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. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street (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.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Heather Longman
    This popular course explores music theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £81.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  3. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 2A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    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. For this course please purchase your own copy of: Piano Adventures Lesson book - 3b from Faber Music.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  5. Tap dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  6. Tap dance: improvers
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Practise 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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  7. Piano workshop 8
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 8 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Chryssa Kasma
    If you play piano at around grade 8 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide repertoire, learning to make your own stylistic and interpretive decision under your tutor's guidance. Break week 31st of May 2022



    - repertoire: Shostakovich Preludes Op.34 and piano duets (duets chosen in session 01 of the course).
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £207.00 Concession £168.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  8. Piano/keyboards 1E
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 27 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    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. repertoire books for this term (please source your own copies): Classics to moderns book 1 by Denes Agay, Easy Visual Scales by Alasdair Macaskill and A Dozen a day book 2 by Edna-Mae Burnham.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. Piano: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 10 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 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 £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  10. Piano workshop 5
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    If you play piano at around grade 5 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, practice and performance skills. Break week 2nd of June 2022



    - please buy your own copies of: Grade by grade piano, grade 5 by Boosey and Hawkes.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  11. Acting: advanced
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Baggaley
    Practise and develop your acting skills by rehearsing in depth scenes from contemporary plays or a whole short play. These will be performed in the college's John Lyons Theatre to an invited audience at the end of the course. This course is suitable for students who have completed a broad range of our acting courses at improvers level or who have gained suitable experience elsewhere.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £194.00
  12. Chamber music: advanced
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 6/7 or above with good sight-reading skills and experience of playing in ensembles.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  13. Classical ballet: improvers 2
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
  14. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 1 May 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ariella Eshed
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence both in the workplace and in contemporary performance. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and apply this to your wider experience. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  15. Piano workshop 7
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Petros Moschos
    If you play piano at around grade 7 standard, join one of these lively workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with a focus on technique, tone production, pedalling and performance skills. Break week 2nd of june 2022



    - repertoire for this module: Isaac Albeniz.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    91% of 100

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