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. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 8 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
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Explore music theatre singing and grow your knowledge of the repertoire in a supportive group workshop. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £81.00
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    99% of 100
  3. Piano workshop 8
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. Break week 31st of May 2022



    - repertoire: Shostakovich Preludes Op.34 and piano duets (duets chosen in session 01 of the course).
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.



    repertoire books for this module (please buy your own copies): A Dozen a day by Edna-Mae Burnam and Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course Book 1 [external website] from page 112.



    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 £151.00 Concession £123.00
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  5. Piano/keyboards 1E
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique. repertoire books for this term (please source your own copies): Classics to moderns book 1 by Denes Agay, Easy Visual Scales by Alasdair Macaskill and A Dozen a day book 2 by Edna-Mae Burnham.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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  6. Sing jazz: advanced
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    For jazz vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Some repertoire and vocalese will be taught, and you will be invited to contribute repertoire of your choice.



    Break week: 31st May 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £153.00
  7. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the third term in our beginners piano programme. If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1B’ or have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  8. Violin and viola 1C
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edmund Taylor
    Learn the basics of playing violin or viola in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for those who have been learning for at least two terms.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  9. Early music ensemble
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Wendland
    A short course for musicians interested in learning the skills of playing consort music in different instrumental combinations ("broken consort"). It will be a journey exploring the variety of sound combinations in 17th century repertoire. Break week: 1 June 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  10. Piano: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Petros Moschos
    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing in this online course. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining (music@citylit.ac.uk). Break week 2nd of June 2022



    - Repertoire for this term: free choice.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. Piano workshop 5
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    If you play piano at around grade 5 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, practice and performance skills. Break week 2nd of June 2022



    - please buy your own copies of: Grade by grade piano, grade 5 by Boosey and Hawkes.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  12. Clarinet repertoire workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This online course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 5 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term. Break week 1st June 2022.



    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 £123.00
  13. City Lit a cappella
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. Our sessions are a mix of classroom and zoomsingland this term.



    Break week: 1st June 2022







    Contact the Music Department to arrange an audition.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  14. Piano repertoire
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelagh Sutherland
    If you have a minimum playing standard of grade 8, come and explore the wealth of piano repertoire, concentrating on style and period. Broaden your interpretive skills and gain experience in performance practice. Break week: 1st June 2021



    - repertoire fo this term: Scarlatti.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  15. Piano/keyboards 1F
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the final term of our beginners piano programme. For pianists who can play tunes and chords in simple keys, play legato and staccato and read music. This course has a break week on 2 June 2022



    - please buy your own copy of: Piano adventures 3A Technique and Artistry [external website].



    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 £123.00

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