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. Introduction to the orchestra
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What’s an orchestra? And why does it need a conductor? We’ll examine orchestral instruments and many works to answer these questions, discovering a blend of exciting sounds which communicates the composer’s intentions to the audience.



    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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  2. Music theory: grade 7
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has a scheduled break: 25 Oct 2021;



    and a holiday break: 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec 2021 and 3 Jan 2222.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
  3. Opera studies 1: passion, power and politics
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Inspired by the V&A exhibition of the same name in 2017, we explore opera in context by studying seven key premières and cities, ranging from the Italian Renaissance to 1930s Russia. This course has a scheduled break week: 25th October 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
  4. Music theory: diploma topics 1
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. You may use this course as part of your preparation for this exam, or just to develop your knowledge. This term: Musical skills. This course has a scheduled break week: 25 Oct 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 £159.00 Concession £121.00
  5. Introduction to contemporary classical music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 1 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering how they function as artworks and also the political and social context in which they were written.



    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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  6. 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
  7. Christmas crooners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Sparkly jumpers, snow and tinsel, a stool, a mic, and a crooner: join me in exploring the singers, arrangers and repertoire of sentimental but strangely compelling festive schmaltz, just in time to join in ourselves.



    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 £18.00
  8. Music history book club
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biographies with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book is an important exploration of forgotten composers.



    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 £12.00
  9. Great works: The Nutcracker
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Reluctantly created by the hit duo of Tchaikovsky and Petipa in 1892, The Nutcracker has become a perennial Christmas favourite worldwide. Let’s explore the plot, characters, music and choreography; prepare to be enchanted!



    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 £18.00
  10. Musicianship: aural training with solfa A
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    These online practical sessions will focus on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve your rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part B next term. Break week: 14 Feb 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 £103.00
  11. Musicianship: aural training with solfa E
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    A continuation from year 1, this course develops students’ aural awareness, sight singing and transcription skills.



    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
  12. Music theory: diploma topics 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Prescribed works. Mid-term break: 14 Feb 2022.



    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
  13. Music theory: grade 8
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn more complex elements of music such as writing two-part counterpoint above a given harmony, writing for



    keyboard in historical styles, writing melodies for instrument, and analysing a score (ornaments, harmonic structure,



    phrase structure, style, performance directions, use of voices and instruments). NB: this course has several scheduled breaks: 28 Mar, 4th, 11 and 18th April (Easter) and 2nd, 30th May 2022 (Bank holiday Mondays).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £182.00
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  14. Music theory: diploma topics 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. Break weeks: 02 and 30 May 2022 (Bank holidays).



    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
  15. Musicianship: aural training with solfa F
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    A continuation from year 1, this course develops students’ aural awareness, sight singing and transcription skills.



    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 £127.00 Concession £97.00

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