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. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. Music theory: grade 5

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about irregular metre, tenor clef, major and minor keys to six flats/sharps, primary triads, cadences, and standard expression signs. Essential for anyone taking higher grade practical exams.

    NB: this course is taught in the piano/keyboards room (you will be seated on piano stools) but you do not need to be a pianist to take this course.
    Full fee: £149.00
    Senior fee: £149.00
    Concession: £91.00

  11. World music: Klezmer

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn to play traditional Eastern European Jewish wedding tunes that have inspired so many musicians and listeners. We will play Bulgars, Horas and Freylekhs, with a little Yiddish thrown in. The tunes can be complex, so this course will suit intermediate and advanced instrumentalists.Learning will be in the aural tradition, though music will be provided.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00
    Concession: £54.00

  12. Stage management and technical theatre production

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The core session times are Mondays and Fridays 18:30-21:30. Sessions will increase to include Sundays 11:00 – 16:30 from the 1st March 2020 onwards. This is to work in line with the CL Theatre company rehearsals. Individual call times may vary but 100% attendance is required whenever you are called.* Please note attendance at required Sunday sessions will be dependent on the technical role that you are allocated within the tech team. You will need an ability and willingness to have some flexibility.



    This course will give you an excellent introduction to what is involved in Stage Managing a theatre production. You will also gain insight into lighting and sound. Following some preliminary practical sessions, you will go on to develop your skills while working as part of the student technical team, supporting the CL Theatre Company show. This is a unique and excellent opportunity to gain ‘hands on’ experience. This course is suitable for beginners or those with some previous experience.
    Full fee: £269.00
    Senior fee: £269.00
    Concession: £269.00

  13. TV presenting: auditioning

    Course Date: Wed 12 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn how to succeed in a TV Presenting audition. What happens in TV Presenting auditions and what skills are Producers looking for in TV presenters?
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  14. Introduction to Method acting

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 12 Feb 2020
    Location on this date: International House
    Develop and build on your acting skills as you work for greater emotional, physical and psychological truth. This course is designed for beginners and for those with some acting experience.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  15. Acting: Grades 6-7 (Trinity)

    Course Date: Wed 12 Feb 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Take your acting to the next level through study and preparation of performance material from the syllabus of a nationally recognised qualification. Ideal for those seeking a challenging and stimulating term-long course.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

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