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), dance, radio and screen, and voice, speech and communication as well as a full range of music courses, such as piano, singing, strings and wind instruments to jazz and pop, music technology, music 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also view our music auditions and advice page.
For drama, dance and speech courses email email@example.com
- Presenting to camera for Vlog and YouTubeCourse start date: Tue 6 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Kathryn WolfeDo you want to vlog or present on YouTube but don't know where to start? This course will cover what kit to use, and how to present to your viewers, whether streaming from home or on location. It’s a mix of presenting skills and technical advice for non-technical people, focussing on presenting and setting up your domestic recordings.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £159.00
- Improve your speaking voiceCourse start date: Fri 28 Apr 2023 (and 3 other dates)
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Lloyd WyldeCome and improve your vocal skills through voice production and speech exercises. Learn about self presentation, develop spontaneity and gain greater confidence by improving your communication skills in the workplace.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.Full fee £139.00
- Sampling, beat-making and synth programmingCourse start date: Wed 28 Jun 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Max La VillaLearn to create your own more original tracks by manipulating samples, beats and synth sounds to individualise your sound.Full fee £139.00
- Sonic arts 2: interactive sound projectsCourse start date: Thu 29 Jun 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Paul ChiversSonic art is the expression of creativity through sound. Enjoy a series of creative exercises, with study and discussion of contemporary and historical context and practice, and create your own sound art pieces.Full fee £139.00 Senior fee £139.00 Concession £90.00
- Latin pianoCourse start date: Mon 3 Jul 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Sara DhillonThis practical online course for pianists (grade 4 ABRSM and above) will introduce you to the dynamic role of the piano in Afro-Cuban and Salsa music. We will focus on harmonic development, rhythm, learning common montuno patterns. Whether your background is classical, jazz or pop music, this short course will teach you classic Cuban styles including Son, Mambo, Bolero, and Cha Cha Cha.
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 £62.00
- Pop piano introductionCourse start date: Wed 5 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Sarha MooreDiscover what is involved in learning to play popular piano: how to voice and invert chords, play chord progressions from symbols, and get in the groove. For pianists at grade 4/5 and above.Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £62.00
- Comedy improvisationCourse start date: Wed 5 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Mark PhoenixHave fun acting, with theatre games and character exercises. Build your confidence, meet new people while you will learn and practice the key techniques needed for performing improvised comedy scenes.Full fee £129.00
- Guitar fingerpicking: American folk stylesCourse start date: Tue 11 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: David HarrisonExplore how to play the acoustic guitar styles and techniques that became the sound of the American folk revival. Learn what makes American folk picking tick, and how the techniques continue to be heard in contemporary guitar. Suitable for guitarists with a basic grasp of picking and preferably able to read guitar tablature.Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £69.00 Concession £48.00
- Rhythm classCourse start date: Thu 13 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Mark HuggettSupplement your instrumental or vocal study and improve your musical timekeeping. You will play in class, reading and writing rhythms, and work by ear. Tutor: Mark Huggett.Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £49.00 Concession £34.00
- Sing a song in different stylesCourse start date: Thu 13 Jul 2023
Location on this date: OnlineTutors: Colette MeuryExplore how to set a song in more than one musical style, song interpretation and solo performance. For singers who have completed courses in contemporary singing, or who have equivalent experience and
musical ability. 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 £69.00
- Tap intensive (improvers)Course start date: Mon 17 Jul 2023 (and 1 other date)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Jacqueline PertIf you have a strong foundation in tap, come and improve your technique, and increase your understanding of syncopation and your confidence in a variety of rhythms and tempos. Tap shoes are essential.Full fee £69.00
- String ensemble: summer seasonCourse start date: Tue 18 Jul 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Robert PuzeyLearn how to play in an ensemble in a fun and stimulating environment. For players of violin, viola, cello and double bass who have been learning for at least a year up to those at around grade 3 level.Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £41.00
- Audition readyCourse start date: Wed 8 Nov 2023
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Simon DarwenLearn how an audition panel sees you in order to maximise your chances of success. Work on your audition speeches in this workshop so your pieces are solid. Ideal if you applying for drama school or preparing for industry castings.Full fee £109.00 Senior fee £109.00 Concession £71.00
- Directing theatre: improversCourse start date: Tue 6 Jun 2023 (and 2 other dates)
Location on this date: Keeley StreetTutors: Simon BowenBroaden your skills and explore your director's voice in greater depth. Work on various modern and classical pieces, and select your own material.Full fee £169.00
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