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. Swing jazz rhythm notation
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This online session aims to help you hear and steer in 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 £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £24.00
  2. String Winter school
    Last Few Places
    Course start 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
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  3. Music history book club
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Dec 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 is an important exploration of forgotten composers.



    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
  4. Christmas crooning
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Don your sparkly jumpers and get into the Christmas spirit as you sing along to some Christmas classics. This course is paired with Christmas crooners .



    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 £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  5. Great works: The Nutcracker
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Reluctantly created by the hit duo of Tchaikovsky and Petipa in 1892, The Nutcracker has become a perennial Christmas favourite worldwide. Let’s explore the plot, characters, music and choreography; prepare to be enchanted!



    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
  6. Great works: Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the animals
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the animals, the comical musical microcosm of zoology.



    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
  7. Come and sing: medieval Christmas carols
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Transport yourself into a joyous frame of mind and festive spirit as you sing through some of the most beautiful settings of medieval carols. Explore harmonic textures, musical interpretations, get technical tips for tricky corners and enjoy singing these wonderful pieces with others! This course is a companion course to Medieval Christmas carols.



    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 £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  8. Sing with confidence
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this online course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. Please note, participation in this face-to-face class may require you to wear a face mask.



    Break week 25th 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 £199.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £100.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  9. Advanced singing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the rich repertoire of classical song and develop expressive and communicative skills. This lively workshop is for experienced classical singers (at least five years' tuition). Break week 25th 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 £269.00 Senior fee £269.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  10. Musicianship: aural training with solfa A
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    These online practical sessions will focus on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve your rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part B next term. Break week: 14 Feb 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  11. Keyboard harmony and improvisation
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your analytical, melodic and harmonic understanding with the help of improvisation, covering a wide variety of styles. You'll become a more confident player as a result. It is possible to join a later module if you have appropriate skills. For players at Grade 5 and above.



    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
  12. Introduction to musicals
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    From Showboat to Hamilton, this course surveys some key examples from the history of the modern musical and examines the way different styles of music, dance and words work on stage.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  13. Piano/keyboards 4B
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. Opera studies 2: the operatic soprano
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The soprano voice has been used in opera to portray women from innocent heroines to implacable enemies. We trace the development of the operatic soprano from sweet companion to dramatic protagonist. This course has a scheduled break week: 14 February 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  15. Choir at lunchtime
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Come and spend your lunchtime singing a range of music, in interesting choral arrangements. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime! Please note, to participate in this face-to-face class, you may be required to wear a face mask.



    Break week 25th 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 £129.00 Senior fee £90.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100

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