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.

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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. Sonic Arts 2: interactive projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 12 Nov 2021 (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
  2. Chamber music: intermediate
    Course Date:  Fri 9 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 4 or above with good sight-reading skills. Please read additional COVID safety info carefully.

    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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
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  3. Great works: Stravinsky's Apollo
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Stravinsky’s music was choreographed first by Adolph Bolm, and then by the 24-year-old George Balanchine, in 1928. We explore the music, the dance, and the originality of the work’s neoclassical inspiration.

    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 £24.00
  4. Jazz guitar styles and techniques
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn key concepts in how to play jazz guitar, and study the work of some of the most important performers of the genre.

    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 £60.00
  5. Singers: improve your intonation
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online workshop explores how we learn to pitch notes accurately and sing with better intonation. It's a great chance to improve the way you use your voice, and to increase your confidence in your musicianship.

    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 £47.00 Concession £36.00
  6. Technical singing class
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Refresh your singing with a short technical course. Put together an impactful warm up routine, improve your understanding of technique and how it affects your singing. Suitable for intermediate level singers in classical style.

    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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  7. Flute taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Introduction to playing flute: embouchure, fingering, breathing and articulation. Learn to play a tune by the end of the session. Play your own instrument in 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 £19.00
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  8. Ukulele: improvers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    For ukulele players who have completed a beginners' course or have learned a modest amount. Refine your technique, get a better understanding of fretboard navigation, and learn to play new songs.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
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  9. Violin and viola 4A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for students who have been learning for three to four years and are fluent in 1st and 3rd positions (grade 3-4). Come and study higher positions, vibrato and a variety of bow techniques. This course continues with Violin and Viola 4B next term.

    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
  10. Violin and viola advanced: technique
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for violin and viola students who want to focus on improving technique. Your tutor will guide you through technical work and pieces from the ABRSM Grade 7 syllabus plus a range of other repertoire and scales/arpeggios at the same standard. Suitable for students with at least five years' tuition/playing experience.

    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
  11. Flute advanced
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for flautists with at least 5 years training, or Grade 6+ standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles. The advanced class is fast-paced, and you need to be able to sight-read and play fluently from bottom C to top A. Learn pieces in a range of styles, including core classical pieces. Develop your technique and the art of creative, expressive performance through traditional and contemporary schools of flute playing.

    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
  12. Ukulele: intermediate
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you already play ukulele, come and learn new songs and tricks, chord theory, picking and split strokes, and apply these to popular and vintage tunes. Classes may include singing along!

    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
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  13. Flute intermediate
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for flautists with at least three years’ experience, or grade 3-5 standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles. Develop your instrumental technique, tone and musicianship in a creative and supportive environment.

    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
  14. Flute 2A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have have played regularly for a year, this course will develop your technique, reading and musicianship. Includes solo playing and ensemble practice of mixed repertoire. Live classes online.

    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
  15. Flute 1A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Beginners can enjoy learning to play the flute in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. Develop embouchure, instrumental sound, listening skills and music reading. Classes will be held online. Continues next term as ME111B.

    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

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