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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Prepare for opera
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore classical operatic repertoire in this dynamic workshop with an experienced tutor and a professional accompanist. Learn which styles suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly. Break week: 14th February 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 £269.00 Senior fee £269.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    89% of 100
  2. Violin and viola advanced: workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is for violin or viola players with at least five years’ experience. Come and enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning repertoire, supported by technical studies.



    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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  3. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for students who have a minimum of five years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 6 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.



    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 £209.00 Concession £127.00
  4. Advanced singing workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A dynamic and invigorating face-to-face masterclass for experienced singers (at least five years' one-to-one lessons) where you can hone your performance skills ready for recital and stage. Break week: 16th February 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 £269.00 Senior fee £269.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  5. 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
  6. Piano/keyboards 4B
    Last Few Places
    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
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  7. Violin and viola 5B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A course for those who have been playing for at least four years. You should play confidently in the first three positions and with some confidence in 4th position. You should be developing a good sound quality with the bow and be able to work with a variety of bowing techniques.



    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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  8. Music theory: counterpoint 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 3 next term. Scheduled break week: 15 Feb 2021.



    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
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  9. Piano workshop 8
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Jan 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance.



    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:
    95% of 100
  10. Fight the power: the 70s political soul renaissance
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    FIGHT THE POWER! Learn how the Civil Rights movement, Black Power and urban unrest sparked a renaissance in



    late 60s/1970s soul music, producing landmark work by Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott Heron.



    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 £209.00 Concession £127.00
  11. String ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard 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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
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  12. Cello advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An online course for students who have been playing for at least four years and are at around grade 5 standard. You will be encouraged to play in all clefs regularly and be comfortable in positions including thumb position. This course is offered every 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
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Exploring classical music: module 2
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Baroque to Classical music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Break week: 29th October 2021.



    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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  14. City Lit wind ensemble: advanced
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the wonderful repertoire for mixed wind ensemble, developing your technical, musical and ensemble skills. You need to play an orchestral wind instrument at grade 5 standard or higher. mid-term break: 08 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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  15. Music theory: grade 6
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications).



    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
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