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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. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for students who have a minimum of five years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 6 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.



    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
  2. 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
  3. Keyboard harmony and technique: advanced
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A practical workshop combining keyboard harmony and pianistic technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6. This advanced 3-module course is taught at the keyboard and takes a historical approach to harmony and technique. We discuss separate eras and their corresponding harmonic developments in each self-contained module, along with main points of evolution in pianistic technique.



    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
  4. 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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  5. Music theory: counterpoint 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 3 next term. Scheduled break week: 15 Feb 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
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  6. 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
  7. Sing jazz: advanced
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

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

    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
  8. Music theory: grade 6
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications).



    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
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  9. 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
  10. Singing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 5 other dates)

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

    An online workshop class for singers of 5 years’ experience or more: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing. Repertoire project listed below.



    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 £215.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  11. Keyboard harmony and technique D
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    A practical workshop in keyboard harmony and technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6.



    Taught at the keyboard, this fourth module focuses on pianistic technique and harmonic analysis, with a particular emphasis on modulation. You will broaden your understanding of selected piano repertoire and develop finger-dexterity through work on piano studies by Moritz Moszkowski and Ignaz Moscheles. 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
  12. Singing 2A
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The first year of our solo-singing programme online. Suitable for singers of all styles of music and taught by a classically trained teacher. Gain a fundamental grasp of healthy vocal technique and an understanding of the work involved to progress as a singer.



    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
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  13. Schubert: the chamber music
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    As an early Romantic, Schubert turned away from heroic struggle and chose instead to pursue a path of 'inwardness' in search of truth. Come and explore Schubert's chamber works and uncover for yourself this world of Romantic reverie. Scheduled break week: 10 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
  14. Piano workshop 5
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

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

    If you play piano at around grade 5 standard, join one of these online workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, practice and performance skills.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  15. Singing 2B
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The first year of our solo-singing programme online. Suitable for singers of all styles of music and taught by a classically trained teacher. Gain a fundamental grasp of healthy vocal technique and an understanding of the work involved to progress as a singer. Break week: 18th February 2022.



    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
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