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. 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
  2. Singing: daily vocal workout
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Do you find it diffucult to motivate yourself to practise singing? Do you get stuck wondering which warm-ups and exercises are the best ones for you? Or have you had a break from singing and need some encouragemnet to get back into practising? Then come and join us online for a week of daily warm-ups and exercises to get you on the right track.

    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 £49.00
  3. Solo singing: English song
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An online workshop class for classical singers to explore the English song repertoire. For singers at intermediate level and above. Come and explore some of the less well-known masters of English art song writing. Please see the repertoire list below.

    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 £63.00 Concession £48.00
  4. Composition techniques: intensive
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the highly flexible technique of ostinato, and how to use it effectively in your own composition. Good knowledge of musical concepts and terminology needed, including ability to read and write musical notation.

    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
  5. Sing Broadway
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to perform your favourite songs from popular Broadway shows, from standard classics to modern musicals. Gain confidence in performing, and enjoy singing solo and in ensemble.

    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
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  6. German pronunciation for singers
    Course Date:  Tue 20 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 German. 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
  7. Great albums: Revolver
    Course Date:  Tue 20 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn the history of The Beatles’ hugely successful and influential seventh album. We’ll explore how Revolver was written and recorded, its reception history and what gives the album its enduring appeal.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  8. Guitar fingerstyle workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable for players with two years' or more experience with a basic grasp of fingerstyle techniques (melody and chord playing), who can read notation/TAB. Music for the three pieces to be studied will be available prior to the course.

    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
  9. Great works: Berlioz's Evenings with the Orchestra
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    French Romantic composer Berlioz was a highly original and influential composer of orchestral music, and also an eccentric, opinionated and often hilarious writer on music. Explore mid 19th century musical life through his delightful Evenings in the Orchestra.

    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
  10. Great albums: Kind of Blue
    Course Date:  Wed 21 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Everything you have always wanted to know about this extraordinary recording , one of the most critically acclaimed but also commercially successful in the history of jazz.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  11. Jazz today
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore and survey jazz music as we find it today, and consider how it has developed over the past forty years through this short, online course.

    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
  12. Ukulele: taster
    Course Date:  Thu 22 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Meet the instrument and an expert ukulele player in this live online session. If you have a uke you can start to play, and if you do not, you can watch and listen, and perhaps sing along.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  13. Flute taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Introduction to playing flute: embouchure, fingering, breathing and articulation. Learn to play a tune by the end of the session. Play your own instrument in this online session.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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  14. String summer school
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn technique, repertoire and ensemble skills for all orchestral strings. Develop your confidence and make new string friends. For players at grade 3 or above.

    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
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  15. Come and sing: sea shanties
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 24 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and explore a selection of these highly expressive (and cheeky) works at our friendly one day, online workshop.

    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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