Performing arts

Performing Arts Courses & Classes in London and Online

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(including accredited acting courses)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

Our courses are labelled clearly for beginners or those with previous experience and you can speak to a specialist advisor to help you choose the right level. If you would you like some help or advice:

For music courses email music@citylit.ac.uk. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email drama@citylit.ac.uk

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  1. 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. Sing folk
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to sing in the folk style and build a varied repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in practical classes online.



    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
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    100% of 100
  3. Singing 1C
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Continue your training from Singing 1A and 1B on this progression course. Learn about healthy use of your voice and essential musicianship through a selection of songs in a variety of genres. Live classes online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00
  4. Clarinet 5A
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for students who have a minimum of four years' experience (playing at around grade 4-5 standard). Come and work on both technical and solo work, and enjoy learning some ensemble repertoire. This course continues with Clarinet 5B next term.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  5. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

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

    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.



    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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  6. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 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
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  7. Acting: beginners
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  8. Charleston: beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A fun course that will get you dancing the fast and energetic Charleston. Build a solid foundation of basic skills while you enjoy dancing to original jazz music from the 20s and 30s.



    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
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  9. Piano workshop 5
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

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



    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 £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £146.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  10. Piano workshop 7
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you play piano at around grade 7 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with a focus on technique, tone production, pedalling and performance skills.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £140.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. Piano workshop 8
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £140.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  12. Piano/keyboards 3A
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 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 £199.00 Concession £135.00
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  13. Sing jazz 3
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    For singers who have completed Sing jazz 2 and newcomers who have equivalent experience and ability in the jazz idiom. Develop your jazz conception, solo performance and expand your repertoire in these live online sessions.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  14. Cello 2A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    If you have completed Cello level 1 or have had at least one year’s tuition (playing at around grade 1 standard), come and explore cello technique and repertoire, including ensemble music. Continues to Cello 2B next term.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  15. Piano/keyboards 5A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

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



    reading, and your confidence.



    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

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