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
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 22 May 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £95.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. 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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Musicianship 2: rhythm
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 19 Sep 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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  6. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn essential tools to sing jazz, including what to listen for in the piano accompaniment and the importance of pulse, groove and vocal technique. This day is for singers with musical experience who are new to the jazz idiom.

    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 £49.00 Concession £30.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. Come and sing: Les Miserables
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and sing the songs from the hit West End show and major motion picture Les Miserables. Learn the music from scratch and perform songs from the world's most popular musical. All levels.

    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
  8. Jazz repertoire
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy the challenge of learning to play jazz tunes in these online sessions. For players with good instrumental technique, aural and reading skills. Jazz and Latin tunes for study will be announced two weeks ahead of the course start date.

    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 £89.00 Concession £54.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  9. Jazz drumming
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    You will combine playing in swing and Latin grooves with a brief tour of the work of famous jazz drummers. For able drummers who are new to jazz.

    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
  10. Jazz clarinet
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 17 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore jazz and latin rhythms, phrasing, chord/scale relationships, how to approach chord sequences and the interpretation of tunes. 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
  11. Introduction to accent breathing for singers
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sun 18 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A short course for singers with some experience and singing teachers, introducing the accent method of breathing. Work through the three stages of graduated exercises. You need to be able to take part in floor work. Please note: to participate in this class you may be required to wear a mask for part or all of the class depending on the guidelines.

    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
  12. Come and sing: sea shanties
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and explore a selection of these highly expressive (and cheeky) works at our friendly one day, online workshop.

    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 £49.00 Concession £30.00
  13. Jazz piano 1
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have pop piano training or equivalent keyboard harmony skill, come and tackle the easier end of the jazz piano repertoire. The focus is on jazz harmony and voicing, interpretation of a lead sheet and good timing. You'll need to play piano at grade 5 or above.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  14. Saxophone 3A
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ideal if you are at intermediate level, can read and improvise, and have some experience of performing. Our repertoire will be pop, jazz and World music. Technical work on the instrument will be combined with solo playing, learning tunes, improvisation and musicianship training. 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
  15. Folk and pop guitar 1A
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn about tuning your instrument, strumming and picking, simple chords for pop songs, scales and chord symbols on this starter course. Use any acoustic guitar for this introductory course.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100

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