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. Chamber music: intermediate
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 3-5 standard, with some sight-reading skills. Please read additional COVID safety info carefully.



    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:
    100% of 100
  3. 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
  4. Violin and viola advanced: technique
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for violin and viola students who want to focus on improving technique. Your tutor will guide you through technical work and pieces from the ABRSM Grade 7 syllabus plus a range of other repertoire and scales/arpeggios at the same standard. Suitable for students with at least five years' tuition/playing experience.



    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. Flute advanced
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This online course is for flautists with at least 5 years training, or Grade 6+ standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles. The advanced class is fast-paced, and you need to be able to sight-read and play fluently from bottom C to top A. Learn pieces in a range of styles, including core classical pieces. Develop your technique and the art of creative, expressive performance through traditional and contemporary schools of flute playing.



    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
  6. Ballet body conditioning
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Ballet body conditioning combines specifically sequenced exercises including elements of barre, floor work and centre practice and is designed to complement studies in ballet and acting. Ideal for those who already have good physical awareness and have studied a dance discipline at a basic level.



    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
  7. Acting for fun
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This online course is suitable complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun. There will be fresh material and new scenes to explore every term.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  8. Tap dance: intermediate
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Our intermediate class is at a faster pace and is perfect for anyone with good previous tap experience. Extend your abilities and learn great new steps, tap moves and routines in a fun and inspiring environment. Tap shoes are essential.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Acting workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 17 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Develop your acting skills in this fun and challenging workshop. Develop your technique as you explore text and a range of excerices designed to help you create an authentic and truthful performance.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  12. 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
  13. Drama therapy
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £159.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. Movement for actors
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    An actors most important tool is their body!



    Having an awareness of space and presence and utilising the body to help carve engaging, full-born characters is vital in theatre, whether this be during improvisation, delivering a monologue or throughout the process of a performance. It's important to have the tools to do this!



    This course aims to give every member an introductory “toolkit” you can take away with you, freeing your body, exploring character technique, enhancing your improvisational and performance intuition and becoming confident in your craft.



    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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  15. Saxophone 3A
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 18 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Ideal if you are at intermediate level, can read and improvise, and have some experience of performing. Our repertoire will be pop, jazz and World music. Technical work on the instrument will be combined with solo playing, learning tunes, improvisation and musicianship training. Live sessions online.



    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

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