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. Actor's voice: beginners
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and vocal expression, primarily aimed at performers. 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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  2. Jazz ensemble playing
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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 transcribed solos. While we may not play as a group at this time, you will be set practical tasks and learn useful approaches to develop your playing.This class will meet every 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 £121.00
  3. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street (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. Gain greater confidence in your communication skills and apply this to your wider experience. This course will be delivered 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 £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £109.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  4. Drumming: advanced
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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. This substantial course runs from September to March.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £309.00 Senior fee £309.00
  5. Contemporary dance: styles and techniques
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 19 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    This twelve-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.



    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 £229.00 Senior fee £229.00 Concession £140.00
  6. Music theory: grade 3
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 16 Jan 2022 (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: 20 Feb 2022.



    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
  7. Music theory: grade 4
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 1 May 2022 (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. - NB: This course has a break week on 05 June 2022.



    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
  8. Music theory: grades 1 and 2
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 26 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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: 31 October 2021.



    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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    100% of 100
  9. Piano: return to playing
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

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

    Did you once play the piano? Are you thinking of returning to playing? This short online course, taught in a friendly and supportive environment, will help you refresh your dormant skills and re-kindle your passion for playing.



    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
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  10. Jazz flute
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore jazz and latin rhythms, phrasing, chord/scale relationship, how to approach chord sequences and the interpretation of tunes. 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 £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £60.00
  11. Music production with Logic
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 7 Nov 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Logic is the industry standard music production software for Apple Mac computers. Discover audio recording and processing, MIDI composition and recording and effective use of Logic’s own high quality software instruments.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  12. World music: Klezmer
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn to play traditional Eastern European Jewish wedding tunes that have inspired so many musicians and listeners. We will play Bulgars, Horas and Freylekhs, with a little Yiddish thrown in. The tunes can be complex, so this course will suit intermediate and advanced instrumentalists.Learning will be in the aural tradition, though music will be provided. Sessions will be conducted online.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    90% of 100
  13. Transcribe jazz solos
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 24 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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: 24th October, 21st November, 12th December. 16th January 2021, 13th February, 13th March.



    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 £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £115.00
  14. Acting: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Oct 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
  15. Actor's voice: improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 31 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    It's time to top up your vocal skills! This thorough and fun improvers' course will benefit your further vocal development as an actor or professional speaker. You will consolidate work on breath support and explore pitch and resonance.



    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 £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
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    100% of 100

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