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. Violin and viola 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Learn the basics of playing violin or viola in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. For complete beginners. Continues to Violin and viola 1B next term. Break week 24th Oct 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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    80% of 100
  2. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Folk and pop guitar 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Learn about tuning your instrument, strumming and picking, simple chords for pop songs, scales and chord symbols on this starter course. Use any acoustic guitar for this introductory course in playing pop, rock, blues and folk styles.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  6. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Do you want to know more about classical music? Explore selected topics and key works in Medieval to (early) Baroque music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  7. Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. These practical and academic sessions are suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read yet.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  8. Classical guitar 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    Enjoy learning to play guitar in the classical style, and read notation, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. This study requires you to use a nylon strung guitar.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. Cello 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Learn the basics of playing this warm and mellow instrument in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. For complete beginners. Continues to Cello 1B next term.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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  10. Recorders 1A
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Wendland
    Discover the joy of this delightful instrument. Learn the basics of fingering and articulation to play melodies both in unison and in ensemble. You will need your own descant and/or treble recorder. Break week: 26 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Music theory: grades 1 and 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs. break week: 27 Oct 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  12. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this course has a mid-term break: 17 May 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Flute 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Beginners can enjoy learning to play the flute in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. Develop embouchure, instrumental sound, listening skills and music reading. Continues to Flute 1B next term.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  14. Ukulele 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wheatley
    Learn the essentials of playing the ukulele in this introductory course. You’ll learn complete songs from the first week. Strumming patterns will be taught and applied to various songs. By the end of term you should be able to accompany your own singing or play along to recordings.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  15. Saxophone 1A
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Ideal if you are a beginner or have recently begun to study the saxophone. Any other musical experience will be an advantage and you will need a tenor or alto saxophone for class. You will learn to play and to read music. Repertoire will include popular sounds, jazz and world music.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00
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    100% of 100

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