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:  Wed 21 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. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    This popular course explores musical theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing and 'acting through song' 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
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  3. Piano/keyboards 2A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    This third year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 1 standard. Improve your technique, fluency of reading and playing, and exploring more complex rhythm patterns.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (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.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  5. 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
  6. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This course is for students who have a minimum of five years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 6 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £136.00
  7. Keyboard harmony and improvisation
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    Develop your analytical, melodic and harmonic understanding with the help of improvisation, covering a wide variety of styles. You'll become a more confident player as a result. It is possible to join a later module if you have appropriate skills. For players at Grade 5 and above.



    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
  8. 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
  9. Music theory: grade 7
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has a scheduled break: 24 Oct 2022;



    and a holiday break starting on 5 Dec, returning on 16 Jan 2223.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £194.00
  10. Piano/keyboards 5A
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    For pianists with around four years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Piano/keyboards 4A
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Ukulele concert band
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  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 Band (CLUB). 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 plenty in between. The course culminates in a performance at college.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  13. 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
  14. Clarinet 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    Learn the basics of playing clarinet in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  15. Ukulele 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jake Rodrigues
    For ukulele players who have completed a beginners' course or have played for a while. Refine your technique, get a better understanding of fretboard navigation, and learn to play new songs.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00

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