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. Piano taster

    Course Date: Thu 12 Dec 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A fun introduction to the piano: learn the names of the notes and where they are, and how to play some simple tunes. Find out whether piano is for you!
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  3. Learn to read music: taster

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 12 Dec 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Begin to read music, for instrumental playing and singing. Learn to name and recognise notes. An introduction for absolute beginners.
    Full fee: £19.00
    Senior fee: £19.00
    Concession: £19.00

  4. Clowning

    Course Date: Fri 13 Dec 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Awaken the Clown that is in you through this exciting and playful two-day course!
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00

  5. Mixing and mastering masterclass

    Course Date: Fri 13 Dec 2019 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Perfect your mixes in this intensive workshop! The course covers EQ, reverb, dynamics and spatial placement with examples in Logic, but techniques apply to all software and hardware users. Ideal complement to our other courses in music production.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £89.00

  6. Flute and clarinet choir

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 14 Dec 2019 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Open to intermediate/advanced flutes and clarinets to play a range of baroque, pop, jazz and world music in a group. Great for sight-reading and ensemble skills! Alto flute, piccolo, Eb and bass clarinets welcome.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £49.00
    Concession: £30.00

  7. Foundation in Drama (Extended Certificate Level 2)

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 11 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to be an actor? This intensive and practical 1 day per week course, which you can build around other commitments, 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. Entry is by audition. For more information contact Drama on (020) 7492 2542 or email the Drama Department

    Course dates: Induction 11 Jan

    Term 1 18 Jan - 4 Apr Term 2/3 25 Apr - 1 Aug Exit tutorials 8 Aug.
    Full fee: £1,549.00
    Senior fee: £1,549.00
    Concession: £982.00

  8. Piano/keyboards 1B (early bird)

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A near-beginners’ course for pianists. If you have completed Piano/keyboards 1A or and have basic keyboard and music reading skills in C position, this course will introduce you to more notes. Taught in the digital piano classroom, with one keyboard per student.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £127.00
    Concession: £97.00

  9. Cello 1A (intensive)

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn the basics of playing this warm and mellow instrument in a friendly environment, using a range of fun music in this intensive 2 hour class. Suitable for complete beginners.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  10. Violin and viola 3B

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    If you have been learning violin/viola for two to three years (playing at grade 2-3 standard), take the next step to learn vibrato, positions above 1st, and improved bow control. This course continues with Violin and viola 3C next term.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £189.00
    Concession: £115.00

  11. Sing jazz 2

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For singers who have completed Sing jazz 1, or who have equivalent experience and ability in the jazz idiom. Develop your jazz conception, solo performance and expand your repertoire. Continues to Sing jazz 2 next term.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £219.00
    Concession: £134.00

  12. Ukulele: improvers

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For experienced players who have completed courses/or have played for some time. Refine your technique, get a better understanding of fretboard navigation, learn advanced chords and finger-picking. Play ensemble arrangements in addition to solo pieces and songs.
    Full fee: £99.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £60.00

  13. Stand-up comedy: develop your material

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Develop your stand-up comedy skills in this improver's class. A comprehensive and supportive workshop where you can create new material and enhance your impact as you develop new techniques and writing insights. Break weeks: 4 & 25 May.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  14. Keyboard harmony and technique A

    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    A practical workshop in keyboard harmony and technique for classical pianists with a starting standard of grade 5. This module focuses on keys, chords and cadences. You will also develop finger-dexterity through study of exercises by Diabelli.
    Full fee: £239.00
    Senior fee: £191.00
    Concession: £146.00

  15. Accents: challenging British regional accents

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 13 Jan 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: International House
    Expand your skillset as an actor or someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering some more ‘challenging’ accents which may include Glasgow, Belfast, Nottingham and others. An invaluable skill for all working actors.
    Full fee: £159.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £97.00

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