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. Actors: how to earn a living
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The Covid-19 pandemic has hit the acting industry hard and actors need to be even more resourceful in building their careers. This course is here to help! Maximise your chances of success by learning the essential skills that all performers need to establish themselves in the industry.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
  2. Healthy practice for instrumentalists: online
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Playing any instrument can be as demanding on body and mind as training for a major sporting event. In this online course for instrumental musicians, we will explore ways that we can keep our practice sustainable, healthy and joyful.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  3. Sing pop and jazz
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 1 May 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Meet the challenge of singing in contemporary styles. Enjoy jazz and pop repertoire, learning songs with a teacher and performer. You need to be able to sing in time and in tune to benefit from this introductory course. Live sessions 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
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Sibelius: music notation software
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 10 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Ideal for musicians, music teachers and students. Learn how to prepare and print high quality scores and other notation with Sibelius software. Good knowledge of conventional music notation and confident basic computer skills are required.

    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
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  7. GarageBand: create and edit your own music
    Course Date: Fri 4 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Apple’s GarageBand is one of the easiest ways to make music with a computer. The simple layout, instruments and sounds encourage you to explore and create music.

    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 £127.00 Concession £97.00
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  8. 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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  9. World music: Ghanaian Highlife
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 6 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The West African tradition of Highlife mixes Ghanaian percussion rhythms with calypso, and is played on guitars and horns. Join these live sessions to play classic tunes by Highlife artists such as Osibisa and E.T.Mensah. Open to percussionists, instrumentalists and singers - anyone who can hold a rhythm!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  10. Voiceovers: advanced
    Course Date: Mon 7 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date: Online

    Expanding on the skills mastered in the Improvers course, you will gain deeper experience in microphone and voiceover techniques, working towards a higher professional standard. This more challenging course will provide you with a focused range of audio/voiceover materials.

    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
  11. Screen acting: masterclass
    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 7 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An intensive practical course covering the real world of film and television acting, what to expect, how to prepare and succeed.

    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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  12. Recording yourself at home: techniques and tips
    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 8 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Learn how to record yourself using your home digital audio equipment. Suitable for those with some previous experience in digital audio.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
  13. Latin piano
    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    For able pianists (grade 5 ABRSM or above), this short course will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban music. We will focus on rhythms and improvisation, playing classic Cuban styles including son, mambo, and cha cha cha. Live sessions online.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £79.00
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  14. Narration skills
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    A fun and intensive workshop all about the incredible world of narration. This enormous and lucrative area of the voiceover world includes e-learning, documentaries, audio books, medical/technical narration, explainer videos and more. You’ll learn how to deliver great reads from the inside out. It’s not just about the sound of your voice!

    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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  15. Singing for fun
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 13 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Start singing and explore your voice in this fun, confidence-building online course. This short course will introduce you to healthy voice-use and basic musicianship through a selection of songs from a variety of genres.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £42.00
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