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:  Tue 26 Apr 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: suitable 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 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
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  3. Piano/keyboards 2A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 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. For this course please purchase your own copy of: Piano Adventures Lesson book - 3b from Faber Music.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (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.



    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
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  5. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    This is the 2nd term of this jazz musicianship course. Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, and learn challenging repertoire. For players with established jazz education at intermediate level. New students may apply by writing to music@citylit.ac.uk.



    Break week: 31st May 2022.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £359.00 Concession £251.00
  6. Piano workshop 3
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 3 standard, join one of our lively workshops to develop your technique and musicianship while building up your repertoire of pieces. - Please buy your own copies of: Encore: book 2, Grades 3 and 4 from the ABRSM.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  7. Piano workshop 8
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. Break week 31st of May 2022



    - repertoire: Shostakovich Preludes Op.34 and piano duets (duets chosen in session 01 of the course).
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  8. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.



    repertoire books for this module (please buy your own copies): A Dozen a day by Edna-Mae Burnam and Alfred's Basic Adult All-in-One Course Book 1 [external website] from page 112.



    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
  9. Piano/keyboards 1E
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique. repertoire books for this term (please source your own copies): Classics to moderns book 1 by Denes Agay, Easy Visual Scales by Alasdair Macaskill and A Dozen a day book 2 by Edna-Mae Burnham.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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    100% of 100
  10. Sing jazz: advanced
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Clare Foster
    For jazz vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Some repertoire and vocalese will be taught, and you will be invited to contribute repertoire of your choice.



    Break week: 31st May 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £153.00
  11. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the third term in our beginners piano programme. If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1B’ or have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship. This course has a break week on 3 June 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
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  12. Early music ensemble
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Wendland
    A short course for musicians interested in learning the skills of playing consort music in different instrumental combinations ("broken consort"). It will be a journey exploring the variety of sound combinations in 17th century repertoire. Break week: 1 June 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
  13. Piano: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Petros Moschos
    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing in this online course. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining (music@citylit.ac.uk). Break week 2nd of June 2022



    - Repertoire for this term: free choice.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  14. Piano workshop 5
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    If you play piano at around grade 5 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, practice and performance skills. Break week 2nd of June 2022



    - please buy your own copies of: Grade by grade piano, grade 5 by Boosey and Hawkes.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  15. Piano repertoire
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelagh Sutherland
    If you have a minimum playing standard of grade 8, come and explore the wealth of piano repertoire, concentrating on style and period. Broaden your interpretive skills and gain experience in performance practice. Break week: 1st June 2021



    - repertoire fo this term: Scarlatti.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100

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