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.

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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. Piano workshop 7

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 3 other dates)
    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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  2. Cabaret workshop

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your cabaret performance skills in this lively, engaging 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £229.00
    Concession: £140.00

  3. 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. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  4. Piano/keyboards 1F

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (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: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £139.00

  5. Piano/keyboards 1E

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    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: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. Piano workshop 6

    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you play piano at around grade 6 standard, join one of these workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, textural awareness, practice and performance skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  7. Singing 5A

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The fifth year of our classical singing programme online: continue to develop your technical and performance skills with more challenging repertoire to explore your understanding of your strengths as a singer.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  8. Sing jazz 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Improve your singing technique, solo performance, and learn some standard repertoire and jazz protocol. Explore style, develop good timing and phrasing, breath control, and extend your vocal range. Not suitable for beginner singers. Sessions will be online. Tutor : Dina Azzam.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  9. Clarinet 2A

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for students who have played Bb clarinet for at least a year. Come and improve your technique and performance skills, and explore a variety of styles and repertoire. Continues to Clarinet 2B next 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

  10. Clarinet 4A

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 17 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This online course is for students who have a minimum of three years' experience (playing at around grade 4 standard). Come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy learning some ensemble repertoire. This course continues with Clarinet 4B next 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

  11. Blues harmonica

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn essential harmonica riffs and techniques on this lively and enjoyable course. Build musical skills and confidence in improvising blues music. Meet the music of the main innovators and trail blazers. Tutor: Jake Rodrigues [external website].

    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

  12. The essential history of jazz in 20 cuts

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Through a selection of 20 iconic albums, we will study the key figures, the innovators and the star soloists of 20th century jazz, as well as some important artists you might be less familiar with. This course has a scheduled break week: 30 October 2020.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  13. Pop piano 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you have a good working knowledge of the keyboard (playing grade 4 standard or above), develop your playing towards popular and jazz styles. Learn to play chord progressions and songs, and study the musicianship behind pop piano skills. Sessions will be online. Break week: 8 May (Bank holiday for 75th anniversary of VE Day).

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  14. Piano: return to playing

    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Did you once play the piano? Would you like to return to playing in a friendly and supportive class? This course will help you refresh your dormant skills and whet your appetite to go further.

    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

  15. Jazz piano ABRSM grade 1 (A)

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This online class will introduce you to the ABRSM syllabus for jazz piano grade 1. You will begin work on your selection of 3 pieces, and you will also study scales and quick-study requirements. Note that this is part A of a two-part programme and you will not cover the entire syllabus in this first term.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

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