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. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    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 is an online course, please see below for details. Break weeks: 3rd May and 31st May 2021.

    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 £103.00
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  2. Radio presenting: beginners
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    What makes a good radio presenter? From getting the script off the page and ad-libbing to music presenting and news reading, develop an on-air identity, working as live ‘on mic’ each week. This course will be delivered online. NB: no classes on 3 May and 31 May due to Bank Holidays.

    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 £143.00 Concession £109.00
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  3. Piano/keyboards 3C
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Work on grade 3 standard repertoire to improve your hand coordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence. This is an online course, please see below for details. Break weeks: 3rd May and 31st May 2021.

    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 £135.00 Concession £103.00
  4. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    This is the third term in our beginners piano programme. If you have completed ‘Piano/keyboards 1B’ or have existing keyboard and music reading skills, this course will further develop your technique and musicianship. This is an online course, please see below for details. Break weeks: 3rd May and 31st May 2021.

    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 £103.00
    Rating:
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  5. Music theory: grade 3
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Develop your understanding of musical language by learning to read and write rhythm and melody in compound time, phrase structure and anacrusis (upbeat/pickup), transposing between clefs, major and minor keys up to four

    sharps/flats. break week: June 1st, 2021.

    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 £127.00 Concession £97.00
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  6. Violin and viola advanced: workshop
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    For violin or viola players with at least five years’ experience on your instrument. Enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning classical repertoire, supported by technical studies. break week: 1 June 2021.

    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 £103.00
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  7. Jazz guitar 3
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    If you have played jazz styles and are familiar with the harmony found in standard tunes, this course will develop your technical and musical skills in 'comping' and soloing.

    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
  8. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This is the 3rd term of this jazz musicianship course. Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, and learn challenging repertoire in live online sessions. For players with established jazz education at intermediate level. New students may apply by writing to music@citylit.ac.uk.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  9. Singing 4C
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    The third year of our online classical singing programme: combine technical skills and repertoire to explore your

    understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. Apply your skills to more complex and challenging repertoire.

    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 £115.00
  10. Folk and pop guitar 1C
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    For players who have learned a range of basic chords and can strum reliably, this 3rd term of study will teach you new technique and challenging songs. Live classes 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 £103.00
  11. Flamenco: intermediate
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This course is online and interactive. Learn from the comfort of your own home in this fun, dynamic and intensive course. We will continue developing and perfecting your Flamenco dance technique. We will work on rhythm, style, range and variety of steps and combinations, which will lead to enhanced confidence, stamina and performance skills.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
  12. Folk and pop guitar 1A
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn about tuning your instrument, strumming and picking, simple chords for pop songs, scales and chord symbols on this beginners' course. Live classes 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 £103.00
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  13. Robert Schumann in focus
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    We follow the turbulent career of failed pianist and idiosyncratic composer, Robert Schumann – from his early piano and vocal compositions to later orchestral and chamber works, and even a full-scale opera. Scheduled break week 01 Jun 2021.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £209.00 Senior fee £167.00 Concession £127.00
  14. Cello advanced workshop
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    For students who have been playing for at least four years and are at around grade 5 standard. You will be encouraged to play in all clefs regularly and be comfortable in positions including thumb position. This course is offered every term.

    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 £115.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  15. Dance 60+
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Online and interactive this weekly dance and movement class improves mobility, posture, balance and coordination. Our aim is to inspire older men and women to get creative with dance and movement.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100

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