Performing arts - 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

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

Some of our courses take place in the classroom — learn more about Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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  1. Use your voice assertively
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 18 Jan 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Lloyd Wylde
    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 delivered 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
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  2. Introduction to film music
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Pauline Greene
    Music has always been an important part of film-going, filling the silence and creating sometimes startling effects. We will look at the way directors have used music to enhance, enrich and enthral audiences from cinema’s earliest days.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £66.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  3. Music theory: grade 8
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 21 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Learn more complex elements of music such as writing two-part counterpoint above a given harmony, writing for



    keyboard in historical styles, writing melodies for instrument, and analysing a score (ornaments, harmonic structure,



    phrase structure, style, performance directions, use of voices and instruments). NB: this course has several scheduled breaks: 28 Mar, 4th, 11 and 18th April (Easter) and 2nd, 30th May 2022 (Bank holiday Mondays).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £182.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  4. Voiceovers: advanced
    Course start date:  Fri 25 Feb 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00
  5. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 28 Feb 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Richard Hollingworth
    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you.



    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  6. Music history book club
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 11 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    The music history book club meets towards the end of each term to discuss novels and biography with musical themes and references relevant to the music history programme. This term’s book focusses operatic voices.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £12.00
  7. Music theory: diploma topics 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. Break weeks: 02 and 30 May 2022 (Bank holidays).



    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
  8. Ballet at the barre: online
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    An online barre class from the comfort of your own home. The work you do at the ballet barre is the foundation for all the other work you do as a dancer. Improve your strength, balance and coordination. Not suitable for complete beginners. This course is online.



    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
  9. Musicianship: aural training with solfa F
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    A continuation from year 1, this course develops students’ aural awareness, sight singing and transcription skills. Break weeks: 02 and 30 May 2022 (bank holidays).



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  10. Musicianship: aural training with solfa B
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    This practical course focuses on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part C next term. Break weeks 02 and 30 May 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
  11. Accents: North American standard and regional
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    How to speak with confidence and authenticity in a North American or Broadcast Standard accent as well as a couple of regional American accents as time permits. This course will be taught online.



    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 £99.00 Concession £60.00
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    100% of 100
  12. Voiceovers: improvers
    Course start date:  Fri 14 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Develop your microphone skills and knowledge of the Voiceovers sector. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry experience. This course will be delivered online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £95.00
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  13. Accents: standard English
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Jonathan Mulquin
    Do you feel stuck in a regional or international accent? Would you like to learn how to speak Standard English? This course is not for speakers of other languages who should take English Pronunciation courses instead.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  14. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This online course is for students who have a minimum of five years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 6 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £127.00
  15. Musicianship: aural training with solfa A
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    These online practical sessions will focus on sight-singing and aural perception to develop your general musicianship. Gain a deeper understanding of different tonalities, develop your ability to pick out notes in chords, write down melodies that you hear, and improve your rhythmic accuracy. Based on the famous Kodály method. Leads to part B next term. Break week: 14 Feb 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00

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