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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.

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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. Song writing workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover creative techniques to help structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians, singers and songwriters to inspire you to compose in a variety of genres and styles, and finish half completed songs.



    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
  2. Introduction to contemporary classical music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering how they function as artworks and also the political and social context in which they were written.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
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  3. Music theory: grade 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 4 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs.



    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
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  4. Pentatonics and beyond - improvising in popular music
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An introduction to improvising in popular music. These practical online sessions are for players of any instrument. Get to grips with improvisation in this exploration of common scales and approaches to improv in pop, rock, blues, folk and jazz. Starting with the major scale, we’ll look at blues scales, pentatonics, extensions and more to help you get the most out of your improvisation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
  5. Piano: return to playing
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Did you once play the piano? Are you thinking of returning to playing? This short online course, taught in a friendly and supportive environment, will help you refresh your dormant skills and re-kindle your passion for playing.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  6. Topics in Ancient Greek music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the history of music before Gregorian chant and discover how historians reconstruct ancient Greek songs and instruments from surviving evidence.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £66.00
  7. Introduction to musicals
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    From Showboat to Hamilton, this course surveys some key examples from the history of the modern musical and examines the way different styles of music, dance and words work on stage.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
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  8. Opera studies 2: the operatic soprano
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The soprano voice has been used in opera to portray women from innocent heroines to implacable enemies. We trace the development of the operatic soprano from sweet companion to dramatic protagonist. This course has a scheduled break week: 14 February 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  9. Music theory: diploma topics 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Prescribed works. Mid-term break: 14 Feb 2022.



    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
  10. Music theory: grade 4
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments. This course has a break week: 28 Oct 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
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  11. The long 19th century II: Salons and symphonies
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    We continue our journey through the music of the 1800s with Chopin, Liszt, Berlioz, Brahms, Mendelssohn and Donizetti, and the world of performance in private homes and ever grander public spaces.



    ** This course has a scheduled break week: 01 February 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
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  12. Fight the power: the 70s political soul renaissance
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    FIGHT THE POWER! Learn how the Civil Rights movement, Black Power and urban unrest sparked a renaissance in



    late 60s/1970s soul music, producing landmark work by Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott Heron.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £127.00
  13. Exploring classical music: module 2
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Baroque to Classical music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Break week: 29th October 2021.



    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:
    93% of 100
  14. Handel in Ireland
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    After more than 20 years at the helm of London’s operatic life, Handel’s 1741 trip to Ireland is seen as key to his decision to focus on oratorio. Explore works of this transitional period in Handel's life. Scheduled break week 16 Feb 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  15. Song writing workshop 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue to study and use creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians and songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and finish half-completed songs. Live online sessions.



    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

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