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. Sing with confidence
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    If you are nervous of singing in public, scared to open your mouth or just want to know how your voice works, this course is for you. These fun, online classes cover a wide range of musical styles, so there is something for everyone. 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 £129.00 Senior fee £90.00 Concession £65.00
    Rating:
    97% of 100
  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. Music theory: grade 7
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn more complex elements of music: figured bass, melodic and harmonic decoration, writing for instrument or voice with given accompaniment, and score analysis of harmonic and phrase structure, style, performance and directions. NB: this course has scheduled breaks on both May bank holidays (3rd & 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 £299.00 Senior fee £299.00 Concession £182.00
  4. Accents: London, General American and British regional
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Expand your skillset as an actor or as someone with an interest in speech and phonetics by mastering regional and international accents, including London; General American; Northern Irish; South Wales and West Country.

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  5. Use your voice assertively
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Do you want to sound more confident, grounded, self-assured and assertive? Improve your vocal skills through a series of exercises that will support you to become more vocally confident, expressive and dynamic without appearing arrogant.

    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 £143.00
    Rating:
    96% of 100
  6. Choir at lunchtime
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Come and spend your lunchtime singing online. It's good for the mind, body and spirit. Sing music from across all

    genres, have fun and leave with a spring in your step. There's no better pick-me-up at lunchtime! 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 £99.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £50.00
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  7. Piano/keyboards 1F
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    This is the final term of our beginners piano programme. For pianists who can play tunes and chords in simple keys, play legato and staccato and read music. 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
  8. Classical ballet: improvers 1
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street

    We will focus on developing ballet technique using barre, centre work and allegro exercises. Suitable for those who have completed at least one year of our beginner's ballet classes or equivalent and have a good grasp of the basic techniques and terminology. We've changed some of our teaching arrangements in response to the coronavirus outbreak. You'll get the same great learning experience with lots of support but with adjustments to keep us all safe for your return 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 £139.00 Senior fee £111.00 Concession £85.00
  9. Piano/keyboards 3C
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    Work on grade 3 standard repertoire to improve your hand coordination, musical phrasing, reading and finger technique, and improve your confidence. 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 £135.00 Concession £103.00
  10. Piano/keyboards 1C
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 19 Apr 2021 (and 5 other dates)

    Location on this date: Online

    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 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
    Rating:
    92% of 100
  11. Violin and viola advanced: workshop
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    For violin or viola players with at least five years’ experience on your instrument. Enjoy working as a group with the tutor whilst learning classical repertoire, supported by technical studies. break week: 1 June 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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  12. Jazz guitar 3
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    If you have played jazz styles and are familiar with the harmony found in standard tunes, this course will develop your technical and musical skills in 'comping' and soloing.

    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
  13. Jazz harmony, ear training and ensembles: intermediate
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This is the 3rd term of this jazz musicianship course. Practise ear training, study jazz harmony, and learn challenging repertoire in live online sessions. For players with established jazz education at intermediate level. New students may apply by writing 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 £319.00 Senior fee £255.00 Concession £195.00
  14. Singing 4C
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    The third year of our online classical singing programme: combine technical skills and repertoire to explore your

    understanding of your strengths and weaknesses. Apply your skills to more complex and challenging repertoire.

    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 £115.00
  15. Folk and pop guitar 1C
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 20 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    For players who have learned a range of basic chords and can strum reliably, this 3rd term of study will teach you new technique and challenging songs. 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

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