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. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 7 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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  3. Contemporary dance: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    This course aims to give you a basic understanding of Contemporary dance that is influenced by other styles. The course provides an understanding of the basic principles, techniques and style.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  4. Piano: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 18 Jan 2023 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Petros Moschos
    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: 22 Feb 2023.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  5. English pronunciation: stage 2
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for people who have completed ‘English Pronunciation: stage 1’ although new students with sufficient skills can join. Develop confidence and clarity, explore diphthongs and triphthongs, inflection and the rhythms of Standard English. This term the course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. Salsa: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nuno Sabroso
    Join us for an energetic and intensive introduction to LA style Salsa. Learn a new skill whilst having fun and discover the origins and cultural context of this passionate dance. No need to bring a partner, part of the fun is meeting new people but most of all learning a new dance style whilst having a good time.
    Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
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    100% of 100
  7. Solo swing and jive: general
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    Do you enjoy vintage social dancing events but don't have a partner? Looking to nail those moves and increase your freestyle confidence? Then this is the course for you! We will work on foot-work sequences and steps of authentic jazz dancing and Rhythm & Blues Strolls, progressing to faster pace flick kicks and turns for jive and Rock ’n' Roll dances. No partner required! This is a general level course suitable for beginners and improvers.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  8. Sing jazz: advanced
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Karen Lane
    For jazz vocalists with a sound technique and experience of jazz and Latin styles. Develop your solo performance and expand your repertoire. Some repertoire and vocalese will be taught, and you will be invited to contribute repertoire of your choice.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00
  9. Saxophone 4
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    Maintain and extend your playing skills on our advanced course. Repertoire is pop, jazz and World music, and we will learn and rehearse, and record, sax ensemble arrangements.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  10. Jazz harmony and ear training 1B
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    Continue your aural and academic study of form, root movement and harmonic progression, jazz chord types, intervals, scales and modes. Learn transcribed solos and participate in playing and improvisation sessions. For players with a working knowledge of jazz harmony. New students may contact music@citylit.ac.uk to arrange to be assessed for entry to this course.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  11. Sing jazz 1
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Zakian
    Learn some standard repertoire and jazz protocols. Explore style, develop good timing and phrasing, breath control, and extend your vocal range. Not suitable for beginner singers but ideal for singers who are new to the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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    100% of 100
  12. Saxophone 3B
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Continue with your 3rd year of saxophone study. We will play jazz, pop and world music repertoire, and work to improve your technical ability and confidence in playing. Live sessions online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  13. City Lit Big Band
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Henry
    Our 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. 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
  14. Folk and pop guitar 3B
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    For experienced guitar players, this online class will develop your rhythmic playing and your interpretation of chord charts using bar chords, mobile scales, bass lines and melody work. Vast and varied repertoire. Playing techniques can apply to acoustic and electric guitars.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  15. Saxophone 1B
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    For players with 3-4 months study on saxophone. Repertoire for class will comprise popular sounds, jazz and World music, including music reading and improvisation.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00
    Rating:
    60% of 100

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