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.

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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. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Explore music theatre singing and grow your knowledge of the repertoire in a supportive group workshop. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing 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
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  2. Introduction to the orchestra
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What’s an orchestra? And why does it need a conductor? We’ll examine orchestral instruments and many works to answer these questions, discovering a blend of exciting sounds which communicates the composer’s intentions to the audience.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  3. Choir at lunchtime
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Come and spend your lunchtime singing a range of music, in interesting choral arrangements. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime!
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
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  4. Classical guitar: advanced
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    For experienced classical guitar players. Practise scales and arpeggios at grade 7 and 8, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music. Live classes online.



    Break week: 31st May 2022.



    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
  5. City Lit a cappella
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. Our sessions are a mix of classroom and zoomsingland this term.



    Break week: 1st June 2022







    Contact the Music Department to arrange an audition.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  6. 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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  7. Jazz piano: advanced
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 1 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    Tackle challenging tunes and conventions in these online sessions, with more practice at 'comping' and improvising. Suitable for players who wish to continue this advanced study and new students with substantial jazz "chops".



    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. Introduction to contemporary classical music
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering how they function as artworks and also the political and social context in which they were written.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  9. Introduction to musicals
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    From Showboat to Hamilton, this course surveys some key examples from the history of the modern musical and examines the way different styles of music, dance and words work on stage.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  10. Rachmaninov: an introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    The train whistles past the camera in the opening scene of Brief Encounter (1945) and we hear the opening bars of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto – an iconic film that made this already wildly popular piece even more successful. But what of the work’s composer, who had died just two years before? We trace the turbulent career of this virtuoso musician.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  11. Introduction to film music
    Course start date:  Mon 27 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Music has always been an important part of film-going, filling the silence and creating sometimes startling effects. We will look at the way directors have used music to enhance, enrich and enthral audiences from cinema’s earliest days.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  12. Amy Beach: an introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton




    In the last few decades of the nineteenth century, as American composers were starting to determine their own nationalist approach to art music, the brilliant pianist and composer Amy Beach was a hugely popular figure in US musical life – in defiance of her family and husband. Come and learn about this symphonist who offered her own ‘reply’ to Dvorák’s Symphony ‘From the New World’.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  13. Jazz piano: a history from blues to bebop and beyond
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    Trace the development of jazz piano from its origins in New Orleans to later styles, including boogie woogie, stride,



    bebop, post bop and abstraction, and look at key influential pianists of the period.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. MGM musicals
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Bright, bold, happy and hummable – many of our favourite musicals on film were created by the Freed Unit at MGM in the 1940s and 50s. From The Wizard of Oz to Gigi, we take a whistle-stop tour of some fabulous films and artists.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00

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