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.

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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. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore and exploit techniques typical of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders and mixers will be studied via BERNA emulation software.

    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
  2. Opera appreciation: an introduction
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is opera? And how do you approach it? Explore the ostentatious, sometimes overwhelming, world of opera through study of two major works and styles.



    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 £39.00 Concession £30.00
  3. How to practise piano: levels 1-3
    Course Date:  Mon 2 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Practice time is precious but sometimes not used to the best advantage. These online sessions will provide guidelines to help you make the most out of your time. Please bring two pieces of music: one that you know or are currently working on, and one you would like to start learning.



    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 £39.00 Concession £30.00
  4. Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 3 and 4 pieces
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you thinking of taking an exam in grade 3 or 4 piano? Come and study some of the pieces on the current piano syllabuses (ABRSM) to help you start on your exam journey. This online course is an ideal way to boost your learning over the summer.



    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
  5. Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 1 and 2 pieces
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study pieces from the new ABRSM 2021 & 2022 Grade 1 and 2 piano syllabuses. Learn the required scales and try some aural tests. This online course is an ideal way to boost your learning over the summer.



    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 £55.00
  6. Sing folk
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy singing in the folk style and build a repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in this practical workshop conducted online with a professional performer and teacher.



    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
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  7. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 19 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    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 £67.00
  8. World music: Klezmer
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to play traditional Eastern European Jewish wedding tunes that have inspired so many musicians and listeners. We will play Bulgars, Horas and Freylekhs, with a little Yiddish thrown in. The tunes can be complex, so this course will suit intermediate and advanced instrumentalists.Learning will be in the aural tradition, though music will be provided. Sessions will be conducted online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
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  9. Introduction to electronic music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 7 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course is an overview of the history of electronic music in the 20th and 21st centuries and the concepts, technology and aesthetic ideologies that underpin the developments that took place.

    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 £39.00 Concession £24.00
  10. String Winter school
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
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  11. Musicianship for string players
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 18 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to your instrument. This course is for violin, viola and cello players who have been learning for around two years.

    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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00

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