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. 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

  2. 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

  3. Sibelius: music notation software

    Course Date: Fri 24 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Ideal for musicians and music teachers. Come and learn how to prepare and print high quality scores and other notation with Sibelius software. Good knowledge of conventional music notation and confident basic computer skills are required.

    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

  4. Mixing and music production: advanced

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Opera appreciation: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 27 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What is opera? And how do you approach it? Explore the ostentatious, sometimes overwhelming, world of opera through study of two major works and styles. Tutor: Pauline Greene [external website].

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. Classical music: an introduction

    Course Date: Tue 28 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will introduce you to the history of music through a careful choice of works.

    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

  7. Ableton Live: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 28 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Take your Ableton Live skills to the next level with this short course that will unlock powerful creative tools in Ableton Live 10.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Sibelius notation software: tips and tricks

    Course Date: Fri 31 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you already know the basics of Sibelius, learn tips, tricks and shortcuts to navigate Sibelius with greater ease, and to take your score creation skills to the next level.

    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

  9. Mixing and music production workshop

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An intensive workshop on the stages involved in achieving a professional sounding mix. Ideal for those with some mixing experience who would like to identify existing weaknesses, improve their skills and learn new techniques.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  10. Solo singing

    Course Date: Mon 3 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A lively 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.

    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: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  11. Wagner's Ring Cycle: an overview

    Course Date: Tue 4 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Wagner’s Ring Cycle is a mighty epic lasting many hours, full of armies of characters and multiple plot twists, not to mention the musical labels, or ‘leitmotifs,’ that Wagner assigns to various people and ideas throughout. This course is intended for those keen to learn about Wagner and the Ring, and navigate the action across its four constituent operas.

    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

  12. Sing Broadway

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to perform favourite songs from popular Broadway shows, from standard classics to modern musicals. Gain confidence in performing, and enjoy singing solo and in ensemble. There are five sessions spread over two weeks as follows:- Monday 10th, Wednesday 12th, Friday 14th August in the first week, then Tuesday 18th and Thursday 20th August in the following week. All sessions take place online from 6.00pm to 9.00pm.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  13. 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. 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

  14. 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, performance and improvisation, playing classic Cuban styles including son, mambo, and cha cha cha.

    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

  15. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 12 Aug 2020
    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.

    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

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