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

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Music theory: introduction to score reading
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jul 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    Learn to navigate diferent types of classical music scores, analyse musical features, and identify style and period. Suitable for those with music theory knowledge at equivalent of ABRSM Grade 5 and upwards.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  2. Piano/keyboards: revision for levels 1 and 2
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    Reinforce your basic piano skills, improve your reading, hand co-ordination and technique. This course will revise key topics from City Lit level 1 and 2 piano syllabus and is a great opportunity to keep learning throughout the summer!
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  3. Great composers: Ferruccio Busoni
    Course start date:  Tue 6 Aug 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Karl Lutchmayer
    Explore the music and ideas of Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924). Learn about his journey from Romantic pianist to Modernist composer and aesthetician, and how his music fits in with other early-20th century composers such as Schoenberg, Bartók and Stravinsky. Listen to some live performances of his most important piano works.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  4. Charleston: general level
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 8 Jun 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    The Charleston is a fun, easy and uplifting dance and this solo dancing course will have you moving with speed, vitality, and expression. With toe tapping Jazz music from the 1920s and beyond you will learn original Charleston dance steps and moves, improve your musicality and improvisation. A great way to get fit whilst learning a unique and impressive new skill.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  5. Great composers: Arnold Schoenberg
    Course start date:  Tue 3 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Trish Shaw
    Arnold Schoenberg was born in 1874, and his career spanned the period from high Romanticism through Modernism to the post-1945 avante garde. Come and learn how this fascinating and eclectic composer was part of, and a huge influence on, Western classical music during his lifetime and beyond, and learn to appreciate his music for its own sake.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  6. Music in the 21st century: the first 25 years
    Course start date:  Tue 29 Apr 2025

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    We are now 25 years into the 21st century. This course is a guide to concert music and new composition of the century so far.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £99.00
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