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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. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Course Date:  Fri 30 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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. 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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Silver Swans ballet barre
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Adapted for older learners our Silver Swans® ballet barre classes have been specifically designed for the over-55s. Ballet barre practice improves posture, strength and flexibility, focusing on the placement of the body and co-ordination. This class is suitable for those looking for a new way to exercise in a fun, relaxed learning group.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £47.00
  3. Voiceovers: improvers
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your microphone skills and knowledge of the Voiceovers sector. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry experience. Tutor: David Thorpe.

    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 £139.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Improve your speaking voice
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication and speaking skills in the workplace and outside.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
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    100% of 100
  5. Sight reading skills
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Sight reading can often be daunting, but with the right practice, it can be exhilarating, creative, and fun. Learn simple techniques to bring your sight reading to life and develop the confidence to make bold choices in auditions, voice over work, weddings and other celebrations – just about every time you may need to do a live readings of text.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  6. GarageBand: create and edit your own music
    Course Date:  Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Apple’s GarageBand is one of the easiest ways to make music with a computer. The simple layout, instruments and sounds encourage you to explore and create music.

    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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  7. Voiceovers: advanced
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  8. Piano: return to playing
    Course Date:  Fri 11 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Did you once play the piano? Would you like to return to playing in a friendly and supportive class? This online course will help you refresh your dormant skills and whet your appetite to go further.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  9. Bob Dylan: an introduction to his music
    Course Date:  Fri 11 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the impact that Bob Dylan has had on popular music with a special focus on the 1960s. Through analysis of his songs and a history of the 1960s we will see how his influence extends beyond the American folk music revival.

    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:
    90% of 100
  10. Sibelius notation software: tips and tricks
    Course Date:  Fri 18 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    If you already know the basics of Sibelius, learn tips, tricks and shortcuts, how to create unusual or complex notation, and how to finesse layout in scores and parts.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  11. Acting: text intensive
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    A fast-moving course exploring a range of plays from different genres, in which students can take on the challenge of learning a new short piece of text every week. Students will have the opportunity to read with different scene partners and discover new plays and playwrights.

    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
  12. Great works: Stravinsky's Apollo
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Stravinsky’s music was choreographed first by Adolph Bolm, and then by the 24-year-old George Balanchine, in 1928. We explore the music, the dance, and the originality of the work’s neoclassical inspiration.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £24.00
  13. Jazz guitar styles and techniques
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 16 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn key concepts in how to play jazz guitar, and study the work of some of the most important performers of the genre.

    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
  14. Flute taster
    Evening
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Jul 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Introduction to playing flute: embouchure, fingering, breathing and articulation. Learn to play a tune by the end of the session. Play your own instrument in this online session.

    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 £19.00
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    100% of 100
  15. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Focus on ear training and developing jazz improvisation, applying theoretical understanding to practical situations. We will learn and study jazz standards and unusual repertoire, and continue to operate online this term. This is musicianship training at a high level. New students may apply to music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange an online assessment.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100

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