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

Most of our courses are currently delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning . For face-to-face classes at the college, see our information about staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit.

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. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Nikki Kelly
    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 £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  2. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing. This is an online course, please see below for details.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
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  3. Music theory: diploma topics 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Consolidate your knowledge of music theory topics equivalent in standard to the first year of an undergraduate degree. The topics in this module are selected from the Trinity Associate (AMusTCL) syllabus. Prepare for this exam, or just develop your knowledge. This term: Exam technique and preparation. Break weeks: 02, 09 and 30 May 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  4. Piano repertoire
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Shelagh Sutherland
    If you have a minimum playing standard of grade 8, come and explore the wealth of piano repertoire, concentrating on style and period. Broaden your interpretive skills and gain experience in performance practice. Break week: 1st June 2021



    - repertoire fo this term: Scarlatti.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £158.00
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  5. Recorder ensemble: advanced
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Peter Wendland
    If you are already experienced in recorder ensemble playing, join this small, friendly group to look at developing consort playing skills in Renaissance, Baroque and contemporary styles. Break week on the 1st of June 2022.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £121.00
  6. Piano: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - 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 in this online course. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining (music@citylit.ac.uk). Break week 2nd of June 2022



    - Repertoire for this term: free choice.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £158.00
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  7. Folk and pop guitar 2C
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 4 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    This last part of our 2nd year of study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. Improve your musicianship in these online sessions, and expand your repertoire.



    Break week: 1st June 2022.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £101.00
  8. Ukulele improvers
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wheatley
    For ukulele players who have completed a beginner course or have played for a while. Refine your technique, get a better understanding of fretboard navigation, and learn to play new songs.



    Break week: 2nd June 2022.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £88.00
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  9. Ukulele: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 5 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wheatley
    If you already play ukulele, come and learn new songs and tricks, chord theory, picking and split strokes, and apply these to popular and vintage tunes. Classes may include singing along!



    Break week: 2nd June 2022.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £88.00
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  10. Jazz vocal improvisation
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. Develop the confidence and 'know how' that will enable you to enjoy improvising. A vital supplement to the jazz singing courses.



    Break week: 4th June 2022.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £101.00
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  11. Drama therapy
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 7 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dan Skili
    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00
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  12. Acting: improvers
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 8 May 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Keyboard harmony and improvisation
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    Develop your analytical, melodic and harmonic understanding with the help of improvisation, covering a wide variety of styles. You'll become a more confident player as a result. It is possible to join a later module if you have appropriate skills. For players at Grade 5 and above.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00
  14. Keyboard harmony and performance workshop
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ricardo Gosalbo
    A practical workshop integrating keyboard harmony with piano performance skills. Taught in-person on a grand piano, this workshop is aimed at classical pianists at any level with a music theory standard of grade 5+ and good sheet music reading skills. We shall deepen our understanding of musical works by studying the harmonic constructs that underpin them, tackle the technical challenges they present, and explore how harmonic analysis can inform our interpretative choices.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  15. Piano/keyboards 1F
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    This is the final term of our beginners piano programme. For pianists who can play tunes and chords in simple keys, play legato and staccato and read music. This course has a break week on 2 June 2022



    - please buy your own copy of: Piano adventures 3A Technique and Artistry [external website].



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £97.00

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