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. Introduction to electronic music
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 7 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The course is an overview of the history of electronic music in the 20th and 21st centuries and the concepts, technology and aesthetic ideologies that underpin the developments that took place.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £24.00
  2. Tap dance: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 3 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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
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  3. Piano/keyboards 1E
    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 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 £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  4. Music theory: grade 4
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (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 (27 Oct) and Christmas break (1 Dec-5 Jan) returning 12th Jan.



    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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  5. Music theory: counterpoint 2
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    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 3 next term. Scheduled break week: 15 Feb 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
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  6. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 8 other dates)

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

    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 £159.00 Concession £121.00
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  7. Classical guitar 3B
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    We continue this 3rd year of study for classical guitarists. This online course will work on scales and arpeggios, and fingerstyle versions of Baroque, Latin and popular music. tutor : Tony Rowden.



    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
  8. Piano/keyboards 3B
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Can you play grade 2 standard pieces? Improve your hand coordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence in this second term of level 3.



    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
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  9. Comedy: writing for radio, online and podcast
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    There’s a new demand for comedy online from sketch shows to podcasts. Emmy-award winning comedy producer, Alan Nixon, shares the skills behind creating your own comedy style using classic and modern techniques. Discover or enhance your ‘comedy voice’, meet fellow comedy enthusiasts and gain inspiration.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  10. String ensemble
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 14 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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
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  11. Actor's voice: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    It's time to top up your vocal skills! This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance. The course will be held 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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
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  12. Fight the power: the 70s political soul renaissance
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    FIGHT THE POWER! Learn how the Civil Rights movement, Black Power and urban unrest sparked a renaissance in



    late 60s/1970s soul music, producing landmark work by Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Gil Scott Heron.



    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 £209.00 Concession £127.00
  13. Violin and viola 3B
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This online 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 from Violin and viola 3A last term and with 3C 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
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  14. Method acting
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover and practice some of the key exercises from the Method. Drawing on Uta Hagen’s work in a Challenge for the Actor, you will develop core acting skills gaining relaxation, confidence and authenticity in your performance ability as well as an understanding of the principles of method acting.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
  15. Classical guitar: advanced
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    For experienced classical guitarists. This online class will work on scales and arpeggios at grade 6 and 7, 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

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