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. Dido and Aeneas: from Virgil to Purcell
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Purcell’s ever-popular opera from Virgil’s original tale to Nahum Tate’s English libretto, and discover key features of Purcell’s musical language.

    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
  2. Summer choir
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Singing with others is great fun, and has been proven to be good for your health. Join us for this online course and get started over the summer to see how you benefit. Suitable for all levels, no audition required.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
  3. Classical guitar taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy this introduction to playing classical guitar. Please use a nylon-strung guitar for this online session.

    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 £19.00
  4. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course explores music theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  5. Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style. Live interactive sessions online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  6. Introduction to the music of Igor Stravinsky
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get to know Stravinsky’s music through a course that explores his life, the times he lived in and the aesthetic movements he was part of.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  7. Exploring classical music: module 4
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores Western classical music from 1930 until 2000. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  8. Singing for beginners
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Start your journey as a singer this summer with this short, enjoyable, online course. Take your first important steps towards a healthy vocal technique and confidence in your singing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
  9. Guitar fingerstyle workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable for players with two years' or more experience with a basic grasp of fingerstyle techniques (melody and chord playing), who can read notation/TAB. Music for the three pieces to be studied will be available prior to the course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  10. Great works: Berlioz's Evenings with the Orchestra
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    French Romantic composer Berlioz was a highly original and influential composer of orchestral music, and also an eccentric, opinionated and often hilarious writer on music. Explore mid 19th century musical life through his delightful Evenings in the Orchestra.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00
  11. Great albums: Kind of Blue
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Everything you have always wanted to know about this extraordinary recording , one of the most critically acclaimed but also commercially successful in the history of jazz.

    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
  12. Piano taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fun introduction to the piano: learn the names of the notes and where they are, and how to play some simple tunes. Find out whether piano is for you!

    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 £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  13. Great works: Tallis's Spem in alium
    Course Date:  Wed 4 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the history of this monumental 40-part motet, the largest work by any Tudor composer.

    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 £23.00 Concession £18.00
  14. Saxophone taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover how a saxophone class works, and learn about embouchure, breathing, and fingering. Play your tenor or alto saxophone with guidance from an expert.

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  15. Great artists: David Munrow
    Course Date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the life and works of David Munrow, one of the key performers of early music in the 1960s and 1970s.

    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 £23.00 Concession £18.00

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