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. Recorders: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A course for recorder players to develop technique further, explore repertoire, and learn how to play both solo and in ensemble. Suitable for those with at least one year's playing experience, and confident in music-reading.



    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
  2. Recorder ensemble: advanced
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you are already experienced in recorder playing, join this friendly group to develop your ensemble skills and musicianship, specific to recorder technique and repertoire. break week: 16 Feb 2022.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
  3. Music theory: grade 5
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams. Break Week: 31 May 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
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  4. What is music?
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    How did we get from the very earliest songs and carved instruments to the symphony orchestra and the rock band? Come and explore the epiphanies and inventions that have shaped music across the centuries. ** This course has a scheduled break week: 03 Feb 2022.



    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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  5. Ukulele: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    For ukulele players who have completed a beginner course or have played for a while. Refine your technique, get a better understanding of fretboard navigation, learn to play new songs. Enjoy learning in a group of ukes!



    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
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  6. Latin piano 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A practical introduction to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban and Brazilian music. We will focus on rhythm, learning common montuno patterns, classic tunes, and improvisation. Learn to play Cuban Son, Mambo, Bolero, Cha Cha Cha, and Brazilian Samba and Bossa Nova.



    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
  7. Piano/keyboards 3A
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This fourth year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 2 standard. Improve your hand co-ordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  8. Cello 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn the basics of playing cello in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for those who have been learning for at least a term.



    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
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  9. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Do you want to know more about classical music? Explore selected topics and key works in Medieval to (early) Baroque music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a break week on 26th 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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
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  10. Schubert: the chamber music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    As an early Romantic, Schubert turned away from heroic struggle and chose instead to pursue a path of 'inwardness' in search of truth. Come and explore Schubert's chamber works and uncover for yourself this world of Romantic reverie. Scheduled break week: 10 Feb 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
  11. Music theory: grade 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your knowledge of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in simple and compound time. Explore the concept of ledger lines, minor scales, intervals, and common key signatures, terms and signs. break week: 17 Feb, 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  12. Jazz piano 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    If you have pop piano training or equivalent keyboard harmony skill, come and tackle the easier end of the jazz piano repertoire in these online sessions. The focus is on jazz harmony and chord voicing, interpretation of a lead sheet and good timing. You'll need to play piano at grade 5 or above.



    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
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  13. Musicianship 2: bass clef, scales and rhythm
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    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 rhythm writing and playing. Live online practical 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
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  14. Cello 2B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you have completed Cello 2A, or have had at least one year’s tuition (playing at grade 1 or 2 standard), explore cello technique and repertoire, including ensemble music.



    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
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    100% of 100
  15. Chamber music: intermediate
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 3-5 standard, with some sight-reading skills. Please read additional COVID safety info carefully.



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100

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