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. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is the 2nd term of this jazz musicianship course. Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, and learn challenging repertoire in live online sessions. For players with established jazz education at foundation level. New students may apply by writing to music@citylit.ac.uk.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

  2. Piano workshop 8

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these online 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 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: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  3. Cello workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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. 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. Folk and pop guitar 1B

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and learn some songs! This second term of online study will suit you if you have experience of tuning your guitar, know note names up to the fourth fret, and can play basic folk chords shapes. Continues to 1c next term.

    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

  5. Piano/keyboards 1D

    New
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique. 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: £135.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Sing jazz 3

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (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. Some repertoire and vocalese will be taught, and you will be invited to contribute repertoire of your choice.

    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

  7. Piano/keyboards 1C

    New Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (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. 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. Violin and viola 2B

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    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 from Violin and viola 2A last term and with Violin and viola 2C 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

  9. Singing 4B

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    The third year of our online classical singing programme: 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. 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

  10. Classical guitar 3B

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced classical guitarists. This online class will work on scales and arpeggios at grade 6 and 7, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music. tutor : Tony Rowden.

    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

  11. Pop music: a brief history

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Open up the history of pop music by exploring 20 key songs. This course has a scheduled break: 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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £209.00
    Concession: £127.00

  12. Music for Elizabeth I

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Study the cultural history, plots and politics of music in Elizabethan England. Explore key genres and composers. 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: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £127.00

  13. Schubert in focus

    Course Date: Tue 12 Jan 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    From the famous song cycles of Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin to chamber music for strings and piano, Franz Schubert’s music has captivated audiences and musicians for centuries. We investigate the inner workings of Schubert’s music, and explore not only what makes it so rich and distinctive, but why its reception was hampered at the time of the composer’s death in 1828. Tutor: Dr Katy Hamilton [external website]

    This course has a scheduled break week: 18th February 2020.

    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

  14. City Lit a cappella

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 1 other date)
    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 in zoomsingland for this term. Contact the Music Department to arrange an audition.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  15. Piano repertoire

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 13 Jan 2021 (and 3 other dates)
    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: 17th February 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £249.00
    Senior fee: £249.00
    Concession: £152.00

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