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. 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. Music production with Logic: level 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Logic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments.

    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

  3. Musicianship 3: sight singing

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 24 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your sight singing and related aural skills by reading, writing, listening and singing in these online sessions. Study scales, intervals, rhythm and pitch notation, patterns, part singing and harmony. You must be able to read music already, and sing in tune. tutor : Matt Burdynowski.

    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

  4. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced

    Course Date: Fri 25 Sep 2020
    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 for early September. 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: £319.00
    Senior fee: £255.00
    Concession: £195.00

  5. Movement for actors

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    An actors most important tool is their body!

    Having an awareness of space and presence and utilising the body to help carve engaging, full-born characters is vital in theatre, whether this be during improvisation, delivering a monologue or throughout the process of a performance. It's important to have the tools to do this!

    This course aims to give every member an introductory “toolkit” you can take away with you, freeing your body, exploring character technique, enhancing your improvisational and performance intuition and becoming confident in your craft.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.

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    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

  6. Saxophone 1A

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Ideal if you are a beginner or have recently begun to study the saxophone. Any other musical experience will be an advantage and you will need a tenor or alto saxophone. In online sessions you will learn to play and to read music. Repertoire will include popular sounds, jazz and world music. Continues next term.

    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

  7. Saxophone 4A

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    If you're an experienced saxophone player, come and extend your technique, musicianship and performance skills in this advanced workshop. The emphasis will be on playing jazz, developing musicianship, and improvisation. Continues next term.

    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

  8. British and Irish folk music

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop a knowledge and repertoire of the folk music of Britain and Ireland. This is an intermediate-level online course for any instruments: lectures, demonstration, ornamentation, and ensemble repertoire with your teacher in a group setting online. You should have one to two years' experience on your instrument and play at grade 2 to 3 standard.

    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: £0.00
    Concession: £0.00

  9. Radio presenting: beginners

    Course Date: Tue 29 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    What makes a good radio presenter? From getting the script off the page and ad-libbing to music presenting and news reading, develop an on-air identity, working as live ‘on mic’ each week. This course will be online.

    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: £143.00

  10. Communicate with confidence through voice and body language

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover how to enhance your vocal and physical impact and presence in many situations and become aware of habits that may hold you back from achieving your full potential. Skills include establishing rapport, assertive posture and gesture, vocal energy, projecting an effective personal style, sensitive listening and communicating with care and conviction. 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: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00

  11. Jazz piano : Thelonious Monk

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 30 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Experienced jazz pianists may specialise in this online practical study of Monk's music.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  12. Exploring classical music: module 1

    Exploring classical music: module 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores selected topics in Medieval to (early) Baroque music, and leads on to next term's course (MD025B) which covers (later) Baroque to classical. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. NB: This course has no half-term break.

    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: £169.00
    Concession: £103.00

  13. Presenting to camera for vlog and Youtube

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    Have you ever thought you could cut it as a vlogger? Don't know where to start? This course will help you discover your potential as a presenter, build up confidence in talking to camera and communicate with your viewers.

    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

  14. Mindful singing

    Course Date: Fri 2 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Engage all your senses to connect mind and body awareness while singing. Explore how the psyche affects how we relate to singing. Sessions will run online. Please negotiate your prepared song(s) with the tutor in advance of the start of this course.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £229.00
    Senior fee: £183.00
    Concession: £140.00

  15. Public speaking: intensive

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 3 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This Saturday course will help you to learn techniques and develop skills which will boost your confidence for all types of situations when you have to say a few words in public.

    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

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