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. 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. Sonic Arts 2: interactive projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 1 Jul 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Sonic arts is the expression of creativity through sound. Bring or start your own interactive sound art projects which you will develop in this practical online course.

    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
  4. 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
  5. Great works: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Vivaldi’s most famous concertos and discover the stories behind these works whilst learning to recognize key features of the baroque style.

    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 £31.00 Concession £24.00
  6. A brief history of improvisation in classical music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course explores the practice of improvisation in classical music, spanning the Baroque period to contemporary music. You'll explore music of composers including Bach, Mozart, Liszt and Clara Schumann and discover how improvisation features in contemporary classical music-making.

    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. 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
  8. Learn to read music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    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
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  9. Sing pop and jazz
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Meet the challenge of singing in contemporary styles. Enjoy learning jazz and pop repertoire, with guidance from a teacher and performer. You need to be able to sing in time and in tune to benefit from this introductory course. 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
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  10. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. In live online sessions we will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
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  11. Summer choir
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Singing with others is great fun, and has been proven to be good for your health. Join us for this online course and get started over the summer to see how you benefit. Suitable for all levels, no audition required.

    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 £71.00 Concession £54.00
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Introduction to the music of Igor Stravinsky
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get to know Stravinsky’s music through a course that explores his life, the times he lived in and the aesthetic movements he was part of.

    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 Concession £48.00

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