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. Classical guitar 1A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kevin Cahill
    Enjoy learning to play guitar in the classical/Spanish style, and read notation, in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. This study requires you to play a nylon strung guitar.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  2. Classical singing workshop
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hakan Vramsmo
    A lively workshop class for singerswith a solid foundation in vocal technique and musicianship: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing. Break week 1st November 2024.
    Full fee £299.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £209.00
  3. Piano/keyboards 3A
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Edward Henderson
    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.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
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  4. Classical guitar 2A
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tony Rowden
    If you have studied playing and reading for Spanish classical guitar for at least 2 terms, join this course to develop your technical skills as you learn repertoire of solo and ensemble guitar music.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  5. Piano/keyboards 4A
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Frankel
    For pianists with around three years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
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  6. Piano workshop 6
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ricardo Gosalbo
    If you play piano at around grade 6 standard, join one of these workshops to develop your playing by studying a wide range of piano repertoire, with focus on technique, textural awareness, practice and performance skills.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £195.00
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  7. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: advanced
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    Focus on ear training and developing jazz improvisation, applying theoretical understanding to practical situations. We will learn and study jazz standards and unusual repertoire. This is musicianship training at a high level. Assessment for entry to this course can be arranged applying to music@citylit.ac.uk. Break week: 25 Oct 2024.
    Full fee £449.00 Senior fee £449.00 Concession £314.00
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  8. Chamber music: intermediate
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 3-5 standard, with some sight-reading skills. Groups will perform their pieces in an informal concert at the end of term. To apply for the ensemble please click the pink 'Start your interview' button and someone from the music department will be in touch.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £195.00
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  9. Ballet body conditioning
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Alexander Simpkins
    Ballet body conditioning combines specifically sequenced exercises including elements of barre, floor work and centre practice and is designed to complement studies in ballet and acting. Ideal for those who already have good physical awareness and have studied a dance discipline at a basic level.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
  10. Chamber music: advanced
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Discover the pleasure of playing in small, mixed instrumental ensembles, one per part, in a variety of repertoire. For classical instrumentalists at grade 5/6 or above. Due to the demanding nature of most piano parts, pianists should play at Grade 8 level or higher. Good sight reading skills and experience in chamber music are required. Groups will perform their pieces in an informal concert at the end of term.
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £195.00
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  11. Tap dance: intermediate
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    Our intermediate class is at a faster pace and is perfect for anyone with good previous tap experience. Extend your abilities and learn great new steps, tap moves and routines in a fun and inspiring environment. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £160.00
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  12. Solo singing: introduction
    Course start date:  Fri 20 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ruth Beckmann
    A beginners workshop style class for singers who are looking to take the first steps into singing solo. Learn how to sing confidently with an accompanist through manageable exercises and challenges building to an entire song. Break week 1st November 2024.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
  13. English pronunciation: stage 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 2 May 2025 (and 4 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Are you a non-native fluent speaker who wants to improve your pronunciation of English and to speak the language more clearly and confidently? Work on clear formation of vowel and consonant sounds including the English neutral vowel and the distinction between voiced and unvoiced sounds. This term the course will be taught online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  14. English pronunciation: stage 3
    Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 24 Jan 2025 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David John Gwillim
    Designed for advanced non-native speakers, and all who have completed 'English Pronunciation' stages 1 and 2. Conversation and the reading aloud of a variety of texts will help to pinpoint those pronunciation worries still to be addressed.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £259.00 Senior fee £259.00 Concession £181.00
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