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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. 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. 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
  4. 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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  5. Choir at lunchtime
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Come and spend your lunchtime singing online. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and continue your day with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime! Break week: 16th February 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £90.00 Concession £65.00
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  6. 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
  7. City Lit a cappella
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. The group remains online for this term, working to record our repertoire. And we will pursue opportunities to meet in person.



    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
  8. Piano/keyboards 3A
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 3 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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  9. A short history of jazz: Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Trace the development of this influential music from its origins in New Orleans through to its remarkable, rapid evolution today, learning about the different styles of each era and key musical figures.



    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
  10. Musicianship 2: rhythm
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Supplement your instrumental or singing activities by studying to improve your musical timekeeping. You will play and sing in these online classes, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  11. Introduction to film music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Music has always been an important part of film-going, filling the silence and creating sometimes startling effects. We will look at the way directors have used music to enhance, enrich and enthral audiences from cinema’s earliest days.



    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
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  12. Song writing workshop 3
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 23 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue your study of creative techniques to structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other songwriters to inspire you to compose new songs and develop songs you have started. This is module 3 of our journey so new students with experience and commitment are welcome.



    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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