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. Queer music history & LGBT composers: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 22 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An introduction to LGBT composers/music makers as well as an introduction to the development of queer musicology. Your tutor will guide you through a review of music throughout history from the standpoint of the LGBTQIA+ community. Covering composers who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, from classical to popular genres, medieval to present day.

    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

  2. Music theory: grade 1

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 24 Feb 2021 (and 2 other dates)
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs.

    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

  3. Great Jazz composers

    Course Date: Fri 26 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore five famous Jazz composers and learn to identify key features of their style. This short course will help you refresh and expand your listening.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £87.00
    Concession: £66.00

  4. Music production with Logic: advanced

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Feb 2021 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    For those who would like to extend their use of Logic Pro to realise their recording and production skills. We'll cover comping, sidechaining, parallel compression, flextime and more to give you the ability to realise more professional recordings and get the most out of this exceptional music production software.

    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

  5. British folk music: a rough guide

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the recent history of British folk music and discuss some of the key performing artists on this overview course. This course has a scheduled break week: 8 June 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

  6. Exploring classical music: module 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores the music of the 19th century to the early 20th century. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this evening course runs without a mid-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

  7. Music theory: grade 3

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four

    sharps/flats. - NB: This course has a break week on Tuesday 26th May 2020.

    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

  8. Music theory: introduction to score reading and analysis

    Music theory: introduction to score reading and analysis

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn to navigate music scores and analyse basic structures. Learn to identify stylistic characteristics of music from different periods of music history, suitable for developing your understanding of music in its historical context, and to support the style identification elements of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    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

  9. Alexander technique for performers

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the Alexander Technique as a tool to improve freedom of movement, breath and speech during performance. This online and interactive will help you to release habitual tension and develop kinaesthetic awareness using AT embodied mindfulness. You will explore how to gain spontaneity, presence and physical expression of characters through movement.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00

  10. Improvisation: beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    For complete beginners. Have fun acting, with theatre games and basic character exercises. Build your confidence, meet new people and discover your potential.

    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  11. Music theory: diploma topics 1

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. You may use this course as part of your preparation for this exam, or just to develop your knowledge. This term: Musical skills. This course has two scheduled break weeks: 28 Sept & 26 Oct.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  12. Opera studies 1: Verdi in focus

    Course Date: Mon 14 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Epitomising the public mood, Verdi created operatic hit after hit, working with a selection of tolerant librettists, until his post-retirement blaze of glory. We focus on Nabucco, Rigoletto and Falstaff. This course has a scheduled break week: 26 October 2020.

    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

  13. Choral music from Handel to Weir

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    This course traces the role of choral singing and composition from that master of oratorio, George Frideric Handel, through the centuries to the choirs of today and how composers write for them. This course has a scheduled break week: 27 October 2020.

    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

  14. World music: an introduction

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    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 27 October 2020.

    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

  15. The music of Edward Elgar

    Course Date: Tue 15 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Elgar’s music has always provoked mixed reactions - to some it represented the conservative tradition, to others it was progressive. This course will explore the ‘Elgar Enigma’ and uncover the real composer - whose music beautifully represents the pre-WW1 mood. This course has a scheduled break week on 27 October 2020.

    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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