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. Saxophone 2A

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For sax players with a year's experience, who read music, and have some experience of performing. Develop your tone, technique, reading and musicianship, playing popular styles and jazz, with some improvisation. Continues 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

  2. Saxophone 3A

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Ideal if you are at intermediate level, can read and improvise, and have some experience of performing. Repertoire will be pop, jazz and World music. Technical work on the instrument will be combined with solo playing, learning tunes, improvisation and musicianship training. Continues 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

  3. Saxophone 4A

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you're an experienced saxophone player, come and extend your technique, musicianship and performance skills in this advanced workshop. The emphasis will be on playing jazz, developing musicianship, and improvisation. Continues 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

  4. Folk and pop guitar 2A

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you can play a wide range of chord shapes, in time, and can follow chord symbols, this second year of study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. This term is online. Improve your musicianship and expand your 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

  5. Folk and pop guitar 3A

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you're an experienced player, join these online sessions to develop your rhythmic playing and your interpretation of chord charts using bar chords, mobile scales, bass lines and melody work. Vast and varied repertoire. Playing techniques can apply to acoustic and electric guitar.

    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

  6. Drumming 2A

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Play and analyse classic grooves. Work to improve your coordinated independence and application of rudiments to the kit. Includes reading drum notation. Ideal for players who have completed 2 or 3 drumming modules. Sessions online.

    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

  7. British and Irish folk music

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop a knowledge and repertoire of the folk music of Britain and Ireland. This is an intermediate-level online course for any instruments: lectures, demonstration, ornamentation, and ensemble repertoire with your teacher in a group setting online. You should have one to two years' experience on your instrument and play at grade 2 to 3 standard.

    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: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  8. Drumming: advanced

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Our advanced class is a great chance to practise all the essential popular grooves. Enhance and maintain your technique, reading and stamina. Term 1 will be conducted online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £299.00
    Concession: £182.00

  9. Music theory: grade 5

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and

    standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams. Break Week 1st November.

    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

  10. Bass guitar: advanced

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your skills as a bassist, your understanding of rhythm, melodic roles, and playing with an ensemble or backing tracks. We will focus on groove playing in swing, rock, funk, R&B. It is essential you can read for bass. Use your own bass guitar for these online sessions.. Tutor : Paul Westwood.

    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. World music: Afro Cuban ensemble

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about the wonderful repertoire, rhythms and harmony of this dynamic music. Suitable for all instrumentalists and percussionists, this online study workshop will help you to understand this exciting music. Learn how the instruments and rhythm section interact to create a dynamic and sophisticated sound. Experience some of the excitement of playing in a Latin band through online interaction with the tutor.

    Develop your music reading, improvising and rhythmic skills so that you can learn to play this music with confidence. Gain insight into how to solo over some Classic Cuban and Salsa styles.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  12. Drumming 1B

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For graduates of a beginner course, and drum students with some experience. We will play and analyse classic grooves, and work to improve co-ordinated independence in application of rudiments to the kit. Sessions online.

    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

  13. Jazz ensemble playing

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 20 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you already play jazz and have substantial understanding of jazz harmony, come and develop your aural, harmonic and rhythmic sense through practical study of jazz standards, improvisation and transcribed solos. The next online assessment date will be Saturday 15th August. Apply 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: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  14. Ukulele: advanced

    Course Date: Mon 21 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For experienced ukulele players, this course will hone your skills, extend your understanding of chord theory, picking and tablature. Apply these techniques to standard tunes.

    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

  15. Musicianship 2: ear training

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. In sessions online you will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and routines will be set for you to practise. Music theory is included.

    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

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