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 courses allowing you to choose between online and in-person learning. 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. See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

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  1. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    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.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
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    100% of 100
  2. Exploring classical music: module 3
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Edward Breen
    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: 30 May 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
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    100% of 100
  3. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    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 wider experience. This course will be delivered online.



    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 £129.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  4. Music theory: grade 4
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    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: 01 Jun 2023.



    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 £103.00
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  5. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 27 Apr 2023

    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 study and sing intervals, scales and harmonies. Routines will be set for you to practise. Music theory is included. This class will take place in the pianos room so we can use the digital pianos whether or not you play.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £118.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  6. Exploring classical music: module 2
    Course start date:  Tue 17 Jan 2023 (and 2 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 Baroque to Classical music on this highly informative 10 week course. Ideal for people with no specialist knowledge. This course has a scheduled break week: 21 February 2023.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  7. Piano/keyboards 2B
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Gisela Meyer
    Can you play grade 1 standard pieces? Work on technique, fluency of reading and explore more complex rhythm patterns.



    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 £143.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Piano/keyboards 5B
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Mon 16 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

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

    Tutors:  Simon Atkins
    For pianists with around four years' experience. Improve your finger technique, coordination, phrasing, music



    reading, and your confidence.



    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 £143.00 Concession £116.00
  9. Piano/keyboards 1F
    Last Few Places, Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    This is the final term of our beginners piano programme. For pianists who can play tunes and chords in simple keys, play legato and staccato and read music.



    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 £116.00
  10. Music theory: grade 3
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Selena Kay
    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: 23 Feb 2023.



    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
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Piano/keyboards 4B
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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    100% of 100
  12. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Neil Luck
    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. This course has a break week on 23 Feb 2023.



    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
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  13. Flute: intermediate
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pamela Pecko Smith
    This course is for flautists with 2-3 years’ experience of playing, or grade 2-3 standard, to advance their solo and ensemble playing in a variety of musical styles. Develop your instrumental technique, tone and musicianship in a creative and supportive environment.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  14. Flute 1B
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Pamela Pecko Smith
    Beginners can continue to enjoy learning to play the flute in a supportive, friendly atmosphere. Develop embouchure, instrumental sound, listening skills and music reading. Continues to Flute 1C next term.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
  15. Jazz piano 2
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 19 Jan 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Frankel
    Try more difficult tunes and conventions with more practice at voicing, 'comping' and improvising. You will need a working knowledge of jazz harmony in order to develop your playing on this course.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00

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