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. Blues harmonica

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn essential harmonica riffs and techniques on this lively and enjoyable course. Build musical skills and confidence in improvising blues music. Tutor: Jake Rodrigues [external website].
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00

  3. Music theory: grade 3

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 26 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four

    sharps/flats.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  4. Accents: Standard English

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Are you an actor or other public speaker who feels stuck in a regional or international accent? Would you like to learn how to improve your Standard English? This course is not for speakers of other languages who should take English Pronunciation courses instead.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Singing 1A

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 27 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building course. Each term will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  6. Advanced singing workshop

    Course Date: Wed 29 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A dynamic and invigorating masterclass for experienced singers (at least five years' one-to-one lessons) where you can hone your performance skills ready for recital and stage. The theme for this term is Spanish song, but you may also bring your own choice of repertoire if you prefer.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00

  7. Piano/keyboards 1A (intensive)

    Course Date: Fri 31 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    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. You will be taught in our digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student.
    Full fee: £259.00
    Senior fee: £207.00
    Concession: £158.00

  8. Latin piano 2

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For graduates of Latin piano 1, or players with similar experience. Develop your playing, and tackle Cuban and Brazilian tunes with more complex harmonic content. We will play percussion as well as practising piano parts.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  9. Song lyric writing for popular music

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Create original, catchy and memorable lyrics from scratch. Learn how to generate lyrics from your everyday experiences. Look at structure, creating a hook and finding your unique writing style.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  10. Acting through improvisation

    Acting through improvisation

    Course Date: Tue 4 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation on this practical course.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00

  11. Arduino workshop: sensors and sounds

    Course Date: Tue 4 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The Arduino lets you use light, movement and other physical variables to create and manipulate sound and music. A practical introduction using sensor technology with Max/MSP software. Some experience of music production software would be an advantage.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £73.00

  12. Creating drums and beats

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 4 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Improve your drum programming to make more life-like, give it more swing and variety, and create solid, compelling drum parts. You will learn techniques you can apply to all genres.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £179.00
    Concession: £109.00

  13. Improvisation

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 5 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Explore a range of techniques and exercises that will enrich the fluency and freedom of your improvisation skills.
    Full fee: £139.00
    Senior fee: £139.00
    Concession: £85.00

  14. Afro contemporary: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 5 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A dynamic and vibrant class that combines West African dance and music with some contemporary dance influences. The movements, energy and music will leave you energised and rejuvenated.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  15. Presenting to camera: children's TV

    Course Date: Thu 6 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to be a children’s TV presenter? How do you start? Blue Peter or YouTube? Sticky back plastic or silly voices? This intensive course will give you the opportunity to experience what it’s like being a children’s TV presenter (within City Lit TV studio). You will be taught how to engage with your viewers, for pre-school or older children. We have many City Lit success stories who have gone on to present on high profile channels such as Channel 5’s Milkshake. Why not you?
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

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