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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. Screen acting: advanced
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is a practical and intensive screen acting course, designed for students to learn how to create characters and be at their best when working within difficult and pressurised circumstances.

    The course is ideal for those who have studied the basics of screen acting and are planning to make the leap into finding work, also for those who have already broken into the industry but want to make sure they’re at their best when on set.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £163.00
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    99% of 100
  2. Sing soul and blues
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Enjoy this exploration of classic soul tunes and blues vocal style and repertoire. Includes the challenge of writing and singing your own blues. For experienced singers who are accustomed to group classes. Live sessions online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
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    80% of 100
  3. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Develop your jazz musicianship, repertoire, playing and improvising. Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, learn challenging repertoire. For players with established jazz education at foundation level. Online assessment for entry to this course can be arranged after you apply to music@citylit.ac.uk.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
  4. Music theory: counterpoint 1
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 2 next term. Break week: 26 Oct 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  5. Sing jazz 3
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    For singers who have completed Sing jazz 2 and newcomers who have equivalent experience and ability in the jazz idiom. Develop your jazz conception, solo performance and expand your repertoire in these live online sessions.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  6. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced
    Course Date:  Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 operate online for this autumn term. This is musicianship training at a high level. Online assessments for entry to this course can be arranged : apply to music@citylit.ac.uk.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £219.00
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    80% of 100
  7. Music theory: grade 7
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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 a scheduled break: 25 Oct 2021;

    and a holiday break: 6, 13, 20, 27 Dec 2021 and 3 Jan 2222.

    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 £239.00 Concession £182.00
  8. Opera studies 1: passion, power and politics
    Course Date:  Mon 20 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Inspired by the V&A exhibition of the same name in 2017, we explore opera in context by studying seven key premières and cities, ranging from the Italian Renaissance to 1930s Russia. This course has a scheduled break week: 25th October 2021.

    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 £167.00 Concession £127.00
  9. World music: an introduction
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore a range of musical traditions from around the world: Indian raga and Bollywood; Ghanaian and South African grooves; Ottoman makam and Klezmer; Samba and Salsa. Listen for characteristic features and learn about the cultural settings in which they are produced. break week: Tues 26 October 2021.

    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
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  10. The long 19th century I: Romantics, poets and virtuosos
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the roots of Romanticism and its musical pioneers, from Beethoven and Schubert to Meyerbeer and Paganini, as we explore the rich interaction of poetry, art and composition in the early 1800s. This course has a scheduled break week: 26 October 2021.

    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 £167.00 Concession £127.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. Handel in Italy: cantatas, sacred music and opera
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Handel’s ‘Grand Tour’ of Italy and learn about the works he composed during these formative years. Break week: 27 October 2021.

    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 £167.00 Concession £127.00
  12. Russian music in 19th century St Petersburg
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and explore the rich musical heritage of St Petersburg, one of the most important cultural centres in the nineteenth century and the focus for the creation of a national music in Russia. No previous muscial knowledge is necessary. Scheduled break week: 28 Oct 2021.

    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 £167.00 Concession £127.00

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