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. String ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Come and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above. Please click the 'start interview' button to apply. This is to make sure we have a balanced array of instruments for our ensemble. Break week 25 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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  2. Singing in a group: body, voice, and time
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    Explore the connection between body and voice through singing, and discover how our experience of time can be affected through singing. An introduction to the physical and psychological benefits of singing in a group. This session is part of the 2022 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  3. Experiencing time through playing percussion
    Course start date:  Wed 12 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    This session explores the theme of Time, and how we experience it when playing music, especially with others. You will play rhythmic patterns with and against regular pulse, explore the effects of repetition, and discover how these may affect your own state of mind and your connection with others.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  4. Chamber music: advanced
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 3 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 5/6 or above, with good sight-reading skills.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  5. Singing: overcoming tone deafness
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Beckmann
    Many people believe wrongly that they are tone deaf. If this sounds like you, then join us for an introduction to exploring, experimenting with and understanding your voice. Take the first important steps in learning to sing. This session is part of the 2022 Mental Wealth Festival hosted by City Lit and partners.
    Full fee £5.00 Senior fee £5.00 Concession £5.00
  6. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. NB: no lesson 26th October 2022.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
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  7. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    This popular course explores musical theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing and 'acting through song' technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
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  8. 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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  9. 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 £90.00
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  10. Music production with Logic
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 7 Oct 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Logic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  11. Mixing and music production techniques
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 10 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Ideal if you know the basics of music production but want your music to sound more polished and professional. Tips and tricks for mixing, using compressors, limiters, EQ, reverb and other devices.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
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  12. Introduction to music production
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022

    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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
  13. Music production with Logic: advanced
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    An intensive workshop for advanced users of Logic software who would like to hone their skills further or develop a specific project.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00
  14. Great works: White Christmas
    Course start date:  Mon 5 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    How did we all become so obsessed with snow in December? From Irving Berlin’s song to its use in several films and on stage, we look at the huge impact of this little ditty which has become the defining image of Christmas for many.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  15. Orchestra workshop
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey, Trish Shaw
    A fun, intensive workshop for players of orchestral instruments of Grade 6 level upwards, with good music reading skills. Please click the 'Start interview' button to apply.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
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