Piano and keyboards

Piano & Keyboards Courses & Lessons in London and Online

We offer a wide range of piano and keyboards classes and workshops from complete beginners to advanced. Classes run daytime, evening, or weekend. To see our full sequence of piano classes listed in order from beginners upwards please visit our blog: Choosing a piano class at City Lit. If you're an absolute beginner you can start with our Piano/Keyboards 1A course.

Based in the heart of Covent Garden, we have two Model D Steinway pianos, Yamaha acoustic pianos, and two suites of digital pianos. We also offer online courses via Zoom. For either option, you will need your own piano or keyboard at home to practice between lessons.

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.

City Lit students have a proud history of learning piano skills from scratch as well as studying more advanced courses and preparing for advanced piano diplomas. We also frequently organise concerts and recitals in and around Central London.

As you browse our range of piano courses please remember that both complete beginners and returning students are equally welcome at City Lit and if you need help choosing the right level just email us: music@citylit.ac.uk

 

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  1. Piano/keyboards 2A
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This third year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 1 standard. Improve your technique, fluency of reading and playing, and exploring more complex rhythm patterns.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Piano workshop 5
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    If you play piano at around grade 5 standard, join one of these online workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, practice and performance skills.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  3. Piano/keyboards 3A
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This fourth year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 2 standard. Improve your hand co-ordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 1F
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the final term of our beginners piano programme. For pianists who can play tunes and chords in simple keys, play legato and staccato and read music. This is an online course, please see below for details.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
  5. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. Piano: advanced workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing in this online course. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining. Break week: 30 October 2021.



    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 £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £158.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  7. Pop piano 1
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have a good working knowledge of the keyboard (playing grade 4/5 standard), develop your playing towards popular and jazz styles in these online sessions. Learn to play chord progressions and songs, and study the musicianship behind pop piano skills.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Jazz piano 1
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you have pop piano training or equivalent keyboard harmony skill, come and tackle the easier end of the jazz piano repertoire in these online sessions. The focus is on jazz harmony and chord voicing, interpretation of a lead sheet and good timing. You'll need to play piano at grade 5 or above.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  9. Jazz piano: advanced
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tackle challenging tunes and conventions in these online sessions, with more practice at 'comping' and improvising. Suitable for players who have completed 'Jazz piano 3', or wish to repeat the advanced course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
  10. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  11. Piano: return to playing
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Oct 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    Did you once play the piano? Would you like to return to playing in a friendly and supportive class? This short course will help you refresh your dormant skills and whet your appetite to go further.



    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 £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  12. Keyboard harmony and technique: advanced
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A practical workshop combining keyboard harmony and pianistic technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 6. This advanced 3-module course is taught at the keyboard and takes a historical approach to harmony and technique. We discuss separate eras and their corresponding harmonic developments in each self-contained module, along with main points of evolution in pianistic technique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
  13. Piano/keyboards 4A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  14. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Keyboard harmony and improvisation: popular music
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your analytical, melodic and harmonic understanding with the help of improvisation, covering a wide variety of styles. You'll become a more confident player as a result. It is possible to join a later module if you have appropriate skills. For players at Grade 5 and above.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00

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