Performing arts

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)danceradio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as pianosingingstrings and wind instruments to jazz and popmusic technologymusic theory and history

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Introduction to music production
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing using a free or cheap digital audio program that can run on either Mac or PC. Turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
  2. Sing rock and pop: beginners
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building course. These classes will introduce you to healthy use of your singing voice and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from the pop and rock genre. Particular attention is given to pop and rock vocal technique.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00
  3. Introduction to acting
    Course start date:  Fri 26 May 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gemma Kerr
    A fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  4. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Juliet Prague
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  5. Improve your speaking voice
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Giles Abbott
    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication skills in the workplace.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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    100% of 100
  6. Acting for fun
    Course start date:  Fri 21 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    An acting class purely for the joy of it! This course is suitable for complete beginners, those with a little experience, and anyone wanting to enjoy acting exercises and scenes in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. Gain confidence, make friends, develop new skills and have fun.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  7. Voiceovers: advanced
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Thorpe
    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.



    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  8. Acting: scenework
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lawrence Lambert
    Develop your acting skills in this fun and stimulating workshop. Develop your technique as you explore text and a range of exercises designed to help you create an authentic and truthful performance.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
  9. Radio presenting: improvers
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Spencer
    Extend and develop your skills for a range of radio broadcasts, presenting and putting a live news, current affairs, features and music programme to air, creating the content yourselves. You'll need to have taken the beginners’ course or have previous industry experience. This course will be delivered in the media studio.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £118.00
  10. Acting improvers: character work
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Feb 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Develop your acting skills and build confidence on this improvers course. Using both improvisation and text, we will explore various techniques for building distinctive characters, with an emphasis on playful discovery and fun!
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £87.00 Concession £71.00
  11. World music mix: rhythm driven tunes from Brazil, Cuba, Ghana and Senegal
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Learn to play tunes from several traditions and two continents, working with complex rhythms in related and contrasting ways. There is a musical narrative that begins in Africa, travels to the Caribbean and South America, then back to Africa, carrying musical styles and rhythmic patterns. We will explore samples of this rhythmic timeline in this instrumental ensemble class.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £90.00
  12. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 3 Mar 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
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    100% of 100
  13. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    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.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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    100% of 100
  14. Tap dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  15. Voiceovers: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Apr 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Develop your microphone skills and knowledge of the Voiceovers sector. Open to those who have completed a beginners' course or have previous industry experience. This course will be delivered in our media studio.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £167.00
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