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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. Great works: Tallis's Spem in alium
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 4 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the history of this monumental 40-part motet, the largest work by any Tudor composer.



    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
  2. Saxophone taster
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover how a saxophone class works, and learn about embouchure, breathing, and fingering. Play your tenor or alto saxophone with guidance from an expert.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  3. Great artists: David Munrow
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the life and works of David Munrow, one of the key performers of early music in the 1960s and 1970s.



    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. Sing with confidence
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 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 online course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. Break week 27th October 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £100.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  5. Piano/keyboards 2A
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This third year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 1 standard. Improve your technique, fluency of reading and playing, and exploring more complex rhythm patterns.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  6. Advanced singing workshop
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A dynamic and invigorating online masterclass for experienced singers (at least five years' one-to-one lessons) where you can hone your performance skills ready for recital and stage. Repertoire theme for the term to be announced in due course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £269.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  7. Piano/keyboards 4A
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This fourth year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 2 standard. Improve your hand co-ordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the third term in our beginners piano programme. If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1B’ or have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  9. Folk and pop guitar 2A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    For players with a year's experience, this second year of guitar study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. Improve your musicianship and expand your song repertoire in these live sessions online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Singing 5A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The fifth year of our classical singing programme online: continue to develop your technical and performance skills with more challenging repertoire to explore your understanding of your strengths as a singer. Break week 26th October 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
  12. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  13. Sing jazz: advanced
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    For vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Challenging repertoire and vocalese will be taught in classes online, and you will be invited to research and contribute repertoire of your choice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  14. Song lyric writing for popular music
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style. This short course will run online. It functions as a preparation for song writing studies to follow.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Keyboard harmony and technique C
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A practical workshop in keyboard harmony and technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 5. Taught at the keyboard, this module focuses on chord-progressions and voice leading. You will develop your practical dexterity through selected piano studies by Stephen Heller and Moritz Moszkowski. This is an online course, please see below for details.



    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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