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Inspiring courses on the world’s ancient musical heritage

An online educational institution specialising in the study and practice of the ancient music heritage. We offer structured education for learning to play ancient-inspired musical instruments such as lyre, ancient kithara, epigonion, frame-drums, pandura, etc.

let's find your level

An easy & effective way to learn

ancient-inspired musical instruments with courses tailored to your level

Beginners
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No music experience

Just grab an instrument, and learn from scratch.

You’ve been playing less than two years

Even if you try, you feel that you can't get the best out of your instrument.

Want someone to guide you step-by-step

You want to learn how to play beautifully by following an easy method!
Intermediate
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You know the basics

You have the ability to play basic melodies, hold, and tune your instrument.

You’ve been playing more than two years

Tired of playing the Seikilos' Epitaph or the same old songs? Want to get to the next level?

Want to link things together

Ready to combine rhythms, techniques, etc.?
Advanced
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Your path to perfection

You are already confident with your instrument and willing to become a pro performer.

You’ve been playing more than four years

Ready to master your instrument in several different ways.

Want to become a complete musician

Willing to start composing your own melodies?
Masterclass
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Master your instrument

Top-notch workshops for professional musicians, seeking to add rare playing techniques to their repertoire.

Learn through meaningful insights

Tips and tricks to quickly improve your playing.

Want to be inspired

In-depth understanding of how top players came to be who they are.

Study with Lyreacademy

Improve your lyre-playing

with smile-inducing lessons on everything you need to know about:

Ancient Melodies

Fingerings

Modern Melodies

Ancient Modes

Chords

Improvisations

Harmonics

Arpeggios

Exercises

Compositions

Muting technique

Tuning

Music theory

Rhythm

Live performance

What Standalone courses can I choose from?

Beginners

Down to the Basics

Lyre 101 (8 Lessons)

All you need to know to start having fun with your lyre. Learn to play three ancient tunes & a Metallica song!

Suggested Time: 8 weeks

Beginners

Two-handed Playing

Lyre 102 (8 Lessons)

Adding the left hand makes a world of difference! Learn arpeggios, basic harmonics, and three great songs. 

Suggested Time: 8 weeks

Beginners

Rhythm and Lyre

Lyre 103 (8 Lessons)

For Plato, music needs rhythm to find its way to the secret places of the soul. Add rhythm to your playing and learn three more songs!

Suggested Time: 8 weeks

Intermediate

Music Theory on a Lyre

Lyre 200 (8 Lessons)

Learn music theory (in a smile-inducing way) as the ancient Greeks used to: on a lyre! Learn how to read sheet music, rhythm, rests, etc. and unlock your lyre-learning potential!

Suggested Time: 8 weeks

Intermediate

Play Chords on a Lyre

Lyre 201 (8 Lessons)

It’s time to gain an amazing skill that will make you a well-rounded lyre player. Master your chords playing by learning great songs such as “The Pirates of the Caribbean”, “Amelie”, etc.

Suggested Time: 8 weeks

Intermediate

Muting Technique on a Lyre

Lyre 202 (7 Lessons)

According to historians, muting was the most common way of playing the lyre in ancient Greece. Learn a new skill while playing Vivaldi's “The Four Seasons”, "The Epitaph of Seikilos", etc.

Suggested Time: 7 weeks

Intermediate

Ancient Modes on a Lyre

Lyre 203 (9 Lessons)

This is your chance to make your lyre playing sound more… ancient! Learn all seven ancient modes (Dorios, Phrygios, etc.) plus nine ancient-inspired melodies! 

Suggested Time: 9 weeks

Advanced

Master
6 Ancient Melodies

Lyre 301 (7 Lessons)

Step by step instruction on how to play the most impressive ancient melodies that survive until today in just one course, by combining advanced lyre playing techniques. 

Suggested Time: 7 weeks

Advanced

Master
8 Modern Melodies

Lyre 302 (8 Lessons)

Impress your audience by mastering several playing techniques. Learn to play songs by Metallica, Kansas, Céline Dion, Louis Armstrong, and more!

Suggested Time: 8 weeks

Advanced

Advanced Lyre Playing

Lyre 303 (6 Lessons)

Master advanced techniques such as harmonics, eighth & sixteenth notes, arpeggios, fast-tempo, and polyphonic playing while learning well-known melodies such as “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” by W. A. Mozart, and “The Last of the Mohicans”!

Suggested Time: 7 weeks

Beginners

Ancient Kithara: A Kick-Start

Kithara 101k (9 Lessons)

Learn to play one of the most impressive ancient musical instruments. Learn various playing techniques along with ancient rhythms and two ancient melodies!

Suggested Time: 9 weeks

Intermediate

Ancient Kithara: Next Level

Kithara 102k (7 Lessons)

Advance your kithara playing by further improving your movable crossbar technique, chord playing, and arpeggios. Learn how to play five more ancient Greek melodies!

Suggested Time: 7 weeks

Study with Lyreacademy

Music learning as it should be

True learning must be fun and effective. Period.

Fun & productive videos

Step-by-step and smile-inducing tutorials with fast-loading HD videos and crystal clear sound.

Watch from any device

Online video lessons on your computer, tablet, or smartphone! Full access no matter the device.

Re-watch the lessons

Watch the videos you want again and again anytime you want in order to practice on your lyre!

Sheet music that makes sense

Tired of trying to figure out how to play a song by reading sheet music for piano or guitar? What you get is sheet music written exclusively for your instrument!

Progress at your own pace

Study each course whenever you want in order to fit it into your daily schedule and lifestyle!

Learn from the best

Decades of specialised teaching experience make our certified instructors not only great players, but also amazing teachers!

We cannot teach people anything;

we can only help them discover it within themselves.

- Galileo Galilei -