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.
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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- Sing music theatre workshopCourse start date: Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 4 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Heather LongmanThis 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 £239.00
- Piano/keyboards 1CCourse start date: Sat 22 Apr 2023 (and 6 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Simon AtkinsThis 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. break week: 6 May 2023 (coronation day).Full fee £179.00
- Sing with confidenceCourse start date: Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Richard Hartley WilsonIf you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. Break weeks 1st May 2023 8th May and 29th May 2023.Full fee £179.00
- Piano/keyboards 1ECourse start date: Sat 22 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jonathan WilsonThis 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. Break week: 6 May 2023 (coronation day).Full fee £179.00
- Ukulele 3Course start date: Thu 27 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jake RodriguesIf you already play ukulele, perhaps you have followed uke 1 and 2, come and learn new songs, chord theory, picking and split strokes, and apply these to popular and vintage tunes. Enjoy learning in a group. Classes will include singing along as you play!Full fee £169.00
- Classical singing: advanced workshopCourse start date: Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hakan VramsmoExplore the rich repertoire of classical song and develop expressive and communicative skills. This workshop is for experienced classical singers (at least five years' tuition). Break weeks: 1, 8 & 29 May 2023.Full fee £239.00
- Piano/keyboards 1BCourse start date: Mon 24 Apr 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Ana Claudia MagalhaesA 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. break weeks: 01, 08 & 29 May 2023 (bank holidays).
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £179.00
- Singing 2Course start date: Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 10 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Hakan VramsmoContinue your singing journey and explore your voice in the second year of our training programme. These classes will further develop your singing voice and musicianship skills through a selection of technical exercises and songs from a variety of genres to suit all musical tastes. Break weeks: 2 May & 30 May 2023.Full fee £199.00
- String ensembleCourse start date: Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Robert PuzeyCome 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 30 May 2023.Full fee £169.00
- Cello workshopCourse start date: Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Una BirtchnellCome and develop your technique and musical skills through playing ensemble and solo repertoire. This course is for students playing at Grade 4 standard at least.Full fee £169.00
- Recorders: intermediateCourse start date: Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Peter WendlandA course for recorder players to develop technique further, explore repertoire, and learn how to play both solo and in ensemble. Suitable for those with at least one year's playing experience, and confident in music-reading. Break week: 31 May 2023.Full fee £169.00
- Singing 1Course start date: Fri 28 Apr 2023 (and 5 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Trevor AlexanderStart singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building course. Each term will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.Full fee £199.00
- Early music ensembleCourse start date: Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Peter WendlandAn ensemble 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: 31 May 2023.Full fee £169.00
- City Lit a cappellaCourse start date: Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Blended (learn both online and in-person)Tutors: Della RhodesThis established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. We perform each term. Our class sessions are a mix of classroom and 'zoomsingland'.
Contact the Music Department to arrange an audition.
This course will be delivered online and in person. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £179.00
- Classical singing workshopCourse start date: Wed 26 Apr 2023 (and 7 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Trevor AlexanderA lively workshop class for singers with a solid foundation in vocal technique and musicianship: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing.Full fee £239.00
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