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

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

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Saxophone 4
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    For experienced saxophone players, come and extend your technique, musicianship and performance skills in this advanced workshop. The emphasis will be on playing jazz, pop and World music, solo and as an ensemble, developing musicianship skills, and improvisation.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
  2. Folk and pop guitar: advanced
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    Experienced and able players may join our advanced level class for contemporary guitar study. Live sessions on Zoom.



    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 £132.00
  3. City Lit Big Band
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Simon Henry
    Our ensemble for proficient jazz players to improve and maintain sight reading and section work, playing music from the classic era of Big Bands plus contemporary and original arrangements. Contact the Music department to enquire about availability of a place for your instrument and to arrange your audition.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  4. Sing jazz 3
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Zakian
    A performance class for singers who have completed Sing jazz 1 and 2. Develop and maintain your vocal technique, jazz and blues style, presentation of repertoire, and learn relevant musicianship.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00 Concession £167.00
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  5. Drumming 2C
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Huggett
    For graduates of Drumming 2B, consolidate your playing, revise musical topics, learn to play new songs.



    New students with appropriate experience at the drum kit i.e. 2 years, are welcome to join us.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
  6. Drumming 2
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Mark Huggett
    Welcome to the second year of drum class. Work to improve your coordinated independence and application of rudiments to the kit. Includes reading drum notation.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £139.00
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  7. Jazz vocal improvisation
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Laura Zakian
    Learn some approaches to improvisation over jazz tunes, what to listen for and what to study. You should already be accustomed to singing in the jazz idiom. Develop confidence and 'know how' that will enable you to enjoy improvising. A vital supplement to the jazz singing courses.
    Full fee £239.00 Senior fee £239.00
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  8. Jazz harmony and ear training 1C
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Cerys Hogg
    With guided listening to music forms, and singing, you will study time, form, root movement and harmonic progression, chord types, intervals, scales and modes. Learn transcribed solos and participate in playing sessions. For players who have completed terms 1 and 2 this year, and new students who have studied jazz in this way.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
  9. Saxophone 1C
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  David Harrison
    For players with 8 months' experience of playing the saxophone (tenor or alto) equivalent to completion of Saxophone 1a and 1b.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
  10. Saxophone 2C
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Sarha Moore
    For saxophone players with 2 years of experience, who read music, and have experience of performing. Develop your sound, technique, music reading and musicianship. Emphasis on popular music and jazz in a group class, and includes practice at improvisation.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
  11. Contemporary dance: beginners
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 3 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Francis Angol
    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 £89.00 Senior fee £89.00
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  12. Jazz harmony and ear training 2C
    Last Few Places, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Della Rhodes
    If you already play jazz and can recognise intervals and 7th chords in sequence, extend your aural, harmonic and rhythmic skill through the study of jazz standards and improvisation. Our sessions involve playing as an ensemble. New students who wish to join this 3rd term are welcome to apply to music@citylit.ac.uk.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £189.00 Concession £132.00
  13. Flamenco: beginners and improvers
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 20 Apr 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Danielle Allan
    A friendly intensive class, that focuses on the confident execution of Flamenco dance with pleasure, passion and panache. This course is geared towards beginners (more experienced students wishing to revise the basics are also welcome). Performance opportunities throughout the year. Please note: There is no class on Saturday 25 May 2024.
    Full fee £179.00 Senior fee £179.00 Concession £116.00
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