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. Solo singing

    Course Date: Mon 10 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A lively online workshop for singers who wish to explore new classical and light-classical repertoire. Learn to employ your vocal technique in a flexible and artistic way. (Please email a copy of your own choice music, including BPM and instructions, to the music department for the accompanist ideally two weeks in advance, but no later than one week before the first class).

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  2. Exploring classical music online

    Course Date: Tue 11 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A world of music is available to you from the comfort of your own home, thanks to online platforms that both offer high-quality recordings of works – and provide you with information about composers and performers from the distant past to the present day. Come and discover how to access this wealth of material, and explore the musical insights it can provide, whether you are undertaking detailed research into a topic, or would simply like to find out a little more about the music you love.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  3. Latin piano: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 12 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For intermediate pianists (grade 4 ABRSM or above), these two sessions will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban music. We will focus on rhythm and improvisation, playing classic Cuban styles including son, mambo, and cha cha cha.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  4. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 12 Aug 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and exploit techniques typical of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders and mixers will be studied via BERNA emulation software. However, you can apply the techniques in a range of music production programs.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Great artists: Thelonious Monk

    Course Date: Wed 12 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about the life and history of the extraordinary and idiosyncratic composer and jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Gain greater insight as to why his music sounds the way it does, and how he constructed his compositions. You will do this by looking at the history behind several of his key compositions, the stories behind them, and use these songs as windows to illustrate aspects of his life. Through this, you will learn key points about his music and expand your listening skills.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Music theory: grade 7

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has scheduled breaks 28Sept & 26Oct and breaks for Christmas on 7Dec returning on 11Jan.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  7. Sing with confidence

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £132.00
    Concession: £95.00

  8. Choral singing for pleasure

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this online choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £100.00

  9. Choir at lunchtime

    Choir at lunchtime

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    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 leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime!

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £83.00
    Concession: £60.00

  10. Keyboard harmony and improvisation for pianists

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your analytical, melodic and harmonic understanding with the help of improvisation, covering a wide variety of styles. You'll become a more confident player as a result. It is possible to join a later module if you have appropriate skills. For players at Grade 5 and above. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  11. Sing music theatre workshop

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course explores music theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire. Tutor: Siobhan Blake.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  12. Music theory: counterpoint 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    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 2 next term. Break week: 26 Oct 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  13. Introduction to the orchestra

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What’s an orchestra? And why does it need a conductor? We’ll examine orchestral instruments and many works to answer these questions, discovering a blend of exciting sounds which communicates the composer’s intentions to the audience.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  14. Music theory: diploma topics 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    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. You may use this course as part of your preparation for this exam, or just to develop your knowledge. This term: Musical skills. This course has two scheduled break weeks: 28 Sept & 26 Oct.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa A

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    These online practical sessions will focus on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve your rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part B next term. Break week: 26 Oct 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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