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. Piano technique: advanced
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This short, online course gives you the chance to improve your technique through a focus on advanced pieces and is ideal for pianists of Grade 6 standard and above.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  2. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques
    Course Date:  Mon 26 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore and exploit techniques typical of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders and mixers will be studied via BERNA emulation software.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Piano taster
    Course Date:  Tue 27 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fun introduction to the piano: learn the names of the notes and where they are, and how to play some simple tunes. Find out whether piano is for you!



    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  6. How to practise piano: levels 1-3
    Course Date:  Mon 2 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Practice time is precious but sometimes not used to the best advantage. These online sessions will provide guidelines to help you make the most out of your time. Please bring two pieces of music: one that you know or are currently working on, and one you would like to start learning.



    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
  7. Piano repertoire intensive: fantasias
    Course Date:  Mon 2 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Boost your confidence, refresh your practice routine and explore new repertoire with this intensive summer school class. For pianists at Grade 5 standard and above. You must prepare repertoire from the selection listed below.



    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 £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
  8. Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 3 and 4 pieces
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Are you thinking of taking an exam in grade 3 or 4 piano? Come and study some of the pieces on the current piano syllabuses (ABRSM) to help you start on your exam journey. This online course is an ideal way to boost your learning over the summer.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  9. Piano masterclass
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Approach core piano repertoire through the prism of the Russian piano tradition, gaining insight into its principles of rubato, 'sound', chord techniques, pedalling, and the 'artistic image' of a piece. Tutor: Dr Maria Razumovskaya [external website].



    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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. 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
  11. Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 1 and 2 pieces
    Course Date:  Tue 3 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study pieces from the new ABRSM 2021 & 2022 Grade 1 and 2 piano syllabuses. Learn the required scales and try some aural tests. This online course is an ideal way to boost your learning over the summer.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00
  12. 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
  13. Mixing and music production workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 9 Aug 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An intensive workshop on the stages involved in achieving a professional sounding mix. Ideal for those with some mixing experience who would like to identify existing weaknesses, improve their skills and learn new techniques.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  14. 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
  15. 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

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