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. Sing folk
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy singing in the folk style and build a repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in this practical workshop conducted online with a professional performer and teacher.

    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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  2. Jazz piano: introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    For competent pianists who read music well and have good coordination between hands. Meet jazz language and conventions, and begin to understand keyboard harmony for the idiom.

    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
  3. Sight-reading for choral singers: advanced
    Course Date:  Thu 15 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you sing in a choir or a choral society, or are thinking of joining one? Would you like to feel more confident about reading sheet music and sight-singing? Then join our experienced singer and conductor for this short online course, to fill the gaps in your knowledge and improve your sight-singing skills in choral situations.

    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 £55.00 Concession £42.00
  4. Great works: Stravinsky's Apollo
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Stravinsky’s music was choreographed first by Adolph Bolm, and then by the 24-year-old George Balanchine, in 1928. We explore the music, the dance, and the originality of the work’s neoclassical inspiration.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00
  5. Jazz guitar styles and techniques
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn key concepts in how to play jazz guitar, and study the work of some of the most important performers of the genre.

    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
  6. Singers: improve your intonation
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online workshop explores how we learn to pitch notes accurately and sing with better intonation. It's a great chance to improve the way you use your voice, and to increase your confidence in your musicianship.

    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 £47.00 Concession £36.00
  7. Technical singing class
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    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 ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
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  8. 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
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  9. 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
  10. 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
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  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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 introducing the accent method of breathing. Work through the early 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
  14. Sight-singing
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your sight singing skills through the application of Kodaly methodologies. These online sessions will help you to link sounds and symbols, improving your ability to hear music off the page, and to memorise and transcribe what you hear.

    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
  15. Italian pronunciation for singers
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Often the language of songs presents a stumbling block if you are not familiar with the language. This course will help you with the basics of pronunciation and to give you confidence to choose songs in Italian. Please prepare a song to bring to the class.

    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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