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. Music production with Logic: level 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Logic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Jazz piano : Thelonious Monk

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Experienced jazz pianists may specialise in this online practical study of Monk's music.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  3. Exploring classical music: module 1

    Exploring classical music: module 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores selected topics in Medieval to (early) Baroque music, and leads on to next term's course (MD025B) which covers (later) Baroque to classical. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. NB: This course has no half-term break.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  4. Mindful singing

    Course Date: Fri 2 Oct 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. Sessions will run online. Please negotiate your prepared song(s) with the tutor in advance of the start of this course.

    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

  5. Improvising in classical instrumental music

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A rare opportunity to explore improvisation in a supportive and playful online environment. Open to musicians who have completed two years of tuition on a single line instrument (sorry not keyboard/guitar). Find creativity and freedom as you follow the works of great composers.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  6. Piano/keyboards 1A

    Course Date: Mon 12 Oct 2020 (and 4 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. 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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  7. Transcribe jazz solos

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A study and sharing group for experienced jazz players with a good working knowledge of harmony and experience of improvising. We will focus on in-depth listening and transcription of recorded examples by well known jazz musicians. Online sessions will include demonstration and performance opportunities. Course dates: 25th October, 22nd November, 13th December. 17th January 2021, 14th February, 14th March.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Recorder ensemble skills: advanced

    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you are already experienced in recorder playing, join this friendly group to develop your ensemble skills and musicianship, specific to recorder technique and repertoire.

    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: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  9. Latin piano 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 28 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For graduates of Latin piano 1, and players with similar experience. Develop your playing and delve further into the wonderful and varied repertoire of Cuban and Salsa music. Explore tunes with more complex harmony. There will also be an introduction to the harmonically rich and rhythmically varied world of Brazilian music.

    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

  10. Introduction to contemporary music

    Course Date: Mon 2 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering both how they function as an artwork and also the political and social context in which they were written, by exploring the exciting variety of new sounds and forms being created.

    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

  11. Music production with Logic: level 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your understanding of Logic and your skills in audio production. We will cover multiple takes, bussing, auxiliary sends, automation, and combining your audio with video.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Song writing workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  13. Piano: return to playing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 8 Nov 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Did you once play the piano? Would you like to return to playing in a friendly and supportive class? This short online course will help you refresh your dormant skills and whet your appetite to go further.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Piano/keyboards 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes. Taught in the digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student. Scheduled break week: 25 May (Bank holiday).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  15. Pop music: a brief history

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Open up the history of pop music by exploring 20 key songs. This course has a scheduled break: 16th Feb 2021.

    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

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