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. Violin and viola advanced: technique
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for violin and viola students who want to focus on improving technique. Your tutor will guide you through technical work and pieces from the ABRSM Grade 7 syllabus plus a range of other repertoire and scales/arpeggios at the same standard. Suitable for students with at least five years' tuition/playing experience.



    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
  2. Flute advanced
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for flautists with at least 5 years training, or Grade 6+ standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles. The advanced class is fast-paced, and you need to be able to sight-read and play fluently from bottom C to top A. Learn pieces in a range of styles, including core classical pieces. Develop your technique and the art of creative, expressive performance through traditional and contemporary schools of flute playing.



    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
  3. Exploring classical music: module 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Break week: 28th 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
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  4. A short history of jazz: Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Trace the development of this influential music from its origins in New Orleans through to its remarkable, rapid evolution today, learning about the different styles of each era and key musical figures.



    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
  5. Piano: advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining this class. Break week: 28 Oct 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 £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £158.00
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  6. Big Band recording project
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Big Band players may keep up your practice and contribute to recordings of arrangements in the repertoire we maintain. Class meetings and coaching will be live online.



    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. City Lit Big Band
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An ensemble for proficient jazz players to maintain and improve your sight reading and section work, playing music from the classic era of Big Bands and contemporary and original arrangements. Contact the Music Department to enquire about availability of places for your instrument and to arrange your audition.



    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 £339.00 Senior fee £339.00 Concession £207.00
  8. Pop piano 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    If you have a good working knowledge of the keyboard (playing grade 4/5 standard), develop your playing towards popular and jazz styles. Learn to play chord progressions and songs, and study the musicianship behind pop piano skills.



    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. Jazz piano advanced
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tackle challenging tunes and conventions in these online sessions, with more practice at 'comping' and improvising. Suitable for players who have completed 'Jazz piano 3', or wish to repeat the advanced course.



    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
  10. Jazz piano 2
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn new tunes and conventions with more practice at 'comping' and improvising. You will need a working knowledge of jazz harmony essentials to get the most from this course. Live sessions online.



    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
  11. Saxophone: advanced
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Maintain and extend your playing skills on our advanced course. Repertoire is mainly jazz, and we will learn and rehearse, and record, sax ensemble arrangements.



    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
  12. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, and learn challenging repertoire on this lively course. For players with established jazz education at foundation level. New students may apply by writing to music@citylit.ac.uk.



    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 £215.00 Concession £164.00
  13. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Focus on ear training and developing jazz improvisation, applying theoretical understanding to practical situations. We will learn to play jazz standards and unusual repertoire. This is musicianship training at a high level. New students may apply to music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange an online assessment.



    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 £215.00 Concession £164.00
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  14. Electronic music: a short history
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Feb 2022

    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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
  15. Introduction to film music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Music has always been an important part of film-going, filling the silence and creating sometimes startling effects. We will look at the way directors have used music to enhance, enrich and enthral audiences from cinema’s earliest days.



    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:
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