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. Sing with confidence
    Last Few Places
    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Musicianship: aural training with solfa E
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    A continuation from year 1, this course develops students’ aural awareness, sight singing and transcription skills.



    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 technique: advanced
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A practical workshop combining keyboard harmony and pianistic technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6. This advanced 3-module course is taught at the keyboard and takes a historical approach to harmony and technique. We discuss separate eras and their corresponding harmonic developments in each self-contained module, along with main points of evolution in pianistic technique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  12. Piano/keyboards 5B
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    For pianists with around four 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
  13. 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
  14. Music theory: diploma topics 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Prescribed works. Mid-term break: 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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  15. 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

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