Music - Keeley Street

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 production, music theory, history, singing and 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.

Some 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.

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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. Chamber music: intermediate
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 3-5 standard, with some sight-reading skills.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
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  2. Music theory: grade 6
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to write four-part harmony, harmonise and write diatonic melodies, modulate, and analyse scores (harmony, melodic decoration, phrase structure, performance instructions, stylistic implications). NB: no lessons on: 26 Feb, 9th, 16th & 30th April.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £155.00
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  3. Exploring opera 3
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Join us to explore the history of opera over three enjoyable terms. In this third term we’ll explore Verdi, Wagner and the early 20th century. Break week: 01 & 29 May 2023 (Bank holidays).
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  4. Introduction to musical analysis
    Course start date:  Mon 24 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    An introduction to the major building blocks of music. Learn about melody, harmony, texture, rhythm, form and performance directions, and how to recognise these facets within further areas of study. Break weeks: 1 May, 29 May 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  5. The music of the Ballet Russes
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    Get to know the music used and commissioned by the Ballet Russes from 1909-1929. This fascinating moment takes us from the 19th century Russian music of Borodin, Rimsky Korsakov and Tchaikovsky, through controversial neo-primitive like the Rite of Spring to the cool neoclassicism of Satie, Milhaud, Poulenc and Stravinsky. Break week: 30 May 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  6. Early music in the 20th century
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Explore the early music pioneers of the 20th century. Learn about different approaches in each genre and unpick some of the arguments about ‘authenticity’ and ‘historically informed performance’ with instruments and voices. Scheduled break week 30 May 2023.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  7. Wagner's Ring Cycle
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    ‘Numerous musical beauties reign in the [Ring des] Nibelungen with a magical power to which we willingly and thankfully yield ourselves capture’. So wrote the critic Hanslick after the first Bayreuth Festival in 1876. Come and join us as we uncover those ‘musical beauties’ within the Ring. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  8. Sing jazz 3
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Zakian
    A performance class for singers who have completed levels 1 and 2. Develop and maintain your vocal technique, jazz and blues style, presentation, and learn relevant musicianship.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
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