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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. Choir at lunchtime

    Choir at lunchtime

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and spend your lunchtime singing online. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all

    genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime!

    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: £69.00
    Concession: £50.00

  2. Introduction to musicals

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    From Showboat to Hamilton, this course surveys some key examples from the history of the modern musical and examines the way different styles of music, dance and words work on stage.

    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: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  3. Music theory: counterpoint 2

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 3 next term. Scheduled break week: 15 Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  4. Music theory: diploma topics 2

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Prescribed works. Mid-term break: 15 Feb 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00

  5. Piano/keyboards 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes. 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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Sing rock, pop and soul 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore vocal technique, repertoire, and pop music styles. Attention is given to rhythm skill and singing in harmony. Work towards solo performance in funk, soul, blues, rock and indie styles. Live online sessions. tutor : Colette Meury.

    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

  7. Violin and viola 5B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The second term of our level 5 online course, suitable for those who have been playing for around 4 years. You should demonstrate confidence in the first 3 positions and show some confidence in 4th position. You should be developing a good sound quality with the bow and be able to work with a variety of bowing techniques.

    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. Music production with Logic: level 1

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Opera studies 2: baritones and mezzos

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Operatic baritones and mezzo-sopranos can be cast as ‘nice’ or ‘nasty’. By exploring the development of these voices and typical rôles, we can appreciate their versatility in creating central or supporting characters. This course has a scheduled break week: 15th February 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  10. Singing workshop: Scandinavian art song

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A dynamic and invigorating online class for singers at workshop level and above (at least four years' experience). Come and explore the wonderful world of Scandinavian art song and gain the language skills to broaden your repertoire.

    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

  11. Musicianship 2: aural training with solfa B

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This practical course focuses on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part C next term. Break week: 15 Feb 2021.

    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: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  12. Clarinet advanced workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 5 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  13. Piano/keyboards 4B

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music

    reading, and your confidence! 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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  14. Clarinet 3B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for studehts who have a minimum of two years' experience (playing at around grade 3 standard). Come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy some ensemble repertoire. Continues from Clarinet 3A last term and with Clarinet 3C next term.

    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

  15. Keyboard harmony and technique D

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A practical workshop in keyboard harmony and technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6.

    Taught at the keyboard, this fourth module focuses on pianistic technique and harmonic analysis, with a particular emphasis on modulation. You will broaden your understanding of selected piano repertoire and develop finger-dexterity through work on piano studies by Moritz Moszkowski and Ignaz Moscheles. 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

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