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. Dido and Aeneas: from Virgil to Purcell
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Purcell’s ever-popular opera from Virgil’s original tale to Nahum Tate’s English libretto, and discover key features of Purcell’s musical language.

    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
  2. Agrippina: from Roman history to Handel opera
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Handel’s first major operatic success Agrippina and the historical background to this legendary operatic figure.

    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
  3. Piano: return to playing
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 4 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Did you once play the piano? Are you thinking of returning to playing? This short online course, taught in a friendly and supportive environment, will help you refresh your dormant skills and re-kindle your passion for playing.

    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 £109.00 Concession £66.00
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  4. Music history book club
    Course Date:  Mon 5 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biographies with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book: An Equal Music (Vikram Seth).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  5. Great works: Vivaldi's Four Seasons
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Vivaldi’s most famous concertos and discover the stories behind these works whilst learning to recognize key features of the baroque style.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00
  6. How to practise piano: advanced
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 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 prepare 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 £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  7. Chamber music: intermediate
    Course Date:  Fri 9 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 4 or above with good sight-reading skills. Please read additional COVID safety info carefully.

    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
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  8. Ukulele summer school
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ensemble ukulele with individual parts. For experienced players, preferably who read tablature. A challenge, but the music/repertoire will be tailored to various abilities. Live sessions online that can include practice in pairs and trios.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  9. Swing jazz rhythm notation
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A single session 'clinic' that aims to help you hear and steer in jazz swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    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
  10. Summer choir
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Singing with others is great fun, and has been proven to be good for your health. Join us for this online course and get started over the summer to see how you benefit. Suitable for all levels, no audition required.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
  11. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. In live online sessions we will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
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  12. Great artists: Pauline Viardot
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Celebrated mezzo-soprano Pauline Viardot was born in 1821 into a singing dynasty. Many composers wrote for her. She composed herself, becoming central to music in France, and leaving a remarkable and enduring legacy.

    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. Piano: technique levels 1-3
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve your piano technique on this short, practical, online course. Learn exercises specifically tailored to unlock and improve your coordination and control at the piano.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  14. Piano: technique levels 4-6
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve your piano technique on this short, practical, online course. Learn exercises specifically tailored to unlock and improve your coordination and control at the piano.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  15. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course explores music theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.

    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 £95.00 Concession £73.00
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