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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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

    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. Exploring classical music online

    Course Date: Tue 11 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A world of music is available to you from the comfort of your own home, thanks to online platforms that both offer high-quality recordings of works – and provide you with information about composers and performers from the distant past to the present day. Come and discover how to access this wealth of material, and explore the musical insights it can provide, whether you are undertaking detailed research into a topic, or would simply like to find out a little more about the music you love.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £29.00
    Senior fee: £23.00
    Concession: £18.00

  3. Latin piano: introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 12 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    For intermediate pianists (grade 4 ABRSM or above), these two sessions will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban music. We will focus on rhythm and improvisation, playing classic Cuban styles including son, mambo, and cha cha cha.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  4. BBC radiophonic workshop techniques

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 12 Aug 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore and exploit techniques typical of a late 1950s electroacoustic music studio such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Oscillators, filters, modulators, tape recorders and mixers will be studied via BERNA emulation software. However, you can apply the techniques in a range of music production programs.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  5. Great artists: Thelonious Monk

    Course Date: Wed 12 Aug 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about the life and history of the extraordinary and idiosyncratic composer and jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Gain greater insight as to why his music sounds the way it does, and how he constructed his compositions. You will do this by looking at the history behind several of his key compositions, the stories behind them, and use these songs as windows to illustrate aspects of his life. Through this, you will learn key points about his music and expand your listening skills.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  6. Comedy: sketch writing and performing (intensive)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 Aug 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn how to create, write, and perform comedy material for stage and TV and online. Working under the guidance of an Emmy award winning comedy producer / director you will gain insights into the craft behind successful comedy. This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those looking to brush up their comedy skills.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00

  7. Teaching drama

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Train to teach drama to learners of all ages. Explore various types of drama workshops and teaching methodologies, and gain new drama teaching 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: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  8. Alexander technique for performers

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  9. Use your voice assertively

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant. This course will be taught online.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  10. Music theory: grade 7

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has scheduled breaks 28 Sept & 26 Oct and a break from 7 Dec, returning on 11 Jan.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £299.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £182.00

  11. Sing with confidence

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this online course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £132.00
    Concession: £95.00

  12. Prepare for opera

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore classical operatic repertoire in this dynamic online workshop with an experienced tutor and a professional accompanist. Learn which styles suit your particular voice-type. You must have at least four years' classical vocal tuition and be able to learn new repertoire quickly.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £215.00

  13. Choir at lunchtime

    Choir at lunchtime

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Come and spend your lunchtime singing online. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime!

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £83.00
    Concession: £60.00

  14. Keyboard harmony and improvisation for pianists

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    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 is an online course, please see below for details.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £199.00
    Concession: £121.00

  15. Acting: beginners

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020 (and 6 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course designed for people with little or no experience. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and exciting environment.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

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