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. Swing jazz rhythm notation
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 12 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    Would you like to improve your playing, reading and writing in swing time? This short course aims to help you hear and steer in jazz swing feel. Live practice sessions on Zoom. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £49.00
  2. Vocal recording: production techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn how to make recordings of sung and/or spoken voices, then edit them, add effects, or mix with other tracks. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.



    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 £88.00
  3. Improvising in classical instrumental music
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lindsey Fillingham
    An opportunity to explore improvisation in a supportive and playful environment. Find creativity and freedom as you follow the practice of great classical composers.



    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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
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  4. Blues piano: introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Frankel
    Learn and practise the 12 bar form, dominant chords, blues scale, basslines and boogie patterns. Explore how to improvise on a blues. For competent pianists who read music well and have good coordination between hands.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  5. Great artists: Fanny Mendelssohn
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Surprise! It’s the ‘other’ Mendelssohn who wrote music. Learn all about Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and her work, her aspirations, her relationship with her family, and her artistic output. Come for the music, stay for the person (as well)!



    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 £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  6. Great works: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 31 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley, James Lloyd
    Explore this famous ‘tale in music’ -one of the first operas - and find out why the Greek legend of Orpheus provided such fertile material for a plot.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £24.00
  7. Orchestra workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey, Trish Shaw
    A fun, intensive workshop for players of orchestral instruments of Grade 6 level upwards, with good music reading skills. Please click the 'Start interview' button to apply.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
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  8. String Easter school
    Course start date:  Fri 22 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 or above.



    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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
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  9. Great works: Bach's Goldberg Variations
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    'Composed for music lovers, to delight their Spirits'. So wrote Bach in 1741 of his Goldberg Variations, a work which combines profound learning with expressive beauty. Come and explore this dazzling display of compositional virtuosity!



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £24.00
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