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 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. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jul 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Lloyd Wylde
    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  2. Ukulele: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wheatley
    If you already play ukulele, perhaps you have followed uke 1 and 2, come and learn new songs, chord theory, picking and split strokes, and apply these to popular and vintage tunes. Enjoy learning in a group. Classes will include singing along.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  3. Violin and viola 3A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    This course is for players who 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 3B next term.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  4. Violin and viola 2A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    A course for those who have been playing violin/viola for about a year, know the G/D/A major scale finger pattern and basic music notation. Learn to play a variety of musical styles in a friendly class. Continues to Violin and viola 2B next term. Break weeks: 6 & 27 May 2024.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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  5. Ukulele ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wheatley
    An ensemble ukulele class with individual parts. For experienced players who read chord symbols and tablature, although tab reading is not a mandatory requirement. Challenging and fun - the music/repertoire will be tailored to your various abilities.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  6. Ukulele 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 22 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jake Rodrigues
    Learn the essentials of playing the ukulele in this introductory course. You’ll learn complete songs from the first lesson. Strumming patterns will be taught and applied to various songs. By the end of term you should be able to accompany your own singing or play along to recordings.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  7. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Practice and improve your basic tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £160.00
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  8. Ukulele 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jake Rodrigues
    For ukulele players who have completed a beginners' course or have played for a while. Refine your technique, get a better understanding of fretboard navigation, and learn to play new songs.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  9. Clarinet 3A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This course is for students who have played Bb clarinet for at least 2 years. Come and improve your technique and performance skills, and explore a variety of styles and repertoire. Break weeks on 6th and 27th of May 2024.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  10. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Apr 2024 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this course has a mid-term break: 28 May 2024.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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