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. Agrippina: from Roman history to Handel opera
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Handel’s first major operatic success Agrippina and the historical background to this legendary operatic figure.

    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. Music history book club
    Course Date:  Mon 5 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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: An Equal Music (Vikram Seth).

    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 £15.00 Concession £12.00
  4. 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
  5. Great artists: Pauline Viardot
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Celebrated mezzo-soprano Pauline Viardot was born in 1821 into a singing dynasty. Many composers wrote for her. She composed herself, becoming central to music in France, and leaving a remarkable and enduring legacy.

    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
  6. Folk and pop guitar taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the essential chords that will begin your guitar career, and develop the motor skill to strum pop songs. Please have an acoustic 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 £12.00
  7. 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
  8. Great albums: Revolver
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the history of The Beatles’ hugely successful and influential seventh album. We’ll explore how Revolver was written and recorded, its reception history and what gives the album its enduring appeal.

    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
  9. 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
  10. Ukulele: taster
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Meet the instrument and an expert ukulele player in this live online session. If you have a uke you can start to play, and if you do not, you can watch and listen, and perhaps sing along.

    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
  11. Flute taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Introduction to playing flute: embouchure, fingering, breathing and articulation. Learn to play a tune by the end of the session. Play your own instrument in 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
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  12. 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
  13. Classical music: an introduction
    Course Date:  Tue 27 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will introduce you to classical music through a careful choice of works.

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  14. Piano taster
    Course Date:  Tue 27 Jul 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
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    98% of 100
  15. Great albums: The Dark Side of the Moon
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the history of Pink Floyd’s hugely successful and influential eighth album. Chart the commercialization of progressive rock in this album and discuss the reception history and enduring appeal of this work.

    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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