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 You can also view our music auditions and advice page.

For drama, dance and speech courses email

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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.


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  1. Improve your speaking voice
    Course start date:  Thu 16 May 2024 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lloyd Wylde
    Come and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence in your communication skills. This is a practical course based in the college.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £90.00
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  2. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Learn to create your own more original tracks by recording and manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00
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  3. World music: Bollywood tunes
    Course start date:  Fri 8 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Learn to play 'filmi' songs from Bollywood movies that incorporate Indian traditional raga, bhangra rhythms and elements of contemporary pop. For all instrumentalists and singers,including improvisers, at intermediate and advanced level. Learning will be in the aural tradition, though music will be provided.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
  4. Piano/keyboards 4C
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Andriana Minou
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music

    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  5. Acting: advanced
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Jan 2025 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Practise and develop your acting skills by rehearsing scenes in depth, with the option of performing to an invited audience at the end of the course. This course is suitable for students who have completed a broad range of our acting courses at beginners and improvers level or who have gained suitable experience elsewhere.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £160.00
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  6. Voiceovers: advanced
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Feb 2025 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £104.00
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  7. Topics in medieval music
    Course start date:  Fri 2 May 2025

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    An introduction to Western music written during the middle ages. Beginning with the fall of the western Roman Empire in the 5th century and ending in the early 15th century, we'll explore music for church, banquet and dance. Break week: 30 May 2025.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £174.00
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