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 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.

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. Amy Beach: an introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 2 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton




    In the last few decades of the nineteenth century, as American composers were starting to determine their own nationalist approach to art music, the brilliant pianist and composer Amy Beach was a hugely popular figure in US musical life – in defiance of her family and husband. Come and learn about this symphonist who offered her own ‘reply’ to Dvorák’s Symphony ‘From the New World’.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
  2. Great works: Allegri's Miserere
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the history of this most famous choral work and trace the story of the famous high C from the castrati of the 18th century to today’s professional early music vocal ensembles.



    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 £29.00
  3. Great works: Grieg's Piano Concerto
    Course start date:  Thu 6 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Grieg was just 24 years old when he wrote this, one of his best-loved works. We explore its genesis, early performances, and why it has remained such a popular work within the vast repertoire of nineteenth-century piano concertos.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This 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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  5. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Do 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 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  6. Singing 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    Start singing and explore your voice in this confidence-building course. These live sessions online will teach you healthy use of your singing voice and musicianship through a selection of songs in pop, rock and jazz styles. Attention is given to vocal technique and breathing technique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  7. City Lit Choir
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Penelope Homer
    Have you always wanted to join a choir and learn more about singing in harmony? Have you done some choral singing but would like to feel more confident finding your note and holding your line? Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this choral class will give you the opportunity to learn and develop the essential skills for good choral signing through a varied programme of exercises and pieces from different genres.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £167.00
  8. Exploring classical music: module 2
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Baroque to Classical music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a scheduled break week: 21 February 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  9. Topics in Renaissance music 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Patrick Allies
    Explore Iberian renaissance music in this third and final part of our 3-term survey course. Break week: 1 June 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
  10. Ukulele 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jake Rodrigues
    For ukulele players who have completed a beginners' course or have played for a while. Refine your technique, get a better understanding of fretboard navigation, and learn to play new songs.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £90.00
  11. Great artists: castrati
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Jul 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the history of these famous singers and the music that was written for some of the most famous castrati of the 18th century.



    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 £29.00
  12. Monteverdi and the musical Baroque
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    From Orfeo to the Vespers, Monteverdi injected into his music new expressive ideas helping to create the Baroque style. Spend the term delving into the life and work of this musical master! No previous musical knowledge necessary. This course has a scheduled break week on 23 Feb 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
    Rating:
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  13. Topics in Renaissance music 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Patrick Allies
    Explore Italian renaissance music in the second part of our 3-term survey course. Break week: 23 Feb 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
  14. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    Do 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. This course has a break week on 23 Feb 2023.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  15. Rachmaninov: an introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    The train whistles past the camera in the opening scene of Brief Encounter (1945) and we hear the opening bars of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto – an iconic film that made this already wildly popular piece even more successful. But what of the work’s composer, who had died just two years before? We trace the turbulent career of this virtuoso musician.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00

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