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. Cello advanced workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  2. Choral music from Handel to Weir

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course traces the role of choral singing and composition from that master of oratorio, George Frideric Handel, through the centuries to the choirs of today and how composers write for them. This course has a scheduled break week: 27 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  3. Piano workshop 3

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you play piano at around grade 3 standard, join one of our workshops to develop your technique and musicianship while building up your repertoire of pieces. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  4. Piano workshop 8

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. Break week: 27 Oct 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  5. Cello workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for players who have at least two years' playing experience on the cello (playing at grade 3 standard). Come and develop your technique and musical skills through playing ensemble and solo repertoire. This course is offered every term.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Folk and pop guitar 1A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about tuning your instrument, strumming and picking, simple chords for pop songs, scales and chord symbols on this starter course. Use an acoustic guitar.for these online sessions.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. World music: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore a range of musical traditions from around the world: Indian raga and Bollywood; Ghanaian and South African grooves; Ottoman makam and Klezmer; Samba and Salsa. Listen for characteristic features and learn about the cultural settings in which they are produced. break week: Tues 27 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  8. Piano/keyboards 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 3 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  9. Singing 4A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The third year of our classical singing programme online: combine technical skills and repertoire to explore your understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. Apply your skills to more complex and challenging repertoire.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  10. Singing 2A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is the first term of our solo-singing programme online. Suitable for singers of all styles of music, taught by a classically trained teacher. Gain a fundamental grasp of healthy vocal technique and an understanding of the work involved to progress as a singer.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  11. Sing jazz: advanced

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    For vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Challenging repertoire and vocalese will be taught in these online sessions, and you will be invited to contribute repertoire of your choice. tutor : Clare Foster.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  12. Sing jazz 2

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For singers who have completed Sing jazz 1, and newcomers who have equivalent experience and ability in the jazz idiom. Develop your jazz conception, solo performance and expand your repertoire in these online sessions.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  13. Violin and viola 2A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    An online course for those who have been playing violin/viola for about a year, know the D major scale finger pattern and basic music notation. Learn classical and jazzy music in a friendly class. Continues to Violin and viola 2B next term.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Classical guitar 3A

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced classical guitar players, this class will work on scales and arpeggios at grade 6, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music. tutor : Tony Rowden.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Piano/keyboards 1C

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is the third term in our beginners piano programme. If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1B’ or have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

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