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.

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Swing jazz rhythm notation
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    Would you like to improve your playing, reading and writing in swing time? This short course aims to help you hear and steer in jazz swing feel. Live practice sessions on Zoom. Students must be accustomed to playing jazz.



    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
  2. Great artists: Fanny Mendelssohn
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Surprise! It’s the ‘other’ Mendelssohn who wrote music. Learn all about Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel and her work, her aspirations, her relationship with her family, and her artistic output. Come for the music, stay for the person (as well)!



    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 £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  3. Great works: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 31 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley, James Lloyd
    Explore this famous ‘tale in music’ -one of the first operas - and find out why the Greek legend of Orpheus provided such fertile material for a plot.



    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 £39.00 Concession £24.00
  4. Great works: Janácek's ‘Intimate Letters’ Quartet
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    ‘I maintain,’ Janácek once wrote, ‘that a pure musical note means nothing unless it is pinned down in life, blood and locale; otherwise, it is a worthless toy.’ In his passionate Second String Quartet, which he named ‘Intimate Letters’, the seventy-three-year-old sought to depict and exalt Kamila Stösslová, a woman over 35 years his junior with whom he exchanged more than 700 letters. This astonishing declaration of love and obsession was premiered a month after Janácek’s death.



    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 £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  5. Music history book club
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book focusses operatic voices.



    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

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