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. 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
  2. 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
  3. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Musicianship 2: rhythm
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Supplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will play and sing in these online classes, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear.

    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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Folk and pop guitar 3A
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you're an experienced player, join this online 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.



    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. 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
  11. Pop piano 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have a good working knowledge of the keyboard (playing grade 4/5 standard), develop your playing towards popular and jazz styles in these online sessions. Learn to play chord progressions and songs, and study the musicianship behind pop piano skills.

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. British and Irish folk music
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore and play folk music of Britain and Ireland. This is an intermediate-level online course for any instruments: lectures, demonstration, ornamentation, and ensemble repertoire with your teacher in live online sessions. You should have at least two to three years' experience on your instrument.

    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. Musicianship 2: bass clef, scales and rhythm
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you understand time signatures and major scales in C, F and G, join this course to learn about minor scales and the bass clef, and to develop your rhythm writing and playing. Live classes online.

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  14. Jazz rhythm section workout
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This new workshop will attempt to function as the practical part of the jazz harmony & ear training courses. Rhythm section will be coached in matters of playing together, navigating jazz standards. For drummers, bass players, guitarists and pianists who have studied jazz formally.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  15. 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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