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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 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.

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. MGM musicals
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Bright, bold, happy and hummable – many of our favourite musicals on film were created by the Freed Unit at MGM in the 1940s and 50s. From The Wizard of Oz to Gigi, we take a whistle-stop tour of some fabulous films and artists.



    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 £95.00 Concession £77.00
  2. Latin piano
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 3 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    This practical online course for pianists (grade 4 ABRSM and above) will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban and Salsa music. We will focus on harmonic development, rhythm, learning common montuno patterns. Whether your background is classical, jazz or pop music, this short course will teach you classic Cuban styles including Son, Mambo, Bolero, and Cha Cha Cha.



    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 £62.00
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  3. Learn to read music
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. For absolute beginners, enjoy these practical sessions online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £48.00
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  4. Sing a song in different styles
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Colette Meury
    Explore how to set a song in more than one musical style, song interpretation and solo performance. For singers who have completed courses in contemporary singing, or who have equivalent experience and



    musical ability. 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
  5. Great composers: Stephen Sondheim
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What is it about Sondheim musicals that makes them so distinctive? Why do some lovers of other musicals dislike them? Let’s find out what he did, in music, lyrics and structure, that made his shows unique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  6. Singing: daily vocal workout
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Do you find it diffucult to motivate yourself to practise singing? Do you get stuck wondering which warm-ups and exercises are the best ones for you? Or have you had a break from singing and need some encouragemnet to get back into practising? Then come and join us online for a week of daily warm-ups and exercises to get you on the right track.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £34.00
  7. Music history book club
    Course start date:  Mon 17 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is Lucky Jim.



    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 £19.00
  8. Great artists: castrati
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the history of these famous singers and the music that was written for some of the most famous castrati of the 18th century.



    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 £29.00 Concession £29.00
  9. Jazz piano taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    Meet the jazz idiom as you explore time feels and harmonic progressions at your piano. For pianists at grade 5 and above, with some knowledge of chord structures (triads and 7ths), this online session will give food for thought and practice.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00
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  10. The piano and modernism 1880-1930
    Course start date:  Mon 15 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Explore the birth of Modernism through the prism of piano music from 1880-1930. Learn about different approaches taken by key composers and how they influenced, and were influenced by, other art forms: e.g. The Impressionists, The Vienna Secession, and The Futurist Movement. Scheduled break week: 29 May 2023.



    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 £110.00
  11. Operas in production
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Looking at five of the operas coming up in the 2023-24 season, we will discuss their composition, context, controversies and style, and then hear the story of the opera through musical examples.



    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 £95.00 Concession £77.00
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