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. Opera appreciation: an introduction
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What is opera? And how do you approach it? Explore the ostentatious, sometimes overwhelming, world of opera through study of two major works and styles.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £30.00
  2. Classical music: an introduction
    Course Date:  Tue 27 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you interested in finding out more about classical music but not sure where to start? This taster course will introduce you to classical music through a careful choice of works.



    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  3. Great albums: The Dark Side of the Moon
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the history of Pink Floyd’s hugely successful and influential eighth album. Chart the commercialization of progressive rock in this album and discuss the reception history and enduring appeal of this work.

    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
  4. Great works: Tallis's Spem in alium
    Course Date:  Wed 4 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the history of this monumental 40-part motet, the largest work by any Tudor composer.



    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
  5. Miriam Makeba in King Kong: the South African jazz musical
    Course 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
  6. Great artists: Chick Corea
    Course 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
  7. Great artists: David Munrow
    Course 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
  8. Jazz at the movies
    Evening
    Course 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
  9. Sing with confidence
    Course 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
  10. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential.



    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:
    99% of 100
  11. Choir at lunchtime
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and spend your lunchtime singing online. 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!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £90.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  12. Sing folk
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy singing in the folk style and build a repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in this practical workshop conducted online with a professional performer and teacher.



    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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  13. Introduction to the orchestra
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What’s an orchestra? And why does it need a conductor? We’ll examine orchestral instruments and many works to answer these questions, discovering a blend of exciting sounds which communicates the composer’s intentions to the audience.

    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
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  14. Opera studies 1: passion, power and politics
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Inspired by the V&A exhibition of the same name in 2017, we explore opera in context by studying seven key premières and cities, ranging from the Italian Renaissance to 1930s Russia. This course has a scheduled break week: 25th October 2021.



    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
  15. Monteverdi and the musical Baroque
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    From Orfeo to the Vespers, Monteverdi injected into his music new expressive ideas helping to create the Baroque style. Spend the term delving into the life and work of this Baroque master born 450 years ago. No previous musical



    knowledge necessary. This course has a scheduled break week on 26 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 £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00

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