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. Sonic Arts 2: interactive projects
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 1 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Sonic arts is the expression of creativity through sound. Bring or start your own interactive sound art projects which you will develop in this practical online course.

    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. Vocal recording: production techniques
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 6 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn how to make recordings of sung and/or spoken voices, then edit them, add effects, or mix with other tracks. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    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
  3. Music production with Logic: advanced
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    For those who would like to extend their use of Logic Pro to realise their recording and production skills. We'll cover comping, sidechaining, parallel compression, flextime and more to give you the ability to realise more professional recordings and get the most out of this exceptional music production software.

    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
  4. A brief history of improvisation in classical music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course explores the practice of improvisation in classical music, spanning the Baroque period to contemporary music. You'll explore music of composers including Bach, Mozart, Liszt and Clara Schumann and discover how improvisation features in contemporary classical music-making.

    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 £79.00 Concession £48.00
  5. Learn to read music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    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 £79.00 Concession £48.00
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  6. Sing pop and jazz
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Meet the challenge of singing in contemporary styles. Enjoy learning jazz and pop repertoire, with guidance from a teacher and performer. You need to be able to sing in time and in tune to benefit from this introductory 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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
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  7. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 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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  8. Folk and pop guitar taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the essential chords that will begin your guitar career, and develop the motor skill to strum pop songs. Please have an acoustic guitar for this online session.

    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 £19.00 Concession £12.00
  9. Songwriting: form and function
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your ability to make songs through practical exercises. In these online sessions we will examine well known songs from pop, rock and jazz in order to understand their chord progressions, accompaniment, bass lines and rhythm. Ideal for players and singers with a good working knowledge of harmony.

    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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  10. String ensemble: summer season
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to play in an ensemble in a fun and stimulating environment. For players of violin, viola, cello and double bass playing at level equivalent to grades 2 - 4.

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  11. Jazz harmony: introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have a good understanding of triad harmony, these online sessions will introduce you to the jazz idiom and jazz musicianship. Some playing included.

    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 £79.00 Concession £48.00
  12. Classical guitar taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy this introduction to playing classical guitar. Please use a nylon-strung guitar for this online session.

    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 £19.00 Concession £19.00
  13. Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style. Live interactive sessions online.

    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
  14. Exploring classical music: module 4
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores Western classical music from 1930 until 2000. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge.

    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 £69.00 Concession £42.00
  15. Musicianship 2: rhythm
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Jul 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Supplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will play in these online sessions, reading and writing rhythms, and working by ear.

    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 £79.00 Concession £48.00
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