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.

Many 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
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £95.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Sonic Arts 2: interactive projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Jun 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Sonic arts is the expression of creativity through sound. Bring or start your own interactive sound art projects which you will develop in this practical online course.

    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 £115.00
  3. Vocal recording: production techniques
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to make recordings of sung and/or spoken voices, then edit them, add effects, or mix with other tracks. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  4. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. In live online sessions we will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Folk and pop guitar taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the essential chords that will begin your guitar career, and develop the motor skill to strum pop songs. Please have an acoustic guitar for this online session.

    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 £12.00
  6. Songwriting: form and function
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your ability to make songs through practical exercises. In these online sessions we will examine well known songs from pop, rock and jazz in order to understand their chord progressions, accompaniment, bass lines and rhythm. Ideal for players and singers with a good working knowledge of harmony.

    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 £109.00 Concession £66.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  7. String ensemble: summer season
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to play in an ensemble in a fun and stimulating environment. For players of violin, viola, cello and double bass playing at level equivalent to grades 2 - 4.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  8. Jazz harmony: introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have a good understanding of triad harmony, these online sessions will introduce you to the jazz idiom and jazz musicianship. Some playing included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  9. Great albums: Revolver
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the history of The Beatles’ hugely successful and influential seventh album. We’ll explore how Revolver was written and recorded, its reception history and what gives the album its enduring appeal.

    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 £18.00
  10. Classical music: an introduction
    Course Date:  Tue 27 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will introduce you to classical 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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  11. Piano taster
    Course Date:  Tue 27 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fun introduction to the piano: learn the names of the notes and where they are, and how to play some simple tunes. Find out whether piano is for you!

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  12. Great albums: The Dark Side of the Moon
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the history of Pink Floyd’s hugely successful and influential eighth album. Chart the commercialization of progressive rock in this album and discuss the reception history and enduring appeal of this work.

    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 £18.00
  13. Miriam Makeba in King Kong: the South African jazz musical
    Course Date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Miriam Makeba, known as Mama Africa, is arguably the most famous African singer of the 20th century. Her international career took off when she was recruited to sing and act the female lead in the musical King Kong. Under the shadow of apartheid this inter-racial collaboration was a groundbreaking enterprise that had reverberations for decades to follow, in South Africa and globally, including in London, where it was performed in 1961.

    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 £18.00
  14. Great artists: Chick Corea
    Course Date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Everything you have always wanted to know about the extraordinary, inspiring and influential Jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, Chick Corea. Alongside Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, Corea ranks as one of the leading pianists and bandleaders since the late 1960s and his sudden demise earlier this year was unexpected and deeply felt by music fans across the world.

    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
  15. Jazz at the movies
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 17 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how a jazz revolution occurred on a Hollywood recording stage when the first jazz-oriented film score for “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1951 paved the way for numerous movie jazz scores and created a long and illustrious line of memorable movie soundtracks composed by some the century’s most talented jazz musicians, composers and arrangers.

    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 £18.00

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