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. Sing soul and blues
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy this exploration of classic soul tunes and blues vocal style and repertoire. Meet the challenge of writing and singing your own blues. For experienced singers who are accustomed to group classes. 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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Piano: advanced workshop
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing in this online course. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining. Break week: 30 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 £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £158.00
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    96% of 100
  3. Jazz piano 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.

    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:
    97% of 100
  4. 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
  5. Big Band recording project
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    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
  6. Jazz piano: advanced
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tackle challenging tunes and conventions in these online sessions, with more practice at 'comping' and improvising. Suitable for players who have completed 'Jazz piano 3', or wish to repeat the advanced course.

    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
  7. Saxophone: advanced
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you're an experienced saxophone player, come and extend your technique, musicianship and performance skills in this advanced workshop. The emphasis will be on playing jazz, developing musicianship, and improvisation. Continues as B and C for the academic year.

    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
  8. Big Band: rhythm section rehearsal
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    For drums, bass, pianos and guitars, as part of a phased return to Keeley Street. We will rehearse Big Band charts and get accustomed to playing together again.



    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
  9. Singers' clinic (popular music)
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A ‘troubleshooting’ clinic for singers of jazz, rock, pop or Musical Theatre who wish to understand their vocal technique in relation to performance.

    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 £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00

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