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. Ukulele summer school
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ensemble ukulele with individual parts. For experienced players, preferably who read tablature. A challenge, but the music/repertoire will be tailored to various abilities. Live sessions online that can include practice in pairs and trios.

    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
  2. Swing jazz rhythm notation
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A single session 'clinic' that aims to help you hear and steer in jazz swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing 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
  3. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn essential tools to sing jazz, including what to listen for in the piano accompaniment and the importance of pulse, groove and vocal technique. This day is for singers with musical experience who are new to the jazz idiom.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £30.00
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  4. Jazz repertoire
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy the challenge of learning to play jazz tunes in these online sessions. For players with good instrumental technique, aural and reading skills. Jazz and Latin tunes for study will be announced two weeks ahead of the course start date.

    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 £89.00 Concession £54.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  5. Jazz drumming
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    You will combine playing in swing and Latin grooves with a brief tour of the work of famous jazz drummers. For able drummers who are new to jazz.

    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
  6. Jazz clarinet
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore jazz and latin rhythms, phrasing, chord/scale relationships, how to approach chord sequences and the interpretation of tunes. Live sessions online.

    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
  7. Come and sing: sea shanties
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and explore a selection of these highly expressive (and cheeky) works at our friendly one day, online workshop.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £30.00
  8. Jazz piano 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have pop piano training or equivalent keyboard harmony skill, come and tackle the easier end of the jazz piano repertoire. The focus is on jazz harmony and voicing, interpretation of a lead sheet and good timing. You'll need to play piano at grade 5 or above.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
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    97% of 100
  9. Saxophone 3A
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ideal if you are at intermediate level, can read and improvise, and have some experience of performing. Our repertoire will be pop, jazz and World music. Technical work on the instrument will be combined with solo playing, learning tunes, improvisation and musicianship training. Live sessions online.

    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
  10. Folk and pop guitar 1A
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn about tuning your instrument, strumming and picking, simple chords for pop songs, scales and chord symbols on this starter course. Use any acoustic guitar for this introductory course.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
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  11. Musicianship 3: harmony
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have completed Musicianship 2 or have equivalent knowledge of music theory, this course introduces harmony from the major scale and includes writing and aural training. Practical and academic training in live online sessions.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
  12. Saxophone 2A
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    For sax players with a year's experience, who read music, and have some experience of performing. Develop your tone, technique, reading and musicianship, playing popular styles and jazz, with some opportunity to improvise.

    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
  13. Folk and pop guitar 3A
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you're an experienced player, join this course to develop your rhythmic playing and your interpretation of chord charts using bar chords, mobile scales, bass lines and melody work. Vast and varied repertoire. Playing techniques can apply to acoustic and electric guitar.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  14. Big Band recording project
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Big Band players may keep up your practice and contribute to recordings of arrangements in the repertoire we maintain. Class meetings and coaching will be live 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 £199.00 Concession £121.00
  15. ABRSM Jazz piano
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online interactive class will introduce you to the ABRSM syllabus for jazz piano grade 1. We will begin work on your selection of 3 pieces, and study scales and quick-study requirements.

    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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