holden [external website].
- Christmas crooningCourse start date: Mon 11 Dec 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Richard Hartley WilsonDon your sparkly jumpers and get into the Christmas spirit as you sing along to some Christmas classics!
- Conducting WagnerCourse start date: Mon 15 Jul 2024
Location on this date: Keeley StreetAlthough active during two very different historical periods, the operatic partnerships of Mozart and da Ponte and Strauss and Hofmannsthal have much in common. Not only were they seminal in shaping the perception and reception of the lyric theatre during their own lifetimes, but they created a series of theatrical masterpieces that continue to dominate the world’s major operatic stages. Tutor: Professor Raymond Holden [external website].
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