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. Introduction to music production
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing using a free or cheap digital audio program that can run on either Mac or PC. Turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
  2. Chamber music: introduction
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small ensembles with varied instrumentation, with repertoire ranging from early to modern. For instrumentalists at Grade 3 standard or above who can read music confidently.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
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  3. Great works: Handel's Semele
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene, Daniel Unruh
    Explore Handel’s ever-popular oratorio from Ovid’s original tale to William Congreve’s English libretto, and discover key features of Handel’s musical language.



    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 £31.00 Concession £25.00
  4. Sing a song in different styles
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Colette Meury
    Explore how to set a song in more than one musical style, song interpretation and solo performance. For singers who have completed a level 1 course in contemporary singing, or who have equivalent experience and



    musical ability. Live sessions online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £67.00
  5. Great works: Strauss's Elektra
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley, Justin Murray
    Explore the title figure of Strauss’s trail blazing opera from ancient Greek mythology to Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s German libretto, and discover key innovations in Strauss’s musical language.



    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 £31.00 Concession £25.00
  6. Sing blues
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dina Azzam
    Enjoy this exploration of blues vocal style and repertoire. Sing blues repertoire together in the classroom with a piano accompanist.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00
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  7. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 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
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  8. 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
  9. Musicianship for keyboard players: introduction
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the piano. This course is for pianists who have been learning for around two years.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  10. Folk and pop guitar taster
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    Learn the essential chords that will begin your guitar career, and develop the motor skill to strum pop songs. Please bring an acoustic guitar.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  11. City Lit wind ensemble: summer season
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Explore the wonderful repertoire for mixed wind ensemble in an intensive workshop. You need to play an orchestral wind instrument at grade 5 standard or higher.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
    Rating:
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  12. 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
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  13. Orchestra workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Jul 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Anthony Bailey
    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.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  14. Classical guitar taster
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    Enjoy this introduction to playing classical guitar. Please bring a nylon-strung guitar.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  15. Score reading: interpreting styles and composers
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Learn to identify key stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00

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