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. Violin and viola 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basics of playing violin or viola in a friendly online environment, using a range of fun music. Suitable for those who have been learning for at least a term. Continues to Violin and viola 1C next term.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  2. Music theory: grade 1

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs. Break week: 27 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  3. Blues guitar 2

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore blues guitar techniques on this practical online course : chords, scales, form, rhythm and phrasing for accompaniment; soloing that will allow you to play with confidence with other musicians. Suitable for guitarists with plenty of folk & pop experience, who have also met the blues.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. The music of Edward Elgar

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Elgar’s music has always provoked mixed reactions - to some it represented the conservative tradition, to others it was progressive. This course will explore the ‘Elgar Enigma’ and uncover the real composer - whose music beautifully represents the pre-WW1 mood. This course has a scheduled break week on 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

  5. City Lit a cappella

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. The group remains online for this term. We aim to give a concert as soon as such can be arranged. Contact the Music Department to arrange an audition.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  6. Music theory: grade 6

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications). This course has a break-week (28 Oct), and a Christmas break (2 Dec-6 Jan) returning on 13 Jan.

    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

  7. Piano repertoire

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have a minimum playing standard of grade 8, come and explore the wealth of piano repertoire, concentrating on style and period. Broaden your interpretive skills and gain experience in performance practice. This is an online course, please see below for details. Break week: 28 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

  8. Exploring classical music: module 1

    Exploring classical music: module 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores selected topics in Medieval to (early) Baroque music, and leads on to next term's course (MD030B) which covers (later) Baroque to classical. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a break week on 28th October 2020.

    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. Listening to the 20th century: module 1

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Using Alex Ross’s 'The Rest is Noise' as a guide, we'll investigate art music in the first half of the 20th century. This module covers Mahler’s last symphonies, fin de siècle Paris and the Ballet Russes, and Expressionism and the Second Viennese School. Break week: 28 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

  10. Musicianship 2: rhythm

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Supplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will play, sing and chant in these online classes, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  11. Flamenco guitar 1

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you are an intermediate-level guitar player, come and learn authentic flamenco guitar in traditional and modern styles. Explore the techniques of picado, pulgar, alzapua and rasgueo, with rhythms, chords and scales. Learn to play a variety of 'falsetas' in the rhythm of soleo and bulerias. Please use a nylon strung 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: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  12. Singing workshop

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    An online introduction to workshop style classes for singers of 4 years’ experience or more: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and develop your understanding of critical evaluation of singing.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  13. Singing 3A

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The second year of our classical singing programme online: continue your focus on technique and explore suitable repertoire to support your vocal development. You must have completed 'Singing 2' or equivalent.

    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

  14. Advanced singing workshop

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A dynamic and invigorating online masterclass for experienced singers (at least five years' one-to-one lessons) where you can hone your performance skills ready for recital and stage. Repertoire for this term is on the theme 'A sense of place', or your own choice.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00
    Concession: £164.00

  15. Sing rock, pop and soul 1

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Online classes for newcomers. Explore technique, repertoire and performance. Attention is given to rhythm and singing in harmony, and some improvisation. Work towards solo performance in funk, soul, blues, rock and indie styles.

    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

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