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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.

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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. Prepare for opera
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Explore classical operatic repertoire in this dynamic workshop with an experienced tutor and a professional accompanist. Learn which styles suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    89% of 100
  2. Classical singing: advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Explore the rich repertoire of classical song and develop expressive and communicative skills. This lively workshop is for experienced classical singers.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
  3. Music theory: diploma topics 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    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 a scheduled break week: 24 Oct 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00
  4. Exploring opera 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Join us to explore the history of opera over three enjoyable terms. In this first term we’ll explore the ideas that fuelled origins of opera and the wonderful world of Baroque opera seria. Break week: 24 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  5. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this 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. Break week 24th of Oct 2022.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  6. Sing soul and blues
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Lane
    Enjoy this exploration of classic soul tunes and blues vocal style and repertoire.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  7. Sing jazz 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Lane
    Learn some standard repertoire and jazz protocols. Explore style, develop good timing and phrasing, breath control, and extend your vocal range. Not suitable for beginner singers but ideal for singers who are new to the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
  8. Keyboard harmony and performance workshop
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ricardo Gosalbo
    A practical workshop integrating keyboard harmony with piano performance skills. Taught in-person on a grand piano, this workshop is aimed at classical pianists at any level with a music theory standard of grade 5+ and good sheet music reading skills. We shall deepen our understanding of musical works by studying the harmonic constructs that underpin them, tackle the technical challenges they present, and explore how harmonic analysis can inform our interpretative choices.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
  9. Exploring opera 2
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Join us to explore the history of opera over three enjoyable terms. In this second term we’ll explore the innovations of Mozart, the impact of the French Revolution and the early Romanics. This course has a scheduled break week: 20 February 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  10. Music theory: fugue writing
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Study the structure of basic fugues from the 18th century and learn to write your own fugue. This course balances analysis with practical compositional techniques. break week: 20th February 2023.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  11. Music theory: diploma topics 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    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. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Prescribed works. Mid-term break: 13 Feb 2023.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
  12. Music theory: diploma topics 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Consolidate your knowledge of 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. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. Break weeks: 01 and 29 May 2023.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £142.00
  13. Exploring opera 3
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Join us to explore the history of opera over three enjoyable terms. In this third term we’ll explore Verdi, Wagner and the early 20th century. Break week: 01 & 29 May 2023 (Bank holidays).
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  14. Introduction to musical analysis
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    An introduction to the major building blocks of music. Learn about melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form and performance directions, and how to recognise these facets within further areas of study. Break weeks: 1 May, 29 May 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00

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