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. Song writing workshop
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover creative techniques to help structure your ideas into memorable melodies and catchy lyrics. Collaborate with other musicians, singers and songwriters to inspire you to compose in a variety of genres and styles, and finish half completed songs.



    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 £119.00 Concession £73.00
  2. Medieval Christmas Carols
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the rich heritage of medieval Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples.



    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
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  3. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (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 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 £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 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
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  5. Piano/keyboards 2A
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  6. Classical guitar 2A
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have studied playing and reading for classical guitar for at least a year, join this online class to develop a range of technical skills as you learn repertoire of solo and ensemble guitar music.



    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 £115.00
  7. Piano/keyboards 4A
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    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 £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £146.00
  8. Singing workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    A lively 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. The tutor will provide a suggested repertoire list in class.



    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 £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
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    95% of 100
  9. City Lit a cappella
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. The group remains online for this term, working to record our repertoire. And we will pursue opportunities to meet in person.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
  10. Handel in Italy: cantatas, sacred music and opera
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Handel’s ‘Grand Tour’ of Italy and learn about the works he composed during these formative years.



    Break week: 27 October 2021



    Tutor: Patrick Allies [external website].



    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
  11. The symphony: a short history
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the history and development of the symphony from JC Bach to Beethoven and into the twentieth century. Break week: 27th October 2021.



    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  12. Recorders: intermediate
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A course for recorder players to develop technique further, explore repertoire, and learn how to play both solo and in ensemble. Suitable for those with at least one year's playing experience, and confident in music-reading.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00

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