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.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time new students can get 20% off their first online course using code CITYLIT20. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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. Swing jazz rhythm notation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 31 May 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you struggle to negotiate reading and writing in swing time? This 'clinic' aims to help you hear and steer in swing feel. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £29.00
    Concession: £18.00

  2. Technical singing class

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Refresh your singing with a short technical course. Put together an impactful warm up routine, improve your understanding of technique and how it affects your singing. Suitable for intermediate level singers in classical style.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  3. Singing for fun

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 7 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building course. This short course will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  4. Music production with Logic

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 9 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Logic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  5. Sonic arts: creativity with sound

    Course Date: Tue 16 Jun 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Sonic arts is the expression of creativity through sound. Enjoy a series of creative exercises, with study and discussion of contemporary and historical context and practice, and create your own sound art.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  6. Musicianship for string players

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 6 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to your instrument. This course is for violin, viola and cello players who have been learning for two years or more.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  7. Musicianship for keyboard players: introduction

    Course Date: Mon 6 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your understanding of theory and musicianship in relation to the piano. This course is for pianists who have been learning for around two years.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Album history 1: Highway 61 Revisited (1965)

    Course Date: Mon 6 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the history of Bob Dylan’s hugely influential sixth album. Chart Dylan’s change from acoustic to rock – “going electric” and discuss the reception history and enduring appeal of his work. Tutor: Dr Toby Manning [external website].

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  9. Ableton Live

    Course Date: Tue 7 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Live is a revolutionary package that has taken the music world by storm. Performing with a laptop, songwriting or composing, Live’s intuitive and totally flexible interface puts the fun and experimentation back into music making.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £152.00

  10. Ukulele summer school

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 7 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced players who read tablature. A short course to hone your technique and enjoy playing in a group. Music repertoire will be tailored to suit abilities.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  11. Piano: technique levels 1-3

    Course Date: Tue 7 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your piano technique on this short, practical course. Learn exercises specifically tailored to unlock and improve your coordination and control at the piano. Taught in the digital keyboard room.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  12. Piano: technique levels 4-6

    Course Date: Tue 7 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your piano technique on this short, practical course. Learn exercises specifically tailored to unlock and improve your coordination and control at the piano. Taught in the digital keyboard room.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  13. Piano/keyboards: revision for 1B and 1C classes

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 7 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Reinforce your basic piano skills, improve your reading, hand co-ordination and technique. This course will revise key topics from City Lit 1B and 1C piano syllabus and is a great opportunity to keep learning throughout the summer!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  14. Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 3 pieces

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 8 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Study two contrasting pieces at a Grade 3 piano syllabus standard. Refresh your knowledge of scales and try some aural tests. An ideal way to boost your learning over the summer.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Jazz drumming

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 9 Jul 2020
    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 drummers who are new to jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

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