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. Miriam Makeba in King Kong: the South African jazz musical
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Miriam Makeba, known as Mama Africa, is arguably the most famous African singer of the 20th century. Her international career took off when she was recruited to sing and act the female lead in the musical King Kong. Under the shadow of apartheid this inter-racial collaboration was a groundbreaking enterprise that had reverberations for decades to follow, in South Africa and globally, including in London, where it was performed in 1961.



    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. Great artists: Chick Corea
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 10 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Everything you have always wanted to know about the extraordinary, inspiring and influential Jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader, Chick Corea. Alongside Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett, Corea ranks as one of the leading pianists and bandleaders since the late 1960s and his sudden demise earlier this year was unexpected and deeply felt by music fans across the world.



    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
  3. Great artists: David Munrow
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 11 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the life and works of David Munrow, one of the key performers of early music in the 1960s and 1970s.



    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
  4. Pop piano taster
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 12 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover what is involved in learning to play popular piano: how to voice and invert chords, play chord progressions from symbols, and get in the groove. For pianists at grade 4/5 and above.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  5. Jazz at the movies
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how a jazz revolution occurred on a Hollywood recording stage when the first jazz-oriented film score for “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 1951 paved the way for numerous movie jazz scores and created a long and illustrious line of memorable movie soundtracks composed by some the century’s most talented jazz musicians, composers and arrangers.



    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. Christmas crooners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 6 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Sparkly jumpers, snow and tinsel, a stool, a mic, and a crooner: join me in exploring the singers, arrangers and repertoire of sentimental but strangely compelling festive schmaltz, just in time to join in ourselves.



    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. Introduction to electronic music
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course start 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
  8. Medieval Christmas Carols
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the rich heritage of medieval Christmas carols. Learn about traditional forms of the carol and the history behind selected examples.



    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
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  9. Great works: Walton's Symphony No 1
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore Walton's Symphony no 1 on this popular, short course.



    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 £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  10. Great works: Mozart's Clarinet Quintet
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 9 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore this much-loved work by Mozart and learn about the performer and the instrument it was originally written for.



    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
  11. 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
  12. Music history book club
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Dec 2021

    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
  13. 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
  14. 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

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