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, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 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, designed 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. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. We will study and sing intervals, scales and harmonies. Routines will be set for you to practise. Music theory is included. This class will take place in the pianos room so we can use the pianos whether or not you play.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  3. Saxophone taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Discover how a saxophone class works, and learn about embouchure, breathing, and fingering. Bring your tenor or alto saxophone to this session.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  4. Jazz guitar taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    A practical introduction to jazz style and repertoire, harmony and scales, time feels, accompaniment textures and approaches to improvisation. For guitar players with established technique who are new to the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  5. Pop piano introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    Discover what is involved in learning to play popular piano: how to voice and invert chords, play chord progressions from symbols, and get in the groove. For pianists at grade 4/5 and above.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £33.00
  6. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dina Azzam
    Learn essential tools to sing jazz, including what to listen for in the piano accompaniment and the importance of pulse, groove and vocal technique. This day is for singers with musical experience who are new to the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £40.00
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    100% of 100
  7. Jazz repertoire
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    Enjoy playing and improvising on familiar and new jazz repertoire in a mixed ensemble. For players with substantial experience of jazz playing, ear training techniques and harmony study. Tunes will be announced in advance of the course. Rhythm section places are limited, so please check vacancies with the music department.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £61.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  8. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    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.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 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
  10. Piano: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 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. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining this class. Break week: 29 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. Saxophone 4
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    If you're an experienced saxophone player, come and extend your technique, musicianship and performance skills in this advanced workshop. The emphasis will be on playing pop and jazz, developing musicianship skills, and improvisation. Continues as B and C for the academic year.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  12. Jazz vocal improvisation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Zakian
    Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. Develop the confidence and 'know how' that will enable you to enjoy improvising. A vital supplement to the jazz singing courses.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
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  13. Saxophone 3A
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Ideal if you are at intermediate level, can read and improvise, and have some experience of performing. Our repertoire will be pop, jazz and World music. Technical work on the instrument will be combined with solo playing, learning tunes, improvisation and musicianship training. Live sessions online.



    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  14. Folk and pop guitar 2A
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    If you can play a wide range of chord shapes, in time, and can follow chord symbols, this second year of guitar study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. Improve your musicianship and expand your song repertoire.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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  15. Jazz harmony and ear training 1A
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    With guided listening to music forms, and singing, you will study time, form, root movement and harmonic progression, chord types, intervals, scales and modes. Learn transcribed solos and participate in playing sessions. For players with a working knowledge of basic harmony and instrumental proficiency beyond grade 5. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange to be assessed for entry to this course.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00

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