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. Accents: North American standard and regional
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    How to speak with confidence and authenticity in a North American (or Broadcast Standard) accent as well as a couple of other regional American accents This course will be taught in the college.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  2. Piano/keyboards 2A
    Course start date:  Mon 26 Sep 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This third year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 1 standard. Improve your technique, fluency of reading and playing, and exploring more complex rhythm patterns.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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    80% of 100
  3. Debating: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online (other locations are available)

    Tutors:  Gavin Illsley
    For those who have some experience in debating or related courses, you will progress quickly in areas of content, strategy and style, while honing your articulation and enunciation. This term the course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100
  4. Classical singing workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trevor Alexander
    A lively workshop class for singers with a solid foundation in vocal technique and musicianship: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £167.00
  5. Classical ballet: improvers 2
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    We will continue developing ballet technique through barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have been practicing for some time and have a strong grasp of techniques and terminology.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  6. Piano: advanced workshop
    Course start date:  Wed 21 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Yekaterina Lebedeva
    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining this class. Break week: 26 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £279.00 Concession £181.00
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    96% of 100
  7. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced
    Course start date:  Fri 23 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    Focus on ear training and developing jazz improvisation, applying theoretical understanding to practical situations. We will learn and study jazz standards and unusual repertoire. This is musicianship training at a high level. Assessment for entry to this course can be arranged applying to music@citylit.ac.uk. Break week: 28 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £359.00 Senior fee £287.00 Concession £251.00
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    80% of 100
  8. Saxophone 4
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    If you're an experienced saxophone player, come and extend your technique, musicianship and performance skills in this advanced workshop. The emphasis will be on playing pop and jazz, developing musicianship skills, and improvisation. Continues as B and C for the academic year. Break week: 29 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  9. City Lit jazz ensemble
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Henry
    This new ensemble will operate as a small Big Band and play similar repertoire of classic arrangements, with extra focus on your soloing and a non-traditional instrumental assembly.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  10. City Lit Big Band
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Henry
    An ensemble for proficient jazz players to improve and maintain sight reading and section work, playing music from the classic era of Big Bands plus contemporary and original arrangements. Gigs will be arranged. Contact the Music Department to enquire about availability of places for your instrument and to arrange your audition.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Acting for radio and podcast dramas: beginners
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Gooderson
    Explore acting and performing for radio, working on scenes, sound effects, monologues, commercials, voiceovers and all kinds of microphone techniques, in a supportive but professional environment. This course will be held in the media studio. Tutor: David Gooderson.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  12. Transcribe jazz solos
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Richards
    A study and sharing group for experienced jazz players with a good working knowledge of harmony and experience of improvising. We will focus on in-depth listening and transcription of recorded examples by well known jazz musicians. Sessions will include demonstration and performance opportunities. Course dates: 23 October, 13 November, 11 December 2022, 15 January, 12 February, 12 March 2023.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00

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