Music

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.

Some 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. Introduction to chamber music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What is chamber music and what do we expect from its composers and performers? By looking at a variety of music from around 1750 we will explore some of its defining aspects and delights.



    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
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  2. Learn to read music
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. For absolute beginners, enjoy these practical sessions online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £61.00
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  3. Jazz harmony: introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 4 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    If you have a good understanding of triad harmony, these lively online sessions will introduce you to the jazz idiom and jazz musicianship. Some playing and singing included. Develop your aural response, vital to operating in the jazz idiom.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £61.00
  4. Sing blues
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dina Azzam
    Enjoy this exploration of blues vocal style and repertoire. Sing blues repertoire together in the classroom with a piano accompanist.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £61.00
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  5. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
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  6. Summer choir
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Singing with others is great fun, and has been proven to be good for your health. Join us for this short course and get started over the summer to see how it can benefit you. Suitable for all levels, no audition required.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  7. Musicianship for keyboard players: introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the piano. This course is for pianists who have been learning for around two years.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £30.00
  8. Sing Broadway
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Learn to perform your favourite songs from popular Broadway shows, from standard classics to modern musicals. Gain confidence in performing, and enjoy singing solo and in ensemble.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
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  9. Clarinet taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    Learn the basics of clarinet playing and discover what is involved in learning the instrument: embouchure, breathing, articulation and fingering. Please bring your own Bb clarinet.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  10. Music history book club
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    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 is a biography.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  11. Musicianship for string players
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to your instrument. This course is for violin, viola and cello players who have been learning for around two years.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  12. Opera appreciation: an introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    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.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  13. Violin and viola taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 8 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edmund Taylor
    Learn how to hold the violin/viola and bow, how the instrument works, and play some simple tunes by the end of the session. Please bring your own instrument.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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