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. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    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. Come to gain greater confidence in your communication skills and wider experience. This 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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  2. Music theory: grade 3
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    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: 26 October 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 £159.00 Concession £97.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  3. Exploring classical music: module 1
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    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 28th October 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:
    98% of 100
  4. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 4 other dates)

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

    This is the beginning of our piano programme: suitable for absolute beginners to both piano and music-reading. This classic course is the perfect way to start your piano playing.



    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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  5. Music theory: grade 4
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    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: 28 Oct 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 £159.00 Concession £97.00
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    100% of 100
  6. Sing folk
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to sing in the folk style and build a varied repertoire of folk songs. Explore folk singing and vocal technique in practical classes 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 £159.00 Concession £121.00
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    100% of 100
  7. Exploring classical music: module 3
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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. Break week: 28th October 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 £135.00 Concession £103.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  8. Singing workshop
    Last Few Places, Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

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

    An online workshop class for singers of 5 years’ experience or more: employ your vocal technique in a more flexible and artistic way and deepen your understanding of critical evaluation of singing. Repertoire project listed below.



    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:
    95% of 100
  9. Acting for radio: beginners
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 29 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore acting and performing for radio, working on scenes, sound effects, monologues, commercials, voiceovers and all kinds of microphone techniques, in a supportive but professional environment. This course will be online. Tutor: David Gooderson.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  10. Accents: North American standard and regional
    Course start date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    How to speak with confidence and authenticity in a North American or Broadcast Standard accent as well as several regional American accents This course will be taught in the college.



    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 £159.00 Senior fee £127.00
  11. Acting: improvers
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 15 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Continue your development as you explore a range of exercises and acting techniques that will illuminate and enliven a variety of scripts and scenes. Consolidate techniques and deepen your understanding in a safe and supportive atmosphere.



    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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  12. Tap dance: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 9 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  13. Classical ballet: improvers 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    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.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £109.00
  14. Piano/keyboards 1D
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is the second year of our beginners piano programme and repertoire will be of a pre-grade 1 standard. Improve your eye/hand coordination, your reading and finger technique.



    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:
    100% of 100
  15. Acting: beginners
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 16 Sep 2021 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 exciting environment.



    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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100

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