Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London

City Lit offers performing arts courses in the heart of Covent Garden in Central London during the evening, daytime and at weekends. Explore our range of subjects including acting, dance and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano and singing.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist tutor in advance to help you choose the right level should you require help and advice.

Would you like some help or advice?

For music courses call 020 7492 2630 or email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses call 020 7492 2542 or email drama@citylit.ac.uk.

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  1. City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    City Lit gift vouchers- the perfect gift

    Looking for that perfect present? Treat someone to the gift of learning with a course at City Lit. Available from £10, our gift vouchers can be used to book a place on any of our courses, from London walks and food tasting to museum visits, poetry and much more. Simply purchase your voucher and the recipient can choose from thousands of courses, at a time which suits them.
    From: £10.00

  2. Saxophone 4B

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Maintain and extend your playing skills in this 2nd term of our advanced course. Repertoire is mainly jazz, and we will learn and rehearse sax ensemble arrangements.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  3. Folk and pop guitar 2B

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you can play a range of chord shapes, in time, and can follow chord symbols, this second year of study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. Improve your musicianship and expand your repertoire. Continues to 2c next term.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Alexander technique for performers

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover the Alexander Technique as a tool to improve freedom of movement, breath and speech during performance. In this course you will learn to release habitual tension and develop kinaesthetic awareness using AT embodied mindfulness. You will explore how to gain spontaneity, presence and physical expression of characters through movement.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Saxophone 1B

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For players with 3-4 months study on saxophone. Repertoire will include popular sounds, jazz and world music, including music reading and improvisation. Continues next term.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  6. Folk and pop guitar 1B

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and learn some songs! This second term of study will suit you if you are a beginner with experience of tuning up, and know note names up to the fourth fret, and can play basic folk chords shapes. Continues to 1c next term.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. String ensemble

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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 a year.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  8. Musicianship 2: ear training

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. We will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Some music theory included.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  9. Drumming 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For graduates of drumming level 1, and drum students with equivalent (12 lessons) experience. We will play and analyse classic grooves, and work to improve co-ordinated independence in application of rudiments to the kit.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. Piano/keyboards 1B

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020 (and 12 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. Taught in the digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  11. Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. Suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  12. Drumming 4

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Play and analyse classic grooves. Work to improve your coordinated independence and application of rudiments to the kit. Includes reading drum notation. Ideal for players who have completed 2 or 3 drumming modules.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  13. Jazz piano 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Try more difficult tunes and conventions with more practice at 'comping' and improvising. You will need a working knowledge of jazz harmony to get the most from this course. Continues to Jazz piano 3 next term.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  14. Pop piano 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you are accustomed to the pop idiom and are well versed in keyboard harmony and the interpretation of simple chord symbols, come and develop coordination, good timing, harmony, improvisation, playing by ear, repertoire and accompaniment skills. Continues to Pop piano 3 next term.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  15. Jazz vocal improvisation

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 18 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. This course aims to increase your confidence and 'know how', and to enable you to enjoy improvising. A vital supplement to the jazz singing courses.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

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