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

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning .

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. Introduction to music production
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 16 Nov 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
  2. Score reading: interpreting styles and composers
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    Learn to identify key 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 £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £54.00
  3. Jazz flute and clarinet
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 13 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    Explore jazz and latin rhythms, phrasing, chord/scale relationship, how to approach chord sequences and the interpretation of tunes. Live classes where you play your flute or clarinet on zoom.



    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 £54.00
  4. Debating: intensive
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 20 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    Debating requires the ability to speak English persuasively in public and, crucially, to respond rapidly to other people’s objections to what you say. In this shorter, intensive version of our highly popular course, we will cover the theory and practice of debating, and you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style. A great mental workout.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  5. Narration skills
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 8 Jun 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Dian Perry
    A fun and intensive course about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice! The course will be delivered in our studio.



    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 Concession £95.00
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  6. Audition ready
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Darwen
    Learn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. You will work on your audition repertoire in this workshop to build a solid base of audition pieces. Ideal if you applying for drama school or preparing for industry castings.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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  7. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: advanced
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Jun 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Seeking work in Radio Drama? Explore microphone techniques and acting skills for radio at a higher level. For those who have completed Acting for Radio Beginners and/or Improvers courses or have previous relevant industry experience. This course will be taught in our media studio.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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