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/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

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

    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.



    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Introduction to music production
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing using a free or cheap digital audio program that can run on either Mac or PC. Turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!



    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 £129.00 Concession £88.00
  3. Music theory: grade 4
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments. This course has a break week: 28 Oct 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
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    100% of 100
  4. Music theory: grade 3
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four



    sharps/flats. break week: 26 October 2021.



    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
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    100% of 100
  5. Keyboard harmony and technique: advanced
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    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
  6. String ensemble
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. Folk and pop guitar 2A
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    For players with a year's experience, this second year of guitar study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. Improve your musicianship and expand your song repertoire in these 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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Piano/keyboards 2A
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This third year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 1 standard. Improve your technique, fluency of reading and playing, and exploring more complex rhythm patterns.



    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:
    80% of 100
  9. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  10. Singing 5A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The fifth year of our classical singing programme: continue to develop your technical and performance skills with more challenging repertoire to explore your understanding of your strengths as a singer. A list of suggested repertoire will be provided. Break week 27th 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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  11. Classical guitar 2A
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have studied playing and reading for classical guitar for at least a year, join this online class to develop a range of technical skills as you learn repertoire of solo and ensemble guitar music.



    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. Clarinet repertoire workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 5 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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  13. Piano/keyboards 4A
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (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 £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £146.00
  14. City Lit a cappella
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. The group remains online for this term, working to record our repertoire. And we will pursue opportunities to meet in person.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £91.00
  15. Singing workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    A lively workshop class for singers of 5 years’ experience or more: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing. The tutor will provide a suggested repertoire list in class.



    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
    Rating:
    95% of 100

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