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. Sing jazz 3

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For singers who have completed Sing jazz 2 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

  2. Classical guitar 1A

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Enjoy learning to play guitar in the classical style, and read notation, in a friendly, supportive atmosphere. Please use a nylon strung guitar.

    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

  3. Classical guitar 2A

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have studied playing and reading for classical guitar for at least a year, join this class to develop a range of technical skills as you learn repertoire of solo and ensemble guitar music.

    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

  4. Handel London operas 1

    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Study the cultural history, plots and structure of Handel’s Italian operas written for London audiences between 1720 and 1728. Learn about recitative, aria-types and discover the stories behind these great works. This course has a scheduled break week on 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

  5. Latin piano 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This practical online course for pianists (grade 4 ABRSM and above) introduces you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban and Salsa music. We will focus on harmonic development, rhythm, learning common montuno patterns, performance and improvisation, playing classic Cuban styles including Son, Mambo, Bolero, and Cha Cha Cha.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  6. Clarinet 5

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience (playing at around grade 4-5+ standard). Come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy some ensemble repertoire. This course continues with Clarinet 5B 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

  7. A history of British classical music in the 20th century

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 16 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course offers an overview of the diversity and development of British classical music in the 20th century. Structured chronologically, the examples studied draw attention to particular themes and forms which may help define British classical music culture more broadly. Where significant, this will be framed within social and political contexts of the time. This course has a scheduled break 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

  8. Jazz vocal improvisation

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. This online course aims to increase your confidence and 'know how', and to enable you to enjoy improvising. A vital supplement to the jazz singing courses. Tutor : Dina Azzam.

    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

  9. Piano: advanced workshop

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining this class This is an online course, please see below for details. Break week: 29 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £259.00
    Concession: £158.00

  10. The long 19th century I: Romantics, poets and virtuosos

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and discover the roots of Romanticism and its musical pioneers, from Beethoven and Schubert to Meyerbeer and Paganini, as we explore the rich interaction of poetry, art and composition in the early 1800s. This course has a scheduled break week: 22 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

  11. Piano workshop 5

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you play piano at around grade 5 standard, join one of these workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, practice and performance skills.

    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

  12. Piano workshop 7

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you play piano at around grade 7 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with a focus on technique, tone production, pedalling and performance skills.

    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

  13. Cabaret workshop

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your cabaret performance skills in this lively, engaging online workshop. Learn to transition between speech and song and to create a meaningful cabaret sequence. If you are new to this class you need to be assessed in an advice session. Please click the pink 'start your interview' button on the right, or contact the music department to arrange an appointment.

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

  14. Sing folk

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to sing in the folk style and build a repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in practical classes online.

    Tutor: Allison Sleator [external website].

    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

  15. Piano/keyboards 1F

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £139.00

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