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.

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  1. Singing 2A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue your singing training into a second year and explore your voice in this confidence-building online course. These classes will develop your singing voice and your musicianship through a selection of songs from various genres.

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. Advanced singing workshop
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the rich repertoire of classical song and develop expressive and communicative skills. This lively workshop is for experienced classical singers (at least five years' tuition).
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £269.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  3. Prepare for opera
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore classical operatic repertoire in this dynamic workshop with an experienced tutor and a professional accompanist. Learn which styles suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £269.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  4. Sing soul and blues
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy this exploration of classic soul tunes and blues vocal style and repertoire. Meet the challenge of writing and singing your own blues. For experienced singers who are accustomed to group classes. Live sessions online.

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  5. Singing 5A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
  6. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your jazz musicianship, repertoire, playing and improvising. Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, learn challenging repertoire. For players with established jazz education at foundation level. Online assessment for entry to this course can be arranged after you 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 £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  7. Sing jazz 1
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    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.

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Piano workshop 8
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these 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: 26 Oct 2021.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  9. Music theory: counterpoint 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 2 next term. Break week: 26 Oct 2021.

    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
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  10. Piano workshop 3
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you play piano at around grade 3 standard, join one of our online workshops to develop your technique and musicianship while building up your repertoire of pieces.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. Singing 1A
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building online course. These classes will introduce you to healthy use of your singing voice and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Sing rock, pop and soul 1
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Online classes for newcomers. Explore technique, repertoire and performance. Attention is given to rhythm and singing in harmony, and some improvisation. Work towards solo performance in funk, soul, blues, rock and indie styles.

    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Singing workshop
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An lively workshop class for singers of 5 years’ experience or more: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing. The tutor will provide a suggested repertoire list in class.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  14. Piano repertoire
    Course Date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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. Break week: 27 October 2021.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £158.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  15. Chamber music: advanced
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 5 or above with good sight-reading skills. Please read additional COVID safety info carefully.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100

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