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.
- Ukulele 1Course start date: Thu 27 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jake RodriguesLearn the essentials of playing the ukulele in this introductory course. You’ll learn complete songs from the first week. Strumming patterns will be taught and applied to various songs. By the end of term you should be able to accompany your own singing or play along to recordings. Break week: 3 Nov 2022.Full fee £169.00
- Exploring classical music: module 1Course start date: Tue 19 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Karen BetleyDo you want to know more about classical music? Explore selected topics and key works in Medieval to (early) Baroque music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Break week: 24 Oct 2023.Full fee £169.00
- Piano/keyboards 1ACourse start date: Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 6 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Ana Claudia MagalhaesThis 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.Full fee £179.00
- Handel: politics & patronageCourse start date: Thu 21 Sep 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Karen Betley'Why do not British trees and forests throng To hear the sweeter notes of Handel's song?' so wrote a poet in 1740, comparing Handel to Orpheus. Come and explore the rise of Handel to classic status that took place here in London in the early 18th century. Break week: 26 Oct 2023.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- Exploring classical music: module 3Course start date: Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Neil LuckDo you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this course has a mid-term break: 30 May 2023.Full fee £169.00
- Exploring music for stage and screen 1Course start date: Thu 21 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneExplore and connect the history of opera to other works for stage and screen over three enjoyable terms. Ideal for those who have already studied our popular Exploring Opera courses. NB: break week 26 Oct 2024.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- Exploring opera 1Course start date: Thu 21 Sep 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Pauline GreeneJoin us to explore the history of opera over three enjoyable terms. In this first term we’ll explore the ideas that fuelled origins of opera and the wonderful world of Baroque opera seria. NB: break week 26 Oct 2024.Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
- Music theory: grades 1 and 2Course start date: Thu 28 Sep 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarha MooreLearn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs. NB: no lesson 26 October 2023.Full fee £199.00
- Music production with LogicCourse start date: Thu 11 May 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Max La VillaLogic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments.Full fee £199.00
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