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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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 (intensive)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Working in a friendly and supportive atmosphere, you'll explore the basic technical skills required for working on camera.

    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: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  2. Sonic arts: creativity with sound

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Sonic arts is the expression of creativity through sound. Enjoy a series of creative exercises, with study and discussion of contemporary and historical context and practice, and create your own sound art.

    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

  3. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)

    Course Date: Fri 9 Oct 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to be an actor? This intensive and practical one day per week course provides classes in the core disciplines of acting, voice and movement, working towards a Level 2 Extended Certificate in Performing Arts awarded by OCN London.

    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: £1,599.00
    Senior fee: £1,599.00
    Concession: £1,087.00

  4. Improvising in classical instrumental music

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A rare opportunity to explore improvisation in a supportive and playful online environment. Open to musicians who have completed two years of tuition on a single line instrument (sorry not keyboard/guitar). Find creativity and freedom as you follow the works of great composers.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Actors: how to earn a living

    Course Date: Mon 12 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    This course covers a range of essential skills that all performers need to know in order to establish themselves in the industry.Taught by a theatre producer, this course covers a range of essential skills, from how to get more work through networking to managing your taxes.

    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: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. Piano/keyboards 1A

    Course Date: Mon 12 Oct 2020 (and 4 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: £111.00
    Concession: £85.00

  7. How to be a TV presenter

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This hands-on course covers the basic and essential elements of TV Presenting - from camera and interviewing skills to scriptwriting.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £239.00
    Concession: £146.00

  8. Technical singing class

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Refresh your singing with a short online technical course. Put together an impactful warm up routine, improve your understanding of technique and how it affects your singing. Suitable for intermediate level singers in classical style. (Please email a copy of your own choice music, including BPM and instructions, to the music department for the accompanist ideally two weeks in advance, but no later than one week before the first class).

    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

  9. Singing for fun

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 18 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building online course. This short course will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.

    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: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  10. Belly dancing: introduction

    Course Date: Mon 19 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A fun and interactive online course for those completely new to belly dance or those who want to refresh and brush up on existing skills.

    Learn belly dance fundamentals and essentials, posture, Arabic rhythms, muscle control and beautiful arm work. All of the elements needed to be your own belly dancing superstar and all from the comfort of your own home!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  11. How to present and interact on Zoom

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you use Zoom for business meetings or communications? How do you come across? Would you like to improve your image, sound, background, performance, voice? This is a non-technical course for people who want to look and sound their best on Zoom, with advice, tips and tricks to enhance your video calls simply, whether you’re at home or in the office.

    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: £39.00
    Concession: £39.00

  12. GarageBand: create and edit your own music

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Oct 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    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: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

  13. Transcribe jazz solos

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    A study and sharing group for experienced jazz players with a good working knowledge of harmony and experience of improvising. We will focus on in-depth listening and transcription of recorded examples by well known jazz musicians. Online sessions will include demonstration and performance opportunities. Course dates: 25th October, 22nd November, 13th December. 17th January 2021, 14th February, 14th March.

    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

  14. World music: Klezmer

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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. Sessions will be conducted online.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  15. Use your voice assertively

    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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. 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

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