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. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 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
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  2. Musicianship 2: ear training
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 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 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 pianos whether or not you play.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00
    Rating:
    98% of 100
  3. Saxophone taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Discover how a saxophone class works, and learn about embouchure, breathing, and fingering. Bring your tenor or alto saxophone to this session.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  4. Jazz guitar taster
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    A practical introduction to jazz style and repertoire, harmony and scales, time feels, accompaniment textures and approaches to improvisation. For guitar players with established technique who are new to the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  5. Pop piano introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    Discover what is involved in learning to play popular piano: how to voice and invert chords, play chord progressions from symbols, and get in the groove. For pianists at grade 4/5 and above.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £33.00
  6. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Dina Azzam
    Learn essential tools to sing jazz, including what to listen for in the piano accompaniment and the importance of pulse, groove and vocal technique. This day is for singers with musical experience who are new to the jazz idiom.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £40.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  7. Jazz repertoire
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 16 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    Enjoy playing and improvising on familiar and new jazz repertoire in a mixed ensemble. For players with substantial experience of jazz playing, ear training techniques and harmony study. Tunes will be announced in advance of the course. Rhythm section places are limited, so please check vacancies with the music department.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £61.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  8. Comedy skills: an introduction to writing and delivery
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Alan Nixon
    Learn how to create, write, and perform comedy material for stage and TV. Working under the guidance of an Emmy award winning comedy producer / director you gain insights into the craft behind successful comedy. This course is for complete beginners but is also ideal for those looking to brush up their comedy skills. Tutor: Alan Nixon.



    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
  9. Charleston intensive
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Jul 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosaria Sativa
    Build a foundation of basic dance skills on this fun course that will get you dancing the energetic and fast charleston. We'll be dancing to original jazz music from the 1920s and 30s.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £54.00
  10. Piano/keyboards 1B
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 4 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Jonathan Wilson
    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 course has a break week on 4 June 2022.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Use your voice assertively
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Apr 2023 (and 6 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ian Taylor
    Do you want to sound more confident and assertive when you speak? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises on this intensive 4 session practical Saturday workshop, which will be delivered in the college.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  12. Contemporary dance: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Orley Quick
    This course aims to give you a basic understanding of Contemporary dance that is influenced by other styles. The course provides an understanding of the basic principles, techniques and style.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £143.00 Concession £116.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  13. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 5 other dates)

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

    Tutors:  Ana Claudia Magalhaes
    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 course has a break week on 4 June 2022.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  14. Piano: advanced workshop
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 30 Apr 2022 (and 10 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Petros Moschos
    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 course. Please contact the Music department to enquire about joining (music@citylit.ac.uk). Break week: 4th June 2022



    -Repertoire for this term: Janacek 'On an overgrown path' and Chopin Studies [Etudes].
    Full fee £279.00 Senior fee £223.00 Concession £181.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  15. Saxophone 3A
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 24 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Ideal if you are at intermediate level, can read and improvise, and have some experience of performing. Our repertoire will be pop, jazz and World music. Technical work on the instrument will be combined with solo playing, learning tunes, improvisation and musicianship training. Live sessions online.



    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 £189.00 Concession £123.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100

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