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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. Acting: beginners
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 18 Sep 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 exciting environment.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00
    Rating:
    95% of 100
  2. Acting: improvers
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Oct 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sean Croft
    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.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £149.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  3. Music theory: grades 1 and 2
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022 (and 1 other date)

    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: 30 October 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
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  4. Music theory: grade 3
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 22 Jan 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Edmund Taylor
    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 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 £169.00 Concession £110.00
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  5. Drumming: advanced
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 25 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Mark Huggett
    Our advanced class is a great chance to practise all the essential popular grooves. Enhance and maintain your technique, reading and stamina. Sessions will be delivered online so you will use your own kit, acoustic or electronic.



    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
  6. Jazz ensemble playing
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Angele Veltmeijer
    If you already play jazz and have substantial understanding of jazz harmony, come and develop your aural, harmonic and rhythmic sense through practical study of jazz standards, improvisation and woodshedding. While we may not play as a group with the Zoom format, you will be set practical tasks and learn useful approaches to develop your playing.This class will meet every 3 to 4 weeks. Online assessment for entry to this course can be arranged after you apply to music@citylit.ac.uk.



    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 £139.00
  7. Contemporary dance: styles and techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    This ten session series led by professional teachers Francis Angol and Orley Quick, will explore different approaches to the practice of Contemporary dance, working through different styles and techniques. Each session has been designed to give students an understanding of the fundamental principle and techniques of each approach taken. Working through fundamentals of movement, properties and the stylistic features of form.







    By the end of the course, we hope you will have gained greater confidence, knowledge and appreciation of Contemporary Dance practice and be able to differentiate between the various styles and technique you may encounter.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £219.00 Concession £153.00
  8. The holistic voice
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 12 Feb 2023 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Your voice should be an extension of your character. This Sunday workshop offers accessible and empowering mind-body techniques to deepen your awareness and holistic connection to your voice so that the message you give out is true to your intention.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
  9. Transcribe jazz solos
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 23 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Tim Richards
    A study and sharing group for experienced jazz players with a good working knowledge of harmony and experience of improvising. We will focus on in-depth listening and transcription of recorded examples by well known jazz musicians. Sessions will include demonstration and performance opportunities. Course dates: 23 October, 20 November, 11 December 2022, 15 January, 12t February, 12 March 2023.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £160.00
  10. Introduction to acting
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 11 Dec 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Gemma Kerr
    A fun one day intensive encounter with the acting process. Increase your confidence and discover your potential in a safe and supportive environment.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  11. Storytelling: tell your personal story
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 May 2023 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  John Eastman
    Tell your own personal story to others, and in so doing gain some perspective on how past events have shaped your life and how they will affect your future, while at the same time inspiring and informing others about life choices. The course will take place in a safe environment in the college.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
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  12. Viola workshop
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 2 Apr 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Robert Puzey
    Focus on technique and musicianship especially for viola: on playing on the C string, reading alto clef fluently, left-hand work and more. For viola players, and violin players who wish to add an extra string to their bow!
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £59.00
  13. Music theory: grade 4
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 30 Apr 2023 (and 1 other date)

    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: 28 May 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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  14. Core energetics
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 14 May 2023

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Kate Montague
    Core Energetics is a body-mind practice designed to enhance your self-awareness, aliveness, creativity and focus. "CORE" is a means to opening up physically, helping you to become aware of your energy flow and how to come fully into this energy. You can expect a creative, immersive experience that will deepen inner growth, creating consciousness about yourself, and the way you relate to others.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £38.00
  15. Jazz piano: a history from blues to bebop and beyond
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 4 Jun 2023

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sara Dhillon
    Trace the development of jazz piano from its origins in New Orleans to later styles, including boogie woogie, stride,



    bebop, post bop and abstraction, and look at key influential pianists of the period.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £77.00
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