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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.

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. Piano/keyboards 2A
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    This third year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 1 standard. Improve your technique, fluency of reading and playing, and exploring more complex rhythm patterns.



    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 £123.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Piano/keyboards 4A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    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 £151.00
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    100% of 100
  3. Piano/keyboards 5A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    For pianists with around four years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    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 £151.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    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. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Music theory: grade 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edmund Taylor
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four



    sharps/flats. 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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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    100% of 100
  6. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    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. Break week: 27 Oct 2022.



    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
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  7. Topics in Renaissance music 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Patrick Allies
    Explore English renaissance music in the first part of our 3-term survey course. Break week: 27 Oct 2022.



    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
  8. Musical criticism: a history
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    The ultimate arbiter of musical excellence, or an over-powerful journalist delighting in artistic insults? We will



    investigate the motivations and the changing role of the music critic from the late 1700s to today. Break week: 27 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  9. Beethoven: the late string quartets
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Come and explore Beethoven’s late string quartets - works which contain his final thoughts on the function of music, along with his final thoughts about the human condition. Break week: 27 Oct 2022.



    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. Singing 3
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Colette Meury
    This continuation course from Singing 2B teaches technique and songs in popular music styles of folk, jazz, pop and rock, musical theatre. Live sessions online. Develop your vocal technique and musicianship, and add new songs to your repertoire. New students with experience of singing and some formal training are welcome to come on board.



    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 £219.00 Concession £153.00
  11. Christmas Carols: a brief history
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Mixed Mode (Online and In Person)

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Discover the rich heritage of Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples from the medieval to twentieth century.



    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 £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
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  12. Great works: Mozart's Eine kleine Nachtmusik
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 8 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Explore this much-loved work by Mozart and learn about the performers and the instruments it was originally written for.



    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
  13. A lesson in carols
    Course start date:  Thu 15 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Siobhan Blake
    Transport yourself into a joyous frame of mind and festive spirit as you sing through some of the most beautiful settings of medieval carols. Explore harmonic textures, musical interpretations, get technical tips for tricky corners and enjoy singing these wonderful pieces with others! This course is a companion course to Medieval Christmas carols.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  14. 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:  Karen Betley
    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
  15. 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
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    100% of 100

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