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.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time new students can get 20% off their first online course using code CITYLIT20. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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. Musicianship 1: learn to read music

    Musicianship 1: learn to read music

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  2. Great Works: Verdi's Requiem

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Verdi’s skills as an opera composer are strikingly deployed in the dramatic and emotional way he interprets the words of the funeral Mass, in 1874. Its power still resonates today.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  3. Sight-singing

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your sight singing skillsthrough the application of Kodaly methodologies. This course will help you to link sounds and symbols, improving your ability to hear music off the page, and to memorise and transcribe what you hear. Tutor: Selena Kay [external website].

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  4. Album history 2: Abbey Road (1969)

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the history of The Beatles hugely influential eleventh album. The Beatles’ last recorded album, we will chart and discuss Abbey Road’s recording, reception, its context – the end of the 60s - and its enduring appeal. Tutor: Dr Toby Manning [external website].

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  5. Mixing and music production techniques

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Ideal if you know the basics but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices. Examples will be given in a variety of software on Mac computers, although the course is equally suitable for hardware users.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  6. Blues guitar

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore blues guitar techniques on this practical course : chords, scales, form, rhythm and phrasing for accompaniment; soloing that will allow you to play with confidence with other musicians. Suitable for guitarists who can play basic barre chords, and beyond.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  7. Mindful singing

    Course Date: Tue 14 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Engage all your senses to connect mind and body awareness while singing. Explore how the psyche affects how we relate to singing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  8. Jazz today

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and survey jazz music as we find it today, and consider how it has developed over the past forty years.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  9. Score reading: the classical period

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to identify the broad stylistic features of piano and other instrumental scores from the late 18th century. For musicians at Grade 5 theory (or equivalent) standard or higher: this course includes discussion of diatonic harmony, including chord progression.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. Music history book club: The Cello Suites

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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 focusses on Bach.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £15.00
    Concession: £12.00

  11. Introduction to the music of Claude Debussy

    Course Date: Wed 15 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Debussy is one of the most recognisable early 20th century composers. His influence was far reaching. Come and explore several key works to find out what makes his style so distinctive, and his music so intoxicating.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Jazz piano: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 16 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For competent pianists who read music well and have good coordination between hands. Meet jazz language and conventions, and begin to understand keyboard harmony for the idiom.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. Pop piano: introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover what is involved in learning to play popular piano: how to voice and invert chords, play chord progressions from symbols, and get in the groove. For pianists at grade 4/5 and above.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  14. Album history 3: The Dark Side of the Moon (1973)

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the history of Pink Floyd’s hugely successful and influential eighth album. Chart the commercialisation of progressive rock in this album and discuss the reception history and enduring appeal of this work. Tutor: Dr Toby Manning [external website].

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  15. GarageBand: create and edit your own music

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 22 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Apple’s GarageBand must be the easiest way to make music with a computer. The simple layout, instruments and sounds encourage you to explore and create music. It even helps you practise your instrumental playing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

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