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.

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  1. Birds in opera and ballet
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What a selection to choose from! Swans, pigeons and bluebirds; birds in the forest, by the stream, in myth and fairy-tale– see how birds have been represented in important rôles on stage.



    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
  2. Bob Dylan: an introduction to his music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 10 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Explore the impact that Bob Dylan has had on popular music with a special focus on the 1960s. Through analysis of his songs and a history of the 1960s we will see how his influence extends beyond the American folk music revival.



    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
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  3. Introduction to chamber music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Jun 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What is chamber music and what do we expect from its composers and performers? By looking at a variety of music from around 1750 we will explore some of its defining aspects and delights.



    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
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  4. Summer choir
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Singing with others is great fun, and has been proven to be good for your health. Join us for this short course and get started over the summer to see how it can benefit you. Suitable for all levels, no audition required.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  5. Classical music: an introduction
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will



    introduce you to the history of music through a careful choice of works.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  6. Wagner's Ring Cycle: an overview
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle is a mighty epic lasting many hours, full of armies of characters and multiple plot twists – not to mention the musical labels, or ‘leitmotifs’, that Wagner assigns to various people and ideas throughout. This course is intended for those who are keen to find out about Wagner and the Ring, and navigate the action across its four constituent operas.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  7. Music history book club
    Course start date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is a biography.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  8. Opera appreciation: an introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What is opera? And how do you approach it? Explore the ostentatious, sometimes overwhelming, world of opera through study of two major works and styles.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  9. Great works: Parry's Songs of Farewell
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Patrick Allies
    Songs of Farewell by Hubert Parry (1848-1918) were written in the last 10 years of the composer’s life. This course will explore the personal and historical context of this choral work, and examine how Parry, at the height of his expressive powers, combined moving musical language with poignant texts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  10. Great works: West Side Story
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Sixty-five years ago, West Side Story took Broadway by storm, and now a new film is doing the same. Who created it and how, and what impact did it have on musicals – and in films - afterwards?
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  11. Great works: Byrd's Quomodo cantabimus
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Aug 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the eight-voice motet Quomodo cantabimus (How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land) by William Byrd and learn how it may be interpreted as a reaction to the newly-protestant England in which he lived.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00

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