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. How to practise piano: advanced
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Practice time is precious but sometimes not used to the best advantage. These online sessions will provide guidelines to help you make the most out of your time. Please prepare two pieces of music: one that you know or are currently working on, and one you would like to start learning.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  2. A brief history of improvisation in classical music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 8 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This course explores the practice of improvisation in classical music, spanning the Baroque period to contemporary music. You'll explore music of composers including Bach, Mozart, Liszt and Clara Schumann and discover how improvisation features in contemporary classical music-making.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  3. Ukulele summer school
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 10 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ensemble ukulele with individual parts. For experienced players, preferably who read tablature. A challenge, but the music/repertoire will be tailored to various abilities. Live sessions online that can include practice in pairs and trios.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  4. Sing pop and jazz
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Meet the challenge of singing in contemporary styles. Enjoy learning jazz and pop repertoire, with guidance from a teacher and performer. You need to be able to sing in time and in tune to benefit from this introductory course. 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 £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
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  5. Learn to read music
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn how to understand the notation of pitch, metre and rhythm. An introduction for absolute beginners.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
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  6. Summer choir
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Singing with others is great fun, and has been proven to be good for your health. Join us for this online course and get started over the summer to see how you benefit. Suitable for all levels, no audition required.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
  7. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 12 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. In live online sessions we will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
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  8. Piano: technique levels 1-3
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve your piano technique on this short, practical, online course. Learn exercises specifically tailored to unlock and improve your coordination and control at the piano.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  9. Piano: technique levels 4-6
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Improve your piano technique on this short, practical, online course. Learn exercises specifically tailored to unlock and improve your coordination and control at the piano.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
  10. String ensemble: summer season
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Learn how to play in an ensemble in a fun and stimulating environment. For players of violin, viola, cello and double bass playing at level equivalent to grades 2 - 4.

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  11. Jazz harmony: introduction
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have a good understanding of triad harmony, these online sessions will introduce you to the jazz idiom and jazz musicianship. Some playing included.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  12. Song lyric writing: create and combine with melody
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style. Live interactive sessions online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  13. Exploring classical music: module 4
    Evening
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores Western classical music from 1930 until 2000. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  14. Introduction to the music of Igor Stravinsky
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get to know Stravinsky’s music through a course that explores his life, the times he lived in and the aesthetic movements he was part of.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  15. Singing for beginners
    Course Date:  Wed 14 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Start your journey as a singer this summer with this short, enjoyable, online course. Take your first important steps towards a healthy vocal technique and confidence in your singing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00

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