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
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

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

    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 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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Music theory: grade 4
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments. This course has a break week: 28 Oct 2021.



    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
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    100% of 100
  3. Sing folk
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to sing in the folk style and build a varied repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in practical classes online.



    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 £159.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    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 28th October 2021.



    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 £103.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Exploring classical music: module 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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: 28th October 2021.



    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 £103.00
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  6. Russian music in 19th century St Petersburg
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and explore the rich musical heritage of St Petersburg, one of the most important cultural centres in the nineteenth century and the focus for the creation of a national music in Russia. No previous muscial knowledge is necessary. Scheduled break week: 28 Oct 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  7. Music production with Logic: advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An intensive workshop for advanced users of Logic software who would like to hone their skills further or develop a specific project.



    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £54.00
  8. Singing workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    An online workshop class for singers of 5 years’ experience or more: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing. Repertoire project listed below.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  9. Introduction to music production
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing using a free or cheap digital audio program that can run on either Mac or PC. Turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!



    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £88.00
  10. Music theory: grade 3
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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: 26 October 2021.



    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 £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger 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 £121.00
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  12. Piano workshop 8
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  13. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    This is the third term in our beginners piano programme. If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1B’ or have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship.



    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 £121.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  14. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.



    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 £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Singing 1C
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue your training from Singing 1A and 1B on this progression course. Learn about healthy use of your voice and essential musicianship through a selection of songs in a variety of genres. 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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00

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