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 production, music theory, history, singing and 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. String ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Come and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above. Please click the 'start interview' button to apply. This is to make sure we have a balanced array of instruments for our ensemble. Break week 25 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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  2. Chamber music: advanced
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 5/6 or above, with good sight-reading skills.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  3. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. NB: no lesson 26th October 2022.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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  4. Sing music theatre workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    This popular course explores musical theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing and 'acting through song' technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
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  5. Great works: White Christmas
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    How did we all become so obsessed with snow in December? From Irving Berlin’s song to its use in several films and on stage, we look at the huge impact of this little ditty which has become the defining image of Christmas for many.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  6. Orchestra workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey, Trish Shaw
    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 £58.00
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  7. Christmas Carols: a brief history
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Discover the rich heritage of Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples from the medieval to twentieth century.



    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 £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  8. Great works: Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Explore this much-loved work by Mozart and learn about the performers and the instruments it was originally written for.



    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 £29.00 Concession £29.00
  9. String Winter school
    Course start date:  Fri 9 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 or above.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
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  10. Come and sing: South Pacific
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake, Richard Hartley Wilson
    South Pacific - the iconic musical from the late 1940's and the1958 film - contains some of the most memorable repertoire from the 20th century musical theatre catalogue. Come and explore the highlights in several variations (solos, duets and ensemble numbers) at our friendly weekend workshop. 'Bali Hai', 'I'm gonna wash that man right outa my hair', 'Some enchanted evening', 'Nothing like a dame', 'Younger than springtime' and 'In love with a wonderful guy' are just some of the classic songs covered. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk if you would like to sing solo.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £69.00
  11. Music history book club
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biographies with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is a new novel about Handel.



    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 £19.00 Concession £19.00
  12. Christmas crooning
    Course start date:  Mon 12 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Don your sparkly jumpers and get into the Christmas spirit as you sing along to some Christmas classics!
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  13. Great composers: Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Course start date:  Tue 13 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    Explore the musical world of one of England's most important composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams, on the 150th anniversary of his birth.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £39.00
  14. A lesson in carols
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake
    Transport yourself into a joyous frame of mind and festive spirit as you sing through some of the most beautiful settings of medieval carols. Explore harmonic textures, musical interpretations, get technical tips for tricky corners and enjoy singing these wonderful pieces with others! This course is a companion course to Medieval Christmas carols.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  15. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This course is for students who have a minimum of five years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 6 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00

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