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. 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

  2. Recorder ensemble: summer season

    Recorder ensemble: summer season

    Course Date: Wed 8 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to play ensemble music for recorders, with repertoire ranging from early to present day. Suitable for recorder players who have been learning for at least a year and can read music.

    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

  3. Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 3 pieces

    New 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

  4. 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

  5. Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 9 Jul 2020
    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.

    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

  6. Great works: Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra

    Course Date: Thu 9 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    ‘Freely after Nietzsche’ is the subtitle Strauss gave to his tone poem of 1896. Come along and explore the links in this work between philosophy and music.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  7. Great musicians: Noël Coward

    Course Date: Fri 10 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Wit, performer, actor, writer, director and composer Noël Coward epitomised elegance and was the epitome of sophisticated Englishness for his generation. We investigate his life, work, successes and legacy. Prepare to be amused!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  8. Jazz vocal improvisation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. This course aims to increase your confidence and 'know how', and enable you to enjoy improvising. Tutor: Cerys Hogg.

    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

  9. Songwriting: form and function

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your ability to make songs through practical exercises. 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 ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  10. Musicianship 2: ear training

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. We will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Relevant music theory is included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  11. Piano/keyboards: exploring Grade 1 pieces

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Study pieces from the new ABRSM 2021 & 2022 Grade 1 piano syllabus. Learn the required 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: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  12. Viola workshop

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 12 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Focus on technique and musicianship especially for viola: on playing on the C string, reading alto clef fluently, left-hand work and more. For viola players, and violin players who wish to add an extra string to their bow!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. Summer choir

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Singing with others is great fun, and has been proven to be good for your health. Come and get started over the summer and see how you benefit. Suitable for all levels, no audition required.

    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

  14. Composition techniques: intensive workshop

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Write a composition in a week, using the concepts of ground bass and variations. Good music theory knowledge (grade 5 or higher) and playing skills needed.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Musicianship 1: learn to read music

    Musicianship 1: learn to read music

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jul 2020
    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 ‘How will I be taught’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

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