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.

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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Township jazz
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Paul Bartholomew
    Explore groovy repertoire of South Africa, from Kwela jive to Mbqunga and jazz. Play arrangements with opportunities to improvise. All instruments welcome, but rhythm section places are limited. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk prior to enrolling if you play drum kit, bass, piano or guitar. Tutor: Paul Bartholomew.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  2. Ukulele Concert Band
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jake Rodrigues
    You’ve had your uke for a while, been to jams in the pub, attended some ukulele courses, but what now? Join City Lit Ukulele Concert Band! Over 10 weeks we aim to transform your uke 'chops' and enthusiastic singing into a gigging band. On this course you will learn skills of band playing, have fun, and improve your techniques on uke and voice, playing and singing music from Lonnie Donnegan to Kylie Minogue with everything in between. The course culminates in a performance on 27 March.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
  3. Great Jazz composers
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 20 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    Explore five famous Jazz composers and learn to identify key features of their style. This short course will help you refresh and expand your listening.



    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
  4. Viola workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Focus on technique and musicianship especially for viola: on playing on the C string, reading alto clef fluently, left-hand work and more. For viola players, and violin players who wish to add an extra string to their bow!



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  5. Music theory: grade 3
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four



    sharps/flats. Break week: 20 Feb 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
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