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

Some of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning .

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 music production
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Jul 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Max La Villa
    Come and learn the basics of recording and editing using a free or cheap digital audio program that can run on either Mac or PC. Turn your musical ideas into completed songs you can share!
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
  2. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 8 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Polly Hewett
    This is the beginning of our piano programme, designed for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00
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  3. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    Enhance your aural awareness and improve your recognition and response to music in practice. We will sing intervals, scales and harmonies, and set routines for you to practise. Learn essential skills to improve your music reading and sight singing.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00
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    98% of 100
  4. Wagner's Ring Cycle: an overview
    Course start date:  Thu 14 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    Wagner’s ‘Ring’ Cycle is a mighty epic lasting many hours, full of armies of characters and multiple plot twists – not to mention the musical labels, or ‘leitmotifs’, that Wagner assigns to various people and ideas throughout. This course is intended for those who are keen to find out about Wagner and the Ring, and navigate the action across its four constituent operas.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  5. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Deirdre Strath Clyde
    Explore the fundamentals of acting on this practical course, designed for people with little or no experience of acting. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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    95% of 100
  6. Tap dance: beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 7 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Jacqueline Pert
    If you are new to tap then this is the place to start. Come and find your dancing feet. Suitable for students of all ages with good general fitness. Tap shoes are essential.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
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  7. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Course start date:  Tue 20 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    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. Break week: 25 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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    98% of 100
  8. Music theory: grades 1 and 2
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    Learn the basic principles of musical language and notation: rhythmic values, time signatures, pitch on treble and bass clefs, simple major scales, intervals and key signatures, and the most common musical terms and signs. break week: 27 Oct 2022.



    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 £110.00
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  9. Flamenco: beginners
    Course start date:  Thu 28 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    Learn fundamental flamenco dance moves, steps and rhythms in an energising and supportive atmosphere. Experience the rich complexity of this Andalucian Gypsy art form, and develop presence, fitness and coordination.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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  10. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Tue 26 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    Do you want to know more about classical music history? Explore selected topics and key works in Romantic and modern music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. Please note this course has a mid-term break: 17 May 2022.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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  11. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 1 May 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ariella Eshed
    All cultures respect the world of Story. The ability to tell Stories, in a variety of settings, is a skill that has seen a strong resurgence both in the workplace and in contemporary performance. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and apply this to your wider experience. This course will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  12. Topics in Renaissance music 1
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Patrick Allies
    Explore English renaissance music in the first part of our 3-term survey course. Break week: 26 Oct 2022.



    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 Concession £142.00
  13. Musical criticism: a history
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Katy Hamilton
    The ultimate arbiter of musical excellence, or an over-powerful journalist delighting in artistic insults? We will



    investigate the motivations and the changing role of the music critic from the late 1700s to today. Break week: 27 Oct 2022.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  14. Men's ballet
    Course start date:  Mon 25 Apr 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Martin Wimpress
    Perfect if you've never taken a ballet class before, or if you did ballet as a child and want to return. This men’s ballet course provides slow and fun training in how to use your body correctly, with a focus on correct placement, stance and posture.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  15. Beethoven: the late string quartets
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 22 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Karen Betley
    Come and explore Beethoven’s late string quartets - works which contain his final thoughts on the function of music, along with his final thoughts about the human condition. Break week: 27 Oct 2022.



    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 Concession £142.00

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