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. 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

  2. Violin and viola 4B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for students who have been learning for three to four years and are fluent in 1st and 3rd positions (grade 3-4). Come and study higher positions, vibrato and a variety of bow techniques. This course continues from Violin and viola 4A last term and with Violin and Viola 4B 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

  3. Singing 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Continue singing and explore your voice in this confidence-building online course. These classes develop your singing voice and your musicianship through a selection of songs from various genres. 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

  4. 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

  5. Music production with Logic: level 1

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    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

  6. 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

  7. Piano/keyboards 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 5 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

  8. Sing with confidence

    Course Date: Mon 11 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £90.00
    Concession: £65.00

  9. Jazz guitar 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have completed jazz guitar 1 and have learned to play introductory standard tunes, this 2nd term will develop your technical and musical skills in 'comping' and soloing. 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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  10. Music theory: grade 2

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your knowledge of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in simple and compound time. Explore the concept of ledger lines, minor scales, intervals, and common key signatures, terms and signs. Scheduled break week: 16th 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

  11. Violin and viola advanced: workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for violin or viola players with at least four years’ experience. Enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning classical repertoire, supported by technical studies.

    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. Cello advanced workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    An online course for students who have been playing for at least four years and are at around grade 5 standard. You will be encouraged to play in all clefs regularly and be comfortable in positions including thumb position. This course is 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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Exploring classical music: module 2

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores Baroque to Classical and leads to MD021C – Romantic to Modern, next term. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a scheduled break week: 16th February 2021.

    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. Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. These live online sessions are suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read yet.

    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

  15. Jazz crooning

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Sing repertoire from the 1930s to the 1950s, as sung by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Julie London. Swing tunes, easy listening genre, Latin and blues orientated repertoire. You will be encouraged to perform prepared songs as part of the course. Live online sessions. tutor : Clare Foster.

    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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