Performing arts - Keeley Street - Online

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

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. String ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    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 two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above. Please click the 'start interview' button to apply. This is to make sure we have a balanced array of instruments for our ensemble. Break week 28 May 2024.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  2. Saxophone 4
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    For experienced saxophone players, come and extend your technique, musicianship and performance skills in this advanced workshop. The emphasis will be on playing jazz, pop and World music, solo and as an ensemble, developing musicianship skills, and improvisation.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
  3. Folk and pop guitar 2A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    If you can play a range of chord shapes, in time, and can follow chord symbols, this second year of guitar study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. Improve your musicianship and expand your song repertoire.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  4. Piano/keyboards 1E
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Elli Tsampa
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique. NB: no lessons on May bank holiday Mondays 2024.



    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 £151.00 Concession £123.00
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  5. Saxophone 3A
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Ideal if you are at intermediate level playing your saxophone, can read and improvise, have some understanding of harmony, and 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.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  6. Folk and pop guitar 1A
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    Learn about tuning your instrument, strumming and picking, simple chords for pop songs, scales and chord symbols on this starter course. Use any acoustic guitar for this introductory course in playing pop, rock, blues and folk styles.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  7. Jazz harmony and ear training 1A
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    We will study time, form, root movement and harmonic progression, chord types, intervals, scales and modes. Learn transcribed solos and participate in playing sessions. For players with a working knowledge of basic harmony and instrumental proficiency beyond grade 5. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange to be assessed for entry to this course. Break week: 2 Nov 2024.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  8. Jazz harmony and ear training 2A
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    If you already play jazz and can recognise intervals and diatonic seventh chords in sequence, come and develop your aural, harmonic and rhythmic sense through the study of jazz standards and improvisation. Most sessions will involve playing as an ensemble. Please contact music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange to be assessed if you are a new student. Break week: 2 Nov 2024.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  9. Folk and pop guitar: advanced
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Experienced and able players may join our advanced level class for contemporary guitar study. Live sessions on Zoom.



    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 £132.00
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