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. Acting: beginners
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 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 exciting environment.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  3. 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
  4. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    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.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  5. Sing with confidence
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. Classes are fun and cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  6. Violin and viola advanced: workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    This course is for violin or viola players with at least five years’ experience. Come and enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning repertoire, supported by technical studies. Break weeks: 2 and 30 May 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. Clarinet advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  George Sleightholme
    This course is for students who have a minimum of five years' experience on clarinet (playing at grade 6 standard or above), come and work on both technique and solo repertoire and enjoy some group playing. Offered every term. Break week on the 2nd of May 2022.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £209.00 Concession £136.00
  8. Ukulele concert band
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jake Rodrigues
    You’ve had your uke for a while, been to jams in the pub, attended some ukulele courses, but what now? Join City Lit Ukulele Band (CLUB). Over 8 weeks we aim to transform your uke 'chops' and enthusiastic singing into a gigging band. On this course you will learn skills of band playing, have fun, and improve your techniques on uke and voice, playing and singing music from Lonnie Donnegan to Kylie Minogue with everything in between. The course culminates in a performance to be arranged.



    Break weeks: 2nd May 2022 & 30th May 2022.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
  9. Tap dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 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. Break week 25 May (Bank holiday).
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  10. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 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
  11. Screen acting: advanced
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gary Grant
    This is a practical and intensive screen acting course, designed for students to learn how to create characters and be at their best when working within difficult and pressurised circumstances.



    The course is ideal for those who have studied the basics of screen acting and are planning to make the leap into finding work, also for those who have already broken into the industry but want to make sure they’re at their best when on set.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £249.00 Concession £174.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  12. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ian Taylor
    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Choral singing for pleasure
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, this choral class will give you something to look forward to on a Monday. We sing many genres from musical theatre to pop plus more traditional pieces. This course is very popular, so booking early is essential.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £191.00 Concession £155.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  14. Choir at lunchtime
    Course start date:  Mon 9 May 2022 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Richard Hartley Wilson
    Come and spend your lunchtime singing a range of music, in interesting choral arrangements. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime!
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
    Rating:
    99% of 100
  15. Modern jazz dance
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Bless Klepcharek
    Modern Jazz dance is fun. You will learn to develop many different movements reaching to a broad choice of styles. You will learn essential technique, improve dance and performance skills as well as your own confidence. This class is suitable if you are new to jazz dance or if you want to develop your existing skills and confidence.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00

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