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 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.

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. Introduction to music production
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing using a free or cheap digital audio program that can run on either Mac or PC. Turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
  2. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Jul 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
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  3. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Explore music theatre singing and grow your knowledge of the repertoire in a supportive group workshop. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £81.00
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  4. Piano: technique levels 5-7
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 19 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    Improve your piano technique on this short, practical course. Learn exercises specifically tailored to unlock and improve your coordination and control at the piano.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  5. Sing with confidence
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. Break week 24th October 2022.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  6. Introduction to the orchestra
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    What’s an orchestra? And why does it need a conductor? We’ll examine orchestral instruments and many works to answer these questions, discovering a blend of exciting sounds which communicates the composer’s intentions to the audience.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  7. Ukulele concert band
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 19 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jake Rodrigues
    You’ve had your uke for a while, been to jams in the pub, attended some ukulele courses, but what now? Join City Lit Ukulele Band (CLUB). We aim to transform your uke 'chops' and enthusiastic singing into a gigging band. On this course you will learn skills of band playing, have fun, and improve your techniques on uke and voice, playing and singing music from Lonnie Donnegan to Kylie Minogue with plenty in between. The course culminates in a performance at college.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  8. City Lit a cappella
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    This established ensemble sings original arrangements of jazz and popular songs. Develop your listening, timing, intonation, musical memory, and team work. New members with good music reading and aural skills are welcome. The group mixes in-person rehearsal and online sessions, working to record our repertoire. And we will pursue opportunities to perform.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  9. Ukulele: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wheatley
    If you already play ukulele, come and learn new songs and tricks, chord theory, picking and split strokes, and apply these to popular and vintage tunes. Enjoy learning in a group. Classes may include singing along!
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
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  10. World music mix: rhythm driven tunes from Brazil, Cuba, Ghana and Senegal
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Come to play tunes from several traditions and two continents, working with complex rhythms in related and contrasting ways. There is a musical narrative that begins in Africa, travels to the Caribbean and South America, then back to Africa, carrying musical styles and rhythmic patterns. We will explore samples of this rhythmic timeline.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
  11. Jazz vocal improvisation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Zakian
    Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. Develop the confidence and 'know how' that will enable you to enjoy improvising. A vital supplement to the jazz singing courses.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
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  12. Introduction to contemporary classical music
    Course start date:  Mon 31 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Discover key works of contemporary classical music, considering how they function as artworks and also the political and social context in which they were written.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  13. World music: Afro Cuban ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Learn to play the repertoire, rhythms and harmony of this dynamic music. Suitable for able instrumentalists and percussionists, this workshop will help you to understand this exciting music. Learn how frontline instruments and rhythm section interact to create a dynamic and sophisticated sound.



    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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £84.00
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  14. Introduction to musicals
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    From Showboat to Hamilton, this course surveys some key examples from the history of the modern musical and examines the way different styles of music, dance and words work on stage.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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  15. Rachmaninov: an introduction
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    The train whistles past the camera in the opening scene of Brief Encounter (1945) and we hear the opening bars of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto – an iconic film that made this already wildly popular piece even more successful. But what of the work’s composer, who had died just two years before? We trace the turbulent career of this virtuoso musician.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00

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