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. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 31 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
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  2. 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
  3. 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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    90% of 100
  4. 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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  5. Introduction to music production
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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 Concession £88.00
  6. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 29 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (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. This is an online course, please see below for details. Break week: 03 June 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
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  7. Piano: technique levels 2-4
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    Improve your piano technique on this short, practical, online course. Learn exercises specifically tailored to unlock and improve your coordination and control at the piano.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  8. Piano: technique levels 5-7
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    Improve your piano technique on this short, practical, online course. Learn exercises specifically tailored to unlock and improve your coordination and control at the piano.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00

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