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. Music theory: score reading taster
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to navigate a music score and analyse basic structures in Western staff notation for students of grade 5+ ABRSM exams.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  2. Actors: how to earn a living
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the acting industry hard and actors need to be even more resourceful in building their careers. This course is here to help! Maximise your chances of success by learning the essential skills that all performers need to establish themselves in the industry.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  3. Acting: Shakespeare
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Create vivid performances that are both true to life and true to Shakespeare’s language as you rehearse from one of Shakespeare's plays under the guidance of an experienced director.

    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 £179.00 Concession £179.00
  4. Great works: Dvorák's Symphony No 8
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    We may consider Antonín Dvorák to be one of the greatest Czech composers of the nineteenth century – but then why was the sunny Eighth Symphony published, and given some of its earliest performances, in England? We explore this grand work, written at the height of Dvorák’s fame, and his fruitful relationship with the British musical world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  5. 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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    100% of 100
  6. Classical ballet: improvers 1
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    We will focus on developing ballet technique using barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have completed at least one year of our beginner's ballet classes or equivalent and have a good grasp of the basic techniques and terminology. We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return to the studio.

    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 £111.00 Concession £85.00
  7. 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:
    92% of 100
  8. 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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  9. Singing 1B
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building, live, online course. Each term will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres. Break weeks: 4th May and 1st June 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
  10. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Enrich your understanding of music history. This module explores the music of the 19th century to the early 20th century. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this evening course has a mid-term break: 02 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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    100% of 100
  11. Sing music theatre workshop
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    This online course explores music theatre singing. Grow your knowledge of the repertoire. Suitable for singers and actors wanting to improve their singing technique. Be guided through the basics to find the right singing qualities for this repertoire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £269.00 Senior fee £215.00 Concession £164.00
    Rating:
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  12. Singing 2C
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    The first year of our solo-singing programme online. Suitable for singers of all styles of music and taught by a classically trained teacher. Gain a fundamental grasp of healthy vocal technique and an understanding of the work involved to progress as a singer.

    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 £175.00
  13. Sing folk
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to sing in the folk style and build a repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in this practical workshop conducted online with a professional performer and teacher.

    Tutor: Allison Sleator [external website].

    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
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  14. Piano/keyboards 2A
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This third year of our piano programme begins with repertoire of a grade 1 standard. Improve your technique, fluency of reading and playing, and exploring more complex rhythm patterns. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    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:
    80% of 100
  15. Piano/keyboards 2B
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Can you play grade 1 standard pieces? Work on technique, fluency of reading and explore more complex rhythm patterns. This is an online course, please see below for details.

    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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    100% of 100

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