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 3A
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This fourth year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 2 standard. Improve your hand co-ordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence.



    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
    Rating:
    88% of 100
  2. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 3 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 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 £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  3. Music theory: grade 3
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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: 26 October 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 £159.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  4. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Do you want to know more about classical music? Explore selected topics and key works in Medieval to (early) Baroque music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a break week on 26th October 2021.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  5. Music theory: grade 4
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Study more complex musical language including duplets, double-dotted rhythms, alto clef, double sharps/flats, the concept of enharmonic equivalence, and recognising and writing common triads. Learn the technical names for scale degrees, and standard ornaments and instruments. This course has a break week: 28 Oct 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 £159.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  6. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 6 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  7. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    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. This course will be delivered in the college.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £159.00 Senior fee £127.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  8. String ensemble
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come and play string repertoire in a friendly group, and develop your confidence in ensemble playing. Suitable for those who have been playing violin, viola, cello or double bass for at least two years, playing at Grade 3 standard or above.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  9. Music theory: counterpoint 1
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the art of counterpoint, a musical technique in which two or more melodies are combined to create a highly engaging musical texture. Through analysis and practical exercises, you'll learn to write effective counterpoint in a variety of stylistic contexts. Leads to part 2 next term. Break week: 26 Oct 2021.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £134.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  10. Cello workshop
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Come and develop your technique and musical skills through playing ensemble and solo repertoire. This course is for students playing at Grade 4 standard at least.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  11. Piano/keyboards 1E
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. Violin and viola 3A
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This course is for players who have been learning violin/viola for two to three years (playing at Grade 2-3 standard), take the next step to learn vibrato, positions above 1st, and improved bow control. This course continues with Violin and viola 3B next term.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  13. Classical guitar 3A
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    For graduates of the level 2 course and other experienced classical guitar players. This online class will work on scales and arpeggios at grades 5 and 6, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music.



    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:
    90% of 100
  14. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    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 course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £121.00
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  15. Using your voice for audio books and talking newspapers
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Would you like to narrate audio books? Are you interested in community work such as talking newspapers for the blind? Explore vocal skills and techniques required in these areas and identify what style works for you. This course will be delivered online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00

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