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. Piano: return to playing
    Course Date: Fri 23 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Did you once play the piano? Would you like to return to playing in a friendly and supportive class? This online course will help you refresh your dormant skills and whet your appetite to go further.

    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 £103.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  2. Actor's voice: beginners
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Improve the quality of your voice and standard of speech; relaxation and alignment; breath capacity/control; articulation, forward placement and expressiveness. This course is primarily aimed at actors in training and those wishing to maintain good vocal regime.

    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 Concession £85.00
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  3. Drumming: intermediate
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An intermediate level drum kit course for people with some drumming experience and access to acoustic or electronic drums. Consolidate your playing and revise musical topics and gain confidence in your technical and creative expression.

    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
  4. Jazz woodshedding
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Explore, transpose and rehearse patterns of scales and chord tones relevant to improvising over jazz progressions. Ideal if you have completed Jazz harmony and ear training studies and want to shape your practice regime. We meet fortnightly. Live sessions online that involve playing.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £89.00
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  5. Storytelling for business and pleasure 1
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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 delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    94% of 100
  6. Lecoq technique: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    Jacques Lecoq’s style of theatre training is in the body, it involves exploration of ourselves and the world we live in with a sense of curious play. The Lecoq technique is about the performers engagement, listening physically and their connection in the space, working together as an ensemble, devising your own work and finding new ways to do it are essential.

    We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus update. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your visit to the studio.

    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 £95.00 Concession £73.00
  7. Storytelling: tell your personal story
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Tell your own personal story 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 online.

    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 Concession £85.00
  8. Drumming: advanced
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This extension to our advanced course is a great chance to practise all the essential popular grooves. Enhance and maintain your technique, reading and stamina. Sessions will be delivered online.

    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
  9. Piano/keyboards 1A
    Course Date: Fri 30 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    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 is an online course, please see below for details.

    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 £111.00 Concession £85.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  10. Jazz flute
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 May 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. World music: Afro Cuban ensemble
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 2 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Suitable for all instrumentalists and percussionists, this online study workshop will help you to understand this exciting music. Learn how the instruments and rhythm section interact to create a dynamic and sophisticated sound. Experience some of the excitement of playing in a Latin band through online interaction with the tutor.

    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 £119.00 Concession £73.00
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  12. Sampling, beat-making and synth programming
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 9 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.

    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 £119.00 Concession £73.00
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  13. Viola workshop
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 16 May 2021

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    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!

    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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  14. Sing jazz
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 30 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    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.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £24.00
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  15. Creating drums and beats
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Improve your drum programming to make more life-like, give it more swing and variety, and create solid, compelling drum parts. You will learn techniques you can apply to any genre.

    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 £119.00 Concession £73.00
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