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. Vocal anatomy
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn which bits of your body do what to produce your own unique voice & speech, and use this knowledge and understanding with practical exercises to clarify and strengthen your vocal communication. This one day workshop 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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  2. 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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  3. Tap dance: improvers
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Practise and improve your Tap skills and increase your vocabulary of steps and sequences. Gain a greater understanding of rhythm, tempo and syncopation. 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 £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
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    93% of 100
  4. Jazz vocal improvisation
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. This practical online course aims to increase your confidence and 'know how', and to enable you to enjoy improvising. A vital supplement to the jazz singing courses.

    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
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  5. Drama therapy
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Investigate the role and function of Dramatherapy as a working model on this intensive course. Looking at a range of drama tools that can be used in therapeutic settings, you will develop some of the essential skills and use a range of methods to engage with others. Fun and insightful and packed with tools you can use, this is a great introduction to applying theatrical processes to therapy.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
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  6. Saxophone 1C
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    For players with 6 to 9 months' experience of playing the saxophone (tenor or alto) equivalent to completing modules a and b of Saxophone 1. Live online classes in playing and relevant musicianship.

    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
  7. Saxophone 2C
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    For graduates of Sax 1B and newcomers with equivalent experience, who read music, and have experience of performing. Develop your sound, technique, reading and musicianship. Emphasis on popular, jazz and world music styles, including improvisation. Live classes online.

    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
  8. Dance for Wellbeing
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Online and interactive discover the art of wellbeing through therapeutic dance. Engage your mind and body through dance and movement to improve your physical and emotional health and wellbeing. This class is suitable for all ages and abilities.

    This course is online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £54.00
  9. Pop piano 3
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Live sessions online for experienced pop players who can read chord symbols, music notation, improvise and play by ear. Rehearse harmony exercises, learn songs in contemporary and classic pop styles, and practise improvising. This work is good preparation for jazz piano study.

    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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  10. Piano: advanced workshop
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    If you are an advanced pianist, whether a performer or specialist teacher, continue to develop your skills, broaden your repertoire and increase your understanding of piano playing in this online course. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining (music@citylit.ac.uk). Break week: 5th June 2021.

    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 £158.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  11. Saxophone 4C
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Maintain and extend your playing skills in this 3rd term of our advanced course. Repertoire is mainly jazz, and we will also rehearse sax ensemble arrangements. Live online sessions.

    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
  12. Folk and pop guitar 2C
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    If you can play basic chord shapes with good timing, and can follow chord symbols, this 2nd year of study will develop your ability to play the acoustic instrument. Improve your musicianship in these online sessions, and expand your repertoire.

    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
  13. Big Band recording project
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Big Band players may keep up your practice and contribute to recordings of arrangements in the repertoire we maintain. Class meetings and coaching will be live 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
  14. Jazz piano 3
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A chance for experienced jazz piano students to meet new challenges. Based on standard and unusual repertoire, we will develop 'comping' strategies and improvisation. Live classes online.

    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:
    90% of 100
  15. Musicianship 1: listening and reading, pitch and rhythm
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to name and recognise what you hear, to organise music notation, write it and read it. Suitable for absolute beginners, which may include students who play by ear and do not read. Live classes online.

    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:
    80% of 100

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